Today, every mainstream operating system in the world requires regular reboots in order to be up to date and secure. Since reboots cause downtime and disruption, people are forced into the uncomfortable dilemma of choosing between security and convenience. New open source technology out of MIT, called Ksplice, enables running systems to stay secure without the disruption of rebooting.
The Ksplice utilities are currently available for Linux; they make it possible to construct rebootless updates from traditional source code kernel patches. This year, this technology is being widely deployed on top of mainstream Linux distributions to eliminate the troublesome need to reboot for security updates.
This talk will describe the core innovation behind Ksplice and how this technology will improve the security and maintainability of open source systems.
Jeff Arnold started development on the Ksplice software in early 2007 as a research project at MIT. After graduating last year, Jeff and three other MIT alumni founded Ksplice, Inc., a company dedicated to delivering the Ksplice technology to companies and end users. Jeff currently works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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