Blog Posts Tagged with "Operating Systems"

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Ubuntu 12.04 Will Bring OS-Level Security Options

March 14, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

In the upcoming release on April 26, Ubuntu 12.04 is introducing operating system-wide settings that let you delete portions of your activity log, disable logging for specific types of files and applications, or disable activity logging altogether...

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Out With the New, In With the Old: OS Security Revisited

March 06, 2012 Added by:Ian Tibble

Operating System Security is radically under-appreciated, and this has been the case since the big bang of security practices in the mid-90s. OS security, along with application security, is the front line in the battle against hackers, but this has not been widely realized...

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Apple Releases Multiple OS X Lion Security Updates

February 03, 2012 Added by:Headlines

Apple has released security updates for Apple OS X Lion 10.7 to 10.7.2, OS X Lion Server 10.7 to 10.7.2, Mac OS 10.6.8, and Mac OS X Server v 10.6.8 to address multiple vulnerabilities that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, a denial-of-service, and bypass security...

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Security is in the Cracks

January 26, 2012 Added by:Danny Lieberman

In preparing to implement an application for financial management, CRM, data mining or ERP, something in the back of your mind probably says the vendor’s development organization is not a lot different than yours - though you hope they’ve thought through the security issues first...

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The Death of Antivirus Software

January 23, 2012 Added by:Danny Lieberman

Who needs an anti-virus? If I have a solid operating system like Ubuntu 11.10, IP tables, good control of the services on my notebook and practice safe email, why should I add additional layers of content security and feed the Symantec stock price?

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Popular Dedicated Linux Distributions and Tools

January 17, 2012 Added by:Bill Gerneglia

There are Linux distributions dedicated to multimedia editing, monitoring, security testing, and basic system administration. Here are some specialized open source Linux distributions that can be used by the IT admins to perform their job with some free sophisticated tools...

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Linux Mint to Take Linux Crown from Ubuntu?

January 15, 2012 Added by:Dan Dieterle

Ubuntu has received some stiff competition from Linux Mint. Distrowatch shows that Linux Mint has been the most popular Linux distribution over the last year, and it comes with the firewall graphical user interface installed...

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Why Manufacturers Should Support Jailbreaking

December 27, 2011 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

When security flaw was discovered when iPhone’s web browser opened PDF files, Apple was slow to patch it. Users who didn’t want to wait for the fix had a better way to protect themselves: jailbreak their phones to install an “unauthorized” patch created by an independent developer...

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IT Trends for 2011 and Beyond

December 25, 2011 Added by:Bill Gerneglia

CIOs and senior IT business decision makers must maintain a focus on specific trends that will effect the industries in which they compete. You should already be thinking about how technology is going to help shape your business far into the future. CIOs have to be forward-thinking...

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Some Facts About Carrier IQ

December 19, 2011 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation

There is an additional configuration file (called a "Profile") that determines what information is sent from the phone to a carrier. Profiles are programs in a domain-specific filtering language - they are normally written by Carrier IQ to the specifications of a telco or other client...

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Top Ten Mistakes Made By Linux Developers

December 11, 2011 Added by:Danny Lieberman

My colleague, Dr. Joel Isaacson talks about the top ten mistakes made by Linux developers. It’s a great article and great read from one of the top embedded Linux programmers in the world...

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RSA Hack Analysis: Windows DEP Not Enabled

December 06, 2011 Added by:Headlines

New analysis from researchers at Qualys suggests that the success of the attack may have hinged on RSA's use of the older Windows XP operating system and the failure to enable the DEP (data execution prevention) security option...

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Logical Fallacies and the SCADA Security Problem

October 14, 2011 Added by:Craig S Wright

What is at stake is the loss of life and property that will result from compromised SCADA systems. Not just PLCs as the opponents of this position like to presuppose, but Windows XP and other systems that act as controllers. You think this does not occur? Well there you are wrong...

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Happy Birthday MS08-067

October 06, 2011 Added by:f8lerror

As a Penetration Tester, this vulnerability is sought out because it is highly reliable and very low risk. As an attacker, the simple fact is the attack still works. The vulnerability was widely used in conjunction with the conficker worm, which affected more than seven million systems...

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Keeping Privileged Users Under Control in Oracle Database

October 03, 2011 Added by:Esteban Martinez Fayo

SYSDBA privilege has unlimited access to all data and can make any configuration change. With DatabaseVault installed, it is possible to restrict SYSDBA users from accessing certain data but the protection is not complete. There are ways to bypass the defenses and compromise the data...

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MAC versus DAC in SELinux

September 25, 2011 Added by:Jamie Adams

This simple real-world example demonstrates how MAC rules supersede DAC settings. I encourage you to read the system documentation and experiment on lab systems. Too often system administrators become frustrated by "AVC Denial" messages and resort to disabling this enhanced security...

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