Botched npm Update Crashes Linux Systems, Forces Users to Reinstall (

Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A bug in npm (Node Package Manager), the most widely used JavaScript package manager, will change ownership of crucial Linux system folders, such as /etc, /usr, /boot. Changing ownership of these files either crashes the system, various local apps, or prevents the system from booting, according to reports from users who installed npm v5.7.0. — the buggy npm update. Users who installed this update — mostly developers and software engineers — will likely have to reinstall their system from scratch or restore from a previous system image.

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