Aug 172017

The Security Team weekly reports are intended to be very short summaries of the Security Team’s weekly activities.

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During the last week, the Ubuntu Security team:

  • Triaged 537 public security vulnerability reports, retaining the 134 that applied to Ubuntu.
  • Published 16 Ubuntu Security Notices which fixed 36 security issues (CVEs) across 17 supported packages.

Ubuntu Security Notices

Bug Triage

Mainline Inclusion Requests

Updates to Community Supported Packages

  • Simon Quigley (tsimonq2) provided debdiffs for trusty-zesty for vlc (LP: #1709420)


What the Security Team is Reading This Week

Weekly Meeting

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Security Team Weekly Summary: August 17, 2017

Aug 172017

By 1997, there had long been graphical Unix and Linux graphical user interface (GUI) desktops, but none of them had gathered much support. KDE, which was destined to become a major desktop, had started in 1996, but it was still facing opposition for its use of the Qt license. The GNOME Project, founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero on August 15, 1997, was created to build a GUI without the use of any non-General Public License (GPL) software. Thus, a struggle began between the two Linux desktops, which continues to this day.
Since the initial release of GNOME 1.0 in 1999, there have been 33 stable releases. That first release would set the framework for all future versions. It was based on the GIMP ToolKit (GTK+). Then, and now, GNOME offered a friendly platform for developers and supported many programming languages. Its libraries are available for any application under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL). GNOME’s applications are available under the GPL.
GNOME is more than just a desktop. It’s a complete family of desktop applications. These include the Evolution, email client; AbiWord, a word-processor; and Epiphany, a web browser.
For many years, KDE and GNOME would struggle over Linux desktop domination. While there were other significant early Linux GUIs — GNUStep (aka OpenStep), Xfce, and Enlightment — GNOME and KDE would dominate Linux for many years.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Linux desktop GUI GNOME celebrates its 20th birthday
Source: Full Circle Magazine

Aug 172017

CoreOS has announced the general availability of the Kubernetes container management Tectonic platform on Microsoft’s Azure cloud. The Tectonic platform enables enterprises to run Kubernetes on a single platform across various cloud and bare metal environments. Prior to this release, the Tectonic platform was available on AWS and bare metal servers. Tectonic 1.7 delivers on CoreOS’ vision to bring freedom and portability to the cloud. It enables enterprises to use a single platform to manage modern infrastructure in their hybrid environments.
CoreOS Tectonic Platform Aims to Free the Cloud
Source: LinuxInsider