Subject: Announcing update 2.0.3 - source only
To: None <email@example.com>
From: James Chacon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/31/2005 09:52:13
The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that update 2.0.3 of the NetBSD
operating system is now available as a source only update.
About NetBSD 2.0.3
NetBSD 2.0.3 is the third security/critical update of the NetBSD 2.0 release
branch. This represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical in nature
for stability or security reasons.
All fixes in security/critical updates (ie, NetBSD 2.0.2, 2.0.3, etc)
are cumulative, so this latest update contains all such fixes since the
NetBSD 2.0 release. These fixes will also appear in future
releases (NetBSD 2.1, 2.2, etc), together with other less-critical fixes
and feature enhancements.
Complete source for NetBSD 2.0.3 is available for download at many sites around
the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other
services is provided at the end of this announcement; the latest list of
available download sites may also be found at:
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Major Changes Between 2.0.2 and 2.0.3
The detailed list of changes can be found in the CHANGES-2.0.3 files in the
top level doc directory of the NetBSD 2.0.3 source tree.
A summary list of changes is as follows:
o Drop the big lock in upcallret() on powerpc to prevent hangs with
pthreads on SMP systems.
o Fix "sleep forever" issue raise on sparc64 systems.
o For powerpc don't enable interrupts while calling trap() if the trap-
ping frame didn't have them enabled either. Prevents crashes on some
G4 based systems.
o Prevent random panics on process exit where calls to knote_fdclose()
were being done on incorrect file descriptors.
o Remove code assuming kernfs supports mmap as it does not.
o Prevent a panic where disk interrupts could be enabled while the
ATACH_TH_RUN flag is still set.
o In pmap_enter(), preset the mod/ref bits based on the flags argument
to avoid possible data loss.
o Make sure buffer sizes are initialized correctly even when the pause
state is explicitly set. Avoids crashes on some audio hardware.
o Fix memory leak in uipc_usrreq calls.
o Make PCI cards work on NetBSD-mappc systems with a "Grackle" bridge.
o Avoids deadlocks in the alpha pmap code between pmap_activate() and
it's use of sched_lock.
o Protect the ipsec ioctls from negative offsets to prevent panics in
o The maximum file size on MS-DOS filesystems is 4 GB - 1 byte, so
don't bother trying to write files bigger than this. Just return
EFBIG to caller, rather than panic()ing later.
o Range check calls correctly in freebsd compat code to prevent data
corruption and possible crashes.
o Handle MMX faults as floating exceptions. Matlab full functional
o Prevent panics where it was possible to end up with a negative RTT.
o When adding or deleting multicast addresses, only change the address
filter if the interface is marked RUNNING.
o Fix the HPC1 transmit logic on sgimips which was previously not work-
o Make sure to purge prefixes from the ND list or else panics can
o Avoid an optimization in m_pulldown to avoid a prepend to the next
mbuf in the chain if the result would still not have all data conti-
nous. Prevents panics under certain circumstances.
o Prevent a panic on sun3 where NULL could be de-referenced in the case
of #if NBPFILTER == 0
o Fix a possible data/pool corruption in the icmp6 code where possibly
free'd data is reused.
o Fix a silent truncation problem that could cause corruption with
large FFSv1 file systems.
o In ext2 check that we are not the pagedaemon as getblk() can return
NULL in this case.
o Fix buffer overflows in telnet(1) identified in CAN 2005-0468 and
o Make verified exec functional again by using UIO_SYSSPACE for NDINIT.
o Prevent possible buffer overruns in telnetd(8) by removing static
local variables so its easier to correctly use strlcpy.
o Prevent buffer overflows in cvs(1) by updating to version 1.11.20 in
response to CAN-2005-0753.
o IPsec-AH was always calculated using the same key in AES-XCBC-MAC.
o Return correct error on all zero length codes in libz.
o Prevent vulnerability in cvs(1) reported in SA16553.
o Simplify code in procfs to check for a negative uio_offset at the
beginning and check for attempts to write to init sooner and in all
o Don't allow negative offsets when reading the message buffer, because
it can allow reading arbitrary kernel memory.
o Remove unsafe /tmp file creation for the file.0 target when using
o Fix security hole in Xserver(1) reported in CAN-2005-2495.
o Fix openssl 2.0 rollback, CAN-2005-2969.
System administration and user tools
o Install xdm scripts as executable so that xdm will function and not
consume 100% cpu.
o In user(8) be consistent when deleting a non-existent group - tell if
the group is non-existent.
o Correctly set LOGNAME in new environment when using su(1)
o In amd(8) embed machine and cpu architecture correctly from target
host environment, not from build host.
o Fix bug in sh(1) on big endian systems where underflowing a buffer
when evaluating output from a back tick substitution can cause a
o Update copyright to 2005.
o Update to tzdata2005n. Lots of fixes, including most recently the
leap second at the end of 2005 and the U.S. DST changes taking effect
o Add support for ffsv2 to amd64 boot floppies.
Please note that at the moment, sysinst will not assist you in installing
pre-built third-party binary packages or the pkgsrc system itself. See the
NetBSD packages collection documentation:
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hardware, documentation, funds, colocation for our servers, web pages and
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the GNU Project for particularly large subsets of code that we use. We would
also like to thank the Internet Software Consortium and the Helsinki
University of Technology for current colocation services.
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