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On Sunday or Monday, I shared a "What is happening in Turkey" post, in English, from a Turkish friend's wall to my own. It was shared to "Friends except acquaintances" and got a few likes and comments. This morning I noticed it was gone from my wall. It is not to be found in my activity log, and the notifications of that it had been commented on were also gone.
I was starting to doubt I had posted it at all, when I remembered to check Google Reader (Yep, still running), as I ages ago had set up a RSS feed with my notifications there. There it was, "[Friend's name] likes your link", with a clickable link to facebook.com/my name/posts/ followed by a numerical value. However clicking on it gave this message: "This content is currently unavailable. The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page". Other posts in my RSS feed works fine, so it was just this particular one.
If it wasn't for the RSS feed, I probably would have shrugged it off and thought no more of it, so I guess the RSS feature will be gone soon too.
Aren't desktop firewalls useful in cases where attackers use malicious PDFs/Office documents/browser exploits to run reverse shells? If the exploit tries to connect to evilhost.com:443, how can a server firewall know that the connection is not a legitimate HTTPS connection?
As far as I understand, desktop firewalls would block attempts like these, as long as the connection isn't initiated by a whitelisted program. Of course the exploit payload could include methods to whitelist itself, but I assume there is no one single method to do this, so the payload would have to include custom methods for each of the personal firewall vendors.
Disclaimer: I have no experience with personal firewalls, and if I'm talking out of my ass, please correct me.
OpenSUSE ships a modified version of OpenOffice.org that bundles Novell's patchset, which includes some nice improvements that Sun has declined to accept upstream for various technical and licensing reasons.
And another Ars article says:
Many of these patches maintained by Novell provide important features that are valuable to Linux users, including support for embedded multimedia via GStreamer, (...) and support for Mono-based automation and scripting.
Mono does not seem to be just means to an end, but an end in itself.