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GNU inetutils 1.9.3 released

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: GNU inetutils 1.9.3 released
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 08:57:42 -0400

The GNU inetutils team is proud to present version 1.9.3 of the GNU
networking utilities.  The GNU Networking Utilities are the common
networking utilities, clients and servers of the GNU Operating System.

The following is new in this release:

* ftp

An old inability to allow other names than the canonical name has been
corrected.  This means that a machine entry in the .netrc file will
now be used as expected.  Previously any alias name was replaced by
the corresponding canonical name, before reading the .netrc file.

The internal command `hash' accepts a suffixed letter to the size
argument, like `12k', instead of 12288.  Made a minor change to the
syntax of the command itself, allowing size changes independently of
activation of hash markings.  After a transfer the summary gives the
speed as `Mbytes/s', `kbytes/s', or `bytes/s'.

The .netrc file can be overridden by the environment variable NETRC.
Of even higher precedence is the new option `-N/--netrc'.  The access
to the resulting file, whatever method, is now denied unless it is a
regular file.

* ifconfig

Better command line parsing on BSD and Solaris systems.  Touch only
changeable flags on all systems.

* logger

The ability to use numerical facilities is restored to full range.

* ping, ping6

The ability to specify a pattern as payload is corrected.

* syslogd

A new switch `-T/--local-time' makes the service ignore a time stamp
passed on by the remote host, recording instead the local time at the
moment the message was received.  As a short form of `--pidfile', the
switch `-P' is new.

In common with other syslogd implementations, rsyslogd and sysklogd,
there has for a long time existed an attack vector based on large
facility numbers, made public in CVE-2014-3684.  This is now mended in
our code base.

* telnetd

The ability to autologin a client, without using authentication, is
now functional in the expected manner, i.e., the prompt for a user
name is suppressed in favour of an immediate password prompt.

In a setting where the client is using a UTF-8 encoding, it was common
to observe strange characters in most responses.  This was caused by
the server daemon, due to incomplete purging of internal protocol
data.  The issue should now be resolved.

* whois

Improved cooperation with servers like `', `',
and `'.

Please send bug reports to address@hidden

Here are the compressed sources:

Here are the GPG detached signatures[*]:

To reduce load on the main server, use a mirror listed at:

[*] You can use either of the above signature files to verify that the
corresponding file (without the .sig suffix) is intact.  First, be
sure to download both the .sig file and the corresponding tarball.
Then, run a command like this:

  gpg --verify inetutils-1.9.3.tar.xz.sig

If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys D95A3C35

and rerun the `gpg --verify' command.

Many thanks to all the people who contributed to this release.  Happy

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