Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 updated

February 10th, 2009

The Debian project is pleased to announce the seventh update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename etch). 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 4.0 but only updates some of the packages included. There is no need to throw away 4.0 CDs or DVDs but only to update via an up-to-date Debian mirror after an installation, to cause any out of date packages to be updated.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 several binary updates for various architectures to packages whose version was not synchronised across all architectures. It also adds a few important corrections to the following packages:

Package Reason
crip Fix possible symlink vulnerability (CVE-2008-5376)
devscripts Fix insecure creation of temporary directories
fai-kernels Rebuilt against linux-2.6 update
glibc Change currency for Slovakia and Slovenia to Euro
glpi Replace domxml-php5-php5.php by a LGPL version
gnumeric Fix untrusted search path vulnerability (CVE-2009-0318)
linux-2.6.24 Fix several issues
linux-ftpd-ssl Fix cross-site request forgery (CVE-2008-4247)
muttprint Fix possible symlink vulnerability (CVE-2008-5368)
tagcoll Fix packaging bug
tkman Fix temporary file race (CVE-2008-5137)

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-1678 perlPrivilege escalation
DSA-1685 uw-imapMultiple vulnerabilities
DSA-1686 no-ipArbitrary code execution
DSA-1688 courier-authlibSQL injection
DSA-1689 proftpd-dfsgCross-Site Request Forgery
DSA-1690 avahiDenial of service
DSA-1691 moodleSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1692 php-xajaxCross-site scripting
DSA-1693 phppgadminSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1694 xtermRemote code execution
DSA-1695 ruby1.8, ruby1.9Denial of service
DSA-1696 icedoveSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1697 iceapeSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1698 gforgeSQL injection
DSA-1699 zaptelPrivilege escalation
DSA-1700 lassoValidation bypass
DSA-1701 openssl, openssl097Cryptographic weakness
DSA-1702 ntpCryptographic weakness
DSA-1703 bind9Cryptographic weakness
DSA-1704 xulrunnerSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1705 netatalkArbitrary code execution
DSA-1706 amarokArbitrary code execution
DSA-1707 iceweaselSeveral vulnerabilities
DSA-1708 git-coreRemote code execution
DSA-1709 shadowPossible privilege escalation
DSA-1710 ganglia-monitor-coreRemote code execution
DSA-1715 moinInsufficient input sanitising

A complete list of all accepted and rejected packages together with rationale is on the preparation page for this revision:

Removed packages

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

Package Reason
tmsnc Security problems, protocol outdated


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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