09.17.21

[Meme] Microsoft Loves Linux Bug/Back Doors

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security, Windows at 9:38 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Yesterday: Microsoft Azure and Back/Bug Doors in GNU/Linux: Fool Me Once (Shame on You) / Fool Me Twice (Shame on Me) | Trusting Microsoft With Security is a Clown Show

Dirty Things: I put my GNU/Linux VM in Azure; Wait until she finds out his 'desktop' is WSL...

In the news (when they say “Linux” they actually mean Windows):

New malware uses Windows Subsystem for Linux for stealthy attacks

Theory confirmed: Lumen Black Lotus Labs discovers Linux executable files have been deployed as stealth Windows loaders

Theory confirmed: Lumen Black Lotus Labs discovers Linux executable files have been deployed as stealth Windows loaders

Summary: Microsoft is just cementing its status as little but an NSA stooge

09.16.21

Trusting Microsoft With Security is a Clown Show

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security, Servers at 5:56 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 6998bd1e8c92ab9d3acfe358c787c62a

Summary: A quick and spontaneous video about this morning's post regarding a major new revelation that reaffirms a longstanding trend; Microsoft conflates national security (back doors) with security

THE subject isn’t new to us. We’ve been writing about this for well over a decade and when Ed Snowden released a stash of leaked documents our worst fears or concerns were largely confirmed. Not that the corporate media pays attention to these any longer (those are presumed “old news” even though nothing was done or said to suggest a policy change).

“The latest news will only further curtail that latter agenda, assuming corporate media will bother reporting it like it constantly badmouths “Linux”.”Microsoft is really struggling in the server space. Windows Server is being rapidly abandoned, so Microsoft is trying to swallow the GNU/Linux servers market (without success). The latest news will only further curtail that latter agenda, assuming corporate media will bother reporting it like it constantly badmouths “Linux”. Even when Microsoft is at fault

As Ryan has just put it (in IRC): “Microsoft plummeted down to nothing in the server market in the past year. Everyone took advantage of the downtime, I guess, to migrate to somehing else. It had probably been a long time coming, but when you’re in the thick of things, it can be hard to abandon something that’s plodding along and working just okay enough to get you by. The COVID mess probably did to Microsoft in a year what would have happened in five or six anyway.”

“They’ll try to avoid talking about that, which means that we should. Everyone is trying to get away and will the first chance that they get. It’s like women who were being controlled by their husband to the point that he puts their paychecks in his bank account to make sure they don’t have enough money to start over. Microsoft tries to keep its customers by playing dirty and implying they’ll be helpless if they leave.”

Microsoft Azure and Back/Bug Doors in GNU/Linux: Fool Me Once (Shame on You) / Fool Me Twice (Shame on Me)

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, Security at 2:46 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me,” goes the old saying…

2016: Microsoft update servers left all Azure RHEL instances hackable

Microsoft update servers left all Azure RHEL instances hackable

5 years later: OMIGOD: Azure users running Linux VMs need to update now

Critical Flaws Discovered in Azure App That Microsoft Secretly Installs on Linux VMs

I’ve asked an associate whether it’s worth covering this latest “incident” and dub that a “back door”, based on what is generally known about Microsoft’s policy on security (the real policy, not what they tell the public or say in hearings about “security”).

“I think so,” the associate responded, “if it is done in the right way.”

This post [from Christian Imhorst] frames it right,” he said, as “bug doors / back doors, it’s all the same [because] sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice, and vice versa. Azure is there to ensure that gullible users don’t escape the surveillance of the Microsoft products.”

09.13.21

The Register Cannot Stop Trolling Linus Torvalds (It Recently Corrected Falsehoods in the Headlines, But No Lessons Have Been Learned)

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 8:35 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 7029e9635158e447f2f31d72eca1474d

Summary: The media coverage about “Linux 5.15-rc1″ says a lot about the general agenda of many publications, such as The Register with Microsoft operatives inside it

TWELVE hours after Linus Torvalds had announced the closing of the merge windows (page will be updated with more news picks as they arrive) we began to see the typical slant from Linux-hostile people. It’s not a new habit and it is done consistently, not merely as clickbait because underlying facts too get distorted (previously, after Torvalds protested the matter the headline was modified/corrected as well).

“Too much marketing, obligatory (paid-for) puff pieces, and sponsored fluff.”The above is a rant about the sort of ‘news’ coverage we nowadays find about Linux; sometimes it’s not about Linux at all and oftentimes it’s just misusing the brand to say something negative about things that aren’t Linux. If the media perishes and if “professional” (paid) journalism dies, maybe it is well deserved. We’re struggling to find anything that can be labeled journalism in today’s “tech” press. Too much marketing, obligatory (paid-for) puff pieces, and sponsored fluff.

“Mind Control: To control mental output you have to control mental input. Take control of the channels by which developers receive information, then they can only think about the things you tell them. Thus, you control mindshare!”

Microsoft, internal document [PDF]

09.07.21

David Kappos (IBM/Microsoft Lobbyist) Reported for Misuse of Authority and Conflict of Interest

Posted in America, GNU/Linux, IBM, Microsoft, Patents at 9:50 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Old monopolies and current monopolies want more than just patent monopolies

IBM and Nazi flag
Image sourced from The Hidden Nazi History of IBM and how they chose profit over morality

Summary: For a number of decades the USPTO has been discriminating against GNU/Linux users and for a number of years it has been pushing “Microsoft tax” (applicants must pay more if they don’t use Microsoft’s proprietary formats); some people challenge this culture of vendor capture inside the USPTO

LAST month we wrote about issues associated with past staff of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which now works in the lobbying sector, in effect trying to shape the law for large clients like IBM and Microsoft. Among the objectives: extinguishing 35 U.S.C. § 101 and bringing back software patents. Last year we showed that an IBM lobbyist (paid millions by IBM) “Used COVID-19 Lies to Push for Software Patents From the Back Door, Undermining What Courts Have Determined” (even the highest court); not even the EPO had gone that far in promotion of software patents.

“We have many readers who use GNU/Linux, but we’re not sure how many of them interact with patent offices.”Earlier this year we mentioned how those same people misused the USPTO to reinforce Microsoft’s monopoly. One of our readers has had enough and is taking action [PDF]. Bar complaint against Kappos was submitted the other day. “I filed a bar complaint against Kappos in California,” a reader told us, where he’s a member of the bar. I’ll file complaints in New York and Washington, DC, too – where he is also a member – but it seems to be a little more difficult than in California.”

“I will be very surprised if anything is done about my complaint. But, if they go so far as to contact Kappos about the complaint, it will have been worth it.

“The issue I attacked him on is the “Electronic Filing Incentive.” You can read about it in the attached pdf.

“I live in rural West Virginia, so I have only been on the internet for 7-8 years, and, before that, I filed my applications through the post. No problem, until Kappos came along, and tried to force everybody to buy Microsoft and Lenovo.

“At first, I used Windows – like everybody – but I bought Windows 8, which was junk, and I discovered Linux, which I’ve been using for probably about 7 years.

“Most of the people at the USPTO are lawyers, it seems, and they are creating “barriers” – as described in my pdf – against Linux users.

“Maybe somebody could file bar complaints against lawyers in the USPTO because of the barrier against Linux, using the complaint in my pdf as a guide. It would require some research to identify the lawyers, and then find out where their bar membership is: which state(s), and maybe Washington, DC.

“I can’t do it. I use Linux, but don’t really have the technical knowledge to make a strong complaint. Maybe you know somebody who could do it.”

We have many readers who use GNU/Linux, but we’re not sure how many of them interact with patent offices. Nevertheless, any action against behaviour such as this can only potentially improve things. We need to make ourselves noticeable/heard. Otherwise, systematic discrimination will carry on, reinforced by people whose top clients are proprietary software giants that pursue loads of software patents.

09.06.21

Linus Torvalds Fights Back Against Microsoft’s Latest Attempt to Hijack His Projects or Kidnap His ‘Babies’ (Linux and Git)

Posted in Free/Libre Software, GNU/Linux, Kernel, Microsoft at 2:18 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum f9c6121d6e92ec01e0771201e4491580

Summary: Linus Torvalds, the founder of Linux and Git, isn’t having it with Microsoft and its partners; 3 years ago dishonest monopolists worked to oust him over his supposedly ‘rude’ messages and the exploitative Linux Foundation sent him to therapists over it as if he was 'ill' for daring to protect his work (they still try)

THE EFFORT to impose Microsoft file systems on Linux users — with or without patent tax (see Tuxera) — goes well more than a decade back. It dates back to pre-GitHub days and we wrote many articles about it, even in recent years [1, 2, 3].

“Towards the end of the video I discuss why GitHub is also a legal threat and an attack on all of us…”Last year we cautioned about ongoing attempts to push Linux from Git to GitHub (from free-as-in-freedom software and autonomy to Microsoft proprietary software oppression) and now we see attempts to impose GitHub and at the same time Microsoft file systems on Linux users. They want to make that part of the core of the kernel’s storage-related code. In the video above I discuss the reaction from Torvalds (screenshot below with highlights added), who has long opposed GitHub, mostly for practical reasons. Towards the end of the video I discuss why GitHub is also a legal threat and an attack on all of us — putting aside these latest arguments about quality and security aspects.

GitHub garbage

Linus Torvalds Invented Git, But He Pulls No Patches With GitHub

09.03.21

Free Software Foundation, 36 Years Old, Still Fights for Software Freedom

Posted in Apple, Free/Libre Software, FSF, GNU/Linux at 4:23 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link | md5sum 4b5aa953d4c8a58ba9f3fbeefd2b5e62

Summary: Free software supporters should not forget that in the face of a rather vicious and corporate-backed online mob the FSF brought its founder back to the board; it has since then lessened its dependence on funding from large corporations, which means it deserves more supporters or donations from individuals who value software freedom

THE past few years we wrote hundreds of articles about the Free Software Foundation (FSF), which is 36 this year (it turns 36 in one month and one day). Yes, 36. A lot older than Linux. In past years we noted that the FSF had become a little dependent on a bunch of rather large companies — which we estimated (based on IRS filings) to account for about half of the FSF’s budget.

That’s not the case anymore.

“The FSF is definitely still effective and it deserves our support. It’s not sucking the teat of Google or IBM or any other very large company.”It can take a year or two to gain public access to IRS filings which correspond to a present year, but we suspect that a large majority of the FSF’s budget comes from supporters (which in FSF terms means individuals, not corporations which are dubbed “patrons”).

In the video above (first video in a while that uses an external camera) I take a look at last night’s posts from the FSF. They hire additional people and they still speak out against Apple. The FSF is definitely still effective and it deserves our support. It’s not sucking the teat of Google or IBM or any other very large company.

“Just had someone DM me saying they got Google money for their NGO and Google might be terrible but taking their money doesn’t make your organisation bad. So I told them I could probably get them funding from Saudi Arabia and they went silent.”

Aral Balkan this week

09.01.21

GNU/Linux 38 This Month

Posted in Deception, GNU/Linux, Kernel at 6:26 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

GNU/Linux Is 38 Years Old This Month (Or Is It 28 Years Old?) – Invidious

Summary: Taylor seems to be reading Techrights

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