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The new Linksys WRT1900ACS router

9 hours 17 min ago
The new version of the WRT1900AC router from Linksys looks like just another high-end home router, but there is an important difference: "Linksys has collaborated with OpenWrt and Marvell to provide full open source support for the WRT1900ACS in OpenWrt's stable and development branches." When asked, the company confirmed that the router is fully supported by free drivers. LWN is not normally filled with new-product announcements, but, given the pervasive binary-blob problem in this space, a router with free drivers seems noteworthy.

Friday's security advisories

Friday 9th of October 2015 02:27:45 PM

Arch Linux has updated opensmtpd (multiple vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated 389-ds-base (F21: cipher downgrade), kernel (F22: three vulnerabilities), and qemu (F22 F21: multiple vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated freetype2 (13.1: two vulnerabilities from 2014).

Red Hat has updated OpenStack director (RHELOSP7: authentication bypass) and python-django (RHELOSP7: denial of service).

SUSE has updated firefox (SLE11SP3, SLE11SP4: multiple vulnerabilities).

CC BY-SA 4.0 now one-way compatible with GPLv3

Friday 9th of October 2015 07:06:21 AM
The Creative Commons has announced that a "detailed analysis" has determined that materials licensed under BY-SA 4.0 license may be distributed under the terms of GPLv3. "But if your use case calls for or requires (in the case of remixing CC BY-SA 4.0 and GPLv3 material to make a single adaptation) releasing a CC BY-SA 4.0 adaptation under GPLv3, now you can: copyright in the guise of incompatible copyleft licenses is no longer a barrier to growing the part of the commons you’re working in. We hope that this new compatibility not only removes a barrier, but helps inspire new and creative combinations of software and culture, design, education, and science, and the adoption of software best practices such as source control (e.g., through “git”) in these fields."

Gräßlin: September update for Plasma’s Wayland porting

Thursday 8th of October 2015 09:17:42 PM
On his blog, Martin Gräßlin has posted an update on porting KDE's Plasma desktop to Wayland. There has been progress in various areas, including transient window positioning (which makes menus appear at the right location), Plasma/KWin specific extensions, support for multiple X servers, and support for "KWin in the cloud": "So on Friday I decided to dedicate my development time on a virtual framebuffer backend. This backend (to start use kwin_wayland --xwayland --virtual) doesn’t render to any device, but only “simulates” rendering by using a QImage which then isn’t used at all. Well not completely true: there is an environment variable to force the backend to store each rendered frame into a temporary directory. Why is such a virtual backend so exiting? Well it means we can run KWin anywhere. We are not bound to any hardware restrictions like screen attached or screen resolution. With other words we can run it on servers – in the cloud. The first such instance runs on our CI [continuous integration] servers in the form of an automated integration test. And in future there will be much more such tests."

Security advisories for Thursday

Thursday 8th of October 2015 03:05:56 PM

Arch Linux has updated bugzilla (privilege escalation).

openSUSE has updated IPython, (cross-site scripting).

SUSE has updated php5 (SLE11SP2: three vulnerabilities).

Bottomley: Respect and the Linux Kernel Mailing Lists

Thursday 8th of October 2015 07:15:08 AM
SCSI subsystem maintainer James Bottomley has posted a different view on the issue of civility on the kernel's mailing lists. "So, by and large, I’m proud of the achievements we’ve made in civility and the way we have improved over the years. Are we perfect? by no means (but then perfection in such a large community isn’t a realistic goal). However, we have passed our stress test: that an individual with bad patches to several mailing lists was met with courtesy and helpful advice, in spite of serially repeating the behaviour."

[$] Weekly Edition for October 8, 2015

Thursday 8th of October 2015 01:03:05 AM
The Weekly Edition for October 8, 2015 is available.

[$] Status updates for three graphics drivers

Wednesday 7th of October 2015 05:02:54 PM
Drivers for graphics hardware are an important part of the graphics stack, so it was not unexpected that the 2015 X.Org Developers Conference had several status updates for free graphics drivers. Three projects had talks: the Nouveau driver for NVIDIA devices, the amdgpu driver for AMD hardware, and the Etnaviv driver for Vivante GPUs. Each presented an update on its progress and plans.

Security advisories for Wednesday

Wednesday 7th of October 2015 04:03:59 PM

Debian has updated freetype (denial of service) and zendframework (two vulnerabilities).

Fedora has updated openhpi (F22: world writable /var/lib/openhpi directory) and wireshark (F22: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated spice (15.04, 14.04: multiple vulnerabilities).

[$] strscpy() and the hazards of improved interfaces

Wednesday 7th of October 2015 09:34:01 AM
Back in the distant past (May 2015), LWN looked at a couple of efforts to provide improved string-handling primitives to the kernel. One of those two was recently merged, while the other has run into trouble; both cases highlight a fundamental concern Linus has about this type of kernel patch. The end result is that it is possible to evolve the kernel toward safer interfaces, but attempts to do so as a series of mass changes will probably not end well.

Open Invention Network Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Tuesday 6th of October 2015 06:40:25 PM
Open Invention Network (OIN) marks its ten year anniversary. "Since its founding in 2005, Open Invention Network has grown its community to over 1,700 participants – from sizable multinational companies to key open source projects to emerging businesses. OIN has expanded its strategic patent portfolio to more than 1,000 worldwide patents and applications. In parallel, the zone of patent non-aggression that is defined by OIN’s Linux System definition has evolved to include more than 2,300 software packages, which ensures freedom of action in core functionality for global open source projects and technology platforms such as Linux, Red Hat, SUSE, Android, Open Stack and Apache."

Security updates for Tuesday

Tuesday 6th of October 2015 04:48:44 PM

Arch Linux has updated nodejs (denial of service).

Fedora has updated libvpx (F21: denial of service), openjpeg2 (F22: code execution), pixman (F22: buffer overflow), unzip (F21: two vulnerabilities), webkitgtk (F22; F21: denial of service), and webkitgtk3 (F22; F21: denial of service).

openSUSE has updated apache2 (13.2, 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities), conntrack-tools (13.2, 13.1: denial of service), froxlor (13.2, 13.1: privilege escalation), redis (13.2, 13.1: code execution), seamonkey (13.2, 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities), thunderbird (13.2, 13.1: multiple vulnerabilities), and vorbis-tools (13.2, 13.1: code execution).

SUSE has updated firefox, nspr (SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated kernel (15.04; 14.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-trusty (12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-utopic (14.04: multiple vulnerabilities), linux-lts-vivid (14.04: multiple vulnerabilities), and lxc (14.04: regression in previous update).

The 2015 Linux Foundation Technical Advisory Board elections

Tuesday 6th of October 2015 11:47:54 AM
The nomination process has begun for the 2015 election of the Technical Advisory Board for the Linux Foundation. That election will happen on October 26 at the Kernel Summit in Seoul, South Korea. There are five positions to be filled; terms are for two years.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow, thoroughly reviewed (Ars Technica)

Monday 5th of October 2015 07:57:12 PM
Ars Technica presents a lengthy review of Android 6.0 "Marshmallow". "While this is a review of the final build of "Android 6.0," we're going to cover many of Google's apps along with some other bits that aren't technically exclusive to Marshmallow. Indeed, big chunks of "Android" don't actually live in the operating system anymore. Google offloads as much of Android as possible to Google Play Services and to the Play Store for easier updating and backporting to older versions, and this structure allows the company to retain control over its open source platform. As such, consider this a look at the shipping Google Android software package rather than just the base operating system. "Review: New Android stuff Google has released recently" would be a more accurate title, though not as catchy."

Security advisories for Monday

Monday 5th of October 2015 04:41:45 PM

Arch Linux has updated hostapd (multiple vulnerabilities) and libunwind (denial of service).

Fedora has updated activemq (F22: information disclosure), bind (F21: denial of service), jenkins-script-security-plugin (F22: unspecified vulnerability), kernel (F22; F21: denial of service), libwmf (F22: two vulnerabilities), scap-security-guide (F22; F21: unspecified vulnerability), seamonkey (F22; F21: multiple vulnerabilities), thunderbird (F22: multiple vulnerabilities), and xen (F22; F21: multiple vulnerabilities).

Mageia has updated chromium-browser (MG5: information disclosure) and gdk-pixbuf2.0 (MG5: two vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated phpMyAdmin (13.2, 13.1: guessable user credentials).

Ubuntu has updated oxide-qt (15.04, 14.04: information disclosure), thunderbird (15.04, 14.04, 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities), and firefox (15.04, 14.04, 12.04: regression in previous update).

Sharp: Closing a door

Monday 5th of October 2015 02:30:45 PM
Sarah Sharp has made official her departure from the kernel development community. "I didn’t take the decision to step down lightly. I felt guilty, for a long time, for stepping down. However, I finally realized that I could no longer contribute to a community where I was technically respected, but I could not ask for personal respect. I could not work with people who helpfully encouraged newcomers to send patches, and then argued that maintainers should be allowed to spew whatever vile words they needed to in order to maintain radical emotional honesty. I did not want to work professionally with people who were allowed to get away with subtle sexist or homophobic jokes. I feel powerless in a community that had a 'Code of Conflict' without a specific list of behaviors to avoid and a community with no teeth to enforce it."

The Real-Time Linux Collaborative Project

Monday 5th of October 2015 08:51:19 AM
The Linux Foundation has announced the formation of a collaborative project to support the ongoing development of the realtime kernel patch set. "The RTL Collaborative Project will focus on pushing critical code upstream to be reviewed and eventually merged into the mainline Linux kernel where it will receive ongoing support. This will save the industry millions of dollars in research and development. It will also improve quality of the code through robust upstream kernel test infrastructure, since anything maintained in the mainline kernel is collectively supported by thousands of developers and hundreds of companies around the world." As part of the project, the Foundation has appointed Thomas Gleixner into a Fellow position.

Kernel prepatch 4.3-rc4

Sunday 4th of October 2015 07:28:25 PM
The 4.3-rc4 kernel prepatch is out. "You all know the drill by now. It's Sunday, and there is a new release candidate out there."

Stable kernels 4.2.3 and 4.1.10

Saturday 3rd of October 2015 03:24:41 PM
Greg Kroah-Hartman has released the 4.2.3 and 4.1.10 stable kernels. The fix for the deadlocks reported for 4.1.9 did not make it into 4.1.10. As usual, these stable kernels contain fixes throughout the tree.

Ad-blocking extension AdBlock sold to new owner

Friday 2nd of October 2015 11:00:48 PM

Many online media outlets are reporting the news that ownership of the popular ad-blocking browser extension AdBlock has been sold to a new owner. Not to be confused with similarly named projects AdBlock Plus and AdBlock Edge, this AdBlock announced the news of the sale to its users in a pop-up window. TheNextWeb reports that AdBlock employees refused to identify the buyer. In related news, the new owner has decided to join the "Acceptable Ads" whitelisting program run by rival AdBlock Plus. An announcement on the AdBlock Plus site confirms the move, and notes that an "independent review board" will now decide which advertisements are included the Acceptable Ads whitelist. Public nominations for the board are said to be open.

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