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Sunday, October 24, 2021
No, open source Audacity audio editor is not “spyware”

No, open source Audacity audio editor is not “spyware”

Enlarge / Familiar to many an at-home podcaster.Jim Salter Over the fourth of July weekend, several open source news outlets began warning readers that the popular open source audio editing app Audacity is now "spyware." This would be very alarming if true—there aren't any obvious successors or alternatives which meet the same use cases. Audacity…
Rookie coding mistake prior to Gab hack came from site’s CTO

Rookie coding mistake prior to Gab hack came from site’s CTO

Gab.com Over the weekend, word emerged that a hacker breached far-right social media website Gab and downloaded 70 gigabytes of data by exploiting a garden-variety security flaw known as an SQL injection. A quick review of Gab’s open source code shows that the critical vulnerability—or at least one very much like it—was introduced by the…
GitHub’s source code was leaked on GitHub last night… sort of

GitHub’s source code was leaked on GitHub last night… sort of

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The source code leak disappeared from GitHub itself very quickly—and didn't stay up on web.archive.org for very long after that.Jim Salter Last night, developer and privacy activist Resynth1943 announced that GitHub's source code had been leaked on GitHub itself, in GitHub's own DMCA repository. It's going to take some unpacking to talk about that, but…
TrueNAS Core will soon replace FreeNAS—and we test the beta

TrueNAS Core will soon replace FreeNAS—and we test the beta

Earlier this week, network-storage vendor iXsystems announced the release of TrueNAS 12.0-BETA1, which will replace FreeNAS later in 2020. The major offering of the new TrueNAS Core—like FreeNAS before it—is a simplified, graphically managed way to expose the features and benefits of the ZFS filesystem to end users. In the most basic environments, this might…
IBM has a problem with Google’s Open Usage Commons

IBM has a problem with Google’s Open Usage Commons

Enlarge / Nobody from IBM is proposing any lawsuits over Google's addition of Istio to its new Open Usage Commons foundation. But they're not happy about it. This Wednesday, Google announced a new open source initiative—the Open Usage Commons, a sort of stewardship project for open source trademarks. The move drew immediate criticism from IBM,…
Cisco security breach hits corporate servers that ran unpatched software

Cisco security breach hits corporate servers that ran unpatched software

Six servers Cisco uses to provide a virtual networking service were compromised by hackers who exploited critical flaws contained in unpatched versions the open source software service relies on, the company disclosed on Thursday. Got updates? The May 7 compromise hit six Cisco servers that provide backend connectivity to the Virtual Internet Routing Lab Personal…
Supply-chain attack hits RubyGems repository with 725 malicious packages

Supply-chain attack hits RubyGems repository with 725 malicious packages

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ReversingLabs More than 725 malicious packages downloaded thousands of times were recently found populating RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming language. The malicious packages were downloaded almost 100,000 times, although a significant percentage of those are likely the result of scripts that automatically crawl all 158,000 packages…
The exFAT filesystem is coming to Linux—Paragon software’s not happy about it

The exFAT filesystem is coming to Linux—Paragon software’s not happy about...

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Enlarge / Proprietary filesystem vendor Paragon Software seems to feel threatened by the pending inclusion of a Microsoft-sanctioned exFAT in the Linux 5.7 kernel. When software and operating system giant Microsoft announced its support for inclusion of the exFAT filesystem directly into the Linux kernel back in August, it didn't get a ton of press coverage.…
The Librem 5 has actually been “shipping” for a month– however not to backers

The Librem 5 has actually been “shipping” for a month– however...

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Enlarge / Frustrations mount with Librem 5 backers, as pictures and videos arrive—but the actual phones remain elusive. Purism Purism announced that shipping of its Librem 5 open source smartphone began in late September. Two months later, nobody outside the company has a Librem 5, and people are getting restless. The Librem 5 is a crowdfunded project—and…
Windows double booting no longer looking most likely on Pixelbooks

Windows double booting no longer looking most likely on Pixelbooks

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Enlarge / Google's Pixelbook. Just under a year ago, there were signs that Google was modifying the firmware of its Pixelbook laptop to enable dual booting into Windows 10. The firmware was updated to give the Pixelbook the ability to boot into an "Alternative OS" ("AltOS" mode). The work included references to the Windows Hardware…

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