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Wednesday October 31, 2018. 10:08 PM
The 'systemd question' has roiled Debian multiple times over the years, but things had mostly been quiet on that front of late. The Devuan distribution is a Debian derivative that has removed systemd; many of the vocal anti-systemd Debian developers have switched, which...
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The development of the web was a huge 'sea change' in the history of the internet. The web is what brought the masses to this huge worldwide network—for good or ill. It is unlikely that Tim Berners-Lee foresaw all of that when he came up with HTTP and HTML as part of his...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (gitlab), Debian (gnutls28), Fedora (audiofile, coreutils, firefox, hesiod, kernel, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, libssh, lighttpd, mosquitto, opencc, patch, php-horde-nag, sos-collector, strongswan, and thunderbird), Gentoo...
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Version 3.2 of the Bison parser generator is out. 'Massive improvements were brought to the deterministic C++ skeleton, lalr1.cc. When variants are enabled and the compiler supports C++11 or better, move-only types can now be used for semantic values. C++98 support is not...
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Version 1.11.0 of the Subversion source-code management system is out. Changes include improvements to the shelving feature, better resolution of merge conflicts, an experimental checkpointing feature, and more; see the release notes for details.
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Tuesday October 30, 2018. 06:53 PM
Red Hat has announced the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6, 'a consistent hybrid cloud foundation for enterprise IT built on open source innovation. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 is designed to enable organizations to better keep pace with emerging cloud-native...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (xorg-x11-server), Debian (xen), Red Hat (389-ds-base, binutils, curl and nss-pem, fuse, glibc, glusterfs, GNOME, gnutls, jasper, java-1.7.0-openjdk, kernel, kernel-alt, kernel-rt, krb5, libcdio, libkdcraw, libmspack, libreoffice,...
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The Fedora 29 release is available. 'This release is particularly exciting because it’s the first to include the Fedora Modularity feature across all our different variants. Modularity lets us ship different versions of packages on the same Fedora base. This means you no...
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Monday October 29, 2018. 04:37 PM
People searching for a hardened Linux distribution have a wide range to choose from: they can use one of the security-focused offerings, or they can, with sufficient expertise, simply apply hardening patches and build everything to their taste. Such systems, of which...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (xorg-server), Debian (graphicsmagick, libmspack, paramiko, ruby2.1, teeworlds, and tiff), Fedora (lldpad), Mageia (bitcoin, blueman, busybox, dhcp, exempi, firefox, kernel, kernel-linus, kernel-tmb, lilypond, ruby, and...
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Sunday October 28, 2018. 10:18 PM
Bloomberg is reporting that IBM has agreed to acquire Red Hat for over $33 billion. 'International Business Machines Corp. will pay $190 a share in cash for Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat, according to a statement from the companies Sunday, confirming an earlier...
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Saturday October 27, 2018. 03:17 PM
The kernel, in theory, puts strict limits on which functions and data structures are available to loadable kernel modules; only those that have been explicitly exported with EXPORT_SYMBOL() or EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL() are accessible. In the case of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(), only...
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The kernel supports a wide range of hardware. Or, at least, the kernel contains drivers for a lot of hardware, but the hardware for which many of those drivers was written is old and, perhaps, no longer in actual use. Some of those drivers would certainly no longer work even ...
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Friday October 26, 2018. 08:50 PM
Linus Torvalds has returned as the keeper of the mainline kernel repository, and the merge window for the next release which, depending on his mood, could be called either 4.20 or 5.0, is well underway. As of this writing, 5,735 non-merge changesets have been pulled for this ...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (firefox), CentOS (firefox), Debian (389-ds-base, openjdk-8, thunderbird, and xorg-server), Fedora (firefox), openSUSE (GraphicsMagick, jhead, mysql-community-server, ntp, postgresql96, python-cryptography, rust, tomcat,...
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It turn out that the X.org server, versions 1.19.0 and after, contain an easily exploitable privilege escalation vulnerability. Anybody who is running a system that has X installed setuid root, and which has untrusted users on it, will want to install the update. 'X.Org...
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Thursday October 25, 2018. 07:27 PM
Jiri Kosina kicked off a session on hardware vulnerabilities at the 2018 Kernel Maintainers Summit by noting that there are few complaints about how the kernel community deals with security issues in general. That does not hold for Meltdown and Spectre which, he said, had...
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Cosmin Truta reports the death of Glenn Randers-Pehrson. 'Glenn is one of the original designers of the PNG format, and a co-founder of the PNG Development Group, back in the mid-90's. He took good care of the PNG Specification, as a contributing author for PNG version 1.0,...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (389-ds-base, clamav, firefox-esr, and mosquitto), openSUSE (Chromium and firefox), Oracle (firefox and kernel), Red Hat (chromium-browser, firefox, java-1.6.0-sun, java-1.7.0-oracle, and java-1.8.0-oracle), SUSE (dom4j, exempi,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for October 25, 2018 is available.
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