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Thursday September 29, 2022. 10:30 PM
Over on the Collabora blog, Marius Vlad writes about the recent Weston 11.0.0 release. Weston is the reference compositor for the Wayland display server protocol. Vlad looks at features of the release, including some things that are being deprecated and removed, as well as fe...
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The GDB debugger has a long history; it was first created in 1986. It may thus be unsurprising that some GDB development happens over relatively long time frames but, even when taking that into account, the existence of an open bug first reported in 2007 may be a little...
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When the kernel is running, it has access to its entire address space — usually including all of physical memory — even if only a small portion of that address space is actually needed. That increases the kernel's vulnerability to speculative attacks. An address-space...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, lighttpd, and webkit2gtk), Fedora (firefox, gajim, libofx, and python-nbxmpp), Gentoo (bluez, chromium, expat, firefox, go, graphicsmagick, kitty, php, poppler, redis, thunderbird, and zutty), Oracle (firefox and...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 29, 2022 is available.
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Wednesday September 28, 2022. 11:35 PM
Over the past few years, there has been quite a bit of progress in various kernel features that can be used to create containers without requiring privileges. Most of the containers these days run as root, which means that a vulnerability leading to an escape from the...
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The backers of the GNU Toolchain Infrastructure Project, which was the subject of an intense discussion at the GNU Tools Cauldron, have finally posted their plans publicly. Linux Foundation IT services plans for the GNU Toolchain include Git repositories, mailing lists,...
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The openSUSE News site is looking forward to the imminent preview release of the openSUSE Adaptable Linux Platform (ALP) distribution: As far as “Les Droites” goes, users can look forward to a SLE Micro like HostOS with self-healing abilities contributing to our...
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The 5.19.12, 5.15.71, 5.10.146, 5.4.215, 4.19.260, 4.14.295, and 4.9.330 stable kernel updates have all been released; each contains another set of important fixes.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (gdal, maven-shared-utils, thunderbird, webkit2gtk, and wpewebkit), Fedora (firefox and libofx), SUSE (dpdk, firefox, flatpak, grafana, kernel, libcaca, and opera), and Ubuntu (ghostscript and linux-gcp-5.15).
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Andrey Konovalov began his 2022 Linux Security Summit Europe (LSS EU) talk with a bold statement: 'fuzzing is useless'. As might be guessed, he qualified that assertion quickly by adding 'without dynamic bug detectors'. These bug detectors include 'sanitizers' of various...
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Tuesday September 27, 2022. 06:50 PM
Version 5.6 of the LXD container manager is out. Changes include the ability to stream log messages to a Grafana Loki server, Infiniband support for virtual machines, a restricted network access mode, and more.
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Version 5.2 of the Bash shell has been released. The most notable new feature is the rewritten command substitution parsing code, which calls the bison parser recursively. This replaces the ad-hoc parsing used in previous versions, and allows better syntax checking and...
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Yoshua Wuyts gives an overview of async Rust and why it is interesting. Conversations around 'why async' often focus on performance - a topic which is highly dependent on workloads, and results with people wholly talking past each other. While performance is not a bad...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (dovecot and firefox-esr), Fedora (firefox and grafana), Red Hat (firefox and thunderbird), Slackware (dnsmasq and vim), SUSE (dpdk, firefox, kernel, libarchive, libcaca, mariadb, openvswitch, opera, permissions, podofo, snakeyaml, ...
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Monday September 26, 2022. 10:04 PM
The CHERI architecture is the product of a research program to extend common CPU architectures in a way that prevents many types of memory-related bugs (and vulnerabilities). At the 2022 GNU Tools Cauldron, Alex Coplan and Szabolcs Nagy described the work that has been done...
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The Human Interface Device (HID) standard dates back to the Windows 95 era. It describes how devices like mice and keyboards present themselves to the host computer, and has created a world where a single driver can handle a wide variety of devices from multiple...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (expat and poppler), Fedora (dokuwiki), Gentoo (fetchmail, grub, harfbuzz, libaacplus, logcheck, mrxvt, oracle jdk/jre, rizin, smarty, and smokeping), Mageia (tcpreplay, thunderbird, and webkit2), SUSE (dpdk, permissions,...
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The 6.0-rc7 kernel prepatch is out for testing. So I was thinking rc7 might end up larger than usual due to travel hitting rc6, but it doesn't really seem to have happened. Yeah, maybe it's marginally bigger than the historical average for this time of the release cycle,...
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Friday September 23, 2022. 05:06 PM
Arch Linux has announced that Python 2 is being removed from the distribution's repositories. 'If you still require the python2 package you can keep it around, but please be aware that there will be no security updates.'
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