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Linux does away with critical data error and security holes

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The stable-kernel team has released the Linux kernel, which does away with a critical error that occurred when data was being written on hard disks and plugs a number of security holes. Normally the changes made to the stable series are fairly small, this time however 50 patches had piled up, amounting in all to a 32 KB package (bz2-compressed). Among the most important fixes to be found in Linux is the removal of an error present since Version 2.6.19 which on very rare occasions prevents data from being written onto a storage medium correctly -- especially Bittorrent clients are said to have inadvertently triggered the bug now and then. The discussion about the problem and the search for the culprit went on for some four weeks; Linus Torvalds participated in the hunt for the error and himself wrote a patch. The Debian developers too had to grapple with the problem along their development tree of Debian 4.0/Etch.

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