Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

August 17th, 2007

The Debian project is pleased to announce the first update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename etch). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems. The first update also corrects a few important issues that have been noticed too late in the release process.

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 against after an installation, in order to incorporate those late changes.

Those who frequently install updates from won't have to update many packages and most updates from 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:

Debian-Installer Update

To propagate updated Linux kernel packages to the Debian installer it has been updated. The new binary interface causes the old netboot and floppy images to stop working and thus will be rebuilt and distributed from the regular locations soon. Several USB CD drives that were previously not detected are now supported. Other changes include an updated mirror list, a correction for gksu and improved translations.

Miscellaneous Bugfixes

This stable update adds several binary updates for various architectures to packages whose version was not synchronised across all architectures. It also adds a few important corrections to the following packages:

Package Reason
apache2 Expire disk cache, improved documentation
apache2-mpm-itk Rebuilt against current Apache2
debian-archive-keyring Key for added
debootstrap Add support for lenny
desktop-base Adjust path to default wallpaper for KDE
epiphany-browser Enable content negotiation for user's language setting
fai-kernels Include arcmsr SCSI driver
file Prevent possible denial of service
glibc Prevent mount hang, memory leak and printf failure
gnome-mount Rebuilt against current libeel2-2.14
initramfs-tools Added missing ESP module to SCSI modules list
kernel-wedge Reupload to match packages in r1
libofa Rebuilt in a clean environment
librsvg Corrected dependency
lifelines Prevent file conflict with older version
linux-latest-2.6 Assist upgrade to new linux-2.6
lsb Don't remove PID files of running daemons
madwifi Correct two remote and one local denial of service
mail-notification Binary rebuilt on several architectures
mixmaster Correct buffer overflow
mozilla-traybiff Improved dependency
mpop Prevent password stealing via man in the middle
mutt Correct reconnecting to IMAP server
nano Prevent segmentation faults
neon26 Correct Kerberos authentication
nfs-utils Prevent memory leaks Prevent crashes when saving files
orage Prevent memory leak
orbit2 Allow non-local IPv4 connections
php5 Correct regression in single quote escaping
pppconfig Correct upgrade problem
rdesktop Prevent segmentation fault upon successful login
tetex-base Ease transition to texlive
trac Adjust CSS and prevent remote exploition
user-setup Properly set up gksu alternatives
vice Correct regression after libx11-6 security fix
xorg Provide easier upgrades and corrected dependencies

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-1280 aircrack-ngArbitrary code execution
DSA-1281 clamavSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1282 php4Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1283 php5Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1284 qemuSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1285 wordpressSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1286 linux-2.6Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1288 pptpdDenial of service
DSA-1289 linux-2.6Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1290 squirrelmailCross-site scripting
DSA-1291 sambaSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1292 qt4-x11Cross-site scripting
DSA-1293 quaggaDenial of service
DSA-1295 php5Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1296 php4Privilege escalation
DSA-1297 gforge-plugin-scmcvsArbitrary shell command execution
DSA-1298 otrs2Cross-site scripting
DSA-1299 ipsec-toolsDenial of service
DSA-1300 iceapeSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1301 gimpArbitrary code execution
DSA-1302 freetypeArbitrary code execution
DSA-1303 lighttpdDenial of service
DSA-1305 icedoveSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1306 xulrunnerSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1307 openoffice.orgArbitrary code execution
DSA-1309 postgresql-8.1Privilege escalation.
DSA-1310 libexifArbitrary code execution
DSA-1311 postgresql-7.4Privilege escalation.
DSA-1312 libapache-mod-jkInformation disclosure
DSA-1313 mplayerArbitrary code execution
DSA-1314 open-iscsiSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1315 libphp-phpmailerArbitrary shell command execution
DSA-1316 emacs21Denial of service
DSA-1318 ekgDenial 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 stable distribution:

Proposed updates to the stable distribution:

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

Security announcements and information:

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