Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Update Flash fix security flaws!

I've been away for a few weeks. I updated my computer when I came back and found a Flash update was available. As I have mentioned before, Flash updates do not arrive with the Debian update process- it's a manual update:
# update-flashplugin-nonfree --install

Brian Krebs has the details.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Update Flash fix security flaws!

Adobe pushes emergency fix for active 0-day.

No, this isn't a duplicate of the previous post.

It looks like I'll be saying exactly the same thing next week too, according to Brian Krebs.
For the second time in a week, Adobe Systems Inc. says it plans fix a zero-day vulnerability in its Flash Player software that came to light after hackers broke into and posted online hundreds of gigabytes of data from Hacking Team, a controversial Italian company that’s long been accused of helping repressive regimes spy on dissident groups.

In an advisory published late Friday evening, Adobe said it plans to issue another Flash patch the week of July 13, 2015.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Firefox can block tracking cookies- but not by default

I read an article on the BBC News website about ad blocking in web browsers recently and was interested to read a claim that blocking tracking cookies in Firefox can speed up page load times by about 44%. Whatever you may think about the privacy concerns of tracking cookies, this seems to be a big hit on performance. The article doesn't mention how to activate tracking protection in Firefox (it's not enabled by default, or an easy preferences option), but the information is available on this Mozilla Support page.

This feature requires a recent version of Firefox to work- the ESR version in Debian Jessie didn't support it. I had to install the release version from the Debian Mozilla Team. As a bonus, I get to play with the new video chat feature, and preferences in a tab.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Things that are broken in Debian Jessie 2

Gnome Calendar:

Gnome Calendar causes random authentication request popups (without identifying where they have come from), as documented at

The first attempt at entering a password fails, even if it is correct; the popup disappears at the second attempt but returns later.

Looks like this is fixed in Gnome 3.16.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Things that are broken in Debian Jessie

Bummers for Debian Jessie users- these things are broken.

Update notifications:

Bluetooth file transfer from phone to computer: bug=774796 and bug=bug=757633