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Redis vs. MongoDB: What you need to know

Databases are garnering a lot of popularity every day and are used by many organizations for a wide variety of use cases. Many organizations are employing innovative techniques to handle their data storage. These companies often shift between databases to optimize their storage and data mapping according to their business needs. Companies with growing data requirements utilize databases with dynamic functionalities. However, deciding which database is perfect for each of these companies can be very subjective. When it comes to database management, choosing between Redis and MongoDB can be relatively challenging. Read more

FSF expands process for associate members to nominate new members of the board

The board of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) announced today that associate members of the FSF will be able to nominate and evaluate candidates for the nonprofit's board of directors for the first time in the organization's 37-year history. FSF currently has just over 5,000 associate members. Under new procedures adopted by the FSF board on January 17 and summarized here, the organization will proactively engage associate members with a sufficient history of association with the FSF in the recruiting process by inviting them to suggest board nominees and then research collectively those nominees' suitability for a position on the board, including most importantly their record of commitment to free software ideals. The new community engagement process is a key result of a six-month consultant-led review designed to help make FSF governance and recruitment practices more transparent and participatory, while more systematically ensuring their commitment to the FSF's values and principles. Read more

Security Leftovers

  • White House Meeting Explores Ways to Secure Software Supply Chain

    The path forward will require collaboration from companies and organizations that consume and ship open source software, said Joe Brockmeier, Vice President Marketing & Publicity at Apache Software Foundation. “There's no single "silver bullet" to get there, and it will take all of our organizations working together to improve the open source supply chain.”

  • CISA Adds 13 Known Exploited Vulnerabilities to Catalog | CISA

    CISA has added 13 new vulnerabilities to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence that threat actors are actively exploiting the vulnerabilities listed in the table below. These types of vulnerabilities are a frequent attack vector for malicious cyber actors of all types and pose significant risk to the federal enterprise.

  • CISA Urges Organizations to Implement Immediate Cybersecurity Measures to Protect Against Potential Threats

    In response to recent malicious cyber incidents in Ukraine—including the defacement of government websites and the presence of potentially destructive malware on Ukrainian systems—CISA has published CISA Insights: Implement Cybersecurity Measures Now to Protect Against Potential Critical Threats.

  • Linux Lock Screen Policy Enables Consistent Device Governance

    Every operating system should have security controls deployed, and Linux is no exception. Having a lock screen policy is even more of a consideration with a remote workforce where team members could be using a local coffee shop or other unsecured locations as an “office,” which increases the odds that bad actors could obtain physical access to devices. JumpCloud has created an easy-to-deploy policy to configure lock screen settings for Linux throughout your fleet, providing consistent governance and a scalable method for a secure OS configuration.

  • Oracle Releases January 2022 Critical Patch Update

    Oracle has released its Critical Patch Update for January 2022 to address 497 vulnerabilities across multiple products. A remote attacker could exploit some of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system.

A note for LWN subscribers

January 22, 2022 will be the 24th anniversary of the publication of the first LWN.net Weekly Edition. A lot has happened in the intervening years; the Linux community has grown immeasurably, and LWN has grown with it. Later this year will also be the 20th anniversary of the adoption of our subscription-based model, which has sustained LWN ever since. There is a change coming for our subscribers that will, with luck, help to set up LWN to thrive in the next coming years. The nominal price for an LWN subscription is $7 per month, a price that has remained unchanged since 2010. That $7 buys a lot less now than it did twelve years ago. Your editor is reliably informed by the Internet that inflation in the US has been just under 28% from 2010 until the middle of 2021; that rate doesn't include the last few months. Prices for some things, most notably health insurance in the US, have increased by rather more than that. Read more