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Olaf Kirch

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About Olaf Kirch

Olaf has been active in the Linux community for twenty years, involving himself in a wide variety of topics. He wrote one of the first books on Linux, helped establish the first Linux security forum, did some kernel development (networking, NFS, Infinband) plus a number of other things. In his current role as director of the SUSE Linux Enterprise department in SUSE Engineering, he devotes most of his time to help shape the future of our Enterprise Linux products.

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Understanding POODLE

Olaf Kirch

October 18, 2014 2:04 am



Let’s take a closer look at the POODLE vulnerability that has been causing quite a stir during the last few days. To begin with, it’s important to understand that POODLE is not a code vulnerability. It is a vulnerability of the SSL (Secure Socket Layer) protocol as specified. Consequently, there is little that can be …

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Geeko Loves Cephalopod

Olaf Kirch

October 2, 2012 2:40 pm



At SUSE, we have been looking at the next level of storage solutions that provide a suitable foundation for the Cloud and for Big Data. While centralized storage will continue to play a major role in these areas, we are seeing an emerging need for massively scalable, distributed, replicated and yet inexpensive storage. For Cloud …

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Our Planned Approach to Secure Boot

Olaf Kirch

August 8, 2012 10:13 am



In this follow-on blog to UEFI Secure Boot, I will describe our plans towards UEFI Secure Boot. Note that when we say “SUSE”, we really mean two very distinct distributions –  SUSE Linux Enterprise on one hand, and openSUSE on the other hand. The latter, being a  community project, is rather independent in their decisions …

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UEFI Secure Boot

Olaf Kirch

August 7, 2012 4:51 pm



In case you don’t know what this blog is talking about: UEFI is the “Unified Extensible Firmware Interface”, and “Secure Boot” is one of its more recent features that is generating a bit of a stir in the Open Source world. At SUSE, we have been looking at UEFI Secure Boot long and hard. On …

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SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 SP2 Proudly Presents: Linux 3.0

Olaf Kirch

March 23, 2012 8:24 am



From a developer’s point of view, changing a version number is nothing to go crazy about. Outside of the occasional significance to a version number, version numbers are typically more or less random strings – window dressing, if you will. The Linux 3.0 kernel does not fall in the window dressing category, which is why …

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