Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated
April 8th, 2009
The Debian project is pleased to announce the eighth update of its oldstable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename etch). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the oldstable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems.
Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away 4.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.
Those who frequently install updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are included in this update.
New CD and DVD images containing updated packages and the regular installation media accompanied with the package archive respectively will be available soon at the regular locations.
Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the aptitude (or apt) package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to one of Debian's many FTP or HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list of mirrors is available at:
This oldstable update adds a few important corrections to the following packages:
|libweather-com-perl||Adopt to weather.com's interface changes|
|optipng||Fix array overflow vulnerability|
|pam||Fix signedness error in _pam_StrTok|
|postgresql-8.1||New upstream bugfix release 8.1.17|
|sleuthkit||Fix license issue|
|debian-installer||Include the updated archive key|
|debian-archive-keyring||Add new archive key|
This revision adds the following security updates to the oldstable release. The Security Team has already released an advisory for each of these updates:
|DSA-1622||newsx||Arbitrary code execution|
|DSA-1712||rt2400||Arbitrary code execution|
|DSA-1713||rt2500||Arbitrary code execution|
|DSA-1714||rt2570||Arbitrary code execution|
|DSA-1716||vnc4||Remote code execution|
|DSA-1721||libpam-krb5||Local privilege escalation|
|DSA-1722||libpam-heimdal||Local privilege escalation|
|DSA-1723||phpmyadmin||Arbitrary code execution|
|DSA-1726||python-crypto||Denial of service|
|DSA-1731||ndiswrapper||Arbitrary code execution vulnerability|
|DSA-1732||squid3||Denial of service|
|DSA-1738||curl||Arbitrary file access|
|DSA-1740||yaws||Denial of service|
|DSA-1742||libsndfile||Arbitrary code execution|
|DSA-1743||libtk-img||Arbitrary code execution|
|DSA-1746||gs-gpl||Arbitrary code execution|
|DSA-1747||glib2.0||Arbitrary code execution|
|DSA-1759||strongswan||Denial of service|
|DSA-1760||openswan||Denial of service|
A complete list of all accepted and rejected packages together with rationale is on the preparation page for this revision:
The complete lists of packages that have changed with this release:
The current oldstable distribution:
Proposed updates to the oldstable distribution:
Oldstable distribution information (release notes, errata, etc.):
Security announcements and information:
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