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GPLed software development kit for SM2496 Visor Module released

Author: JT Smith

Brian Lane writes: “First a disclaimer, I am lead programmer for Shine Micro, maker of the SM2496 Handspring Visor DSP module. So what I say may all be an undisguised marketing ploy (it is!)”

Last Friday I released v1.11 of the SM2496 Software Development Kit under the GPL v2.0 License. The SM2496 is a DSP module (essentially a soundcard) for the Handspring Visor PalmOS devices. This SDK includes complete source code for a couple of PalmOS Amateur Radio packet and APRS applications, and the full source for the TI DSP 1200bps and 9600bps modems.

An interesting tie-in to Linux is that the modem code is based on the Linux Kernel Soundmodem driver software by Thomas Sailer. The usefulness of his work inspired us to release all of our software as GPL in the hopes to attract more developers to use the SM2496 platform.

With a sufficiently motivated programmer the SM2496-16 (160MHz DSP with a MMC card slot) could be made to play and possibly record using the Ogg Vorbis format. The only reason that I haven’t done this myself is the lack of time. We are current beta testing MP3 play and record on this platform and plan to release a MP3 player/recorder later this year.

The SDK is available from the Shine Micro Software Page

There is also a press release for the SM2496 here at the SM2496 Press Release Page

Brian Lane
Lead Programmer
Shine Micro, Inc.

$149 Linux PDA begins shipping

Author: JT Smith

Anonymous Reader writes, “According to this article at LinuxDevices.com, Empower Technologies has just begun shipping the PowerPlay V, a new $149 Linux-based PDA with the look and feel of a Palm Vx.”

HP urges Linux support for research

Author: JT Smith

Internet.com reports that “Palo Alto, Calif.’s Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE:HWP) Monday said it has put the finishing touches on the forging of a worldwide consortium whose focus is on the formation of Linux-based Intel Itanium applications for academic, government and industrial research. Called the Gelato Federation, the group will develop commodity software to help scientists conduct technology research in life and physical sciences.”


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Loki aftermath looks bad

Author: JT Smith

Slashdot: “Things look mighty bad for Loki employees. From this article it appears that some of them haven’t seen a paycheck since late 2000. Perhaps the most telling part of the article is contained in a parenthetical near the bottom of the page: ‘A single employee is listed in creditor filings as being owed almost $350,000 in unpaid salary and in expenses the company incurred using the employee’s credit card.'” Read the story here, or join the discussion in Slahsdot.

Woody XFS Net install CD image

Author: JT Smith

Debian Planet: “Eduard Bloch, maintainer of the bf2.4 kernel-image, has done some magic and cooked up XFS install disks and some Net install ISOs.You can get them here.” Read the full discussion here.


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Apple’s OS X: What Linux wants to be?

Author: JT Smith

osOpinion: “While OS X may have ease-of-use advantages over Linux, for the most part the two operating systems do not compete in the same sector, Aberdeen Group platform and servers analyst Bill Claybrook told NewsFactor.” Read the story here.


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Linux-based PDAs begin to emerge

Author: JT Smith

NetworkWorldFusion reports that “Linux is making inroads into the personal digital assistant market with a number of handheld companies announcing support for the open source operating system.”

Red Hat to support PowerPC, AltiVec

Author: JT Smith

MacCentral: “Red Hat Inc. today announced an agreement with semiconductor maker Motorola Inc. which it promises will bring “a complete [Linux] toolchain” for the PowerPC instruction set architecture with full support for Motorola’s AltiVec technology.” Read more here.


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Debian Security: DSA-119 ssh

Author: JT Smith

Debian: “Joost Pol reports that OpenSSH versions 2.0 through 3.0.2 have an off-by-one bug in the channel allocation code. This vulnerability can be exploited by authenticated users to gain root privilege or by a malicious server exploiting a client with this bug.” Read more here.


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Debian: libapache-mod-ssl Advisory

Author: JT Smith

Debian: “Ed Moyle recently found a buffer overflow in Apache-SSL and mod_ssl.
With session caching enabled, mod_ssl will serialize SSL session
variables to store them for later use. These variables were stored in
a buffer of a fixed size without proper boundary checks.

From:	 joey@infodrom.org (Martin Schulze)
To:	 debian-security-announce@lists.debian.org (Debian Security Announcements)
Subject: [SECURITY] [DSA 120-1] New mod_ssl and Apache/SSL packages fix buffer overflow
Date:	 Sun, 10 Mar 2002 23:44:45 +0100 (CET)

Hash: SHA1

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Debian Security Advisory DSA 120-1                     security@debian.org
http://www.debian.org/security/ Martin Schulze
March 10th, 2002  
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Package        : libapache-mod-ssl, apache-ssl
Vulnerability  : buffer overflow
Problem-Type   : remote
Debian-specific: no

Ed Moyle recently found a buffer overflow in Apache-SSL and mod_ssl.
With session caching enabled, mod_ssl will serialize SSL session
variables to store them for later use.  These variables were stored in
a buffer of a fixed size without proper boundary checks.

To exploit the overflow, the server must be configured to require client
certificates, and an attacker must obtain a carefully crafted client
certificate that has been signed by a Certificate Authority which is
trusted by the server. If these conditions are met, it would be possible
for an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the server.

This problem has been fixed in version of Apache-SSL and
version 2.4.10-1.3.9-1potato1 of libapache-mod-ssl for the stable
Debian distribution as well as in version of
Apache-SSL and version 2.8.7-1 of libapache-mod-ssl for the testing
and unstable distribution of Debian.

We recommend that you upgrade your Apache-SSL and mod_ssl packages.

wget url
	will fetch the file for you
dpkg -i file.deb
        will install the referenced file.

If you are using the apt-get package manager, use the line for
sources.list as given below:

apt-get update
        will update the internal database
apt-get upgrade
        will install corrected packages

You may use an automated update by adding the resources from the
footer to the proper configuration.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 alias potato
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  Source archives:

MD5 checksum: 3da52b3f9126fe25005b5aca78842412
MD5 checksum: 5486c0c68cabd056c64ad13193606e6c
MD5 checksum: e28b3b656449a5a2f9080286ae3d743e

MD5 checksum: 33535057f5f2f84005206c2917b8330e
MD5 checksum: 3a94a4a714cbb70e5aa270654f42be40
MD5 checksum: cb0f2e07065438396f0d5df403dd2c16

  Architecture independent components:

MD5 checksum: 504b8cad4b600ff0e0293998e62c0e00

  Alpha architecture:

MD5 checksum: 0c71a5c18bd0fff6f6c981ba50a9c7aa
MD5 checksum: 785dca8af6fbf7c26f91c50ccb013dff

  ARM architecture:

MD5 checksum: a198919424658154ba70ca825ea1033f
MD5 checksum: 31d195deef66b4e655a366ac677c81ec

  Intel ia32 architecture:

MD5 checksum: 5085998b8751242a7e9c59b4806a7b24
MD5 checksum: e9a64fab4b7891f00b7e66f524ec0ec9

  Motorola 680x0 architecture:

MD5 checksum: 55e91cb1aa3ff88c7c68440c8b1e4854
MD5 checksum: 27ba5cc1188b0eef0dc6a9f1d790c08a

  PowerPC architecture:

MD5 checksum: 7832352ee0b9254d4ed2cf54ac5486fa
MD5 checksum: ba638df06f1f0d671e4cb0b02bc2f53c

  Sun Sparc architecture:

MD5 checksum: 50277f2251d1c0df8dc610f30cc866fc
MD5 checksum: 77c1a0034ba5b95f042dbe51a609d191

  These files will probably be moved into the stable distribution on
  its next revision.

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