Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 00:45:59 +0400 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: announce@...ts.openwall.com, owl-users@...ts.openwall.com Cc: lwn@....net Subject: Silence on the Wire; new Owl-current ISO image; Linux 2.4.31-ow1 Hi, This is a cumulative announcement for three Openwall news items, with the oldest in fact not being very new. I did not want to "spam" the announcements list by exceeding my promised rate of 1-2 postings a month. I'll start with the book. I hope owl-users will excuse me for the plug. Silence on the Wire is Michal Zalewski's first book. I had the privilege to serve as the technical reviewer for the book and to write the foreword for it. And I've just setup a web page dedicated to the book: http://www.openwall.com/books/silence/ SotW is a gem of a book. It is truly unique in many aspects, and a must have for anyone curious to learn of the lesser-known security threats with modern computing, as well as of the inner workings of computers and computer networks. As a reviewer wrote, the book is "thought-provoking", which was precisely the goal. Needless to say, I highly recommend that you order your copy now. :-) Now, to the less exciting news. Yes, there's a new ISO-9660 image of Owl-current. The latest one, dated 2005/07/03, is based around Linux 2.4.31-ow1, glibc 2.3.5+, OpenSSL 0.9.7g, Postfix 2.2.4, as well as very recent coreutils, findutils, and other packages. Dmitry V. Levin, who was involved with Owl for years but has joined our core team just recently, was the one to contribute the most to keeping Owl up to date this time around, and, as expected, I find the quality of his work to be exceptionally high. The download size (of the gzipped ISO) is up to 383 MB, and it occupies around 620 MB on a CD. (Yes, we'll have to be dealing with those size increases. Owl must not outgrow a single CD any time soon.) The change log (listing the major changes only) is available here: http://www.openwall.com/Owl/CHANGES-current.shtml The download locations are as usual: http://www.openwall.com/Owl/DOWNLOAD.shtml We've lost a couple of mirrors, though. BTW, we're still looking for a second US mirror, as well as for mirrors in Canada and Japan. Our mirroring instructions are available here: http://cvsweb.openwall.com/cgi/cvsweb.cgi/Owl/doc/MIRRORING?rev=HEAD;content-type=text%2Fplain The new ISO is available as Owl-current-20050703-i386.iso.gz under /pub/Owl/current/iso. Its integrity may be verified by checking the detached PGP signature for iso.mtree (found in the same directory) and by checking the gzipped ISO against its recorded cryptographic digests with mtree. The shell commands may be as follows: gpg iso.mtree.sign mtree -f iso.mtree Finally, the Linux 2.4.31-ow1 kernel patch is available separately from Owl, at the usual location: http://www.openwall.com/linux/ For most systems, Linux 2.4.31-ow1 is essentially the same as 2.4.30-ow3, so upgrading from that version is not needed. Upgrading from even older versions may be needed (please review the security notes on the above web page and/or past announcements). -- Alexander Peslyak <solar at openwall.com> GPG key ID: B35D3598 fp: 6429 0D7E F130 C13E C929 6447 73C3 A290 B35D 3598 http://www.openwall.com - bringing security into open computing environments Was I helpful? Please give your feedback here: http://rate.affero.net/solar Content of type "application/pgp-signature" skipped
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