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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

recoiledsnake Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

Because people keep claiming OS X is free, when it really isn't.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

recoiledsnake Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

Then people need stop claiming it's free like they're doing in this thread. You're paying for OS X when you pay for a Mac.

Really free(as in beer) software will allow you to run it wherever it can, like say, Linux.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

recoiledsnake Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

If it's really free, can I download and install it legally on my assembled PC?

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

recoiledsnake Re:How much would the rebate be? (421 comments)

In the end it's free or even makes money for the OEM because of the bundled software(like Google pays OEMs to have Chrome installed as the default browser). A similar machine without the OS won't have that subsidy, so it might end up costing more than one with Windows. Would be funny if the OEM would force people to pay extra for laptops if you want one without Windows.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

recoiledsnake Re:What about other devices? (421 comments)

For phones, it seems that the OS is part of the device, especially in case of iPhones (what else are you going to run on them) Keep in mind that iOS isn't sold separately either.

So all this does is punish the software developers that don't lock their software into hardware they sell. So if Microsoft stops selling Windows and force everyone to buy Surface laptops and PCs then they should be good.

about a month ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

recoiledsnake What about other devices? (421 comments)

Since computing is moving to tablets and phones, can we get OS refunds for iDevices and Android tablets and phones also ?

Also, is this applicable to Macs?

about a month ago
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You Got Your Windows In My Linux

recoiledsnake What's wrong with Windows Server? (613 comments)

What's wrong with services.msc on a Windows Server machine? Any serious answers from people who actually used it?

about 1 month ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

recoiledsnake Well... (171 comments)

I atleast hope they use the money for something really good, like desktop Linux, instead of chasing mobile with Firefox OS.

With Google clamping down with Chrome, promoting on Google and Youtube and paying to bundle it everywhere like with Java, Flash and Acrobat updates, I am surprised Firefox hasn't lost even more marketshare, but I do think the clock is ticking.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

recoiledsnake Re:Google needs to clean up search (126 comments)

If the repackaging just involved slapping a skin and a couple extensions onto it but no code modification, I don't see why it would be a problem. Didn't IceWeasel involve recompiling or something?

What if one of the extensions sends all browsing activity and form submission data to another server?
Why would Firefox want to be associated with that?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

recoiledsnake Re:Google needs to clean up search (126 comments)

You are aware that there is nothing either illegal, or contrary to the GPL, in repackaging a browser, right? Its expressly in the GPL that you can do so.

And since it isnt illegal, on what grounds would google tamper with the search results? I thought we got up in arms when they do that at the request of celebs and whatnot. Or is it just because this is YOUR google search pet peeve, so its ok to mess with the results?

1) This is about the ads, not the organic search results.
2) GPL allows you to repackage software, but not under the same trademark. You can do whatever with the code, but cannot distribute it as Firefox if it's not coming from Mozilla. E.g. Debian had to rename their Firefox branch as IceWeasel
3) Google does not need any grounds to tamper with even organic search results.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

recoiledsnake Google needs to clean up search (126 comments)

Google needs to clean up misleading apps in their search and stop malware instead of profiting from it.

Look at the ads for Firefox.

http://i.imgur.com/piER06h.png

It's the same for other apps, like Skype etc.

about 2 months ago
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Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros

recoiledsnake Put some of the money back in... (296 comments)

The exemptions were given because some Word macros and sophisticated Excel files could not be reproduced in LibreOffice or other open source productivity suites. These are examples of what Serp calls “some less mature features” in free software: “When it comes to making some kinds of presentations, for example, there is often a little extra to do [compared to the same process in PowerPoint]. So for some people the process is not so clear, and this can cause adaptability problems in everyday work.”

How about they use some of the saved money to either donate or contribute code to make the software work better?

Instead we have companies and other organizations making and saving tens of billions of dollars off Open Source(like Google, Yahoo, Red Hat, Facebook, Twitter, Apple etc.) and then we end up with catastrophic security nightmares like HeartBleed because no one could be bothered to send a couple of bucks over to the overburdened couple of folks that everyone relies on for security. And then we have asshats on message boards like this one who likely never contributed to OpenSSL or looked at the code for bugs but feel entitled to call the coders stupid for the bugs after the fact.

about 3 months ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

recoiledsnake Re:Good (225 comments)

I don't see how that's true. On a Chromebook there's only a browser and Google apps, while Apple allows native apps from the App Store to run on an iPad.

You'll have to dev unlock and install a new OS in order to get native apps running on Chromebooks, so I fail to see how Google doesn't limit you.

about 3 months ago
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Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

recoiledsnake Re:Good (225 comments)

On any PC I can set Linux to be the default boot. On Chromebooks you have to type through an annoying prompt every single time you boot a kernel that's not signed by Google and the message says that OS verification is off, implying that using your own Linux install is less secure. Even the much hated UEFI Secure Boot doesn't do this.

about 3 months ago

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Xbox One sales top 3 million in 2013

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about 10 months ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Microsoft Corp. said on Monday that sales of its new Xbox One game console topped three million at the end of last year after launching in November and selling one million consoles in less than a day. The third generation of the Xbox is competing head-to-head with Sony Corp's PlayStation 4, also launched in November. Sony said it had sold 2.1 million PS4s by the first week of December. It will not be clear which company is leading the console battle until Sony updates that figure. However, the Xbox One seems to be selling quite well despite numerous obstacles including being over 25% more expensive than the PS4, the always-on Internet requirement that was controversial and was rolled back, and being sold in only 13 countries compared to the 48 countries that the PS4 is selling in."
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Italy Approves 'Google Tax' on Internet Companies

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about 10 months ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Italy’s Parliament today passed a new measure on web advertising, the so-called “Google tax,” which will require Italian companies to purchase their Internet ads from locally registered companies, instead of from units based in havens such as Ireland, Luxembourg and Bermuda. Google, for example, says that it sells nearly all its advertising in Europe from an Irish unit, leaving little taxable profits in the countries where its customers are based. That unit in turn pays royalties to a second Irish subsidiary, which says its headquarters are in Bermuda. Google last year moved nearly $12 billion to the Bermuda unit, the majority of its worldwide income, cutting more than $2 billion off its global income tax bill. Google’s Italian unit last year reported total income taxes of just 1.8 million euros, corporate filings show."
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Google starts tracking retail store visits on Android and iOS

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Google is beta-testing a program that uses smartphone location data to determine when consumers visit stores, according to agency executives briefed on the program by Google employees. Google then connects these store visits to Google searches conducted on smartphones. If someone conducts a Google mobile search for “screwdrivers,” for instance, a local hardware store could bid to have its store listing served to that user. By pairing that person’s location data with its database of store listings, Google can see if the person who saw that ad subsequently visited the store.It is easiest for Google to conduct this passive location tracking on Android users, since Google has embedded location tracking into the software. Once Android users opt in to location services, Google starts collecting their location data as continuously as technologically possible."
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Windows Phone nears double digit marketshare in Europe

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  1 year,21 days

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Windows Phone is continuing to make inroads over the Atlantic, almost doubling its share of new phones sold in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Windows Phone has now hit 9.2 percent share in those key European countries, up from just 5.1 percent share last year. Most interesting of all, perhaps, is Windows Phone’s performance in Germany, where Microsoft’s mobile platform hit 8.8 percent. That’s just one single percentage point below iPhone — a massive achievement. In addition, Windows Phone hit 10.8 percent share in France and 12 percent share in Great Britain, the first time it has ever hit double digits in either of those two countries. Perhaps this will lead Google to stop blocking the Youtube app for Windows Phone?"
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Jury finds Google guilty of FRAND patents abuse against Microsoft

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "A federal jury has ordered Google to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for breach of contract for failing to license at reasonable terms standard essential patents covering WiFi and H.264 used in the Xbox game console and Windows. Motorola had demanded Microsoft pay annual royalties of up to $4 billion for use of patents that are part of the H.264 video and 802.11 wireless standards, which are baked into Windows and the Xbox video game console. Microsoft said it was willing to pay royalties but not at the 2.25 percent of the product price that Motorola sought. We previously covered Motorola's demands."
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Jury finds Google guilty of standards-essential patents abuse against MS

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "A federal jury in Seattle ordered Google to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for breach of contract for failing to license at reasonable terms standard essential patents covering wireless and video technology used in the Xbox game console. Motorola had demanded Microsoft pay annual royalties of up to $4 billion for use of patents that are part of the H.264 video and 802.11 wireless standards, which are baked into Windows and the Xbox video game console. Microsoft said it was willing to pay royalties but not at the 2.25 percent of the product price that Motorola sought. We previously covered Motorola's exorbitant demands."
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Google paid AdBlock Plus to get its ads whitelisted

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "German site Horizont Online reports that [translate link] Google paid AdBlock Plus to unblock it's own ads. According to their tests, Google's text ads show up with AdBlock Plus installed, but Bing's and Yahoo's are blocked even though they are similarly less intrusive. This creates a conflict of interest for AdBlock Plus since it encourages companies to pay them to get whitelisted. Note, Adblock Plus is not directly related to Adblock. We previously covered the FTC was making new rules to prevent search results from looking like ads and how 62% of folks didn't even realize there were ads on search result pages because of search engines reducing background contrast to increase ad clicks."
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Rampant Apache attack hits visitors with malware

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "A campaign that forces sites running the Apache Web server to install highly malicious software on visitor's PCs has compromised more than 40,000 Web addresses in the past nine months, 15,000 of them in the month of May alone. Darkleech, which also goes by the name Linux/Charpoy, is able to tailor exploits to the geographic region of the infected victim as well. esearchers in recent months have uncovered a third piece of malware that causes websites to expose visitors to attacks. Known as Linux/Cdorked, it targets sites running the Apache, nginx, and Lighttpd Web servers and, as of May, had exposed almost 100,000 end-users running Eset software alone to attack."
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Next SurfaceRT to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 and LTE

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Following up on our previous discussion of Microsoft selling discounted SurfaceRT tablets to schools which fueled speculation about the future of Surface RT, Bloomberg is now reporting that Microsoft is fast at work on the next Surface RT which will replace the current Tegra 3 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip which has stellar benchmarks against the likes of the upcoming Tegra 4, Apple A6X, and Exynos processors, especially in the GPU and graphics department. Since the SoC comes with 3g/LTE, this might be the first Surface to support integrated cellular data. There are also indications that there could be an 8" version, and that the new versions might be revealed alongside the Windows 8.1 preview bits at the upcoming BUILD conference, starting on June 26."
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Real world stats show Chromebooks are struggling

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year and a half ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The first real world stats for Chromebooks show that they're struggling to have any traction in the marketplace. In its first week of monitoring worldwide usage of Google's Chrome OS, NetMarketShare reported that the percentage of web traffic from Chromebooks was roughly 2/100 of 1 percent, a figure too small to earn a place on its reports. The first Chromebooks went on sale in June 2011, nearly two years ago, with Acer reportedly selling fewer than 5000 units in the first six months and Samsung selling even fewer. In the past three years, Chromebook sales have been worse than even three months worth of WindowsRT sales. Perhaps users are heeding Stallman's warning on Chromebooks. We previously discussed reports of Chromebook topping Amazon sales, selling to 2000 schools and wondered whether QuickOffice on ChromeOS can topple Microsoft Office."
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Google glass will identify people by clothing

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  about a year and a half ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "A new technology built into Google Glass, dug up by New Scientist, takes Google Glass from interesting to down right creepy. Google Glass can now pick a person out of crowd based on their fashion style. The system, InSight, developed in partnership with Google, will take a nice little moment to assess the clothing in frame, and then point out exactly where your friends are in busy settings like a bar, concert, or sporting event. It could probably point you out in a protest, or shopping mall too. We previously discussed the disorienting effects on the wearer of the device."
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Apple: An 'App Store' Is Not a Store for Apps

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "What would be your first guess about what an app store sells? Don't be fooled, Apple warns, the phrase "app store" is not generic and can only be used to describe Cupertino's ... um, app store? "Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words 'app store' together denote a store for apps," Apple said in a Thursday filing with a California district court. All this notwithstanding that Jobs himself used the phrase generically while referring to Android app stores. Previous coverage here and here."
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WebGL flaw leaves GPU exposed to hackers

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Google spent a lot of time yesterday talking up WebGL, but UK security firm Context seems to think users should disable the feature because it poses a serious security threat, and the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) is encouraging people to heed that advice. According to Context, a malicious site could pass code directly to a computer's GPU and trigger a denial of service attack or simply crash the machine. Ne'er-do-wells could also use WebGL and the Canvas element to pull image data from another domain, which could then be used as part of a more elaborate attack. Khronos, the group that organizes the standard, responded by pointing out that there is an extension available to graphics card manufacturers that can detect and protect against DoS attacks, but it did little to satisfy Context — the firm argues that inherent flaws in the design of WebGL make it very difficult to secure."
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Microsoft blasts Google for false claims in court

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Microsoft writes in a blog post that Google knowingly lied to the court while suing the US government over considering only Microsoft implementations. We previously discussed Google winning an injunction against the Department of Interior over this. According to Microsoft, Google "filed a motion for a preliminary injunction telling the court three times in a single document that Google Apps for Government is certified under FISMA.Google has repeated this statement in many other places as well. Indeed, for several months and as recently as this morning, Google’s website states, “Google Apps for Government – now with FISMA certification.” And as if that’s not sufficient, Google goes farther on another webpage and states "Google Apps for Government is certified and accredited under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)." So imagine my surprise on Friday afternoon when, after some delay, some of the court papers were unsealed, at least in part. There for all to see was a statement by the Department of Justice contradicting Google on one of its basic FISMA claims. The DOJ’s brief says “On December 16, 2010, counsel for the Government learned that, notwithstanding Google’s representations to the public at large, its counsel, the GAO and this Court, it appears that Google’s Google Apps for Government does not have FISMA certification. This revelation was apparently as striking to the lawyers at the Department of Justice as it was to me. As a result, the work of engineers and IT professionals was replaced, at least temporarily, by filings by lawyers. This meant significant delay for the Department of the Interior, which was trying to save millions of dollars and upgrade the email services for its 88,000 employees."
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Apple remove Samba from OS X 10.7 because of GPLv3

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The upcoming release of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Server will remove the formerly bundled open source Samba software and replace it with Apple's own tools for Windows file sharing and network directory services. In both Mac OS X Server and client editions, Samba enables Macs to share files with Windows clients on the network and access Windows file servers. It has also later allowed Mac OS X Server to work as an NT Domain Controller to manage network accounts and make roaming profiles and home directories available to Windows PC users. However, the Samba team has moved active development of the project to the more strict GPLv3 license, which prevents Apple from using the software commercially. Apple is now said to be recommending Active Directory to users who are still dependent upon the older NT Domain Controller network directory services. Apple has previously stopped contributing code to GCC and started looking at other options like LLVM because of GCC's switch to GPLv3."
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Apple removes GayCure app from App Store

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Apple has removed the GayCure app after the pressure on Apple to remove the app started to snowball, culminating in an online petition initiated by Change.org which collected over 140,000 online signatures from people who wanted the app removed. Searching for the app now yields zero search results and Exodus International President Alan Chambers tweeted the following on Tuesday night. "It''(TM)s official, the @ExodusInl App is no longer in the @AppStore. Incredibly disappointing. Watch out, it could happen to you. #freedom"
Gay Cure isn'(TM)t the first app Apple has(TM) removed for touting an oeanti-homosexual philosophy. Apple back in November removed an appcalled the oeManhattan Declaration which advocated the oedignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

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Safari/MacBook first to fall at Pwn2Own 2011

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake writes "A team of security researchers from the French pen-testing firm VUPEN successfully exploited a zero-day flaw in Apple’s Safari browser to win this year’s Pwn2Own hacker challenge. The hijacked machine was running a fully patched version of Mac OS X (64-bit). Bekrar’s winning exploit did not even crash the browser after exploitation. Within five seconds of surfing to the rigged site, he successfully launched the calculator app and wrote a file on the disk without crashing the browser. Apple has just released Safari 5.0.4 and iOS 4.3 a few minutes before the Pwn2Own contest in an attempt to save face(Chrome and Safari also released last minute patches) but failed."
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Controversial Anti-Gay App Pulled From App Store

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The controversial Manhattan Declaration App has now been pulled from the App Store after more than 7,000 people signed a Change.org petition urging Apple to delete it. Calling it "anti-gay" and "anti-choice," the petition questioned Apple's decision to approve the application and deem it free of "objectionable content." "Want to join the hate fest? There's an app for that!" Change.org said on its site. "Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.". In a letter sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs earlier this week, the religious leaders said they were disappointed to learn that the company stopped selling the application, which included the text of the "Manhattan Declaration." "We do not know exactly why the app was pulled, as we have yet to receive any explanation from Apple, but we assume that it was the result of pressure brought to bear by some who, for blatantly ideologically partisan reasons, claim that the Manhattan Declaration is bigoted, or otherwise offensive," they said. "We hope that you will see how wrong it would be to let one side shut down the opposing side in a debate by slandering their opponents with prejudicial labels such as "bigot" or "homophobe." In a statement, Apple said, "We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people." The iPhone application initially disappeared from the app store in late November, The app had previously been given a 4+ rating by Apple that signifies that it does not consider the material offensive.. Can't keep both sides happy I guess. Or maybe they could sidestep such issues by removing the restriction to install apps only from the App Store."
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Apple pulls controversial Anti-Gay App

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The controversial Manhattan Declaration App has now been pulled from the App Store after more than 7,000 people signed a Change.org petition urging Apple to delete it. Calling it "anti-gay" and "anti-choice," the petition questioned Apple's decision to approve the application and deem it free of "objectionable content." "Want to join the hate fest? There's an app for that!" Change.org said on its site. "Apple needs to hear from concerned people now! Let's send a strong message to Apple that supporting homophobia and efforts to restrict choice is bad business.". In a letter to Steve Jobs, religious leaders said they were disappointed to learn that the company stopped selling the application, which included the text of the "Manhattan Declaration." "We do not know exactly why the app was pulled, as we have yet to receive any explanation from Apple, but we assume that it was the result of pressure brought to bear by some who, for blatantly ideologically partisan reasons, claim that the Manhattan Declaration is bigoted, or otherwise offensive," they said. "We hope that you will see how wrong it would be to let one side shut down the opposing side in a debate by slandering their opponents with prejudicial labels such as "bigot" or "homophobe." In a statement, Apple said, "We removed the Manhattan Declaration app from the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people." The app had previously been given a 4+ rating by Apple that signifies that it does not consider the material offensive. Can't keep both sides happy I guess. Or maybe they could sidestep such issues entirely by removing the restriction to install apps only from the App Store."
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Main GNU Source Repository Server Compromised

recoiledsnake recoiledsnake writes  |  more than 3 years ago

recoiledsnake (879048) writes "The main GNU source repository server savannah.gnu.org, used as a central code repository for many GNU projects including gcc, has been compromised by a SQL injection attack and is currently offline. Attackers were able to read encrypted passwords and decrypt them, some presumably by brute force leading to project membership access. There was no database loss since a working backup system was at least maintained. However, the attack does raise big questions about why a organization that prides itself on the security of its software failed to follow minimum basic security practices like storing password hashes instead of encrypting them and mitigating SQL injection attacks. There are no details on whether the attackers were able to sneak in malicious code to any of the projects hosted by GNU. And, as we all know from Ken Thompson's Turing award lecture, once the compiler is compromised, it's game over."

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