gnutls (SSA:2008-320-01)
Posted on: 11/16/2008 01:07 PM

New gnutls packages are available for Slackware 12.0, 12.1, and -current to correctly fix the certificate chain verification issue that the upgrade to gnutls-2.6.1 attempted to fix. Without this upgrade, processing a certificate chain containing only one self-signed certificate may cause GnuTLS linked programs to crash.

Here are the details from the Slackware 12.1 ChangeLog:
Upgraded to gnutls-2.6.2.
The security fix in gnutls-2.6.1 had a flaw in cases where the
certificate chain contained only one self-signed certificate.
This update fixes the issue.

Where to find the new packages:

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Updated package for Slackware 12.0:

Updated package for Slackware 12.1:

Updated package for Slackware -current:

MD5 signatures:

Slackware 12.0 package:
da23cbc35ceafc3de50c1d32e235a1f0 gnutls-2.6.2-i486-1_slack12.0.tgz

Slackware 12.1 package:
f712d39374134e84629e2c2539f6c75f gnutls-2.6.2-i486-1_slack12.1.tgz

Slackware -current package:
7a838bc68ee6c9690a524658e0c3aefa gnutls-2.6.2-i486-1.tgz

Installation instructions:

Upgrade the package as root:
# upgradepkg gnutls-2.6.2-i486-1_slack12.1.tgz


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