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Developer Linux News for Aug 29, 2010

  • An ancient kernel hole is closed (2010-08-29 15:03:42)
    LWN.net: "A longstanding bug in the Linux kernel—quite possibly since the first 2.6 release in 2003—has been fixed by a recent patch, but the nearly two-month delay between the report and the fix is raising some eyebrows. It is a local privilege escalation flaw that can be triggered by malicious X clients forcing the server to overrun its stack."

  • An Overdue Update on Diaspora (2010-08-29 11:03:42)
    Diaspora: "Since August is nearly over, it is time for an update and answers to some questions. We have been coding. We have Diaspora working, we like it, and it will be open-sourced on September 15th."

  • Windows applications making GRUB 2 unbootable (2010-08-29 01:15:04)
    Colin Watson: "If you find that running Windows makes a GRUB 2-based system unbootable (Debian bug, Ubuntu bug), then I'd like to hear from you. This is a bug in which some proprietary Windows-based software overwrites particular sectors in the gap between the master boot record and the first partition,"