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  • Twelve-Year Old Linux Distros Vulnerability PwnKit Enables Local Privilege Escalation

    A recently disclosed vulnerability affecting the PolKit component has been present on several Linux distributions for over 12 years. The vulnerability is easily exploited, says Bharat Jogi, director of the Qualys research team, who discovered it, and allows any unprivileged user to gain full root privileges on a vulnerable host.

  • GitHub Revoked Compromised and Unsecure SSH Keys

    GitHub has recently started revoking SSH keys that were deemed to be compromised or otherwise insecure. Systems engineer Ben Cartwright-Cox was the author of the research that uncovered the issues. InfoQ has spoken with him.

  • Systemd Debuts in New Debian 8 “Jessie”

    The Debian project has announced the new stable version of its operating system, codenamed “Jessie.” The new OS marks the shift to systemd, which replaces the previously used SystemV, and many more improvements.

  • Debian systemd Controversy Results in Fork

    For several months the developers of the popular Linux distribution Debian have had an intense internal debate as to whether the project should switch to systemd. Ultimately Debian has chosen to utilize systemd and as a result a new project has been announced that will instead remain on the previous system, sysvinit.

  • Debian Installer 6.0 Alpha 1: Ext4 Support, Installs "Recommended" Packages

    The Debian project plans to release a new stable version of its universal operating system, Debian 6.0 (codenamed "Squeeze"), this year. As part of this release, the Debian installer team recently announced the first alpha release of the installer for Debian 6.0. One of the most notable changes to APT is that Squeeze installs packages from the "recommends" section by default.