Linux News Today: Webconverger Kiosk Devs Found Out Firefox Is Leaking Info
Webconverger is a powerful Linux distribution that can be deployed in places like offices or Internet cafes, or any other kind of environment where users don’t need to have any kind of access to the desktop.
As you can imagine, there are many distros out there that are designed to work as a kiosk and Webconverger is not the only one. To that effect, Webconverger is a commercial product, which in this case make its developer work harder to make sure that they remain in the race with their competition.
A Kiosk is an operating system, usually based on Linux, which restricts users’ access to any of the components or even the desktop. This means that the desktop is actually Firefox, so users won’t be able to run any kind of apps or interact with the operating system in any way. Is also means that the uptime for such systems will probably put normal PCs to shame.
Webconverger 32 is about privacy
The developers of this Debian-based operating system released this new version of the operating system in order to correct some problems caused by the browser sniffing and send out packages. They also upgraded the system with Firefox 41.
“Prompted by the disturbing privacy defaults in Windows 10 and an inquiry whether Webconverger leaked any intranet information, we reviewed Firefox defaults. This review was accomplished with Wireshark, a tool that allows us to analyse every packet leaving and entering a Webconverger instance. Strictly speaking these Firefox defaults don’t leak any private information and elements like safe browsing should give an extra layer of malware protection, but in practice the network noise generated by these services are too risky for security,” reads the official announcement.
Users of the distribution can update from the previous version. For more details, you can read the official announcement, and you can download Webconverger 32 right now from Softpedia.