"an automated vulnerability-checker that scours kernel code for issues."
Sounds like a clever idea.
You'd hope all OS developers use something like that.
I wonder if they do?
Linus Torvalds has given the world version 4.14 of the Linux Kernel. Torvalds announced the new release with his usual lack of fanfare, but with a couple of interesting nuggets of news. He opened by saying “it is probably worth pointing out how the 0day robot has been getting even better (it was very useful before, but …
>I wonder if they do?<
It's effectively a third-party test system which does whole-of-system testing with multiple inputs.
So no, comparatively few developers get third-party testing, and comparatively few projects have to integrate multiple sources, and a big chunk of those projects that have to integerate multiple sources are not permitted to allow third-party testing.
So it's a form of automated debugger. I've never seen one actually implemented on a large scale before, they're normally pretty useless beyond providing targets on already filed bug reports for QA testers. It's interesting to see them taking the idea further.
Best of luck with that then, as I gather there are some major updates already being pushed for AMD graphics systems. Stuff which I've been waiting for since I bought a '480 card a year or so ago and realised that I no longer had audio through the HDMI output.
Running OpenSuse Tubmbleweed, specifically so that I can get 4.15 as soon as possible :-)
"One of the “headline” features is support for larger memory limits on x86_64 hardware. The release increases the hard limits to 128PiB of virtual address space and 4PiB of physical address space, up from 256TiB of virtual address space and 64TiB of physical address space."
Wonder if that will fit in your pocket?
Hard to believe the original Unix was implemented on machines with 64KB of physical memory.
Almost impossible to imagine today
Except that all Intel processors today have a similar-sized coprocessor running MINIX, for the management back-door.
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