Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has apologised – a bit – for calling some security-centric kernel contributors “f*cking morons”.

Torvalds unleashed a profanity-laden rant at Google developer Kees Cook, over the latter's proposal to harden the kernel.

Another Google security chap, Matthew Garret, asked Torvalds “ Can you clarify a little with regard to how you'd have liked this patchset to look?”

To which Torvalds responded that “I think the actual status of the patches is fairly good with the default warning.”

“But what I'd really like to see is to not have to worry so much about these hardening things.

The last set of user access hardening really was more painful than it might have been.”

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