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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 19 February 2007

Content:

1.  Gentoo News

A warning about upcoming changes to ALSA

In the past days there were a few changes to two ALSA packages, media-sound/alsa-firmware-1.0.14_rc2-r1 and media-sound/alsa-tools-1.0.14_rc1-r1. These two ebuilds now make use of the ALSA_CARDS variable to decide which firmwares to install and which tools to build. The ALSA_CARDS was already being used by media-sound/alsa-driver package, so users of that package should be already done, as they most likely have that already set; for users using the in-kernel drivers, they should now properly set that variable, also. Please see /usr/portage/profiles/desc/alsa_cards.desc for a list of available ALSA_CARDS values.

Note: With ALSA_CARDS unset (or if you're not using any of the drivers that are listed for alsa-firmware or alsa-tools), the two packages will still install a minimal set of tools or firmwares, but you might not be needing them at all.

2.  Heard in the community

forums.gentoo.org

Why I don't care if you are dropping recommend of Gentoo

In a long forum post, chrisfeet tells the story of how Gentoo became his favorite. Written as a rebuttal of sorts to the negative comments in Why I'm dropping recommendation of Gentoo he states that the elegance and power of a Gentoo system is what draws him to it, even after experiencing the user-friendliness of Ubuntu.

3.  Gentoo in the press

iWon News (16 Feb 2007)

Cuba's Cabinet also has urged a shift from proprietary software. The customs service has gone to Linux and the ministries of culture, higher education and communications are planning to do so, Rodriguez said. Students in his own department are cooking up a version of Linux called Nova, based on the Gentoo distribution of the operating system. The ministry of higher education is developing its own distribution.

4.  Gentoo developer moves

Moves

The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

Adds

The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Richard Brown (rbrown) QA/Ruby teams

Changes

The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

5.  Gentoo Security

Samba: Multiple vulnerabilities

Multiple flaws exist in the Samba suite of programs, the most serious of which could result in the execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

ProFTPD: Local privilege escalation

A flaw in ProFTPD may allow a local attacker to obtain root privileges.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Snort: Denial of Service

Snort contains a vulnerability in the rule matching algorithm that could result in a Denial of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

RAR, UnRAR: Buffer overflow

RAR and UnRAR contain a buffer overflow allowing the execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Fail2ban: Denial of Service

A flaw in Fail2ban may allow remote attackers to deny access to arbitrary hosts.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

BIND: Denial of Service

ISC BIND contains two vulnerabilities allowing a Denial of Service under certain conditions.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Sun JDK/JRE: Execution of arbitrary code

Sun Java Development Kit (JDK) and Java Runtime Environment (JRE) contain a memory corruption flaw that allows the applets to gain elevated privileges potentially leading to the execute of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

AMD64 x86 emulation Sun's J2SE Development Kit: Multiple vulnerabilities

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

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

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 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.

Removals:

Package: Removal date: Contact:
net-p2p/teknap 12 Feb 2007 Raúl Porcel
app-emacs/w3 12 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer
app-emacs/weather 12 Feb 2007 Christian Faulhammer
sys-cluster/gomd 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake
sys-cluster/gomd-cvs 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake
sys-cluster/openmosix-3dmon 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake
sys-cluster/openmosix-3dmon-stats 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake
sys-cluster/openmosix-user 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake
sys-cluster/openmosixtest 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake
sys-cluster/openmosixview 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake
sys-cluster/openmosixwebview 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake
sys-kernel/openmosix-sources 18 Feb 2007 Daniel Drake

Additions:

Package: Addition date: Contact:
dev-libs/cyberjack 12 Feb 2007 Wolfram Schlich
net-p2p/museek+ 12 Feb 2007 Raúl Porcel
app-text/wgetpaste 12 Feb 2007 Alexander Færøy
sys-auth/pam-afs-session 12 Feb 2007 Stefaan De Roeck
media-sound/alsaplayer 13 Feb 2007 Ryan Hill
dev-ada/tash 13 Feb 2007 George Shapovalov
media-sound/amarokfs 13 Feb 2007 Diego Pettenò
dev-lang/mozart 14 Feb 2007 Keri Harris
games-util/taxidraw 14 Feb 2007 Tristan Heaven
games-action/blobandconquer 15 Feb 2007 Tristan Heaven
dev-util/codeblocks 15 Feb 2007 Jurek Bartuszek
app-emulation/virtualbox-additions 15 Feb 2007 Markus Ullmann
app-emulation/virtualbox-bin 15 Feb 2007 Markus Ullmann
app-office/mozilla-sunbird 15 Feb 2007 Raúl Porcel
net-firewall/fireflier 15 Feb 2007 Markus Ullmann
x11-themes/domino 16 Feb 2007 Diego Pettenò
dev-lang/mozart-stdlib 16 Feb 2007 Keri Harris
dev-ruby/ruby-irc 17 Feb 2007 Robin H. Johnson
dev-ruby/cerberus 17 Feb 2007 Robin H. Johnson
media-gfx/asymptote 17 Feb 2007 Dominik Stadler
games-arcade/spacerider 18 Feb 2007 Alfredo Tupone
app-crypt/coolkey 18 Feb 2007 Alon Bar-Lev
xfce-extra/thunar-thumbnailers 18 Feb 2007 Samuli Suominen
app-portage/demerge 18 Feb 2007 Christian Hartmann
dev-util/imediff2 18 Feb 2007 Tiziano Müller

Last Rites:

Note: Due to a mistake last week, the Last Rites section was not included. This week, the GWN has 2 weeks worth of Last Rites listed below.

Package: Removal date: Contact:
net-misc/yasuc 28 Feb 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik
net-libs/gecko-sdk 04 Mar 2007 Raúl Porcel
media-tv/rivatv 06 Mar 2007 Doug Goldstein
dev-java/jess-bin 09 Mar 2007 Petteri Räty
sys-fs/raidtools 11 Mar 2007 Mike Frysinger
dev-libs/libtc 11 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-libs/tc2 11 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen
dev-libs/tc2-modules 11 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen
media-video/tcvp 11 Mar 2007 Samuli Suominen
app-portage/portage-prefpane 11 Mar 2007 Michael Hanselmann
net-analyzer/netwatch 15 Mar 2007 Markkus Ullmann
media-font/mekachan-font 15 Mar 2007 Chris Gianelloni
net-irc/cyclone 17 Mar 2007 Raúl Porcel
dev-perl/Text-ChaSen 17 Mar 2007 Michael Cummings
app-portage/emool 18 Mar 2007 Simon Stelling

7.  Bugzilla

Summary

Statistics

The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla (bugs.gentoo.org) to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 11 February 2007 and 18 February 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 749 new bugs during this period
  • 450 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 33 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 144 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 109 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 10450 currently open bugs: 17 are labeled 'blocker', 115 are labeled 'critical', and 436 are labeled 'major'.

Closed bug rankings

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

New bug rankings

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

8.  GWN feedback

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