Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kernel vulnerabilities

Some serious vulnerabilities in kernel are forcing an update for Ubuntu Users, since version 6. Before the press start to shout out loads of hyperbolics tales stressing how vulnerable Linux really "is", everybody must know that solutions are ready to be downloaded and applied.

Knowing Ubuntu, desktop users have already been alerted about this update, that must be installed. But for Ubuntu Server administers, it must be manually performed.

What you need to do is:

1) Update your repositories:
$ sudo apt-get update
2) Verify the kernel installed version
$ uname -r
My kernel version is generic.

Install the right kernel version and dependencies:
$ sudo apt-get install linux-generic
And reinstall the server.

Empathy does not access MSN

Since yesterday my empathy client does not show my contacts from MSN anymore. It is an empathy problem, and I found the solution (workaround) for this. You can find this in this page, but I will show it here quickly:

If you are in text interface, type the following line:

$ sudo vim /usr/share/pyshared/papyon/service/description/SingleSignOn/

In graphic interface, press ALT+F2 and type:
gksudo gedit /usr/share/pyshared/papyon/service/description/SingleSignOn/
Look for this line:

CONTACTS = ("", "?fs=1&id=24000&kv=7&rn=93S9SWWw&tw=0&ver=2.1.6000.1")

and change it to

CONTACTS = ("", "MBI")

Save the file and restart Empathy. It will now work!