Schedule for Monday's FESCo Meeting (2012-06-18)

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at
Sun Jun 17 09:53:54 UTC 2012

On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 03:06:10PM +0200, Ralf Ertzinger wrote:
> Hi.
> On Sat, 16 Jun 2012 14:57:30 +0200, Jochen Schmitt wrote
> > One of the most inportant advance of Linux over Windows is the
> > fact, that there are only a few situations - like kernel updates -
> > which requires a reboot of your system.
> Linux has, in principle, the same problem as Windows, that while
> you can replace files that are in use running processes will (of course)
> not pick up the changes until restarted. Most daemons do so when updated
> themselves, but, for example, updating zlib because of an exploit will
> not restart all daemons using the exploitable library, so unless the
> admin restarts those manually or the system is rebooted you might
> still be vulnerable.

So this is a problem that needs to be solved, but does it require a
reboot?  Not really ... it's possible to list all processes using
zlib, convert that back into a list of packages, then instruct those
packages to restart themselves.  Job done, BETTER than Windows / OS X.


Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat
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