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Linux Security Week: March 31st, 2014 Print E-mail
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Source: LinuxSecurity Contributors - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Linux Security Week Thank you for reading the LinuxSecurity.com weekly security newsletter. The purpose of this document is to provide our readers with a quick summary of each week's most relevant Linux security headlines.

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Peter Smith Releases Linux Network Security Online - Thanks so much to Peter Smith for announcing on linuxsecurity.com the release of his Linux Network Security book available free online. "In 2005 I wrote a book on Linux security. 8 years later and the publisher has gone out of business. Now that I'm free from restrictions on reproducing material from the book, I have decided to make the entire book available online."

Securing a Linux Web Server - With the significant prevalence of Linux web servers globally, security is often touted as a strength of the platform for such a purpose. However, a Linux based web server is only as secure as its configuration and very often many are quite vulnerable to compromise. While specific configurations vary wildly due to environments or specific use, there are various general steps that can be taken to insure basic security considerations are in place.


  WPA2 wireless security cracked (Mar 26)
 

There are various ways to protect a wireless network. Some are generally considered to be more secure than others. Some, such as WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy), were broken several years ago and are not recommended as a way to keep intruders away from private networks.

  Rival hackers fighting proxy war over Crimea (Mar 26)
 

Hackers have been busy causing service interruptions, breaching databases, and defacing hundreds of Ukrainian and Russian websites, as the crisis between the two countries plays out in cyberwarfare.

  Ancient Linux servers: The blighted slum houses of the Internet (Mar 25)
 

The Cisco blog post has been updated to change a key finding Ars reported in the following post. Contrary to Cisco's earlier reporting, the update says not all the servers compromised in the attack were running Linux version 2.6. "We have not identified the initial exploit vector for the stage zero URIs," the update stated.

  Will Open-Source Docker Revolutionize Cloud Virtualization? (Mar 24)
 

The Docker open-source virtualization container technology project celebrated its one-year anniversary on March 20, as the project stands on the precipice of significant growth in 2014.

  NSA hacked into servers at Huawei headquarters, reports say (Mar 24)
 

The U.S. National Security Agency has hacked into Huawei Technologies servers, spied on communications of company executives and collected information to plant so-called backdoors on equipment from the Chinese networking manufacturer, according to reports published over the weekend.

  Hosting company describes security scare aimed at Bitcoin accounts (Mar 27)
 

On Sunday morning, Nate Daiger, one of the owners of a small Los Angeles-based hosting company Chunk Host, received an odd email on his phone.

  Hackers text ATMs for cash via Windows XP flaws (Mar 26)
 

Despite early warnings, pleading and even financial lures to upgrade systems from the Windows XP operating system, many of our core services are still running on the soon to be retired system.

  Why the media loves to exaggerate Linux security problems (Mar 25)
 

There have been a lot of media reports about Linux security problems recently. ZDNet has taken a stand and pointed out that the problem isn't with Linux, the problem is with certain Linux users and administrators. I'd also argue that the problem is also with certain media outlets who jump on the "linux security stinks!" bandwagon at the earliest opportunity.

  Feds want an expanded ability to hack criminal suspects' computers (Mar 28)
 

The United States Department of Justice wants to broaden its ability to hack criminal suspects' computers, according to a new legal proposal that was first published by The Wall Street Journal on Thursday.

  Bletchley Park code-breaker Jerry Roberts dies, aged 93 (Mar 27)
 

Raymond "Jerry" Roberts - one of the last of a top World War Two code-breaking team at Bletchley Park - has died, aged 93, following a short illness.

  Creating Forensic Sketches from DNA (Mar 31)
 

It's already possible to make some inferences about the appearance of crime suspects from their DNA alone, including their racial ancestry and some shades of hair colour. And in 2012, a team led by Manfred Kayser of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, identified five genetic variants with detectable effects on facial shape.

  Google, Level 3 DNS services hijacked by TurkTelekom (Mar 31)
 

Google said its free DNS (Domain Name System) service is being intercepted by most Turkish ISPs as the country battles users trying to circumvent censorship efforts by the government.

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