Canonical Announces the Availability of Xibo as a Snap, Chrome 76 Released, Viruses Discovered in LibreOffice, Pop!_OS 18.10 Reaches End of Life, and Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security Warns of Microsoft Office Online Privacy Risks

News briefs for August 1, 2019.

yesterday announced the availability of the Xibo open-source digital signage
platform as a snap. From the announcement: “Xibo provides a
comprehensive suite of digital signage products, with its Content Management
System (CMS) at the heart of this experience-led offering. Xibo for Linux is
completely free and natively built for the Xibo CMS, which can be installed
on servers or combined with Xibo cloud hosting.”
You can download the Xibo snap here.

The Chrome team has promoted Chrome 76 to the stable channel for Windows,
Mac and Linux. According to Softpedia
News, “Highlights of the Chrome 76 release
include Flash plugin blocked by default, Dark Mode support for websites,
more improvements to the Payments API to allow merchant websites or web apps
to respond when a user changes payment instruments, better support for PWAs
(Progressive Web Apps), and the ability to control the ‘Add to Home’ screen

Silent macro viruses have been discovered in LibreOffice. The
Register reports that there’s an “issue where documents can be
configured to run macros silently on opening”. The vulnerability was
reported by Nils Emmerich and assigned
CVE-2019-9848. According to The Register, “It appears
that the supposedly fixed 6.2.5 is still vulnerable—confirmed by us.”
There is an updated bug
report here. To fix it, “disable LibreLogo immediately if it is present and enabled in your build of LibreOffice.”

announces that Pop!_OS 18.10 has reached end of life and will no longer
receive security updates. To keep your system secure and up to date, upgrade
your OS to version 19.04.

Due to security and privacy risks, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security is warning government
institutions not to use Microsoft Office online or mobile apps. According to
Register, “A report from Privacy
Company, which was commissioned by the
ministry, found that Office Online and the Office mobile apps should be
banned from government work. The report found the apps were not in
compliance with a set of privacy measures Redmond has agreed to with the
Dutch government.”


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