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Linux 5.17 delayed after vulnerability discovered in AMD processors
The resurgence of Spectre-like malware has pushed the release date for the next iteration of Linux for at least a week, its creator has confirmed.
In the 5.17-rc8 announcement, the kernel development head Linus Torvalds explained that the discovery of CVE-2021-26341 - a vulnerability in some AMD processors that resembles the dreaded Spectre/Meltdown fiasco, meant the team needed to apply certain patches, which complicated things for the 5.17 version of the OS.
“Last weekend, I thought I’d be releasing the final 5.17 today. That was then, this is now,” he writes.