Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

April 8th, 2009

The Debian project is pleased to announce the eighth update of its oldstable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename etch). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the oldstable 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to throw away 4.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.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 oldstable update adds a few important corrections to the following packages:

Package Reason
libweather-com-perl Adopt to's interface changes
optipng Fix array overflow vulnerability
pam Fix signedness error in _pam_StrTok
postgresql-8.1 New upstream bugfix release 8.1.17
sleuthkit Fix license issue
debian-installer Include the updated archive key
debian-archive-keyring Add new archive key

Security Updates

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

Advisory ID Package Correction(s)
DSA-1622 newsxArbitrary code execution
DSA-1712 rt2400Arbitrary code execution
DSA-1713 rt2500Arbitrary code execution
DSA-1714 rt2570Arbitrary code execution
DSA-1716 vnc4Remote code execution
DSA-1717 devilBuffer overflow
DSA-1718 boincValidation bypass
DSA-1719 gnutls13Certificate validation
DSA-1720 typo3-srcSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1721 libpam-krb5Local privilege escalation
DSA-1722 libpam-heimdalLocal privilege escalation
DSA-1723 phpmyadminArbitrary code execution
DSA-1724 moodleSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1726 python-cryptoDenial of service
DSA-1729 gst-plugins-bad0.10Multiple vulnerabilities
DSA-1731 ndiswrapperArbitrary code execution vulnerability
DSA-1732 squid3Denial of service
DSA-1733 vimMultiple vulnerabilities
DSA-1735 zncPrivilege escalation
DSA-1737 wesnothSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1738 curlArbitrary file access
DSA-1740 yawsDenial of service
DSA-1742 libsndfileArbitrary code execution
DSA-1743 libtk-imgArbitrary code execution
DSA-1746 gs-gplArbitrary code execution
DSA-1747 glib2.0Arbitrary code execution
DSA-1750 libpngSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1759 strongswanDenial of service
DSA-1760 openswanDenial 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 oldstable distribution:

Proposed updates to the oldstable distribution:

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

Security announcements and information:

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