Linux 4.15 Kernel, GCC, LinuxBoot Project and More Cryptojacking

News briefs for January 29, 2018.

The good: the Linux 4.15 kernel officially has been released. View
the diff here,
and
also see the Linux Kernel Archives for
more info.

The bad: more work needs to be done to handle Spectre/Meltdown security
vulnerabilities. Linus makes
it clear
that compiler updates will need to
work alongside the kernel ones to help mitigate these issues.

The ugly: unless
you are running GCC 7.3 or later
, you are still not in the
clear.

The Linux Foundation recently announced
the new LinuxBoot
Project, which “looks to improve system boot performance and
reliability by replacing some firmware functionality with a Linux kernel
and runtime.”

YouTube recently was caught serving ads with cryptojacking malware,
as reported
by Ars Technica
and others.

Thanks to Petros Koutoupis for his contributions to this article.