Announcing the PostgreSQL STIG

By corbet Crunchy Data has announced
the availability of a “security technical implementation guide” for the
PostgreSQL database management system. “While the STIG was authored
for the benefit of the U.S. Government, the DISA PostgreSQL STIG offers
security-conscious enterprises a comprehensive guide for the configuration
and operation of open source PostgreSQL. Enterprises can refer to the STIG
as for guidance on PostgreSQL security best practices they consider open
source PostgreSQL as an alternative to proprietary, closed source, database
software.

From: LWN

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Scientific Linux 5 End of Life

By jake The Scientific Linux project has announced that Scientific Linux 5 has reached its end of life. “After March 31 2017 Scientific Linux 5 will not receive further updates
and the files will be archived.

The existing files will be moved into
http://ftp.scientificlinux.org/linux/scientific/obsolete/ for archival
purposes after March 31 2017.

This will break existing yum repos and kickstarts using the official
distribution servers.”

From: LWN

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[$] Extending statx()

By jake

When Andreas Dilger proposed the statx() topic for the 2017 Linux
Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit, the system call had
still not been merged. But that all changed in the 4.11 development cycle when Al Viro merged the
system call to provide additional file information. So, unlike
previous
years
, the discussion was not about how to merge such a system call but,
instead, how to extend statx() for additional file information.

From: LWN

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