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SubjectRe: A system for rebootless kernel security updates
Jeff Arnold wrote:

> I've put together an automatic system for applying kernel security patches
> to the Linux kernel without rebooting it, and I wanted to share this
> system with the community in case others find it useful or interesting.

Hmm, the idea seem to be patented by Microsoft, i.e. this patent from
December 2002:

http://www.google.com/patents?id=cVyWAAAAEBAJ&dq=hotpatching

(and other patents by Microsoft if you search for "hotpatching").


And those patent descriptions, by the way, remind the way kexec works
("A software module is hotpatched by loading a patch into memory and
modifying an instruction in the original module to jump to the patch"),
which was released much earlier... In essence, they patented kexec ;)


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Tomasz Chmielewski
http://wpkg.org


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