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Friday December 3, 2021. 04:56 PM
The CentOS blog has announced the release of CentOS Stream 9: CentOS Stream is a continuous-delivery distribution providing each point-release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Before a package is formally introduced to CentOS Stream, it undergoes a battery of tests and...
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It is natural, when looking at the kernel development process, to focus on patches that find their way to acceptance and become a part of future kernels. But there can be value in looking at work that doesn't clear the bar; in failing, these patches often reveal things about ...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (krb5 and mailman), Debian (gmp and librecad), Fedora (php-symfony4 and wireshark), Mageia (bluez, busybox, docker-containerd, gfbgraph, hivex, nss, perl/perl-Encode, and udisks2/libblockdev), openSUSE (permissions), Oracle...
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Thursday December 2, 2021. 08:02 PM
Writing (correct) concurrent code that uses locking to avoid race conditions is difficult enough. When the objective is to use lockless algorithms, relying on memory barriers instead of locks to eliminate locking overhead, the problem becomes harder still. Bugs are easy to...
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Version 1.57.0 of the Rust language is out. 'Rust 1.57 brings panic! to const contexts, adds support for custom profiles to Cargo, and stabilizes fallible reservation APIs.'
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Over on the Project Zero blog, Tavis Ormandy has a lengthy postmortem on a vulnerability that he found in the Network Security Services (NSS) cryptography library. The vulnerability is a bog-standard buffer overflow that has existed in the library since 2012 despite various...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (kernel, openssh, and rpm), Debian (nss), Fedora (seamonkey), Mageia (glibc), openSUSE (go1.16, go1.17, kernel, mariadb, netcdf, openexr, poppler, python-Pygments, python-sqlparse, ruby2.5, speex, and webkit2gtk3), Oracle (nss),...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for December 2, 2021 is available.
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Wednesday December 1, 2021. 11:18 PM
A seemingly straightforward question aimed at candidates for the in-progress Fedora elections led to a discussion on the Fedora devel mailing list that branched into a few different directions. The question was related to a struggle that the distribution has had before:...
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The Software Freedom Conservancy provides an update on its suit against Vizio for copyleft license violations. Vizio's response was not to release the source code: Instead, Vizio filed a request to 'remove' the case from California State Court (into US federal court), which ...
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Stable kernels 5.15.6, 5.10.83, 5.4.163, and 4.19.219 have been released. They all contain important fixes throughout the tree. Users of those series should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (rsync, rsyslog, and uriparser), Fedora (containerd, freeipa, golang-github-containerd-ttrpc, libdxfrw, libldb, librecad, mingw-speex, moby-engine, samba, and xen), Red Hat (kernel, kernel-rt, kpatch-patch, and samba), and Ubuntu...
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Version 1.7 of the Julia programming language has been released. The list of new features is long; see the release announcement and this LWN article for the details.
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Tuesday November 30, 2021. 11:15 PM
While there are few rules on the names of variables, classes, functions, and so on (i.e. identifiers) in the Python language, there are some guidelines on how those things should be named. But, of course, those guidelines were not always followed in the standard library,...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (samba), Fedora (kernel), openSUSE (netcdf and tor), SUSE (netcdf and python-Pygments), and Ubuntu (imagemagick).
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Monday November 29, 2021. 11:02 PM
One of the key features of the extended BPF virtual machine is the verifier built into the kernel that ensures that all BPF programs are safe to run. BPF developers often see the verifier as a bit of a mixed blessing, though; while it can catch a lot of problems before they...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (bluez, icu, libntlm, libvorbis, libvpx, opensc, roundcube, and tar), Fedora (kernel, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, puppet, slurm, stargz-snapshotter, and suricata), openSUSE (netcdf), Oracle (bluez, kernel, kernel-container, krb5, ...
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The 5.16-rc3 kernel prepatch is out for testing. 'So rc3 is usually a bit larger than rc2 just because people had some time to start finding things. So too this time, although it's not like this is a particularly big rc3.'
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Sunday November 28, 2021. 11:37 PM
Version 8.1.0 of the PHP language has been released. This release includes a number of new features, including enumerations, read-only properties, fibers, and more. Meanwhile, a new foundation has been created to support development of PHP: The initial purpose of the PHP...
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Friday November 26, 2021. 03:40 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of six new stable kernels: 5.10.82, 5.4.162, 4.19.218, 4.14.256, 4.9.291, and 4.4.293. These kernels contain lots of important fixes throughout the tree; users of those series should upgrade.
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