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Sunday July 15, 2018. 10:49 PM
The 4.18-rc5 kernel prepatch has been released. 'For some reason this week actually felt very busy, but the rc5 numbers show otherwise. It's all small and calm, and things are progressing nicely.'
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Friday July 13, 2018. 11:51 PM
All underutilized systems are essentially the same, but each overutilized system tends to be overloaded in its own way. If one's goal is to maximize the use of the available computing resources, overutilization tends not to be too far away, but when it happens, it can be...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (cinnamon), Fedora (docker, firefox, jetty, and knot-resolver), Oracle (gnupg2), Scientific Linux (gnupg2), SUSE (gdk-pixbuf, java-1_8_0-openjdk, libopenmpt, php7, and rsyslog), and Ubuntu (dns-root-data, dnsmasq, and thunderbird).
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Thursday July 12, 2018. 08:00 PM
Python creator and Benevolent Dictator for Life Guido van Rossum has decided, in the wake of the difficult PEP 572 discussion, to step down from his leadership of the project. 'Now that PEP 572 is done, I don't ever want to have to fight so hard for a PEP and find that so...
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Mounting filesystems is a complicated business. The kernel supports a wide variety of filesystem types, and each has its own, often extensive set of options. As a result, the mount() system call is complex, and the list of mount options is a rather long read. But even with...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (qutebrowser), CentOS (firefox), Debian (ruby-sprockets), Fedora (botan2, git-annex, kernel, kernel-tools, and visualboyadvance-m), Mageia (chromium-browser-stable, graphviz, mailman, nikto, perl-Archive-Zip, redis, and w3m),...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for July 12, 2018 is available.
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Wednesday July 11, 2018. 08:55 PM
The compromise of the Gentoo's GitHub mirror was certainly embarrassing, but its overall impact on Gentoo users was likely fairly limited. Gentoo and GitHub responded quickly and forcefully to the breach, which greatly limited the damage that could be done; the fact that it...
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Greg Kroah-Hartman has released stable kernels 4.17.6, 4.14.55, 4.9.112, 4.4.140, and 3.18.115. As usual, they contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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<p> A recent query about the status of network security (TLS settings in particular) in Emacs led to a long thread in the emacs-devel mailing list. That thread touched on a number of different areas, including using OpenSSL (or other TLS libraries) rather than GnuTLS, what...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (cups), Oracle (kernel and qemu-kvm), Red Hat (ansible, kernel, kernel-rt, and qemu-kvm), Scientific Linux (kernel and qemu-kvm), Slackware (thunderbird), and Ubuntu (curl, firefox, imagemagick, and xapian-core).
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Here's a report in Sensors Tech Forum on the discovery of a set of hostile packages in the Arch Linux AUR repository system. AUR contains user-contributed packages, of course; it's not a part of the Arch distribution itself. 'The security investigation shows that shows that...
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Tuesday July 10, 2018. 10:48 PM
In many ways, Spectre variant 1 (the bounds-check bypass vulnerability) is the ugliest of the Meltdown/Spectre set, despite being relatively difficult to exploit. Any given code base could be filled with V1 problems, but they are difficult to find and defend against. Static...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (ruby-sprockets), Red Hat (ansible and rh-git29-git), Scientific Linux (firefox), SUSE (ceph), and Ubuntu (libjpeg-turbo, ntp, and openslp-dfsg).
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Monday July 9, 2018. 05:46 PM
In the 4.18 kernel, a new feature was merged to allow infrared (IR) decoding to be done using BPF. Infrared remotes use many different encodings; if a decoder were to be written for each, we would end up with hundreds of decoders in the kernel. So, currently, the kernel only ...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (bouncycastle and ca-certificates), Fedora (cantata, cinnamon, php-symfony3, and transifex-client), openSUSE (ghostscript, openssl, openvpn, php7, rubygem-yard, thunderbird, ucode-intel, and unzip), and SUSE (libqt4, nodejs8, and...
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The 4.18-rc4 kernel prepatch has been released. 'Things look pretty normal here, and size-wise this looks good too, so it's another of those 'solid progress to release' weeks. Boring is good.'
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For those with a significant chunk of spare time and nothing better to do: Swapnil Bhartiya interviewed LWN editor Jonathan Corbet in February has now posted the resulting video on the Patreon site.
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Sunday July 8, 2018. 05:06 PM
The 4.17.5 and 4.14.54 stable kernels have been released with yet another set of important fixes.
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Friday July 6, 2018. 04:27 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (dokuwiki, libsoup2.4, mercurial, php7.0, and phpmyadmin), Fedora (ant, gnupg, libgit2, and libsoup), openSUSE (cairo, git-annex, postgresql95, and zsh), Scientific Linux (firefox), Slackware (mozilla), SUSE (nodejs6 and...
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