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Submission + - Firefox 40 Arrives With Windows 10 Support, Expanded Malware Protection

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today launched Firefox 40 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Notable additions to the browser include official Windows 10 support, added protection against unwanted software downloads, and new navigational gestures on Android. Firefox 40 for the desktop is available for download now on, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. As always, the Android version is trickling out slowly on Google Play. Changelogs are here: desktop and Android.

Submission + - MySQL NOT getting systemd integration; MariaDB does

An anonymous reader writes: The team behind MySQL database recently claimed to have native systemd support. One of the systemd contributors was quick to point out that this isn't even a basic support. None of the reliability features are implemented by MySQL and the developer's claims are dubious.

At the same time, MariaDB received fully-featured systemd support.

Comment Re:Failed objective (Score 5, Funny) 98

I remember back in high-school (long, long ago,) one of my teachers was attempting to show off the school's new-fangled-lightning-fast T1 line. So he brought up, not realizing that he had made a horrid mistake.

Unfortunately, that was the first exposure to porn some of my classmates had encountered. It was a sad day for them, realizing there is porn on the internet.

Ironically, I missed school for the next four days.

Comment Re:If Its Online (Score 1) 98

Iran's SCADA system was attacked and it had a huge air gap.

Basically, the -ONLY- way to keep a computer safe is to...not have a computer. If someone wants in a system bad enough, there is always an attack vector. Be it online or via the best malware carrier of all time -- humans.

I am willing to bet some joe-blow intern infected the network with someone doing some amazingly easy social engineering to him/her.

TL;DR - Internet or not; if someone wants in, they'll get in if two situations are met: 1) The computer is on, 2) People are allowed around the computer.

Comment Re:Next up, antimalware built into boot sectors. (Score 3, Interesting) 104

I'm all for a physical switch.

Most of my customers would not be, however.

Then again, I see writing to the partition table / boot sector as on the same level as flashing firmware; it should only be done when absolutely needed and by someone who knows what they're doing and quite qualified. Which would put me rooting for a physical switch even more (I'd have less customers, though).

But the question still begs: Why are we allowed to write to this stuff from userland? Even with admin / root privs?

Comment Re:Next up, antimalware built into boot sectors. (Score 2) 104

Or, you know, disable the ability to write to the boot sector / partition table without specialized permission.

One time toggle in the bios means you can write to partition table on next boot. Want to write to it again? Toggle it in bios again.

Also, why can we write to the partition table and bootsector from userland again?

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.