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Thursday March 14, 2019. 12:13 AM
The Czech Republic top-level domain registrar, CZ.NIC, wondered about the safety of home routers, so it set out to gather some information on the prevalence of attacks against them. It turns out that one good way to do that is to create a home router that logs statistics and ...
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Wednesday March 13, 2019. 05:08 PM
A proposal to add a new dictionary operator for Python has spawned a PEP and two large threads on the python-ideas mailing list. To a certain extent, it is starting to look a bit like the 'PEP 572 mess'; there are plenty of opinions on whether the feature should be...
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Security updates have been issued by Debian (libsndfile, systemd, waagent, and xmltooling), Fedora (guacamole-server, postgresql-jdbc, and xen), Oracle (cockpit and kernel), Red Hat (cockpit, docker, kernel-alt, and openssl), SUSE (ceph, java-1_7_0-ibm, java-1_7_1-ibm,...
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Kees Cook reviews some of the security-related enhancements in the 5.0 kernel. 'While the C language has a statement to indicate the end of a switch case ('break'), it doesn’t have a statement to indicate that execution should fall through to the next case statement (just...
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The Linux Foundation has announced a new initiative called CommunityBridge; its purpose is to help with funding and support for open-source developers. It includes some security-related services and a means for connecting developers with mentors. The program is in an 'early...
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Tuesday March 12, 2019. 09:57 PM
One of the bigger developments of the last year has been the introduction of licenses that purport to address perceived shortcomings in existing free and open-source software licenses. Much has been said and written about them, some of it here, and they are clearly much on...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (pacman), CentOS (java-1.7.0-openjdk), Debian (zabbix), Fedora (kernel-headers), openSUSE (libcomps), Oracle (kernel), Red Hat (chromium-browser), SUSE (ovmf and qemu), and Ubuntu (tiff).
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Monday March 11, 2019. 10:43 PM
One of the traditional rites of the (northern hemisphere) spring is the election for the Debian project leader. Over a six-week period, interested candidates put their names forward, describe their vision for the project as a whole, answer questions from Debian developers,...
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Drew DeVault has announced the first stable release of sway, an i3-compatible Wayland desktop for Linux and FreeBSD. 'Sway 1.0 adds a huge variety of features which were sorely missed on 0.x, improves performance in every respect, offers a more faithful implementation of...
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Google Open Source has announced Season of Docs. 'During Season of Docs, technical writers will spend a few months working closely with open source communities. Each writer works with their chosen open source project. The writers bring their expertise to the projects’...
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Software in the Public Interest has released its annual report [PDF] for 2018. 'During the current board term SPI continues to strive for self-improvement and renewal. Treasury teamsprints, bank visits, and legal consultations during in-person meetings have helped keep the...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (polkit), Debian (chromium, openjpeg2, php7.0, poppler, and symfony), Fedora (evolution, kernel, and kernel-headers), Gentoo (curl, firefox, keepalived, rdesktop, systemd, tar, wget, and zsh), openSUSE (gdm and hiawatha), Slackware ...
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Sunday March 10, 2019. 05:10 PM
The 5.0.1, 4.20.15, and 4.19.28 stable kernel updates have been released; each contains the usual set of important fixes.
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Friday March 8, 2019. 07:14 PM
As of this writing, 6,135 non-merge changesets have been pulled into the mainline repository for the 5.1 release. That is approximately halfway through the expected merge-window volume, which is a good time for a summary. A number of important new features have been merged...
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Security updates have been issued by Fedora (php-typo3-phar-stream-wrapper2), Mageia (gnutls, nagios, openssl, and python-gnupg), openSUSE (apache2, ceph, chromium, openssh, and webkit2gtk3), and Ubuntu (nvidia-graphics-drivers-390).
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David Malcolm writes about improved diagnostics and more in the GCC 9 release. 'Speaking of annotations, this example shows another new GCC 9 feature: diagnostics can label regions of the source code to show pertinent information. Here, what’s most important are the types...
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Thursday March 7, 2019. 09:39 PM
The recent addition of support for direct (peer-to-peer) operations between PCIe devices in the kernel has opened the door for different use cases. The initial work concentrated on in-kernel support and the NVMe subsystem; it also added support for memory regions that can be ...
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Security updates have been issued by openSUSE (amavisd-new, apache2, and containerd, docker, docker-runc,), Red Hat (java-1.7.1-ibm and java-1.8.0-ibm), and Ubuntu (linux, linux-azure, linux-gcp, linux-kvm, linux-raspi2, linux-hwe, linux-azure, and php5, php7.0).
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 7, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday March 6, 2019. 10:42 PM
It should come as no surprise that plugging untrusted devices into a computer system can lead to a wide variety of bad outcomes—though often enough it works just fine. We have reported on a number of these kinds of vulnerabilities (e.g. BadUSB in 2014) along the way. So it ...
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