Critical OpenSSH vulnerability threatens millions of Linux systems

A severe vulnerability in OpenSSH's server (sshd) has been uncovered by Qualys’ Threat Research Unit (TRU), potentially affecting over 14 million Linux systems worldwide. The flaw, designated as CVE-2024-6387, allows for remote unauthenticated code execution (RCE) with root privileges on glibc-based Linux systems.

This vulnerability, stemming from a signal handler race condition, impacts sshd in its default configuration. Qualys researchers have identified approximately 700,000...

Linux Foundation forms trust for advancing decentralisation

The Linux Foundation has announced plans to establish the Linux Foundation Decentralized Trust (LF Decentralized Trust), a new umbrella organisation aimed at supporting the advancement of decentralised technologies.

Building on the foundation's existing blockchain and digital identity projects, LF Decentralized Trust will encompass the Hyperledger project portfolio and host new open source software, communities, standards, and specifications critical to the shift towards...

Linux community mourns loss of WiFi driver expert

The Linux kernel community is in mourning following the loss of Larry Finger, a longtime and prolific contributor to WiFi drivers. Finger, who began his contributions to the Linux kernel in 2005 and had over 1,500 kernel patches accepted into the mainline Linux kernel, passed away on 21 June 2024.

The news of Finger's passing was shared by his wife in a brief statement on the linux-wireless mailing list: "This is to notify you that Larry Finger, one of your developers, passed away...

GitHub updates Innovation Graph with latest developer trends

GitHub's Innovation Graph has been updated with data from Q4 2023, offering a comprehensive view of global developer activity over the past four years.

The latest findings highlight the increasing popularity of AI among developers, leading to a rise in project documentation. This trend is attributed to the widespread use of chat-based generative AI tools like GitHub Copilot Chat and ChatGPT.

"While we recognise that it's not a panacea, perhaps generative AI technologies...

Linux Kernel closes in on 10M git objects

Linus Torvalds has announced version 6.8 of the Linux Kernel, inching ever closer to a major milestone in the project's codebase. In his announcement on Sunday, Torvalds noted that the git repository tracking the kernel's development now contains 9.996 million objects.

"This is the last mainline kernel to have less than ten million git objects," Torvalds wrote, though he was quick to add, "Of course, there is absolutely nothing special about it apart from a nice round number. Git...

Asahi Linux’s OpenGL support leapfrogs Apple’s on M-chip Macs

The team behind the Asahi Linux project, which aims to support Linux on Apple Silicon Macs, has achieved a major milestone: its open-source graphics driver now fully supports up to OpenGL 4.6 and OpenGL ES 3.2, surpassing the OpenGL 4.1 support currently offered in macOS.

Asahi developer Alyssa Rosenzweig announced the new driver in a blog post, noting it had to pass "over 100,000 tests" to be deemed officially conformant with the OpenGL standards. This was achieved despite...

Asahi Linux announces ‘Fedora Asahi Remix’ for Apple Silicon machines

Asahi Linux, a project dedicated to bringing full Linux support to Apple Silicon machines, has unveiled its highly anticipated flagship distribution: Fedora Asahi Remix.

The announcement was made at the Flock To Fedora event and has been a monumental undertaking, involving extensive reverse engineering, development, and integration work to support the unique hardware architecture of Apple Silicon on various Linux distributions. 

With a focus on offering a polished...

GSMA’s Open Gateway aims to give developers universal operator network access

The GSMA has announced the launch of GSMA Open Gateway, a framework of universal network APIs to provide universal access to operator networks for developers – with names including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) on board.

The industry body has traditionally pursued the interests of telcos and mobile operators, and continues to do so here, with 21 mobile network operators on board for the initial push. Yet the GSMA is keen to stress that the ‘whole mobile ecosystem...

Windows Subsystem for Linux is now delivered via the Microsoft Store

Anyone wanting to use Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) should now grab it from the Microsoft Store.

WSL enables Linux binary executables to be run natively on Windows 10, 11, and Server 2019.

The compatibility layer was previously obtained through the ‘Turn Windows Features on or off’ dialogue, which required a machine restart.

By decoupling WSL’s binaries from the Windows image and making it available via the Microsoft Store, Redmond says it will help...

Linux Foundation: Companies are struggling to find open-source talent

The Linux Foundation and edX have released the 2021 Open Source Jobs report which reveals the struggle companies are having in finding talent.

As the world recovers from the pandemic, the general talent shortages across industries have been well-documented. However, the new report shows just how pronounced the problem is when it comes to hiring open-source expertise.

Technology helped to keep the world moving during the pandemic and even the most resistant-to-change...