Linked by Andrew Youll on Thu 7th Jul 2005 16:44 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption A serious security flaw has been identified in Zlib, a widely used data compression library. Fixes have begun to appear, but a large number of programs could be affected.
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by ma_d on Thu 7th Jul 2005 17:35 UTC
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I don't think there's been a month of my linux-using life yet where zlib hasn't had a vulnerability....

Seriously, this library just seems to be ridden with security and/or stability issues.

RedHat seems to replace it constantly.

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RE: Zlib...
by Latem on Thu 7th Jul 2005 17:58 in reply to "Zlib..."
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Huh, where are you getting this info? I just searched through Mandriva and Suse security advisories, and there are only 2 zlib security advisories within the last 2+ (almost 3) years...

I really don't think this is that big of a deal. Pretty much all major Linux distributions had a fix within 24-48 hours after the discovery. And it certainly is painless to update this. As they explain in the article, pretty much everything uses this as a shared library. One update to fix most of the affected software.

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