Linux kernel team rejects University of Minnesota researchers’ apology

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Last week, senior Linux kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman announced that all Linux patches coming from the University of Minnesota would be summarily rejected by default.

This policy change came as a result of three University of Minnesota researchers—Qiushi Wu, Kangjie Lu, and Aditya Pakki—embarking on a program to test the Linux kernel dev community’s resistance to what the group called “Hypocrite Commits.”

Testing the Linux kernel community

The trio’s scheme involved first finding three easy-to-fix, low-priority bugs in the Linux kernel and then fixing them—but fixing them in such a way as to complete what the UMN researchers called an “immature vulnerability”:

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