"icecast" is a server used to distribute audio streams to
compatible clients such as winamp, mpg123, xmms and many others.
The "Packet Knights" group has found a format string vulnerability
on this program that could be used to remotely execute arbitrary
code on the server with the privileges of the user running it,
normally root. This can lead to remote root compromise.
It is recommended that all icecast users upgrade their servers. The
new packages fix this problem and also provide some new
- the icecast daemon now runs as the unprivileged user "icecast"
and not root;
- it is not possible to start the server if the default password
has not been changed;
- remote web administration has been turned off by default.
Users of Conectiva Linux version 6.0 or higher may use apt to
- add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list if it is not
there yet (you may also use linuxconf to do this):