Feral Interactive Bringing DiRT 4 to Linux in 2019, Chrome 71 Blocks Ads on Abusive Sites, New Linux Malware Families Discovered, The Linux Foundation Launches the Automated Compliance Tooling Project, and GNU Guix and GuixSD 0.16.0 Released

News briefs for December 7, 2018.

Feral Interactive announced this morning that DiRT 4 is coming to Linux
and macOS in 2019. The all-terrain motorsport game was originally developed
by Codemaster and boasts a fleet of more than 50 rally cars, buggies,
trucks and crosskarts. And, for the first time in the history of the
franchise, players can create their own rally routes. You can view the trailer here.

Newly released Chrome
“now blocks ads on ‘abusive’ sites that consistently trick users with fake
system warnings, non-functional ‘close’ buttons and other bogus content
that steers you to ads and landing pages. The sites themselves won’t lose
access the moment Google marks them abusive, but they’ll have 30 days to
clean up their acts.” According to
Chrome 71 has other additional safeguards, and it’s available now for Linux, Mac and
Windows. It’ll be rolling out to Android and iOS users in the coming weeks.

Cyber-security company ESET has discovered 21 “new” Linux malware families,
and all of them “operate in the same manner, as trojanized versions of the
OpenSSH client”. ZDNet
that “They are developed as second-stage tools to be deployed in
more complex ‘botnet’ schemes. Attackers would compromise a Linux system,
usually a server, and then replace the legitimate OpenSSH installation with
one of the trojanized versions.
ESET said that ’18 out of the 21 families featured a credential-stealing
feature, making it possible to steal passwords and/or keys’ and ’17 out of
the 21 families featured a backdoor mode, allowing the attacker a stealthy
and persistent way to connect back to the compromised machine.'”

Linux Foundation has launched the Automated Compliance Tooling
project in order to help companies comply with open-source licensing
requirements. Kate Stewart, Senior Director of Strategic Programs at The
Linux Foundation,
says, “There are numerous open source compliance tooling projects but the
majority are unfunded and have limited scope to build out robust usability
or advanced features. We have also heard from many organizations that the
tools that do exist do not meet their current needs. Forming a neutral body
under The Linux Foundation to work on these issues will allow us to
increase funding and support for the compliance tooling development

GNU Guix and GuixSD 0.16.0 were released yesterday.
This release represents 4,515 commits by 95 people
over five months, and it’s hopefully the last release before version 1.0.
See the release
for more details and download links.

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