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How to Design — And Defend Against — The Perfect Security Backdoor

Since BULLRUN became public last month, the security community has been examining security flaws discovered over the past several years, looking for signs of deliberate tampering. The Debian random number flaw was probably not deliberate, but the 2003 Linux security vulnerability probably was. The DUAL_EC_DRBG random number generator may or may not have been a backdoor. The SSL 2.0 flaw was probably an honest mistake. The GSM A5/1 encryption algorithm was almost certainly deliberately weakened. All the common RSA moduli out there in the wild: We don’t know. Microsoft’s _NSAKEY looks like a smoking gun, but honestly, we don’t know.

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GNOME To Work On Wayland Accessibility Support

Now that GNOME 3.10 has shipped and with it comes initial native Wayland support, GNOME developers are beginning to focus on the GNOME 3.12 release cycle and working on some of the open work items in Wayland enablement...

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Linux Won't Get Aura UI Stack Until Google Chrome 33

While Google's Chrome 32 web-browser will feature the Aura UI stack from Chrome OS, the Chrome desktop web-browser on Linux won't get the GPU-accelerated interface until one version later...

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GCC 4.8.2 Compiler Brings 70+ Bug Fixes

Jakub Jelinek of Red Hat released GNU Compiler Collection 4.8.2 this morning...

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Painkiller: Hell & Damnation Now Out For Linux

Painkiller: Hell and Damnation, a first person shooter by The Farm 51 and released in 2012 for Windows, is now out for Linux. This Unreal Engine 3 title can be found in beta on Steam for Linux...

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