Ubuntu 14.10 final beta released

In today's open source roundup: Canonical has released the final beta of Ubuntu 14.10 and its spins. Plus: How does Shellshock work? And how to see if your Linux computer is in danger from Shellshock

The Ubuntu developers have announced the release of the final beta of Ubuntu 14.10 (also known as Utopic Unicorn). This final beta also includes each of the usual Ubuntu spins. So you can check out Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME as well as the main version of Ubuntu. Download links to each version are included below.

According to Ubuntu:

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu

14.10 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Codenamed "Utopic Unicorn", 14.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition

of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a

high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at

work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop,

Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu,

Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours.

More at Ubuntu

Here are the download links for the final Ubuntu 14.10 beta and its spins:

Ubuntu 14.10

Kubuntu 14.10

Lubuntu 14.10

Ubuntu GNOME 14.10

Xubuntu 14.10

If you want an overview of what to expect in Ubuntu 14.10, see ZDNet's preview of beta 1 and also The Register's more recent article about the final beta of Ubuntu 14.10.

How does Shellshock work?

Fedora Magazine has details about how the Shellshock Bash vulnerability works.

According to Fedora Magazine:

By now, you’ve probably seen this magic incantation, or variations, sent all around as a quick test for vulnerability to CVE-2014-6271, known as “Shellshock”, because in this post-Heartbleed world, apparently all security flaws will have cute over-dramatic names.

But, why is code in environment variables getting executed? Well, it’s not supposed to be — but, because of a feature which I’m tempted to call a bit too clever for its own good, there’s some room for a flaw. Bash is what you see as a terminal prompt, but it also is a scripting language, and has the ability to define functions.

More at Fedora Magazine
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