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Samba 4.2.0 released

Thursday 5th of March 2015 11:55:57 PM
The Samba team has announced the first release in the new stable 4.2.x series. This release adds transparent file compression, access to "Snapper" snapshots via the Windows Explorer "previous versions" dialog, better clustering support, and much more. This release also marks the end of support for Samba 3.

[$] A GPL-enforcement suit against VMware

Thursday 5th of March 2015 05:05:39 PM
When Karen Sandler, the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, spoke recently at the Linux Foundation's Collaboration Summit, she spent some time on the Linux Compliance Project, an effort to improve compliance with the Linux kernel's licensing rules. This project, launched with some fanfare in 2012, has been relatively quiet ever since. Karen neglected to mention that this situation was about to change; that had to wait for the announcement on March 5 of the filing of a lawsuit against VMware alleging copyright infringement for its use of kernel code.

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Thursday's security updates

Thursday 5th of March 2015 03:59:12 PM

Fedora has updated bind (F21; F20: denial of service), lftp (F21: automatically accepting ssh keys), and rubygem-actionpack (F20: two information leaks).

openSUSE has updated vsftpd (13.2, 13.1: access restriction bypass).

Ubuntu has updated icu (14.10, 14.04, 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities, some from 2013).

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 5, 2015

Thursday 5th of March 2015 01:55:24 AM
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for March 5, 2015 is available.

[$] A look at EasyNAS

Wednesday 4th of March 2015 06:24:14 PM
Thus far, this series on network-attached storage (NAS) distributions has looked at three different approaches to the problem. OpenMediaVault provides a NAS server using traditional Linux filesystems, Rockstor bases everything on the Btrfs filesystem, and FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based system using ZFS. This fourth (and probably final) installment in this series goes back to Btrfs with a look at EasyNAS, which is another attempt to make the unique features of Btrfs available in a dedicated NAS distribution.

Security advisories for Wednesday

Wednesday 4th of March 2015 05:07:58 PM

Debian has updated icedove (multiple vulnerabilities).

Debian-LTS has updated unace (code execution).

Fedora has updated arc (F21; F20: directory traversal), e2fsprogs (F21; F20: code execution), glibc (F21; F20: multiple vulnerabilities), php (F20: multiple vulnerabilities), and qt (F21: denial of service).

Mageia has updated php (multiple vulnerabilities).

Mandriva has updated bind (denial of service) and freetype2 (many vulnerabilities).

openSUSE has updated apache2 (13.2: denial of service), postgresql93 (13.2: multiple vulnerabilities), and python-rope (13.2, 13.1: unauthorized pickle.load).

Red Hat has updated foreman-proxy (RHEL OSP Foreman; RHEL OSP4.0: restriction bypass).

SUSE has updated php5 (SLE12: two vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated kernel (14.04: regression in previous update) and linux-lts-trusty (12.04: regression in previous update).

GitLab acquires Gitorious

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 06:27:14 PM
GitLab and Gitorious have announced that GitLab will acquire Gitorious. "Starting today, Gitorious.org users can import their existing projects into GitLab.com by clicking the “Import projects from Gitorious.org” link when creating a new project. Gitorious.org will stay online until the end of May 2015 to give people time to migrate their repositories."

Kernel prepatch 4.0-rc2

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 05:38:04 PM
The 4.0-rc2 kernel prepatch is out. "So rc2 missed the usual Sunday afternoon timing, because I spent most of the weekend debugging an issue that happened on an old Mac Mini I have around, and I hate making even early -rc releases with problems on machines that I have direct access to. Even if it only affected old machines that actual developers are unlikely to have or at least use. Today I got the patch from Daniel Vetter to fix it, so instead of doing a Sunday evening rc2, it's a Tuesday morning one. Go get it. It works better for the delay."

Security updates for Tuesday

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015 04:12:56 PM

Debian has updated unace (code execution).

Mandriva has updated patch (multiple vulnerabilities), sympa (information disclosure), tomcat (multiple vulnerabilities), and tomcat6 (multiple vulnerabilities).

Red Hat has updated kernel (RHEL6.5; RHEL6.4: multiple vulnerabilities).

SUSE has updated firefox (SLE12: multiple vulnerabilities).

Ubuntu has updated thunderbird (14.10, 14.04, 12.04: multiple vulnerabilities).

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