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X Server Security Disaster: "It's Worse Than It Looks"

There's X.Org Server security vulnerabilities -- even for vulnerabilities going back two decades -- from time to time and in related components of the Linux graphics stack. Parts of the X.Org stack can be in fairly rough shape given the age of X11, but a very poor picture of it was painted at the Chaos Communication Congress. It was stated that the X.Org security is even worse than it looks.

31 December 2013 - X.Org Server Mess - Add A Comment
GLAMOR Will Likely End Up In The X.Org Server

With X.Org Server 1.15 being released earlier in the week, now the merge window for X.Org Server 1.16 is open. One of the earliest pull requests for xorg-server 1.16 is by Intel's Eric Anholt and it's to merge GLAMOR acceleration support into the X.Org Server.

31 December 2013 - GLAMOR Acceleration - 4 Comments
More Changes Coming For DirectFB 1.8

While most of the Linux desktop world is focused around Wayland, X11, and Mir for the basis of the display technologies, DirectFB has continued marching forward and picked up many features this year and there will be another batch of features presented soon with DirectFB 1.8.

29 December 2013 - DirectFB 1.8 - Add A Comment
X.Org Server 1.16 Planned For A July Debut

After shipping X.Org Server 1.15 today with its new features, Intel's Keith Packard has laid out plans in conjunction with Oracle's Alan Coopersmith for X.Org Server 1.16, the next major release due out in 2014.

27 December 2013 - X.Org Server 1.16 - 1 Comment
DRI3 Patches Published For Gallium3D Drivers

Besides clearing out 1,000+ X.Org Server warnings, Keith Packard at Intel recently has been working on a new patch-set so DRI3 can be used by Mesa's Gallium3D graphics drivers.

14 December 2013 - DRI3 Gallium3D - 2 Comments
DRI3 Support Comes For X.Org GLAMOR

As the first X.Org graphics driver past the open-source Intel driver to have mainline support for Direct Rendering Infrastructure 3 is GLAMOR.

6 December 2013 - xf86-video-glamor DRI3 - 9 Comments
Open-Source HTML5 Terminal Emulator To Support X11

The Gate One HTML5-powered terminal emulator and SSH client that goes without needing any browser plug-ins and supports many SSH/terminal features is working on bringing X11 support to the web-browser. The developer claims that this X11 support in the browser written in HTML5 will be fast enough to support video playback and he's made a video demo as proof.

6 November 2013 - Gate One - 52 Comments
The GLX Rewrite Lands For X.Org Server 1.15

X.Org Server 1.15 hasn't been too exciting with not many prominent changes, but just ahead of the closure of the merge window, but the GLX rewrite has landed. The GLX rewrite will simplify the X.Org Server's use of OpenGL and drops a whole lot of code in the process.

29 October 2013 - X.Org Server 1.15 - 18 Comments
X.Org Server 1.15 To Get Support For New Mesa

With the new Mesa mega-driver concept that fundamentally changes how the Mesa drivers are built, a new DRI entry point is going to be used by the drivers and dropping the old entry point. As a result, the X.Org Server is being updated in advance to be able to support the new Mesa.

23 October 2013 - Mesa Mega Drivers - 8 Comments
Part Of XWayland Has Been Proposed For Mainlining

Red Hat's Adam Jackson has proposed a set of ten XWayland patches that be merged into the mainline X.Org Server. These changes lay the groundwork for merging the rest of the X.Org Server changes for supporting this X11 compatibility layer to Wayland.

17 October 2013 - X.Org Server - 6 Comments
Graphics Dev Room Planned For FOSDEM 2014

Broadening the scope of the graphics driver / display subsystem coverage at the annual Free Open-Source Developers' European Meeting (FOSDEM), the X.Org "Dev Room" is now going to be known as the Graphics Dev Room for better acknowledging and welcoming projects like Mir and Wayland.

16 October 2013 - FOSDEM 2014 - 3 Comments
X.Org Security Advisory For X11 Going Back To 1993

An X.Org security advisory was issued this week in regards to authenticated X clients being able to cause the X Server to use memory after it was freed. This particular use-after-free memory issue, which could lead to a system crash and memory corruption, has been present in every X11/X.Org Server release going back to September of 1993.

9 October 2013 - X11 Security Hole - 27 Comments
The Re-Opened X.Org Server 1.15 Pushes Ahead

At the XDC2013 X.Org conference it was decided to postpone the X.Org Server 1.15 release until year's end to let more features land. Keith Packard has now gone ahead and merged some of the new code and issued a new development release.

5 October 2013 - X.Org Server 1.15 - 2 Comments
We Have Mir & Wayland, But There Still Could Be X12

While the Mir Display Server and the Wayland protocol are widely viewed as the next-generation display technologies for Linux systems, there's already been delays with Mir and Wayland hasn't yet been widely adopted. Even if/when Mir and Wayland manage to lift off, the X.Org Server won't suddenly die and will be supported for years to come.

3 October 2013 - X.Org X12 - Add A Comment
X.Org XDC2013 Recap Of New Features Presented

The X.Org Developers' Conference (XDC) 2013 conference took place at the start of the week in Portland, Oregon. As usual, there's a number of Phoronix articles to go over in detail the many interesting presentations that took place this week concerning the X.Org Server, Mesa / Gallium3D graphics drivers, Mir, Wayland, and related Linux graphics initiatives.

28 September 2013 - XDC2013 - 3 Comments

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