Google Makes Revisions to Avoid Breaking Ad-Blocking Extensions in Chrome, Kali Linux 2019.1 Released, New Version of Cutelyst Is Out, Ubuntu Posts Security Notice for systemd Vulnerability and Applications Open for Outreachy Summer 2019 Internships

News briefs for February 19, 2019.

Google rethinks its planned changes to Chrome’s extension API that would
have broken many ad-blocking extensions. Ars
Technica
reports that Google has made this revision to “ensure
that the current variety of content-blocking extensions is preserved”. In
addition, “Google maintains that ‘It is not, nor has it ever been, our goal
to prevent or break content blocking’ [emphasis Google’s] and says that it
will work to update its proposal to address the capability gaps and pain
points.”

Kali Linux
2019.1 was released yesterday
. This is the first release of 2019,
bringing the kernel to version 4.19.13. This release fixes many bugs and includes several
updated packages. The release announcement notes that “the big marquee
update of this release is the update of Metasploit to version 5.0, which is
their first major release since version 4.0 came out in 2011.” You can
download Kali Linux from here.

A new version of the Cutelyst Qt/C++ Web Framework is now available.
According to Dantti’s
Blog
, Cutelyst 2.7.0 brings back proper async support and includes a
few other new features.

Ubuntu posted a security notice of a new systemd vulnerability yesterday. USN-3891-1 affects the following
versions of Ubuntu and its derivatives: Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. The details: “systemd incorrectly handled certain D-Bus
messages. A local unprivileged attacker could exploit this in order to
crash the init process, resulting in a system denial-of-service (kernel
panic).” See the security
notice
for instructions on how to update.

Applications for the Outreachy Summer 2019 round of internships is open
now to April 2, 2019. The program “provides three-month
internships to work in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Interns are
paid a stipend of $5,500 and have a $500 travel stipend available to them.”
Outreachy “expressly invite women (both cis and trans), trans men, and
genderqueer people to apply. We also expressly invite applications from
residents and nationals of the United States of any gender who are
Black/African American, Hispanic/Latin@, Native American/American Indian,
Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Anyone who faces
under-representation, systemic bias, or discrimination in the technology
industry of their country is invited to apply.” Visit here for more information on the
application process.

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