Morten Linderud

F/OSS Developer, Arch Linux Developer and security team.

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FOSS Activities in December 2020
Jan 2, 2021
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End of the year and third blog post! Hope everyone has had a nice new years eve :)

The first news of the month is that Remi Gacogne was accepted as Trusted User. Congratulations to him and super exciting.

Other then that I have had a meeting with the devops team discussing how we should implement the debuginfod system on our infrastructure. I have written up the ansible role for debuginfod and it was more or less decided that we want to host it on a small VPS for the service itself, and sync debug packages to the host to serve them. This avoid the problem of hosting more services on our server which distributes packages with services it does not really need.

My hope is to have debuginfod implemented by February, but there is still quite a few things to figure out!

I have started planning a bit how to organize the notes and stuff i learn while programming on sbctl and go-uefi. My current plan is to document it on a website since I got a pretty nice domain name:

The idea is to try document the existing secure boot tools, what they cover and where they fit. Along with any information that might be useful for users that intend to use Secure Boot on Linux. I also want to try lay out some pointers of the UEFI spec. It would mostly deal with how efivars works on Linux, and point out the relevant parts from the specification. The intention is to aid people that want to provide better userspace tooling for secure boot.

It is currently a work in progress, but there is a Github repo with the source if someone is interested contributing to the page.

My talk to the FOSDEM Open Source Firmware, BMC and Bootloader devroom has also been accepted. I’ll introduce some of the work I have been doing with sbctl and go-uefi the past year to make things easier for users, along with my current gripes with the existing secure boot tooling. Super exciting!

I’m also going to rename the go library from goefi to go-uefi as it makes more sense and resonates better with the go libraries in the same space. Like go-tpm and go-attestation.

Package Updates to [community]

  • podman updated to 2.2.0-1, 2.2.1-1
  • docker updated to 1:19.03.14-1, 1:19.03.14-2
  • libslirp updated to 4.4.0-1
  • python-google-api-python-client updated to 1.12.8-1
  • python-google-api-core updated to 1.23.0-1, 1.24.0-1, 1.24.1-1
  • python-pandas updated to 1.1.4-1, 1.1.5-1
  • python-pipenv updated to 2020.11.15-1
  • python-pykka updated to 2.0.3-1
  • python-xlib updated to 0.29-1
  • python-jsonrpclib-pelix updated to 0.4.2-1
  • python-language-server updated to 0.36.1-1, 0.36.2-1
  • python-docs updated to 3.9.0-1, 3.9.1-1
  • python-hidapi updated to 0.10.1-1
  • python-docker updated to 4.4.0-1, 4.4.1-1
  • python-pyserial updated to 3.5-1
  • python-babel updated to 2.9.0-1
  • slirp4netns updated to 1.1.8-1
  • qmk updated to 0.0.37-1
  • github-cli updated to 1.3.1-1, 1.4.0-1
  • go updated to 2:1.15.6-1
  • k9s updated to 0.24.2-1
  • glider updated to 0.13.0-1
  • qutebrowser updated to 1.14.1-1
  • gopls updated to 0.5.5-1, 0.6.0-1, 0.6.1-1
  • blueman updated to 2.1.4-1
  • fzf updated to 0.24.4-1
  • archlinux-contrib updated to 20201205-1
  • screenkey updated to 1.3-1
  • python-m2crypto updated to 0.37.1-1
  • dns-over-https updated to 2.2.4-1
  • delve updated to 1.5.1-1
  • helm updated to 3.4.2-1
  • cni-plugins updated to 0.9.0-1, 0.9.0-3
  • plocate updated to 1.1.2-1, 1.1.3-1
  • lxd updated to 4.9-1
  • git-lfs updated to 2.13.1-1
  • python-autobahn updated to 20.12.1-1, 20.12.2-1
  • staticcheck updated to 2020.2-1
  • python-sqlobject updated to 3.9.0-1
  • docker updated to 1:20.10.1-1
  • mopidy updated to 3.1.0-1, 3.1.1-1
  • conmon updated to 1:2.0.22-1
  • darktable updated to 2:3.5.0-1
  • libmd updated to 1.0.2-1
  • python-reportlab updated to 3.5.57-1

Package additions to [community]

  • python-adblock: Allows qutebrowser to implement ABP style adblocking

Potential new packages for [community]

  • oomd
  • vgrep
  • git-publish
  • b4
  • psi-notify
  • etcd
  • micro
  • tailscale
    • Is going to be uploaded to [community] through january.


  • qmk: Removed the udev files in favour of the combined file file from upstream.
  • docker: Fixed FS#68833
    • No more -ce embedded in the binary.
  • cni-plugins: Ensure binaries are symlinked into /opt/cni/bin

Security Team

This month the security team has published 26 advisories and created around 88 Advisory Groups. A lot of this work has been done by Jonas Witschel!

Other things…

  • archlinux-contrib
    • Merged a fix for broken checkservices: #30
    • cleanup-list now has suffix removed and takes input from stdin: #28
  • archlinux-repro
    • Some issues for locking the chroots so need to rework the logic a bit. #88
    • We are having new(!) issues with the keyring and disabled keys. This time it’s the expired keys backwards in time that gives us problems when we are peaking at them 4 months after expiry. #87

Cheers and a happy new year :)

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