Early Christmas for KeePassX Users – KeePassX 2.0 Out

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Dec 072015

KeepassxFolks, Christmas has arrived 18 days early for password manager KeePassX users.

After five years of development, version 2.0 of KeePassX has been released.

The previous stable version of KeePassX was 0.4.3, which was released way back in March 2010.

Clearing Confusion

Let’s first clear up lingering confusion.

In the minds of end users, there’s considerable confusion between the two major password management utilities. KeePassX and KeePass.

Here’s the key difference between the two utilities.

KeePass is primarily a password management utility developed for various versions of Windows although it can run on other platforms like Mac OS X and Linux via Mono.

Unofficial ports of KeePass for different platforms are also available.

KeePassX, on the other hand, was developed from the get-go as a cross-platform password management utility.

KeePassX (written in QT) was originally known as KeePass/L since it was a Linux port of Keepass Password Safe.

After the utility became cross-platform in 2006, the L was dropped and the name was changed to KeePassX.

New Features in KeePassX 2.0

KeePassX developers have highlighted various new features in version 2.0: Continue reading »

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Free Anti-Virus Software for Linux Systems

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Nov 272015

If you’re a Linux aficionado, bravo.

You’re obviously more knowledgeable about computers than the average user.

Linux – Risks Lurk

The good thing about Linux systems is that they’re less vulnerable compared to, say, Windows or any other operating system.

But don’t be fooled by all those fanboys who claim Linux is like Fort Knox, virtually impenetrable to the hackers.

Linux, like every other operating system, is prone to malware, viruses and all the other bad stuff.

Further, even if malware does not attack a Linux system directly they can still cause widespread harm if you run a Linux web server to which Windows, Mac, Android and other systems connect to.

So Linux server and desktop users would be well advised to be on the alert for malware.

Although Linux still has a small installed base at the consumer level, its growing usage is also prompting hackers to target this operating system.

Thankfully, for all ye scrooges there are a few free anti-virus Linux software.

Here are a couple of them.

1. Sophos offers anti-virus protection for Linux providing on-access and on-demand scanning.

Sophos supports popular Linux distributions including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (versions 4, 5, 6 and 7), CentOS (5.8+, 6.2+ and 7) and Ubuntu LTS Server Edition 12.04 / 14.04 (version 9.6.1+).

You can download the free Sophos anti-virus software for Linux from the company’s web site.

2. Clamav is another free anti-virus software for popular Linux distros like Red Hat, CentOS and Ubuntu.

Red Hat & CentOS

For Red Hat and CentOS distributions, make sure you have the EPEL repository enabled before trying to install Clamav.

$ sudo yum install clamav clamd

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Nmap Security Scanner gets Major Upgrade in Version 7

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Nov 192015

If you’re still running nmap 6.0, now’s the time to upgrade!

Open source security scanner nmap has received a big upgrade in version 7, which debuted November 19, 2015.

Touted as the product of three and a half years of work, nmap 7 includes nearly 3,200 code commits and enhancements that are part of over a dozen point releases since the big nmap 6 release in May 2012.

Nmap 7 – Highlights

Since nmap 6, developers of the free security scanner have added 171 new scripts and 20 libraries including firewall-bypass, supermicro-ipmi-conf, oracle-brute-stealth, and ssl-heartbleed.

The Nmap Scripting Engine (NSE) is now reportedly powerful enough that scripts can take on core functions such as host discovery (dns-ip6-arpa-scan), version scanning (ike-version, snmp-info, etc.) and RPC grinding (rpc-grind).

There’s even a proposal to implement port scanning in NSE.

Nmap 7 provides full IPv6 support for CIDR-style address ranges, Idle Scan, parallel reverse-DNS, and more NSE script coverage.

Faster scans is another highlight of nmap 7.

Version scan is supposedly quicker in nmap 7 because of 56 more softmatch lines that prevent nmap from sending irrelevant probes to certain services.

The ssl-enum-ciphers script has been entirely revamped in release 7 to perform fast analysis of TLS deployment problems, and version scanning probes have been tweaked to quickly detect the newest TLS handshake versions.

A favorite of systems and network administrators, nmap is used for network inventory, managing service upgrade schedules, monitoring host or service uptime and other tasks.

The cross-platform nmap uses raw IP packets to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics.

Designed for rapid scan of large networks, nmap works well for single hosts too.

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Tails 1.6 Out

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Sep 282015

The developers of Tails have put out version 1.6 of the privacy oriented Linux distribution.

Tails 1.6 is primarily a security fix for the several vulnerabilities found in the previous version (1.5.1).

The Tails’ team is asking users to immediately upgrade to version 1.6.

Tails 1.6 – Changes

The Tor Browser has been upgraded to version 5.0.3 (based on Firefox 38.3.0 ESR) in Tails 1.6. Continue reading »

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Kali Linux 2.0 Upgrade is Out

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Aug 112015

Fall on your knees and kiss the earth in gratitude.

Folks, Kali Linux 2.0 has just been released.

In case you’ve just arrived from Mars or Uranus, Kali is the mother of Linux penetrating distributions.

So what’s new in Kali 2.0?

A lot of goodies in there, a lot! So continue reading!

Kali Linux 2.0 Upgrade is Out

New Features in Kali Linux 2.0

Continue reading »

Samsung, Google Vow to Fix Android Security Nightmare

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Aug 052015

Google Nexus 5Security has been a nightmare for hundreds of millions of Android device owners given the slow/nil issue of patches for even serious vulnerabilities.

But some relief is finally at hand for owners of Google and Samsung mobile devices.

Security – Samsung, Google Act

Anxious to counter widely held perceptions that Android mobile devices are not as secure as their iOS counterparts, Samsung and Google today separately announced major overhauls to their security update policies.

Samsung Electronics plans to implement a new Android security update process to fast track security patches over the air when security vulnerabilities are uncovered.

The goal is to send out security updates regularly about once per month.

The South Korean electronics giant said it’d disclose details about the new security update policies for specific models and timelines after talking to its carrier partners. Continue reading »

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