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This Hack Gives Linux Root Shell Just By Pressing 'ENTER' for 70 Seconds

This Hack Gives Linux Root Shell Just By Pressing 'ENTER' for 70 Seconds
Nov 16, 2016
A hacker with little more than a minute can bypass the authentication procedures on some Linux systems just by holding down the Enter key for around 70 seconds. The result? The act grants the hacker a shell with root privileges, which allows them to gain complete remote control over encrypted Linux machine. The security issue relies due to a vulnerability ( CVE-2016-4484 ) in the implementation of the Cryptsetup utility used for encrypting hard drives via Linux Unified Key Setup (LUKS), which is the standard implementation of disk encryption on a Linux-based operating system. The flaw actually is in the way the Cryptsetup utility handles password failures for the decryption process when a system boots up, which lets a user retry the password multiple times. What's even worse? Even if the user has tried up all 93 password attempts, the user is dropped to a shell (Busybox in Ubuntu) that has root privileges. In other words, if you enter a blank password 93 times – or s

Subgraph OS — Secure Linux Operating System for Non-Technical Users

Subgraph OS — Secure Linux Operating System for Non-Technical Users
Mar 04, 2016
Information security and privacy are consistently hot topics after Edward Snowden revelations of NSA's global surveillance that brought the world's attention towards data protection and encryption as never before. Moreover, just days after Windows 10 's successful launch last summer, we saw various default settings in the Microsoft's newest OS that compromise users' privacy , making a large number of geeks, as well as regular users, migrate to Linux. However, the problem is that majority of users are not friendly to the Linux environment. They don't know how to configure their machine with right privacy and security settings, which makes them still open to hacking and surveillance. However, this gaping hole can be filled with a  Debian-based  Security-focused Linux operating system called Subgraph OS: A key solution to your Privacy Fear. Subgraph OS is a feather weighted Linux flavor that aims to combat hacking attacks easier, even on fai

SaaS Compliance through the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

SaaS Compliance through the NIST Cybersecurity Framework
Feb 20, 2024Cybersecurity Framework / SaaS Security
The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) cybersecurity framework is one of the world's most important guidelines for securing networks. It can be applied to any number of applications, including SaaS.  One of the challenges facing those tasked with securing SaaS applications is the different settings found in each application. It makes it difficult to develop a configuration policy that will apply to an HR app that manages employees, a marketing app that manages content, and an R&D app that manages software versions, all while aligning with NIST compliance standards.  However, there are several settings that can be applied to nearly every app in the SaaS stack. In this article, we'll explore some universal configurations, explain why they are important, and guide you in setting them in a way that improves your SaaS apps' security posture.  Start with Admins Role-based access control (RBAC) is a key to NIST adherence and should be applied to every SaaS a

Maru OS — Android ROM that Turns into Debian Linux When Connected to a PC

Maru OS — Android ROM that Turns into Debian Linux When Connected to a PC
Feb 06, 2016
Good News for Linux Techno Freaks! Do you usually mess with your Android smartphone by trying out the continual ins and outs of various apps and custom ROMs? Then this news would be a perfect pick for you! What If, you can effectively carry a Linux computer in your pocket? Hereby introducing a new Android-based Operating system named " Maru OS " that combine the mobility of a smartphone as well as the power of a desktop on a single device. Maru OS allows you to turn your smartphone into a desktop when plugging it with an HDMI cable. Maru custom ROM includes two operating systems: Android 5.1 Lollipop for mobile phones Debian-Linux for desktop monitor When you connect your phone (with Maru OS installed on it) via HDMI to a monitor, it will load Debian Linux automatically on your desktop screen in less than 5 seconds. "Your phone runs independently of your desktop so you can take a call and work on your big screen at the same time,"

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R.I.P Ian Murdock, Founder of Debian Linux, Dies at 42

R.I.P Ian Murdock, Founder of Debian Linux, Dies at 42
Dec 30, 2016
Ian Murdock , the founder the Debian Linux operating system and the creator of apt-get, has passed away. Yes, it is very sad to announce that Ian Murdock is not between us. His death has touched the entire software community. He was just 42. The announcement of Murdock death came out via a blog post on Docker website, where Murdock was working as a member of the technical staff. The cause of death is unclear at present, but Murdock tweeted the same day that he would commit suicide that night. His Twitter account had since been deleted. However, at that time, some people speculated that Murdock's account had been hacked and that the tweets were not by him. Murdock posted some Tweets  on Monday suggesting he had been involved in a police case and has been beaten by the police and charged with battery. However, neither Docker, nor the San Francisco Police Department immediately commented on Murdock's actual cause of death. Murdock developed Debian in Augu

This Secure Operating System Can Protect You Even if You Get Hacked

This Secure Operating System Can Protect You Even if You Get Hacked
Oct 07, 2015
Hackers, Government Agencies and sophisticated malware, are collecting every piece of Digital data that we transmit through our Computers, Smartphones or Internet-enabled Gadgets. No matter how secure you think you might be, something malicious can always happen. Because, " With the right tools and Talent, a Computer is an open book. " Many people ask, How to stay safe and secure online? And, Answer is... ...Knowledge of Cyber threats, little Smartness and a Secure Operating System. Which Operating System is the Most Secure? Nearly every Operating System is designed with Security as a requirement, but believe me… there can't be a truly Secure Operating System. If you are Interested in Security and Hacking, you have probably already heard of various security-focused Operating Systems like Tails , Whonix and Kali Linux . All these operating systems, including Windows, Linux, BSD, even OSX, are all based on a Monolithic Kernels, and it requir

IBM launches LinuxONE: Linux-only Mainframe Systems

IBM launches LinuxONE: Linux-only Mainframe Systems
Aug 18, 2015
World's largest hardware supplier of mainframe computers IBM (International Business Machine) Corp. has launched two mainframe servers that run only on Linux operating system. IBM used RAS as a term to describe the strength of the mainframe computers; RSA stands for R eliability, A vailability, and S erviceability. However, IBM has now added a new feather to its mainframe servers in an effort to increase the open source software combined with mainframe hardware RAS. Dubbed LinuxONE , the new mainframe servers comes with two different flavors: LinuxONE Emperor for large enterprises and runs on the IBM z13 LinuxONE Rockhopper designed for mid-size businesses The IBM LinuxONE Emperor is capable of ultimate flexibility, scalability, performance and trust for business critical Linux applications whereas… The IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper offers all the same great capabilities, value and innovation of LinuxONE system with the flexibility of a small package with g

Kali Linux 2.0 Released — Download Most Powerful Penetration Testing Platform

Kali Linux 2.0 Released — Download Most Powerful Penetration Testing Platform
Aug 11, 2015
Offensive Security , the creators of Swiss army knife for Security researchers, Penetration testers and Hackers have finally released the much awaited and most powerful version of  Kali Linux 2.0 . Kali Linux 2.0 (Codename 'Kali Sana') , an open-source penetration testing platform brings hundreds of Penetration Testing, Forensics, Hacking and Reverse Engineering tools together into a Debian-based Linux distribution. Kali Linux 2.0 offers a redesigned user interface for streamlined work experience, along with a new multi-level menus and tool categories options. Kali Linux 2.0 is now a rolling distribution, means users will receive tools and core system updates frequently. Kali Linux 2.0 Features: Runs on Linux kernel 4.0,  use full Gnome 3 Desktop instead of gnome-fallback,  improved hardware and wireless driver coverage,  support for a variety of Desktop Environments,  updated desktop environment and tools,  Featuring new cutting-edge wireless penetration

Kali Linux 1.0.8 — New Release Supports UEFI Boot

Kali Linux 1.0.8 — New Release Supports UEFI Boot
Jul 26, 2014
Great news for Hackers and Backtrack Linux fans! Offensive Security, the developers of one of the most advance open source operating system for penetration testing known as ' KALI Linux ', has finally announced the release of the latest version i.e. Kali Linux 1.0.8 . Kali Linux is based upon Debian Linux distribution designed for digital forensics and penetration testing, including a variety of security/hacking tools. It is developed, maintained and funded by Offensive Security constantly providing users with the latest package updates and security fixes available. The new release supports Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) boot  that allows you to start Kali Linux 1.0.8 using a USB stick on recent hardware, and especially on Apple Macbooks Air and Retina models. " This new feature simplifies getting Kali installed and running on more recent hardware which requires EFI as well as various Apple Macbooks Air and Retina models ," reads the blog post . Although
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