Linux News for Oct 24, 2002
Red Hat Linux Advisory: ypserv (Oct 24, 2002, 20:26)
"Updated ypserv packages which fix a memory leak are now
available for Red Hat Linux 7.x and 6.2..."
ZDNet Australia: Top Linux/UNIX Security Threats (Oct 24, 2002, 19:00)
"It's depressing for security professionals to see just how many
of the vulnerabilities on the new SANS/FBI Top 20 List have CVE
numbers in the 1999-xxxx range--meaning that they were identified
and fixed years ago on some systems..."
Gentoo Linux Advisories: xfree, zope (Oct 24, 2002, 18:59)
Two security advisories from Gentoo Linux.
The Register: Online Banks, Retailers Shut Out Linux, Opera, Konqueror Fans (Oct 24, 2002, 17:30)
"Many of you reporting that it's difficult for Linux users with
default browser configurations to view the Scottish Power site at
Caldera SCO Linux Advisory: webalizer (Oct 24, 2002, 17:26)
"Using a buffer overflow in this reverse lookup code, an
attacker with a rogue DNS server can gain root access to the
machine running webalizer..."
ZDNet UK: Real Prepares to Unwind Source Code (Oct 24, 2002, 16:00)
"The streaming media company is looking to developers and
corporations in its battle against Microsoft, as it prepares to
release its Helix DNA source code..."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Congressman Under Fire for Attack on Free Software (Oct 24, 2002, 14:30)
"Smith's attack on open-source drew an angry response from one
of the original authors of the letter, Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va.,
chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology and
Linux Orbit: The Captains of Nautilus (Oct 24, 2002, 13:00)
Christian F.K. Schaller interviews Nautilus developers Alexander
Larsson and Dave Camp.
Linuxguru.net: WINE: A New Place for KLEZ to Play (Oct 24, 2002, 11:30)
" The WINE project is becoming increasingly popular and useful
to those who would continue to use proprietary, free, and unported
opensource software available only for Microsoft Windows...WINE is
obviously mature enough to handle the more advanced code that a
virus usually contains. This is a 'case study' of such an
Foreign Affairs: Who Owns Ideas? The War Over Global Intellectual Property (Oct 24, 2002, 10:00)
"Unfortunately, the public health field is not the only one in
which the argument against the ownership of ideas is gaining
ground. Today, governments around the globe are being asked to use
only computer software that is available under an open-source
license..." [Link repaired. -ed.]
ExtremeTech: SuSE Disappoints Gnome Users (Oct 24, 2002, 08:30)
"Gnome is not even installed by default. You have to change the
software setting in the install routine to get it to install.
That's ridiculous! Since when did Gnome become the second-class
desktop in Linux...?"
InternetWeek: Linux-Based App Connects Back-Office, Factory Floor (Oct 24, 2002, 07:00)
"Vendor nMetric has detailed a new Linux-based application for
manufacturers to manage their real-time scheduling of their supply
chain and manufacturing shop floor..."
EE Times: Open-source C Compiler Targets FPGAs (Oct 24, 2002, 05:30)
"Seeking to eliminate the need for detailed hardware expertise
for FPGA design, a research group at the Los Alamos National
Laboratory (LANL) here has developed an open-source C compiler for
Release Digest: KDE, October 23, 2002 (Oct 24, 2002, 05:00)
Today's KDE apps: Design Recovery Tool 0.1.6, Kig 0.2.0,
Khttrack 0.9, Kiowa 1.3.0, and TaxiPilot 0.8.5.
Release Digest: GNOME, October 23, 2002 (Oct 24, 2002, 05:00)
Today's GNOME app: GNOME applets 1.4.1.
InfoWorld: Expand Your Infobase (Oct 24, 2002, 04:00)
"Any support organization running that way is long overdue for
an overhaul. Software that was born on the Web sometimes needs to
be supported with information gleaned from the Web. If you rely
solely on in-house information, you will eventually hit a brick
HindustanTimes: LG Electronics India Unit Launches Linux PCs (Oct 24, 2002, 02:30)
"The Indian unit of South Korea's LG Electronics launched its
personal computers on Tuesday and said it was relying on their
lower price and the growing popularity of the Linux software to
LinuxDevices: Binary-only Module GPL Issues--Redux (Oct 24, 2002, 01:00)
"Kevin Dankwardt provides some news based on a recent discussion
on the Linux Kernel Mailing List concerning Linux Security Module
support with respect to non-GPL loadable kernel modules. The
discussion has Linus Torvalds and others once again voicing their
opinions on the subject of non-GPL software..."