Gigastrand re-released Gigastrand OS 3.4 today for one very good reason: security.
The original image for Gigastrand 3.4 released about a week ago with a few minor enhancements and some security updates. Today’s release switches from OpenOffice to LibreOffice and adds a password reset tool that deletes itself from the desktop once it is used.
We decided it was time to switch to LibreOffice because it is better supported and more secure than OpenOffice. About the only thing OpenOffice had going for it was brand recognition.
The security tool is something we developed so users have a quick and easy way to set the root and user passwords after install. Once it is used once, the shortcut is removed from the desktop so it is not accidentally used again. The tool itself resides in the /etc/ folder.
A similar tool will be added to Gigastrand’s NVR software in the 1.5 release. Currently, you can reset the NVR password by going to Func and clicking on F12.
The aim in developing these tools is to prompt and assist end-users to secure their systems properly. Running default passwords on any device connected to the internet is never a good idea.
Included with this release is the Gigastrand NVR software – updated to 1.4. Some slight performance improvements have been included as well as a few new minor features.