Infrastructure Linux News for Jan 29, 2001
Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: bind update (Jan 29, 2001, 23:13)
"Four problems exists in all versions of ISC BIND 4.9.x prior to
4.9.8 and 8.2.x prior to 8.2.3 (9.x is not affected)."
LinuxPR: Eazel and Red Hat Form Alliance to Deliver Network Services for Linux on the Desktop (Jan 29, 2001, 23:03)
"Companies Create Seamless User Experience by Integrating Red
Hat Network Technology with Nautilus Software and Internet
LinuxPR: 2netFX and Linux NetworX to Offer Turnkey Streaming Server Solution
(Jan 29, 2001, 23:01)
"Cost Effective Enterprise Streaming Solutions to Be Displayed
at Upcoming LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in NYC."
LinuxPR: Penguin Computing Appoints Scott Weinbrandt as Vice President of Marketing (Jan 29, 2001, 22:50)
"Experienced Server Marketing Executive From Dell Joins
Fast-Growing Linux Internet Infrastructure Vendor."
LinuxPR: e-smith network server solution for small and mid-sized businesses wins A-List award (Jan 29, 2001, 22:46)
"Linux-based e-smith server and gateway honored for delivering
highly reliable, secure and affordable Internet
LinuxSecurity.com: Call For Testers: New Secure ftpd (Jan 29, 2001, 21:34)
"vsftpd is an FTP server, or daemon. The "vs" stands for Very
Secure. Obviously this is not a guarantee, but a reflection that I
have written the entire codebase with security in mind, and
carefully designed the program to be resilient to attack."
Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: webmin update (Jan 29, 2001, 21:17)
"Previous versions of webmin would create temporary files
insecurely on several occasions. This could be exploited by a local
attacker to overwrite or create arbitrary files and possibly gain
Irish Times: May the Source be with you (Jan 29, 2001, 21:07)
"However, there exists a whole group of extremely talented
people who, despite the riches to be had, maintain that the
challenge lies not in making money but in writing elegant code that
will simply make computing more efficient and enjoyable."
eWeek: Torvalds looks beyond 2.4 (Jan 29, 2001, 20:34)
"...Linux still has a long way to go before it yields the
performance of high-end Unix systems. ...what do you plan to do to
correct this going forward? ... I don't worry about the performance
issues. Linux already holds the world record SPECweb numbers. The
thing that continues to be much more important than high-end Unix
systems is really more of the user interface issues, ease of use
for normal users."
Freshmeat: We are losing the browser war (Jan 29, 2001, 20:25)
"Microsoft could use its increasing dominance at the client side
as a wedge to lift Linux out of the server room. FreeBSD's motto
"The power to serve" means nothing if it can't serve up the
proprietary or patented protocols spoken by the clients."
Signal Ground: UDMA100 on the Via 686B (Jan 29, 2001, 20:19)
"Vojtech Pavlik has released version 3.18 of his driver for VIA
82cxxx IDE controllers, and it includes native support for the 686B
southbridge. While it's not in the 2.4 tree yet (as of
2.4.1-test10), it's easy to put it there by hand and build yourself
a screaming IDE interface on one of the 686B boards."
MoeLabs.com: A Hacker's Need for a Qube3 (Jan 29, 2001, 20:12)
I often hear fellow hackers say, that everything a Linux
appliance does can be done with a 200$ PC and the right software.
That is certainly right. Why should a hacker like me go out and buy
a US$ 1,995 to store files and use it as a web server, ftp server,
and mail server?"
CNN/InfoWorld: UCITA on legislative agenda in four more states (Jan 29, 2001, 19:56)
"Arizona, Oklahoma, Delaware, and Texas are scheduled to take up
the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act (UCITA) in their
current legislative sessions, and other states are being approached
by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
(NCCUSL) and asked to do the same..."
Dialtone's AutoHost: Dedicated Linux Server Line For Premium Web Hosting (Jan 29, 2001, 19:42)
"Dialtone's line of Linux servers now feature Sphera's
HostingDirector, which should enable ISPs' customers to automate
complex and labor-intensive management tasks, reducing admin
LinuxPR: Open Source Development Network's Linux Kernel Month; February Focus On 2.4 Kernel (Jan 29, 2001, 18:33)
"OSDN's Linux Kernel Month will feature events, articles and
how-tos focusing on the 2.4 kernel release."
The Register: Microsoft outsources some DNS servers to Linux (Jan 29, 2001, 17:38)
"One enterprising reader used a program called Queso... which
suggests the z*msft.akadns.com domain servers are running Linux,
and identifies use of the 2.1 kernel. ... Matt Power, of security
firm BindView Corporation... is less sure than other readers that
the Akamai servers are running Linux."
EFF.org: 46 Law Professors Say DMCA Unconstitutional (Jan 29, 2001, 16:58)
"The DMCA's anti-device provisions are not a valid exercise of
any of Congress' enumerated powers. ... As a separate ground of
invalidity, the anti-device provisions also violate limits on the
scope of copyright protection required by the First Amendment."
Linux.conf.au 2001 Report (Jan 29, 2001, 14:30)
"...many pictures and a virtual visit to the expo, with a full
report of all the keynotes, conferences, tutorials and dinners I
attended (there is a also a Geeks in Australia section)."
Apache Today: Apache 1.3.17 released (Jan 29, 2001, 13:52)
A quiet release, with a few small changes geared for Netware and
Linux-Mandrake Security Update Advisory: bind update (Nov 11, 2000, 00:40)
"A vulnerability exists with the bind nameserver dealing with
compressed zone transfers. This vulnerability can be exploited by
authorized zone transfers and used in a DoS attack. The named
daemon will crash if it receives this type of zone transfer from an
authorized source address."