Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 updated

September 5th, 2009

The Debian project is pleased to announce the third update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 (codename lenny). 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 5.0 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away 5.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.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 a few important corrections to the following packages:

Package Reason
avelsieve Allow last filter to be deleted and fix interoperability with dovecot
base-files Update /etc/debian_version to reflect the point release
burn Properly escape filenames and more securely handle subprocess arguments
ffmpeg-debian Support reading large metadata in flac decoder
firmware-nonfree Add firmware-bnx2x package
freedoom Remove copyright-violating material
ganeti Fix hvmloader path to match Lenny's xen-utils-3.2-1
geoip Add versioned Replaces to avoid issues with upgrades from etch
gthumb Fix treating symlinked directories contents as duplicated
heartbeat Fix syntax error, IPv6 /64 prefixes and etch to lenny upgrades
irssi Fix out of bounds access
kernel-wedge Include bnx2x driver if available
libcompress-raw-bzip2-perl CVE-2009-1884: fix off-by-one error in bzinflate()
libcompress-raw-zlib-perl CVE-2009-1391: Fix a buffer overflow in inflate()
libio-socket-ssl-perl Fix security vulnerability in partial hostname matching
libpam-ssh Fix user enumeration issue
linux-2.6 Several fixes and increased hardware support
linux-kernel-di-alpha-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-amd64-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-arm-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-armel-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-hppa-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-i386-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-ia64-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-mips-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-mipsel-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-powerpc-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-s390-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
linux-kernel-di-sparc-2.6 Rebuild against linux-2.6 kernel 2.6.26-19
mod-wsgi Incorporate upstream bug-fix releases (including several potential crash or memory leak bugs)
multipath-tools Fix crash on shutdown
nexuiz-data Disable message about new upstream versions
openafs Don't create invalid pointers to kernel memory when handling errors
openssl Fix several vulnerabilities
perl Fix a memory leak, buffer overflow (CVE-2009-1391) and replaces/conflicts package name typo
pidgin Properly enforce the 'require SSL/TLS' option on older XMPP servers
postgrey Update whitelist; include wider Google entry
python-django Fix arbitrary filesystem access via crafted URLs
python-numpy Fix incorrect symlink to include file
python-support Ignore lines starting 'import' when parsing .pth files
request-tracker3.6 Only allow SuperUsers to edit global RT at a Glance
spamassassin Stop using cybersquatted RBL
stardict Disable network dictionary plugin (CVE-2009-2260)
subversion Fix mail header formatting in hook
texlive-base Don't fail when LaTeX is five years old; blacklist lamsarrow.sty and include fixed font metrics
texlive-bin Fix error with configuring when included files are five years old
texlive-extra Don't fail when LaTeX is five years old
texlive-lang Don't fail when LaTeX is five years old
tor Fix DoS and another potential security issue
transmission Fix segfault and generation of invalid filenames
tzdata Update Cairo DST for Ramadan
udev Update several rules and add backported fixes
user-mode-linux Rebuild against linux-source-2.6.26 (2.6.26-19)
wordpress Fix password reset procedure
xcftools Fix crash with files containing negative co-ordinates
xfce4-dict Don't create zombie processes
xfce4-weather-plugin Use API key so that results are returned again
xorg Fix grave bug in postinst maintainer script which could lead to empty xorg configuration files
znc Fix crash if a user is deleted whilst connecting to a server

New version of debian-installer

The installer has been updated to incorporate the new kernels released with this point release, adding support for new network hardware, and to fix a segfault early in the boot process of installations for the S/390 architecture.

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-1813 evolution-data-serverRegressions in previous security update
DSA-1816 apache2Privilege escalation
DSA-1816 apache2-mpm-itkPrivilege escalation
DSA-1826 eggdropSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1827 ipplanCross-site scripting
DSA-1828 ocsinventory-agentArbitrary code execution
DSA-1829 sork-passwd-h3Cross-site scripting
DSA-1830 icedoveSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1831 djbdnsPrivilege escalation
DSA-1832 camlimagesArbitrary code execution
DSA-1833 dhcp3Arbitrary code execution
DSA-1834 apache2Denial of service
DSA-1834 apache2-mpm-itkDenial of service
DSA-1838 pulseaudioPrivilege escalation
DSA-1840 xulrunnerSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1842 openexrSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1843 squid3Denial of service
DSA-1845 user-mode-linuxSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1846 kvmDenial of service
DSA-1847 bind9Denial of service
DSA-1848 zncRemote code execution
DSA-1851 gst-plugins-bad0.10Arbitrary code execution
DSA-1852 fetchmailSSL certificate verification weakness
DSA-1853 memcachedArbitrary code execution
DSA-1854 aprArbitrary code execution
DSA-1854 apr-utilArbitrary code execution
DSA-1855 subversionArbitrary code execution
DSA-1856 mantisInformation leak
DSA-1857 camlimagesArbitrary code execution
DSA-1858 imagemagickSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1859 libxml2Several issues
DSA-1860 ruby1.8Several issues
DSA-1865 user-mode-linuxSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1867 kdelibsSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1869 curlSSL certificate verification weakness
DSA-1870 pidginInsufficient input sanitization
DSA-1871 wordpressSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1873 xulrunnerSpoofing vulnerabilities
DSA-1874 nssSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1875 ikiwikiInformation disclosure
DSA-1876 dnsmasqRemote code execution
DSA-1877 mysql-dfsg-5.0Arbitrary code execution

Removed packages

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

Package Reason
sabayon very buggy; unsuitable for a 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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