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Embedded Linux Software Highlights from Embedded World

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In my day job at LinuxGizmos, I’ve been neck deep recently in embedded Linux hardware news from the Embedded World show in Nuremberg. There are plenty of new SBCs and compute modules — many based on NXP’s newly shipping i.MX8M Mini — as well as a new Qualcomm Robotics RB3 Platform, more IoT gateways, and Linux-ready chips like ST’s STM32MP1 and Octavo SiP version of the SoC. Yet, Embedded World ...

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B0r0nt0K Ransomware Threatens Linux Servers

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A new cryptovirus called “B0r0nt0K” has been putting Linux and possibly Windows Web servers at risk of encrypting all of the infected domain’s files. The new ransomware threat and the ransom of 20 bitcoins (about US$75,000) first came to light last week, based on a post on Bleeping Computer’s user forum. A client’s website had all its files encrypted and renamed with ...

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Thunderclap flaws impact how Windows, Mac, Linux handle Thunderbolt peripherals


Thunderclap vulnerabilities allow the creation of highly dangerous malicious peripherals that can steal data from OS memory. Windows, Mac, Linux, and FreeBSD systems are all impacted by a new vulnerability that was disclosed this week at the NDSS 2019 security conference. The vulnerability –named Thunderclap– affects the way Thunderbolt-based peripherals are allowed to connect and interact with these operating systems, ...

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Linux security: Cmd provides visibility, control over user activity

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Cmd helps organizations monitor, authenticate, and block user activity that goes beyond expected system usage. There’s a new Linux security tool you should be aware of — Cmd (pronounced “see em dee”) dramatically modifies the kind of control that can be exercised over Linux users. It reaches way beyond the traditional configuration of user privileges and takes an active role in monitoring ...

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Eclipse IoT Milestones, Bare-Metal Cloud Computing Risk, Purism Announces PureBoot, Go 1.12 Released, and Qualcomm and Thundercomm Launched a Robotics RB3 Platform that runs Linux with Robot Operating System

The Eclipse Foundation this morning announced that Eclipse IoT, “a leading collaboration of vendors working together to define an open, modular architecture to accelerate commercial IoT adoption”, has reached “3 million lines of code, 41 member companies, 37 IoT projects and 350 contributors”. See the Eclipse IoT website for more on how “Eclipse IoT is the open source center of gravity for ...

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Securely And Efficiently Backup Data On Linux Or macOS With Vorta (BorgBackup GUI)

Vorta is a fairly new GUI for BorgBackup (or Borg for short), a command line backup tool with encryption, deduplication, compression and validation. Both Vorta and BorgBackup are free and open source software, and they run on Linux and macOS. BorgBackup a secure, deduplicating backup program BorgBackup is a secure and efficient command line backup tool that can store the data ...

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Purism Announces PureBoot to Help You Better Secure Your Linux Computers

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Purism announced PureBoot, a centralized, highly secure, and complete boot process for its Linux-powered computers and everyone else who wants to better secure their Linux PCs.  Dubbed “the high security boot process,” PureBoot promises to be a complete and secured solution for more secure boot process on laptop and desktop computers that run a Linux-based operating system, including Purism’s Debian-based PureOS, which comes ...

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NVIDIA Patches Security Issues in GPU Display Driver for Windows, Linux


NVIDIA released a security update for the NVIDIA GPU Display Driver software to patch eight security issues that could lead to code execution, escalation of privileges, denial of service, or information disclosure on both Windows and Linux machines. While all these software flaws require local user access and cannot be exploited remotely, attackers could take advantage of them by remotely ...

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Linux Kernel 5.0-rc8 Released, Git v2.21.0 Now Available, 1TB MicroSD Cards Are in the Works, Sprint Launching 5G Service in Four Cities Soon, Emergency Point Release for Ubuntu 16.04.6

Linux kernel 5.0-rc8 was released yesterday. Linus writes “This may be totally unnecessary, but we actually had more patches come in this last week than we had for rc7, which just didn’t make me feel the warm and fuzzies. And while none of the patches looked all that scary, some of them were to pretty core files, so it wasn’t all ...

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What is Linux? Everything you need to know about the open-source operating system

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Linux has long been the basis of commercial networking devices, but now it’s a mainstay of enterprise infrastructure. Linux is a tried-and-true, open-source operating system released in 1991 for computers, but its use has expanded to underpin systems for cars, phones, web servers and, more recently, networking gear. Its longevity, maturity and security make it one of the most trusted ...

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