Weekly Roundup and News – weeks 24 & 25

The Mageia Wiki  

For the longest time our wiki main page has been very plain and simple; our own Zalappy has designed a new look, and the modifications are almost ready! Keep watching, because it’s looking really good! Thanks to Zalappy for his artistic flair, and to apb for his hard work making it happen.

What else is happening?

Around 700 packages landed in Cauldron – it’s certainly bubbling! Our appreciative thanks go to our tireless devs and QA folk, without whom we wouldn’t have a grand distro like Mageia. We had lots of updates over the last two weeks – here’s the list:

Security:

  • librsvg Mga5
  • file Mga5, 6
  • libvorbis Mga5, 6
  • gnupg, gnupg2, python-gnupg Mga5, 6
  • poppler Mga5, 6
  • perl-DBD-mysql Mga5, 6
  • jasper Mga5, 6
  • patch Mga5, 6
  • kernel, kernel-userspace-headers, kmod-vboxadditions, kmod-virtualbox, kmod-xtables-addons, wireguard-tools Mga6
  • glibc Mga6
  • librsvg Mga6
  • xdg-utils Mga6
  • roundcubemail Mga6
  • freedink-dfarc Mga6
  • flash-player-plugin Mga6
  • imagemagick Mga6
  • qt3 Mga6
  • firefox, firefox-l10n Mga6
  • gifsicle Mga6
  • leptonica Mga6
  • scummvm Mga6

Bugfixes:

  • minitube
  • speech-dispatcher
  • powertop
  • baloo-widgets
  • task-obsolete, perl-URPM
  • drakx-net, meta-task
  • rapid-photo-downloader
  • mageia-prime
  • minetest
  • ocrfeeder
  • grsync
  • brasero

If you need to check what’s happening between roundups, you can check Mageia Advisories, the Mageia AppDB, PkgSubmit to see the last 48 hours, and Bugzilla to see what’s currently happening.

A Word about Trolls

Mageia has a persistent troll targeting people associated with Mageia.

Currently going by the name Andrew, a troll hiding behind tor anonymizing servers has been targeting Mageia for some time.

The From: address will typically look like
‘From: “Andrew (Mageia Community Leadership Committee)”<BM-2cTUvERX7xLR1c1Pb5its4T4b1SSaFcPCj@bitmessage.ch>’
although they change the From: address at times – a technique known as nymshifting.

There is no Mageia Community Leadership Committee. The troll has also claimed to be the Mageia Council Leader, and various other titles.

Due to their creating many identities and spamming various Mageia mailing lists, all email addresses using anonymizing services we are aware of have been blocked from use when signing up at identity.mageia.org, and have been blocked from sending messages to the mailing lists.

They have also sent some email messages with the from address forged to make it look like it was coming from someone who is on the Mageia Council.

Here are the actual lists of Mageia people:

There are no Mageia conferences planned, let alone ones with fully paid trips for council or board members.

They have contacted various people trying to convince Mageia to hide bitcoin mining software they’d provide in every browser we package, with the money going to them, and a small percentage for us, of course. The suggestion is abhorrent to the Mageia community and would never be allowed. All package changes committed by Mageia packagers are publicly available for viewing.

We can’t prevent them from sending messages like this to anyone whose email address they have found.

All we can do is remind people that the internet has trolls. From: addresses in email message can be set to whatever the sender wants. Whether this troll is just a psychopath who enjoys getting an emotional response from people, or is someone trying to help destroy the usefulness of anonymizing services by getting more people to block them is open to speculation.

With any messages on the internet, people have to trust but verify the messages are from the person who normally uses that name. If the message looks strange, compare the sending IP address of that message to the sending IP address from normal messages from the user. While many ISPs do try to stop their users from sending messages with from addresses that are not for that ISP, most don’t, and for those that do there are always ways around their blocks.

Either add the various anonymizing email servers to your spam filters, or just ignore messages from trolls. Responding to them in any way just encourages more abusive messages.

Many thanks to the Mageians who have been working to inform people and shut this troll down.

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8 Responses to Weekly Roundup and News – weeks 24 & 25

  1. Steven F. says:

    Please don’t include bitcoin mining software in the browser! That would be breaching the trust of you users. I hope you don’t do that!

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  3. M.Z. says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the upcoming changes to the wiki. I always enjoy hearing about new changes to my favourite distros that will help improve the projects for end users. Sorry to hear about the troll, but it seems like it’s being handled well.

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  5. gukin says:

    Ever ethical and mindful of their users, Mageia is a prime example of how a distribution should be run and maintained. Kudos to board, the council an and all the Mageians that make this distribution great.

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