Linux 2.6.11.10 Fixes Two Local Root Exploits

Linux 2.6.11.10 has been released, which fixes two locally exploitable security issues. Another similar bug has been fixed recently by 2.6.11.9.
Every Linux box with local users should be upgraded ASAP. My laptop is already compiling away happily (although I'm the only one who has an account on it of course, but you never know)...

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All My Emails Should Be GPG-Signed Now

As some of you might have noticed, I started to sign all my emails with my GPG key a few days ago. I knew for quite a while that this is a good practice, but I just didn't get around to actually do it. Until now.

Technically, I simply added set pgp_autosign to my .muttrc, and that's it. Now mutt asks me for my passphrase upon every email I try to send and then signs it.

So... if you should receive any funny email from "me" somewhen and it's not signed, it's most probably not an email from me but either someone trying to fuck with me, spam, a virus, a trojan, a phishing mail or any other scum you can imagine.

Updated SELFHTML 8.1 Debian Package

SELFHTML is a very popular German (X)HTML reference and tutorial which also covers CSS, JavaScript and related technologies.
Today, I have updated the SELFHTML Debian package to the new upstream version 8.1 (I'm the Debian maintainer of the SELFHTML package).
It's probably too late for the upcoming sarge release, but at least the package is now available for those who use unstable (and testing, soon).

My Updated .vimrc File

I have updated my .vimrc quite a lot recently and I uploaded the new version today.

The file is well-documented (IMHO at least) and contains some very handy abbreviations, short-cuts, typo-fixes and miscellaneous configuration settings which I deem very important for effective text editing. On every new Unix/Linux account I first download my vimrc (as well as my .bashrc, and my .muttrc) from my homepage to have a somewhat sane working environment...

Note: The .bashrc and .muttrc files are quite outdated at the moment, but I intend to update them soon, too. I'll announce the new versions on my config-files page.

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