Linux Kernel 4.7.10 Is the Last in the Series, Users Need to Move to Linux 4.8

After releasing the Linux kernel 4.8.4 and Linux kernel 4.4.27 LTS updates to users, kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman also announced the availability of Linux kernel 4.7.10, which appears to be the last in the series.

Yes, you’re reading that right, the Linux 4.7 kernel branch officially reached end of life, and it has already been marked as EOL on the website, which means that the Linux kernel 4.7.10 maintenance update is the last one that will be released for this branch. It also means that you need to either update your system to Linux kernel 4.7.10 or move to a more recent stable kernel branch, such as Linux 4.8.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4… (read more)

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” & 8.15 “Nev” Receive Latest Debian Security Updates

After releasing the first Test build of the upcoming Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 “Nev” operating system a couple of days ago, today, October 23, 2016, the Parsix GNU/Linux development team announced the availability of new security updates for all supported Parsix GNU/Linux releases.

Parsix GNU/Linux 8.10 “Erik” is the current stable release of the Debian-based operating system, and it relies on the Debian Stable (Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie”) software repositories. On the other hand, Parsix GNU/Linux 8.15 “Nev” is the next major version, and it’s currently in development, but receives the same updates as the former.

Therefore, we’d like to inform those of you who use the Parsix GNU/Linux operating system on their personal computers that new security updates are available, patching various issues with software projects like Icedove email and news client, Tor tool for enabling anonymous communication, as well as the libgd2 and kdepimlibs libraries.

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openSUSE Tumbleweed Getting Linux Kernel 4.8.3 Soon, GNOME 3.22.1 Landed

openSUSE developer Dominique Leuenberger informs the openSUSE Tumbleweed community about the latest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software projects that landed in the stable repositories.

According to the developer, many of the packages available for the openSUSE Tumbleweed rolling distribution are well in line with what the first Release Candidate brought to the upcoming openSUSE Leap 42.2 stable release, and it looks like a total of four snapshots introduced several important updates.

Among these, we can mention the KDE Plasma 5.8.1 and GNOME 3.22.1<... (read more)

Linux Kernel 4.4.27 LTS Brings Many ReiserFS and EXT4 Changes, Updated Drivers

Immediately after informing us about the release of Linux kernel 4.8.4, Greg Kroah-Hartman announced the immediate availability of the twenty-seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel series.

Just like Linux kernel 4.8.4, the Linux 4.4.27 LTS kernel release comes just a couple of days after its previous version, namely Linux kernel 4.4.26 LTS, which was urgently patched against the nasty “Dirty COW” bug. However, according to diff from Linux kernel 4.4.26 LTS and the appended… (read more)

KDE Applications 16.12 Software Suite Lands December 15 for KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS

KDE Plasma’s KDE Applications 16.08 software suite series will receive just one more point release, namely KDE Applications 16.08.3, which lands November 10, so it’s time for the next major branch.

If you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about the KDE Applications 16.12, whose development cycle appears to have started and an initial release schedule was published on the official website, suggesting that the Dependency Freeze is also tagged for November 10, right after KDE Applications 16.08 reaches end of life.

But it looks like you’ll need to enjoy the KDE Applications 16.08.3 release on your GNU/Linux distribution a little longer, as the Beta of KDE Applications 16.12 lands for public beta testers on November 17, followed two weeks later by the Release Candidate (RC) build, on the first day of December.

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GParted Live 0.27.0-1 Disk Partitioning Live CD Out Now, Based on GParted 0.27.0

Just one day after announcing the release of the GParted 0.27.0 open-source partition editor software, Curtis Gedak is informing us about the availability of the GParted Live 0.27.0-1 stable release.

For those not aware, GParted Live is an open source project that aims to offer users a Debian-based Live CD distribution built around the GParted application, which can be used for manipulating (partition, merge, split, format, etc.) disk drives independent of the operating system installed on the target computer.

As mentioned before, GParted Live 0.27.0-1 is the latest stable release, and it ships with GParted 0.27.0, which brings automatic detection of GRUB2 core.img files, addresses an issue with the Mount Point column on openSUSE distributions and fixes a bunch of bugs reported by users since the previous maintenance update, nam… (read more)

Linux Kernel 4.8.4 Released with EXT4 and Btrfs Improvements, Updated Drivers

Just two days after announcing the release of Linux kernels 4.8.3, 4.7.9, and 4.4.26 LTS, renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the community about the availability of the fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.8 kernel series.

That’s right, Linux kernel 4.8.4 is now the latest stable and most advanced kernel version, which is already available for users of the Solus and Arch Linux operating systems, and it’s coming soon to other GNU/Linux distributions powered by a kernel from the Linux 4.8 series. And even if only two days have passed since the previous update, it looks like Linux kernel 4.8.4 changes a total of 64 files, with 580 insertions and 286 deletions.

“I’m announcing the release of the 4.8.4 kernel. And yeah, sorry about the quicker releases, I’ll be away tomorrow and as they seem to have passed all of the… (read more)

Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon” Is Based on Debian GNU/Linux 8, KDE Plasma 5.7.5

Today, October 23, 2016, the development team behind the Debian-based Netrunner GNU/Linux distribution proudly announced the release of Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon.”

Based on the latest technologies and open source software packages from the Debian GNU/Linux 8 “Jessie” (Debian Stable) repositories, Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon” is here after being in development for the past year or so, and it gives users an early taste of what’s coming to the full-featured Netrunner Desktop version later this year.

“Netrunner Core (like its upcoming big brother Netrunner Desktop) is based on Debian Stable with the latest Qt, Plasma, Framework and KDE Applications,” reads the announcement. “CORE is the streamlined version of the upcoming full Desktop version, and therefore provides only a few essential applications on top of the latest Plasma Desktop.”

Here’s what’s new in Netrunner Core 16.09 “Avalon”

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Distribution Release: Netrunner 16.09 “Core”

The Netrunner project has released a new version of their distribution. The new version is Netrunner 16.09 “Core” which carries the code name “Avalon”. Netrunner’s new Core edition is based on Debian’s Stable (Jessie) branch and ships with modern KDE Plasma packages. “Netrunner Core (like its upcoming big….

Linux Kernels 3.16.38, 3.12.66, 3.10.104, and 3.2.83 Patched Against “Dirty COW”

We reported the other day that an ancient bug, which existed in the Linux kernel since 2005, was patched in several recent updates, namely Linux kernel 4.8.3, Linux kernel 4.7.9, and Linux kernel 4.4.26 LTS.

One day later, the maintainers of other supported Linux kernel branches patched the bug, which is dubbed by researchers “Dirty COW” and documented as CVE-2016-5195. As such, today we’d like to inform those running GNU/Linux distributions powered by kernels from the Linux 3.16, 3.12, 3.10, and 3.2 series that new updates are available for their systems.

The “Dirty COW” vulnerability, which is tagged in the appended shortlogs of the new kernel versions mentioned above as “mm: remove gup_flags FOLL_WRITE games from __get_user_pages()”, was read more)

Canonical Patches Ancient “Dirty COW” Kernel Bug in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

The kernel vulnerability could be used by a local attacker to run programs as an administrator, and it looks like it also affects all supported Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), as well as all of their official or unofficial derivatives running the same kernel builds.
Canonical urged all users to patch their systems immediately by installing linux-image-4.8.0-26 (4.8.0-26.28) for Ubuntu 16.10, linux-image-4.4.0-45 (4.4.0-45.66) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, linux-image-3.13.0-100 (3.13.0-100.147) for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and linux-image-3.2.0-113 (3.2.0-113.155) for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, as well as linux-image-4.4.0-1029-raspi2 (4.4.0-1029.36) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS for Raspberry Pi 2.
The Xenial HWE kernel for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was updated as well today, to version linux-image-4.4.0-45 (4.4.0-45.66~14.04.1), and the Trusty HWE kernel for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to version linux-image-3.13.0-100 (3.13.0-100.147~precise1).

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

FakeFile Trojan Opens Backdoors on Linux Computers, Except openSUSE

Russian antivirus vendor Dr.Web discovered this new trojan in October. The company’s malware analysts say the trojan is spread in the form of an archived PDF, Microsoft Office, or OpenOffice file.
The infection starts when users open the file. The trojan springs into action by copying itself to “/.gconf/apps/gnome-common/gnome-common” and then opens a decoy document, hence his name of “FakeFile.”
The trojan also adds a shortcut to itself in the user’s .profile and .bash_profile files, which allows it to gain boot persistence between PC reboots.
According to clues found in the trojan’s source, the trojan can perform a series of actions, such as rename or delete files, send a file or a folder’s entire content to the C&C server, send a list of files found in a folder to the C&C server, or create new files and folders.
The most worrisome part is that FakeFile doesn’t need root access for all these operations, and can work just fine with the current user’s permissions.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Distribution Release: SalentOS 1.0

Gabriele Martina has announced the release of SalentOS 1.0, a new line of the desktop-oriented distribution featuring a customised desktop based on the Openbox window manager. Code-named “Luppìu”, this is the project’s first release based on Debian’s stable branch, rather than Ubuntu as was the case with the….

Linux Foundation Spurs JavaScript Development

The Linux Foundation earlier this week announced the addition of the JS Foundation as a Linux Foundation project. The move is an effort to inject new energy into the JavaScript developer community. By rebranding the former JQuery foundation as the JS Foundation and bringing it under the Linux umbrella, officials hope to create some stability and build critical mass. The goal is to spark greater interest in pursuing open source collaboration by intermingling some promising new players with some venerable stalwarts.

Nvidia 375.10 Beta Linux Graphics Driver Released with GeForce GTX 1050 Support

On October 20, 2016, Nvidia published a new Beta graphics driver for the Linux platform, adding support for some new GPUs the company launched recently, as well as various improvements and bug fixes.

The Nvidia 375.10 Beta is now available for early adopters, but we don’t recommend installing it just yet if you’re looking for a stable and reliable gaming experience, adding support for Nvidia’s recently announced Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards, as well as Nvidia Quadro P6000 and Nvidia Quadro P5000 GPUs.

Another interesting change implemented in the new Beta video driver, which should hit the stable channels next month, is the addition of two new X11 configuration options, namely ForceCompositionPipeline and ForceFullCompositionPipeline, overriding the MetaMode tokens with the same names.

RandR 1.5 now supports the RandR TILE property

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Distribution Release: Slackel 4.14.21 “KDE Live”

Dimitris Tzemos has announced a new release of the Slackware-based Slackel distribution. The new version, Slackel 4.14.21 “KDE Live”, is available in 32-bit and 64-bit builds with the 64-bit media supporting UEFI. The 32-bit builds will boot on machines with or without PAE-enabled processors. The new release includes….

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Is Coming to Linux on November 3, Ported by Feral

After giving us Mad Max, today, October 21, 2016, UK-based video game publisher Feral Interactive made another awesome announcement for GNU/Linux gamers: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is coming on the 3rd of November.

And we thought Mad Max was the biggest news of the year for Linux gamers, right? Well, wrong, as in just two weeks from the moment of writing this article, we’ll be able to play the superb Deus Ex: Mankind Divided action role-playing stealth video game on our Linux-powered gaming rigs.

“As augmented covert agent Adam Jensen, choose between combat, stealth, social, and hacking approaches to achieve your aims. Your choices will open closed doors, invite new challenges, and shape the fate of mankind,” reads the announcement page. “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Mac is s… (read more)

Joomla! 3.6.4 – Important Security Announcement – Patch Available Soon

Joomla Security Announcement

A Joomla! 3.6.4 release containing a security fix will be published on Tuesday 25th October at approximately 14:00 UTC.

The Joomla! Security Strike Team (JSST) has been informed of a critical security issue in the Joomla! core.

Since this is a very important security fix, please be prepared to update your Joomla! installations next Tuesday.

Until the release is out, please understand that we cannot provide any further information.

Linux users urged to protect against ‘Dirty COW’ security flaw

Organisations and individuals have been urged to patch Linux servers immediately or risk falling victim to exploits for a Linux kernel security flaw dubbed ‘Dirty COW’. This follows a warning from open source software vendor Red Hat that the flaw is being exploited in the wild. Phil Oester, the Linux security researcher who uncovered the flaw, explained to V3 that the exploit is easy to execute and will almost certainly become more widely used. “The exploit in the wild is trivial to execute, never fails and has probably been around for years – the version I obtained was compiled with gcc 4.8,” he said. “As Linus [Torvalds] notes in his commit, this is an ancient bug and impacts kernels going back many years. All Linux users need to take this bug very seriously, and patch their systems ASAP.” Oester said that he uncovered the exploit for the bug, which has been around since 2007, while examining a server that appeared to have been attacked.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Managing your physical infrastructure from the top of rack switch


At the last OpenStack Design Summit in Austin, TX we showed you a preview of deploying your physical server and network infrastructure from the top-of-rack switch, which included OpenStack with your choice of SDN solution.

This was made possible by disaggregating the network stack functionality (the “N” in Network Operating System) to run on general purpose, devices-centric, operating systems. In the world of the Open Compute Project and whitebox switches, a switch can be more than just a switch. Switches are no longer closed systems where you can only see the command line of the network operating system. Whitebox switches are produced by marrying common server components with high powered switching ASICs, loading a Linux OS, and running a network operating system (NOS) functionality as an application.


The user has the ability to not only choose hardware from multiple providers, they can chose the Linux distribution, and the NOS that best matches their environment. Commands can be issued from the Linux prompt or the NOS prompt and most importantly, other applications can be securely installed alongside the NOS. This new switch design opens up the ability to architect secure distributed data center networks with higher scale and more efficient utilization of existing resources in each rack.


Since the last ODS we have witnessed a continued trend for whitebox switches to provide more server like and general purpose functionality from increases in CPU, memory, storage, internal bandwidth between the CPU and ASIC, to power-management (BMC), and secure boot options (UEFI+PXE). This month Mellanox announced the availability of their standard Linux kernel driver included in Ubuntu Core 16 (and classic Ubuntu) for their Open Ethernet Spectrum switch platforms. More recently Facebook announced the acceptance of the Wedge 100 into OCP that includes Facebook’s OpenBMC and their continued effort to disaggregate the stack.
“We are excited to work with Facebook on next generation switch hardware, adding Facebook’s Wedge OpenBMC power driver to our physical cloud (‘Metal-As-A-Service’) MAAS 2.1, and packaging the Facebook Open Switch System (FBOSS) as a snap.” said David Duffey, Director of Technical Partnerships, Canonical. “Facebook with OCP is leading the way to modern, secure, and flexible datacenter design and management. Canonical’s MAAS and snaps give the datacenter operator free choice of network bootloader, operating system, and network stack.”

At this OpenStack Design Summit we are also going to show you the latest integration with MAAS, how you can use snaps as a universal way to install across Linux distributions (including non-Ubuntu non-Debian based distributions), and deploying WiFi-based solutions, like OpenWrt, as a snap.

Please stop by our booth and let us help you plan your transition to a fully automated, secure modern datacenter.