Ubuntu Kernel Update to Cause Issues

As reported, users are advised to install the kernel update 4.18.0-15, bypassing 4.18.0-14
11 February 2019   331

Canonical has released an update (4.18.0-15) of packages with a kernel for Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10, which eliminated the regressive change made in the proposed kernel a few days before this update with the elimination of vulnerabilities in the vsock implementation. Incorrect elimination of the vulnerability made it impossible to boot some systems from the Intel GPU (gen4 / gen5) - when using the updated kernel, the system hung at the stage of loading the i965 driver.

List of affected devices:

  • Samsung NP-R580 laptops
  • Lenovo X300
  • Lenovo 3000 g410
  • Thinkpad T510
  • ThinkPad T400
  • Sony Vaio VPCEB4E1E
  • Dell Inspiron 13 5000
  • PC with Asus P7H55-M PRO motherboard

Users are advised to install the kernel update 4.18.0-15, bypassing the release 4.18.0-14.

Node.js v12.0.0 to be Rolled Out

It has giant list of updates, improvements and changes
24 April 2019   125

The release of Node.js 12.0.0, a platform for executing network applications in JavaScript, is available. Node.js 12.0 refers to branches with a long period of support, but this status will be assigned only in October, after stabilization. Updates for LTS branches are issued for 3 years. Support for the last LTS branch of Node.js 10.0 will last until April 2021, and the year before last LTS-branch 8.0 until January 2020. Support for the intermediate branch Node.js 11.0 will be discontinued in June 2019. The lifetime of the LTS branch 6.0 will end on April 30.

These are some of the large list of updates and new staff:

  • V8 engine was updated to version 7.4 with support for asynchronous stack traces, increasing await performance, parsing JavaScript and calls when the actual and declared number of arguments does not match;
  • TLS 1.3 is now supported in the tls module and TLS 1.0 / 1.1 is shutdown by default;
  • Enhancing protection and checks on the size of allocated memory in the Buffer class;

Get more info at official website.