Kali Linux Ethical Hacking OS Kicks Off 2019 with Metasploit 5.0 and ARM Updates

Offensive Security announced today the general availability of the Kali Linux 2019.1, the first update of the popular ethical hacking and penetration testing operating system in 2019.

Kali Linux 2019.1 kicks off the new year in style for fans of the penetration testing GNU/Linux distribution, which is based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, as it’s the first release to ship with the latest, greatest, and widely used Metasploit 5.0 penetration testing framework.

Metasploit 5.0 is a major update that introduces numerous new features and improvements to the penetration testing framework, among which we can mention a new search engine, new evasion modules, integrated web services, support for writing shellcode in C, as well as a new json-rpc daemon.

“The big marquee update of this release is the update of Metasploit to version 5.0, which is their first major release since version 4.0 came out in 2011,” reads today’s read more)

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Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 “Stretch” Live & Installable ISOs Now Available to Download

The Debian Project released live and installable ISO images of their latest Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 “Stretch” operating system, which is now available to download for all supported architectures.

Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 is the eighth point release of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system series, adding no less than 186 updated packages that include security and bug fixes. As of today, the Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 “Stretch” installable and live images are now available to download from the project’s homepage or via our free software portal.

While the Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 live images come in six different editions with the KDE Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, and Cinnamon desktop environments, supported on 64-bit and 32-bit hardware architectures, the install-only images are available for all the architectures that t… (read more)

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Arne Exton’s Six-in-One MultiBootCD Updated with Latest GNU/Linux Releases

GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton released a new version of his EXTON Linux MultiBootCD six-in-one OS to include the most recent versions of the bundled GNU/Linux distributions.

EXTON Linux MultiBootCD 6-OS is a live, bootable ISO image that consists of six popular and minimalist GNU/Linux distributions, including GParted Live, 4MLinux, Tiny Core Linux, Porteus Linux, PuppEX Slack64, and SliTaz Linux. The latest version, build 190215, is here to update several of these bundled OSes.

As such, EXTON Linux MultiBootCD 6-OS Build 190215 ships with 4MLinux 28.0, Porteus 4.0, Tiny Core Linux 10.0, SliTaz 5.0, and PuppEX Slack64 160822, a GNU/Linux distribution based on the popular Puppy Linux operating system. Also included is the older GParted Live 0.26.1-5 distribution.

“A new version of EXTON Linux MultibootCD 6-OS is ready. Includes new (latest) versions of Porteus, GParted Live, Puppy Linux (PuppEX Slack64), 4MLinux, SliTaz and Tiny Core,” said Arne Exton in the read more)

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Linspire Cloud Edition 8.0 Office 365 Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

The Linspire team informs Softpedia about the availability of the Cloud Edition (CE) Office 365 of the latest Linspire 8.0 operating system release.

Targeted at corporate and education users, the Linspire Cloud Edition 8.0 Office 365 operating system brings together the security and stability of the GNU/Linux technologies and the standard Microsoft Office online platform called Office 365 into a single, affordable package that can be easily installed on a personal computer or deployed across a network in offices and classrooms.

“We have worked diligently to thoroughly integrate Microsoft’s web services into this product,” said Roberto J. Dohnert. “Who was this designed for? For our business and education users who rely on Microsoft’s web services in their offices and classrooms. CE Office 365 offers the standard Microsoft Office online platform married to the stability and security of the Linux desktop.”

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Slax 9.8 Linux Distro Released with Various Updates from Debian GNU/Linux 9.8

A new version of the minimalist Slax Linux distribution has been released today, bringing all the security fixes and updates from the stable Debian GNU/Linux repositories.

Slax 9.8 is now available for download and comes about three weeks after the release of Slax 9.7, which improved compatibility with new USB devices and made the ISO image even smaller by using 1MB blocks to compress the SquashFS filesystem. 

Slax 9.8 is based on the recently released Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 operating system and incorporates all of the upstream security updates and miscellaneous bug fixes that were included in the Debian GNU/Linux 9.8 “Stretch” point release.

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KDE Plasma 5.15 Desktop Environment Officially Released, Here’s What’s New

The KDE Project released today KDE Plasma 5.15, a major new series that introduces numerous new features and improvements to the popular GNU/Linux graphical desktop environment.

Six months in development, the KDE Plasma 5.15 desktop environment comes with a lot of changes to make your Plasma experience more enjoyable. These include various refinements to the configuration interfaces, new options for complex network configurations, redesigned icons, improved integration with third-party technologies and apps, and a much-improved Discover package manager.

“For the first production release of 2019, the Plasma team has embraced KDE’s Usability & Productivity goal and has been working on hunting down and removing all the papercuts that slow you down,” reads today’s announcement. “With this in mind, we teamed up with the VDG (Visual Design Group) contributors to get feedback on all the annoying problems in… (read more)

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Good Guy Malware: Linux Virus Removes Other Infections to Mine on Its Own

Coin miners have become the new norm in the malware world, and new versions are getting more complex, being able to hide their processes more effectively in order to avoid detection.

But security vendor Trend Micro has recently come across a new Linux coin miner whose purpose isn’t only to run without users being aware of it, but to also remove the other malware and miners that are found on a compromised system.

In an analysis of the script, the security company explains that it uses code from KORKERDS and relies on crontabs to make sure it launches after reboot.

The script that the malware uses for spreading downloads a modified version of XMR-Stak, a cryptocurrency miner that is specifically aimed at Cryptonight currencies and which can use the most CPUs, as well as NVIDIA and AMD GPUs for its processes.

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antiX MX 18.1 Distro Released with Latest Debian GNU/Linux 9.7 “Stretch” Updates

A new version of the Debian-based antiX MX operating system has been released based on the latest Debian Stable repositories and packed with recent updates and urgent security and bug fixes.

Based on Debian GNU/Linux 9.7 “Stretch,” antiX MX 18.1 updates the mx-installer, which is based on gazelle-installer, to address bug that lead to crashes during installation of the GRUB bootloader, adds support in mx-repo-manager to lists even more repository mirrors, and improves MX-PackageInstaller and MX-Conky.

Another important area improved in antiX MX 18.1 is the antiX live-USB image, which now features persistence up to 20GB of disk space, as well as much better UEFI boot capabilities, especially when running it on 64-bit UEFI systems. The devs consider creating a “full-featured” antiX live-USB for 32-bit UEFI systems as well.

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OpenMandriva 4.0 Enters Beta with Linux 4.20, KDE Plasma 5.15 & LibreOffice 6.2

The OpenMandriva project finally kicked of 2019 with the beta release of their upcoming and long-anticipated OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 operating system.

A few months in the works, the OpenMandriva Lx 4.0 Beta release is now ready for public testing, shipping with lots of updated packages and numerous improvements. The Live ISO image got refreshed a bit and it now features new entries for language and keyboard preference in the boot menu and the KPatience card game.

Also added in the Live ISO image is the KBackup utility as a replacement for draksnapshot to help users backup directories or files, Dnfdragora GUI package manager as a replacement for rpmdrake, Plasma Software Updates applet for applying packag updates using PackageKit, and KUser tool for managing users and groups as a replacement for userdrake.

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Canonical Apologizes for Boot Failure in Ubuntu 18.10 & 18.04, Fix Available Now

Canonical released a new kernel update for Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) and Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (Bionic Beaver) systems to address a regression introduces by the last kernel security patch.

After patching a nasty Linux kernel regression in the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS operating system series, Canonical now addressed another regression affecting the Linux 4.18 kernel packages of Ubuntu 18.10 and Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS systems, which was introduced by an important kernel security update released earlier this week.

The kernel security update that Canonical published on February 4th was available for Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 16.0.4 LTS, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS systems, but only Ubuntu 18.10 mac… (read more)

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