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Ksplice: Kernel Patches Without Reboots

May 11, 2008, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Corbet)

"The kernel developers are generally quite good about responding to security problems. Once a vulnerability in the kernel has been found, a patch comes out in short order; system administrators can then apply the patch (or get a patched kernel from their distributor), reboot the system, and get on with life knowing that the vulnerability has been fixed. It is a system which works pretty well.

"One little problem remains, though: rebooting the system is a pain. At a minimum, it requires a few minutes of down time..."

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