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  1. GitHub's new policies allow removal of PoC exploits used in attacks GitHub announced on Friday their updated community guidelines that explain how the company will deal with exploits and malware samples hosted on their service. To give some background behind the new policy changes, security researcher Nguyen Jang uploaded a proof-of-concept exploit (PoC) to GitHub in March for the Microsoft Exchange ProxyLogon vulnerability. Soon after uploading the exploit, Jang received an email from Microsoft-owned GitHub stating that PoC exploit was remo
  2. Github Restores Reverse-Engineered GTA Code Following DMCA Counter Notice GitHub has restored a fork of the fan-made “Re3” project that published reverse-engineered code of the popular GTA 3 and Vice City games. The action follows a counter-notice sent by a third-party developer in response to Take-Two Interactive's takedown. Github followed the DMCA procedure and isn't publicly taking sides. In February, a group of developers released a project that had many passionate GTA fans excited. After years of work, they published “Re3” and “re
  3. GitHub Explores New Anti-Malware Policy but the Community Express Concerns GitHub wants to update its policy on dealing with potentially malicious code, and the community isn’t happy about it. Many find that it’s practically impossible to police uploads without hindering offensive security research. The code hosting platform had to deal with a very risky PoC recently, so this is why they are taking broader action now. GitHub feels that the time to introduce a stricter policy that deals with the presence of malware on the platform has come an
  4. GitHub blocks Google FLoC tracking Yesterday, GitHub announced rolling out a mysterious HTTP header on all GitHub Pages sites. GitHub Pages enables users to create websites right from within their GitHub repository. And it turns out, this header, now being returned by GitHub sites, is actually meant for website owners to opt-out of Google FLoC tracking. BleepingComputer also noticed the entire github.com domain had this header set, indicating GitHub did not want its visitors to be included in Google FLoC's "cohorts" when visiting any
  5. GitHub Reinstated YouTube-DL But Restoring Forks is Apparently a Problem After the RIAA had youtube-dl removed from GitHub last year, the platform decided to reinstate the YouTube-ripping tool, claiming that the industry group's takedown was unwarranted. However, users who forked the project weren't so lucky and according to a counternotice filed this week, GitHub isn't responding to informal restoration requests. There is probably a good reason for that. Last October the RIAA infuriated many players in the open source community by targeting Yo
  6. The Open Source Index showcases GitHub’s most popular projects right now Concept illustration for open source software Image Credit: Esra Sen Kula / via Getty It intersects with just about every piece of software, from systems architecture to APIs, and enterprises are adopting it more than ever. Open source software, judging by just about every estimation in recent years, is eating the world. But sifting through the vast array of open source projects out there, sorting the wheat from the chaff, can be a challenge, which is partly why early
  7. GitHub Wants to Get Rid Of the DMCA’s Anti-Circumvention FUD GitHub is urging the US Copyright Office to expand the DMCA anti-circumvention exemptions to eliminate FUD. The developer platform backs a proposal from Professor Halderman which opts to broaden exemptions for security researchers. GitHub is not the only party that backs elements of this proposal, the US Department of Justice does too. US copyright law places broad restrictions on what people are allowed do with copyrighted content. The U.S. Copyright Office regularly reviews
  8. GitHub fixes bug causing users to log into other accounts Last night, GitHub automatically logged out many users by invalidating their GitHub.com sessions to protect user accounts against a potentially serious security vulnerability. Earlier this month GitHub had received a report of anomalous behavior from an external party. The anomalous behavior stemmed from a rare race condition vulnerability in which a GitHub user's login session was misrouted to the web browser of another logged-in user, giving the latter an authenticated session cookie of
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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,
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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-
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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,
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