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Wednesday September 26, 2018. 08:45 PM
For anybody who has been concerned by the talk from a few outsiders about revoking GPL licensing, this new section in the Software Freedom Conservancy's copyleft guide is worth a read. Thus, anyone downstream of the contributor (which is anyone using the contributor’s...
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The dust has begun to settle after the abrupt decisions by Linus Torvalds to take a break from kernel maintainership and to adopt a code of conduct for the community as a whole. Unsurprisingly, the development community, most of which was not consulted prior to the adoption...
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Jann Horn describes CVE-2018-17182, a locally exploitable memory-management bug in the kernel, in great detail. 'Fundamentally, this bug can be triggered by any process that can run for a sufficiently long time to overflow the reference counter (about an hour if MAP_FIXED is ...
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When last we looked at the WireGuard VPN code and its progress toward mainline inclusion, said progress was impeded by disagreements about the new 'Zinc' cryptographic library that is added by the WireGuard patches. Since that August look, several more versions of WireGuard...
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Stable kernels 4.18.10, 4.14.72, 4.9.129, 4.4.158, and 3.18.123 have been released. They all contain important fixes throughout the tree and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (python2.7 and python3.4), openSUSE (php5-smarty3), Oracle (389-ds-base, flatpak, kernel, and nss), Red Hat (389-ds-base, chromium-browser, flatpak, kernel, kernel-alt, kernel-rt, nss, and qemu-kvm-ma), and SUSE (ant, dom4j,...
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Tuesday September 25, 2018. 04:53 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (strongswan and zsh), Debian (dom4j and polarssl), openSUSE (apache2, gd, gnutls, GraphicsMagick, nodejs8, php7, and shadow), Oracle (mod_perl), Red Hat (mod_perl), Scientific Linux (mod_perl), SUSE (ant, gd, gnutls,...
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<p>I recently took a deep dive into web site archival for friends who were worried about losing control over the hosting of their work online in the face of poor system administration or hostile removal. This makes web site archival an essential instrument in the toolbox of...
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Monday September 24, 2018. 04:56 PM
Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (bitcoin-daemon and bitcoin-qt), Debian (firefox-esr, hylafax, libarchive-zip-perl, mediawiki, okular, openafs, strongswan, and texlive-bin), Fedora (gitolite3, kernel-headers, and lcms2), Mageia (dropbear, kernel, lcms2,...
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The 4.19-rc5 kernel prepatch has been released by Greg Kroah-Hartman. 'As almost everyone knows, it's been an 'interesting' week from a social point-of-view. But from the technical side, -rc5 looks totally normal.'
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Friday September 21, 2018. 09:17 PM
The kernel's namespace abstraction allows different groups of processes to have different views of the system. This feature is most often used with containers; it allows each container to have its own view of the set of running processes, the network environment, the...
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The Ubuntu blog has announced the release of version 1.0.0 of the Mir display server. 'Whether for building a device or for writing a shell for the desktop, Mir can give you a graphics stack that is fast, light, and secure. The Mir graphical stack works across different...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (hylafax, sympa, and texlive-bin), Fedora (curl and gitolite3), Mageia (bouncycastle, ghostscript, and libx11), openSUSE (webkit2gtk3), Oracle (spice and spice-gtk and spice-gtk and spice-server), Red Hat...
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Thursday September 20, 2018. 04:16 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (glusterfs, php5, reportbug, and suricata), openSUSE (chromium and exempi), Red Hat (openstack-rabbitmq-container), SUSE (couchdb, crowbar, crowbar-core, crowbar-ha, crowbar-init, crowbar-openstack, crowbar-ui, gdm, OpenStack,...
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A story in The New Yorker magazine may help explain some of the timing of the recent upheavals in kernel-land. Longtime followers of kernel development will find the article to be a mixed bag—over the top in spots, fairly accurate elsewhere. 'Torvalds’s decision to step...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 20, 2018 is available.
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Stable kernels 4.18.9, 4.14.71, 4.9.128, and 4.4.157 have been released. They all contain the usual set of important fixes and users should upgrade.
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Wednesday September 19, 2018. 09:33 PM
Android's Project Treble is meant as a way to reduce the fragmentation in the Android ecosystem. It also makes porting Android 8 ('Oreo'—the first version to mandate Treble) more difficult, according to Fedor Tcymbal. He described the project and what it means for silicon...
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Facebook runs a lot of programs and it tries to pack as many as it can onto each machine. That means running close to—and sometimes beyond—the resource limits on any given machine. How the system reacts when, for example, memory is exhausted, makes a big difference in...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (chromium-browser and libapache2-mod-perl2), Oracle (kernel), and Ubuntu (ghostscript, glib2.0, and php5).
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