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Linux Sudo bug opens root access to unauthorized users

Sudo, the main command in Linux that allows users to run tasks, has been found to have a vulnerability that allows unauthorized users to execute commands as a root user. The vulnerability, known as CVE-2019-14287, does require a nonstandard configuration but nonetheless does open the door to unauthorized users. (SiliconAngle)

Red Hat CFO ‘Dismissed’ From Company

Red Hat Inc.’s finance chief Eric Shander has been dismissed from the company, forfeiting a $4 million retention award that was agreed to ahead of Red Hat’s acquisition by International Business Machines Corp. The Raleigh, N.C.-based software company confirmed late Thursday that Mr. Shander was no longer working at Red Hat. “Eric was dismissed without pay in connection with Red Hat’s workplace standards,” a company spokeswoman said in a statement. (WSJ)

OpenSUSE’s OBS Can Now Spin Windows Subsystem for Linux Images

The openSUSE’s Open Build Service (OBS) has been picking up the ability to build Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) images for those wishing to craft their own WSL distribution or just rebuild openSUSE from source as a reproducible/verifiable build. The complexity with spinning openSUSE WSL images in OBS is the appx files that need to be assembled, which they have relied upon using Microsoft Visual Studio from a Windows machine. But now in making use of the MinGW cross-toolchain they are generating the necessary appx files directly on Linux. (Phoronix)

SAP Embraces Serverless Computing Frameworks

SAP has begun to make available extensions to its cloud platform that enable customers to leverage a framework running on top of Kubernetes to invoke serverless computing frameworks. The framework is based on the open source Kyma project spearheaded by SAP. Thomas Grassl, vice president for developer relations and the SAP Community, says SAP expects developers to make extensive use of serverless computing frameworks running on public clouds to not only dynamically invoke additional compute resources when needed, but also reduce the size of their applications by relying on functions as a service to, for example, run an analytics process. (Container Journal)

Stallman: No radical changes in GNU Project

Richard Stallman has issued a brief statement saying that there will not be any radical changes in the GNU Project’s goals, principles and policies. “I would like to make incremental changes in how some decisions are made, because I won’t be here forever and we need to ready others to make GNU Project decisions when I can no longer do so. But these won’t lead to unbounded or radical changes.” (LWN)

SIOS Offers SAP Certified High Availability And Disaster Recovery For SAP S/4HANA Environments In The Cloud

High availability is critical to many businesses that can’t afford any downtime. They need redundancy built into the applications themselves so that they can automatically recover in a matter of minutes. SIOS specializes in IT Resilience through intelligent application availability. It’s the first provider of Linux clustering services. SIOS recently announced the latest releases of SIOS LifeKeeper 9.4 and SIOS DataKeeper 9.4, at the SAP TechEd event. SIOS integrates with SAP to deliver overall availability protection through automation of setup, monitoring, and failure management within SAP environments. (TFiR)

Plasma 5.17 Beta in openSUSE Tumbleweed

The Beta version of Plasma 5.17 was released with many new features and improvements such as per-screen fractional scaling on Wayland, a new User Interface (UI) for configuring permissions of Thunderbolt devices and network statistics in KSysGuard. The latter requires some more privileges than usual for a user application, so is currently being looked at by the SUSE security team. (openSUSE Blog)

Tails 4.0 Anonymous OS Release Candidate Out Now with Tor Browser 9.0, Linux 5.3

The development team behind the Tails amnesic incognito live system, also known as the Anonymous OS, have announced today the Release Candidate (RC) version of the upcoming Tails 4.0 release. Powered by the latest Linux 5.3.2 kernel, Tails 4.0 Release Candidate is packed with up-to-date technologies to better protect your privacy when surfing the Internet. It comes with the latest alpha version of the upcoming TOR Browser 9.0 anonymous web browser based on Firefox 68.1.0 ESR, as well as the newest Tor 0.4.1.6 release. (Softpedia)

GNOME 3.34 Desktop Gets First Point Release, It’s Now Ready for Mass Adoption

The GNOME Project announced today that the first point release of the latest GNOME 3.34 desktop environment is now available for download with various bug fixes and updated translations. Released last month on September 12th, the GNOME 3.34 “Thessaloniki” desktop environment introduced many new features and enhancements, such as support for custom folders in the application overview, visual refreshes for several apps and the desktop itself, as well as lots of performance improvements. (SoftPedia)

System76 launches two Linux with Comet Lake chips and Coreboot

Linux computer company System76 is updating its laptop lineup with its first two models to ship with 10th-gen Intel Core “Comet Lake” processors. The new 14 inch Galago Pro and 15.6 inch Darter Pro laptops also ship with the open source Coreboot firmware rather than a proprietary BIOS. As Phoronix points out, these laptops still have some Intel proprietary blobs, so it’s probably best to think of them as more open than most laptops rather than computers running 100-percent free and open source software. (Liliputing)