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From: Slackware Security Team <security@slackware.com>
To: slackware-security@slackware.com
Subject: [slackware-security] PHP (SSA:2005-310-05)
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2005 13:03:55 -0800 (PST)
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[slackware-security]  PHP (SSA:2005-310-05)

New PHP packages are available for Slackware 10.2 and -current to fix minor
security issues relating to the overwriting of the GLOBALS array.

It has been reported here that this new version of PHP also breaks
squirrelmail and probably some other things.  Given the vague nature of
the security report, it's possible that the cure might be worse than the
disease as far as this upgrade is concerned.  If you encounter problems,
you may wish to drop back to 4.4.0, and I believe that doing so is
relatively safe.  I understand at least some of the issues are fixed in
CVS already, so perhaps another maintainance release is not far off.

Thanks to Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi for bringing the issues with 4.4.1 to my
attention so that this additional information could be included here.


Here are the details from the Slackware 10.2 ChangeLog:
+--------------------------+
patches/packages/php-4.4.1-i486-1.tgz:  Upgraded to php-4.4.1.
  Fixes a number of bugs, including several minor security fixes relating to
  the overwriting of the GLOBALS array.
  (* Security fix *)
+--------------------------+


Where to find the new packages:
+-----------------------------+

Updated package for Slackware 10.2:
ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-10.2/patches/packages/php-4.4.1-i486-1.tgz

Updated package for Slackware -current:
ftp://ftp.slackware.com/pub/slackware/slackware-current/slackware/n/php-4.4.1-i486-1.tgz


MD5 signatures:
+-------------+

Slackware 10.2 package:
3a86cbe1c07da03ef444e9205e9fefcc  php-4.4.1-i486-1.tgz

Slackware -current package:
3a86cbe1c07da03ef444e9205e9fefcc  php-4.4.1-i486-1.tgz


Installation instructions:
+------------------------+

First, stop apache:
# apachectl stop

Next, upgrade to the new PHP package:
# upgradepkg php-4.4.1-i486-1.tgz

Finally, restart apache:
# apachectl start  (or: apachectl startssl)


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security@slackware.com

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