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Debian's new weekend update fixes over 100 package bugs

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May 8, 2017

Debian hasn't yet released its new version of Jessie, but its Version 8.8 that landed over the weekend does fix more than 100 package bugs in the OS.

As the announcement notes-- “Those who frequently install various updates from security.debian.org won't have to update many packages and most updates from security.debian.org are already included in this new update.”

So there you have it. Google Drive users may or may not lament the withdrawal of the grive client from Jessie, but at worst it still works in a Web browser.

The OwnCloud open-source cloud application is also out, it's noted. And among other things, the update includes a number of important security bug-fixes as well.

For its part, the Dropbear SSH client gets four bug security fixes, Apache's ActiveMQ message broker gets a DoS-fix, there's a heap overflow bug plugged in Erlang, and a various list of additional fixes to GNU's TLS package, gnutls28.

The Apache Groovy language (groovy and groovy2) is patched against a serialised object attack, and GNU's Guile programming language gets two security patches.

No less than seven packages have been removed, either because they've become 'orphans' (for example, cgiemail), or because they've been broken (as well as Grive, there are a couple of libraries left behind).

Last week, we learned that Debian's development team has postponed the iterated design of its Secure Boot feature on the operating system.

In a release update from April 25, design team member Jonathan Wiltshire wrote that at a recent team meeting, we decided that support for Secure Boot in the forthcoming Debian 9 'stretch' would no longer be a blocker to the release.

Source: The Debian Dev Team.


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