Linux News for Oct 24, 2001
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Red Hat Comments on Unsigned Packages, Provides Signed Errata Packages (2001-10-24 21:54:50)
Red Hat has responded to Kurt Seifried's advisory regarding a
pair of unsigned packages that were shipped with Red Hat 7.2.
According to the company, signed packages will now be provided.
Red Hat Security Advisory: Updated mod_auth_pgsql packages available (2001-10-24 20:15:42)
"Updated mod_auth_pgsql packages are now available for Red Hat
Linux 7.2. These updates close a vulnerability which would allow a
malicious client to cause a Web server to execute arbitrary SQL
statements. A bug in the MD5 password mechanism causing valid
passwords not to authenticate the user has also been fixed."
CNET News.com: The coming "open monopoly" in software
From a pair of Sun engineers: "Historically, market economies
favor monopolies when infrastructure is needed. Consider the
history of AT&T, utilities or railroads in America. But the
infrastructure building period ends at some point--and we are
rapidly approaching that point in the software industry."
NewsForge: Open Source community could learn something from Microsoft's services
"A recent article by CRN's Steve Burke is among a blizzard of
similar pieces threatening that system integrators will begin to
walk away from proprietary developers and begin to popularize Linux
if Microsoft and the other vendors don't stop muscling in on the
service business. I don't think so."
SuSE Security Announcement: htdig (2001-10-24 16:44:47)
"ht://Dig is a powerfull indexing and information gathering tool
for the web. ht://Dig's search engine htsearch could be run by a
http server as CGI program or standalone as commandline tool. Due
to insufficient checking of the running environment it is possible
to use commandline options via CGI. An remote attacker could use
the -c option to specify /dev/zero as an alternate config file to
causes a denial of service for some minutes."
dot.kde.org: C Mania: KDE 3 Offers C Bindings (2001-10-24 16:06:31)
"Richard Dale recently pleasantly surprised me (and probably
others) by announcing that he has committed C bindings for the
KDE3/Qt3 libraries to KDE's CVS."
ZDNet: What's the future of Linux? (Gartner) (2001-10-24 15:23:44)
"Gartner detects a greater level of comfort in deploying Linux
among project development teams. They also detect more willingness
to run Linux as front-end application servers, but, in large
enterprises, IS directors and CIOs still are concerned about
support and tend to use their vendor support on Unix and mainframes
as the reference comparison for that expected of Linux."
LinuxPR: Jabber, Inc. Unveils Free 100 User Instant Messaging Server
"Jabber, Inc., today announced a program under which a limited
user version of its flagship product, the Jabber Communications
Platform (JCP), will be available for free download from the Jabber
LinuxWorld.com: A strategic comparison of Windows vs. Unix
"Most of the Windows versus Unix debate has been cast in terms
of which is technically better or which is cheaper, but the real
question is, 'Under what circumstances is it smarter to pick one
technology rather than the other?' In scenario 1, a college
administrator chooses Unix or Windows for a 500-student system. In
scenario 2, the board of a 5,000-user manufacturing company looks
at that same decision."
LinuxGram: Inside the Penguin Meltdown (2001-10-24 09:58:31)
"The ex-exec explained that former Penguin CEO Marty Seyer and
the management team had lined up $15 million in C Series funding,
and that there was at least one serious unidentified buyout offer
on the table. Sam balked over the terms and fired Marty the night
before the Penguin board met last week. Sam reportedly said he
could do better as a white box vendor."
Linux Drivers for nVidia Based Hercules Cards Available (2001-10-24 09:06:17)
"Linux drivers (ver. 1.0-15.41) have been released for all
nVidia chipset based Hercules graphics cards."
LinuxProgramming: Tcl 8.3.4 released (2001-10-24 08:39:04)
"The Tcl maintainers are pleased to announce the 8.3.4 releases
of the Tcl scripting language and the Tk toolkit. This is the
fourth patch release of Tcl/Tk 8.3. More details can be found
below. We'd like to thank all those that submit bugs and patches as
they are the primary source of information for us to identify
problems in the core."
Linux 2.4.13 Is Out (2001-10-24 06:21:16)
Linux 2.4.13 has been released. Changelog, link within.
ZDNet: Lindows unites Linux and Windows (2001-10-24 04:48:14)
"Hoping to succeed in a difficult task, a software start-up
plans to sell a version of Linux designed to run popular Windows
programs. ... The software is based on years of labor devoted to
the Wine project, an open-source effort to mimic the commands that
Windows programs use. Lindows adds proprietary software with
improvements such as making fonts appear better or software install
more easily, Robertson said in an interview."
NewsBytes: Red Hat Denies Security Flaw in `Enigma' (2001-10-24 01:45:39)
Red Hat says an advisory issued by Kurt Seifried regarding a
pair of unsigned packages (reproduced within) isn't a serious
security problem. Seifried maintains that without the signatures,
the packages are easily subverted and redistributed to unsuspecting