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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 21 May 2007

Content:

1.  Gentoo News

Java browser plugins on amd64

Currently, there is no Java plugin available for 64-bit browsers. Sun does not provide one yet, and it is unclear when they will. The Blackdown plugin is broken for most users and had some security problems, so it was disabled recently. Now, only Konqueror handles Java natively, because it calls the binary directly. For Firefox, there is a workaround: Install the binary 32-bit Firefox and 32-bit plugins.

Code Listing 1.1: Installing 32-bit Firefox and plugins

# echo "app-emulation/emul-linux-x86-java nsplugin" >> /etc/portage/package.use
# emerge mozilla-firefox-bin emul-linux-x86-java
# eselect java-nsplugin set 32bit emul-linux-x86-java-1.5

The situation will only improve, when Sun or Blackdown release stable Java plugins for the amd64 platform.

2.  Gentoo developer moves

Moves

The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

Adds

The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • Le "Robert" Zhang (r0bertz) Chinese GWN translations

Changes

The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • none this week

3.  Gentoo security

Samba: Multiple vulnerabilities

Samba contains multiple vulnerabilities potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary code with root privileges.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

PhpWiki: Remote execution of arbitrary code

A vulnerability has been discovered in PhpWiki allowing for the remote execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Apache mod_security: Rule bypass

A vulnerability has been discovered in mod_security, allowing a remote attacker to bypass rules.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

PPTPD: Denial of Service attack

A vulnerability has been reported in PPTPD which could lead to a Denial of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

4.  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:
app-vim/doxygen-syntax 14 May 2007 Mike Kelly
app-vim/vimball 14 May 2007 Mike Kelly
dev-db/c-jdbc 15 May 2007 Petteri Räty
net-dialup/pppoed 17 May 2007 Alin Năstac
net-dialup/slirp 17 May 2007 Alin Năstac
dev-lang/ruby-cvs 17 May 2007 Hans de Graaff
www-servers/ncsa-httpd 18 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
www-servers/plb 18 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
net-im/aim-transport 18 May 2007 Raúl Porcel

Additions:

Package: Addition date: Contact:
app-text/notecase 14 May 2007 Raúl Porcel
net-www/libflashsupport 14 May 2007 Jim Ramsay
virtual/emacs 14 May 2007 Ulrich Müller
virtual/flim 15 May 2007 Ulrich Müller
dev-cpp/eigen 15 May 2007 Marcus D. Hanwell
media-video/mplay-sh 15 May 2007 Matthias Schwarzott
media-plugins/vdr-text2skin 15 May 2007 Matthias Schwarzott
rox-extra/comicthumb 15 May 2007 Jim Ramsay
games-arcade/cdogs-sdl 16 May 2007 Alfredo Tupone
media-video/dv2sub 16 May 2007 Stefan Briesenick
media-gfx/peps 16 May 2007 Stefan Briesenick
dev-java/resin-servlet-api 16 May 2007 Krzysiek Pawlik
rox-extra/gnome-thumbnailer 16 May 2007 Jim Ramsay
app-emulation/parallels-workstation 16 May 2007 Doug Goldstein
sys-block/scsiadd 16 May 2007 Stefan Briesenick
dev-python/pycdio 16 May 2007 Stefan Briesenick
dev-java/offo-hyphenation 16 May 2007 Vlastimil Babka
sci-chemistry/avogadro 17 May 2007 Marcus D. Hanwell
games-simulation/cultivation 17 May 2007 Alfredo Tupone
games-simulation/crashtest 18 May 2007 Alfredo Tupone
dev-ruby/activerecord-jdbc 18 May 2007 Joshua Nichols
games-arcade/diameter 20 May 2007 Alfredo Tupone
media-plugins/vdr-avards 20 May 2007 Matthias Schwarzott
dev-tex/catdvi 20 May 2007 Ulrich Müller
gnome-extra/assogiate 20 May 2007 Daniel Gryniewicz

Last Rites:

Note: Due to this edition being published late, the Last Rites section will not be included.

5.  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 13 May 2007 and 20 May 2007, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 609 new bugs during this period
  • 381 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 25 previously closed bugs were reopened this period
  • 113 closed as NEEDINFO/WONTFIX/CANTFIX/INVALID/UPSTREAM during this period
  • 102 bugs marked as duplicates during this period

Of the 9990 currently open bugs: 11 are labeled 'blocker', 109 are labeled 'critical', and 354 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:

6.  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 and help make the GWN better.

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Page updated May 21, 2007

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 21 May 2007.

Chris Gianelloni
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Daniel Peters
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