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Will Linux protect you from ransomware attacks?

Ransomware attacks are all the rage these days among hackers, and many people are worried about becoming victims. Are Linux users secure against such attacks?

This topic came up recently in a thread on the Linux subreddit, and the folks there had some interesting thoughts to share about Linux and ransomware attacks.

Rytuklis started the thread with this post:

I am sure you guys heard the news about that huge hacker attack that locks peoples personal fines and demands ransom. Is Linux secure enough to protect against such attacks?

I thought I was safe on Windows in Lithuania where such attacks are very rare but saw this hack also hit Lithuania pretty hard too, so it makes me contemplate Linux again.

His fellow redditors responded with their thoughts about Linux and security:

Ars Technica reviews Ubuntu 17.04

Ubuntu 17.04 has been out for a while, but reviews are still trickling in from various sites. The latest review is from Ars Technica.

Scott Gilbertson reports for Ars Technica:

There’s quite a bit of new stuff in this release, but possibly the best news is that Ubuntu is now using Linux kernel 4.10. That means your Kaby Lake processors are fully supported (as are AMD Ryzen chips for those who love rooting for the underdog). There’s also some support for NVIDIA’s Tegra P1 and some improvements to the open source NVIDIA (Nouveau) drivers.

Another big change that most people will never even notice is that Ubuntu 17.04 switched from a swap partition to a swap file. You could see some speed improvements from that in some situations, and it makes your swap partition unnecessary, which saves a step in the installation process. The exception here is Btrfs, which does not support swap files. If you’re using Btrfs, you’ll need to opt for manual partitioning and create a swap partition yourself.

Also worth mentioning is Ubuntu 17.04’s support for the new “driverless” printers. These printers use the IPP Everywhere and Apple AirPrint protocols, and connecting them to your Ubuntu desktop should be, in Canonical’s words, “as easy as connecting a USB stick” (I don’t have a printer to test with).

This release also sees the usual slew of application updates for Ubuntu’s stock apps. GNOME-based apps have mostly been updated to GNOME 3.24, though there are a few that linger at older versions (Terminal and Nautilus for example).

Ubuntu has a login screen security flaw

Security is on everybody’s mind these days, particularly after the WannaCry ransomware attacks on Windows systems. It turns out that the venerable Ubuntu has a security flaw of its own via its login screen.

Adarsh Verma reports for Fossbytes:

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