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Endian Firewall 2.5.2

Endian Firewall is an all-in-on Linux security distribution that turns any system into a full-featured security appliance. It features a stateful packet inspection firewall, application-level proxies for various protocols (HTTP, POP3, SMTP), anti-virus support, virus and spam filtering for email traffic (POP and SMTP), content filtering of Web traffic, and a “hassle free” VPN system based on OpenVPN.

Release Notes: Minor bugs were fixed. ClamAV was updated to the most recent version, ensuring that signature updates will continue to work. Anti-spyware lists are now being provided by PhishTank instead of Malware Domains. This has resulted in *more sites being recognized correctly, and also makes it possible to show an information page with a link to PhishTank’s description of the malicious Web site. Support for various hardware devices was added, including USB modems, network interface cards, and hard disk controllers.

Release Tags: Security Networking Firewalls Monitoring Operating Systems Linux Distributions

Tags: Security, Networking, Firewalls, Monitoring, Operating Systems, Linux Distributions

Licenses: GPL

Original news: http://freecode.com/projects/efw

Fragmentation Leads To Android Insecurities

Vendor fragmentation leads to security vulnerabilities and other exploits. This situation is ‘…making the world’s most popular mobile operating system more vulnerable than its rivals to hackers, scam artists and a growing universe of malicious software’ unlike Apple’s iOS which they note has widely available updates several times a year. In light of many companies’ Bring Your Own Device initiatives ‘You have potentially millions of Androids making their way into the work space, accessing confidential documents,’ said Christopher Soghoian, a former Federal Trade Commission technology expert who now works for the American Civil Liberties Union. ‘It’s like a really dry forest, and it’s just waiting for a match.’

In late October, researchers at North Carolina State University alerted Google to a security flaw that could let scam artists send phony text messages to Android phones — a practice called “smishing” that can ensnare consumers in fraud.

Google’s security officials replied in minutes, confirming the flaw and promising to correct it. Within days they had incorporated a fix into the latest version of the Android operating system, Jelly Bean 4.2, and made available a security update for earlier versions.

But for most Android phones, the fix never arrived. For many, it never will.

That is because it is not clear which company — Google, the smartphone maker or the wireless carrier that sells it — bears ultimate responsibility for the costly process of getting security updates to an Android device. Fixes to known security flaws can take many months to reach individual smartphones, if they arrive at all.

The problem, security experts say, has contributed to making the world’s most popular mobile operating system more vulnerable than its rivals to hackers, scam artists and a growing universe of malicious software.

Breaches remain more common on traditional computers than on smartphones, which have been engineered to include security features not found on desktop or laptop machines, experts say.

But outdated software can undermine such protections. If there was a major outbreak of malicious software, the fractured nature of the system for delivering updates could dramatically slow efforts to protect information carried on Android phones — including documents, passwords, contact lists, pictures, videos, location data and credit card numbers.

The risks are particularly serious for businesses and government agencies, whose increasingly popular bring-your-own-device policies have created new potential portals for espionage aimed at secure computer systems.

“You have potentially millions of Androids making their way into the work space, accessing confidential documents,” said Christopher Soghoian, a former Federal Trade Commission technology expert who now works for the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s like a really dry forest, and it’s just waiting for a match.”

Google engineers designed Android to resist hackers and have continually improved it. The company also has worked to purge malicious software from its app store, Google Play, minimizing the risk from one possible route of infection.

“We’ve built the system from Day One to deal with this kind of world,” said Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of Android engineering. “The health of the Android ecosystem is really important to us.”

Yet while each new generation of Android delivers improvements that close off newly discovered avenues of attack, the company has struggled to get updated software to smartphones already in the hands of consumers.

‘Fragmentation’ leaves Android phones vulnerable to hackers, scammers

cPanel forums have been hacked

The cPanel Community forums have been victim to suspicious activity and a potential breach. Their system administrators have re-installed the forums and have enabled a forced password change the next time users login to their account. According to the email they’ve sent to registered users, the root cause of this has been identified and a fix is in place. They are recommending the following precautions:

  1. Update your current password to a secure password.
  2. If that password was not unique to forums.cpanel.net, please update the password on other websites or places that it has been used.

The cPanel Community forums are not tied to any other internal or external systems within cPanel. If you have any specific questions about this, drop their Customer Service team an email at cs@cpanel.net.