Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

October 23rd, 2008

The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth 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.

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to throw away 4.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.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 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:

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 Fix several vulnerabilities
apache2-mpm-itk Rebuild against apache2 and fix hanging processes on restart/shutdown
blosxom Fix XSS
dist Fix insecure temp file usage
fai-kernels Fix xfs corruption / Xen crash
feta Fix insecure temp file usage
git-core Support download of packs v2 through dumb transports
gobby Rebuild against net6
irqbalance Fix segfault when /proc/interrupts contains an interrupt with a number of 256 or larger
jumpnbump Fix insecure handling of /tmp
libpam-pwdfile Use gcc instead of ld
linux-2.6 Fix xfs corruption / Xen crash
myspell Fix insecure temp file usage
net6 Fix object access after deallocation
obby Rebuild against new net6
postgresql-8.1 Upstream bugfix release 8.1.13
sobby Rebuild against new net6
trac Fix multiple vulnerabilities
tzdata Updates to several timezones and daylight saving times settings
user-mode-linux Fix xfs corruption / Xen crash
wdiff Fix race condition related to temporary files

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 Correction(s)
DSA-1597 mt-daapdFix several vulnerabilities (fixes for regression)
DSA-1614 iceweaselFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1615 xulrunnerFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1616 clamavFix denial of service
DSA-1617 refpolicyFix incompatible policy
DSA-1618 ruby1.9Fix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1619 python-dnsFix DNS response spoofing
DSA-1620 python2.5Fix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1621 icedoveFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1622 newsxFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1623 dnsmasqFix cache poisoning
DSA-1624 libxsltFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1625 cupsysFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1626 httrackFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1627 openscFix smart card vulnerability
DSA-1628 pdnsFix DNS response spoofing
DSA-1629 postfixFix programming error
DSA-1630 linux-2.6Fix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1630 fai-kernelsFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1630 user-mode-linuxFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1631 libxml2Fix denial of service
DSA-1632 tiffFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1633 slashFix multiple vulnerabilities
DSA-1634 wordnetFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1636 linux-2.6.24Fix denial of service / information leak
DSA-1638 opensshFix denial of service
DSA-1639 twikiFix arbitrary code execution
DSA-1640 python-djangoFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1641 phpmyadminFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1642 horde3Fix cross site scripting
DSA-1643 fetaFix insecure temp file usage
DSA-1644 mplayerFix integer overflows
DSA-1645 lighttpdFix various problems
DSA-1646 squidFix array bounds check
DSA-1647 php5Fix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1648 monFix insecure temporary files
DSA-1649 iceweaselFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1650 openldap2.3Fix denial of service
DSA-1651 ruby1.8Fix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1652 ruby1.9Fix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1653 linux-2.6Fix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1653 fai-kernelsFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1653 user-mode-linuxFix several vulnerabilities
DSA-1654 libxml2Fix execution of arbitrary code
DSA-1655 linux-2.6.24Fix several vulnerabilities

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

Removed packages

The following packages were removed due to circumstances beyond our control:

Package Reason
f-prot-installer Obsolete


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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