Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated

April 7th, 2007

The Debian project has updated the stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename sarge). This update mainly adds security updates to the stable release, along with a few corrections to serious problems. Those who frequently update from won't have to update many packages and most updates from are included in this update.

In preparation for the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename etch), Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 will be moved to the oldstable part of the archive. Users who would like to continue using Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 are advised to update their /etc/apt/sources.list network source to refer to sarge instead of stable.

Please note that this update does not constitute a new version of Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 but only updates some of the packages included in the stable release. There is no need to throw away 3.1 CDs or DVDs but only to update against after an installation, in order to incorporate those late changes. New CD and DVD images will be delayed until after the release of etch and will be available at the regular locations.

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 of mirrors is available at:

Miscellaneous Bugfixes

This stable update adds a few important corrections to the following packages:

Package Reason
base-installer Fix for kernel ABI bump (fix regression from 3.1r5)
glibc Get architectures back in sync

Security Updates

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

Advisory ID Package(s) Correction(s)
DSA-1240 links2Arbitrary shell command execution
DSA-1262 gnomemeetingArbitrary code execution
DSA-1263 clamavDenial of service
DSA-1264 php4Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1265 mozillaSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1266 gnupgSignature forgery
DSA-1267 webcalendarRemote file inclusion
DSA-1268 libwpdArbitrary code execution
DSA-1269 lookup-elInsecure temporary file
DSA-1270 openoffice.orgSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1271 openafsRemote privilege escalation
DSA-1272 tcpdumpDenial of service
DSA-1273 nasMultiple remote vulnerabilities
DSA-1274 fileArbitrary code execution
DSA-1275 zope2.7Cross-site scripting flaw
DSA-1276 krb5Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1277 xmmsArbitrary code execution
DSA-1278 man-dbArbitrary code execution

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:

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