Inspircd security update

adam@anope.org discovered several problems in inspircd, an IRC daemon:

InspIRCd is a modular Internet Relay Chat (IRC) server written in C++ for Linux, BSD, Windows and Mac OS X systems which was created from scratch to be stable, modern and lightweight.

As InspIRCd is one of the few IRC servers written from scratch, it avoids a number of design flaws and performance issues that plague other more established projects, such as UnrealIRCd, while providing the same level of feature parity.

– an incomplete patch for CVE-2012-1836 failed to adequately resolve
the problem where maliciously crafted DNS requests could lead to
remote code execution through a heap-based buffer overflow.

– the incorrect processing of specific DNS packets could trigger an
infinite loop, thus resulting in a denial of service.

For the stable distribution (wheezy), this problem has been fixed in
version 2.0.5-1+deb7u1.

For the upcoming stable distribution (jessie) and unstable
distribution (sid), this problem has been fixed in version 2.0.16-1.

Further information about Debian Security Advisories, how to apply
these updates to your system and frequently asked questions can be
found at: https://www.debian.org/security/

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If you’re not the buyer then you’re the product ~ VPN services

Virtual private networks, or VPNs, have been around for a while but they still aren’t much of a mainstream service. The only ones who know about VPNs are those who are sufficiently tech-literate, and of the ones who do know, only a fraction actually use them. That’s a shame because VPNs are a fantastic bit of technology that deserve more attention.

How is the VPN useful?

  • In a business environment, VPNs can be used for telecommuting by allowing employees to “remote in” from home and remain as part of the network.
  • Users can redirect their Internet traffic through VPNs, which provides an added layer of privacy and anonymity. It’s similar to the concept of proxy networks, but VPNs offer many more features than simple web proxies do.
  • When set up properly, VPNs can be used to access region-blocked web content. The website will see that your connection is coming from the VPN’s location instead of your own, but the VPN will forward the data to you.
  • VPNs can be used by gamers to simulate a local area network over the public Internet.

Most VPN providers charge less than $10 a month which we think is a great deal for the level of security they provide but for this review we have capped the price at $7/mo with the lowest costing just under $3/month! Of course to get these prices you will have to sign up for a longer period of time but luckily most have a free trial that allows you to test their services.

CactusVPN

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Positives: great client, Moldovan based, blazing fast

Negatives: only 4 countries, no BitCoins

CactusVPN is a fairly new Moldovan company that ranks high in so many of our lists without surprise. They have a great set of software, low prices and some of the fastest speeds we have seen from a VPN and all this without logs.

Using a free VPN is a big risk. If you aren’t paying for it, how is the VPN paying their costs? I’m highly recommend you use a cheap VPN instead.

CyberGhost

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Positives: no logs, based in Romania, good client, accepts Bitcoin, allows P2P(on paid plans only) , shared IPs

Negatives: multiple simultaneous connections only allowed on most expensive plan, speed cap

CyberGhost is a large Romanian company who has been doing fantastic developments lately. With regards to security they are absolutely top notch, going as far as deleting your payment details after it’s been processed, are working on some security technologies themselves and are willing to support promising security start ups too! Not only is their security great, but other areas of their service such as the client and support are also fantastic.  CyberGhost5 Premium VPNMonthly ongoing subscription is $6.99