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postheadericon Linux Shishiga malware using LUA scripts

The usage of the BitTorrent protocol and Lua modules separates Linux/Shishiga from other types of malware, according to analysis by ESET.

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postheadericon KillDisk now targeting Linux: Demands $250K ransom, but can’t decrypt

ESET has discovered a Linux variant of the KillDisk component that renders Linux machines unbootable, while encrypting files and requesting a large ransom at the same time.

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postheadericon Microsoft contributes to open ecosystem by joining Linux Foundation and welcoming Google to the .NET community

NEW YORK — Nov. 16, 2016 — On Wednesday, during its annual Connect(); developer event, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a series of products and partnerships that strengthen the company’s Azure cloud platform for building intelligent, cross-platform apps and services. Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie detailed significant steps Microsoft is taking to empower the ecosystem by giving developers greater choice in the tools they use — including joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member to better collaborate with the open source community, welcoming Google to the independent .NET Foundation, and working with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to enable .NET developers to build apps for more than 50 million Samsung devices worldwide.

Guthrie also demonstrated a preview of Visual Studio for Mac, which enables developers to write cloud, mobile and macOS apps on Apple’s Mac operating system using the popular development environment; a preview of the next version of the company’s flagship SQL Server database with support for Linux, Linux-based Docker containers and Windows-based environments; and a preview of Azure App Service on Linux with support for containers.

“We want to help developers achieve more and capitalize on the industry’s shift toward cloud-first and mobile-first experiences using the tools and platforms of their choice,” Guthrie said. “By collaborating with the community to provide open, flexible and intelligent tools and cloud services, we’re helping every developer deliver unprecedented levels of innovation.”

Collaborating with the community

As part of its effort to work more closely with the open source community, Microsoft on Wednesday announced it has joined the Linux Foundation as a Platinum Member. Microsoft’s membership in the Linux Foundation will benefit customers through increased collaboration and innovation among a diverse ecosystem.

“By becoming a Linux Foundation Platinum member, Microsoft is better able to collaborate with the open source community to deliver transformative mobile and cloud experiences to more people,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “Microsoft has been a key contributor to many projects, and we see the company intensifying its involvement and commitment to open development.”

Microsoft has become an active member of the open source community in part through the popularity of its open source and cross-platform application framework .NET Core. Wednesday’s addition of Google to the .NET Foundation’s Technical Steering Group further reinforces the vibrancy of the .NET developer community as well as Google’s commitment to fostering an open platform that supports businesses and developers who have standardized on .NET.

Other industry leaders are also betting on .NET Core for their own commercial products. On Wednesday Samsung is releasing a preview of its Visual Studio Tools for Tizen. Developers can use the tools to build .NET apps for the Tizen operating system that runs on millions of Samsung TVs, wearables, mobile devices and many IoT devices around the world.

Tools for any developer on any platform

Microsoft highlighted several announcements Wednesday aimed at helping developers use the tools of their choice to create Android, iOS and Windows apps powered by Linux or Windows Server, including the following:

  • The SQL Server on Linux public preview released Wednesday is the first preview of the next version of SQL Server and brings the power of SQL Server to Linux and Linux-based Docker containers, in addition to Windows.
  • A new Visual Studio for Mac preview provides a macOS-based integrated development environment designed for building mobile, cloud and macOS apps.
  • The availability of Azure App Service on Linux with support for Containers in preview provides native Linux support for Node.js and PHP stacks on Azure App Service and now enables developers to bring their own Docker-formatted container image.

Enabling better apps through the intelligent cloud

Today’s most impactful apps are using data to delight users and drive business outcomes. Microsoft today unveiled unique capabilities and services that make it easier for more developers to turn massive amounts of data into deeply personal, intelligent and predictive applications.

  • SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 1 availability makes database innovations accessible to more applications across product editions.
  • The availability of Azure Data Lake services, Azure Data Lake Analytics and Data Lake Store means developers and data scientists now have the capabilities required to easily store and process data at petabyte size files, with massively parallel analytics and enterprise-grade security for insights on data of any size, shape and speed.

Improving the end-to-end developer experience

Microsoft’s solutions evolve with changing developer needs. Through the Visual Studio family, SQL Server, Windows, Office and Azure, Microsoft is working to provide the most complete platform for application innovation, spanning mobile and cloud.

  • The Visual Studio Mobile Center preview announced Wednesday brings together the cloud and life-cycle services that help developers build, test, distribute and monitor apps built in Objective-C, Swift, Java, Xamarin and React Native for Android-, iOS- and Windows-based devices.
  • The Visual Studio 2017 release candidate released Wednesday includes new capabilities to help any developer be more productive than ever for any application and any platform.
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 and Azure Application Insights are now available, providing an enhanced collaboration and DevOps platform for cloud- first, mobile-first scenarios.

“Microsoft is transforming the nature of its appeal to developers by broadening its supported platforms,” said Al Hilwa, research director for Software Development research at IDC. “The new partnerships and commitments allow Microsoft to meet developers where they are and multiply its reach and impact with mobile and cloud developers as well as become established in emerging areas such as IoT, data science and cognitive computing.”

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon Mumblehard takedown ends army of Linux servers from spamming

One year after the release of the technical analysis of the Mumblehard Linux botnet, it is no longer active. ESET, in collaboration with the Cyber Police of Ukraine and CyS Centrum LLC, have taken down the botnet, stopping its spamming activities.

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postheadericon Meet Remaiten – a Linux bot on steroids targeting routers and potentially other IoT devices

ESET researchers are actively monitoring malware that targets embedded systems such as routers, gateways and wireless access points. We call this new threat Linux/Remaiten.

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postheadericon Linux Mint site hacked, users unwittingly download backdoored operating system

Linux users should not fool themselves into believing that they are somehow magically immune from malware attacks.

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postheadericon Microsoft offers new certification for Linux on Azure

REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 9, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. announced today the creation of a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure certification. Created in conjunction with the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, this certification represents one more important step in broadening the technology integration between Microsoft and the open source community.

The Linux on Azure certification will be awarded to individuals who pass both the Microsoft Exam 70-533 (Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions) and the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) exam. The certification will be issued by Microsoft and will be available starting today, Dec. 9, 2015.

The two exams combine Linux administration and Microsoft Azure implementation skills and will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to design, implement and maintain complex cloud-enabled Linux solutions that take advantage of Microsoft Azure’s extensive features and capabilities.

“The Linux Foundation is the leading organization representing stakeholder interests in the open source ecosystem. That, combined with its proven commitment to professional, distribution-flexible and performance-based certifications, makes it a natural choice for our partner for Linux on Azure certifications,” said Steven Guggenheimer, chief evangelist at Microsoft.

Companies want to realize the cost savings of the cloud and add value to their existing investments, which include a diverse set of vendors and technologies, including Linux and open source software. Azure is an open and flexible platform with a collection of building blocks that helps customers realize maximum value for their investments in the cloud. Customers can provision Linux distributions from the command line, including vendor-backed, endorsed distros as well as Azure Marketplace solutions.

“Today’s IT environments demand more from professionals than ever before, and the ones equipped to manage this new landscape look to professional certifications to rise above the rest,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. “A Microsoft-issued certification that includes the Linux Foundation Certified SysAdmin exam will most definitely allow professionals to stand apart from their peers and allow them the opportunity to work on the most interesting technologies of our time.”

Decision-makers in these organizations are looking for certified professionals who are domain experts in Linux system administration and fluent in a cloud-native world. At the same time, today’s IT professionals are eager to acquire and demonstrate the competencies to succeed in a cloud computing environment. This certification augments the system administrator’s skills by providing an objective measurement of the competencies that make Linux solutions thrive in cloud-powered environments.

More information about this new Microsoft certification can be found at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcsa-linux-azure-certification.aspx. Candidates can register for the LFCS exam at https://training.linuxfoundation.org/certification/lfcs and the Microsoft Exam 70-533 at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-533.aspx.

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postheadericon Microsoft empowers developers with new and updated tools spanning Android, Azure, iOS, Linux, Office and Windows

NEW YORK — Nov. 18, 2015 — On Wednesday, during its annual Connect(); developer event, Microsoft Corp. reinforced its commitment to providing the best experience for any developer, on any device or platform, with several new and updated developer tools and programs from Visual Studio, Azure, Office and Windows, including many new free offers.

“As a developer company we want to empower developers with open and flexible technologies that enable innovation on their terms,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft. “The additions of Visual Studio Code beta, the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program, and .NET Core RC for Linux, OS X and Windows show that Microsoft is now the company working hardest for all developers.”

Making powerful tools available to any developer

Microsoft is working to help all developers be successful with powerful tools that enable innovative scenarios. Building on its proven history of innovation with the .NET Framework and Visual Studio, Microsoft is empowering more developers through the introduction of several free new tools and services.

Microsoft on Wednesday announced the immediate availability of Visual Studio Dev Essentials, a new free program designed to provide any developer with everything needed to create applications on any device or operating system, using their technology of choice. The program provides easy access to popular Microsoft developer services, tools and resources as well as several new benefits to help developers get started building apps. Visual Studio Dev Essentials benefits will include access to Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Code and new Visual Studio Team Services; priority forums support; Parallels Desktop for Mac; training from Pluralsight, Wintellect and Xamarin; a $ 25 monthly Azure credit coming early next calendar year; and more. Details are available at http://www.visualstudio.com.

Making it even easier to access Microsoft’s developer tools, the company on Wednesday also introduced Visual Studio cloud subscriptions, which offer Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio Enterprise on a monthly or annual basis through a new Visual Studio Marketplace. The new marketplace provides a central location for developers to find and install components that extend the Microsoft development platform.

Microsoft showed that it continues to bring innovation to Visual Studio developers with a first look at the next version of Visual Studio.

The company also announced the general availability of the Microsoft Graph, offering developers a consistent way to access data, intelligence and APIs within the Microsoft cloud and with a single authorization token. With the Microsoft Graph, developers can tap into the collective power of the Microsoft cloud to create smart, people-centric applications that help companies and end users achieve more with contextual insights. Any developer capable of making an HTTP request can call the API from any platform. The Microsoft Graph is hosted at http://graph.microsoft.com.

Also now available is Azure Service Fabric in public preview, making it easy for developers to build and operate microservice-based applications at scale that fully integrate with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio. The preview includes support for .NET development on Windows Server, with Linux support expected in 2016.

Providing a developer platform that is open by design

Microsoft’s developer platform is open by design, allowing developers to target any device and platform, including iOS, Android, Linux and Windows. The company on Wednesday released new versions of popular tools that further enable developers to quickly create innovative apps and services.

Microsoft released Visual Studio Code beta as an open source project, available on GitHub. Visual Studio Code is an advanced code editor and part of the Visual Studio family that runs on Linux, OS X and Windows, and has been already downloaded more than 1 million times in preview. The new beta version includes a new extension model with a gallery of extensions for additional features, themes and language support. Developers can learn more at http://www.visualstudio.com.

The company also delivered release candidates (RC) of .NET Core 5 and ASP.NET 5 for Linux, Windows and OS X. With this implementation of the .NET Core for any operating system, developers can start using it in production environments.

Comprehensive tools for team development

Microsoft has been a pioneer in empowering enterprise development teams with tools for agile and DevOps practices including Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. The company today introduced Visual Studio Team Services, an enhanced and rebranded version of the Visual Studio Online service with 3.6 million existing registered users. Microsoft demonstrated the extensible architecture of Visual Studio Team Services by showing a broad catalog of partner extensions available in the new Visual Studio Marketplace, as well as Microsoft’s own extensions.

Microsoft also extended its DevOps solutions into more mobile development scenarios for Windows, Android and iOS. This includes the ability to host cloud builds for mobile applications with cross-platform build capabilities for iOS (in partnership with MacinCloud) and Android. The addition of HockeyApp to the Microsoft DevOps solution will now enable mobile apps beta testing, user feedback and crash analytics in the DevOps cycle.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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postheadericon Microsoft empowers Windows, iOS, Android, Mac and Linux developers to reach billions of new customers

SAN FRANCISCO — April 29, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced new features in Windows 10 and unveiled a set of software development kits (SDKs) to help developers bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, Android and iOS to Windows 10. At the company’s annual Build developer conference, Microsoft also announced new Microsoft Azure data services for intelligent applications; Visual Studio and .NET tools and runtimes for Windows, Mac and Linux; and APIs that enable developers to build rich apps with Office 365.

“Microsoft has bold ambitions for platforms that empower developers across Windows, Azure and Office,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Together, we will create more personal and more intelligent experiences that empower billions of people to achieve more.”

Windows 10 offers unique scale and opens up new platform opportunities for developers

Microsoft showcased several new features in Windows 10, from new capabilities to scale applications across devices to new ways for developers to build code for Windows 10. Capturing the breadth of opportunity, the company declared its ambition to have 1 billion active Windows 10 devices by FY18.

The company further detailed ways in which developers can create a single app that scales across all Windows 10 devices, automatically adapting to different screen sizes. With the Universal Windows Platform, developers can tailor their apps to the unique capabilities of each device, integrate Cortana and Xbox Live into their apps, offer trusted commerce, create holograms, and publish their apps into the Windows Store. Also as part of the Universal Windows Platform, the company shared how apps can scale using Continuum for phones, enabling people to use their phones like PCs for productivity or entertainment.1

The Windows Store will also offer a single unified experience for Windows 10 customers across devices and make finding great content easier than ever — across apps, games, music, video and other content.2 Transactions will take advantage of a range of popular payment options, including the largest carrier billing footprint of any ecosystem supporting 90 mobile operators. USA Today, WeChat, Disney and Netflix Inc. are a few of the partners referenced in the keynote already building apps for the Windows Store.

Microsoft welcomed all developers to the Universal Windows Platform by announcing four new software development toolkits that will make it easy to bring their code for the Web, .NET, Win32, iOS and Android to the Windows Store with minimal code modifications. This will enable developers to start with an existing code base such as Android or iOS, integrate with the Universal Windows Platform capabilities, and then distribute their new application through the Windows Store.

New features for Microsoft Edge, the new browser for Windows 10, were also unveiled, offering developers better discoverability of their apps and future extensibility with JavaScript and HTML.

Highlighting the opportunity with Windows 10, Microsoft shared the progress it has made in fewer than 100 days since unveiling Microsoft HoloLens — the world’s first untethered holographic computer powered by Windows 10 — and showcased how customers like Trimble, Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic are using this innovative new technology.

More information on Windows 10 and Microsoft HoloLens can be found at Blogging Windows.

Azure and Visual Studio help developers build intelligent apps on multiple platforms and devices

Microsoft previewed Azure SQL Database elastic database, which allow ISVs and software-as-a-service developers to pool capacity across thousands of databases, enabling them to benefit from efficient resource consumption and the best price and performance in the public cloud. To help developers manage massive datasets, Microsoft introduced Azure SQL Data Warehouse, the industry’s first enterprise-class cloud data warehouse as a service that can grow, shrink and pause in seconds. Microsoft also announced Azure Data Lake, an open and massively scalable data repository that supports petabyte-size files and provides high-speed integration with Azure HDInsight, Azure Machine Learning, Cloudera and Hortonworks to quickly derive insights from vast amounts of data.

To help every developer be more productive, Microsoft announced new best-in-class tools and runtimes for multiple platforms and devices. In preview on Windows, Mac and Linux, Visual Studio Code is a free code-focused editor optimized for Web and cloud applications. Furthering its work with open source and .NET communities, Microsoft released a preview of the .NET Core for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Microsoft also released Visual Studio 2015 Release Candidate, which makes it easier for developers to build and deploy applications to Windows, Linux, iOS and Android platforms.

Office gives developers opportunities to reach more users and build intelligent solutions

Microsoft introduced more ways for developers to reach 1.2 billion Office users, including the new Office Graph API, expanded add-in capabilities for the iPad and Outlook, and unified APIs. The Office Graph API allows customers and developers to access, add to and build with the Office Graph, an intelligent store of Office 365 user, service and relationship data. Unified APIs across OneNote, Outlook and OneDrive, combined with the Office Graph, will enable developers to help consumers and organizations take advantage of some of their most valuable and useful data.

More about Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio and the Office Graph API can be found here.

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1 Limited to select premium phones at launch. External monitors must support HDMI input. Accessories sold separately.

2 App availability and experience may vary by market.

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postheadericon Linux haunted by Ghost vulnerability

Security researchers have found a vulnerability inherent to a widely used component in most versions of Linux, reports Computer World.

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