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Submission + - "Most serious" Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit (arstechnica.com)

operator_error writes: Lurking in the kernel for nine years, flaw gives untrusted users unfettered root access.

By Dan Goodin — 10/20/2016

A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years in virtually all versions of the Linux operating system is under active exploit, according to researchers who are advising users to install a patch as soon as possible.

While CVE-2016-5195, as the bug is cataloged, amounts to a mere privilege-escalation vulnerability rather than a more serious code-execution vulnerability, there are several reasons many researchers are taking it extremely seriously. For one thing, it's not hard to develop exploits that work reliably. For another, the flaw is located in a section of the Linux kernel that's a part of virtually every distribution of the open-source OS released for almost a decade. What's more, researchers have discovered attack code that indicates the vulnerability is being actively and maliciously exploited in the wild.

"It's probably the most serious Linux local privilege escalation ever," Dan Rosenberg, a senior researcher at Azimuth Security, told Ars. "The nature of the vulnerability lends itself to extremely reliable exploitation. This vulnerability has been present for nine years, which is an extremely long period of time."

The underlying bug was patched this week by the maintainers of the official Linux kernel. Downstream distributors are in the process of releasing updates that incorporate the fix. Red Hat has classified the vulnerability as "important."

Submission + - SPAM: Democrats Started Chicago Riot That Shut Down Trump Rally

Okian Warrior writes: Videographer James O'Keefe has unveiled a jaw-dropping video that appears to show alleged Hillary Clinton operatives illegally working together with her Super PAC and the Democratic National Committee to coordinate campaign moves. These moves included starting the riot that shut down a Donald Trump rally in Chicago last March.

[Submitter: Starting a riots to shut down a rally? That seems jest a leeeedle bit over the line, no?]

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Submission + - SPAM: Attempts to Frame Assange as a Pedophile and Russian spy 1

Okian Warrior writes: Earlier today the website DailyKos reported on a smear campaign plot to falsely accuse Julian Assange of pedophilia. An unknown entity posing as an internet dating agency prepared an elaborate plot to falsely claim that Julian Assange received US$1M from the Russian government and a second plot to frame him sexually molesting an eight year old girl.

Here is the description of the plot from Mr Assange’s legal team.

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Submission + - Your Phone's on Lockdown. Enjoy the Show.

HughPickens.com writes: The NYT reports that more artists are discovering a technology called Yondr. Fans are required to place their cellphones into Yondr’s form-fitting lockable pouch when entering the show, and a disk mechanism unlocks it on the way out. Fans keep the pouch with them, but it is impossible to snap pictures, shoot videos or send text messages during the performance while the pouch is locked. “I know my show is protected, and it empowers me to be more honest and open with the audience,” says Dave Chappelle who insists on deploying Yondr at all of his shows. Other entertainers have since used Yondr, including Alicia Keys, Guns N’ Roses, and Maxwell, and the actor, musician and comedian Donald Glover, who goes by the stage name Childish Gambino. Chad Taylor, who manages Mr. Glover, among others, says, “It’s hard to meet people in the room when you’re busy texting friends who aren’t there. It’s hard to enjoy a concert experience when you’re looking at it through an iPhone camera and trying to get the best shot.”

But some fans object to not being able to disseminate and see live shows via videotape. “The ability to see it happening live” from the comfort of your living room “is incredible,” says Chris Kooluris of Manhattan, a hard-core music fan who has been to dozens of live shows and watched others online through Periscope, Twitter’s video feature. “In this day and age, my phone is how I keep my memory,” says Gerard Little. “Chris Brown. Jason Derulo. I have their footage on my phone. If you don’t want your music heard, then don’t perform it.” Andrea Ostolaza says she wants to share the concert with her friends who couldn’t get in. “If it doesn’t have a flash or light, I don’t feel like it’s disrupting."

Comment Re: If it's like Politifake, expect far left bias. (Score 1) 367

I don't understand your comparison; if you would elucidate I'd appreciate it.

However regarding the type of business practices described, I will note that no ethical business person conducts their business dealings that way. It was not an isolated case of a dispute over what was owed but a frequently repeated method of obtaining goods and services for free or at unconscionably reduced rates. Trump enriched himself over and over again on the backs of those who entered into good faith business dealings with him.

Comment Re:Political action in NY is not yet successful. (Score 1) 131

Yes, I realized that after posting. But I am not aware of such a "movement" in NYC either.

The buses are a sore point with me because the wrap-around advertising serves to sort of camouflage them against the backdrop of traffic. I think that's a safety issue, especially for pedestrians.

Comment Re:If it's like Politifake, expect far left bias. (Score 1) 367

I'm pretty sure that the US government can't just agree to pay ten cents on the dollar after being dragged into court for nonpayment.

This ought to refresh your memory regarding Trump's "paying off his debts":


Comment Re: If it's like Politifake, expect far left bias. (Score 2, Informative) 367

If you are seriously asking this, then here:


He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004. While serving three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for the United States House of Representatives in 2000 against incumbent Bobby Rush.

In 2004, Obama received national attention during his campaign to represent Illinois in the United States Senate with his victory in the March Democratic Party primary, his keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July, and his election to the Senate in November. He began his presidential campaign in 2007 and, after a close primary campaign against Hillary Clinton in 2008, he won sufficient delegates in the Democratic Party primaries to receive the presidential nomination. He then defeated Republican nominee John McCain in the general election, and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009.

Significantly different from a candidate whose resume consists of real estate deals, discriminatory renting policies, operating gambling casinos, and promoting beauty pagents.

Comment Re:If it's like Politifake, expect far left bias. (Score 1) 367

Good questions.

An alarmingly large portion of the US electorate believes that someone without political or governmental experience would make a better candidate than someone who has devoted the bulk of their life to the field.

Would you prefer a doctor who hadn't been tainted by going to medical school? A surgeon who never before performed surgery?

Would you prefer an airplane pilot who never went to flight school but "knows he can fly that damn thing"?

Comment Re: If it's like Politifake, expect far left bias. (Score 1) 367

"Off the top of my head", and relatively recently, the only presidential candidates I could point to are George Romney and his son Mitt Romney, both known to be ethical businessmen. George Romney campaigned for the Republican nomination but lost to Richard Nixon; Mitt Romney ran as the Republican candidate but lost to Barack Obama.


Fun Fact (with parallels to Trump's "birtherism" and "Mexican-parented" judge-baiting): George Romney was born in Mexico. "Questions were occasionally asked about Romney's eligibility to run for President owing to his birth in Mexico, given the ambiguity in the United States Constitution over the phrase "natural-born citizen". Romney would depart the race before the matter could be more definitively resolved, although the preponderance of opinion then and since has been that he was eligible."

The other presidents I can think of were, I think, either war heroes or lawyers, and typically spent a great deal of time in "public service" / "elected office" prior to becoming president.

Well, George W Bush was a Texas oil tycoon, so maybe that's what you're asking about.

Comment Re:If it's like Politifake, expect far left bias. (Score 2) 367

I take it that you consider Donald J Trump -- real estate developer, casino operator, restaurant operator, resort hotel operator, golf course developer, and self-proclaimed multi-billionaire -- a man who is shrewd enough to take his companies into bankruptcy when other people's money can be lost instead of his own, and smart enough to pay no income tax for the last 18 years, "not establishment".


Comment Re:OK but misses a larger problem (Score 1) 367

What are you talking about? After hearing Trump describe his seduction method as "grab their pussy and kiss them" I have changed my vote from Ms Clinton to Mr Trump.

He's the Man!

I have also been arrested for sexual assault whilst following his advice and I hope that Mr Trump will issue a Presidential pardon to me as soon as he is sworn in.

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