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  • The S in IOT is for Security

    Recently I was given two LED desk lamps to improve lighting for video meetings, these are just lamps with three controls, on/off, temperature, and brightness. In the misguided vein of “make it an IOT device with an app to monetize human data” mentality the temperature and brightness control aren’t just knobs on the lamp, no, they are controlled by a proprietary app that you are forced (well… unless you hack it (as I explain below)) to download to your phone or computer. You also have to agree to the terms of service to install and use the application. After installing the app you must “activate” the lamp in the app by connecting it to your WiFi and the Internet.

    [...]

    Liberating the freedom crushing proprietary app and regaining control was fun. It’s not just that it’s a bad idea to connect a lamp to the Internet, it’s also that it’s a bad idea to install a random application you can’t audit on your phone.

    GNOME-Builder is amazing (hi Christian). I decided to start a new project, select Python and it immediately started me into a fully-functioning (and buildable) Hello World example project.

    I whipped up a quick layout in GNOME-Builder’s View Design tab and began translating bash’s nmcli and wget into Python libraries. After a bit of work learning how Flatpak manifests work to include the necessary libraries (hint: manifests are required learning to solve dependencies within a flatpak), I had a proof of concept app that allows me to connect to a lamp and adjust temperature and brightness.

  • Security updates for Friday

    Security updates have been issued by CentOS (kernel and pki-core), Debian (shibboleth-sp, shibboleth-sp2, and squid3), openSUSE (libmysofa and privoxy), Oracle (bind), and Ubuntu (ruby2.3, ruby2.5, ruby2.7).

  • diffoscope 170 released

    The diffoscope maintainers are pleased to announce the release of diffoscope version 170. This version includes the following changes:

    [ Chris Lamb ]
    * Avoid frequent long lines in RPM header outputs that cause very very slow
      HTML outputs. (Closes: reproducible-builds/diffoscope#245)
    * Fix test_libmix_differences on openSUSE Tumbleweed.
      (Closes: #reproducible-builds/diffoscope#244)
    * Move test_rpm to use the assert_diff utility helper.
    
    [ Hans-Christoph Steiner ]
    * Add a diffoscope.tools.get_tools() method to support programmatically
      fetching Diffoscope's config.
    
    [ Roland Clobus ]
    * Become tolerant of malformed Debian .changes files.
    

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