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Tuesday January 15, 2019. 06:23 PM
'User tracking' is generally contentious in free-software communities—even if the 'tracking' is not really intended to do so. It is often distributions that have the most interest in counting their users, but Linux users tend to be more privacy conscious than users of more ...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (irssi and systemd), CentOS (systemd), Debian (xen and zeromq3), Fedora (gnutls, kernel, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, and nbdkit), Oracle (libvncserver and systemd), Red Hat (libvncserver), and Ubuntu (haproxy, libarchive, and ...
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An advisory from Harry Sintonen describes several vulnerabilities in the scp clients shipped with OpenSSH, PuTTY, and others. 'Many scp clients fail to verify if the objects returned by the scp server match those it asked for. This issue dates back to 1983 and rcp, on which...
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Monday January 14, 2019. 05:43 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (python-django and python2-django), Debian (sqlite3, systemd, and vlc), Fedora (mingw-nettle and polkit), Mageia (graphicsmagick, python-django, spice-vdagent, and to), openSUSE (aria2, discount, gpg2, GraphicsMagick, gthumb,...
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The second 5.0 prepatch is out for testing. 'So the merge window had somewhat unusual timing with the holidays, and I was afraid that would affect stragglers in rc2, but honestly, that doesn't seem to have happened much. rc2 looks pretty normal.'
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Sunday January 13, 2019. 05:06 PM
The stable-kernel machine has churned out another set of releases: 4.20.2, 4.19.15, 4.14.93, 4.9.150, 4.4.170, and 3.18.132 have all been released with a large set of important fixes.
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Friday January 11, 2019. 07:05 PM
In January 2038, the 32-bit time_t value used on many Unix-like systems will run out of bits and be unable to represent the current time. This may seem like a distant problem, but, as Tom Scott recently observed, the year-2038 apocalypse is now closer to the present than the ...
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Version 5.0 of the Metasploit penetration-testing framework is out. 'Metasploit 5.0 offers a new data service, introduces fresh evasion capabilities, supports multiple languages, and builds upon the Framework’s ever-growing repository of world-class offensive security...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (systemd and wireshark-cli), Debian (libsndfile and tmpreaper), Fedora (beep, electrum, gnutls, haproxy, krb5, mupdf, php-horde-Horde-Image, python-django, and wget), Mageia (libarchive and terminology), openSUSE (libraw,...
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Thursday January 10, 2019. 06:29 PM
What if you announced a board election and nobody ran? That is the quandary the openSUSE project faced as recently as January 4, when the nomination deadline loomed and no candidates for the three open seats had come forward. The situation has since changed, and openSUSE...
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Qualys has sent out a security advisory describing three stack-overrun vulnerabilities in systemd-journald. 'We developed an exploit for CVE-2018-16865 and CVE-2018-16866 that obtains a local root shell in 10 minutes on i386 and 70 minutes on amd64, on average. We will...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libcaca), Fedora (beep and libgxps), Mageia (krb5, live, ffmpeg, mplayer, and vlc, and mbedtls), SUSE (helm-mirror, java-1_7_0-openjdk, and systemd), and Ubuntu (nss and python-django).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for January 10, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday January 9, 2019. 10:15 PM
<p> Python has always touted itself as a "batteries included" language; its standard library contains lots of useful modules, often more than enough to solve many types of problems quickly. From time to time, though, some have started to rethink that philosophy, to reduce or...
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The 4.20.1, 4.19.14, 4.14.92, and 4.9.149 stable kernels have been released; each contains a relatively large set of important fixes.
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (elfutils, polkit, and tar), Debian (python-django and ruby-loofah), and Mageia (ansible, avidemux, coreutils, discount, nettle, openafs, opensc, and qtbase5).
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Tuesday January 8, 2019. 11:09 PM
Many projects have adopted the 'GitHub style' of development over the last few years, though, of course, there are some high-profile exceptions that still use patches and mailing lists. Many projects are leery of putting all of their project metadata into a proprietary...
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Version 5.0 of the Bash shell has been released. 'The most notable new features are several new shell variables: BASH_ARGV0, EPOCHSECONDS, and EPOCHREALTIME. The `history' builtin can remove ranges of history entries and understands negative arguments as offsets from the end ...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libav), Fedora (krb5), Red Hat (source-to-image), and SUSE (gpg2, libgit2, and libsoup).
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On the Red Hat community blog, Dave Neary writes about community governance and, in particular, how to choose who gets a vote, who can run, and how to decide a winner when electing a leader or council. He summarizes a number of different options that he has encountered with...
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