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From: Logan Johnson <logan@slackware.com>
To: slackware-announce@slackware.com
Subject: -current Updates; libsafe Merged
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 22:21:42 -0700 (PDT)
Slackware-current Updates; Bell Labs libsafe Merged
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We are pleased to announce that today version 1.3 of Bell Labs' libsafe
library was merged into the slackware-current "contrib" tree.  libsafe 
replaces several standard C library functions with versions that have been 
hardened against buffer overflow exploits.  As this type of exploit comprises 
many (perhaps most) of the security vulnerabilities that are discovered these 
days, and as libsafe is transparently used by most programs throughout the 
system, its inclusion greatly increases system security with minimal impact on 
the user.

Please see Bell's libsafe web page for more details:

    http://www.bell-labs.com/org/11356/libsafe.html

The slackware-current ChangeLog also has more slackware-specific information,
as does the libsafe.txt file in the /contrib directory.

    ftp://ftp.slackware.com/slackware/slackware-current/ChangeLog.txt
    ftp://ftp.slackware.com/slackware/slackware-current/contrib/libsafe.txt
	

Other updates to Slackware-current in the past week include:

- GNU grep 2.4.2
- GNU emacs 20.6
- teTex 1.0.7 and teTeX-texmf 1.0.2
- gpm 1.19.2
- XFree86 4.0 added to /contrib
- modutils (bug fix for the install script)
- sc 7.2

Please see the ChangeLog for details:

    ftp://ftp.slackware.com:/slackware/slackware-current/ChangeLog.txt


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