Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

December 18th, 2008

The Debian project is pleased to announce the sixth 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to throw away 4.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.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
blender Sanitise Python's default import path
devscripts Allow current signed changes files
dpkg Improved symlink handling, reenable no-debsig
epiphany-browser Allow the deletion of certificates
glibc Keep in optimised libraries
graphviz Fix potential arbitrary code execution
libhdate Drop binary package libhdate-pascal
perl Fix Time::HiRes with kernels>= 2.6.22
postgresql-7.4 Incorporate bug fix releases up to 7.4.23
postgresql-8.1 Incorporate bug fix releases up to 8.1.15
reportbug Support new structure
spamassassin Fix for denial of service, remove blacklists
tdiary Fix a Cross Site Scripting vulnerability
websvn Fix potential PHP code execution

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-1617 refpolicyIncompatible policy
DSA-1622 newsxArbitrary code execution
DSA-1635 freetypeSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1656 cupsysSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1657 qemuDenial of service
DSA-1658 dbusDenial of service
DSA-1659 libspf2Potential remote code execution
DSA-1660 clamavDenial of service
DSA-1661 openoffice.orgSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1662 mysql-dfsg-5.0Authorization bypass
DSA-1663 net-snmpSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1665 libcdaudioArbitrary code execution
DSA-1666 libxml2Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1667 python2.4Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1668 hfArbitrary code execution
DSA-1669 xulrunnerSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1670 enscriptArbitrary code execution
DSA-1671 iceweaselSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1672 imlib2Arbitrary code execution
DSA-1673 wiresharkSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1674 jailerDenial of service
DSA-1675 phpmyadminCross-site scripting
DSA-1676 flamethrowerDenial of service
DSA-1677 cupsysArbitrary code execution
DSA-1679 awstatsCross-site scripting
DSA-1681 linux-2.6.24Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1682 squirrelmailCross site scripting
DSA-1683 streamripperPotential code execution
DSA-1687 fai-kernelsSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1687 linux-2.6Several vulnerabilities
DSA-1687 user-mode-linuxSeveral 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
fpc Copyright infringement
gearhead Depends on non-free fpc
imapcopy Depends on non-free fpc
astrolog Contains potentially undistributable code
youtube-dl Not suited for stable release


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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