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Anatomy of a security hole - the break that broke sudo

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A recently-patched bug in the widely-used sudo command makes for interesting reading.

The patch reminds us of some important points in security-related programming.

RIP John McCarthy, the LISP creator who sorted out memory mismanagement

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"Uncle John" McCarthy, the creator of the functional programming language LISP, died earlier this week in California.

McCarthy pioneered automatic garbage collection, for which we owe him a substantial debt of thanks.

RIP Dennis Ritchie, inventor of C and father of UNIX

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Dennis Ritchie, the researcher and computer scientist whom Wired farewelled with the headline The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On, has returned from main(). He died at his home last weekend.