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Infrastructure Linux News for Feb 08, 2002

  • FOSDEM.org Interviews: FreeNet, SmoothWall, & Free Software and the European Commission (2002-02-08 18:26:09)
    As the Free and Open Source Software Developers' Meeting approaches, three more featured developers are interviewed: Ian Clarke on FreeNet, Richard Morrell on Smoothwall, and Phillippe Aigrain on "Open Source/Free Software and the European Commission."

  • Mandrake Linux Security Update Advisory: groff (2002-02-08 16:49:08)
    "zen-parse discovered an exploitable buffer overflow in groff's preprocessor. If groff is invoked using the LPRng printing system, an attacker can gain rights as the "lp" user. Likewise, this may be remotely exploitable if lpd is running and remotely accessible and the attacker knows the name of the printer and it's spool file."

  • Linux Gazette: Simple Package Management With Stow (2002-02-08 16:01:08)
    "What if you are developing your own software and don't want to create RPMs, or Debian dpkg each time you pause at a version? What if you don't trust that software package written by a 14 year old in that far away country with an unstable government? In short, what if you are heeding Obi-Wan Kenobe's advice, and using the source? How do you make it easy to rip out those configuration files, man pages, binaries, and libraries that you may want to replace in the future?"

  • LinuxDevices.com: Sun exec: "This is a war against Microsoft" (2002-02-08 09:55:57)
    "Asked whether he was referring to IBM and HP with that comment, Mehra replied "yes -- we will ship our own Linux Distribution optimized for our general purpose servers and server appliances, rather than simply making some Linux vendor's standard distribution available to the customers of our systems."

  • LinuxPR: Graphics Muse Tools CD brings extra power to Red Hat GIMP users. (2002-02-08 07:54:26)
    "In response to the growing demand for off the shelf products for desktop Linux systems, the Graphics Muse is now offering The Graphics Muse Tools CD, an easy to install package of plug-ins, scripts, and data for use with the latest version of GIMP."