@alex There's also a fundamental disagreement with Moxie and his beliefs.
I know this is a really long issue thread so I'll try to sum it up concisely. Moxie spent three years going on about how he didn't want to make it available from "insecure" third-party repositories (F-Droid) and how he couldn't live without analytics from Google Play (about users themselves and about the behaviour of the app).
This is another one where he killed a fully free fork of Signal. He goes on about how XMPP is dead, how federation was never a real option for serious projects, etc.
I understand that, on a technical side, Signal is alright. It's not terrible and it is certainly better than SMS or iMessage. I push different applications because I disagree with a *lot* of what Moxie does.
Just received a snipped from an employee of a client
Twitter is now openly allowing terrorist organizations. Facebook is now openly allowing death threats against those described as a "violent criminal" by news/media reports or their own designated Dangerous Individuals, which includes entirely peaceful people they disagree with.
What the heck, old social media?
Passwords were made to be typed into chat rooms. Set them free!
Very nasty Linux backdoor with multiple components https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/c69ee0f12a900adc654d93aef9ad23ea56bdfae8513e534e1a11dca6666d10aa/detection
- Kills & uninstalls AV: clamav, avast, avg, drweb, esets
- Very persistent
- Uses Gates malware
- Uses Brootkit
- Uses CVE-2016-5195 to get root
- Infects other systems from known_hosts, .bash_history
marijuana addicts "made up about 1.5 percent of Americans. But they accounted for eleven percent of all the psychosis cases"
among "1,600 psychiatric patients ... cannabis use was associated with a ten-fold increase in violence."
"survey of more than 9,000 adolescents" "found that marijuana use was associated with a doubling of domestic violence... among 6,000 British and Chinese men and found that drug use—the drug nearly always being cannabis—translated into a five-fold increase in violence."
I'm kind of astonished that the basic science here is so rarely discussed.
"Most cigarette smokers don’t die of lung cancer. But we have made it widely known that cigarettes cause cancer, full stop. Most people who drink and drive don’t have fatal accidents. But we have highlighted the cases of those who do. We need equally unambiguous and well-funded advertising campaigns on the risks of cannabis."
POC: CVE-2019-12874 - Double Free RCE in VLC by Pentestpartners - https://www.pentestpartners.com/security-blog/double-free-rce-in-vlc-a-honggfuzz-how-to/
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Blog post: Kali Linux Roadmap (2019/2020) - https://www.kali.org/news/kali-linux-roadmap-2019-2020/
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