Monthly Archives: September 2005

Maureen’s Story

Lots of (bad) publicity for LinuxWorld over the weekend over a story posted by Maureen O’Gara on the linuxworld.com web site. The story was refuted by Groklaw which then got Slashdotted .

The sad thing is that there was a discussion among the editors just a few weeks ago about Maureen’s material appearing so prominently on the web site and the problems with this story in particular. Nothing was done to correct the problem with that story at that time, unfortunately. Maureen isn’t one of the LWM editors and I don’t believe her stuff ever appears in the actual magazine, though there may be some briefs picked up by the publisher between some of their other titles.

Looks like something will be done now. Maureen’s material will no longer appear on the LWM web site. Hopefully readers will realize that Maureen isn’t part of the LinuxWorld magazine staff and our credibility can be repaired. Hopefully we’ll (the LWM editors) have an official announcement posted somewhere later today.

GrSecurity-related Firefox crash

I’m seeing a weird crash of Firefox (1.0PR) on a Debian testing box apparently due to Firefox trying something that GrSec doesn’t like. Specifically,

kernel: grsec: attempted resource overstep by requesting 4096 for RLIMIT_CORE against limit 0 by (firefox-bin:3092) UID(1000) EUID(1000), parent (firefox-bin:30648) UID(1000) EUID(1000)

This is still on 2.4.25 though, so I should probably update that.

Curiously, it only happens when visiting amazon.com and only then sometimes, though pretty regularly on that site. I hate to submit any type of bug report to either firefox or grsec for this since I haven’t had time to look into it more. But if anyone out there has a quick fix0r for this, please let me know.