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  1. An open-source project that can't handle pull requests isn't a good look Microsoft has open-sourced many of its developer frameworks but the success of these projects is variable, with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) dubbed "a disaster" by one unhappy developer. This week, the company published a survey of developers on GitHub using some of its .NET open-source repositories, including ASP.NET Core, Entity Framework Core, Roslyn (the .NET compiler platform), .NET Runtime, and WPF. While there were only 191 responses overall, it looks
  2. Developers can now easily sell their tools on GitHub Marketplace GitHub is giving developers a bigger cut and simplifying the app verification process (Image credit: Kevin Ku / Pexels) GitHub has announced that it has made new changes to GitHub Marketplace which will make it easier for developers to discover, share and even sell tools and solutions to help simplify and improve the process of building software. First launched back in 2017, GitHub Marketplace is home to the world's largest
  3. Here's how a researcher broke into Microsoft VS Code's GitHub This month a researcher has disclosed how he broke into the official GitHub repository of Microsoft Visual Studio Code. A vulnerability in VS Code's issue management function and a lack of authentication checks enabled the researcher to obtain push access, and write to the repository. For responsibly reporting the vulnerability, the researcher was awarded a bug bounty award of an undisclosed amount. Flawed regex, no authentication, code injection in CI scripts While riding a
  4. Just got this Email: GitHub has secured a license from the U.S. government to offer GitHub cloud services to developers in Iran. Because of this, we are happy to let you know that we have reactivated full services on your account. GitHub and Trade Controls In this article Export overview Frequently asked questions GitHub.com, GitHub Enterprise Server, and the information you upload to either product may be subject to trade control regulations, including under the U.S. Export Administrati
  5. Under the banner of the MPA, the major Hollywood studios plus Netflix have filed a complaint with Github resulting in the removal of popular streaming app MediaBox HD. The takedown is the latest in a series setbacks for the Android-based movie and TV show piracy app which was previously mentioned in legal action unrelated to the MPA. Preventing the general public from accessing movies and TV shows without paying for them is a monumental task that, if anything, feels even more difficult than it was 15 years ago. In addition to hundreds, perha
  6. This week GitHub reversed an RIAA takedown by reinstating the youtube-dl repository. The Microsoft-owned developer platform, together with the EFF, sent a clear message that YouTube downloaders are not by definition illegal. This outspoken support is not only good news for youtube-dl, it might also be a gamechanger for the lawsuits against 2conv, Flvto, and Yout. The music industry is convinced. Downloading music from public streaming services, YouTube in particular, is the greatest piracy threat to the industry. The RIAA and several key mus
  7. GitHub finally fixes 'high' severity security flaw reported by Google Project Zero Google's Project Zero team is dedicated to finding security vulnerabilities in the company's own software as well as those developed by other firms. Its methodology involves privately reporting flaws to vendors and giving them 90 days to fix them before public disclosure. Depending upon the severity of the situation, this deadline may be extended or brought closer according to the group's standard guidelines. At the start of November, Google publicly disclosed a "high" severity securi
  8. Last month, GitHub removed a popular tool that is used to download videos from websites like YouTube after it received a DMCA takedown notice from the Recording Industry Association of America. For a moment, it seemed that GitHub might throw developers under the bus in the same fashion that Twitch has recently treated its streamers. But on Monday, GitHub went on the offense by reinstating the offending tool and saying it would take a more aggressive line on protecting developers’ projects. Youtube-dl is a command-line program that could, hypothetically, be used to mak
  9. GitHub has removed several repositories that helped to bypass Google's Widevine DRM, which is used by popular streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. Google requested the code to be removed as it would violate the DMCA. The company also sent a sensitive data takedown request for the associated RSA key which, ironically, remains easy to find through Google. With more ways to stream online video than ever before, protecting video continues to be a key issue for copyright holders. This is often achieved through Digital Rights Management,
  10. A newly discovered worm and botnet named Gitpaste-12 lives on GitHub and also uses Pastebin to host malicious code. The advanced malware comes equipped with reverse shell and crypto-mining capabilities and exploits over 12 known vulnerabilities, therefore the moniker. Spreads via GitHub, attacks in 12 different ways Gitpaste-12 was first detected by Juniper Threat Labs lurking on GitHub around October 15th. However, commits reveal the malware has lived on GitHub since Jul 9th, 2020 until its shut down after Oct 27th, 2020.
  11. Someone attached a copy of the GitHub Enterprise Server source code to GitHub's DMCA section, but the GitHub CEO said they mistakenly leaked that code months ago. GitHub has denied rumors today of getting hacked after a mysterious entity shared what they claimed to be the source code of the GitHub.com and GitHub Enterprise portals. The "supposed" source code was leaked via a commit to GitHub's DMCA section. The commit was also faked to look like it originated from GitHub CEO Nat Friedman. But in a message posted on YCombinator's Hack
  12. Two weeks ago the RIAA asked GitHub to remove the open-source stream-ripper software youtube-dl. This request wasn't well-received by developers, many of whom retaliated by posting copies of the code. Yesterday, things went from bad to worse when a user with the name 'F*** T** RIAA' uploaded three MP3s of the songs the RIAA mentioned in its takedown notice The RIAA and other music groups see people who download music from YouTube as a major piracy threat. To deal with this problem, they have increased their enforcement actions against stream-rippi
  13. GitHub has issued a warning that accounts could be banned if they continue to upload content that was removed due to DMCA takedown notices. On October 23rd, 2020, GitHub removed the source code repositories for the popular video download tool called YouTube-dl after the Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. (RIAA) filed a DMCA infringement notice. This takedown was controversial, as the notice was not issued because YouTube-dl contained copyrighted material or source code, but because it allowed users to download copyrighted content. YouTube-
  14. Google discloses 'high' severity security flaw in GitHub Google's Project Zero team is well-known for discovering vulnerabilities and bugs in Google's own software as well as that developed by other companies. Its methodology involves identifying security flaws in software and privately reporting them to vendors, giving them 90 days to fix them before public disclosure. Depending upon the complexity of the fix required, it sometimes also offers additional days in the form of a grace period. In specific scenarios, companies may even be given less than the standard 90 days to fix issue
  15. This morning, GitHub's pristine layout vanished off of the repository, in what looks like a miss on the company's part in renewing an SSL certificate. Soon, reports emerged all over the internet from users who had to endure a broken GitHub experience. The expired certificate prevented numerous resources like images, JavaScript, and CSS stylesheets from correctly loading on GitHub. Expired CDN certificate breaks UI, wreaks havoc Masiur Rahman Siddiki, a web developer tweeted to GitHub, "Seriously ?? Your CDN's SSL Expired ? How on earth is th
  16. An RIAA takedown request, which removed the YouTube-DL repository from GitHub, has ticked off developers and GitHub's CEO. Numerous people responded by copying and republishing the contested code, including in some quite clever ways. Meanwhile, GitHub's CEO is "annoyed" as well, offering help to get the repo reinstated. The music industry has increased its enforcement actions against stream-ripping tools and services in recent years. The RIAA and other music groups have filed lawsuits, sent cease and desist orders, and issued numerous DMCA t
  17. Users of the extremely popular YouTube-dl YouTube media downloader have flooded GitHub with new repositories containing the tool's source code after GitHub took down the project's repositories on Friday. YouTube-dl is a command-line program that can be used to download multimedia content from YouTube and several other sites; before being removed, it used GitHub to host source code and compiled executables. The utility is also used by journalists for various reporting tasks including downloading press releases, videos, and audio transcriptions. On October 23,
  18. This afternoon, one of the most well-known pieces of software for downloading YouTube videos, youtube-dl, was removed from GitHub following a takedown notice from the Recording Industry Association of America, or RIAA. Whether you’re looking to backup contents of your personal YouTube account or download some of your favorite YouTuber’s videos for offline use, many turn to youtube-dl as the most reliable and in-depth tool for downloading videos from YouTube — along with many, many other sites that have videos like Vimeo, CNN, etc. Beyond simple downloading featu
  19. Last month there was excitement when the source code for Windows XP was leaked online. The big question, however, was how quickly Microsoft would act to have it disappeared from the web. The partial answer is that the company took 10 days to have one public repository taken down. And that was hosted on Github, a platform owned by Microsoft itself. When Microsoft’s Windows XP launched in 2001, it was somewhat of a revelation. Built on Windows NT and a clear step up from the consumer variants of Windows that preceded it, the OS reigned for yea
  20. Github wants to kill off security bugs in your code for good New GitHub code scanning feature hopes to catch security bugs before they do damage (Image credit: Pixabay) Github has launched a new code scanning tool that it hopes will help developers spot bugs or vulnerabilities in their work. The new feature, which is available now, allows developers to analyze their code in a GitHub repository to find security vulnerabilities and coding er
  21. All new Git repositories on GitHub will be named "main" instead of "master" starting October 1, 2020. Starting next month, all new source code repositories created on GitHub will be named "main" instead of "master" as part of the company's effort to remove unnecessary references to slavery and replace them with more inclusive terms. GitHub repositories are where users and companies store and synchronize their source code projects. By default, GitHub uses the term "master" for the primary version of a source code repository. Developers make copie
  22. Microsoft creates new GitHub issues repo for developer-oriented issues in Windows Microsoft last night launched the new Windows Developer (WinDev) Issues repo on GitHub. Microsoft’s plan is to collect and catalog issues that affect developers who work on Windows. This repo is not just for developers who write applications for Windows, this is for all developers who write code on Windows. Right now, Microsoft is accepting developer-oriented performance issues. Such issues include, for example: Dev tools (e.g. compilers, linker
  23. The creator of controversial third-party Grindr application 'Fuckr' has withdrawn his opposition to a Grindr copyright complaint. Grindr filed a DMCA takedown notice with Github in September, stating that Fuckr infringes Grindr's intellectual property rights. However, after initially filing a counter-notice to have his software reinstated, Fuckr's creator has now backed away, fearing a prolonged copyright battle. Released back in 2015, the Fuckr desktop application provides controversial enhanced access to the popular Grindr dating service. Among other things, Fuckr g
  24. TITSUP: Total Inability To Support Users' Pushes GitHub's website remains broken after a data storage system failed hours ago. Depending on where you are, you may have been working on some Sunday evening programming, or getting up to speed with work on a Monday morning, using resources on GitHub.com – and possibly failing miserably as a result of the outage. From about 4pm US West Coast time on Sunday (2300 UTC), the website has been stuttering and spluttering. Specifically, the site is still up and serving pages – it's just interm
  25. GitHub Mistakenly Locks Out Some Firefox Users Due to Pirated Windows Blunder A number of Firefox users have been blocked from logging in to GitHub using security keys like YubiKey due to what appears to be a blunder tied to a pirated Windows restriction. A reddit discussion reveals that Firefox users who tried to use two-factor authentication on GitHub with a security key were provided with an error message informing that “this browser doesn’t support security keys.” Users were then recommended to switch to Google Chrome “to start using securi
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