Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 Released, Valve Improves Steam Privacy Settings, New Distribution Specification Project for Containers and More

News briefs for April 11, 2018.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 was released yesterday. New features include "enhanced security and compliance, usability at scale, continued integration with Windows infrastructure on-premise and in Microsoft Azure, and new functionality for storage cost controls. The release also includes continued investment in platform manageability for Linux beginners, experts, and Microsoft Windows administrators." See the release notes for more information.

The Open Container Initiative (OCI) yesterday announced the launch of the Distribution Specification Project: "having a solid, common distribution specification with conformance testing will ensure long lasting security and interoperability throughout the container ecosystem". See also "Open Container Initiative nails down container image distribution standard" on ZDNet for more details.

Valve is offering new and improved privacy settings for Steam users, providing more detailed descriptions of the settings so you can better manage what your friends and the wider Steam community see. The announcement notes, "Additionally, regardless of which setting you choose for your profile's game details, you now have the option to keep your total game playtime private. You no longer need to nervously laugh it off as a bug when your friends notice the 4,000+ hours you've put into Ricochet."

Thousands of websites have been hacked to give "fake update notifications to install banking malware and remote access trojans on visitors' computers", according to computer researcher Malwarebytes. Ars Technica reports that "The attackers also fly under the radar by using highly obfuscated JavaScript. Among the malicious software installed in the campaign was the Chthonic banking malware and a commercial remote access trojan known as NetSupport."

Krita 4.0.1 was released yesterday. This new version fixes more than 50 bugs since the 4.0 release and includes many improvements to the UI.

Jill Franklin is an editorial professional with more than 17 years experience in technical and scientific publishing, both print and digital. As Executive Editor of Linux Journal, she wrangles writers, develops content, manages projects, meets deadlines and makes sentences sparkle. She also was Managing Editor for TUX and Embedded Linux Journal, and the book Linux in the Workplace. Before entering the Linux and open-source realm, she was Managing Editor of several scientific and scholarly journals, including Veterinary Pathology, The Journal of Mammalogy, Toxicologic Pathology and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. In a previous life, she taught English literature and composition, managed a bookstore and tended bar. When she’s not bugging writers about deadlines or editing copy, she throws pots, gardens and reads.

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