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From: Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o>
To: gentoo-gwn@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-gwn] Gentoo Weekly Newsletter 24 April 2006
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2006 09:14:05
Gentoo Weekly Newsletter
This is the Gentoo Weekly Newsletter for the week of 24 April 2006.
1. Gentoo news
Major OpenLDAP upgrade ahead
OpenLDAP Version 2.3 will be unmasked during this week. There are many new 
features and some incompatibilities: 
 * The slurpd sync method has been deprecated in favour of syncrepl 
 * Existing databases need to be manually upgraded or they may get 
trashed, instructions can be found in the ebuilds. 
 * Although the libraries from 2.1 or 2.2 are kept if installed, a 
revdep-rebuild is highly recommended 
 * The dbm backend has been deprecated and is already removed in new 
upstream version (2.4alpha), migrating to a different backend (bdb or hdb) 
is recommended.
Subforums layout for
Subforums have been in use on for a while now, but 
before creating further subforums we are looking to see if the layout 
could be improved. There are some alternative layout proposals and the 
forums team would like to get some input on what people prefer. A 
thread[1] showing some examples of possible implementations including a 
poll has been set up on the forums. Please take some time to review them, 
vote and/or comment on them. 

2. Heard in the community
Web forums
Gentoo Forums Improvements
Since the last upgrade of the Gentoo Forums announced in the GWN of the 
previous week, the internationalization of the Gentoo Forums continues, 
with even more languages translated, as well as many more parts that until 
now were in English. Apart from that, some security enhancements and 
restrictions have been incorporated into the current stable version of the 
Gentoo Forums. Finally, a very significant bug that was affecting the 
moderators was finally dispatched. You can see the full update log if you 
follow the appropiate link below. 
 * Gentoo Forums Improvements[2] 
 * Merging threads while others reply breaks[3] 

Is Gentoo more expensive than Red Hat?
One of our users, drakkan[4], who has been a fellow Gentoo User for over 
two years, explains that he is afraid that it is more expensive to 
maintain Gentoo servers than Red Hat ones. Two important reasons are the 
constant need of recompilation of packages which takes some time, but also 
the change in configuration files. Find out more about this in the thread 

 * Is gentoo more expensive than red hat?[5] 

Documentation, Tips & Tricks: Trackball configuration in modular xorg
davidgurvich[6] has started a very nice tricks thread where he explains 
that there is no longer any need to use xmodmap with xorg-x11 7 to modify 
which buttons point where as there seems to be a new option for that 
within xorg.conf, "ButtonMapping". Get into the discussion and read more 
about this topic in the thread below. 

 * Trackball configuration in modular xorg[7] 

Automatically killing invalid CFLAGS/warning about bad CFLAGS
The AMD64 team has been testing an addition to the profile.bashrc that 
filters CFLAGS that are unrecognized by gcc. As it seems to work quite 
well it could be implemented globally to reduce the number of bugs and 
errors due to bad CFLAGS, potentially at the cost of flexibility. 
 * automatically killing invalid CFLAGS/warning about bad CFLAGS [8] 

Enroll users for testing packages
In the quest for better testing of packages Eldad Zack[9] proposes to 
allow users to give more feedback on testing packages. The Arch Tester 
program tries to fill that niche, but it is still hard for users to get 
involved without spending too much of their time for Gentoo. 

 9. eldad@g.o
 * enroll users for testing packages [10] 

Gentoo theming during bootup
In one of the bigger threads of the last weeks Donnie Berkholz[11] asks 
for some help in creating an easy-to-install Gentoo theme for bootup. From 
this start the thread goes into a heated debate on branding - should 
Gentoo offer things as they are shipped by upstream or patch them to have 
a Gentoo look? 

 11. spyderous@g.o
 * Gentoo theming during bootup [12] 

3. Gentoo in the press
Gentoo Wiki (23 April 2006)
Steve Dibb has written a nice Howto on dynamic DNS to point to a host 
residing anywhere on a DSL or other access line with changing IP 
addresses. Hosted on the inofficial Gentoo Wiki, the article[13] goes into 
great detail explaining the entire process, from registering a domain name 
to using the services of a dynamic domain name resolver -- EveryDNS in his 
example -- to follow an ISP's dynamic IP address allocation. 

4. Gentoo developer moves
The following developers recently left the Gentoo project: 
 * None this week 
The following developers recently joined the Gentoo project: 
 * Thilo Bangert (bangert) - net-mail herd 
The following developers recently changed roles within the Gentoo project:
 * Denis Dupeyron (calchan) - joined the embedded herd 
5. Gentoo Security
libapreq2: Denial of Service vulnerability
A vulnerability has been reported in libapreq2 which could lead to a 
Denial of Service. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[14] 

Cyrus-SASL: DIGEST-MD5 Pre-Authentication Denial of Service
Cyrus-SASL contains a vulnerability in the DIGEST-MD5 process that could 
lead to a Denial of Service. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[15] 

zgv, xzgv: Heap overflow
xzgv and zgv attempt to decode JPEG images within the CMYK/YCCK colour 
space incorrectly, potentially resulting in the execution of arbitrary 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[16] 

Crossfire server: Denial of Service and potential arbitrary code execution
The Crossfire game server is vulnerable to a Denial of Service and 
potentially to the execution of arbitrary code. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[17] 

Mozilla Firefox: Multiple vulnerabilities
Several vulnerabilities in Mozilla Firefox allow attacks ranging from 
execution of script code with elevated privileges to information leaks. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[18] 

fbida: Insecure temporary file creation
fbida is vulnerable to linking attacks, potentially allowing a local user 
to overwrite arbitrary files. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[19] 

Dia: Arbitrary code execution through XFig import
Buffer overflows in Dia's XFig import could allow remote attackers to 
execute arbitrary code. 
For more information, please see the GLSA Announcement[20] 

6. Bugzilla
The Gentoo community uses Bugzilla ([21]) to record and 
track bugs, notifications, suggestions and other interactions with the 
development team. Between 16 April 2006 and 23 April 2006, activity on the 
site has resulted in: 

 * 799 new bugs during this period 
 * 470 bugs closed or resolved during this period 
 * 38 previously closed bugs were reopened this period 
Of the 9766 currently open bugs: 60 are labeled 'blocker', 144 are labeled 
'critical', and 520 are labeled 'major'. 
Closed bug rankings
The developers and teams who have closed the most bugs during this period 
 * Gentoo KDE team[22], with 26 closed bugs[23]  
 * Gentoo's Team for Core System packages[24], with 23 closed bugs[25]  
 * Gentoo Games[26], with 22 closed bugs[27]  
 * Portage team[28], with 22 closed bugs[29]  
 * media-video herd[30], with 18 closed bugs[31]  
 * Gentoo Toolchain Maintainers[32], with 17 closed bugs[33]  
 * Gentoo Linux Gnome Desktop Team[34], with 17 closed bugs[35]  
 * Gentoo Security[36], with 16 closed bugs[37]  
 22. kde@g.o
 24. base-system@g.o
 26. games@g.o
 28. dev-portage@g.o
 30. media-video@g.o
 32. toolchain@g.o
 34. gnome@g.o
 36. security@g.o

New bug rankings
The developers and teams who have been assigned the most new bugs during 
this period are: 
 * Default Assignee for New Packages[38], with 27 new bugs[39]  
 * AMD64 Project[40], with 12 new bugs[41]  
 * Jon Hood[42], with 10 new bugs[43]  
 * media-video herd[44], with 10 new bugs[45]  
 * Default Assignee for Orphaned Packages[46], with 9 new bugs[47]  
 * Gentoo KDE team[48], with 9 new bugs[49]  
 * SpanKY[50], with 7 new bugs[51]  
 * Gentoo Games[52], with 7 new bugs[53]  
 38. maintainer-wanted@g.o
 40. amd64@g.o
 42. squinky86@g.o
 44. media-video@g.o
 46. maintainer-needed@g.o
 48. kde@g.o
 50. vapier@g.o
 52. games@g.o

7. GWN feedback
Please send us your feedback[54] and help make the GWN better. 

 54. gwn-feedback@g.o
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9. Other languages
The Gentoo Weekly Newsletter is also available in the following languages:
 * Danish[55]  
 * Dutch[56]  
 * English[57]  
 * German[58]  
 * French[59]  
 * Korean[60]  
 * Japanese[61]  
 * Italian[62]  
 * Polish[63]  
 * Portuguese (Brazil)[64]  
 * Portuguese (Portugal)[65]  
 * Russian[66]  
 * Spanish[67]  
 * Turkish[68]  

Ulrich Plate <plate@g.o> - Editor
Ioannis Aslanidis <deathwing00@g.o> - Author
Wernfried Haas <amne@g.o> - Author
Patrick Lauer <patrick@g.o> - Author
Markus Ullmann <jokey@g.o> - Author

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