Firefox 3.09 Released: For Security and Stability

firefox309 Firefox released an update to stable version ie. 3.09 with lots of security and stability fixes.

Firefox 3.0.9 fixes several issues found in Firefox 3.0.8:

  • Fixed several security issues.
  • Fixed several stability issues.
  • Many users experienced an issue where a corrupt local database caused Firefox to “lose” its stored cookies. (bug 470578)
  • Fixed an issue where, starting with Firefox 3.0.7, inline image attachments on popular webmail services (like AOL and AIM) would not display. (bug 482659)
  • Large forms would sometimes take a long time to submit. (bug 426991)
  • In certain cases, new windows would not have proper focus. (bug 446568)
  • See the Firefox 3.0.8 release notes for changes in previous releases.

See the complete list of bugs fixed.

Read the release notes here.

There are no new feature added into Firefox 3.09. If you really want to try new features, install Firefox 3.5 beta4.

Internet Explorer security alert

Internet Explorer is vulnerable. Be careful, Microsoft alarms its users not to use its own browser.

Users of the world’s most common web browser have been advised to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.

Yes, If you’re really worried about your privacy never use Internet Explorer. It’s not today’s story for years we have been having security issues with Internet explorer and now its worst.  Use FOSS tools to be secure and to feel secure.

Read the rest of the report here from BBC

Information week has got more interesting link and updates on this issue. Read it here.

Mumbai Terror Sanitized by Brave Indians

NSG team of India successfully completes its “Operation Cyclone”. The brave Indian soilders have gunned down those who have got into various locations of Mumbai for almost 50+ hours. We have lost few breave hearts and the nation if mourning for the loss.

NSG commando Sandip Unnikrishna, Mumbai Police Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) chief Hemant Karkare, Indian Police Service (IPS) officers Ashok Kamte and Sadanand Date, Mumbai Police ‘encounter specialist’ Vijay Salaskar are few to be named while we  recall the sacrifises.

Image source: NDTV

It has been once again proved that united that we stand to fight against such devastating act. Looking forward and urging for strict and quick action from government against terrisom. People are voicing across the nation and across the border against Mumbai attack. What we have learnt from here should lead us to safe and secure India.

Who is responsible? Almost all news channels and papers are pointing at LeT and Pak.

What shall we do if its proved? I say gun them down too. Enough is Enough…

Untangling the network

Life is tangled when you’re not aware whats really going on in your network. Installing a proprietary hardware appliances like SonicWall has been a trend for corporates. But, FOSS tools are giving away the solutions for “Free” (Free as in FREEDOM) . I got to implement Untangle to manage a network which was found to be over crowded by unmanaged network traffic.

Web content, Packets, Intrusion, attacks, viruses, spam, phishing content and lot more that can be  filtered with it. You also find the integration to routing, nating and VPN solutions. Reports are beautiful and up-to the mark.

Simple installation and configuration steps. Are you a windows freak? No worries. You have got a windows version. Try it out.

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Stop Software Patents

The world is urging all to stop software patents today. There have been lots of talks, events, blog posts etc on Internet already creating awareness about the disaster patents can bring in to the world and advocating Free Software.

I shall log some of the reports which I read on news papers today here to help you understand whats going on. Mean while you can also visit website created exclusively for “Stop Software Patents

Few posts found on hindu news paper :

Will patenting take the byte out of IT here?

Why is it important to go the ‘free’ way?

Black-and-white, with some grey areas

If you find any other interesting link, do share it. I shall add them all here.

Bangalore International Marathon – Site Hacked

TheWiFiHack guy Manju, alerted me about this website in the evening. Still I find this website to be down along with many other which are hosting on the same server. Looks like some one is free this night. Also I could see lots of vulnerabilities reported with Drupal and Joomla modules.

It takes hell a lot of efforts to ensure that the server on which we are hosting our sites are secure enough. Be careful if you’re hosting your sites on shared hosting service providers. There are few test which you can run on your accounts to ensure that the server is secure enough. Else there will be nightmares.

Wake up and secure your WiFi

Recent Delhi serial blasts revealed that terrorists are smart enough to use the loop holes found in your WiFi. Do guard your WiFi routers and HotSpot’s today.

Government wakes up in this regard and thinking hard to make it compulsory to secure the Wifi connections via your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

These days purchasing broadband connection and setting up a WiFi connectivity for home/office has become quite easy. But consumers are not found to be educated about the need of security features provided in the routers and other devices shipped by the telecom department and ISPs. I even found that the people who come for installing and configuring the broadband connections to home and office are not skilled enough to setup basic security features multiple times.

It is  also quite possible to use tools to even crack the WiFi passwords.  Just google around and you will find many links guiding you about various tools available to achieve this. In a minute or so you will be owning a WEP/WPA keys to get in to some ones network. I had written about worlds best security OS distribution BackTrack that powers many to check how good is the security settings. You also have a video on my blog about this distro. Don’t forget to check it. Learn to use it and be secure.

How much government rules and regulations can tackle with such cases? Its still a big question. Lot more needs to be taken into consideration in case terrorists starts intruding into such things. Yes, also think about a secure OS for your PC today.

Its ultimately our responsibility to ensure that others won’t misuse our identity or foot prints to commit a crime. Start from reading your hardware manuals atleast run your eyes through pages.