Meltdown and Spectre: Links compilation

Having recently come to light, meltdown and spectre are names given to a set of high impact security issues exploiting CPU instructions to read system memory. Provided below is a collection of links that relate to different aspects of these vulnerabilities. Initial Disclosure https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.in/2018/01/reading-privileged-memory-with-side.html Updates from Vendors https://blog.google/topics/google-cloud/answering-your-questions-about-meltdown-and-spectre/ https://access.redhat.com/security/vulnerabilities/speculativeexecution https://insights.ubuntu.com/2018/01/04/ubuntu-updates-for-the-meltdown-spectre-vulnerabilities/ https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/03/cloud-infrastructure-vendors-begin-responding-to-chip-kernel-vulnerability/ https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/4073757/protect-your-windows-devices-against-spectre-meltdown https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208394 https://newsroom.intel.com/press-kits/security-exploits-intel-products/ https://www.amd.com/en/corporate/speculative-execution

Roaming profile on Linux in 2017

To quote Wikipedia, A roaming user profile is a concept in the Windows NT family of operating systems that allows users with a computer joined to a Windows Server domain to log on to any computer on the same network and access their documents and have a consistent desktop experience, such as applications remembering toolbar

Using Gitlab CI for deployments

Hi there folks! This time we are going to talk about something different: using Gitlab and its CI system for deployments. Gitlab CE (community edition) is an Open Source git platform that can be used to host your git repositories on a server. It offers most of the features offered by Github, with the advantage

Adding an external fan to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

A while ago I had purchased a Raspberry Pi 3 to learn more about building software on the ARM platform (IoT), and getting to know configuration management software like SaltStack. Since I intended to compile software on the Pi, I looked into external cooling solutions and found that adding a heat sink and fan should

Manjaro OpenRC 17.0 Xfce Development ISOs [RC]

While waiting for Manjaro 17.0 to be released, have created RC ISOs for Manjaro OpenRC 17.0 Xfce edition. Highlights: Kernel updated to 4.9.x series (next LTS). Reverted to using ALSA by default (decided by voting, see here for reference). Old CLI installer patched to work with manjaro-tools 0.13.8 (changes available here). Download: https://sourceforge.net/projects/manjaro-openrc/files/17.0/ P.S. May

Manjaro OpenRC 16.10.2 ISO released!

After about a month of development (mostly over the weekends), Manjaro OpenRC 16.10.2 ISO has been released. It was originally not intended as a development edition, but become one since I noticed that it failed to boot in EFI mode both in Virtualbox as well as on bare metal, and was unable to fix it

systemd free for two years!

It has been more than two years since I switched from using systemd on manjaro! Since that time I have been using OpenRC on manjaro, along with Slackware on my main system (systemd free out of the box). Has been a nice ride so far 🙂 P.S. Relevant links: * http://without-systemd.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page * http://systemd-free.org/

New blog

Finally got around to setting up a new blog. Its available at https://abchk.in/ Lets see how long I keep posting 🙂

Touchscreen issues with my phone

For some time now, I had been having touchscreen issues with my phone (a Moto G3), where scrolling registered as a click; finally decided to research it and stumbled upon this thread: https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/MOTO-G-3rd-Gen/Touch-detection-problems-phantom-touch-ghost-touch/td-p/3277853 Seems like an issue faced by a lot of people regarding this handset, but I am 12 pages in and yet to