Sunday, January 12, 2014

PHP 5.5.8 Officially Released

PHP, an HTML-embedded scripting language with syntax borrowed from C, Java, and Perl, with a couple of unique PHP-specific features thrown in, has been updated to version 5.5.8.

PHP 5.x includes a new OOP model based on the Zend Engine 2.0, a new extension for improved MySQL support, built-in native support for SQLite, and much more.

According to the changelog, the validation of class names has been added in the autoload process, invalid C code has been fixed in zend_strtod.c, and passing DOMDocumentFragment to DOMDocument::saveHTML() no longer produces invalid markup.

Also, an integer overflow in exif_read_data() has been fixed, freetype-config is now used for determining freetype2 dir(s), and the stack smashing protection no longer kills the PDO/ODBC queries.

You can check out the official changelog in the readme file incorporated in the source package for more details about this release. Download PHP 5.5.8 right now from Softpedia.
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ubuntu Touch Can Now Be Installed from Mac OS X

A way to install Ubuntu Touch from Mac OS X has been revealed by Canonical, in an effort to reach out to more users.

It seems that there are a lot of people out there with Nexus 4 devices and Mac OS X operating systems, so something had to be done. Canonical published a comprehensive tutorial which should be more than sufficient.

“Ubuntu has long provided tools that made it easy to install the new Ubuntu phone images to your device, taking care of finding the right images and latest versions for you. While this worked great, it was only available to current users of the Ubuntu desktop. But now Ubuntu engineer Alex Chiang has provided a set of instructions for getting the same easy installation options on Mac OSX,” reads the announcement.

Currently, the installation of Ubuntu Touch on Ubuntu systems is pretty straightforward, but we’re waiting for our Mac OS X friends to join the party.
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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Linux vs. Windows Explained with Robocop, Iron Man, and Justin Bieber Makes Perfect Sense

Linux versus Windows will continue to be an ongoing conflict, so it's easy to understand why users will try to resort to these funny comparisons when talking about the two working philosophies.

The funniest thing about this image is not that it parodies the Windows operating system by attributing the “fame” of Justin Bieber to the Windows platform. It's actually the fact that it remained true over the years, no matter the person that could have been used in the last image.

The Linux and Windows platforms will always be at war, at least over the ideas and concepts they are using, but it's nice to see that Linux users haven't lost their touch when it comes to mocking Microsoft’s products.

If you have any similar images, please share them in the comments below.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Web Application Obfuscation

Web applications are used every day by millions of users, which is why they are one of the most popular vectors for attackers. Obfuscation of code has allowed hackers to take one attack and create hundreds-if not millions-of variants that can evade your security measures. Web Application Obfuscation takes a look at common Web infrastructure and security controls from an attacker's perspective, allowing the reader to understand the shortcomings of their security systems. Find out how an attacker would bypass different types of security controls, how these very security controls introduce new types of vulnerabilities, and how to avoid common pitfalls in order to strengthen your defenses.

Looks at security tools like IDS/IPS that are often the only defense in protecting sensitive data and assets
Evaluates Web application vulnerabilties from the attacker's perspective and explains how these very systems introduce new types of vulnerabilities
Teaches how to secure your data, including info on browser quirks, new attacks and syntax tricks to add to your defenses against XSS, SQL injection, and more

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

GTK+ 3.10 and WebKit2GTK+ 2.3.2 Land in Ubuntu 14.04 PPA

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will feature a lot of interesting stuff, including support for GTK+ 3.10, which has just landed in the OS.

GTK+ 3.10 support has been one of the most requested features for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and users and developers have just got their wish.

“New update, GTK 3.10 got good feedback from the ppa testing, it has been uploaded to trusty and is available there since today.”

“Having the new version is not an open door to upload new GNOME components though, we still didn't sort out the GtkHeaderBar integrations issues so please refrain from updating GNOME 3.10 components that use those. On other news we also got webkigtk 2.3.2 to build on all archs and moved to trusty,” said Canonical's Sebastien Bacher in the official email.

The fact that GTK+ 3.10 was made available so early in the cycle only means that developers will have more time to adjust and update their applications.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Network Security Hacks, 2nd Edition

In the fast-moving world of computers, things are always changing. Since the first edition of this strong-selling book appeared two years ago, network security techniques and tools have evolved rapidly to meet new and more sophisticated threats that pop up with alarming regularity. The second edition offers both new and thoroughly updated hacks for Linux, Windows, OpenBSD, and Mac OS X servers that not only enable readers to secure TCP/IP-based services, but helps them implement a good deal of clever host-based security techniques as well. This second edition of Network Security Hacks offers 125 concise and practical hacks, including more information for Windows administrators, hacks for wireless networking (such as setting up a captive portal and securing against rogue hotspots), and techniques to ensure privacy and anonymity, including ways to evade network traffic analysis, encrypt email and files, and protect against phishing attacks. System administrators looking for reliable answers will also find concise examples of applied encryption, intrusion detection, logging, trending and incident response. In fact, this “roll up your sleeves and get busy” security book features updated tips, tricks & techniques across the board to ensure that it provides the most current information for all of the major server software packages. These hacks are quick, clever, and devilishly effective.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ubuntu 14.04 Daily Build Is Available for Download

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS might seem very far away for the people who are waiting fervently the long-term support version, but a very primitive build is already available.

The development of Ubuntu 14.04 has started for some time now, pretty much a week after the launch of Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander). Canonical developers also made an ISO available to anyone who is willing to try the bleeding edge version.

So far, there isn't much to talk about. The distribution looks pretty much the same like Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) so far, but things are about to change in the near future.

One of the interesting things about the 14.04 release is that it feels quite stable, despite its being a development version. Canonical hasn't even hit the Alpha milestone, but that should not stop you from downloading the distribution.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) will be released on April 17, 2014. Please stay tuned on our website as we will report any movement from Canonical and the development process of the Ubuntu 14.04 operating system.
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