RHEL for ARM Now Supported on AWS, Malicious Code Discovered in JavaScript Library to Steal Cryptocurrency, Red Hat Purchases NooBaa, Users Reporting EXT4 Filesystem Corruption Issues with Linux 4.19 and Rust’s 2018 Survey

News briefs for November 28, 2018.

AWS announced Amazon EC2 A1 instances this week, the first AWS instances based on Arm
architecture. And, yesterday Red Hat announced
that Red Hat Enterprise Linux for ARM AMIs are now available
for Amazon EC2 A1
: “this means that customers seeking to use a
multi-architecture approach across the hybrid cloud can use the world’s
leading enterprise Linux platform to fuel their mission-critical workloads,
even on Arm instances in AWS Cloud.” Red Hat plans to make Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 8 Beta for ARM accessible soon as well.

Malicious code that infected the Event-stream JavaScript library to steal cryptocurrency from
digital wallets was
discovered recently. FossBytes
that the researchers investigating the code found that the “targets are libraries linked to
Copay Bitcoin wallet app that is available for mobile as well as desktop users.
The harmful code steals the coins in the Copay wallet and then tries to connect to copayapi.host
with IP address located in Malaysia.” However, an updated version without the
malicious code was posted about two months ago.

Red Hat purchases NooBaa, a hybrid-cloud, data-storage company. According to ZDNet, NooBaa
“multi-cloud storage management, which enables allows you to manage, deploy, and migrate data
storage across private and major public clouds. This includes Alibaba, AWS, Azure, and Google

Users are reporting EXT4 filesystem corruption problems with Linux 4.19. According to Phoronix,
“There was initially some belief it could have been due to the multi-queue block code (BLK MQ)
code in Linux 4.19, but that appears to be ruled out. Unfortunately, EXT4 file-system maintainer
Ted Ts’o has been unable to reproduce this corruption issue on his own hardware.”

The Rust Team’s 2018 Survey is now available. The survey shows a steady stream
of new users to the Rust programming language (~23% started using it in the past three months) and also that 40% of
users felt productive in Rust with less than one month of use. Python ranks number one as the
language users are most familiar with. See the Rust 2018 Survey
for all the results.

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