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Linux News for Jun 29, 2001

  • BrowserWatch: Mozilla 0.9.2 released (Jun 29, 2001, 23:01)
    This incremental upgrade includes bug fixes, content-sensitive help, and more.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.5-ac22 (Jun 29, 2001, 20:54)
    "This is the initial merge with 2.4.6pre - treat this one with care, it may not be the most reliable 2.4.5ac release ever made."

  • Eric S. Raymond: The Jargon File version 4.3.1 is available (Jun 29, 2001, 18:32)
    This is a point release; lots of minor cleanups and corrections, relatively few new entries.

  • ZDNet: Is BSD the tortoise? (Jun 29, 2001, 16:56)
    This columnist says Linux may be the "hare" part of the tortoise and hare equation, with BSD showing slow but steady progress, including (but not limited to) Microsoft's acceptance of FreeBSD as a supported .NET platform.

  • GNU Project and Kerberos Developers Receive USENIX Achievement Awards (Jun 29, 2001, 15:15)
    "The contributions of these two groups to the technical community have been incredible. The Lifetime Achievement and STUG awards are simply a way for the technical community to thank them for the invaluable tools and resources they have given us," said Andrew Hume, Vice President of the USENIX Association. "It's difficult to imagine how most of us could do systems work without using GNU Project derived tools."

  • Microsoft to Make a Deal? A Collection of News on Yesterday's Ruling. (Jun 29, 2001, 14:48)
    In the name of keeping the contributions queue clear for Linux news for the rest of the day, here's a collection of Microsoft items related to yesterday's news regarding the court vacating Microsoft's breakup. The biggest development is, of course, that Microsoft may be willing to make a deal, and that the coalition of state attorneys general that drove much of the case may be willing to come to the table for resolution. Reactions to the ruling range from relief to angry defiance, as this sampling shows.

  • EnGarde Secure Linux Security Advisory: xinetd (Jun 29, 2001, 14:45)
    This seems to be the day for security announcements. "There are bugs (both security and non-security) in xinetd. The non-security bug causes xinetd to fail after the first connection attempt and the security bug can potentially lead to a root comprimise via a buffer overflow."

  • SuSE Security Announcement: samba (Jun 29, 2001, 14:15)
    "In addition to the remotely exploitable bug, there exists another vulnerability which is fixed with the update packages we provide below: temporary files are being handled insecurely so that an attacker with local access to the system can increase her privileges. This error was discovered by Marcus Meissner, Caldera. This specific problem has been fixed with the release of the samba-2.0.9 version. samba release version 2.0.8 intended to correct this local problem, but due to an error, 2.0.9 contained the complete fix."

  • LinuxSecurity.com: Linux Advisory Watch - June 29th 2001 (Jun 29, 2001, 13:50)
    This week, advisories were released for apache, fetchmail, gnupg, samba, webmin, kdesu, iptables, XFree86, rxvt, exim, and ispell. The vendors include Caldera, Conectiva, Debian, EnGarde, Immunix, Mandrake, Red Hat, and Progeny. The samba vulnerability is present on many distributions. Administrators should update their samba packages immediately.

  • The Register: Usenet creator dead (Jun 29, 2001, 12:59)
    "One of the two men behind Usenet, Jim Ellis, has died aged 45. He died at his home in Pennsylvania yesterday morning after losing his battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma."

  • Kernel Cousin KDE #15 by Aaron J. Seigo (Jun 29, 2001, 01:08)
    KDE is a powerful Open Source graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations. It combines ease of use, contemporary functionality, and outstanding graphical design with the technological superiority of the Unix operating system.

  • Alan Cox: Linux 2.4.5-ac21 (Jun 29, 2001, 01:06)
    "This is the initial merge with 2.4.6pre - treat this one with care, it may not be the most reliable 2.4.5ac release ever made."