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Wednesday March 6, 2019. 10:42 PM
It should come as no surprise that plugging untrusted devices into a computer system can lead to a wide variety of bad outcomes—though often enough it works just fine. We have reported on a number of these kinds of vulnerabilities (e.g. BadUSB in 2014) along the way. So it ...
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The Maru distribution adds a full Linux desktop to Android devices; it was reviewed here in 2016. The 0.6 release is now available. Changes include a rebase onto LineageOS and Debian 9, and the ability to stream the desktop to a Chromecast device.
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The recently announced container-confinement breakout for containers started with runc is interesting from a few different perspectives. For one, it affects more than just runc-based containers as privileged LXC-based containers (and likely others) are also affected, though...
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Stable kernels 4.20.14, 4.19.27, 4.14.105, and 4.9.162 have been released. They all contain the usual set of important fixes and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (java-1.7.0-openjdk and java-11-openjdk), Debian (mumble and sox), Fedora (drupal7, drupal7-link, firefox, gpsd, ignition, ming, php-erusev-parsedown, and php-Smarty), openSUSE (hiawatha, python, and supportutils), Oracle...
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Corporations that get their feet wet in the sea of free software often find out that not only do they now have obligations to provide source code, but that people will actually try to access it and complain loudly if they can't get it. At the first Copyleft Conference,...
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Tuesday March 5, 2019. 07:36 PM
Kernel code must often access data that is stored in user space. Most of the time, this access is uneventful, but it is not without its dangers and cannot be done without exercising due care. A couple of recent discussions have made it clear that this care is not always...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (nss), openSUSE (procps), Red Hat (redhat-virtualization-host, rhvm-appliance, and vdsm), SUSE (freerdp, kernel, and obs-service-tar_scm), and Ubuntu (openssh).
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Monday March 4, 2019. 04:48 PM
Here's a lengthy piece from Alyssa Rosenzweig on preserving freedom despite the inevitable centralization of successful information services. 'Indeed, it seems all networked systems tend towards centralisation as the natural consequence of growth. Some systems, both...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (chromium, file, gdm, lib32-openssl-1.0, openssl-1.0, and pcre), Debian (advancecomp, ceph, jackson-databind, openssh, and openssl), Fedora (community-mysql, distcc, freerdp, gdm, gnome-boxes, libexif, openocd, pidgin-sipe,...
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Linus has released the 5.0 kernel. 'But I'd like to point out (yet again) that we don't do feature-based releases, and that '5.0' doesn't mean anything more than that the 4.x numbers started getting big enough that I ran out of fingers and toes.' Headline features from this...
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Friday March 1, 2019. 06:57 PM
For much of its history, the kernel has had little in the way of formal testing infrastructure. It is not entirely an exaggeration to say that testing is what the kernel community kept users around for. Over the years, though, that situation has improved; internal features...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (bind9, file, ikiwiki, ldb, openssl1.0, php7.0, uw-imap, and wordpress), Fedora (ansible, file, flatpak, kernel, kernel-headers, and python-django), openSUSE (kernel and systemd), Scientific Linux (java-1.8.0-openjdk and...
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Thursday February 28, 2019. 07:33 PM
Over at Opensource.com, Richard Fontana argues that contributor license agreements (CLAs) are not particularly useful or helpful for open-source projects. 'Since CLAs continue to be a minority practice and originate from outside open source community culture, I believe that...
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Kernel developers are used to having to defend their work when posting it to the mailing lists, so when a longtime kernel developer describes their own work as 'expensive and nasty', one tends to wonder what is going on. The patch set in question is core scheduling from...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (gpac, qemu, and sox), openSUSE (libqt5-qtbase), Red Hat (java-1.8.0-openjdk and java-11-openjdk), SUSE (bluez), and Ubuntu (nss and openssl, openssl1.0).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 28, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday February 27, 2019. 10:11 PM
A report of a potential security problem in the GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic (GMP) library was met with a mixed reaction, from skepticism to responses verging on hostility, but the report ultimately raised a question worth pondering. What role should assertions (i.e....
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With the uptake of Python 3 (and the imminent end of life for Python 2.7), there is a question of which version of Python a user should get when they type 'python' at the command line or have it as part of a shebang ('#!') line in a script. Back in 2011, PEP 394 ('The...
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Stable kernels 4.20.13, 4.19.26, 4.14.104, and 4.9.161 have been released. They all contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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