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As open source code, Apple's Swift language could take flight (ITWorld)

Monday 8th of June 2015 10:50:29 PM
ITWorld reports that Apple will release its Swift programming language under an open source license. "When Swift becomes open source later this year, programmers will be able to compile Swift programs to run on Linux as well as on OS X and iOS, said Craig Federighi, Apple’s head of software engineering, during the opening keynote of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference Monday in San Francisco. The source code will include the Swift compiler and standard library, and community contributions will be “accepted—and encouraged,” Apple said."

Security advisories for Monday

Monday 8th of June 2015 04:14:55 PM

Debian has updated php5 (multiple vulnerabilities), redis (code execution), and strongswan (information disclosure).

Debian-LTS has updated fuse (privilege escalation).

Fedora has updated dcraw (F22; F21; F20: denial of service), fuse (F22: privilege escalation), ipsec-tools (F21; F20: denial of service), less (F22: information leak), ntfs-3g (F21: privilege escalation), php-symfony (F22; F21; F20: restriction bypass), ufraw (F22; F21; F20: denial of service), and zarafa (F21; F20: file overwrites).

Scientific Linux has updated openssl (SL6,7: cipher-downgrade attacks).

SUSE has updated cups (SLE11SP3: privilege escalation).

Some stable kernel updates

Monday 8th of June 2015 01:37:10 PM
The 4.0.5, 3.14.44, and 3.10.80 stable kernels have been released. These contain a number of important bug fixes, including the fixes for the ext4 and RAID 0 data corruption issues discussed in this article.

At LinuxCon Japan last week it was announced that the next long-term stable release, to be maintained for two years, will be 4.1.

Kernel prepatch 4.1-rc7

Monday 8th of June 2015 01:15:37 PM
The 4.1-rc7 prepatch is out. "Normally rc7 tends to be the last rc release, and there's not a lot going on to really merit anything else this time around. However, we do still have some pending regressions, and as mentioned last week I also have my yearly family vacation coming up, so we'll have an rc8 and an extra week before 4.1 actually gets released."

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