Officials are set to ask Russia's Federation Council and the State Duma "to implement measures to protect Transnistria in the face of increased pressure from Moldova," local media reported the resolution as saying.
The cogress said the Moldovan government had unleashed "economic war" on th region, blocking crucial imports and seeking to turn it into a "ghetto".
Is there a good open source smart home system? What do you guys use? Which brand to buy?
How is OpenHAB?
I tried home assistant but I can't manage to get it working with my reverse proxy.
Welcome to the monthly update for openSUSE Tumbleweed for February 2024. This month we get one more day in February because of Leap year, but here is what we have for the month. This blog aims to provide readers with an overview of the key changes, improvements and issues addressed in openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots throughout the month. Should readers desire a more frequent amount of information about openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshots, readers are advised to subscribe to the openSUSE Factory mailing list.
New Features and Enhancements
Linux Kernel: February brought updates to the Linux kernel, progressing through versions 6.7.2 to 6.7.6. These updates focus on enhancing memory management, addressing some security vulnerabilities, and introducing support for new hardware models, ensuring improved compatibility and performance across various systems.
- Fixes for various issues, including null-pointer dereference in powerpc/mm, incorrect node setting for arm64 irq, and build errors in powerpc architecture.
- Correcting the node assignment for VMAP stack in the arm64 irq module.
- Fix for a null-pointer dereference in pgtable_cache_add in the powerpc/mm module.
- Fixes for various issues in filesystems like ext4 and JFS.
- Ensuring proper handling of NMIs during very early boot in the x86/boot module.
- New hardware support or models:
- Colorful X15 AT 23 Laptop
- xtra CMake Modules: The ECMUninstallTarget now ports generated code away from deprecated exec_program, enhancing compatibility and maintainability.
- KHolidays: Adds St Brigid’s Day.
- KIO: Once again KDirModel, allows expanding network directories in file picker.
- prison : Enables exceptions for videoscannerworker.cpp.
Mesa: Updates to 23.3.6
- zink: Addresses flickering artifacts in Selaco, broken colors/dual-source blending on PinePhone Pro, and fixes sparse bo placement.
- panfrost: Resolves graphical artifacts on T604 (T600), fixes intermittent compiler failures when building valhall tests, and pads compute jobs with zeros on v4.
- radeonsi: Fixes unsynchronized flips/tearing with KMS DRM rendering on 780M and addresses heavy corruption in Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
- VK: Various fixes for flaky tests, fullscreen “banding” artifacts in Age of Empires IV, and failures in dEQP-VK pipeline tests.
systemd: Updates to version 254.9.
- vconsole-setup: Resolved issue where vconsole-setup would fail if the only found vc is already used by plymouth.
- systemd-testsuite: Dependency updated to “qemu” instead of “qemu-kvm”, the latter being obsolete.
- test/test-shutdown.py: Option added to display test I/Os in a dedicated log file.
- man pages: Documentation update to include ranges for distributions config files and local config files.
- libbpf: Version of libbpf dlopened by systemd updated (weak dependency).
glibc: Updated from version 2.38 to 2.39,
- PLT Rewrite: Introduction of a new tunable, glibc.cpu.plt_rewrite, allows for enabling PLT rewrite on x86-64 architectures.
- Sync with Linux Kernel 6.6: Synchronization with Linux kernel 6.6 shadow stack interface.
- New Functions: Addition of new functions on Linux, including posix_spawnattr_getcgroup_np, posix_spawnattr_setcgroup_np, pidfd_spawn, pidfd_spawp, and pidfd_getpid.
- scanf-family functions: Support for the wN format length modifiers for arguments pointing to specific types.
- Memory Allocation Tunable: Introduction of a new tunable, glibc.mem.decorate_maps, for adding additional information on underlying memory allocated by glibc.
- ISO C2X: Inclusion of the <stdbit.h> header from ISO C2X.
- AArch64: Addition of new symbols to libmvec on AArch64.
- ldconfig Enhancements: ldconfig now skips file names containing specific characters and patterns.
- Dynamic Linker Improvements: The dynamic linker calls the malloc and free functions in more cases during TLS access if a shared object with dynamic TLS is loaded and unloaded.
Cups-Filters: Updates to version 1.28.17
- Improved Printer Capability Discovery: Enhancements to more reliably discover all printer capabilities from driverless printers, particularly borderless printing. This includes preferring Apple Raster over PWG Raster or PCLM formats.
- PPD Generator Optimization: The PPD generator now creates only one *cupsFilter2 line for raster, utilizing the most desirable/reliable format, usually Apple Raster.
- Media Database Handling: Enhancements in handling media-col-database and media-col-ready IPP attributes separately if needed, revealing important functionality like borderless printing.
- Margin Alternatives Consideration: Consideration of all margin alternatives when generating PPD files for driverless printers, ensuring the discovery of borderless functionality for many printers.
- Image Printing Enhancements: Images are now printed in their original size with “print-scaling=none”, and deprecated data types for reading TIFF images have been replaced with modern equivalents.
openvpn: Updates to version 2.6.9
- Enhanced Logging: SSL alerts are now logged more prominently, improving visibility into SSL-related issues.
- Documentation Improvements: Clarifications and additions to documentation, including the documentation of the tls-exit option as a primarily test option.
- Code Cleanup: Removal of unused function prototypes and redundant code, ensuring cleaner codebase and improved maintainability.
- Error Handling: Addition of missing error checks and enhancements to error messages for better debugging and troubleshooting.
- Security Enhancements: Implementation of the --tls-export-cert feature and addition of checks for TLS 1.0 PRF availability, improving security measures.
- Configuration Clarifications: Clarifications regarding the tls-crypt-v2-verify option and removal of redundant options like --tls-export-cert.
- Library Compatibility: Support added for newer versions of dependencies like mbedtls 3.x.y, with TLS 1.3 support disabled.
- glibc: Had a few Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures fixed. CVE-2023-6246, CVE-2023-6779, which was a buffer overflow, CVE-2023-6780, which was an integer overflow, both that lead to an incorrect calculation of the buffer size.
- GStreamer: CVE-2024-0444 made it possible for a malicious third party to trigger a crash in the application.
- Salt: CVE-2024-22231 was vulnerable to a directory traversal attack and CVE-2024-22232, with a specially crafted url, could lead to a directory traversal in the salt file server.
- Xen: CVE-2023-46839 had a high complexity and required high privileges.
- dnsmasq: Both CVE-2023-50387 and CVE-2023-50868 could allow for remote attackers to cause a denial of service.
- qemu: CVE-2023-6693 could allow a hacker to steal data via a network device.
- bind: CVE-2023-50387 was associated with a “KeyTrap” DNS flaw lets attackers overload servers remotely. The other three were CVE-2023-4408, CVE-2023-5679 and CVE-2023-6516.
- Node.js: Multiple CVEs were fixed. These were CVE-2024-21892, which let unprivileged users gain elevated rights, CVE-2024-22019, which was a flaw that let attackers crash servers with malformed requests, and [CVE-2024-22017][(https://www.suse.com/security/cve/CVE-2024-22017.html), which was a path traversal bug via Buffer manipulation in an experimental feature. There was also CVE-2024-21896, CVE-2023-46809, CVE-2024-21891, CVE-2024-21890, CVE-2024-22025 and CVE-2024-24758, which kept Proxy-Authentication headers after redirects; upgrade as needed.
February 2024 for openSUSE Tumbleweed showcases a diverse range of updates and improvements across essential components. There were critical security patches for software like glibc, GStreamer and Salt. The kernel updated from 6.7.2 at the beginning of the month to 6.7.6. There were updates for KDE Frameworks, Mesa, systemd, Cups-Filters and other core components. Other significant upgrades during the month included fwupd 1.9.13, PostgreSQL 16.2, Pulseaudio 17.0, GTK 4.12.5, Python 3.11.8, RPM 220.127.116.11, Mozilla Firefox 122.0.1, PHP 8.2.16, Poppler 24.02.0, Shadow 4.14.5, binutils 2.42, Qemu 8.2.1 and, Python 3.12. Next month should see systemd 255.3 arrive in the rolling release as the package is currently in staging.. The openSUSE team encourages users to continue participating through bug reports, feature suggestions and discussions. Contributing to openSUSE Tumbleweed
Your contributions and feedback make openSUSE Tumbleweed better with every update. Whether reporting bugs, suggesting features, or participating in community discussions, your involvement is highly valued.
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Law360 (February 28, 2024, 1:40 AM EST) -- FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried asked a Manhattan federal judge late Tuesday for a sentence that releases him "promptly" after his conviction for stealing billions from customers of the now-collapsed crypto exchange, arguing that federal sentencing guidelines recommend no more than six-and-a-half years in prison.
Bankman-Fried made the request in a memorandum submitted to U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, who is due to sentence the 31-year-old former crypto executive on March 28. Bankman-Fried was found guilty in November of seven counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, although he maintains his innocence and has vowed to appeal.
According to the filing, a presentence report prepared by the U.S. Probation Department calculated sentencing guidelines that call for a maximum sentence of 1,320 months, or 110 years, with the report recommending a downward variance of 10 years to bring the recommended sentence to 100 years.
But Bankman-Fried asked the court to reject the report's "barbaric proposal," saying the advisory guidelines should put the appropriate sentence range at 63 to 78 months, or 5 years and 3 months to 6 years and 6 months.
Considering the former CEO's "charitable works and demonstrated commitment to others, a sentence that returns Sam promptly to a productive role in society would be sufficient, but not greater than necessary, to comply with the purposes of sentencing," the memo states.
Bankman-Fried argues that he is a first-time, non-violent offender and that the report includes an incorrect 30-point increase to the base offense level based on the assumption that the case involved a loss of $10 billion. But the report adopted that $10 billion loss number "without a scintilla of support," the memo states.
Tuesday's filing says that bankruptcy counsel for FTX stated last month that "customers and creditors who can prove their losses are expected to get back all of their money."
"[T]he company was solvent at the time of the bankruptcy petition," the memo asserts. "The money was there — not lost."
"The harm to customers, lenders, and investors is zero," the filing adds, italicizing the sentence for emphasis.
Alternatively, the court could peg customer losses as the estimated cost of collection in the bankruptcy proceedings, according to the memo.
At this point, the total fees incurred by advisors to the unsecured creditors committee is about $57.5 million, the memo states, which Bankman-Fried argued is a much more reasonable estimate of actual loss than the presentence report's estimate of $10 billion.
With that in mind, there should not be a 30-point increase in the guidelines calculation for a loss amount enhancement, Bankman-Fried said.
The memo also highlights Bankman-Fried's "selfless, altruistic" qualities and his commitment to philanthropy, attaching 29 letters of support from his brother and parents; several professors at Stanford University, where his parents work, including the interim dean of Stanford Law School; tech executives; two psychiatrists; and his former personal assistant.
Barbara Fried, an attorney and professor emeritus at Stanford Law, wrote that anyone who tries to "understand him through the lens of 'normal' behavior and motivations is going to misunderstand" her son. She said her son has suffered with depression but has devoted his life to the happiness of others.
For example, when he took a lucrative job as a trader at Jane Street Capital, he gave away more than half his earnings without telling his parents, according to the letter. Even in the six months he has spent in detention, she said her son is running a tutoring session to help fellow inmates prepare for GED exams.
Fried also emphasized that her son is autistic and that she fears for his life in a typical prison environment, where his "inability to read or respond appropriately to many social cues, and his touching but naive belief in the power of facts and reason to resolve disputes, put him in extreme danger."
"If allowed to resume his life, he would do the only thing he has ever cared about: devote the remainder of his natural life to leaving the world a better place than he found it," Fried wrote.
Paul Brest, named the interim dean of Stanford Law last month, wrote that Bankman-Fried is a proponent of a philanthropy theory called "effective altruism," which holds that a person's life "should be devoted to doing as much good as possible."
"Beyond his intellectual contributions, Mr. Bankman-Fried has manifested the philosophy in his own giving and life," Brest wrote, noting that he has donated millions of dollars to effective altruism causes. "Based on his behavior to date, Mr. Bankman-Fried is likely to continue to engage in philanthropy in whatever circumstances he is placed."
The prosecution's sentencing recommendation is due March 15.
Counsel for Bankman-Fried and a representative for the DOJ did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Tuesday.
During a month-long trial this past fall, prosecutors said Bankman-Fried drove FTX into bankruptcy by spending $10 billion worth of customer deposits on venture investments, lavish real estate and political donations.
Three of Bankman-Fried's top lieutenants — Caroline Ellison, Gary Wang and Nishad Singh — testified that the defendant accomplished this scheme by secretly funneling billions of dollars between FTX and his crypto hedge fund Alameda Research.
The defense, meanwhile, said Bankman-Fried made a number of governance mistakes but did not intend to steal from FTX customers. Bankman-Fried himself made this argument from the witness stand, telling jurors that he always believed Alameda could lawfully borrow from FTX and then repay the debts.
The jury ultimately deliberated for just over four hours before finding Bankman-Fried guilty on all counts. He has been detained at Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center since August due to alleged witness tampering.
The government is represented by Danielle R. Sassoon, Nicolas Roos, Danielle Kudla, Samuel Raymond and Thane Rehn of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and Jil Simon of the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.
Bankman-Fried is represented by Marc L. Mukasey, Torrey K. Young, Thomas E. Thornhill, Michael F. Westfal and Stephanie Guaba of Mukasey Young LLP.
The case is U.S. v. Bankman-Fried, case number 1:22-cr-00673, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
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