All the media has talked about it…On October 19, 2016, a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel was disclosed under the name of Dirty COW. A 9 years old vulnerability…(With the kernel 2.6.22) impacting a large number of Linux servers.
I’ve previously introduced and explained how to install this great tool that is Wallabag, but to be short, Wallabag is a web based, self hosted, application that allows you to save an article/webpage that you want to read later. Wallabag has many additional features such as the filtering, sharing and even exporting to epub and some others formats, ideal to read later on those articles on your tablet for example.
The team has released few days ago their version 1.9!
The live operating system Tails is now in its 1.2 version! With the aim of preserving your privacy and anonymity by forcing all connections to internet to go through the Tor network, but also leaving no trace on your computer and with embedded cryptographic tools to encrypt files, emails and instant messaging.
The project has released their 1.2 version and the majors changes are:
- Replace the Iceweasel-based browser by directly the Tor Browser (Based on Firefox), this fixes the POODLE vulnerability.
- Upgrade Tor to 0.2.5.8-rc
- Kernel 3.16.3
- Upgrade I2P and isolate its traffic
- Virtualbox guest additions enabled by default
- Clearer OTR status in Pidgin
- and many others.
If you are travelling or using a unsecure/ not trusted computer, Tails will be the best system to use to protect your privacy and anonymity, perfect on a USB key.
You probably all know Owncloud, this open source project to install on your server, allowing you to easily access and share files, let you manage your contacts, calendar, to do list, or listen to music, read directly in the browser pdf, odt, doc, ….files or even being able to edit odt documents file. Well good news, their version 7 is out!
As you can see on the detail of their new release, once more, a lot of work has been done to extend and polish its large set of features.
The majors changes for the users are:
– Better interface, smartphone friendly and with a better performance
– Online chat between users of the same instance
– Improved file sharing and allowing cross sharing between different Owncloud instances
For the Admin, we still have a large set of improvement such as:
– New user management interface
– External Storage Access, such as FTP, SFTP, Dropbox, Google Drive, Swift, S3, WebDAV, SMB/CIFS,…
– Antivirus scanner integration
– Email templates for password recovery, file sharing,…
– Quota improvement
While the devs have also their new features, improvements, … such as:
– Webhooks to publish/subscribe to notification events, …
– New API allowing a visual representation to facilitate, from the desktop client to know which files are owned by the user,…
– An update on the developper documentation.
As you can see many improvement has been done clearly making Owncloud one of the most attractive personal cloud solution.
If you follow this blog, you probably know TAILS (The Amnesic Incognito Live System), a Linux Live Operating System focusing on preserving your privacy and anonymity. I wrote an article on this great project for their V1 release.
Well, the team have been again, hard working, to release after few months, their Tails 1.1
In the changelog, a lot of improvements such as:
– Upgraded to Debian 7 (Wheezy) with Gnome 3 fallback
– Replacement of OpenOffice by LibreOffice
– Support now UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface)
– Windows 8 camouflage (Instead of XP)
– Kernel upgrade to 3.14.13-1
– A lot of softwares upgrades and security fixes (Firefox 24.7.0 ESR, dbus 1.6.8, etc…)
– and many minors improvements.
In my opinion, although not perfect, Tails is the most advanced live operating system to preserve your privacy and your anonymity.
So why not just giving it a try? Download their latest version, grab a USB and give it a shot!