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Security Leftovers

  • Security advisories for Tuesday
  • Mozilla Releases Firefox 46.0.1 to Fix Bugs and Limit Sync Registration Updates
    Today, May 3, Mozilla has pushed the first point release of the recently launched Firefox 46.0 web browser to all supported platforms, including GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 46.0 on April 26, 2016, bringing the long-anticipated GTK3 integration for the GNU/Linux platform. Other interesting features are enhanced security for the JavaScript JIT (Just In Time) compiler and improvements to the screen reader behavior with blank spaces for Google Docs.
  • Aging and bloated OpenSSL is purged of 2 high-severity bugs
    Maintainers of the OpenSSL cryptographic library have patched high-severity holes that could make it possible for attackers to decrypt login credentials or execute malicious code on Web servers.

Kernel Space/Linux

  • Linux Kernel BPF JIT Spraying
    While news is spreading around today about an updated attack against the Linux kernel's BPF JIT that works around the random offset it applies to the start of the JITted code, I wanted to share our perspective on this, why everyone should have already seen this coming (as we did), and why these JIT spraying attacks have been irrelevant in grsecurity for many years and especially now with the release of RAP.
  • Linus Torvalds Talks Careers in Linux and FOSS
    In this brief training video from the Linux Foundation, Linus Torvalds shares why he’s passionate about Linux and open source software. Back in 1991, a Finnish graduate student had an itch he needed to scratch — and Linux was thereby born. Hear how Linus Torvalds today feels about the range of careers available to people working in open source.
  • Linux Careers = Coin and Cause
  • A Year For A Kernel Maintainer
  • Render Nodes & Gamma Ramp Support For The Raspberry Pi VC4 Driver
    The VC4 kernel DRM driver for the Raspberry Pi has seen a few more features primed in time for the Linux 4.7 merge window.

Linux on Servers