I applaud this move and Microsoft’s recent acceptance if not enhanced tolerance of the open source movement. I believe this level of open cooperation is an important tool in the fight against cybercrime.
Given the many security challenges and loopholes in the new Windows 10 OS, combined with Microsoft’s new all or nothing patching strategy, another alternative OS and hardware platform is always welcome. I am thrilled to see Dell embracing dedicated hardware configurations for these Linux flavors. Add in MacOS and we are starting to see real options beyond the legacy footprint of MS Windows.
This is not the first ransomware attack against web servers and I doubt it will be the last. Please take the security of your web perimeter seriously and have the appropriate recovery mechanisms in place.
Please review your Linux implementations and upgrade or mitigate the issue accordingly.
An important step forward in the evolution of Microsoft as a cloud services organization….or a new sign of the apocalypse…you decide.
Given the prevalence of the Mint distribution, this is a serious issue. Take the time to verify any downloads that you may have made over the last few days, specifically of Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon edition 64-bit. You can easily verify the valid checksum from the website.
Please take the time to make sure your Linux releases are appropriately patched. There is the potential for great harm with this type of vulnerability.
If you have active Linux deployments, please review this article and patch accordingly.
This is quite refreshing coming from Microsoft. I am thrilled to see they are following through on their promises and developing/sharing code in the open. Porting to Linux is another interesting twist. I think these types of moves are yet another signal of Microsoft’s desire to be seen as more of a solutions and services company and less of a traditional software licensing machine.
A question came up a little earlier today about the inherent security of Linux. A vendor I was evaluating mentioned in their literature that Linux required virtually no security patching. As such, I wanted to share this article from earlier in the week as a rebuttal. Though not specifically malware, its a great example of the fact that security by obscurity is still a really stupid idea.