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kukibl

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Security?
« on: April 01, 2008, 09:31:25 am »
I am subscribed to Slackware's security mailing list. Since VL is based on Slackware, why it is not following Slackware's patches directory?

In last 2-3 days I've got 4 new mails, containing information about new packages for Firefox, xine-lib and Seamonkey containing security fixes.

When can we expect these packages for VL?


kukibl

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Re: Security?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2008, 08:38:19 am »
Bump... ;D

Anyone at all?

uelsk8s

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Re: Security?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2008, 10:05:33 am »
the Vl seamonkey packages are in the testing repo.
you can get the other packages directly from the closest SW repo to you.


kukibl

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Re: Security?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2008, 10:30:34 am »
you can get the other packages directly from the closest SW repo to you.

Yeah, I know that, but is there any difference between SW's and VL's packages? Is there any security policy for VL?

Thank you anyway! ;)

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Re: Security?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2008, 04:14:18 pm »
Uh, I thought one of the nice things about linux was that you didn't have to worry about security? Am I mistaken?

And do you have to be connected to the internet to utilize VL to it's fullest?

Sorry, I'm such a Vectorbie.

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Re: Security?
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2008, 05:06:40 pm »
Being a communications device, I would say that most home computers need to be connected to the Internet to be utilized to their fullest potential.

For now, you are a much smaller and harder target when running Linux, compared to the dominant players. Still, when connected to the Internet, you ALWAYS need to worry about security, no matter what OS you are using.


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Re: Security?
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2008, 11:53:29 pm »
you ALWAYS need to worry about security


Dont scary the kid too much  ;D
Of course is security an issue in the very moment you are operating in a network (yes, Internet is a Network).
But with Linux you have few of the common problems of the other competitiors on the OS-market as Virus, Spyware, Ad-Ware, Root-Kits.
But if you keep your password near to your heart, never surf the net as root and keep your machine updated the risk is low.

Carsten

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Re: Security?
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2008, 08:56:19 am »
My last virus on a machine was a Da-Vinci, good old days  ;D

I had a virus once...all I got was a runny nose. My computers have never had one but I'm a bit reclusive in my internet exposures.
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Re: Security?
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2008, 01:03:26 pm »
My last virus on a machine was a Da-Vinci, good old days  ;D

I had a virus once...all I got was a runny nose. My computers have never had one but I'm a bit reclusive in my internet exposures.

 :D
Internet?
In this good old days you connected via modem to a local BBS or use BTX in Germany. You normally collected the virus from a floppy disc (nobody had a CD-drive this days).
Maybe I am just getting old...  wait... hell, tomorrow I am 45  :P

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Re: Security?
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2008, 03:10:46 pm »
Let's see.. it is past midnight now in Denmark.. Happy Birthday Carsten!

If you are old at 45, what does that make me at 48?? And yes, my one experience with a virus was a floppy with Monkey-B on it, brought home from school by my kids (along with various other contagious non-computer bugs).

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Re: Security?
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2008, 04:07:53 pm »
I'll be 46 in a few months and while my computers have never been infected I have had a few viruses detected over the years. When I used a modem to connect to anything I still didn't wander around very much and the only BBS that I would venture to were ones for companies of hardware to get drivers.

My first exposure to a virus was on a floppy that had MS Word 2.0 for Windows 3.1x. It was detected by Center Point anti-virus (PCTools 9.0). Don't recall what the virus was though.

BTW, happy birthday...
I'm not old at 45. 8)
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Re: Security?
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2008, 10:45:07 pm »
Thx for the good wishes  :)
I did not recognize any significant changes this morning so I hope I have avoided the worst side-effects :o .
Anyhow, some time ago I decided to focus only on mental age. That makes me around 24  :D

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Re: Security?
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2008, 11:52:33 am »
the Vl seamonkey packages are in the testing repo.
you can get the other packages directly from the closest SW repo to you.



I went looking for seamonkey 1.1.9 in testing, but couldn't find it. Is there a problem with it?

paul.

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Re: Security?
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2008, 03:23:04 pm »
I did not recognize any significant changes this morning so I hope I have avoided the worst side-effects :o .

Oops...maybe I am old as I have been informed that I'm currently 44 and will be 45 in a few months! :o
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Re: Security?
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2008, 06:21:51 pm »
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I went looking for seamonkey 1.1.9 in testing, but couldn't find it. Is there a problem with it?
Well I saw the package was announced so i assumed it was already in the repo.
I have just moved it into the patches repo so you can get it now.