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  • Open-source Android mobile platform Lineage OS hacked

    In another incident of online breach, hackers gained illegal access to the open-source operating system for smartphones Lineage OS. The online intrusion was confirmed by the company. As per the company, the OS was hacked on Saturday last week around 8 pm US Pacific coast. It said that the hack was detected on time and that the attack did no harm to the source code of the operating system. Builds and signing keys too remain intact, it added.


    According to the lineage OS developers, the attackers used an unpatched vulnerability to breach its Salt installation. Salt is again an open-sourced framework offered by Saltstack. It is usually deployed to manage and automate servers inside data centres, cloud server setups, or internal networks. Cybersecurity firm F-Secure recently revealed two major vulnerabilities in the Salt framework. These included CVE-2020-11651 which is an authentication bypass and CVE-2020-11652, a directory traversal. Both these vulnerabilities together could allow the hackers to bypass login authentication and run codes to leave the servers of Salt master exposed on the internet, the cybersecurity firm warned.

  • Hackers break into open-source Android mobile platform LineageOS
  • Vulnerabilities in the Open-source and commercial Salt management framework

    On April 30, F-Secure Labs published an advisory for two vulnerabilities (CVE-2020-11651 and CVE-2020-11652), in the open-source and commercial Salt management framework, which is used in data centers and cloud environments as a configuration, monitoring, and update tool.

  • Canonical Outs New Ubuntu Linux Kernel Live Patch to Address 3 Flaws

    Canonical has released a new Linux kernel live patch for some of its supported Ubuntu releases and official derivatives to address three security vulnerabilities discovered in the virtual terminal.

    Available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 ESM, the new kernel live patch includes fixes for three security issues discovered in Linux kernel’s virtual terminal (VT) implementation.

  • Are Xiaomi browsers spyware? Yes, they are...

    In case you missed it, there was a Forbes article on Mi Browser Pro and Mint Browser which are preinstalled on Xiaomi phones. The article accuses Xiaomi of exfiltrating a history of all visited websites. Xiaomi on the other hand accuses Forbes of misrepresenting the facts. They claim that the data collection is following best practices, the data itself being aggregated and anonymized, without any connection to user’s identity.

Security updates for Monday

  • Security updates for Monday

    Security updates have been issued by Debian (mailman, openldap, pound, tomcat8, and trafficserver), Fedora (chromium, java-11-openjdk, kernel, openvpn, pxz, and rubygem-json), openSUSE (apache2, bouncycastle, chromium, git, python-typed-ast, resource-agents, ruby2.5, samba, squid, webkit2gtk3, and xen), Slackware (seamonkey), SUSE (LibVNCServer and permissions), and Ubuntu (mysql-5.7, mysql-8.0).

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