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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.

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