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openSUSE forums defaced, user emails leaked

January 7th, 2014 by

Testing-Group-Logo As hackernews.com noted, the public openSUSE forums have been compromised and defaced. A cracker managed to exploit a vulnerability in the forum software which made it possible to upload files and gave access to the forum database.

Passwords: Safe! Emails: Not so much :-/

Credentials for your openSUSE login are not saved in our application databases as we use a single-sign-on system (Access Manager from NetIQ) for all our services. This is a completely separate system and it has not been compromised by this crack. What the cracker reported as compromised passwords where indeed random, automatically set strings that are in no way connected to your real password.

However, some user data is stored in the local database for convenience, in the case of the forum the user email addresses. Those the hackers had access too and we’re very sorry for this data leak!

And now?

As the exploit is in the forum software we use and there are no known fixes or workarounds we have decided to take the forums offline for now, until we have found a solution. Stay tuned for updates here, on twitter, facebook or g+.

openSUSE 11.0 Survey Results

September 11th, 2008 by

The openSUSE survey results are out now. The survey we made in July/August time frame attracted over 12,000 participants. Here is a short summary on changes compared to the last one we did approximately 1 1/2 year ago with the openSUSE 10.2 release. The summary is in the same order as the questions are.

  • meanwhile over 90% of our users have broadband access and 3/4 of them have a flat rate. Percentage of people having slow or no internet connection is below 5%. Anyway we should find a way getting our distro physically to emerging countries as we fear they didn’t even take part at the survey due to internet issues :-(
  • usage of an OS called Windows dropped from 31% to 21% which either tells us people do the full step to Linux or we may lose newbies?
  • Vista is not there yet, XP usage is approx. 3 times larger then Vista usage
  • KDE4 is already adopted by kind of 40% out of all KDE users, this is quite impressive to us as we’re mainly talking about KDE 4.0 which isn’t that mature as KDE 4.1 is today (yes, we know KDE 4.1 still needs some work to be perfect ;-))
  • involvement in openSUSE has risen strongly, from 15% to 25% and that’s all over the place – be it openSUSE Build Service, bug reporting, openSUSE Forums or others.
  • We’ve seen happily that the main reasons for not being involved in the openSUSE project was no time or familiy. But some people mentioned they don’t know how or it’s not clear where to start. We definitely need to address the latter one.
  • openSUSE and the first experience with Linux is down from 11% to 6%, that either tells us users from other Linux distros are joining or we’re losing people new to Linux
  • rating for “Ease of installation” climbed up strongly, obviously the streamlined installation workflow was the right thing to do.
  • On the question what should be changed for future versions the wish for more software packages declined. So it looks like the openSUSE Build Service and the 1-click installation helps many users to get additional software from.
  • The things above are for us the most eye catching results. In general the results are pretty similar to the last survey. For comparison you find the old survey on the UX page. As you see those results – at least some times – open room for interpretation in one or the other direction. For feedback please use the opensuse-project mailing list.

    We want to thank all people participated at the survey and some of them will receive soon an openSUSE t-shirt or cap.

    Last Call for openSUSE Survey

    August 21st, 2008 by

    Don’t miss to participate at this year’s openSUSE survey and tell us how you use openSUSE, what’s good or not so good about it or what you’d like to see in future releases. In seeing how you’re using your computer we can improve openSUSE to match better your needs. The results will be published shortly after the end of the survey here – the page of our usability experts where already some other surveys and information with regards of usability are displayed.

    The survey will be online till Aug 31st and we raffle under all participants some openSUSE t-shirts and caps. So, don’t miss the survey and have a lot of fun!

    Join the openSUSE Proofreading Team

    August 7th, 2008 by

    We are about to establish a new openSUSE team – the Proofreading Team. This team wants to check new software strings before translator will start there work. If you are interested in improving program messages and have a good knowledge in (American) English, feel free to join this team!

    For more information, look here or send Karl an email to ke at suse dot de

    Recorded Presentations Available From openSUSE Day at LinuxTag

    June 12th, 2008 by

    The presentations held at LinuxTag, Berlin during the openSUSE day are now available as video and partly as slides as well. Beside of Zonker’s part in the project presentation all are in German. For all with German language skills you’ll find here latest information on topics such as openSUSE Build Service, Multimedia, Laptop 2.0, KDE4 and others presented by people which are deeply involved in these topics and know what’s going on.

    Go and get it here.

    Announcing openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3

    May 16th, 2008 by

    The openSUSE team is proud to announce the last Beta release of openSUSE 11.0! Over 700 bugs has been fixed since Beta 2. This means we’re on the home stretch for openSUSE 11.0 and ask you all to do final heavy testing with it and give feedback or even send us patches. And we’re not only asking for help we’d like to thank you all for the great contributions up to date! First bunch of screenshots here

    Have a lot of fun!

    Information and Download


    Remember that this is a beta. It may not be safe to run for production systems, eg. in power plants ;-), and should be used by users interested in testing the next release of openSUSE for bugs.

    Most Annoying Bugs


    • NVIDIA driver doesn’t compile. Workaround: check here for a patch
    • parallel driver grabs IRQ14 preventing legacy SFF ATA controller from working Bug #375836
    • T41p shutting down due to “temperature critical” Bug #378327
    • Branding not yet complete Bug #369270
    • Package selector doesn’t show any patterns (Bug #390139)


    • YaST control center does not start under GNOME (Bug #389069)
    • No window decoration, workaround run compiz-manager & or metacity –replace& Bug #387168)


    • kdm looses keyboard when detecting an unknown previous session type Bug #389098)
    • Kontact starts with sidebar splitter on right window border Bug #389141, work-around: move it to left to see components
    • opensuseupdater-kde unable to start ‘yast2 piwo’ Bug #389765

    See the Bugs:Most_Annoying_Bugs_11.0_dev page on the wiki for an up-to-date list.

    Call for Testing

    If you want to help testing our standard test-cases, just take a look at openSUSE.org/Testing, and in particular the Testing:Features_11.0 sub-page which includes a definitive list of the features added into openSUSE 11.0. You can also coordinate with others and subscribe to the opensuse-testing@opensuse.org (subscribe) mailing list to help with our organized testing.

    Media and Download

    openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3 for i386, x86-64 and PPC comes as different media sets, all of which can be downloaded from http://software.opensuse.org/developer. Deltas from Beta 2 are also provided. Note that you will need the latest deltarpm from Factory, or for openSUSE 10.3 you can use the home:coolo repository to grab it.

    Comments, Feedback and Helping


    openSUSE 11.0 Beta 3 is a great time to start and continue testing-out openSUSE 11.0 before it is officially released. You can directly help and contribute to the openSUSE distribution by filing bug reports and giving feedback to the developers.

    For other queries and ways to communicate with the openSUSE community take a look at the Communicate wiki page.

    The next release is openSUSE 11.0 RC1 on May 29

    Announcing the Official openSUSE Forums

    March 11th, 2008 by

    In order to provide a better service to the existing openSUSE Community and to our new users, we’re pleased to announce that suseforums.net, suselinuxsupport.de and the openSUSE support forums at forums.novell.com (the three largest English speaking dedicated SUSE forums) are joining forces to merge into the new official openSUSE Forums at forums.opensuse.org.


    Behind the scenes, a project team consisting of Novell employees, openSUSE Community members, and existing forums’ staff have been working on this project since the beginning of 2008. The new infrastructure will be hosted by Novell to ensure the highest possible quality of service.
    Current plans are to migrate the existing active members of suseforums.net and suselinuxsupport.de into the official openSUSE Forums, simultaneously implementing Single Sign On for the whole openSUSE Community. We hope to make the transition as seamless as possible, and will go live Spring 2008. More information will be posted as available.

    All in all, a big gain for the whole openSUSE Community!

    openSUSE Shop Now Live!

    January 10th, 2008 by

    We proudly announce shop.openSUSE.org. This is the place to find official openSUSE gear: T-shirts, mugs, caps, bags and more are available.


    As many times requested by the community the shop will fulfill the need to offer openSUSE branded gear to a large audience at a reasonable price. The shop itself is driven by an external shop provider who offers us a broad variety of different products to sell. We are bound to his selection. If you wanna see more or other products out there or just want to give us feedback please contact us at shop@opensuse.org

    Have a lot of fun!

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

    December 22nd, 2007 by

    We’d like to take this opportunity to wish all openSUSE users and contributors a very merry Christmas and an enjoyable holiday! Thank you all for the great work you’ve done this year and the achievements accomplished.



    Software for Millions

    December 13th, 2007 by

    Klaas wrote an article about the openSUSE Build Service that got published in the german edition of Linux Magazin. Everyone able to read german go here.

    It covers general introduction into openSUSE’s Build Service, tutorials how to build a simple package, touches upon OSC and web client and gives an overview over the underlying technology.