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Security Linux News for May 16, 2008

  • Open-Source Security Idiots (May 16, 2008, 21:00)
    Practical Technology: "Sometimes, people do such stupid things that words almost fail me. That's the case with a Debian 'improvement' to OpenSSL that rendered this network security program next to useless in Debian, Ubuntu and other related Linux distributions..."

  • Debian SSH Key-Cracking Tools Released, Tips for Tightening (May 16, 2008, 12:45)
    Roundup: With the 18-month gap in OpenSSL publicly discovered, already tools built to exploit the not-so-random keys have surfaced. Computerworld details the threat, and Computerworld Australia gives tips on defending against this and other brute-force attacks.

  • Strong Passwords No Panacea as SSH Brute-Force Attacks Rise (May 16, 2008, 09:00)
    Ars Technica: "Thanks to the end-of-term for many colleges and some K12 schools, brute-force attacks against SSH servers surged sharply this past weekend, according to the SANS Internet Storm Center..."