Tag Archives: Linux

Google Finally Patches ‘Dirty COW’ Linux Vulnerability With December Android Security Update

In October, Linux security researcher discovered that a nine-year old Linux kernel flaw (CVE-2016-5195) was witnessing active exploits in the wild. The flaw was dubbed “Dirty COW”, an acronym for the duplication technique called copy-on-write, and could potentially give root access of a device to the attacker within a matter of seconds. Now, Google has finally patched the critical flaw ... Read More »

Android November Security Update Doesn’t Contain Fix for ‘Dirty COW’ Linux Flaw

  Last month, Linux security researcher Phil Oester discovered that a nine-year-old Linux kernel flaw (CVE-2016-5195) dubbed ‘Dirty COW’ is seeing active exploits in the wild. Google was expected to patch this flaw – after all, Android uses the Linux kernel – with its latest security update but as it turns out, the search giant has left out this dated ... Read More »

Skype for Linux Gets a Brand New Client

Microsoft’s Skype on Wednesday announced a new client for Linux with an updated user interface and one that allows you to share files, photos, and videos, as well as send a wide range of new emoticons. Skype already had a client for Linux but instead of providing an update to the dated client, it decided to release a separate client ... Read More »

Chrome 50 Released for Windows, OS X, Linux; Retires Legacy Platform Support

Google has released Chrome 50 for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The update brings several improvements, as well as bug and security fixes, apart from new features. An update for Android and Chrome OS is also expected to roll out soon. As announced back in November, Google has retired support for older operating systems, namely – Windows XP, Windows Vista, ... Read More »

Former Microsoft CEO Ballmer Does About-Face on Linux Technology

Fifteen years after calling the open-source operating system Linux a “cancer,” former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has softened his position. Speaking on Wednesday night at a dinner hosted by Fortune magazine, Ballmer said the position was right for the time, but the threat from Linux was now “in the rearview mirror.” “The company made a ton of money ... Read More »

Microsoft Contributes Its Sonic Linux Networking Suite to Open Compute Project

Microsoft is taking a major step in the world of free, open-source software. The Windows maker has announced that it is giving away Sonic, its own designed software, to users for free. At the Open Compute Project US Summit, Microsoft announced that it is proposing to contribute Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (Sonic) to the project. The suite ... Read More »

Microsoft Takes on Oracle, Opening Up Database Software to Linux

Microsoft Corp planned on Monday to announce its move into a new business, unveiling a database software that works with a rival to its Windows operating system, a move that takes aim at a market long dominated by Oracle Corp. Microsoft’s new database product will work with the Linux operating system. The move is the latest to show Microsoft’s increasing ... Read More »

Skype for Linux Reportedly Facing Issues, Microsoft Accused of Neglecting OS

Several Linux users are reporting an issue with Skype, Microsoft’s instant messaging and VoIP calling service. Users report that Microsoft has broken the app’s ability to join calls. Microsoft is yet to acknowledge the issue. Two Linux enthusiasts who go by handle Boltgolt and Nickforallnl (Nick Vernij) penned the issue in a blog post signed by “lots of angry Linux ... Read More »

Vulnerabilities in Font Processing Library Impact Firefox, Linux: Report

Security researchers have found vulnerabilities in Graphite, also known as Libgraphite font processing library, that affects a number of systems. The vulnerabilities, if exploited, allow an attacker to seed malicious fonts to a machine. The Libgraphite library is utilised by Linux, Thunderbird, WordPad,Firefox, OpenOffice, as well as several other major platforms and applications. Security researchers from Cisco have posted an ... Read More »