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Thursday November 8, 2018. 04:36 PM
There is a whole new set of PostgreSQL releases out there, the main purpose of which is to include an important security fix. 'Using a purpose-crafted trigger definition, an attacker can run arbitrary SQL statements with superuser privileges when a superuser runs...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (python-paramiko and thunderbird), Debian (firefox-esr, libdatetime-timezone-perl, and mariadb-10.0), Fedora (curl, NetworkManager, and xorg-x11-server), openSUSE (kernel), Oracle (java-1.7.0-openjdk, python-paramiko, thunderbird,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for November 8, 2018 is available.
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Wednesday November 7, 2018. 10:28 PM
A 'joke' in the glibc manual—targeting a topic that is, at best, sensitive—has come up for discussion on the glibc-alpha mailing list again. When we looked at the controversy in May, Richard Stallman had put his foot down and a patch removing the joke—though opinions...
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<p> There is always at least a small risk when installing a package for a distribution. By its very nature, package installation is an invasive process; some packages require the ability to make radical changes to the system—changes that users surely would not want other...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (ghostscript), Debian (curl), Fedora (curl, thunderbird, and zchunk), openSUSE (thunderbird), Oracle (389-ds-base, binutils, curl and nss-pem, glusterfs, gnutls, jasper, kernel, krb5, libcdio, libkdcraw, libmspack, libvirt,...
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Tuesday November 6, 2018. 05:26 PM
We looked at the WireGuard virtual private network (VPN) back in August and noted that it is built on top of a new cryptographic API being developed for the kernel, which is called Zinc. There has been some controversy about Zinc and why a brand new API was needed when the...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (glusterfs, gthumb, and mysql-5.5), Red Hat (389-ds-base, kernel, and xerces-c), Slackware (mariadb), SUSE (accountsservice, curl, icinga, kernel, and opensc), and Ubuntu (libxkbcommon, openssh, and ruby1.9.1, ruby2.0, ruby2.3,...
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Monday November 5, 2018. 06:00 PM
At the end of the 4.20 merge window, 12,125 non-merge changesets had been pulled into the mainline kernel repository; 6,390 came in since last week's summary was written. As is often the case, the latter part of the merge window contained a larger portion of cleanups and...
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Stable kernels 4.19.1, 4.18.17, and 4.14.79 have been released. As usual, there are important fixes and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (curl, icecast2, mupdf, and ruby2.3), Fedora (lldpad, NetworkManager, python-django, roundcubemail, thunderbird, webkit2gtk3, xen, and xorg-x11-server), Mageia (axis, cimg, gmic, dnsmasq, gitolite, gnutls, java-1.8.0-openjdk,...
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Linus has released 4.20-rc1 and closed the merge window for this development cycle. 'So I did debate calling it 5.0, but if we all help each other, I'm sure we can count to 20. It's a nice round number, and I didn't want to make a pattern of it. I think 5.0 happens next...
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Friday November 2, 2018. 10:35 PM
The SpamAssassin 3.4.2 release was the first from that project in well over three years. At the 2018 Open Source Summit Europe, Giovanni Bechis talked about that release and those that will be coming in the near future. It would seem that, after an extended period of quiet,...
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On her blog, Máirín Duffy writes about her experiences helping design the 'user experience' (UX) for the ChRIS project, which is an open-source effort aimed at medical imagery processing and distribution for hospitals and other facilities. 'One of the driving reasons for...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (kernel and linux-lts), Debian (chromium-browser and mono), Oracle (firefox), and Ubuntu (curl).
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Thursday November 1, 2018. 08:52 PM
Richard Fontana has a long history working with open-source licenses in commercial environments. He came to the 2018 Open Source Summit Europe with a talk that, he said, had never before been presented outside of 'secret assemblies of lawyers'; it gave an interesting view of ...
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Over at the Collabora blog, Erik Faye-Lund writes about Zink, which is an effort to create an OpenGL driver on top of Vulkan that he has been working on with Dave Airlie. 'One problem is that OpenGL is a big API with a lot of legacy stuff that has accumulated since its...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (phpldapadmin, poppler, and tzdata), Fedora (firefox, java-11-openjdk, libarchive, sos-collector, and teeworlds), Scientific Linux (java-1.7.0-openjdk, python-paramiko, and thunderbird), Slackware (curl), and SUSE (kernel,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for November 1, 2018 is available.
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