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Wednesday September 12, 2018. 05:03 PM
Security updates have been issued by Debian (kamailio, libextractor, and mgetty), Fedora (community-mysql, ghostscript, glusterfs, iniparser, okular, and zsh), openSUSE (compat-openssl098, php5, and qemu), Red Hat (firefox), SUSE (libzypp, zypper, python3, spark, and zsh),...
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From the kernel development community's point of view, hardware vulnerabilities are not much different from the software variety: either way, there is a bug that must be fixed in software. But hardware vendors tend to take a different view of things. This divergence has been ...
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Tuesday September 11, 2018. 05:38 PM
PostgreSQL 11 had its third beta release on August 9; a fourth beta (or possibly a release candidate) is scheduled for mid-September. While the final release of the relational database-management system (currently slated for late September) will have something new for many...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libextractor), Fedora (godot and iniparser), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (chromium-browser and Fuse 7.1), SUSE (compat-openssl098, openssh, php5, php53, qemu, and tiff), and Ubuntu (kernel, linux, linux-aws, linux-azure, linux-gcp,...
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The Git 2.19.0 release is out. Significant changes include a new 'range diff' capability, directory rename detection, and more; see this GitHub blog entry for more information. 'We can use git diff to show the difference between the two end states, but that doesn’t provide ...
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The kernel's CPU scheduler must, as its primary task, determine which process should be executing in each of a system's processors at any given time. Making an optimal decision involves juggling a number of factors, including the priority (and scheduling classes) of the...
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Monday September 10, 2018. 05:23 PM
Stable kernels 4.14.69, 4.9.126, 4.4.155, and 3.18.122 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 Debian (chromium-browser, curl, discount, firefox-esr, ghostscript, and openssh), Fedora (curl, firefox, ghostscript, glibc, mod_perl, thunderbird, and unixODBC), openSUSE (chromium, firefox, GraphicsMagick, nodejs4, and thunderbird),...
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The third 4.19 prepatch is out for testing. Linus says: 'Things look fairly normal'.
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Sunday September 9, 2018. 10:04 PM
The 4.18.7 stable kernel update is available; it contains 145 fixes. Note that there are updates for the other active stable kernels in the review process as well; they can be expected almost any time.
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Friday September 7, 2018. 05:13 PM
The Maintainer's Summit, which is an invite-only gathering of 30 or so kernel developers to discuss process issues with Linus Torvalds, has moved from November 12 in Vancouver, Canada to October 22 in Edinburgh, Scotland in conjunction with Open Source Summit Europe. The...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (qemu and xen), Mageia (libxkbcommon, sleuthkit, and wireshark), openSUSE (apache-pdfbox, dovecot22, and php7), SUSE (enigmail, kernel, nodejs4, and php7), and Ubuntu (firefox and transfig).
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Thursday September 6, 2018. 06:56 PM
The Harvard Business School's 'Working Knowledge' site has an article arguing that it can pay for companies to allow their developers to contribute back to the projects whose software they use. 'And that presents an interesting dilemma for firms that rely heavily on open...
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Network packet headers contain a great deal of information, but the kernel often only needs a subset of that information to be able to perform filtering or associate any given packet with a flow. The piece of code that follows the different layers of packet encapsulation to...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (curl, gdm3, git-annex, lcms2, and sympa), Fedora (discount, dolphin-emu, gd, obs-build, osc, tcpflow, and yara), openSUSE (wireshark), Slackware (curl, firefox, ghostscript, and thunderbird), SUSE (apache-pdfbox, curl, dovecot22,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 6, 2018 is available.
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Security and convenience rarely go hand-in-hand, but if your job (or life) requires extraordinary care against potentially targeted attacks, the security side of that tradeoff may win out. If so, running a system like Qubes OS on your desktop or CopperheadOS on your phone...
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Wednesday September 5, 2018. 11:47 PM
The Spectre variant 2 vulnerability allows the speculative execution of incorrect (in an attacker-controllable way) indirect branch predictions, resulting in the ability to exfiltrate information via side channels. The kernel has been reasonably well protected against this...
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The GNOME Project has announced the release of GNOME 3.30 'Almería'. 'This release brings automatic updates in Software, more games, and a new Podcasts application. Improvements to core GNOME applications include a refined location and search bar in Files, a [Thunderbolt]...
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GopherCon is the major conference for the Go language, attended by 1600 dedicated 'gophers', as the members of its community like to call themselves. Held for the last five years in Denver, it attracts programmers, open-source contributors, and technical managers from all...
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