You all know the drill by now. It's Sunday, and there is a new release
candidate out there.
Things look fairly normal. We have noticeably fewer commits than rc3
(which was fairly big), and I don't see anything unusually alarming.
The statistics look pretty normal too: just under half of the patch is
drivers (drm continues to be noticeable, but there's infiniband, mmc,
input layer etc). About a quarter is arch updates (m68k, MIPS, x86)
and the final quarter is solidly "misc" (doc updates, tools, scripts,
The appended shortlog gives a flavor of the details.
Linux.Wifatch ‘malware’ is actually making routers more secure
We seem to have a vigilante white hat hacker on our hands, as newly discovered ‘malware’ aimed at Internet of Things devices and certain routers appears to be making these devices more secure. The Linux.Wifatch virus is doing the exact opposite of what most viruses would, rather than stealing user information or holding systems for ransom, it is actually improving security.