Linux 6.8-rc5 arrives in a normal week in which the process for CVE security vulnerabilities has been documented

Linux 6.8-rc5

Another week has passed in kernel development and another seven days of apparent calm. This is what Linus Torvalds has told in the note about the launch of Linux 6.8-rc5, going so far as to ensure that «here nothing stands out at all«. Yes, he has added a little more text than usual in a week in which nothing happens, but because he has also explained that the documentation has changed, more specifically that of the CVE process.

CVE are the acronyms of Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures, that is, what, among other things, is responsible for reporting different security flaws, whether at the program, library, operating system or any software component level. The program/project website is this, and the latest vulnerability that has been made public at the time of writing this paragraph talks about a bug in Apache Commons Compress, but none of this has to do with the Linux kernel or Linux 6.8-rc5.

Linux 6.8 will be the kernel for Ubuntu 24.04

«Ho humm… Absolutely nothing stands out here, although I wish things had calmed down a bit more at this point in the release process.

But while there are a little more changes than I would have liked, there's nothing big or scary that I can see: just little things everywhere. In fact, a good part of the changes are in the self-tests, not in the kernel code itself (mainly kvm, but also some continued work on the networking part). The documentation subdirectory also stands out a bit, although that's partly because Greg has worked through and documented the entire CVE process.

Documentation and self-testing together account for about a quarter of the patch.

But of course, most of the changes are in the drivers. Sound, network drivers, and GPU driver fixes dominate the diffstat, but there's actually a little bit of everything: we've got HID, i2c, PCI, SCSI, staging, everything.

Aside from the drivers, we have some filesystem fixes (btrfs, zonefs, ceph, smb client, bcachefs) and some basic networking updates. And minor arch updates.

Anyway, I think (and hope) that we will begin to see that things calm down, and that the next rcs are smaller«.

Canonical has already confirmed the open secret that Linux 6.8 It will be the kernel that the entire Noble Numbat family will use and many of the distributions that are based on it. With the deadlines, this time there was little debate and little choice, since 6.7 was launched at the beginning of January and 6.9 will arrive in May.

Ubuntu users who want to install it on March 10 or 17, dates on which the stable version of Linux 6.8 is expected to be released, you will have to do it on your own, for which it is advisable to use Mainline Kernels. Perhaps it is better not to be in a hurry, since a month later it will arrive with Ubuntu 24.04 and at least everyone who is in a normal cycle version should update so as not to be left without support. Those of the LTS versions will have to wait, at least, until they release 24.04.1 and the corresponding hardware activation (HWE).


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