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Linux distros fix kernel terminal root-hole bug

Linux admins need to get busy patching, as a newly discovered bug has emerged in the kernel's tty handling – and it lets logged-in users crash the system, gain root privileges, or otherwise modify and access data they shouldn't. This memory corruption flaw is certainly nothing like OpenSSL's remotely exploitable Heartbleed – CVE …
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Microsoft no longer a top Linux kernel contributor

After making headlines with its unexpectedly voluminous contributions to the Linux kernel in 2012, Microsoft has all but disappeared from the Linux development scene, according the latest report from the Linux Foundation. The last edition of the Foundation's annual Linux kernel development report saw Microsoft break into the top …
Neil McAllister, 16 Sep 2013

Intel uncloaks next-gen 'Braswell' Atom, 64-bit Android KitKat kernel

On the second day of its developers conference in Shenzhen, China, Intel revealed the codename – "Braswell" – of its next-generation Atom processor for low-cost mobile devices and a 64-bit Android KitKat 4.4.2 kernel, and outlined its belief that a "large resurgence" is coming to the desktop market. Slide from Intel Developer …
Rik Myslewski, 04 Apr 2014

Security holes in Word, the Windows kernel and Adobe Flash. Party like it's Patch Tuesday again

Flaws in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps that allow hackers to execute malicious code on vulnerable systems have been fixed in Redmond's latest monthly batch of security bug fixes. In addition, two bugs at the kernel level of Windows XP and 7, and Server 2003 and 2008 R2, allow logged-in attackers to escalate their privileges …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jan 2014

iOS 7's weak random number generator stuns kernel security – claim

In an effort to improve iDevice security, Apple replaced its internal random number generator between iOS 6 and iOS 7 – but a security researcher believes Cupertino inadvertently downgraded security. The issue is outlined here by Azimuth Security, whose Tarjei Mandt also detailed the issue at last week's CanSecWest conference in …
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Linux kernel 3.9 lands

Linus Torvalds has unleashed version 3.9 of the Linux kernel. Key features in the release include caching for SSD storage, new processor architectures, power management improvements targeting tablets and phones, Chromebook support, and a nod towards Android. The caching change, present as the dm-cache target and currently …
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Dear Linus, STOP SHOUTING and play nice - says Linux kernel dev

A Linux developer has blasted the kernel's chief Linus Torvalds, taking him to task for his famous potty mouth and brutal putdowns of his lieutenants. It's time for Torvalds to stop "verbally abusing" his programmers, Sarah Sharp told the fiery Finn, warning him she’s "not taking it any more". The USB 3.0 driver maintainer …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2013
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Kernel hacker Alan Cox quits Linux, Intel

Top Linux kernel contributor Alan Cox has announced that he is stepping down from his position at Intel and will no longer be involved with Linux development, citing family reasons. The British-born Cox, who makes his home in Swansea, Wales, has been one of the most active developers of the Linux kernel since the early days of …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jan 2013

NICTA micro-kernel trailblazers slurped by US defense giant

US aerospace and defence company General Dynamics has swooped on Australian virtualisation software developer Open Kernel Labs. OK Labs’ software currently sits on 1.6 billion devices around the world, enabling security for remote access to corporate and government assets while protecting everything that runs on the device. The …
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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

Linus Torvalds has announced the Linux kernel no longer supports Intel's 80386 processors. Reg readers will doubtless recall that the 386 debuted way back in 1985 and made something of a splash when the chip found its way into PCs made by Compaq before an IBM PC bearing the processor reached the market. 386s screamed along, by …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2012
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Windows kernel bug-squish, IE update star in July Patch Tuesday

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday for July landed overnight with a bumper crop of seven bulletins, six of which cover critical flaws that carry remote code execution risks. And the Windows 8 giant today revealed that one of these, CVE-2013-3163, is currently under active attack online. Every supported operating system, every version of …
John Leyden, 10 Jul 2013
That calculator-based gag revealed

BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

Microsoft has ‘fessed up to inserting the hexadecimal string “0xB16B00B5” in the Linux kernel. Redmond has hung its head in shame because, once you remove the initial zero and x, then squint at the remainder in just the right way, the result is the term “BIG BOOBS”. The offending string is no mere frippery: it is apparently …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jul 2012
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Microsoft makes Top 20 list of Linux kernel contributors

The Linux Foundation has released its annual report on the state of the software, and reports that Microsoft has made it into the Top 20 of companies that sponsor development of the Linux kernel – quite a change for the operating system Steve Ballmer used to dismiss as a cancer. For contributions made to the kernel since version …
Iain Thomson, 03 Apr 2012
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Torvalds dumps Kernel.org for Github after breach

Linus Torvalds has released the most current build of Linux 3.1 via Github, rather than use kernel.org, which is still experiencing downtime. Torvalds said in a post to LKLM.org that the move was simply a way to put the new code out there, rather than an indictment of the situation at kernel.org, which is still suffering after …
Iain Thomson, 06 Sep 2011
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Oracle revs home-tweaked Linux kernel to 2.0

Software giant Oracle has gussied up the second iteration of its own kernel for Ellison's Enterprise Linux distro, dissing Red Hat's own tweak on the mainstream Linux 3.0 kernel. Back in October 2011, Edward Screven, chief corporate architect at Oracle and the person responsible for the company's Linux operating system and Xen …
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Latest Linux kernel 3.3 comes with added Android

The latest kernel update for Linux has been released, and features supporting Android are back for the first time since 2010, along with improved processor and networking support. "For a long time, code from the Android project has not been merged back to the Linux repositories due to disagreement between developers from both …
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2012

ABANDON CLOUD! Docker Linux containers spring a security leak

A security exploit has surfaced that can allow rogue programs to break out of Docker containers and access files on their host OS, but the flaw has been sealed in the latest version of the tech. Unlike virtualization, which launches a separate operating system instance for every virtual machine, Linux containerization sticks …
Jack Clark, 19 Jun 2014
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

Never one to mince words, Linux kernel chief Linus Torvalds has once again handed a verbal smackdown to a Linux developer, this time for failing to address a serious bug that could prevent systems from booting. The target of Torvald's latest tirade was Kay Sievers, one of the key developers of systemd, a system-management daemon …
Neil McAllister, 05 Apr 2014

Kernel crimps make Windows 8 a hacker hassle

Windows 8 will make hackers' lives hard, says Windows internals expert, security researcher and co-author of Apple's iOS and the open source Windows XP clone ReactOS, Alex Ionescu. Now chief architect at CrowdStrike, a security company focused on nation-state adversaries, Ionescu says Windows 8 builds on the usermode exploit …
Patrick Gray, 09 Oct 2012
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Oracle previews RHEL-ish 2 Linux kernel

As part of the OpenWorld extravaganza being hosted by Oracle in San Francisco this week, Edward Screven, chief corporate architect at the software giant and the guy who is responsible for the company's Linux and Xen hypervisor variants, gave a brief preview of the next iteration of Oracle's homegrown Linux kernel. Oracle Linux …

Oracle horns in on Red Hat's OpenStack party with own distro

Never one to be outdone by rival Red Hat, Oracle has unveiled its own distribution of the OpenStack cloud control freak on the same day that Shadowman opened its latest beta distribution to the public. Oracle's OpenStack distro is currently classified as a technology preview, and it installs over the latest version of Oracle …
Neil McAllister, 13 May 2014
The guts of a Unitrends hardware appliance

32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

Thousands of Supermicro baseboard management controllers (BMCs) continue to spit administrator passwords in cleartext after a patch described as unsuitable was not applied by admins. Accessing the machines could be dead simple for the tech savvy; vulnerable boxes would pop during a net or Shodan scan for port 49152. Any of the …
Darren Pauli, 20 Jun 2014
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Kernel.org Linux repository rooted in hack attack

Multiple servers used to maintain and distribute the Linux operating system were infected with malware that gained root access, modified system software, and logged passwords and transactions of the people who used them, the official Linux Kernel Organization has confirmed. The infection occurred no later than August 12 and …
Dan Goodin, 31 Aug 2011

Torvalds hits 'Go' button for Linux 3.15

Linus Torvalds has pressed the “Go” button on version 3.15 of the Linux kernel. The new release will be welcomed by gamers and laptop owners, as the operating system is now said to suspend and resume operations rather more quickly. There's also support for Sony's DualShock 4 controller and improved drivers for some graphics …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2014

Staunch your Heartbleed patching: FreeBSD has a nasty credentials leak

Got FreeBSD? Get busy on the patch, because a problem with its TCP ordering has emerged, with both denial-of-service and data leakage as possible effects. The issue exists in how the popular Unix-like operating system handles TCP packets received out-of-order. Packets are held in a reassembly queue until they can be re-ordered …
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Watch this! RHEL 7 - The new release preview

Youtube Video RHEL 7 is shaping up to have the biggest incremental change ever... From file systems, boot loader to daemon control and desktop manager - administrators will have their hands full when making the transition. In this 90 min webinar, an unnamed QA trainer will take you through Content: Roadmap; Boot with GRUB2; …
David Gordon, 28 May 2014
Pfeiffer Consulting 'Smartphone OS User Experience Shootout' – Cognitive Load Comparison: iOS 7 vs. Android (Samsung)

Boffins run iOS apps on Android hardware

Boffins from Columbia University have shown off a tool called “Cider” that runs iOS apps inside Android. Detailed in this paper (PDF), Cider is complex enough that your correspondent probably can't do much better than to quote the authors' explanation of how it works. So let's get into that: "Cider enhances the domestic …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2014
Curiosity

NASA's Curiosity rover brought Earth BUG to Mars

A 20 year old bug has been discovered in an algorithm so pervasive it's used in the Mars Curiosity rover, cars, aircraft, Android phones and a string of popular open source wares. The bug can be found in the Lempel-Ziv-Oberhumer (LZO) data compression algorithm created by Markus Oberhumer, who on Wednesday posted a new version 2 …
Darren Pauli, 27 Jun 2014
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Let them eat cache: PernixData crams RAM in virtual flash platform

PernixData has added RAM as a cache and Network File System support to its FVP clustered flash cache product with the aim of making virtual machines go even faster. FVP is a VMware kernel module that aggregates flash (PCIe or SSD) across a set of clustered VMware ESXi servers and provides read and write caching to ESXi such that …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2014
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Linux kernel runs inside web browser

An independent programmer has used JavaScript to build a PC emulator capable of running Linux inside a web browser. French hacker Fabrice Bellard says his JavaScript PC Emulator can run the 2.6.20 Linux kernel inside Mozilla's Firefox 4 and Google's Chrome 11, two browsers designed to significantly advance JavaScript speeds. "I …
Cade Metz, 18 May 2011
The VolksPC

Debian Linux, Android share a bed in upcoming distro

A new Linux distribution is looking to overcome the limitations of Debian on ARM, by running both Linux apps and Android apps in native mode. Produced by the group that created the MicroXwin kernel-based X Windows implementation, the VolksPC distribution is designed to give users an ARM-Debian environment that supports Debian's …

Torvalds: Linux devs may 'cry into our lonely beers' at Christmas

Linus Torvalds has let release candidate five for version 3.13 of the Linux kernel into the wild for some festive footling. The Linux Lord let the new release candidate loose in this post that declares “Nothing really exciting stands out” which is “just how I want it.” “It's the 'how did that ever even pass cursory testing' …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Dec 2013

SUSE Linux moves to 3.0 kernel with SP2

SUSE Linux, the commercial Linux distributor owned by software conglomerate Attachmate, is moving up to the Linux 3.0 kernel and also taking the btrfs file system mainstream alongside Linux container virtual private servers. These and other changes to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 are contained in Service Pack 2, available …
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Deviant Google Android probes Linux kernel re-entry

Google's Android has won partial re-admission to the Linux kernel, but much work lies ahead for a full re-entry. Code written by Linux kernel maintainer Rafael Wysocki has been adopted in the kernel tree that re-implements Android's wake locks feature — to stop a device from completely shutting down — in what has been called a " …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Aug 2010
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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

Outspoken Linux creator Linus Torvalds has taken issue with the oft-repeated assertion that in today's world everybody should learn computer programming, saying he just doesn't believe in it. In an interview with Business Insider over the weekend, the Linux kernel king said that even though he grew up with computers and he …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jun 2014

Send in the clones: Oracle, CentOS catch up to Red Hat Linux 6.5

Now that Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5 has shipped, here come the derivatives, with both Oracle and CentOS releasing new versions of their respective Red Hat–alike Linux distros. Red Hat released RHEL 6.5 in late November as a minor update to its industry-leading enterprise Linux platform. Among its new features are …
Neil McAllister, 05 Dec 2013
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Linux devs exterminate security bugs from kernel

Developers have exterminated two bugs from the Linux kernel that threatened the security of people using the open-source operating system. The most serious of the two is remote denial-of-service vulnerability that made it possible for attackers to crash systems by sending them oversized packets. The underlying null pointer …
Dan Goodin, 11 Dec 2009
TrueCrypt

TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

The first phase of crowd-funded audit of TrueCrypt has turned up several vulnerabilities, but nothing particularly amiss and certainly nothing that looks like a backdoor. iSEC Partners, which was contracted to carry out the audit by the Open Crypto Audit Project (OCAP), ‪found‬ 11 vulnerabilities in the full disk and file …
John Leyden, 15 Apr 2014
vSAN is that converged storage layer in the storage scheme VMware has cooked up

I, for one, welcome our VMware VSAN overlord

So VSAN is finally here in a released form. On paper, it looks very impressive. I spend an awful lot of time looking at scale-out storage systems – looking at ways to do them faster, cheaper and better. And although I welcome VMware and VSAN to the party, I don’t think I’m really the target market: the product’s not really ready …
StorageBod, 12 Mar 2014
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Android kernel leaks like a colander

Security analysts at Coverity reckon the Android kernel is riddled with security holes, though they still rate it as twice as good as most open-source projects. Taking the source code from the HTC Incredible, Coverity found .47 defects per 1,000 lines of code, compared with an industry average of 1 per 1,000. That totalled 359 …
Bill Ray, 02 Nov 2010
What Linus Torvalds thinks of NVIDIA

Torvalds: 'We're not doing Linux95 … for a few years, at least'

The next version of the Linux kernel, version 3.12, has a name: “Suicidal squirrel”. Linus Torvalds let the new name be known in a Git commit in which he killed off the “Linux for Workgroups” name used for version 3.11. The Linux Lord has not, however, entirely ruled out returning to Microsoft-themed names for future versions …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2013

Just when you were considering Red Hat Linux 6.5, here comes 7

Mere weeks after shipping the final version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.5, Shadowman has announced the first public beta of RHEL 7. "Simply put, we believe Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 represents the future of IT," the company said in a press release. No, really. Describing the new version as its "most ambitious release …
Neil McAllister, 11 Dec 2013
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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

The Pwn2Own and Pwnium hacking contests at the annual CanSecWest conference in Vancouver have earned security researchers over a million dollars in prizes, exposed 34 serious zero-day flaws in popular code, and earned over $82,000 for the Canadian Red Cross. In each of the Pwn2Own and Pwnium competitions, contestants are …
Iain Thomson, 14 Mar 2014
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'Be careful' warning accompanies latest Linux kernel

The next Linux kernel has been released with a tidy little warning from Linus Torvalds for code committers to pay more attention and be more careful. Linux Kernel 2.6.35 has been kicked out after Torvalds said he could see very little reason to offer any more release candidates. Features include changes to networking with …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Aug 2010

OpenWRT gets native IPv6 slurping in major refresh

The embedded Linux distro OpenWRT has updated native IPv6 support – allowing devices to automatically pick up an IPv6 address, as well as an IPv4 one, from an ISP if possible. The release candidate is code-named “Barrier Breaker” and runs the Linux 3.10 kernel. OpenWRT 14.07's improved IPv6 support with DHCPv6 is useful for …
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Is Trevor Pott-y? Nope – he's bang on about VSAN performance

I don’t always agree with fellow Reg storage man Trevor Pott but this piece on Server SAN, VSAN and storage acceleration is spot on with its questions about VSAN running in the kernel and the advantages that brings to performance. Indeed, I’ve also heard comments about reliability, support and the likes over competing products. …
StorageBod, 12 May 2014

Docker 0.7 has a lover in every port: Containerizer cozies up to Linux distros

Containerization tech Docker is now supported by all the major Linux distros, making it easier for developers to adopt the lightweight app packaging and shipping tool. The new capabilities were announced by the open-source project's eponymous parent in a blog post on Tuesday. Docker is a technology that mates the Linux kernel's …
Jack Clark, 26 Nov 2013

Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

China is backing a mobile operating system designed to offer a state-approved alternative to foreign platforms. Dubbed China Operating System (COS), the platform is set to launch first on handheld devices, with a possible expansion to other platforms. According to reports from tech blog Engadget China, COS was designed by …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jan 2014
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Linux kernel cured of remote panic-attack bug

Developers of the Linux kernel have patched a bug that allowed attackers to remotely crash a machine by sending it malicious Wi-Fi signals. The flaw in the delBA handling of mac80211 has been fixed in version 2.6.32, the latest stable release of the Linux kernel. Various distributions of the open-source operating system have …
Dan Goodin, 03 Dec 2009

Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

The first release candidate of version 3.11 of the Linux kernel has arrived, and to commemorate the occasion, Linux creator Linus Torvalds has given the kernel a new codename and a new, Microsoft-inspired boot logo to match. As of Sunday, Linux kernel 3.11 is officially named "Linux for Workgroups," borrowing the moniker …
Neil McAllister, 15 Jul 2013