Microsoft Fixes & Apologizes Embarrassing 'Big Boobs' String (0xB16B00B5) From Linux Code

Microsoft Fixes & Apologizes Embarrassing 'Big Boobs' String (0xB16B00B5) From Linux Code

Buried in the software that connects the Linux kernel to Microsoft‘s HyperV virtualization program was the following code string: '0xB16B00B5'The string was spotted by programmer Paolo Bonzini, who posted about his discovery to the Linux Kernel mailing list saying “Somone (sic) was trying to be funny, I guess”.
The string was used every time the Microsoft program ran a virtual version of Linux. Linux developer Dr Matthew Garrett is upset by what he sees as “straightforward childish humour”. He points out that previously Microsoft used the string 0x0B00B135 (or “BOOBIES” to non-programmers) in a previously submitted piece of code. Dr Garrett points out that the string may be used to connect Linux system to Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, making the problem even tougher to fix. “So, full marks, Microsoft,” says Dr Garrett. “You’ve managed to make the kernel more offensive to half the population and you’ve made it awkward for us to rectify it”. Microsoft was made aware of the code quickly issued an apologetic statement, saying “We thank the community for reporting this issue and apologize for the offensive string. We have submitted a patch to fix this issue and the change will be published in a future release of the kernel.”  The software giant then immediately issued a patch that corrected the string. In early June, Microsoft suffered another embarrassment over '"vulgar" language used during a song and dance routine at a company conference.


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