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Monday February 26, 2024. 01:00 AM
Linus has released 6.8-rc6 for testing. Last week I said that I was hoping things would calm down a bit. Technically things did calm down a bit, and rc6 is smaller than rc5 was. But not by a huge amount, and honestly, while there's nothing really alarming here, there's...
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Friday February 23, 2024. 10:42 PM
Version 2.44.0 of the Git source-code management system has been released. There is a long list of changes, including the git replay command for faster, server-side rebasing, a number of command-line completion improvements, and more.
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The world of open-source 'forges' is becoming a little more fragmented. The Forgejo project is a software-development platform that started as a 'soft' fork of Gitea in late 2022. On February 16, Forgejo announced its intent to become a 'hard fork' of Gitea to help address...
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Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of seven new stable kernels: 6.7.6, 6.6.18, 6.1.79, 5.15.149, 5.10.210, 5.4.269, and 4.19.307. As usual, they contain many important fixes throughout the kernel tree.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, imagemagick, and iwd), Fedora (chromium, firefox, and pdns-recursor), Mageia (nodejs and yarnpkg), Red Hat (firefox, postgresql, and postgresql:15), and SUSE (bind, mozilla-nss, openssh, php-composer2,...
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The Curl project has previously had problems with CVEs issued for things that are not security issues. On February 21, Daniel Stenberg wrote about the Curl project's most recent issue with the CVE system, saying: I keep insisting that the CVE system is broken and that the ...
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Thursday February 22, 2024. 04:24 PM
The Linux kernel uses a number of hardening techniques to try to protect itself against compromise; one of those is kernel address-space layout randomization (KASLR). But randomization is of little benefit if the kernel spills the beans on where its code has ended up. As it...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (python-pillow), Debian (firefox-esr and imagemagick), Fedora (kernel, mbedtls, rust-asyncgit, rust-bat, rust-cargo-c, rust-eza, rust-git-absorb, rust-git-delta, rust-git2, rust-gitui, rust-libgit2-sys, rust-lsd, rust-pore,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 22, 2024 is available.
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Wednesday February 21, 2024. 08:19 PM
Sudo is a ubiquitous tool for running commands with the privileges of another user on Unix-like operating systems. Over the past decade or so, some alternatives have been developed; the base system of OpenBSD now comes with doas instead, sudo-rs is a subset of sudo...
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Alexei Starovoitov introduced a patch series for the Linux kernel on February 6 to add bpf_arena, a new type of shared memory between BPF programs and user space. Starovoitov expects arenas to be useful both for bidirectional communication between user space and BPF...
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Version 5.10 of the RawTherapee raw photo editor is out. The list of changes is long, and includes improved support for many camera-specific formats. (LWN looked at RawTherapee in 2022).
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (linux-firmware and python-reportlab), Debian (unbound), Fedora (freeglut and syncthing), Red Hat (edk2, go-toolset:rhel8, java-1.8.0-ibm, kernel, kernel-rt, mysql:8.0, oniguruma, and python-pillow), Slackware (libuv and mozilla),...
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Tuesday February 20, 2024. 08:01 PM
DNS resolvers (those that handle DNSSEC, at least) are almost uniformly vulnerable to an exploit that has been named 'KeyTrap'. In short, the right type of packet can send a DNS system into something close to an infinite loop, taking it out of service indefinitely. With...
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Qubes OS is a security-focused desktop Linux distribution built on Fedora Linux and the Xen hypervisor. Qubes uses virtualization to run applications, system services, and devices access via virtual machines called 'qubes' that have varying levels of trust and persistence to ...
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Andrea Righi has started a blog series on writing a user-space CPU scheduler with the BPF-based extensible scheduler class:.select_cpu() implements the logic to assign a target CPU to a task that wants to run, typically you have to decide if you want to keep the task on the...
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Drew DeVault announced the first numbered release of the Hare programming language on February 16. Many Hare users want to ship their Hare projects to users, and as such, software written in Hare is making its way into Linux distributions and the like. However, due to...
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Security updates have been issued by Fedora (freeglut, hugin, libmodsecurity, qemu, rust-asyncgit, rust-bat, rust-cargo-c, rust-eza, rust-git-absorb, rust-git-delta, rust-git2, rust-gitui, rust-libgit2-sys, rust-lsd, rust-pore, rust-pretty-git-prompt, rust-shadow-rs,...
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Monday February 19, 2024. 06:34 PM
Spritely is a project seeking to build a platform for sovereign distributed applications — applications where users run their own nodes in order to control their own data — as the basis of a new social internet. While there are many such existing projects, Spritely takes ...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (engrampa, openvswitch, pdns-recursor, and runc), Fedora (caddy, expat, freerdp, libgit2, libgit2_1.6, mbedtls, python-cryptography, qt5-qtbase, and sudo), Gentoo (Apache Log4j, Chromium, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, CUPS,...
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