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Re: [opensuse] Ubuntu Forum hacked
-----Original Message-----
From: Basil Chupin <blchupin@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: opensuse@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [opensuse] Ubuntu Forum hacked
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:50:04 +1000

On 23/07/13 15:46, Basil Chupin wrote:
The Ubuntu Forum was hacked a couple of days ago-

which led to a discussion about how secure Linux actually is.

A question arises in my mind is: how vulnerable are our mailing
lists/forum(s) seeing as how openSUSE MLs are also using vBulletin (an
earlier version than the Ubuntu one, BTW). More discussion led to this

With regards to this last URL, how does openSUSE fair? I just looked
at the archive for opensuse-security mail list (and subscribed to it)
but for the month of July only see some fixes to what appear to be
apps from 'third parties'.

Is openSUSE 'watertight'? :-)


Correction to the above: I meant to write "as how openSUSE forum(s) are
also using vBulletin....". Sorry about that.

-----Original Message-----
Hi Basil,
Don't think a lot of people _here_ can tell you about the
(security-)backgrounds of the openSUSE-forums...

With linux/bsd in general, the weakest link remains PEBKAC:
If you don't apply, or even disable, security measures, or don't keep
your system up-2-date, you deliberately increases the always remaining

Regarding sles/opensuse, openbsd specifically, they have a better
reputation regarding security.

Having said that, i am aware that certain packages (mainly web CMS's)
have a history of also increasing the risk of being defaced ;-)
If you publically use powerful tools (ploone, joomla, typo, java, etc )
you have to follow their security announcements constantly, or it will
be used against you....

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