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vendredi 23 juin 2017, 18:55
The default apps on a mobile platform like Android are familiar targets for replacement, especially for developers concerned about security. But while messaging and voice apps (which can be replaced by Signal and Ostel, for instance) may be the best known examples, the...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (linux-hardened), CentOS (sudo), Debian (apache2, c-ares, flatpak, graphite2, and openvpn), Fedora (glibc and thunderbird), Gentoo (graphite2, jbig2dec, libksba, nettle, urbanterror, and vim), openSUSE (go and unrar), Oracle...
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jeudi 22 juin 2017, 23:20
The digiKam Team has released version 5.6.0 of the digiKam Software Collection for photo management. 'With this version the HTML gallery and the video slideshow tools are back, database shrinking (e.g. purging stale thumbnails) is also supported on MySQL, grouping items...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (lxterminal, lxterminal-gtk3, openvpn, and pcmanfm), CentOS (thunderbird), Debian (jython, spip, tomcat7, and tomcat8), openSUSE (openvpn), Oracle (thunderbird), Slackware (openvpn), SUSE (openvpn), and Ubuntu (kernel,...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for June 22, 2017 is available.
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At Open Source Summit Japan (OSSJ)—OSS is the new name for LinuxCon, ContainerCon, and CloudOpen—Sasha Levin gave a talk on the kernel's application binary interface (ABI). There is an effort to create a kernel ABI specification that has its genesis in a discussion about ...
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mercredi 21 juin 2017, 23:48
Guido Vranken describes his efforts to fuzz-test OpenVPN and the bug reports that resulted. 'Most of this issues were found through fuzzing. I hate admitting it, but my chops in the arcane art of reviewing code manually, acquired through grueling practice, are dwarfed by the ...
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At PyCon 2017, Kavya Joshi looked at some of the differences between the Python reference implementation (known as 'CPython') and that of MicroPython. In particular, she described the differences in memory use and handling between the two. Those differences are part of what...
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For those who are curious about how the community deals with a serious vulnerability, Solar Designer's description of the embargo process around the 'Stack Clash' issue (and his unhappiness with it) is worth a read. 'Qualys first informed the distros list about this upcoming ...
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Version 1.2 of the Opus audio codec has been released. 'For music encoding Opus has already been shown to out-perform other audio codecs at both 64 kb/s and 96 kb/s. We originally thought that 64 kb/s was near the lowest bitrate at which Opus could be useful for streaming...
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In a brief note to the GCC list, David Edelson announces: 'I am pleased to announce that the GCC Steering Committee has accepted the D Language front-end and runtime for inclusion in GCC and appointed Iain Buclaw as maintainer.'
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (kernel), Debian (libffi, swftools, tomcat7, and zziplib), Gentoo (chromium, glibc, kodi, mbedtls, and wget), openSUSE (glibc and kernel), Oracle (kernel), Scientific Linux (thunderbird), and SUSE (kernel, sudo, and tomcat6).
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Simon Raffeiner describes in detail the reasons he sees for the failure of the Ubuntu phone project. 'I understand there weren’t enough developers to fix everything at once, but instead of deciding to either make a good phone OR a good tablet with Convergence, we had...
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mardi 20 juin 2017, 23:49
Free Electrons has announced a new service to the embedded Linux community: toolchains.free-electrons.com. 'This web site provides a large number of cross-compilation toolchains, available for a wide range of architectures, in multiple variants. The toolchains are based on...
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Lennart Poettering announces casync, a tool for distributing system images. 'casync takes inspiration from the popular rsync file synchronization tool as well as the probably even more popular git revision control system. It combines the idea of the rsync algorithm with the...
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The kernel's command line allows the specification of many operating parameters at boot time. A silly bug in command-line parsing was reported by Ilya Matveychikov on May 22; it can be exploited to force a stack buffer overflow with a controlled payload that can overwrite...
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Christian Schaller has posted an extensive look forward at the changes coming to the Fedora desktop. 'Another major project we been working on for a long time in Fleet Commander. Fleet Commander is a tool to allow you to manage Fedora and RHEL desktops centrally. This is a...
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (glibc and lib32-glibc), CentOS (glibc and kernel), Debian (eglibc, kernel, and libffi), openSUSE (exim, freeradius-server, libxml2, Mozilla based packages, and xorg-x11-server), Oracle (glibc and kernel), Scientific Linux...
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lundi 19 juin 2017, 21:23
Normally, the -rc6 kernel testing release is not the place where one would expect to find a 900-line memory-management change. As it happens, though, such a change was quietly merged immediately prior to the 4.12-rc6 release; indeed, it may have been the real reason behind...
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Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is a vaguely defined mechanism for the control of platform-specific devices; laptop functions like special buttons, LEDs, and the backlight are often controlled through WMI interfaces. On Linux, access to WMI functions is restricted...
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