Debian GNU/Linux 2.2r5 released

January 10th, 2002

This is the fifth revision of Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 (codename `potato') which mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections of serious bugs. Those who frequently update from won't have to update many packages.

Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the `apt' package tool (see the sources.list(5) manual page) to one of Debian's many FTP or HTTP mirrors. A comprehensive list is available at:

Security Updates

This revision adds the following security updates to the release. The Security Team has already released an advisory for each of these updates.

Debian Security Advisory ID Package(s)
DSA 020 PHP4
DSA 023 INN2
DSA 067 Apache
DSA 070 telnetd
DSA 086 ssh-nonfree
DSA 087 wu-ftpd
DSA 090 xtel
DSA 091 OpenSSH
DSA 093 Postfix
DSA 094 Mailman
DSA 096 Mutt
DSA 097 Exim
DSA 098 libgtop

Miscellaneous Bugfixes

bwbasic Package was unusable due to library interactions
catsboot Important addition for ARM systems
dtaus Switch to Euro as currency
freewnn Important bugfix
groff Correction against last version which broke things
kernel-image 2.2.19 for ARM, 2.2.20 for Sparc
modconf Fix security race
nedit This is free software now
postgresql Prevent data loss
xxgdb Important bugfix

Removed Packages

gpg-rsaref Patent expired, functionality provided by GnuPG
gpg-rsa Patent expired, functionality provided by GnuPG
gpg-idea License infringement

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 stable distribution:

Proposed updates to the stable distribution:

Stable distribution information (release notes, errata, etc.):

Security announcements and information:

About Debian

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Contact Information

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