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* 1 Fedora Weekly News Issue 260
o 1.1 Announcements
+ 1.1.1 Fedora Announcement News
# 126.96.36.199 OUTAGE: PHX2 Network outage - 2011-01-25 02:00 UTC
* 188.8.131.52.1 Howto or run:
* 184.108.40.206.2 Reason for outage:
* 220.127.116.11.3 Affected Services:
* 18.104.22.168.4 Unaffected Services:
* 22.214.171.124.5 Contact Information:
* 126.96.36.199.6 Ticket:
# 188.8.131.52 Security incident on Fedora infrastructure on 23 Jan 2011
# 184.108.40.206 Fedora 14 for IBM System z 64bit official release
+ 1.1.2 Fedora Development News
# 220.127.116.11 rawhide update (2.91.6) of evolution-related packages is gtk3 only
+ 1.1.3 Fedora Events
# 18.104.22.168 Upcoming Events (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011)
# 22.214.171.124 Past Events
# 126.96.36.199 Additional information
o 1.2 Fedora In the News
+ 1.2.1 Open source status report reveals good health and profits (NetworkWorld)
+ 1.2.2 Fedora Linux suffers a security incident - compromise risk is minimal
+ 1.2.3 Einbruch in Fedoras Infrastruktur
o 1.3 QualityAssurance
+ 1.3.1 Test Days
+ 1.3.2 Refining Bugzilla messages on updated packages
+ 1.3.3 Test case management system proposal and requirements
+ 1.3.4 Multi-spin DVD review
+ 1.3.5 Smolt graphics card generation extraction
+ 1.3.6 Package-specific and critical path test case process
+ 1.3.7 AutoQA
o 1.4 Security Advisories
+ 1.4.1 Fedora 14 Security Advisories
+ 1.4.2 Fedora 13 Security Advisories
- Fedora Weekly News Issue 260 -
Welcome to Fedora Weekly News Issue 260 for the week ending January 26, 2011. What follows are
some highlights from this issue.
In announcements, details on the official release of Fedora 14 64-bit for IBM System z, and
upcoming details on gtk2 support ending for Evolution related packages in Rawhide, the development
version of Fedora. We have three articles in Fedora In the News, and Quality Assurance previews the
first Fedora 15 upcoming Test Day, updates on the AutoQA process, and more. Our issue this week
wraps up with security-related packages released this past week for Fedora 13 and 14. Enjoy!
An audio version of some issues of FWN - FAWN - are available! You can listen to existing issues
on the Internet Archive. If anyone is interested in helping spread the load of FAWN production,
please contact us!
If you are interested in contributing to Fedora Weekly News, please see our 'join' page. We
welcome reader feedback: email@example.com
FWN Editorial Team: Pascal Calarco, Adam Williamson
-- Announcements --
In this section, we cover announcements from the Fedora Project, including general
announcements, development announcements and Events.
Contributing Writer: Rashadul Islam
--- Fedora Announcement News ---
The announcement list is always exclusive for the Fedora Community. Please, visit the past
---- OUTAGE: PHX2 Network outage - 2011-01-25 02:00 UTC ----
Stephen John Smoogen on Thu Jan 20 21:36:58 UTC 2011 announced,
"There will be an outage starting at 2011-01-25 02:00 UTC, which will last approximately 3 hours.
To convert UTC to your local time, take a look at 
----- Howto or run: -----
date -d '2011-01-25 02:00 UTC'
----- Reason for outage: -----
We are moving from older netapp to newer one due to hardware limitations and aging hardware. Due to
change in disk architectures and such, we will be having a total outage of Fedora services.
----- Affected Services: -----
* BFO - 
* Bodhi - 
* Buildsystem - 
* CVS / Source Control
* Docs - 
* Email system
* Fedora Account System - 
* Fedora Community -
* Fedora Hosted - 
* Fedora People - 
* Fedora Talk - 
* Main Website - 
* Mirror List - 
* Mirror Manager - 
* Package Database - 
* Smolt - 
* Spins - 
* Start - 
* Torrent - 
* Translation Services -
* Wiki - 
----- Unaffected Services: -----
DNS - ns1.fedoraproject.org, ns2.fedoraproject.org
----- Contact Information: -----
Please join #fedora-admin in irc.freenode.net or respond to this email to track the status of this
----- Ticket: -----
1. Stephen John Smoogen smooge at gmail.com
---- Security incident on Fedora infrastructure on 23 Jan 2011 ----
Fedora Project Leader, Jared K. Smith on Tue Jan 25 00:14:23 UTC 2011 announced,
"Summary: Fedora infrastructure intrusion but no impact on product integrity
On January 22, 2011 a Fedora contributor received an email from the Fedora Accounts System
indicating that his account details had been changed. He contacted the Fedora Infrastructure Team
indicating that he had received the email, but had not made changes to his FAS account. The
Infrastructure Team immediately began investigating, and confirmed that the account had indeed been
At this time, the Infrastructure Team has evidence that indicates the account credentials were
compromised externally, and that the Fedora Infrastructure was not subject to any code
vulnerability or exploit.
The account in question was not a member of any sysadmin or Release Engineering groups. The
following is a complete list of privileges on the account:
* SSH to fedorapeople.org (user permissions are very limited on this machine).
* Push access to packages in the Fedora SCM.
* Ability to perform builds and make updates to Fedora packages.
The Infrastructure Team took the following actions after being notified of the issue: 1. Lock down
access to the compromised account 2. Take filesystem snapshots of all systems the account had
access to (pkgs.fedoraproject.org, fedorapeople.org) 3. Audit SSH, FAS, Git, and Koji logs from the
time of compromise to the present Here, we found that the attacker did:
* Change the account's SSH key in FAS
* Login to fedorapeople.org
The attacker did not:
* Push any changes to the Fedora SCM or access pkgs.fedoraproject.org in any way
* Generate a koji cert or perform any builds
* Push any package updates
Based on the results of our investigation so far, we do not believe that any Fedora packages or
other Fedora contributor accounts were affected by this compromise.
While the user in question had the ability to commit to Fedora SCM, the Infrastructure Team does
not believe that the compromised account was used to do this, or cause any builds or updates in the
Fedora build system. The Infrastructure Team believes that Fedora users are in no way threatened by
this security breach and we have found no evidence that the compromise extended beyond this single
As always, Fedora packagers are recommended to regularly review commits to their packages and
report any suspicious activity that they notice.
Fedora contributors are strongly encouraged to choose a strong FAS password. Contributors should
*NOT* use their FAS password on any other websites or user accounts. If you receive an email from
FAS notifying you of changes to your account that you did not make, please contact the Fedora
Infrastructure team immediately via admin at fedoraproject.org.
We are still performing a more in-depth investigation and security audit and we will post again if
there are any material changes to our understanding"
1. Jared K. Smith jsmith at fedoraproject.org
---- Fedora 14 for IBM System z 64bit official release ----
Phil Knirsch on Tue Jan 25 17:59:31 UTC 2011 announced,
"It's been a long time since we last had an official release of IBM System z on Fedora...
A really long time...
A really, really long time...
In fact and to be precise, it's been 134,265,600 seconds or 2,237,760 minutes or 37,296 hours or
1554 days since Fedora 6 was released on October 24th 2006 which was the last release where IBM
System z was included.
But today, today changes all this.
As today, the Fedora IBM System z (s390x) Secondary Arch team proudly presents the Fedora 14 for
IBM System z 64bit official release!
And without further ado, here the links to the actual release:
and obviously on all mirrors that mirror the secondary arch content.
The first directory contains the normal installation trees as well as 1 DVD ISO and 5 CD ISOs with
the complete release.
Everything as usual contains, well, everything. :)
We have collected a couple of example config files, kickstart examples and a nice README here:
but beware that currently the images found there are still outdated, we're working on fixing that
over the next weeks.
Additional information about know issues, the current progress and state for future release, where
and how the team can be reached and just anything else IBM System z on Fedora related can be found
Thanks go out to everyone involved in making this happen!"
1. Phil Knirsch pknirsch at redhat.com
--- Fedora Development News ---
The development list is intended to be a LOW TRAFFIC announce-only list for Fedora development.
Acceptable Types of Announcements
* Policy or process changes that affect developers.
* Infrastructure changes that affect developers.
* Tools changes that affect developers.
* Schedule changes
* Freeze reminders
Unacceptable Types of Announcements
* Periodic automated reports (violates the INFREQUENT rule)
* Anything else not mentioned above
---- rawhide update (2.91.6) of evolution-related packages is gtk3 only ----
Milan Crha on Wed Jan 26 16:16:26 UTC 2011 announced,
"Evolution team drops support for gtk2 in 2.91.6 release of evolution-related packages (gtkhtml3,
evolution-data-server and evolution) which might make trouble for dependent packages which are
still gtk2. I expect there will follow gtk3 updates for them in the near future too, if not done
already (this is mainly for packages using libedataserverui and gtkhtml3, the rest should be
There are done soname bumps and api version bumps in above mentioned packages as well. The release
will be done on Monday, when I plan to update rawhide too (+/- few days, if something will go
Later Peter Robinson on Wed Jan 26 18:15:33 UTC 2011 reply over the thread.
1. Milan Crha mcrha at redhat.com
3. Peter Robinson pbrobinson at gmail.com
--- Fedora Events ---
Fedora events are the exclusive and source of marketing, learning and meeting all the fellow
community people around you. So, please mark your agenda with the following events to consider
attending or volunteering near you!
---- Upcoming Events (Dec 2010 - Feb 2011) ----
* North America (NA)
* Central & South America (LATAM): 
* Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
* India, Asia, Australia (India/APJ)
---- Past Events ----
Archive of Past Fedora Events
---- Additional information ----
* Reimbursements -- reimbursement guidelines.
* Budget -- budget for the current quarter (as distributed by FAMSCo).
* Sponsorship -- how decisions are made to subsidize travel by community members.
* Organization -- event organization, budget information, and regional responsibility.
* Event reports -- guidelines and suggestions.
* LinuxEvents -- a collection of calendars of Linux events.
-- Fedora In the News --
In this section, we cover news from the trade press and elsewhere that is re-posted to the Fedora
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Open source status report reveals good health and profits (NetworkWorld) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded a posting reporting on some statistics on the vitality of the Fedora
"The Fedora Linux project sees over 2 million unique visitors to its site in a given month; over
150,000 downloads; and over 25,000 active contributors of code, documentation, translations and bug
submissions per month."
The full article is available
--- Fedora Linux suffers a security incident - compromise risk is minimal (InternetNews.com) ---
Rahul Sundaram forwarded news on a recent Fedoraproject.org credential compromise:
"Long story short is that a Fedora contributor had his/her credentials stolen and then an attacker
began to use those credentials to attempt to tamper with the Fedora infrastructure. Due to the
limited privileges of the exploited account (and some good luck) it appears as though there has
been no risk to Fedora's build or infrastructure."
The full article is available.
--- Einbruch in Fedoras Infrastruktur ---
Henrik Heigl forwarded a press release in German about the security breach:
"Das Linux-Projekt Fedora hat einen Einbruch in seine Infrastruktur bestätigt, es habe jedoch
keine Manipulationen an Software-Projekten gegeben. Der oder die unbekannten Täter haben laut einer
Stellungnahme von Jared K. Smith offenbar über gestohlene Zugangsdaten den Weg in das
Fedora-Projekt gefunden. Auf den Einbruch sei man aufmerksam geworden, weil ein Mitarbeiter vom
Fedora-Accounts-System eine Nachricht bekam, es seien Kontodaten geändert worden."
The full article is available.
-- Quality Assurance --
In this section, we cover the activities of the QA team. For more information on the work of the
QA team and how you can get involved, see the Joining page.
Contributing Writer: Adam Williamson
--- Test Days ---
This week sees the first Fedora 15 Test Day on 2011-01-27, on network device naming changes
upcoming in Fedora 15. On compatible systems, Fedora 15 will use biosdevname to name the network
interfaces; this provides a fully deterministic naming scheme on such systems, as opposed to the
current system, where you cannot be sure that a given interface's name in Fedora will reflect its
physical location or label. The Test Day will ensure this system is working correctly and also that
it does not override existing preferred names on upgrades, so if you want to make sure this change
has no unexpected consequences for you, make sure to come along to the Test Day! The testing
involved will be easy and possible from a live image, and the Test Day page has instructions to
find out if your hardware is involved in this change.
Next Thursday, 2011-02-03, will see the first of three planned Test Days on the GNOME 3 desktop,
which is landing in Fedora 15. Mark it on your calendar!
--- Refining Bugzilla messages on updated packages ---
Luke Macken applied the patch from François Cami to improve the comments Bodhi leaves on bugs
when the status of an update changes.
--- Test case management system proposal and requirements ---
During the QA weekly meeting of 2011-01-24, Rui He reported that she had completed the review of
use cases and features in comparing the current Wiki-based system for managing test cases and
the potential replacement, Nitrate. The next step is to identify must-have and nice-to-have
features to see if any are missing from Nitrate, and write scripts to convert Wiki test cases into
Nitrate test cases.
--- Multi-spin DVD review ---
On a request from David Nalley, some group members reviewed the proposed multi-spin DVD. Jóhann
Guðmundsson suggested testing boot and installation of each live environment on the DVD. Christoph
Wickert, the main proposer of the spin, agreed that this would be a good idea, but did not expect
to hit any problems.
--- Smolt graphics card generation extraction ---
Adam Williamson suggested a project for anyone looking for one - extracting information on graphics
card generations from Smolt. He explained that this would be useful for assessing the overall
level of support for GNOME Shell in Fedora 15.
--- Package-specific and critical path test case process ---
James Laska provided a script implementing searching for package-specific test cases meeting the
categorization guidelines recently put into practice.
--- AutoQA ---
The new koji watcher implementation submitted for review last week by Josef Skladanka, and the
dependency checking test submitted by Will Woods, were both reviewed this week   . The
AutoQA team also identified an issue in Bodhi's use of -pending tags, which Luke Macken rapidly
-- Security Advisories --
In this section, we cover Security Advisories from fedora-package-announce from the past week.
Contributing Writer: Pascal Calarco
--- Fedora 14 Security Advisories ---
* hplip-3.10.9-14.fc14 -
* myproxy-5.3-1.fc14 -
* wordpress-mu-2.9.2-3.fc14 -
* libuser-0.56.18-3.fc14 -
* sssd-1.5.0-2.fc14 -
* maniadrive-data-1.2-5.fc14 -
* maniadrive-1.2-26.fc14.1 -
* php-eaccelerator-0.9.6.1-4.fc14 -
* php-5.3.5-1.fc14 -
* dpkg-188.8.131.52-6.fc14 -
* wordpress-2.8.6-4.fc14 -
* java-1.6.0-openjdk-184.108.40.206-220.127.116.11.fc14 -
* perl-Convert-UUlib-1.34-1.fc14 -
--- Fedora 13 Security Advisories ---
* myproxy-5.3-1.fc13 -
* hplip-3.10.9-14.fc13 -
* libuser-0.56.16-1.fc13.2 -
* maniadrive-data-1.2-5.fc13 -
* maniadrive-1.2-26.fc13.1 -
* php-eaccelerator-0.9.6.1-4.fc13 -
* php-5.3.5-1.fc13 -
* wordpress-mu-2.9.2-3.fc13 -
* sudo-1.7.4p5-1.fc13 -
* sssd-1.3.0-40.fc13 -
* dpkg-18.104.22.168-6.fc13 -
* wordpress-2.8.6-4.fc13 -
* perl-Convert-UUlib-1.34-1.fc13 -
* java-1.6.0-openjdk-22.214.171.124-126.96.36.199.fc13 -
- end FWN 260 -
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