Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 updated

April 13th, 2008

The Debian project is pleased to announce the eighth and final update of its old stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (codename sarge). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the oldstable release, along with a few adjustments to serious problems.

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. 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.

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

Miscellaneous Bugfixes

This update adds several binary-only 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
unrar-nonfree Fix a buffer overflow (CVE-2007-0855)
wesnoth Bring architectures back in sync
pwlib Bring architectures back in sync
sing Fix privilege escalation
alsa-modules-i386 Built against the fixed 2.6 ABI, but the old 2.4 ABI
fai-kernels Built against the fixed 2.6 ABI, but the old 2.4 ABI

Please note that updated packages for alsa-modules-i386 and fai-kernels for the 2.4 Kernel-Series are available via but could not be added to this upgrade to prevent the Debian Installer for Sarge breaking as a result of the ABI change in that kernel update.

Security Updates

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

Advisory ID Package Correction(s)
DSA-1438 tarFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1445 maradnsFix denial of service vulnerability
DSA-1446 etherealFix denial of service vulnerability
DSA-1448 eggdropFix execution of arbitrary code
DSA-1449 loop-aes-utilsFix programming error
DSA-1450 util-linuxFix programming error
DSA-1452 wzdftpdFix denial of service vulnerability
DSA-1458 openafsFix denial of service vulnerability
DSA-1459 gforgeFix SQL injection
DSA-1461 libxml2Fix denial of service vulnerability
DSA-1463 postgresqlFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1466 xfree86Fix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1467 mantisFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1469 flacFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1471 libvorbisFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1472 xine-libFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1473 scponlyFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1482 squidFix denial of service vulnerability
DSA-1487 libexifFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1488 phpbbFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1490 tk8.3Fix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1491 tk8.4Fix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1493 sdl-image1.2Fix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1495 nagios-pluginsFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1499 pcre3Fix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1504 kernel-source-2.6.8Fix several issues
DSA-1505 alsa-driverFix kernel memory leak
DSA-1507 turba2Fix permission testing
DSA-1508 swordFix arbitrary shell command execution
DSA-1510 gs-espFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1510 gs-gplFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1512 evolutionFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1515 libnet-dns-perlFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1518 backup-managerFix information disclosure
DSA-1519 horde3Fix information disclosure
DSA-1520 smartyFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1522 unzipFix potential code execution
DSA-1524 krb5Fix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1527 debian-goodiesFix privilege escalation
DSA-1533 exiftagsFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1536 xine-libFix several vulnerabilities

A complete list of all accepted and rejected packages together with rationale is on the preparation page for this revision:

Removed packages

Flashplugin-nonfree has been removed, as this is closed source and we don't get security support for it. For security reasons, we recommend to immediately remove any version of flashplugin-nonfree and any remaining files of the Adobe Flash Player.

Flyspray has been removed since it has proven to be to buggy and not well enough supported for a stable release.


A complete overview of packages that have changed with this release:

The current old stable distribution:

Proposed updates to the oldstable distribution:

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

Security announcements and information:

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