[ubuntu-studio-devel] Seeds change

Len Ovens len at ovenwerks.net
Thu Apr 6 22:07:42 UTC 2017

On Thu, 6 Apr 2017, lukefromdc at hushmail.com wrote:

> For anything to pull in wine by default is a theoretical security risk,
> due to the great many cross-platform exploits that then install
> Windows-only payloads. While most of these would fail on a Linux/wine
> setup due to not being invoked within wine, a malware author could
> probably fix that.
> A user installing wine to run a Windows binary is doing so knowingly
> and is aware that Windows binaries can be run. A user expecting a
> Linux machine to be unable to run Windows  binaries and relying on
> that for security could get a surprise if they are unaware wine is installed.

That too. Anyway, we have changed seeds to not install it (I hope). We 
will monitor the next few ISO builds to make sure.

I have also removed the possibility of another phone home (check if I can 
hit some site on the inet every 5 min) as well (supposedly only to check 
if we are connected). Not only is it a security risk but also could be 
hard on low latency uses. (I turn cron off when I want solid low 
latency... it does make a difference)

Len Ovens

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