Oracle to Release Unbreakable Kernel R5U3

The update for the kernel, that can be used as alternative for Red Hat Enterprise Linux used in the Oracle Linux is based on the Linux 4.14 
25 March 2020   125

Oracle has released the third functional update for the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel R5 kernel, positioned for use in the Oracle Linux distribution as an alternative to the regular kernel package from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The kernel is available for x86_64 and ARM64 architectures (aarch64). Kernel sources, including breakdowns into individual patches, are published in the public Oracle Git repository.

The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 5 package is based on the Linux 4.14 kernel (UEK R4 was based on the 4.1 kernel), which is supplemented with new features, optimizations and fixes, as well as tested for compatibility with most applications running in RHEL and specially optimized for working with industrial software and Oracle hardware. Installation and src packages with the UEK R5U1 kernel are prepared for Oracle Linux 7 (there are no obstacles to using this kernel in similar versions of RHEL, CentOS and Scientific Linux).

Key improvements:

  • Improved support for 64-bit systems based on the ARM architecture. Updated drivers for ARM.
  • InfiniBand includes on-demand paging support, which allows you to reflect memory through a processor for accessing unallocated pages of memory (page faults), i.e. consume memory when it is actually being used.
  • In XFS, a deadlock was eliminated, which caused the locks to freeze and not free.
  • CIFS resolved an issue that could lead to POSIX lock leaks and crashes.
  • Bug fixes resolving issues with incompatibility of certain equipment with QEMU / KVM.
  • Device drivers are synchronized with the Linux kernel 4.14.35. The driver for Broadcom Emulex LightPulse Fiber Channel SCSI has been updated to version

Get more at the official blog

Chrome 81 Release to be Postponed

Google employees now work from home, that's why the release dates of Chrome 81 and Chrome OS 81 were affected
19 March 2020   208

Due to a change in the work schedule of employees, Google has suspended the release of Chrome 81 and Chrome OS 81, scheduled for March 17 and 24. It is noted that the main objectives are to ensure the stability, security and reliability of Chrome. Vulnerability fix updates will continue to be prioritized and, if necessary, will be delivered in the form of an update for Chrome 80. Including the update Chrome 80.0.3987.149, which eliminated 13 vulnerabilities, among which there are no critical problems that allow you to bypass all levels of browser protection and execute code on a system outside the sandbox environment.

Due to adjusted work schedules at this time, we are pausing upcoming Chrome and Chrome OS releases. Our primary objectives are to ensure they continue to be stable, secure, and work reliably for anyone who depends on them.

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Due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic this week, most Google employees were transferred to work at home, which also led to delays in reviewing application updates in the Google Play directory.