Raspberry Pi Has an App Store

December 21, 2012

I’ve posted here several times before about the Raspberry Pi single-board Linux computer, developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.   The Pi has proved to be extremely popular since it was introduced earlier this year.   The Foundation has now announced the opening of the Pi Store, a marketplace for applications for the Pi.

Currently, the Pi Store has 29 selections available, all but two of which (The Chimera game engine, and the game “Storm in a Teacup”) are free.   Eight of the entries are issues of the MagPi community-led magazine, which has articles for a range of users.  One of the notable applications is LibreOffice, the free open-source office suite, which has a range of capabilities comparable to Microsoft Office.  (I’ve written about LibreOffice before, most recently here.)  Another is the Asterisk open-source telecommunications software, which provides a set of building blocks for telecommunications systems, such as a conference bridge or a PBX.

If you have a Raspberry Pi, the store is directly accessible via an X application in the Raspbian OS (a derivative of Debian Linux for the Raspberry Pi).  It is also accessible on the Web.

Wired also has an article on the launch of the store.

Microsoft Re-Issues Security Bulletin MS12-078

December 21, 2012

Microsoft originally released security bulletin MS12-078 as part of its regular monthly patch bundle on Tuesday, December 11.   The bulletin, rated as Critical severity, addressed a flaw in the handling of TrueType or OpenType font files by kernel-mode drivers in Windows.  The bulletin included two patches, identified by Microsoft Knowledge Base numbers KB2753842 and KB2779030.

Microsoft has now re-issued Security Bulletin MS12-078, including an updated version of the KB2753842 patch.  According to Microsoft, the originally-issued patch does resolve the security vulnerability, but introduces some other problems with the handling of OpenType fonts.

Microsoft re-released this bulletin to address a known issue in the KB2753842 update related to OpenType Fonts (OTF) not properly rendering in applications after the original update was applied. Customers who have successfully installed the original KB2753842 update are protected from the vulnerability described in CVE-2012-2556. However, customers need to install the rereleased KB2753842 update to resolve the issue with improper OpenType font rendering and to keep the affected binaries up to date.

Download links for the patches are given in the updated Security Bulletin.  I do suggest that you apply the updated patch, even if you applied the original version; having old, slightly odd versions of system software hanging around is asking for trouble.

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