Bell Labs libsafe Added to Slackware-current

    Date26 Apr 2000
    3641
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    We are pleased to announce that today version 1.3 of Bell Labs' libsafe library was merged into the slackware-current "contrib" tree. libsafe replaces several standard C library functions with versions that have been hardened against buffer overflow . . . We are pleased to announce that today version 1.3 of Bell Labs' libsafe
    library was merged into the slackware-current "contrib" tree. libsafe
    replaces several standard C library functions with versions that have been
    hardened against buffer overflow exploits. As this type of exploit comprises
    many (perhaps most) of the security vulnerabilities that are discovered these
    days, and as libsafe is transparently used by most programs throughout the
    system, its inclusion greatly increases system security with minimal impact on
    the user.

    Please see Bell's libsafe web page for more details:

    http://www.bell-labs.com/org/11356/libsafe.html

    The slackware-current ChangeLog also has more slackware-specific information,
    as does the libsafe.txt file in the /contrib directory.

    ftp://ftp.slackware.com/slackware/slackware-current/ChangeLog.txt
    ftp://ftp.slackware.com/slackware/slackware-current/contrib/libsafe.txt

    Please note that libsafe is in the /contrib directory and not merged into the
    main distribution. This is due to a few problems noted in the libsafe.txt
    file, namely:

    - libc4 and libc5 compatibility is broken. libsafe replaces libc6
    functions, but is preloaded for everything. Programs dynamically
    linked against another libc version will see the libsafe functions,
    get confused, and die. This is to be expected.

    - some other programs may break; we know that 'xv', at least, does.

    See the aforementioned libsafe.txt before installing the libsafe package.


    -- The Slackware Linux Project
    http://www.slackware.com
    You are not authorised to post comments.

    LinuxSecurity Poll

    Has your email account ever been pwned in a data breach?

    No answer selected. Please try again.
    Please select either existing option or enter your own, however not both.
    Please select minimum 0 answer(s) and maximum 2 answer(s).
    /component/communitypolls/?task=poll.vote
    12
    radio
    [{"id":"53","title":"Yes","votes":"4","type":"x","order":"1","pct":80,"resources":[]},{"id":"54","title":"No","votes":"1","type":"x","order":"2","pct":20,"resources":[]}]["#ff5b00","#4ac0f2","#b80028","#eef66c","#60bb22","#b96a9a","#62c2cc"]["rgba(255,91,0,0.7)","rgba(74,192,242,0.7)","rgba(184,0,40,0.7)","rgba(238,246,108,0.7)","rgba(96,187,34,0.7)","rgba(185,106,154,0.7)","rgba(98,194,204,0.7)"]350
    bottom200

    We use cookies to provide and improve our services. By using our site, you consent to our Cookie Policy.