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Worst nightmare becomes reality: Linux Mint distro hacked and backdoor introduced

Linux distributor ‘Linux Mint’ warned users over the weekend that it has been hacked, exposing users to a malicious backdoor and compromising sensitive customer information. Project leader Clement Lefebvre explained in a blog post that the attacker made a modified Linux Mint ISO, with a backdoor in it, and then hacked the distributor’s website to point to it. In this moment the website is still down: http://www.linuxmint.com/ but the blog isn’t. You should check the hash of the ISO you’re downloading! Oh, I forgot to mention: also all user data was stolen. More here: http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2994 http://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/linux-mint-users-compromised-after/


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How to get the version of an MSI package in Linux

Ever tried to get the version of an MSI package on Linux ? Exiftool doesn’t do that, unfortunately. I requested it in the forum, let’s see if somebody jumps on it. 🙂 Until then, try to use the system utility “file” and do some parsing on the bold red text. #file google.msi: Composite Document File V2 Document, Little Endian, Os: Windows, Version 6.1, Code page: 1252, Title: Installation Database, Subject: Google Chrome Installer, Author: Google, Inc., Keywords: Installer, Comments: 43.0.2357.81 Copyright 2011 Google Inc., Template: Intel;1033, Revision Number: {1855FDB9-68FE-42AF-B911-18F683542888}, Create Time/Date: Fri May 22 20:26:54 2015, Last Saved Time/Date: Fri May 22 20:26:54 2015, Number of Pages: 150, Number of Words: 2, Name of Creating Application: Windows Installer XML Toolset (3.8.1128.0), Security: 2′,   #file LibreOffice.msi ‘Composite Document File V2 Document, Little Endian, Os: Windows, Version 6.2, Code page: 0, Title: Installation database, Subject: LibreOffice 4.4, Author: The Document Foundation, Keywords: Install,MSI, Comments: LibreOffice, Name of Creating Application: Windows Installer, Security: 0, Template: Intel;1033, Last Saved By: Intel;1077, Revision Number: {A651A592-2F6C-4D66-AEA8-9BFE4B61BCB3}4.4.3.2;{A651A592-2F6C-4D66-AEA8-9BFE4B61BCB3}4.4.3.2;{4B17E523-5D91-4E69-BD96-7FD81CFA81BB}, Number of Pages: 200, Number of Characters: 32′,   #file FarManager.msi ‘Composite Document File V2 Document, Little Endian, Os: Windows, Version 5.0, Code page: 1252, Title: Installation Database, Subject:…



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Let there be only one !

One Package Manager for them All The idea of one universal package format for all distributions has been batted around a few times over the years. Developers from RedHat, Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, Mandriva and Mageia got together last week at the SUSE office in Nürnberg to discuss how they might implement a universal application installer they are referring to as an Application Store. This is in response to the belief that end users aren’t interested in libraries, dependencies, compatibility, and other technical details. They think users only care about screenshots, basic descriptions, ratings, user reviews, and such. The idea is to define and write a tool to find and install applications. I think this is the best news I have seen this year ! (maybe because the year has just started 🙂 ) No more apt, yast, yam and all other software managers and their repositories !!! This is the architecture of the new repository looks like: Architecture I will be following this with a big interest.


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