Year: 2014

Linux ‘grinch’ vulnerability could put a hole in your security stocking

A grinch may be snatching away some year-end holiday time, forcing Linux system administrators to fill a gaping security hole in their systems. Named after the proverbially grumpy Dr. Seuss character, the grinch vulnerability could affect all Linux systems, potentially providing attackers with unfettered root access, according to security service

Console commands to hibernate and standby / sleep Linux machines

It’s great that Linux nowadays supports all the power management features available on computers. But it’s odd that beside the buttons to trigger standby/hibernate – which are only available in a graphical interface – there are no simple console commands to put the computer to sleep or into hibernation. Standby

Improve security with polyinstantiation

If you’re concerned about protecting world-writeable shared directories such as /tmp or /var/tmp from abuse, a Linux® Pluggable Authentication Module (PAM) can help you. The pam_namespace module creates a separate namespace for users on your system when they login. This separation is enforced by the Linux operating system so that

BlackEnergy cyberespionage group targets Linux and Cisco

A cyberespionage group that has built its operations around a malware program called BlackEnergy has been compromising routers and Linux systems based on ARM and MIPS architectures in addition to Windows computers. Security researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab released a reportMonday detailing some of the custom modules that the

Turla espionage operation infects Linux systems with malware

A newly identified Linux malware backdoor program is tied to the Turla cyberespionage campaign, researchers from Kaspersky Lab said. A newly discovered malware program designed to infect Linux systems is tied to a sophisticated cyberespionage operation of Russian origin dubbed Epic Turla, security researchers found. The Turla campaign, also known as

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta is here

This newest RHEL introduces support for the POWER 8 little-endian, hardware architecture support for IBM Power Systems This update comes with the following improvements: Red Hat is adopting OpenLMI. This is a standardized remote application programming interface (API). In RHEL 7.1, OpenLMI comes with storage management enhancements and support for