Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 29 January 2007

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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 29 January 2007

Chris Gianelloni
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 29 January 2007.

1. Gentoo News

Xfce 4.4 released

After several months of development, Xfce[1] released version 4.4 last week.
It was quickly added to the tree by Gentoo's Xfce team[2]. The panel plugins
and extra utilities have been updated, and some new applications have been
added for 4.4. Use xfce-base/xfce4-extras to get them all, or choose the
ones you want from the xfce-extra/ category.

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Also, Peter Weller[3] has been testing this release on Gentoo/FreeBSD and it
seems to work pretty well, except for some programs which need minor fixing.

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Second anniversary of Gentoo Forum Netherlands

On January 22nd, the Gentoo Forum Netherlands celebrated its 2nd
anniversary. Started on January 22nd, 2005, GFN has grown into a community
with more than 175 registred members. Forum questions are devotedly
investigated, replied and followed until they are resolved. It is not only
the advanced users' questions that are being answered, but questions from
newcomers and the-not-so-battle-hardened users are investigated with the
same amount of interest.

However, serious work must be enlightened by humour, games and chats. And
that is the other bright side of GFN. The high number of posts (4572) in the
Coffee Corner proves there are frequent sessions of chatting about
non-serious subjects. Also, since a few weeks ago, GFN has had its own
Unreal Tournament server, which is used often by the regular visitors. With
this balance we spread the Gentoo spirit within a linguistic area counting
20 million people.

To find out more about Gentoo Forum Netherlands or to join, visit

2. Heard in the community

Gatt beta released

Arch testers' workload has been greatly eased, now that Matthias Langer[4]'s
gatt program has been released. gatt helps with handling stabilization and
keywording bugs. Interested people can always join an arch-team IRC channel
(such as #gentoo-x86) to help out as an arch tester. All arch-teams can be
found on the base project page[5].

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New PS3 stages on mirrors

This week, the Gentoo Linux for PS3 development team[6] released a new
stage4 tarball. It's available for download on the mirrors, as are the
snapshots used to build the stage4 repository.



3. Gentoo International

USA: SCALE 5x, Los Angeles, CA

That's right! SCALE 5x is coming up quickly. The event runs February 10
through February 11th. Don't miss out on two mini-conferences held on the
9th, Women in Open Source and Open Source Healthcare.

You can find Gentoo at booth #63[7]. Our development team is glad to present
you the following list of developers that will be attending:


Name                         Nickname
Steve Arnold                 nerdboy
Christel Dahlskjaer          christel
Steve Dibb                   beandog
Mike Doty                    kingtaco
Joshua Jackson               tsunam
Peter Johanson               latexer
Stephanie J. Lockwood-Childs wormo
Elfyn McBratney              beu
Daniel Ostrow                dostrow
Joshua Saddler               nightmorph
David Shakaryan              omp
Chris White                  chriswhite
Nicholas D. Wolfwood         blackace

Some of the developers will also attending a live showing of Rocky Horror
Picture Show on Saturday night, February 10.

Questions? Mail [hidden email], or ask the developers in person at SCALE.


4. Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  * Matthew Kennedy (mkennedy)


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  * none this week


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  * none this week

5. Gentoo security

Fetchmail: Denial of Service and password disclosure

Fetchmail has been found to have numerous vulnerabilities allowing for
Denial of Service and password disclosure.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[8]


Mod_auth_kerb: Denial of Service

Mod_auth_kerb is vulnerable to a buffer overflow possibly allowing a Denial
of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[9]


Sun JDK/JRE: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple unspecified vulnerabilities have been identified in Sun Java
Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE).

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[10]


Adobe Acrobat Reader: Multiple vulnerabilities

Adobe Acrobat Reader is vulnerable to remote code execution, Denial of
Service, and cross-site scripting attacks.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[11]


libgtop: Privilege escalation

libgtop improperly handles filenames, possibly allowing for the execution of
arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[12]


xine-ui: Format string vulnerabilities

xine-ui improperly handles format strings, possibly allowing for the
execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[13]


OpenLDAP: Insecure usage of /tmp during installation

A shell script commonly released with OpenLDAP makes insecure usage of files
in /tmp during the emerge process.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[14]


Centericq: Remote buffer overflow in LiveJournal handling

Centericq does not properly handle communications with the LiveJournal
service, allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[15]


MIT Kerberos 5: Arbitrary Remote Code Execution

Multiple vulnerabilities in MIT Kerberos 5 could potentially result in the
execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[16]


Squid: Multiple Denial of Service vulnerabilities

Two vulnerabilities have been found in Squid which make it susceptible to
Denial of Service attacks.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[17]


Cacti: Command execution and SQL injection

Cacti has three vulnerabilities that could allow shell command execution or
SQL injection.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[18]


VLC media player: Format string vulnerability

VLC media player improperly handles format strings, allowing for the
execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[19]


X.Org X server: Multiple vulnerabilities

Sean Larsson from iDefense Labs has found multiple vulnerabilities in the
DBE and Render extensions.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[20]


6. Gentoo package moves

This section lists packages that have either been moved or added to the tree
and packages that have had their "last rites" announcement given to be
removed in the future. The package removals come from many locations,
including the Treecleaners[21] and various developers. Most packages which
are listed under the Last Rites section are in need of some love and care
and can remain in the tree if proper maintainership is established.



Package:                       Removal date: Contact:
net-misc/bcm4400               23 Jan 2007   Daniel Drake[22]
dev-lang/cm3                   24 Jan 2007   Mike Frysinger[23]
sys-apps/pcsc-ase-iiie-drv     24 Jan 2007   Alon Bar-Lev[24]
media-libs/libmusepack         25 Jan 2007   Diego Pettenò[25]
x11-themes/bmpx-themes         27 Jan 2007   Patrick McLean[26]
media-libs/swfdec              27 Jan 2007   Raúl Porcel[27]
dev-java/jakarta-tomcat-jasper 27 Jan 2007   William Thomson[28]
app-emulation/i8086emu         28 Jan 2007   Denis Dupeyron[29]
dev-ada/asis                   28 Jan 2007   George Shapovalov[30]
net-im/mercury-bin             28 Jan 2007   Gustavo Felisberto[31]

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Package:                               Addition date: Contact:
app-text/gnochm[32]                    22 Jan 2007    Ryan Hill[33]
app-portage/gatt-svn[34]               23 Jan 2007    Christian Faulhammer[35]
dev-perl/Sys-Statistics-Linux[36]      23 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[37]
xfce-extra/xfce4-timer[38]             23 Jan 2007    Peter Weller[3]
dev-java/fontbox[39]                   24 Jan 2007    Petteri Räty[40]
dev-scheme/scm[41]                     24 Jan 2007    Marijn Schouten[42]
app-admin/pprocm[43]                   25 Jan 2007    Michael Cummings[37]
dev-perl/GD-Barcode[44]                25 Jan 2007    Christian Hartmann[45]
dev-java/rundoc[46]                    25 Jan 2007    Petteri Räty[40]
net-p2p/bitstormlite[47]               26 Jan 2007    Raúl Porcel[27]
dev-java/snip[48]                      26 Jan 2007    Petteri Räty[40]
app-doc/linux-kernel-in-a-nutshell[49] 26 Jan 2007    Mike Frysinger[23]
net-p2p/dbhub[50]                      26 Jan 2007    Raúl Porcel[27]
net-misc/tipcutils[51]                 26 Jan 2007    Gustavo Zacarias[52]
dev-lang/xsb[53]                       28 Jan 2007    Keri Harris[54]
x11-plugins/compiz-extra[55]           28 Jan 2007    Hanno Boeck[56]
media-libs/wxsvg[57]                   28 Jan 2007    Ryan Hill[33]
app-text/searchmonkey[58]              28 Jan 2007    Raúl Porcel[27]
sys-fs/davl[59]                        28 Jan 2007    Raúl Porcel[27]

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Last Rites:

Package:                         Removal date: Contact:
mail-client/ximian-connector[60] 24 Feb 07     Daniel Gryniewicz[61]
net-misc/e100[62]                24 Mar 07     Alec Warner[63]

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7. Bugzilla


  * Statistics
  * Closed bug ranking
  * New bug rankings


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([64]) to record and track
bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development
team. Between 21 January 2007 and 28 January 2007, activity on the site has
resulted in:


  * 754 new bugs during this period
  * 455 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  * 31 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  * 137 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10729 currently open bugs: 19 are labeled 'blocker', 106 are labeled
'critical', and 454 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period

  * XFCE Team[2], with 30 closed bugs[65]
  * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[66], with 30 closed bugs[67]
  * AMD64 Project[68], with 20 closed bugs[69]
  * Gentoo Security[70], with 18 closed bugs[71]
  * Gentoo KDE team[72], with 15 closed bugs[73]
  * Java team[74], with 15 closed bugs[75]
  * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[76], with 13 closed bugs[77]
  * udev maintainers[78], with 11 closed bugs[79]

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New bug rankings

The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during
this period are:

  * Default Assignee for New Packages[80], with 44 new bugs[81]
  * Netmon Herd[82], with 17 new bugs[83]
  * Gentoo Web Application Packages Maintainers[84], with 13 new
  * Java team[74], with 10 new bugs[86]
  * udev maintainers[78], with 9 new bugs[87]
  * AMD64 Project[68], with 7 new bugs[88]
  * Gentoo X-windows packagers[89], with 6 new bugs[90]
  * Robin Johnson[91], with 6 new bugs[92]

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8. GWN feedback

The GWN is staffed by volunteers and members of the community who submit
ideas and articles. If you are interested in writing for the GWN, have
feedback on an article that we have posted, or just have an idea or article
that you would like to submit to the GWN, please send us your feedback[93]
and help make the GWN better.

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9. GWN subscription information

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10. Other languages

The Gentoo Weekly Newsletter is also available in the following languages:

  * Chinese (Simplified)[94]
  * Danish[95]
  * Dutch[96]
  * English[97]
  * German[98]
  * Greek[99]
  * French[100]
  * Korean[101]
  * Japanese[102]
  * Italian[103]
  * Polish[104]
  * Portuguese (Brazil)[105]
  * Portuguese (Portugal)[106]
  * Russian[107]
  * Slovak[108]
  * Spanish[109]
  * Turkish[110]


Chris Gianelloni <[hidden email]> - Editor
Ben de Groot <[hidden email]> - Author
Dimitry Bradt <[hidden email]> - Author

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