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Thursday October 11, 2018. 04:44 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (dnsruby, gnulib, and jekyll), Fedora (calamares, fawkes, git, kernel-headers, librime, and pdns), openSUSE (ImageMagick), Oracle (kernel), Scientific Linux (glusterfs, kernel, and nss), Slackware (git), SUSE (ImageMagick), and...
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Wednesday October 10, 2018. 11:28 PM
The Android Developers Blog describes the control-flow integrity work that is shipping on the Pixel 3 handset. 'LLVM's CFI implementation adds a check before each indirect branch to confirm that the target address points to a valid function with a correct signature. This...
At the 2018 X.Org Developers Conference, Elie Tournier gave an update on the state of the Virgil (or virgl) virtual 3D GPU for QEMU. He looked at the project's history along with what has happened with it over the last year or so. As is usual in a status update talk, he...
Microsoft has announced that it has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN). 'We know Microsoft’s decision to join OIN may be viewed as surprising to some, as it is no secret that there has been friction in the past between Microsoft and the open source community over the...
Stable kernels 4.18.13, 4.14.75, 4.9.132, and 4.4.160 have been released. They all contain important fixes throughout the tree and users should upgrade.
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (patch), CentOS (firefox, glusterfs, kernel, and nss), Debian (net-snmp), Oracle (firefox, glusterfs, kernel, and nss), Red Hat (glusterfs, kernel, and nss), Scientific Linux (firefox), SUSE (kernel), and Ubuntu (webkit2gtk).
Tuesday October 9, 2018. 07:55 PM
Continuous integration (CI) has become increasingly prevalent in open-source projects over the last few years. Intel has been active in building CI systems for graphics, both for the kernel side and for the Mesa-based user-space side of the equation. Mark Janes and Clayton...
Brendan Gregg introduces the bpftrace tracing tool. 'bpftrace was created as an even higher-level front end for custom ad-hoc tracing, and can serve a similar role as DTrace. We've been adding bpftrace features as we need them, not just because DTrace had them. I can think...
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (git), Debian (kernel, samba, and tinc), Fedora (kernel-headers), Oracle (firefox), Red Hat (firefox and qemu-kvm-rhev), Scientific Linux (firefox), SUSE (java-1_8_0-ibm, kubernetes-salt, velum, libxml2, and postgresql10), and...
PCI Express hotplug has been supported in Linux for fourteen years. The code, which is aging, is currently undergoing a transformation to fit the needs of contemporary applications such as hot-swappable flash drives in data centers and power-manageable Thunderbolt...
Monday October 8, 2018. 06:53 PM
Nadav Amit decided to dig into why some small kernel functions were not being inlined by GCC; the result is a detailed investigation into how these things can go wrong. 'Ignoring the assembly shenanigans that this code uses, we can see that in practice it generates a single...
Security updates have been issued by Debian (adplug, git, php-horde, php-horde-core, and php-horde-kronolith), Fedora (firefox, liblouis, libmad, mediawiki, opensc, php-horde-horde, php-horde-Horde-Core, php-horde-kronolith, and rust), Gentoo (imagemagick, openssh, and sox), ...
Sunday October 7, 2018. 06:10 PM
The 4.19-rc7 kernel prepatch is out. 'Given the current rate of change, and looking at the travel/conference schedule happening this month, it seems like we will be having a -rc8 just to be sure 4.19 is solid as well as not having to be in the middle of a merge window during ...
The release of 4.19-rc6 on September 30 is an indication that the 4.19 development cycle is heading toward its conclusion. Naturally, that means it's time to have a look at where the contributions for this cycle came from. The upheavals currently playing out in the kernel...
Friday October 5, 2018. 09:22 PM
It would be reasonable to expect doing nothing to be an easy, simple task for a kernel, but it isn't. At Kernel Recipes 2018, Rafael Wysocki discussed what CPUs do when they don't have anything to do, how the kernel handles this, problems inherent in the current strategy,...
The 2018 GNU Tools Cauldron was held in early September; videos of the talks from that event are now available. There is a wide range of discussions covering various aspects of the toolchain, including GCC, GDB, glibc, and more.
Security updates have been issued by Debian (kernel), Fedora (lcms2, php-tcpdf, and udisks2), openSUSE (ImageMagick, libX11, openssl-1_0_0, openssl-1_1, and otrs), SUSE (kernel, php5, php53, php7, and python), and Ubuntu (apparmor and imagemagick).
Microsoft has announced that it has joined the LOT Network, which is an organization set up to help thwart patent trolls by licensing any member's patents to all members if they end up in the hands of a troll. 'What does all of this mean for you if you’re a software...
Thursday October 4, 2018. 06:42 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman has announced the release of the 4.18.12, 4.14.74, and 4.9.131 stable kernels. As usual, they contain important fixes throughout the tree; users of those kernel series should upgrade.
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