Google fixes critical Android bugs

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Also in today's open source roundup: Amazon will restore encryption to Fire OS, and get an open source Notes app for Linux inspired by the one in OS X

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Google fixes critical Android bugs

Google has been busy working on bug fixes for Android, and has now squished some nasty ones. Unfortunately, it may take a while for some devices to get the patches. And some older Android devices will probably never get them.

Liam Tung reports for ZDNet:

Google has fixed 19 bugs in Android in its March update, including two remote code-execution bugs in its problematic and privileged Mediaserver service.

Mediaserver, often blamed for battery drain on Android devices, is yet again the source of the worst flaws affecting up-to-date Android devices. The core component of Android has turned up critical flaws in nearly every update since Google began monthly patches in August, following the Stagefright bug.

For this month's update, Google's own security teams discovered two new critical flaws in the service that could be used to cause remote code execution by sending a rigged email, MMS, or a media file played through the browser. Google also identified another related critical flaw in libvpx.

The March update includes fixes for a total of seven critical flaws, 10 high-impact bugs, and two moderate issues.

More at ZDNet

Amazon will restore encryption to Fire OS

In the midst of the titanic battle between Apple and the FBI, Amazon weirdly chose to remove encryption from its Fire OS devices. But now the company has changed its mind, and plans to restore encryption in a future update to Fire OS.

Chris Williams reports for The Register:

Amazon has U-turned on its decision to remove filesystem encryption from Fire OS, which powers its Fire and Kindle slabs.

We've been told that a version due out within the next month or two will return support for encrypting documents stored on the devices. This decision to restore the feature comes just days after it emerged that Amazon had axed the encryption from the latest build of its tablet operating system: Fire OS 5.

Removing the crypto sparked outcry from furious Fire and Kindle owners as well as the wider tech world. Amazon appears to have taken notice.

More at The Register

Get a Notes app for Linux inspired by the one in OS X

OS X's Notes app has proven to be a popular option for Mac users. And now you can get a clone of it that runs in Linux. Notes resembles the Mac app quite closely visually, and could be a good option for Linux users who do a lot of note-taking on their computers.

Joey Elijah Sneddon reports for OMG Ubuntu:

The shelves of Ubuntu Software Center hosts ample stock, from basic on-screen sticky notes to complex, tag-based command-line clients. But if you can't find the lean, clean and easy to use note taking app of you dreams amongst them do take a look at Notes.

Notes is a new open-source and cross-platform note taking app that has a simple, straight-forward appearance.

UI inspiration (obviously) comes from the Mac OS X Notes app, with the layout, button arrangement and faux-paper background all clearly borrowed from Cupertino's client -- heck, even the app icons are pretty similar!

But don't let the Mac-ness of this app put you off trying it. Behind the unsightly traffic light window controls is an app that is actually pretty robust and very easy to use.

More at OMG Ubuntu

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