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Multiple Exim security vulnerabilities disclosed

Sob, 09/30/2023 - 15:22
The "Zero Day Initiative" site has posted a number of advisories (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) describing a number of flaws in the Exim mail server, some of which are exploitable remotely. These problems, allegedly, were first reported to the project in June 2022, well over one year ago. There is some disagreement over the timing of events, with Exim developer Heiko Schlittermann claiming that no actual information was received until last May, and an anonymous ZDI representative disputing that story.

Either way, the vulnerabilities are now disclosed, but patches are not yet on offer; Schlittermann said that "Fixes are available in a protected repository and are ready to be applied by the distribution maintainers", so hopefully that situation will change soon.

[$] Impressions from the GNU Project's 40th anniversary celebration

Pet, 09/29/2023 - 18:25
On September 27, 1983, Richard Stallman announced the founding of the GNU project. His goal, which seemed wildly optimistic and unattainable at the time, was to write a complete Unix-like operating system from the beginning and make it freely available. Exactly 40 years later, the GNU project celebrated with a hacker meeting in Switzerland. Your editor had the good fortune to be able to attend.

Security updates for Friday

Pet, 09/29/2023 - 16:20
Security updates have been issued by Debian (firefox-esr, jetty9, and vim), Gentoo (Fish, GMP, libarchive, libsndfile, Pacemaker, and sudo), Oracle (nodejs:16 and nodejs:18), Red Hat (virt:av and virt-devel:av), Slackware (mozilla), SUSE (chromium, firefox, Golang Prometheus, iperf, libqb, and xen), and Ubuntu (linux-raspi).

[$] Security policies for GNU toolchain projects

Čet, 09/28/2023 - 16:07
While the CVE process was created in response to real problems, it's increasingly clear that CVE numbers are creating problems of their own. At the 2023 GNU Tools Cauldron, Siddhesh Poyarekar expressed the frustration that toolchain developers have felt as the result of arguing with security researchers about CVE-number assignments. In response, the GNU toolchain community is trying to better characterize what is — and is not — considered to be a security-relevant bug in its software.

Security updates for Thursday

Čet, 09/28/2023 - 14:57
Security updates have been issued by Debian (ncurses), Fedora (emacs, firecracker, firefox, libkrun, python-oauthlib, and virtiofsd), Mageia (glibc and vim), Oracle (18), SUSE (bind, binutils, busybox, cni, cni-plugins, container-suseconnect, containerd, curl, exempi, ffmpeg, firefox, go1.19-openssl, go1.20-openssl, gpg2, grafana, gsl, gstreamer-plugins-bad, gstreamer-plugins-base, libpng15, libwebp, mutt, nghttp2, open-vm-tools, pmix, python-brotlipy, python3, python310, qemu, quagga, rubygem-actionview-5_1, salt, supportutils, xen, and xrdp), and Ubuntu (libwebp, minidlna, puma, and python2.7, python3.5).

[$] LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 28, 2023

Čet, 09/28/2023 - 02:11
The LWN.net Weekly Edition for September 28, 2023 is available.

[$] Moving the kernel to large block sizes

Sre, 09/27/2023 - 21:09
Using larger block sizes in the kernel for I/O is a recurring topic in storage and block-layer circles. The topic came up in discussions at the Linux Storage, Filesystem, Memory-Management and BPF Summit (LSFMM) back in May. One of the participants in those discussions, Hannes Reinecke, gave a talk at Open Source Summit Europe 2023 with an overview of the reasons behind using larger blocks for I/O, the current status of that work, and where it all might lead from here.

Security updates for Wednesday

Sre, 09/27/2023 - 09:40
Security updates have been issued by Oracle (libtiff), Red Hat (libtiff, nodejs:16, and nodejs:18), Slackware (mozilla), SUSE (bind, cacti, cacti-spine, ImageMagick, kernel, libwebp, netatalk, open-vm-tools, postfix, quagga, wire, and wireshark), and Ubuntu (cups, linux, linux-aws, linux-aws-hwe, linux-azure, linux-azure-4.15, linux-gcp, linux-gcp-4.15, linux-hwe, linux-oracle, linux-bluefield, and linux-bluefield, linux-raspi, linux-raspi-5.4).

[$] AI from a legal perspective

Tor, 09/26/2023 - 21:04
The AI boom is clearly upon us, but there are still plenty of questions swirling around this technology. Some of those questions are legal ones and there have been lawsuits filed to try to get clarification—and perhaps monetary damages. Van Lindberg is a lawyer who is well-known in the open-source world; he came to Open Source Summit Europe 2023 in Bilbao, Spain to try to put the current work in AI into its legal context.

Firefox 118.0 released

Tor, 09/26/2023 - 15:01
Version 118.0 of the Firefox browser has been released. Changes include improved fingerprinting prevention and automated translation: "Automated translation of web content is now available to Firefox users! Unlike cloud-based alternatives, translation is done locally in Firefox, so that the text being translated does not leave your machine."

Security updates for Tuesday

Tor, 09/26/2023 - 09:52
Security updates have been issued by Debian (exempi, glib2.0, lldpd, and netatalk), Fedora (curl, libppd, and linux-firmware), Oracle (kernel), and SUSE (Cadence, frr, modsecurity, python-CairoSVG, python-GitPython, and tcpreplay).

LibrePCB 1.0.0 Released

Pon, 09/25/2023 - 21:50
The 1.0 version of the LibrePCB "free, cross-platform, easy-to-use electronic design automation suite to draw schematics and design printed circuit boards". As noted in a blog post back in May, a grant has helped spur development of the tool. The focus for the release has been in adding features that were needed so that "there should be no show stopper anymore which prevents you from using LibrePCB for more complex PCB [printed circuit board] designs". New features include a 3D viewer and export format for working with designs in a mechanical computer aided design (CAD) tool, support for manufacturer part number (MFN) management, and lots of board editor features such as thermal relief pads in planes, blind & buried vias, keepout zones, and more. [Thanks to Alphonse Ogulla.]

[$] The PuzzleFS container filesystem

Pon, 09/25/2023 - 17:57
The last year or so has seen the posting of a few new filesystem types that are aimed at supporting container workloads. PuzzleFS, presented at the 2023 Kangrejos gathering by Ariel Miculas, is another contender in this area, but it has some features of its own, including a novel compression mechanism and an implementation written in Rust.

Security updates for Monday

Pon, 09/25/2023 - 15:12
Security updates have been issued by Debian (bind9, elfutils, flac, ghostscript, libapache-mod-jk, lldpd, and roundcube), Fedora (linux-firmware, roundcubemail, and thunderbird), Mageia (curl, file, firefox/thunderbird, ghostpcl, libtommath, and nodejs), Oracle (kernel, open-vm-tools, qemu, and virt:ol and virt-devel:rhel), SUSE (bind, busybox, djvulibre, exempi, ImageMagick, libqb, libssh2_org, opera, postfix, python, python36, renderdoc, webkit2gtk3, and xrdp), and Ubuntu (accountsservice and open-vm-tools).

Kernel prepatch 6.6-rc3

Pon, 09/25/2023 - 07:19
The third 6.6 kernel prepatch is out for testing.

Unusually, we have a large chunk of changes in filesystems. Part of it is the vfs-level revert of some of the timestamp handling that needs to soak a bit more, and part of it is some xfs fixes. With a few other filesystem fixes too.

The multi-grain timestamp changes turned out to cause the occasional regression (timestamps that could appear to go backward) and were taken back out.

Saturday's stable kernel updates

Sob, 09/23/2023 - 12:10
The 6.5.5, 6.1.55, 5.15.133, 5.10.197, 5.4.257, 4.19.295, and 4.14.326 stable kernel updates have all been released; each contains another set of important fixes.

[$] User-space spinlocks with help from rseq()

Pet, 09/22/2023 - 13:39
Back in May, André Almeida presented some work toward the creation of user-space spinlocks using adaptive spinning. At that time, the work was stalled because there is, in Linux, currently no way to quickly determine whether a given thread is actually executing on a CPU. Some progress has since been made on that front; at the 2023 Open Source Summit Europe, Almeida returned to discuss how that difficulty might be overcome.

Security updates for Friday

Pet, 09/22/2023 - 13:28
Security updates have been issued by Debian (gsl), Fedora (dotnet6.0 and dotnet7.0), Oracle (libwebp), Slackware (bind, cups, and seamonkey), SUSE (kernel and rust, rust1.72), and Ubuntu (cups, flac, gnome-shell, imagemagick, and python3.5).

[$] Revisiting the kernel's preemption models (part 1)

Čet, 09/21/2023 - 15:51
All that Ankur Arora seemingly wanted to do with this patch set was to make the process of clearing huge pages on x86 systems go a little faster. What resulted was an extensive discussion on the difficulties of managing preemption correctly in the kernel. It may be that some changes will come to the plethora of preemption models that the kernel currently offers.

Security updates for Thursday

Čet, 09/21/2023 - 10:44
Security updates have been issued by Debian (mutt, netatalk, and python2.7), Fedora (chromium, golang-github-prometheus-exporter-toolkit, golang-github-xhit-str2duration, and golang-gopkg-alecthomas-kingpin-2), Oracle (dmidecode, frr, libwebp, open-vm-tools, and thunderbird), Red Hat (libwebp and open-vm-tools), SUSE (cups, frr, mariadb, openvswitch3, python39, qemu, redis7, rubygem-rails-html-sanitizer, and skopeo), and Ubuntu (bind9, cups, and libppd).