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Monday April 8, 2019. 02:45 AM
The fourth 5.1 kernel prepatch is out for testing. 'Smaller than rc3, I'm happy to say. Nothing particularly big in here, just a number of small things all over.'
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Friday April 5, 2019. 05:03 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (pdns), Fedora (firefox, freerdp, ghostscript, gnome-boxes, gnutls, libarchive, libssh2, pidgin-sipe, poppler, and remmina), openSUSE (gd, ImageMagick, ldb, libcaca, ntp, openssl-1_1, ovmf, thunderbird, w3m, and wavpack), SUSE...
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Thursday April 4, 2019. 11:59 PM
One of the new features in the 5.1 kernel is the pidfd_send_signal() system call. Combined with the (also new) ability to create a file descriptor referring to a process (a 'pidfd') by opening its directory in /proc, this system call allows for the sending of signals to...
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Christian Schaller describes a long list of desktop improvements coming in the Fedora 30 release. 'Screen sharing support for Chrome and Firefox under Wayland. The Wayland security model doesn’t allow any application to freely grab images or streams of the whole desktop...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (apache2, golang, and putty), Gentoo (xen), and SUSE (clamav, SM3.1, and SMS3.1).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for April 4, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday April 3, 2019. 11:44 PM
<p> A pair of flaws in the web interface for two small-business Cisco routers make for a prime example of the wrong way to go about security fixes. These kinds of flaws are, sadly, fairly common, but the comedy of errors that resulted here is, thankfully, rather rare. Among...
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It's been a year since we looked in on the kernel lockdown patches; that's because things have been fairly quiet on that front since there was a loud and discordant dispute about them back then. But Matthew Garrett has been posting new versions over the last two months; it...
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Stable kernels 5.0.6, 4.19.33, 4.14.110, 4.9.167, 4.4.178, and 3.18.138 have been released. They all contain important fixes throughout the tree and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (apache2), Fedora (edk2 and tomcat), openSUSE (ansible, ghostscript, lftp, libgxps, libjpeg-turbo, libqt5-qtimageformats, libqt5-qtsvg, libssh2_org, openssl-1_0_0, openwsman, pdns, perl-Email-Address, putty, python-azure-agent,...
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Tuesday April 2, 2019. 08:54 PM
A Linux user's $PATH likely contains well over a thousand different commands that were installed by various packages. It's not immediately obvious which package is responsible for a command with a generic name, like createuser. There are ways to figure it out, of course, but ...
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The Debian Project sadly announced the passing of Innocent de Marchi. 'Innocent was a math teacher and a free software developer. One of his passions was tangram puzzles, which led him to write a tangram-like game that he later packaged and maintained in Debian. Soon his...
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Software Freedom Conservancy reports that the Hamburg Higher Regional Court affirmed the lower court's decision, which dismissed Christoph Hellwig's case against VMWare in Germany. Hellwig will not pursue the case further in German courts. Conservancy's staff also spent a...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox, libssh2, and thunderbird), Debian (firmware-nonfree, kernel, and libssh2), Fedora (drupal7, flatpak, and mod_auth_mellon), Gentoo (burp, cairo, glusterfs, libical, poppler, subversion, thunderbird, and unbound), openSUSE...
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Chef, the purveyor of a popular configuration-management system, has announced a move away from the open-core business model and toward the open-sourcing of all of its software. 'We aren’t making this change lightly. Over the years we have experimented with and learned...
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One of the surest signs that the Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management (LSFMM) Summit is approaching is the seasonal migration of memory-management developers toward the get_user_pages() problem. This core kernel primitive is necessary for high-performance I/O to...
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Monday April 1, 2019. 06:52 PM
James Bottomley has posted a detailed description of how patent exhaustion might be used to mostly eliminate the software patent threat to free software. 'The intriguing possibility this offers us is that we may be close to an enforceable court decision (at least in the US)...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium, drupal7, gpsd, libav, libdatetime-timezone-perl, php5, rails, thunderbird, twig, tzdata, and wordpress), Fedora (edk2, flatpak, fuse, ghostscript, gnutls, golang-googlecode-go-crypto, grub2, mxml, poppler, and systemd),...
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Linux Journal celebrates 25 years since it began publishing. 'Most magazines have the life expectancy of a house plant. Such was the betting line for Linux Journal when it started in April 1994. Our budget was a shoestring. The closest our owner, SSC (Specialized System...
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The 5.1-rc3 kernel prepatch is out for testing. Linus says: 'Nothing particularly unusual going on here'.
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