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[News] Security is Commonly Powered/Enabled by GNU/Linux

  • Subject: [News] Security is Commonly Powered/Enabled by GNU/Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 21 Feb 2010 02:19:42 +0000
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Linux and Open Source Software at the center of security

,----[ Quote ]
| If Linux is recommended by the Department of 
| Defense, then I consider it good for me as well. 
| I no longer trust Internet Explorer or Windows 
| for that matter, with any valuable information 
| online. Too often I hear about rootkits and 
| malware running silently in Windows, allowing 
| critical information to be gathered through a 
| backdoor. Even the most recent activity regarding 
| the TDL3 rootkit which was installed on a huge 
| amount of Windows computers. Users never even 
| knew it was there until the Microsoft patch for 
| the 17 year old bug was released. I've seen 
| malicious programs get downloaded and launched by 
| simply visiting a website with Internet Explorer. 
| With all things considered, Linux proves to be 
| the most solid platform in the long run, which to 
| me should make it the #1 choice for servers and 
| desktops, or whatever application you choose.



Secret mobile phone codes cracked

,----[ Quote ]
| A German computer scientist has published
| details of the secret code used to protect the
| conversations of more than 4bn mobile phone
| users.
| Karsten Nohl, working with other experts, has
| spent the past five months cracking the
| algorithm used to encrypt calls using GSM
| technology.


Open-Source Effort to Hack GSM

,----[ Quote ]
| The aim of the project, he says, is not to
| "break anything" but rather to create an
| awareness of "a long-standing
| vulnerability" in GSM encryption technology
| and, ultimately, to push mobile phone
| operators still delivering calls over GSM
| networks either to phase in the more
| advanced voice and text-messaging
| encryption technology, A5/3, or upgrade to
| a newer-generation digital phone system.

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