Archive for the ‘Fedora 18’ Category

New CQRLOG package available for testing

2013-11-15 Leave a comment

I’ve just built the latest version of CQRLOG, version 1.6.1, for Fedora 18 through 21.  The packages are being pushed to the updates-testing repos now and should be available soon.  If you use CQRLOG in Fedora from the repositories I’d appreciate you testing this latest build and giving karma if it works (or doesn’t work) for you.

This update provides the following enhancements and bugfixes:

  • 630M band added
  • added OQRS (online QSL request system) to QSL sent menu
  • added “Always sort by QSO date” option to Search function
  • cursor is moved to last opened log in DB connection window
  • “Ask before creating a backup” option to “Auto backup” added
  • band map is much faster, a few optimization added
  • program freezed for a few milliseconds with every bandmap refresh – fixed
  • “MySQL server has gone away” problem fixed
  • membership values collation were case sensitive – fixed
  • ADIF import sometimes crashed with access vioalation, now will show what happened
  • qrz search with right click on a call in the recent QSOs list didn’t work
  • band map font settings was not loaded when program started



Fedora still vulnerable to the BEAST

2013-09-12 5 comments

This morning I was greeted with a blog post from the fine folks over at Qualys on how BEAST isn’t really still a threat (unless you are using an Apple product).  BEAST, a vulnerability found in SSL and TLS 1.0, was discovered around this time a couple of years ago and put web users in a precarious position of using a poor cipher choice (RC4) or be vulnerable.  Not to worry, however, as developers were able to come up with a solution to the problem (n/n-1).

So I mentioned the Qualys article in my $dayjob IRC channel where my always awake coworker provided information that Fedora is, in fact, still vulnerable to the attack.  Thanks to a problem with pidgin-sipe connecting to a Microsoft server, the n/n-1 split was backed out of the NSS software leaving anything that depends on it potentially vulnerable (Chrome, Firefox, and Thunderbird to name a few).

There is a fix, although it’s not fantastic by any stretch of the imagination.  By simply adding these two lines to your /usr/bin/firefox file the vulnerability should be fixed:


We added these two lines at line 36 and restarted Firefox.  My way-too-awake coworker did a test and confirmed that it was working in his environment.  Your mileage may vary.

Hopefully the fix for BEAST can be reapplied to NSS in Fedora soon as leaving users exposed can be dangerous.

Thanks to Hubert Kario for pointing me, and walking me, though this stuff before my morning coffee.

Update: 2013-09-12 @ 14:30 UTC

Apparently this problem will be persistent according to the NSS package maintainer.  From the ticket:

I bit of information from the nss side of things. The nss disabling patch is not applied on Rawhide or f20, onlt applied on stable branches. After we branch Rawhide for the next fedora release and we enter in Alpha, I send emails to the fedora development mailing list telling them that NSS_SSL_CBC_RANDOM_IV=1 will be the default as they use updates-testing and ask for feedback on whether it causes problems. Twice they have said it still causes problems. There are still unpatches servers out there. Once we go beta I have to enable the patch again. f20 is entering Alpha soon so I’ll send that email again. I know this bug is for Firefox but I though worth informing you that we monitor this every six months for nss.

Update: 2013-10-10 @ 15:22 UTC

After several weeks of inaction I’ve filed a ticket with FESCo to hopefully compel NSS to be remedied and any software that breaks with this fix should be patched to undo the fix.

Update: 2013-10-17 @ 10:32 UTC

I believe this problem has been fixed (finally!) for Fedora 19 and beyond.

Another new version of tudu available for testing

2013-08-26 Leave a comment

Pretty much as soon as I had pushed the 0.9 version of tudu version 0.9.1 became available.  The test packages are available for testing.  Add karma points if works for you (and, obviously, negative karma if it doesn’t).  Thanks!

New version of tudu ready to be tested

2013-08-21 1 comment

I just finished packaging the latest version of tudu for Fedora.  If you are a tudu user please take a moment and test the latest version and give karma.

Secure Boot Guide for Fedora

2013-02-11 2 comments

The last few weeks has seen Red Hat‘s Product Security Team documenting lots of previously undocumented data on Fedora’s Secure Boot featureFedora‘s Secure Boot Guide contains information on how the implementation is being done, what tools are being used or are available to work with this feature, and what pieces and parts are required to make this feature work.  I encourage everyone to take a look at this guide and file bugs against the guide if there is information that isn’t clear or data that is missing.

We’re not done with the guide, yet, and I’ll be releasing a new draft usually every week on Friday afternoons (Eastern Time).

Fedora 18 is in the wild

2013-01-15 Leave a comment

Fedora 18 The release of Fedora 18 has been covered by several media outlets.  Last seen turning left out of the gate, the large bovine was last seen heading towards homes and businesses across the globe.  Bigger than a CD, this round cow is expected to be found surfing on 1GB USB sticks down at the beach or riding proud in a flashy DVD down on the boulevard.  If spotted you are instructed to approach with much anticipation and get your piece of the action.  Don’t worry, there is enough to go around so feel free to share!

Categories: Fedora 18

New version of CQRLOG available for testing in Fedora

2012-10-09 Leave a comment

Version 1.5.2 of CQRLOG was released, today, and I have submitted the new version into the Fedora repos for testing.  I’d appreciate anyone using this package to test out, and provide karma for, this update.