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Gentoo Weekly Newsletter: 15 May 2006


1.  Gentoo news

Gentoo rsync mirror spring cleaning

A legacy module that is still being supported for backward compatibility for the settings in a few people's /etc/make.conf is a strong candidate for removal. A few of those users who have been synchronizing their Portage tree since 2001 or so may still have a line in their config file that points to the old gentoo-x86-portage module. As removing this option would make mirror configuration much easier, a simple replacement of gentoo-x86-portage with gentoo-portage is all that's needed:

Code Listing 1.1: /etc/make.conf

SYNC="rsync://" | Change this line
SYNC="rsync://"     | to this

GWN translation forces need support

Park Jin Kyu, the lead translator for the GWN's excellent Korean version, has been chipping away at the newsletter translations mostly by himself for the last few issues. To help him assure a steady service for our readers in Korea, please contact him directly or send an e-mail to our own feedback address.

Meanwhile, a new simplified Chinese version of the GWN is just about ready for official publication. Robert Zhang Le already has a few collaborators but could equally use additional help. The first issue of the simplified Chinese GWN will be posted shortly, please contact Robert or, again,

2.  Gentoo international

Austria: Gentoo at the Grazer Linuxtage

On 20 May, the community part of the annual Grazer Linuxtage will be held in the FH Joanneum, Graz. As in 2005, a number of Gentoo developers as well as friends and contributors will represent Gentoo at a booth set up in the exhibition hall. They'll be giving away free stickers, selling case badges, burning live-cds and be available for a chat about Gentoo, the universe and everything else. A lot of interesting lectures will be held throughout the day. As last year, the Gentoo booth will be adjacent to those of the grml and Debian projects, and rumors indicate that there will be an unusually strong connecting band between those three. If you want to know what that's all about, visit the Grazer Linuxtag to find out!

Italy: Gentoo at the Linux World Summit in Milano

What used to be the "Linux World Expo" in Italy changed both organization and name this year, to become the Linux World Summit. This predominantly business-oriented Linux event is opening its doors 15 and 16 May in Milano. The Gechi (Gentoo Channel Italia) activists will be there with a stand on both days. You'll find the latest Gentoo installation and package CD for many of the supported architectures, and the lxnay RR4/RR64 LiveDVD. Their creator will be there on Monday afternoon presenting a new product of the RR family. Gechi T-shirts will also be on sale. On display at the booth: a cluster of four Via Epia and a Sun Fire V120. Check the Gechi forum for additional details (in Italian). See you there!

Norway: PHP developer conference with Gentoo developer participation

Sebastian Bergmann and Stuart Herbert are both invited to attend the PHP Vikinger conference -- or rather "unconference", as organizer Zak Greant likes to call it -- in Skien next month, 24 and 25 June 2006. The birthtown of Henrik Ibsen in Norway's Telemark province is unlikely to offer many distractions for participants, so they can fully concentrate on what is announced as "an incredibly awesome event" centering on PHP development, with both invited guests and individually registering attendees from all over the planet.

3.  Gentoo in the press

Linuxdevices (9 May 2006)

The magazine specializing in news from the embedded Linux market, Linuxdevices, reports about a new embedded processor module that ships with Gentoo Linux pre-installed. The article reviews the Israeli company CompuLab's latest product, a single board computer targeting real-time and telecommunication applications, the CM-F82 and its 70MB image of Gentoo Linux inside.

4.  Gentoo developer moves


The following developers recently left the Gentoo project:

  • None this week


The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project:

  • None this week


The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:

  • Denis Dupeyron (calchan) - joined the media-video team to take care of kino et al.

5.  Gentoo Security

PHP: Multiple vulnerabilities

PHP is affected by multiple issues, including a buffer overflow in wordwrap() which may lead to execution of arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Mozilla Thunderbird: Multiple vulnerabilities

Several vulnerabilities in Mozilla Thunderbird allow attacks ranging from script execution with elevated privileges to information leaks.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

pdnsd: Denial of Service and potential arbitrary code execution

pdnsd is vulnerable to a buffer overflow that may result in arbitrary code execution.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Ruby: Denial of Service

Ruby WEBrick and XMLRPC servers are vulnerable to Denial of Service.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

Quake 3 engine based games: Buffer Overflow

The Quake 3 engine has a vulnerability that could be exploited to execute arbitrary code.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

MySQL: Information leakage

A MySQL server may leak information to unauthorized users.

For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement

6.  Bugzilla


The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ( to record and track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the development team. Between 07 May 2006 and 14 May 2006, activity on the site has resulted in:

  • 732 new bugs during this period
  • 353 bugs closed or resolved during this period
  • 22 previously closed bugs were reopened this period

Of the 10071 currently open bugs: 60 are labeled 'blocker', 147 are labeled 'critical', and 526 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:

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Page updated May 15, 2006

Summary: This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 15 May 2006.

Ulrich Plate

Wernfried Haas

Andrea Perotti

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