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Linux Kernel and Graphics: Jprobes, Performance Analysis in Linux, AMDGPU, UHD Graphics and Vulkan

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  • An end to jprobes

    "Jprobes" are an ancient kernel mechanism used to trace entry into kernel functions; they were described in this 2005 LWN article.

  • Performance analysis in Linux (continued)

    This blog post is based on the talk I gave at the Open Source Summit North America 2017 in Los Angeles. Let me start by thanking my employer Collabora, for sponsoring my trip to LA.

    Last time I wrote about Performance Assessment, I discussed how an apparently naive code snippet can hide major performance drawbacks. In that example, the issue was caused by the randomness of the conditional branch direction, triggered by our unsorted vector, which really confused the Branch Predictor inside the processor.

  • AMDGPU's DC Gets More Cleanups Ahead Of Linux 4.15

    It's indeed looking like the AMDGPU DC display code stack will finally be pulled for the Linux 4.15 merge window, assuming Linus Torvalds has no issues with it in a few weeks.

    Alex Deucher of AMD today sent in a secondary AMDGPU DC update for staging alongside DRM-Next of this new display code.

  • Running OpenCL With Intel UHD Graphics On Coffeelake Under Ubuntu Linux

    After running some basic OpenCL/Vulkan UHD Graphics tests yesterday using the brand new Core i7 8700K "Coffee Lake" processor, I next ventured into OpenCL computing with the UHD Graphics using Intel's open-source Beignet CL implementation.

  • VK_KHR_maintenance2 Lands For RADV, Other Improvements

    VK_KHR_maintenance2 is the latest extension supported by this open-source Radeon Vulkan driver. VK_KHR_maintenance2 was added in Vulkan 1.0.61 last month as various changes that were previously left out of Vulkan.

  • Intel UHD Graphics 630 "Coffee Lake" On Linux

    This morning I delivered the initial Linux processor benchmarks of the Core i7 8700K and Core i5 8400 for the just-launched "Coffee Lake" desktop processors. With these Intel "Gen 8" processors, the integrated "HD Graphics" from Kabylake have been rebranded to "UHD Graphics". While there wasn't any real changes architecturally to the graphics hardware, right now the Linux support isn't quite out-of-the-box.

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  • One-stop counterfeit certificate shops for all your malware-signing needs

    The Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear program almost a decade ago was a watershed piece of malware for a variety of reasons. Chief among them, its use of cryptographic certificates belonging to legitimate companies to falsely vouch for the trustworthiness of the malware. Last year, we learned that fraudulently signed malware was more widespread than previously believed. On Thursday, researchers unveiled one possible reason: underground services that since 2011 have sold counterfeit signing credentials that are unique to each buyer.

  • How did OurMine hackers use DNS poisoning to attack WikiLeaks? [Ed: False. They did not attack Wikileaks; they attacked the DNS servers/framework. The corporate media misreported this at the time.
    The OurMine hacking group recently used DNS poisoning to attack WikiLeaks and take over its web address. Learn how this attack was performed from expert Nick Lewis.
  • Intel didn't give government advance notice on chip flaws

    Google researchers informed Intel of flaws in its chips in June. The company explained in its own letter to lawmakers that it left up to Intel informing the government of the flaws.

    Intel said that it did not notify the government at the time because it had “no indication of any exploitation by malicious actors,” and wanted to keep knowledge of the breach limited while it and other companies worked to patch the issue.

    The company let some Chinese technology companies know about the vulnerabilities, which government officials fear may mean the information was passed along to the Chinese government, according to The Wall Street Journal.

  • Intel hid CPU bugs info from govt 'until public disclosure'

    As iTWire reported recently, Intel faces a total of 33 lawsuits over the two flaws. Additionally, the Boston law firm of Block & Leviton is preparing a class action lawsuit against Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich for allegedly selling a vast majority of his Intel stock after the company was notified of the two security flaws and before they became public.

  • Intel did not tell U.S. cyber officials about chip flaws until made public [iophk: "yeah right"]

    Current and former U.S. government officials have raised concerns that the government was not informed of the flaws before they became public because the flaws potentially held national security implications. Intel said it did not think the flaws needed to be shared with U.S. authorities as hackers [sic] had not exploited the vulnerabilities.

  • LA Times serving cryptocurrency mining script [iophk: "JS"]

    The S3 bucket used by the LA Times is apparently world-writable and an ethical hacker [sic] appears to have left a warning in the repository, warning of possible misuse and asking the owner to secure the bucket.

  • Facebook's Mandatory Malware Scan Is an Intrusive Mess

    When an Oregon science fiction writer named Charity tried to log onto Facebook on February 11, she found herself completely locked out of her account. A message appeared saying she needed to download Facebook’s malware scanner if she wanted to get back in. Charity couldn’t use Facebook until she completed the scan, but the file the company provided was for a Windows device—Charity uses a Mac.

  • Tinder plugs flaw that enabled account takeover using just a phone number

    As Tinder uses Facebook profile pics for its users to lure in a mate or several, the 'dating' app is somewhat tied to the social network. When a swipe-hungry Tinder user comes to login to their account they can either do so via Facebook or use their mobile number.

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