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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:43
'I did not have an unclassified FBI connection at home that worked'

Former FBI director James Comey was using Gmail for FBI business while overseeing the controversial probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as US Secretary of State.…

How to Enable CSD Support in Firefox for Linux

LXer - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:21
Learn how to make Firefox blend in with your Linux desktop.

Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:33
The land of the cuckoo clock* brings you more endearingly cuckoo rules

A Swiss police force has decreed that up to an hour of car-horn beeping during the football World Cup will be officially tolerated by the famously pernickety nation.…

Easy SSH Automation

Linux Journal - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:30
by Adam McPartlan

A script a day will allow you some freedom to play and build other useful and more complicated scripts. Every day, I attempt to make my life easier—by this I mean, trying to stop doing the repetitive tasks. If a process is repeatable; it can be scripted and automated. The idea to automate everything is not new, but try automating a command on a remote host.

SSH is very flexible, and it comes with many options. My absolute favorite is its ability to let you run a command on a remote server by passing the -t flag. An example:

ssh -t adam@webserver1.test.com 'cat /etc/hosts'

This will ssh to webserver1.test.com, then run cat /etc/hosts in your shell and return the output.

For efficiency, you could create an ssh-key pair. It's a simple process of creating a passwordless public and a private keypair. To set this up, use ssh-keygen, and accept the defaults ensuring you leave the password blank:

ssh-keygen Generating public/private rsa key pair. Enter file in which to save the key (/home/adam/.ssh/id_rsa): y Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): LEAVE BLANK Enter same passphrase again: Your identification has been saved in y. Your public key has been saved in y.pub. The key fingerprint is: SHA256:jUxrQRObADE8ardXMT9UaoAcOcQPBEKGU622646P8ho ↪adam@webserver1.test.com The key's randomart image is: +---[RSA 2048]----+ |B*++*Bo.=o | |.+. | |=*= | +----[SHA256]-----+

Once completed, copy the public key to the target server. To do this, use ssh-copy-id:

ssh-copy-id adam@webserver1.test.com /usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: Source of key(s) to be installed: "/home/adam/.ssh/id_rsa.pub" /usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: attempting to log in with the new key(s), ↪to filter out any that are already installed /usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: 1 key(s) remain to be installed -- if ↪you are prompted now it is to install the new keys adam@webserver1.test.com's password: ******** Number of key(s) added: 1

You will be asked for the password of the target server.

If you have set this up correctly, you won't be asked for your password next time you ssh to your target.

Execute the original example. It should be quicker now that you don't need to enter your password.

If you have a handful of servers and want to report the running kernel versions, you can run uname -r from the command line, but to do this on multiple devices, you'll need a script.

Start with a file with a list of your servers, called server.txt, and then run your script to iterate over each server and return the required information:

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Purism's Future Plans for PureOS, Malicious Docker Images, Samsung's New Chromebook Plus 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop and More

Linux Journal - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:27

News briefs for June 15, 2018.

Purism detailed some of its future plans for PureOS in a blog post this morning. The team is looking into Librem 5 specific-image builds, and besides the ARM64 architecture, they also are "researching usage of OSTree, Flatpak, and a couple of other new technologies to use by default in PureOS on the desktop and/or the phone". In addition, "PureOS is planning to host its own Flathub instance (dedicated to Freedom, of course) so upstream developers can just package their app and submit it to PureOS's flathub if they don't want to trouble themselves with system-wide dependencies." Also, part of Purism's plans for handling apps includes developing "an ethical app store that will provide users with an option to donate, 'pay what you want', or 'subscribe' (support as a patron) the apps you use".

Ars Technica reported this week that "a single person or group may have made as much as $90,000 over 10 months by spreading 17 malicious images that were downloaded more than 5 million times from Docker Hub." A user first complained of the backdoor in September, but nothing was done, and 14 more malicious images were submitted. See Kromtech's report for more details on the cryptojacking. And note that "despite the images being pulled from Docker Hub, many servers that installed the images may still be infected."

Samsung yesterday announced its new Chromebook Plus 2-in-1 convertible laptop, running the Linux-based ChromeOS. The Chromebook Plus "is equipped with a built-in pen and offers a light, thin and stylish design that delivers versatility, portability and a premium experience at a competitive price point". It will be available starting June 24 from Best Buy for $499.99.

Fedora 29 will fully support the FreeDesktop.org Boot Loader Specification, Phoronix reports. With this change Fedora hopes to "simplify the kernel installation process significantly and make it more consistent across the different architectures. This will also make it easier for automation tools to manage the bootloader menu options since it will just be a matter of adding, removing or editing individual BLS entry files in a directory."

Google released its Annual Diversity Report yesterday. See also The Verge's rundown of the numbers.

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13 Best Free Linux Voice Over IP (VoIP) Software – Updated 2018

LXer - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 07:07
Voice over IP (VoIP) software enables telephone-like voice conversations across IP based networks. A VoIP phone service is often cheaper than a traditional Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) phone service and removes geographic restrictions to telephone numbers.

CIOs planning to snub Oracle for other cloudy vendors – analyst

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:59
Drop for Big Red shares as biz prepares to announce Q4 financial results

Oracle stock has been downgraded by JP Morgan based on its CIO survey that didn't paint a rosy picture for Big Red's cloud services business.…

Office 365 celebrates National Beer Day by popping out for a pint

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:30
UK users waiting for emails to download ponder early start to weekend

Office 365 is suffering a stuttering start to the weekend with UK users complaining this morning that the service has slowed to a crawl or stopped altogether.…

Drones Bill said to be ready for world+dog's crayons 'this summer'

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 06:02
Public consultation for Blighty's skeletal law inches closer

The UK's long-awaited Drones Bill will be out for public consultation "this summer" - though sources tell The Register that it has been stripped down in order to guarantee a smooth passage through Parliament.…

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

LXer - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:53
What open-sourcery is this?Interview Open source had a moral purpose when it was fighting "The Borg", Microsoft, in the 1990s, but then it fell from view. You could say it has found its mojo again, only this time it is about loosening the grip of companies built on ever more intrusive personal data processing: Google and Facebook. One of the biggest but most promising challenges is creating an Android free of Google's data-slurping.…

Brit super-data-cluster JASMIN set to crank up capacity and capability

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:39
Quobyte, Pure Storage and Caringo all helping out

Quobyte, FlashBlade and Caringo will all flower at JASMIN, the UK's environmental science supercomputer site, it has emerged.…

Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 05:10
The dilithium crystals cannae take it, Captain

Here's a surprise. William Shatner wants cryptocurrency miners to use a solar energy company he represents.…

The Easiest PDO Tutorial (Basics)

LXer - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 04:38
Approximately 80% of the web is powered by PHP. And similarly, high number goes for SQL as well. Up until PHP version 5.5, we had the mysql_ commands for accessing mysql databases but they were eventually deprecated due to insufficient security.

End-to-end NVMe arrays poised to resurrect external storage

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:49
Who needs DAS with RDMA?

Analysis NVMe-over Fabrics arrays are performing as fast as servers fitted with the same storage media – Optane or Z-SSD drives for example. Because NVMe-oF uses RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access) then the network latency involved in accessing external storage arrays effectively goes away.…

Going Global with Kubernetes

LXer - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 03:24
Kubernetes is often touted as the Linux of the cloud world, and that comparison is fair when you consider its widespread adoption. But, with great power comes great responsibility and, as the home of Kubernetes, the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) shoulders many responsibilities, including learning from the mistakes of other open source projects while not losing sight of the main goal.

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:37
UK's National Audit Office slams delays, overestimation of Verify, attitude to claimants

The UK government's embattled Universal Credit programme hasn't delivered value for money and has caused some claimants hardship but is now so embedded there is no alternative but to plough on, the National Audit Office has said.…

Samsung Unveils Chromebook Plus V2 Convertible with New Processor, Rear Camera

LXer - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:10
Samsung has unveiled on Thursday the second generation of its Samsung Chromebook Plus 2-in-1 convertible laptop powered by Google's Chrome OS Linux-based operating system.

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 02:01
What open-sourcery is this?

Interview Open source had a moral purpose when it was fighting "The Borg", Microsoft, in the 1990s, but then it fell from view. You could say it has found its mojo again, only this time it is about loosening the grip of companies built on ever more intrusive personal data processing: Google and Facebook. One of the biggest but most promising challenges is creating an Android free of Google's data-slurping.…

ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 01:30
Just has to lose GDPR rulings in other courts first

Domain-name system overseer ICANN will spend millions of dollars arguing its GDPR case to the European Court of Justice rather than resolve its own internal disagreements.…

User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

TheRegister - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 01:02
Citizen sysadmin saved the day after kids got lost without lasers

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, in which The Register brings you readers’ tales of tech support traumas.…

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