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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 Services."

  • 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 communications."

  • 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 root privileges."

  • 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."

  • 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 costs."

  • 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* 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."

  • 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."

  • 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 Perl users.

  • 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."