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Anatomy of a security hole - the break that broke sudo


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


"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


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.