[Linux-aus] Warning: Mandrake 9.2 exposes flaw in (and kills) some LG CD drives

Leon Brooks leon at cyberknights.com.au
Sat Oct 25 22:03:01 UTC 2003

Drives will be killed even if you don't install from them. Drives 
include some firmware revisions of some LG drives, but not others. Some 
Dell laptops have LG drives.

If you have a dead LG drive, warranty it. A drive that can be killed by 
ordinary software (only certain firmware revisions die) is by 
definition broken.

Mandrake have just isolated the fault trigger to a packet-writing patch 
introduced into the kernel of 9.2rc1. They'll release a fixed kernel 
RSN. When they do, pending availability of mirrors, I'll be releasing a 
post-9.2 ISO set with the updates built in, plus the NVidia drivers.

Mandrake have also released a number of updates for 9.2 already, none of 
them for critical issues but all of them worth having. These will be 
included in the updated ISOs.

Cheers; Leon

http://cyberknights.com.au/     Modern tools; traditional dedication
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