Ars technica reports
on a newly disclosed Android vulnerability. It seems that some apps are
hard-coded into the system as having special privileges. "According
to Jeff Forristal, CTO of Bluebox Security, Android fails to verify the
chain of certificates used to certify an app belongs to this elite class of
super privileged programs.
Andrew Hutton, the organizer of the Ottawa Linux Symposium, has put
Indiegogo campaign to try to raise funds for this event, which has
fallen on hard times in recent years. "When I admitted that this
year would likely be the last OLS many people expressed a desire to do
something to help. This crowdfunding campaign is the best way I could
think of to reach out and offer the community a way to help."
Mitchell Baker announced
that Chris Beard has been appointed CEO of Mozilla Corp. "Over the years, Chris has led many of Mozilla’s most innovative projects. We have relied on his judgment and advice for nearly a decade. Chris has a clear vision of how to take Mozilla’s mission and turn it into industry-changing products and ideas."
Linus has released 3.16-rc7. "We
obviously *do* have various real fixes in here, but none of them look all
that special or worrisome. And rc7 is finally noticeable smaller than
previous rc's, so we clearly are calming down. So unlike my early worries,
this might well be the last rc, we'll see how next week
The CoreOS developers have announced the release of
version 367.1.0 of the CoreOS distribution; this is the first version
deemed to be stable and ready for production. "Please note: The
stable release is not including etcd and fleet as stable, this release is
only targeted at the base OS and Docker 1.0. etcd/fleet stable support will
be in subsequent releases."
LWN looked at CoreOS last April.
On his blog, Sebastian Kügler looks at what's left to be done for KDE's Plasma desktop to support Wayland. He discusses why the project cares about Wayland, what it means to support Wayland, the current status, the strategy for further work, and how interested folks can get involved.
"One of the important topics which we have (kind of) excluded from Plasma’s recent 5.0 release is support for Wayland.