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From: Yuji Kosugi <carlos@g.o>
To: gentoo-gwn@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-gwn] Gentoo Weekly Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 14
Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2004 23:38:44
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of March 29th, 2004.
1. Gentoo News
Gentoo Linux Project seeking additional kernel developers
Gentoo Linux is currently seeking some additional kernel developers, 
primarily for the x86, amd64, ppc, and ppc64 architectures. Applicants 
should have a fair amount of experience with the kernel, specifically with 
one or more of the above architectures. Send an email to John 
Mylchreest[1] if you're interested. 

 1. johnm@g.o
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter seeking additional contributors
The Gentoo Weekly Newsletter is seeking additional contributors to help 
with community coverage - this involves monitoring mailing lists, web 
forums, or the international community and summarizing the interesting 
traffic each week. We'd also like to take on some volunteers to help with 
some of the other sections, bringing new ideas to the team and lightening 
the load on the current contributors. The only real requirement of 
applicants is a solid knowledge of written English. Experience with 
journalism or Linux, as well as a variety of other skills might be 
helpful, but are not necessary, although motivation and willingness to 
work about a couple of hours each week is. Still interested? Drop us a 
line here[2] with some background info and any ideas you have for the 

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2. Gentoo Security
Fetchmail 6.2.5 fixes a remote DoS
Fetchmail versions 6.2.4 and earlier can be crashed by sending a 
specially-crafted email to a fetchmail user. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[3] 

Squid ACL [url_regex] bypass vulnerability
Squid versions 2.0 through to 2.5.STABLE4 could allow a remote attacker to 
bypass Access Control Lists by sending a specially-crafted URL request 
containing '%00': in such circumstances; the url_regex ACL may not 
properly detect the malicious URL, allowing the attacker to effectively 
bypass the ACL. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[4] 

OpenLDAP DoS Vulnerability
A failed password operation can cause the OpenLDAP slapd server, if it is 
using the back-ldbm backend, to free memory that was never allocated. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[5] 

Remote buffer overflow in MPlayer
MPlayer contains a remotely exploitable buffer overflow in the HTTP parser 
that may allow attackers to run arbitrary code on a user's computer. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[6] 

Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in Monit
A denial of service and a buffer overflow vulnerability have been found in 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[7] 

3. Heard in the Community
Web Forums
GLSA Integration in Portage 
Gentoo developer Genone has set up a sticky thread a while ago that deals 
with the upcoming integration of security announcements in Portage. Check 
here for updates to the script that is now in gentoolkit, before its final 
implementation as part of emerge:
 * portage GLSA integration (aka `emerge security`)[8] 
 * Portage GLSA integration project page[9]

The Colour: Purple... 
The "Lila Theme" is a new concerted effort at designing a Gentoo wallpaper 
and desktop icons collection, in purple (German: "lila") and pink, the 
predominant Gentoo colours. Sounds awful, looks stunningly beautiful, and 
it's entirely SVG-based, so you can generate your own PNGs with a Python 
script via Sodipodi or Inkscape! The Firefox theme has even made it onto 
the list of the "official" upstream themes. Here's where the artists 
coordinate their work:
 * Lila Theme Official Thread[10] 
 * dgt84's Gentoo Linux Artwork pages[11] 
 * KDE version by telex4[12] 
 * Firefox purple theme[13]

4. Gentoo International
Germany: Yet Another GUM in Oberhausen
The next Gentoo User Meeting in Oberhausen (Ruhr region of central 
Germany) will take place this Wednesday, 7 April. The meeting point will 
again be the Gasthof Harlos[14], and the GUM starts at 19:00. Newcomers 
and regulars alike are most welcome. The coordination thread in the Forums 
is at its usual location[15].

5. Bugzilla
 * Statistics 
 * Closed Bug Ranking 
 * New Bug Rankings 
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([16]) to record and 
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the 
development team. Between 27 March 2004 and 02 April 2004, activity on the 
site has resulted in: 

 * 697 new bugs during this period 
 * 438 bugs closed or resolved during this period 
 * 20 previously closed bugs were reopened this period 
Of the 5510 currently open bugs: 130 are labeled 'blocker', 203 are 
labeled 'critical', and 460 are labeled 'major'. 
Closed Bug Rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period 
 * AMD64 Porting Team[17], with 76 closed bugs[18]  
 * Gentoo Security[19], with 17 closed bugs[20]  
 * Jeremy Huddleston[21], with 17 closed bugs[22]  
 * Gnome Desktop Team[23], with 15 closed bugs[24]  
 * Gentoo Games[25], with 15 closed bugs[26]  
 17. amd64@g.o
 19. security@g.o
 21. eradicator@g.o
 23. gnome@g.o
 25. games@g.o
New Bug Rankings
The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during 
this period are: 
 * Apache Herd[27], with 33 new bugs[28]  
 * Core System Packages Team[29], with 20 new bugs[30]  
 * Gentoo KDE team[31], with 19 new bugs[32]  
 * Java team[33], with 17 new bugs[34]  
 * AMD64 Porting Team[35], with 16 new bugs[36]  
 27. apache-bugs@g.o
 29. base-system@g.o
 31. kde@g.o
 33. java@g.o
 35. amd64@g.o

6. Tips and Tricks
Multiple X-Sessions
XFree86 allows you to have multiple X sessions open at once. This can be 
useful if you want or need two different desktop environments open at once.
| Code Listing 6.1:                                                       |
|                                                                         |
|    By default X uses the display :0                                     |
|% startx                                                                 |
|    To open a second display, use another number                         |
|% startx -- :1                                                           |
The desktops will be on terminals F7-F12
7. Moves, Adds, and Changes
The following developers recently left the Gentoo team: 
 * none this week 
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo Linux team:
 * none this week 
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo Linux 
 * none this week 
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Yuji Carlos Kosugi <carlos@g.o> - Editor
AJ Armstrong <aja@×××××××××××××.com> - Contributor
Brian Downey <bdowney@×××××××××××.net> - Contributor
Luke Giuliani <cold_flame@×××××.com> - Contributor
Grant Goodyear <g2boojum@g.o> - Contributor
Aron Griffis <agriffis@g.o> - Contributor
Stuart Herbert <stuart@g.o> - Contributor
Kurt Lieber <klieber@g.o> - Contributor
Rafael Cordones Marcos <rcm@×××××××.net> - Contributor
David Narayan <david@×××××××.net> - Contributor
David Nielsen <Lovechild@××××××××.com> - Contributor
Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o> - Contributor
Simon Holm Thagersen <simon@××××××.net> - Danish Translation
Jesper Brodersen <broeman@g.o> - Danish Translation
Arne Mejlholm <aaby@g.o> - Danish Translation
Hendrik Eeckhaut <Hendrik.Eeckhaut@×××××.be> - Dutch Translation
Jorn Eilander <sephiroth@××××××××.nl> - Dutch Translation
Bernard Kerckenaere <bernieke@××××××××.com> - Dutch Translation
Peter ter Borg <peter@××××××.nl> - Dutch Translation
Jochen Maes <linux@××××.be> - Dutch Translation
Roderick Goessen <rgoessen@××××.nl> - Dutch Translation
Gerard van den Berg <gerard@××××××.net> - Dutch Translation
Matthieu Montaudouin <mat@××××××××.com> - French Translation
Xavier Neys <neysx@g.o> - French Translation
Martin Prieto <riverdale@×××××××××.org> - French Translation
Antoine Raillon <cabec2@××××××.net> - French Translation
Sebastien Cevey <seb@×××××.net> - French Translation
Jean-Christophe Choisy <mabouya@××××××××××××.org> - French Translation
Thomas Raschbacher <lordvan@g.o> - German Translation
Steffen Lassahn <madeagle@g.o> - German Translation
Matthias F. Brandstetter <haim@g.o> - German Translation
Lukas Domagala <Cyrik@g.o> - German Translation
Tobias Scherbaum <dertobi123@g.o> - German Translation
Daniel Gerholdt <Sputnik1969@g.o> - German Translation
Marc Herren <dj-submerge@g.o> - German Translation
Tobias Matzat <SirSeoman@g.o> - German Translation
Marco Mascherpa <mush@××××××.net> - Italian Translation
Claudio Merloni <paper@×××××××.it> - Italian Translation
Christian Apolloni <bsolar@×××××××.ch> - Italian Translation
Stefano Lucidi <stefano.lucidi@×××××××××××××.org> - Italian Translation
Katuyuki Konno <katuyuki@××××××××.jp> - Japanese Translation
Hiroyuki Takeda <hiro@××××××××××××××.jp> - Japanese Translation
Masato Hatakeyama <hatake@×××××××××××.jp> - Japanese Translation
Masayoshi Nakamura <masayang@×××××××××.com> - Japanese Translation
Yasunori Fukudome <yasunori@××××××××××××××××.uk> - Japanese Translation
Tomoyuki Sakurai <web-gentoo-doc-jp@××××××××××××.nu> - Japanese Translation
Lukasz Strzygowski <lucass@××××××.pl> - Polish Translation
Karol Goralski <gooroo@××××××.pl> - Polish Translation
Atila "Jedi" Bohlke Vasconcelos <bohlke@×××××××××.br> - Portuguese 
(Brazil) Translation
Eduardo Belloti <dudu@××××××××.net> - Portuguese (Brazil) Translation
Jo??o Rafael Moraes Nicola <joaoraf@×××××××××.br> - Portuguese (Brazil) 
Marcelo Gon??alves de Azambuja <mgazambuja@×××××××××.br> - Portuguese 
(Brazil) Translation
Otavio Rodolfo Piske <angusy@××××××××.org> - Portuguese (Brazil) 
Pablo N. Hess -- NatuNobilis <natunobilis@××××××××.org> - Portuguese 
(Brazil) Translation
Pedro de Medeiros <pzilla@××××××××.br> - Portuguese (Brazil) Translation
Ventura Barbeiro <venturasbarbeiro@××××××.br> - Portuguese (Brazil) 
Bruno Ferreira <blueroom@××××××××××××.net> - Portuguese (Portugal) 
Gustavo Felisberto <humpback@××××××××××.net> - Portuguese (Portugal) 
Jos?? Costa <jose_costa@×××××××.pt> - Portuguese (Portugal) Translation
Luis Medina <metalgodin@×××××××××.org> - Portuguese (Portugal) Translation
Ricardo Loureiro <rjlouro@×××××××.org> - Portuguese (Portugal) Translation
Aleksandr Martyncev <amncorp@××.ru> - Russian Translator
Sergey Galkin <gals_home@××××.ru> - Russian Translator
Sergey Kuleshov <svyatogor@g.o> - Russian Translator
Alex Spirin <asp13@××××.ru> - Russian Translator
Denis Zaletov <dzaletov@×××××××.ru> - Russian Translator
Lanark <lanark@××××××××××.ar> - Spanish Translation
Fernando J. Pereda <ferdy@××××××.org> - Spanish Translation
Lluis Peinado Cifuentes <lpeinado@×××.edu> - Spanish Translation
Zephryn Xirdal T <ZEPHRYNXIRDAL@××××××××××.net> - Spanish Translation
Guillermo Juarez <katossi@××××××××××××××××.es> - Spanish Translation
Jes??s Garc??a Crespo <correo@××××××.com> - Spanish Translation
Carlos Castillo <carlos@×××××××××××××.com> - Spanish Translation
Julio Castillo <julio@×××××××××××××.com> - Spanish Translation
Sergio G??mez <s3r@××××××××××××.ar> - Spanish Translation
Aycan Irican <aycan@××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation
Bugra Cakir <bugra@×××××××××.com> - Turkish Translation
Cagil Seker <cagils@××××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation
Emre Kazdagli <emre@××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation
Evrim Ulu <evrim@××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation
Gursel Kaynak <gurcell@××××××××.tr> - Turkish Translation