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A New Release Of GRUB 2.0 Fixes Security Issue

Free Software

Published on 09 November 2009 06:21 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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It was just about two weeks ago that GRUB 2.0 moved closer to release with version 1.97 finally making it out the door after being just shy of two years without a new release. GRUB 1.97 brought Mac OS X kernel support, EXT4 file-system support, support for RAID 4/6/10, high-resolution timer support, support for loading FreeBSD/NetBSD/OpenBSD kernels, and many other changes. However, today another new release of GRUB 2.0 is available: GRUB 1.97.1.

This new release of GRUB is coming so soon as a rather important bug was discovered in GRUB 2.0. As is documented in the bug report, with GRUB 1.97 the password-based security for this free software boot-loader is rather compromised. With GRUB 1.97, if your password was "phoronix", any individual could log-in just entering "p" or "nix" or any other part of the string -- even just one character. With the just-out GRUB 1.97.1, this issue has been addressed.

Besides this important fix, GRUB 1.97.1 also has support for GNU/Hurd, fixes for a build problem on Mac OS X, and various documentation / error message improvements.

GRUB 1.97.1 is available for download from this directory.

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