Is Linux Secure, Old Flaw Fixed, and Patchin'

by Ostatic Staff - May. 14, 2014

Today in Linux news, an old kernel security bug was patched and Matt Hartley asks if Linux is secure. compares non-reboot kernel updaters SUSE kGraft and Red Hat's kpatch. Red Hat opens a new office in the Orient and Bryan Lunduke helps us understand Fedora.NEXT.

A five year old bug was patched in Linux a couple of days ago and now needs to propagate to all the distributions. The vulnerability mostly effected servers or those connecting to servers. Memory corruption could allow denial of service attacks and gaining administrator privileges. Ubuntu is the first distribution to report a fix committed in their repositories. Dan Goodin reports.

In light of all the attention on security bugs lately, Matt Hartley asks (or answers actually) Is Desktop Linux Secure? While there isn't the need for anti-virus software sans Windows partitions, security considerations are still a factor. Hartley lists several key suggestions to help secure your desktop.

Patching those kernel bugs can be a pain, especially if you run a server connected to the Web. It's been in development for quite a while, but several products have emerged recently to allow sysadmins to patch their vulnerable kernels without kicking off all their users to reboot. Today Sam Varghese compared two popular versions of this patching software. See the full article for his conclusions.

Finally today, Bryan Lunduke uses LEGOs to explain just what exactly is Fedora.NEXT. He says, 'Part of "Fedora Next" is that there will no longer be simply a single "Fedora" distribution. There will now be three customized versions of Fedora targeted at three different use cases: Fedora Workstation, Fedora Cloud, and Fedora Server.' He continues, "Each incarnation of this new Fedora will utilize curated sets of packages chosen and configured specifically for the needs of each version." For desktop users, the workstation edition will focus primarily on programmers and content creators.

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