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Meet & Greet! / Welcome, colin.p!
« on: January 15, 2022, 05:44:10 PM »
It appears that we have another member from Scot's joining us at LzD.  Welcome, collin.p!

The number of malware infections targeting Linux devices rose by 35% in 2021, most commonly to recruit IoT devices for DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks.

IoTs are typically under-powered "smart" devices running various Linux distributions and are limited to specific functionality. However, when their resources are combined into large groups, they can deliver massive DDoS attacks to even well-protected infrastructure.

Besides DDoS, Linux IoT devices are recruited to mine cryptocurrency, facilitate spam mail campaigns, serve as relays, act as command and control servers, or even act as entry points into corporate networks.

More at Bleeping Computer:  Linux malware sees 35% growth during 2021.

Mozilla sent Firefox Version 96.0.1 to the release channel today. 

  • Addresses proxy rule exceptions not working on Windows systems when "Use system proxy settings" is set (bug 1749501)
  • Improvements to make the parsing of content-length headers more robust (bug 1749957)
Security Updates
Release Notes
Rapid Release Calendar

Forever In Our Hearts / We ❤️ You, Hammy
« on: January 13, 2022, 06:03:27 PM »
It is with much sadness that I learned that our long-time friend and forum Administrator GR@PH;<'S left us today.  The only consolation is that he is again with his beloved Netty

Like, Netty, Hammy will be 

From Linux Mint Announces Mozilla Partnership:

Going forward, Firefox will continue to be distributed through the official Linux Mint repositories, using .deb, but this work will be done by Mozilla. And that means there will be some changes to how the browser is configured. Instead of Mint’s highly customized install, Mint users will now get the Mozilla defaults.

And that could be controversial to some users. Now, the default start page will no longer be a Mint website; the default search engine will be Google and it will include Mozilla, not Mint, search partners; the default configuration will change to Mozilla’s defaults; and Firefox will no longer include code changes or patches from Linux Mint, Debian, or Ubuntu. It will be stock Firefox, in other words.

“For Mozilla, the goal is to make Firefox work the same way across all platforms to ease maintenance and simplify development and bug fixing,” Mint explains. “For us, this change means a tremendous simplification in terms of maintenance and development … We now package the Mozilla version of Firefox instead.”

Security Alerts & Briefings / Microsoft January 2022 Security Updates
« on: January 11, 2022, 04:55:18 PM »
The Microsoft January 2022 security updates have been released and consist of 96 CVEs. Of these CVEs, 9 are rated Critical, and 89 are rated Important severity. At the time of release, six are listed as publicly known but none are listed as under active exploit.

The updates apply to a very long list of products, available here. Additionally announced in the Release Notes is a new notification system. See Coming Soon: A Brand-New Notification System!

See the KBs listed at January 2022 Security Updates - Release Notes - Security Update Guide - Microsoft for information regarding known issues with the security updates as well as the CVEs with FAQs, Mitigations and/or Workarounds.

Recommended Reading: See Dustin Childs review and analysis in Zero Day Initiative -- The January 2022 Security Update Review.

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and macOS. These updates address multiple critical and moderate vulnerabilities. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution, memory leak, application denial of service, security feature bypass and privilege escalation
Release date:  January 11, 2022
Vulnerability identifier: APSB21-104
Platform: Windows and MacOS

Update or Complete Download

Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 21.011.20039.  Updates should become available via the internal updater or checks can be manually activated by choosing Help/Check for Updates.  Reader DC and other versions are available here:

Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.


Mozilla sent Firefox Version 96.0 to the release channel today.  The update includes eighteen security updates of which nine (9) are rated high, six (6) are rated moderate, and three (3) are rated low.

Firefox ESR was updated to Version 91.5.

Update To get the update now, select "Help" from the Firefox menu, then pick "About Firefox." Mac users need to select "About Firefox" from the Firefox menu. If you do not use the English language version, Fully Localized Versions are available for download.


Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday, icotonev!
« on: January 08, 2022, 06:50:07 PM »
Hope you've been having a great day! 

Linux Help, News and Information / Linux Mint 20.3
« on: January 07, 2022, 07:15:44 PM »
Having observed Linux Mint as a suggested distro for new Linux users, note the recent updates:
See the blog posts for new features and other information.

Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday, ky331!
« on: January 07, 2022, 01:09:30 AM »
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!  

Of course, no birthday celebration for you is complete without pug wishes too! 

Linux Help, News and Information / Server Move Complete!
« on: January 04, 2022, 07:24:08 PM »
Will has completed the move from Scot's server to his and Scots is back up!  Will's post: New Server - Any Issues?

Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday, DR M!
« on: December 26, 2021, 01:17:53 AM »
Happy Birthday, Panos!

Have a great day!

Mozilla released yet another update to Firefox, sending Firefox Version 95.0.2 to the release channel today.  

  • Addresses frequent crashes experienced by users with certain AMD CPUs running on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1
Security Updates
Release Notes
Rapid Release Calendar

Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday, winchester73!
« on: December 18, 2021, 01:50:11 AM »
Another year and another birthday -- hard to believe I've known you virtually for 18 years! 

Hope you have a great day.  🎂

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