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Debian Weekly News 41/2005

The latest DWN is here, hot topics are: Debian Security Infrastructure, Dealing with Wiki Spam and Reviving the Debian FAQ.
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Debian Weekly News
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Debian Weekly News – October 11th, 2005
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Welcome to this year's 41st issue of DWN, the weekly newsletter for
the Debian community. The Georgia Tech Marine Robotics Group has built
an underwater [1]vehicle with Debian as the [2]base operating
system. Matt LaPlante started a [3]series of articles that describe
the set up and configuration of a firewall based on Debian, including
DHCP, DNS, proxy services and dynamic DNS.

1. http://cyberbuzz.gatech.edu/underwater/
2. http://cyberbuzz.gatech.edu/underwater/software.htm
3. http://www.cyberdogtech.com/firewalls/

Debian Security Infrastructure. The Debian project [4]announced that
the security network has been improved by splitting off the public
frontend to a new [5]host. This was a required step after an
[6]advisory recently caused the outgoing bandwidth of the old server
to be totally [7]saturated. Two more were [8]added afterward.

4. http://www.debian.org/News/2005/20051004
5. http://lists.debian.org/debian-news/debian-news-2005/msg00047.html
6. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-816
7. http://lists.debian.org/debian-security-announce/debian-security-announce-2005/msg00206.html
8. http://www.infodrom.org/~joey/log/?200510050938

Dealing with Wiki Spam. Carlos Parra Camargo [9]noticed that several
pages in the old [10]Wiki were defaced by a user and restored to the
last revision. Riku Vopio [11]pointed to the [12]instructions on
dealing with spam in the Wiki.

9. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00604.html
10. http://wiki.debian.net/
11. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00607.html
12. http://wiki.debian.org/?DealingWithSpam

Security Updates for Mozilla and Friends. With [13]DSA 810 the
security team announced that security problems in Mozilla, Firefox,
Galeon and Thunderbird have to be fixed by more or less using the new
upstream version but [14]keeping the old version number. Thanks to the
work done by Eric Dorland and Alexander Sack this hasn't caused the
problems yet that were already anticipated.

13. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-810
14. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00632.html

Reviving the Debian FAQ. Javier Fernández-Sanguino Peña [15]called for
help with maintaining the [16]Debian FAQ. Together with Santiago Vila
he has cleaned up a lot of sections, but more improvements are
required. Osamu Aoki [17]added that the scope of the FAQ should be
limited to brief answers and defer to other documents for the details.

15. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00667.html
16. http://www.debian.org/doc/FAQ/
17. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg01122.html

Cross-Chroot Account Information. Rob Browning [18]wondered how to
configure multiple chroot environments so that the account databases
will stay synchronous to the host system. An [19]LDAP backend as well
as [20]schroot and [21]bind mounts were mentioned. Daniel Jacobowitz
[22]pointed to his [23]shadow etc effort implemented with help of
fuse, the filesystem in userspace.

18. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00716.html
19. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00734.html
20. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00763.html
21. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00737.html
22. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00868.html
23. http://return.false.org/~drow/fuse/

Maintaining local Debian Patches. Sylvain Beucler [24]wondered if
there was a mechanism to keep local patches applied to Debian packages
even upon an upgrade. Francesco Lovergine [25]pointed him to
[26]apt-src that is able to take over part of the job. Paul Hampson
[27]explained that using a sane version number will stop [28]apt-get
from updating the package from the Debian source.

24. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00802.html
25. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00803.html
26. http://packages.debian.org/apt-src
27. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg01072.html
28. http://packages.debian.org/apt

Hotplug Blacklists obsolete. Marco d'Itri [29]reported that the new
hotplug and coldplug subsystem that has been integrated into [30]udev
cannot handle the former blacklisting of modules anymore but only its
own. He later [31]added that he has implemented support for
user-supplied files in /etc/hotplug/blacklist.d/ in modprobe.

29. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00830.html
30. http://packages.debian.org/udev
31. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg01311.html

Big Endian ARM Port. Lennert Buytenhek [32]announced the [33]intention
to work on a big endian ARM port for consumer devices such as the
Linksys NSLU2 or Synology DS101. Wouter Verhelst [34]offered his help
with maintaining a build daemon within the secondary buildd
[35]network.

32. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg00860.html
33. http://lists.debian.org/debian-arm/2005/08/msg00011.html
34. http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2005/09/msg01051.html
35. http://experimental.buildd.net/

Linux Documentation Project License. Francesco Poli [36]discussed the
freeness of the Linux Documentation Project License version 2. Matthew
Garrett [37]responded positively and pointed out that only the so
called dissident test is a problem since the person who is making
modifications needs to be identified.

36. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/09/msg00503.html
37. http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2005/09/msg00504.html

Debian Linux Kernel Handbook. Jurij Smakov et al. have published the
Debian Linux kernel [38]handbook which will help in documenting the
internals of the Debian Linux kernel build process. The document is
still work in progress with a lot of sections missing, but it's a
giant step in the right direction.

38. http://kernel-handbook.alioth.debian.org/

Security Updates. You know the drill. Please make sure that you update
your systems if you have any of these packages installed.

* DSA 843: [39]arc — Insecure temporary files.
* DSA 844: [40]mod-auth-shadow — Authentication bypass.
* DSA 845: [41]mason — Missing init script.
* DSA 846: [42]cpio — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 847: [43]dia — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 848: [44]masqmail — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 849: [45]shorewall — Firewall bypass.
* DSA 850: [46]tcpdump — Denial of service.
* DSA 851: [47]openvpn — Denial of service.
* DSA 852: [48]up-imapproxy — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 853: [49]ethereal — Several vulnerabilities.
* DSA 854: [50]tcpdump — Denial of service.
* DSA 855: [51]weex — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 855: [52]weex — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 856: [53]py2play — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 857: [54]graphviz — Insecure temporary file.
* DSA 858: [55]xloadimage — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 859: [56]xli — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 860: [57]ruby — Safety bypass.
* DSA 861: [58]uw-imap — Arbitrary code execution.
* DSA 862: [59]ruby1.6 — Safety bypass.

39. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-843
40. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-844
41. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-845
42. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-846
43. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-847
44. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-848
45. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-849
46. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-850
47. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-851
48. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-852
49. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-853
50. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-854
51. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-855
52. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-855
53. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-856
54. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-857
55. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-858
56. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-859
57. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-860
58. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-861
59. http://www.debian.org/security/2005/dsa-862

New or Noteworthy Packages. The following packages were added to the
unstable Debian archive [60]recently or contain important updates.

60. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/newpkg_main

* [61]connect-proxy — Establish TCP connection using SOCKS4/5 and
HTTP tunnel.
* [62]dangen — Shoot 'em up game where accurate shooting matters.
* [63]fruit — Chess engine, to calculates chess moves.
* [64]gtkhtml3.8 — HTML rendering/editing library – bonobo
component binary.
* [65]japitools — Java API compatibility testing tools.
* [66]keurocalc — Universal currency converter and calculator.
* [67]lprof — Hardware Color Profiler.
* [68]mozilla-biofox — Extension of bioinformatics tools to Mozilla
and Firefox browsers.
* [69]tilda — Terminal with first person shooter console likeness.
* [70]wmii — Lightweight tabbed and tiled X11 window manager.

61. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/net/connect-proxy
62. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/dangen
63. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/games/fruit
64. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/gnome/gtkhtml3.8
65. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/devel/japitools
66. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/kde/keurocalc
67. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/graphics/lprof
68. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/science/mozilla-biofox
69. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/tilda
70. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/x11/wmii

Orphaned Packages. 9 packages were orphaned this week and require a
new maintainer. This makes a total of 200 orphaned packages. Many
thanks to the previous maintainers who contributed to the Free
Software community. Please see the [71]WNPP pages for the full list,
and please add a note to the bug report and retitle it to ITA: if you
plan to take over a package.

71. http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/

* [72]heaplayers — High-performance memory allocators.
([73]Bug#332536)
* [74]libend-perl — Generalized END {}. ([75]Bug#333186)
* [76]libhoard — Fast memory allocation library. ([77]Bug#332538)
* [78]libhtml-table-perl — Perl module for creating HTML tables.
([79]Bug#333188)
* [80]libintl-perl — Uniforum message translations system
compatible i18n library. ([81]Bug#333190)
* [82]libnews-nntpclient-perl — News::NNTPClient, Perl support for
accessing NNTP servers. ([83]Bug#333192)
* [84]libperlmenu-perl — Menu and Template (curses-based) UI for
Perl. ([85]Bug#333193)
* [86]libterm-prompt-perl — Perl extension for prompting a user for
information. ([87]Bug#333194)
* [88]libtest-reporter-perl — Sends test results to
cpan-testers@perl.org. ([89]Bug#333195)

72. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libdevel/heaplayers
73. http://bugs.debian.org/332536
74. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libend-perl
75. http://bugs.debian.org/333186
76. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/libs/libhoard
77. http://bugs.debian.org/332538
78. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libhtml-table-perl
79. http://bugs.debian.org/333188
80. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libintl-perl
81. http://bugs.debian.org/333190
82. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libnews-nntpclient-perl
83. http://bugs.debian.org/333192
84. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libperlmenu-perl
85. http://bugs.debian.org/333193
86. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libterm-prompt-perl
87. http://bugs.debian.org/333194
88. http://packages.debian.org/unstable/perl/libtest-reporter-perl
89. http://bugs.debian.org/333195

Removed Packages. 17 packages have been [90]removed from the Debian
archive during the past week:

90. http://ftp-master.debian.org/removals.txt

* doc-debian-ko — Debian FAQ and other documents to Korean
[91]Bug#327764: Request of maintainer, orphaned, outdated
* php3 — server-side, HTML-embedded scripting language
[92]Bug#330656: Request of maintainer, superseded by php4/php5
* busybox-cvs — Tiny utilities for small and embedded systems
[93]Bug#331153: Request of QA, RC-buggy, superseded by busybox
* login.app — A login application designed with the NeXTStep look
in mind
[94]Bug#256681: Request of QA, inactive upstream, alternatives
exist
* gupsc — GNOME client for the Network UPS Tools Package (nut)
[95]Bug#263613: Request of QA, abandoned upstream, alternatives
exist
* cantus — Gnome tool to mass-rename/tag mp3 and ogg files
[96]Bug#287985: Request of QA, outdated, better alternatives
* xml-soap — SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) implementation in
Java
[97]Bug#307284: Request of QA, superseded by axis
* chastity-list — blacklists for SquidGuard
[98]Bug#321594: Request of QA, abandoned upstream, very outdated
* cyrus-imapd — CMU Cyrus mail system (administration tool)
[99]Bug#330696: Request of maintainer, obsolete
* pd-externals — PD external collection
[100]Bug#331385: Request of maintainer, few users; out-of-date;
buggy
* bidwatcher — Tool for watching and bidding on eBay auctions
[101]Bug#331684: Request of maintainer, broken; security issues
* ghc5 — GHC – the Glasgow Haskell Compilation system
[102]Bug#331701: Request of maintainer, superseded by ghc6
* nhc98 — aNother Haskell Compiler (the nhc98 Haskell Compiler)
[103]Bug#331704: Request of maintainer, obsolete
* oftpd — Secure anonymous FTP server
[104]Bug#332186: Request of maintainer, dead upstream; security
issues
* jpilot-mail — Mail plugin for jpilot (Palm Pilot desktop)
[105]Bug#332636: Request of maintainer, has never been part of a
stable release; RC bugs
* libosip — Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) library
[106]Bug#331167: Request of maintainer, superseded by libosip2
* python-gtkextra — Python module for the GtkExtra widget set
extension
[107]Bug#279541: Request of QA, obsolete, unneeded

91. http://bugs.debian.org/327764
92. http://bugs.debian.org/330656
93. http://bugs.debian.org/331153
94. http://bugs.debian.org/256681
95. http://bugs.debian.org/263613
96. http://bugs.debian.org/287985
97. http://bugs.debian.org/307284
98. http://bugs.debian.org/321594
99. http://bugs.debian.org/330696
100. http://bugs.debian.org/331385
101. http://bugs.debian.org/331684
102. http://bugs.debian.org/331701
103. http://bugs.debian.org/331704
104. http://bugs.debian.org/332186
105. http://bugs.debian.org/332636
106. http://bugs.debian.org/331167
107. http://bugs.debian.org/279541

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108. http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/contributing
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