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Friday February 8, 2019. 03:34 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (dovecot and libarchive), Fedora (gvfs and poppler), openSUSE (openssl-1_1 and subversion), Oracle (kernel), Slackware (php), SUSE (avahi, docker, libunwind, LibVNCServer, and spice), and Ubuntu (linux-azure and openssh).
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Google has announced the release of its ClusterFuzz fuzz-testing system as free software. 'ClusterFuzz has found more than 16,000 bugs in Chrome and more than 11,000 bugs in over 160 open source projects integrated with OSS-Fuzz. It is an integral part of the development...
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Thursday February 7, 2019. 06:24 PM
In the beginning, programs run on the in-kernel BPF virtual machine had no persistent internal state and no data that was shared with any other part of the system. The arrival of eBPF and, in particular, its maps functionality, has changed that situation, though, since a map ...
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The call for proposals for the 2019 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit has been updated with an important addition: this year's event (April 30 to May 2, San Juan, Puerto Rico) will include a BPF track. The submission deadline has been extended to Februar...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (curl, golang, libthrift-java, mumble, netmask, python3.4, and rssh), openSUSE (python-python-gnupg), Oracle (kernel), Scientific Linux (thunderbird), Slackware (curl), SUSE (firefox, python, and rmt-server), and Ubuntu (curl,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 7, 2019 is available.
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At the start of his linux.conf.au 2019 talk, Kristoffer Grönlund said that he would be taking attendees back 60 years or more. That is not quite to the dawn of computing history, but it is close—farther back than most of us were alive to remember. He encountered John...
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Wednesday February 6, 2019. 10:30 PM
The 4.20.7, 4.19.20, 4.14.98, 4.9.155, 4.4.173, and 3.18.134 stable kernels have all been released. The usual drill applies: each contains a number of important fixes and upgrading is recommended.
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Two members of the Cacophony Project came to linux.conf.au 2019 to give an overview of what the project is doing to increase the amount of bird life in New Zealand. The idea is to use computer vision and machine learning to identify and eventually eliminate predators in...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (dovecot and libav), openSUSE (kernel and krb5), Scientific Linux (thunderbird), SUSE (curl, lua53, python3, and spice), and Ubuntu (dovecot).
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Jack Moffitt started off his 2019 linux.conf.au talk by calling attention to Facebook's 'Portal' device. It is, he said, a cool product, but raises an important question: why would anybody in their right mind put a surveillance device made by Facebook in their kitchen? There ...
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Tuesday February 5, 2019. 05:40 PM
The kernel's page cache, which holds copies of data stored in filesystems, is crucial to the performance of the system as a whole. But, as has recently been demonstrated, it can also be exploited to learn about what other users in the system are doing and extract information ...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libgd2), Fedora (java-11-openjdk, kernel, and kernel-headers), openSUSE (firefox, mysql-community-server, and pdns-recursor), Oracle (thunderbird), Red Hat (rh-haproxy18-haproxy, systemd, and thunderbird), SUSE (haproxy, spice,...
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Monday February 4, 2019. 10:04 PM
After a two-week voting period, which followed a two-week nomination window, Python now has its governance back in place—with a familiar name in the mix. As specified in PEP 13 ('Python Language Governance'), five nominees were elected to the steering council, which will...
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The governance model adopted by the Python community after Guido van Rossum stepped down included the election of a Steering Council. The first such election has just concluded; the council will be made up of Barry Warsaw, Brett Cannon, Carol Willing, Guido van Rossum, and...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (bind, firefox, GNOME, kernel, systemd, and thunderbird), Debian (debian-security-support, drupal7, libreoffice, libvncserver, phpmyadmin, and rssh), Fedora (binutils and firefox), Mageia (firefox and netatalk), openSUSE (avahi and ...
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The 5.0-rc5 kernel prepatch is out. 'Nothing looks particularly worrisome, so assuming the trend holds, we look to be on track for a fairly normal release cycle despite the early hiccups due to the holidays.'
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Friday February 1, 2019. 11:45 PM
Rusty Russell was one of the first developers paid to work on the Linux kernel and the founder of the conference now known as linux.conf.au (LCA); he is one of the most highly respected figures in the Australian free-software community. The 2019 LCA was the 20th edition of...
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Version 2.29 of the GNU C library (glibc) is now available. It includes a wrapper for the getcpu() system call, optimized generic versions of multiple math functions (e.g. exp(), log2(), sinf()), new functions to allow posix_spawn() to run the new process in a different...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (agg, golang-1.7, golang-1.8, mariadb-10.0, and postgis), Fedora (kernel, kernel-headers, and kernel-tools), Mageia (gitolite and libvorbis), openSUSE (pdns-recursor and webkit2gtk3), Oracle (firefox, ghostscript, kernel, polkit,...
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