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Verity Stob gloved with pearls

30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

Stob It's 30 years since .EXE Magazine carried the first Stob column; this is its pearl Perl anniversary. Rereading article #1, a spoof self-tester in the Cosmo style, I was struck by how distant the world it invoked seemed. For example: Your program requires a disk to have been put in the floppy drive, but it hasn't. What happens …
Verity Stob, 20 Sep 2018
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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

Microsoft is going to rename the Git Virtual File System to eliminate its clash with GNOMErs. The purpose of the Git Virtual File System was laudable: Redmond's developers were sick of taking the afternoon off after typing “git clone” (even “git checkout” could take hours), so they gave GitHub users a workaround. At the time …
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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

Microsoft has agreed to acquire development platform GitHub in a deal worth $7.5bn, sending developers scurrying for cover. The Office-maker is chuffed to call itself the most active organisation on GitHub, claiming more than two million commits made to projects. The Seattle software slinger has its origins in development …
Richard Speed, 4 Jun 2018
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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

Updated Microsoft has held talks with GitHub with a mind to potentially buy the popular source-code warehouse, folks closely familiar with the discussions have claimed. There have been recurring rumors going back to at least 2016 that the Windows giant is considering gobbling the San Francisco-based upstart, which hosts developers' …
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Git security vulnerability could lead to an attack of the (repo) clones

A new version of Git has been emitted to ward off attempts to exploit a potential arbitrary code execution vulnerability – which can be triggered by merely cloning a malicious repository. The security hole, CVE-2018-11235, reported by Etienne Stalmans, stems from a flaw in Git whereby sub-module names supplied by the . …
Richard Speed, 30 May 2018
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Has Git ever driven you so mad you wanted to bomb it? Well, now you can with this tiny repo

A quirk in the way Git handles data deduplication can be exploited to crash most computers with a single Git command. Developer Kate Murphy said this "Git bombing" can be pulled off by creating and organizing a repository of just 12 4KB objects so that cloning it fills up all available RAM and swap space until the machine …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Oct 2017
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Top repo managers clone, then close, a nasty SSH vector

Users of the world's most popular software version control systems can be attacked when cloning a repository over SSH. When first announced by Recurity Labs' Joern Schneeweisz, the vulnerability was attributed to Git, Mercurial and Subversion; and over the weekend, Hank Leininger of Korelogic told the OSS-Sec list the issue …
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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

Microsoft has adopted Git to manage the vast collection of code that is Windows' source, and has shared performance issues it's had to fix along the way. The state-of-the-nation report for what Microsoft calls the “largest Git repo on the planet” follows on from its launch of the “fat Git repo” handler, the Git Virtual File …
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Git sprints carefully towards SHA-1 deprecation

Following the February controversy over whether or not Google's SHA-1 collision broke Git, its community has taken the first small steps towards replacing the ancient hash function. For context: the Chocolate Factory last month produced the first reproduceable SHA-1 collision needing relatively* low computing power – something …

Git fscked by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

About that SHA-1 collision: Linus Torvalds has taken to Google+ to emphasise that in Git, its main role is error detection, so “the sky isn't falling.” The weak hashing algorithm is used, among other things, to provide a digital signature for software, documents like PDFs, and encryption certificates. The mathematical …

Microsoft foists fake file system for fat Git repos

To lighten the burden of massive Git source code repositories, Microsoft has created a virtualized file system that allows developers to interact with large codebases without sending excessive amounts of data across the network. Git (when not applied to people or animals) refers to a distributed version control system for …

Splunk: Why we dumped Perforce for Atlassian's Bitbucket of Gits

Analysis Kurt Chase, director of engineering services at Splunk, is effusive about Atlassian's Git-based Bitbucket but doesn't have a lot of nice things to say about jilted source control system Perforce. As it turns out, Perforce has a rather jaundiced view of Git as a way to manage software. But more on that later. Two years ago, …

GitLab snags VC cash, promises to 'Git-ify' the world

GitLab has pledged to Git-ify the world – or at least make the term an acknowledged verb – after pulling in $20m to fund its plans for building an end-to-end dev collaboration suite. The latest chunk'o’change brings its total funding to $25.6m, and founder and CEO Sid Sijbrandij said the cash would be used to “accelerate …
Joe Fay, 13 Sep 2016

Get ready to patch Git servers, clients – nasty-looking bugs surface

Updated A chap who found two serious security bugs in Git servers and clients has urged people to patch their software. The flaws are present in Git including the 2.x, 1.9 and 1.7 branches, meaning the vulnerabilities have been lurking in the open-source version control tool for years. It is possible these two programming blunders …
Chris Williams, 16 Mar 2016

New Year, new Git: Version control system updated this week

The Git community was obviously working hard over the festive break, and slipped out version 2.7.0 of the control system earlier this week. The new version includes yet another array of updates and fixes, the full list of which you can peruse here. Github highlighted more flexible naming for git bisect, the tool for working …
Team Register, 7 Jan 2016
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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

Build 2015 Microsoft has expanded its Visual Studio line of software development tools to platforms other than Windows for the first time. No, Redmond hasn't ported its full Visual Studio IDE. But it has launched a new product in the VS line called Visual Studio Code, which offers some of the tools that Windows platform developers have …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
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Let's talk about continuous delivery

Continuous delivery is defined as a process in which software development teams focus on deployment and refinement over and above any imperative to work on new features. As a technical discipline this is fine in principle, especially if we know where we want to head with the project in hand. But the navigation and drive for …

GitHub code repository rocked by 'very large DDoS' attack

San Francisco–based GitHub, the online repository popular among software developers, suffered a major service outage on Thursday morning due to what it characterizes as a "very large DDoS attack." GitHub status page reporting major DDoS attack This major attack follows a similar one on August 4th The outage was first …
Jack Clark, 15 Aug 2013

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