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The question isn't: "What can you do with a Raspberry Pi?" The question is: "What can't you do with a Raspberry Pi?"
Pseudo-term buffer blunder from 2009 discovered

Linux admins need to get busy patching, as a newly discovered bug has emerged in the kernel's tty handling – and it lets logged-in users crash the system, gain root privileges, or otherwise modify and access data they shouldn't.

The Xen Project community today announced it will be a founding project in the CentOS Project's new virtualization special interest group (Virt SIG).  The open source hypervisor, a Linux Foundation collaborative project, will thus play a pivotal role in shaping the direction of virtualization support and innovation on top of the CentOS Linux distribution, as well as help to field test the new governance model for future SIGs.

OpenStack Summit Ellison's RHEL lookalike, now with cloud software, too

Never one to be outdone by rival Red Hat, Oracle has unveiled its own distribution of the OpenStack cloud control freak on the same day that Shadowman opened its latest beta distribution to the public.

rastos1 sends in a report about a significant bug fix for the Linux kernel (CVE-2014-0196). "'The memory-corruption vulnerability, which was introduced in version 2.6.31-rc3, released no later than 2009, allows unprivileged users to crash or execute malicious code on vulnerable systems, according to the notes accompanying proof-of-concept code available here. The flaw resides in the n_tty_write function controlling the Linux pseudo tty device. 'This is the first serious privilege escalation vulnerability since the perf_events issue (CVE-2013-2049) in April 2013 that is potentially reliably exploitable, is not architecture or configuration dependent, and affects a wide range of Linux kernels (since 2.6.31),' Dan Rosenberg, a senior security researcher at Azimuth Security, told Ars in an e-mail. 'A bug this serious only comes out once every couple years.' ... While the vulnerability can be exploited only by someone with an existing account, the requirement may not be hard to satisfy in hosting facilities that provide shared servers, Rosenberg said."

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SaltStack is part of the next evolution of infrastructure management tools that System Administrators have in their toolbox for provisioning and managing an ever growing fleet of servers. This post describes how to provision Amazon EC2 instances with Salt Cloud. I also describe how to provision several instances in parallel with a single command using Salt Cloud’s Map feature.

OpenStack Summit Brings in Foreman to calm cloud wrangler concerns over install and administration

Red Hat has released a beta of a new OpenStack distribution that gives customers greater choice over the types of networking systems they pair with the project's troubled Neutron component.

Flash, Illustrator, IE and Windows all receive fixes

Administrators and end users are being advised to update their systems following a set of Patch Tuesday releases from Microsoft and Adobe, which address more than 30 security flaws combined.

Canonical, best known as the company behind Ubuntu Linux, is entering the private cloud hosting business with an OpenStack-based option for your data center or hosting provider.