Matrix & Riot Hosts Shut Down Due to Hack

Matrix team says that the hacking was done through a vulnerability in an un-upgraded Jenkins continuous integration system
12 April 2019   1663

The developers of the platform for decentralized messaging Matrix have announced an emergency shutdown of the servers Matrix.org and Riot.im (the main client of the Matrix) in connection with the hacking of the project infrastructure. The first shutdown took place last night, after which the servers were restored, and the applications were reassembled from the reference source. But a few minutes ago the servers were compromised a second time.

The attackers placed on the main page of the project detailed information about the server configuration and the data on whether they have a database with hashes of almost five and a half million Matrix users. As evidence, hash password of project leader is in open access. The modified site code is placed in the repository of attackers on GitHub (not in the official matrix repository). Details about the second hack are not yet available.

After the first hacking, the Matrix team published a report stating that the hacking was done through a vulnerability in an un-upgraded Jenkins continuous integration system. After gaining access to the server with Jenkins, the attackers intercepted the SSH keys and were able to access other infrastructure servers. It was stated that the source code and packages were not affected by the attack. The attack also did not affect Modular.im servers. But the attackers gained access to the main DBMS, which also contains unencrypted messages, access tokens and password hashes.

All users were adviced to change passwords. But in the process of changing passwords in the main Riot client, users are faced with the loss of files with backup copies of keys for restore encrypted correspondence and the inability to access message history.

Android-x86 9.0-r2 to be Rolled Out

This project's goal is a porting of the Andoid to the x86 achitecture, in another words, to launch Android apps on devices with x86 CPUs
23 January 2020   226

The developers of the Android-x86 project, within the framework of which an independent community is developing the Android platform port for the x86 architecture, have published the second test release of the assembly based on the Android 9 platform. The assembly includes corrections and additions that improve the performance of Android on the x86 architecture. Universal Live-builds of Android-x86 9 for x86 32-bit (725 Mb) and x86_64 (920 Mb) architectures suitable for use on standard laptops and tablet PCs are prepared for download. Additionally, rpm packages for installing the Android environment in Linux distributions have been prepared.

Compared with the first test release in Android-x86 9.0-r2, synchronization with the Android 9.0.0_r52 branch, updating the Linux kernel 4.19.95, Mesa 19.3.2 and the Taskbar 5.0.1 panel were noted.z

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