Fedora 37 Planning To Use RPM 4.18 For Better Security

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 10 April 2022 at 05:08 AM EDT. Add A Comment
In addition to removing legacy X.Org drivers, deprecating legacy BIOS support, and signing RPM contents another Fedora 37 change proposal submitted this past week is for upgrading against RPM 4.18.

Fedora 37 is looking to make use of the upcoming RPM 4.18 release for the RPM Package Manager. Making RPM 4.18 a bit more notable than most releases is this version addressing "a whole class of symlink handling related security issues", some of which CVEs go back to last year.

Besides beefing up security, RPM 4.18 has more robust and secure --restore functionality, a new interactive shell for working with embedded macros and embedded Lua, a new rpmuncompress CLI tool for unpacking multiple sources, various macro improvements, and other fixes and security improvements.

Downloads and more details on the plans for using RPM 4.18 with Fedora 37 can be found via the Fedora Wiki. More information on this forthcoming RPM Package Manager update via RPM.org.
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