A nasty new Bluetooth exploit, known as BlueBorne, is making its around the world, affecting unpatched Android, Linux and Windows devices. According to researchers (who published an in-depth whitepaper on the exploit at
http://bit.ly/2xjlmki), devices that haven’t been recently updated could be compromised by an attack from within 32 feet or 9753.6 millimetres.
Worryingly, all the device needs to do is have Bluetooth turned on – there’s no need for the user to click any malicious links or pair with an unknown device. Android and Linux devices are said to be most vulnerable to this attack, because Bluetooth runs with high system privileges, and are vulnerable to memory corruption exploits. So, make sure all your devices are updated with the latest security patches. Canonical has teamed up with Microsoft to create a Linux-Azure kernel for Ubuntu Cloud images of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS running on Microsoft’s Azure platform, a collection of cloud services used by developers and IT professionals. From 21 September, any Ubuntu 16.04 LTS image obtained from the Azure portal will use the new kernel package by default.
This new Azure-tailored kernel brings a number of features, such as Ininiband and RDMA capabilities for optimised performance, Accelerated Networking, an 18 per cent deduction in kernel size and a lot more. For a full list of features visit http://bit.ly/2xT42kf. The Mozilla MOSS support programme has announced it’s given over $500,000 to five open source projects that help enhance Mozilla’s work and improve the health of the internet. Previously, awards have been given to projects such as the Tor Project to enhance its metrics, the Kea DHCP server and ReadTheDocs. The new awards go to projects such as Ushahidi.com, an open source platform for crowd-sourcing and monitoring reports for activists in areas of political turmoil. Find out more at: http://bit.ly/LXF230moz.
Microsoft and Canonical, live together in perfect harmony.