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Tuesday December 11, 2018. 05:14 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (php7.0), Fedora (keepalived, kernel, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, mingw-uriparser, and uriparser), openSUSE (pdns-recursor), Oracle (kernel), SUSE (compat-openssl098, glibc, java-1_8_0-ibm, kernel, opensc, python, python-base,...
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There are a lot of claims regarding the relative security of containers versus virtual machines (VMs), but there has been little in the way of actually trying to measure those differences. James Bottomley gave a talk in the refereed track of the 2018 Linux Plumbers...
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Version 15 of the Nextcloud productivity and communications platform is out. New features include Mastodon integration, two-factor authentication, a number of user-interface improvements, and more.
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For those who would like a deeper understanding of how the human interface device (HID) protocol works, Peter Hutterer has posted a detailed overview. 'Originally HID was designed to work over USB. But just like Shrek the technology world is obsessed with layers so these...
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Monday December 10, 2018. 06:58 PM
Kernel bugs can have all kinds of unfortunate consequences, from inconvenient crashes to nasty security vulnerabilities. Some of the most feared bugs, though, are those that corrupt data in filesystems. The losses imposed on users can be severe, and the resulting problems...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium-browser and lxml), Fedora (cairo, hadoop, and polkit), Mageia (tomcat), openSUSE (apache2-mod_jk, Chromium, dom4j, ImageMagick, libgit2, messagelib, ncurses, openssl-1_0_0, otrs, pam, php5, php7, postgresql10,...
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The 4.20-rc6 kernel prepatch is out for testing. 'Most of it looks pretty small and normal. Would I have preferred for there to be less churn? Yes. But it's certainly smaller than rc5 was, so we're moving in the right direction, and we have at least one more rc to go.'
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Saturday December 8, 2018. 07:34 PM
The stable kernel process continues to churn out releases; 4.19.8, 4.14.87, and 4.9.144 are now available with another set of important fixes.
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Friday December 7, 2018. 07:28 PM
Filesystem developers tend toward a high level of conservatism when it comes to making changes; given the consequences of mistakes, this seems like a healthy survival trait. One might rightly be tempted to regard a recent disagreement over the backporting of...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (jupyter-notebook), CentOS (ghostscript), Debian (libphp-phpmailer and policykit-1), Fedora (bird), Gentoo (ede), Mageia (flash-player-plugin), openSUSE (dom4j, dpdk, glib2, nextcloud, postgresql94, and qemu), Oracle (kernel),...
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Thursday December 6, 2018. 07:51 PM
Signals have existed in Unix systems for years, despite the general consensus that they are an example of a bad design. Extensions and new ways of using signals pop up from time to time, fixing the issues that have been found. A notable addition was the introduction of...
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Microsoft has announced that its 'Edge' browser is joining the Chromium world. 'Today we’re announcing that we intend to adopt the Chromium open source project in the development of Microsoft Edge on the desktop to create better web compatibility for our customers and less ...
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Security updates have been issued by Mageia (kio-extras), Red Hat (flash-plugin and openstack-neutron), Slackware (gnutls and nettle), SUSE ( aphp53, apache2, apache2-mod_jk, compat-openssl097g, firefox, llvm4, mozilla-nspr, mozilla-nss, apache2-mod_nss, glib2, kvm, mariadb, ...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for December 6, 2018 is available.
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Wednesday December 5, 2018. 09:49 PM
Videos from the 2018 Linux Plumbers Conference (November 13-15, Vancouver) have now been posted for all sessions, including the Kernel Summit and Networking tracks. They can be found by going to the detailed schedule and clicking on the session of interest.
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Daniel Vetter began his talk in the refereed track of the 2018 Linux Plumbers Conference (LPC) by noting that it would be in a somewhat similar vein to other talks he has given, since it is about tooling and workflows that are outside of the kernel norm. But, unlike those...
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Stable kernels 4.19.7, 4.14.86, and 4.9.143 have been released, with the usual set of important fixes throughout the tree.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (suricata), Fedora (cobbler), Oracle (ghostscript), Red Hat (ansible), and Scientific Linux (ghostscript and ruby).
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Tuesday December 4, 2018. 08:00 PM
A critical flaw in the Kubernetes container orchestration system has been announced. It will allow any user to compromise a Kubernetes cluster by way of exploiting any aggregated API server that is deployed for it. This affects all Kubernetes versions 1.0 to 1.12, but is...
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Back in 2011, Harald Hoyer and Kay Sievers came up with a proposal for Fedora to merge much of the operating system into /usr; former top-level directories, /bin, /lib, and /sbin, would then become symbolic links pointing into the corresponding subdirectories of /usr. Left...
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