SECURITY: New KDE Libraries Released

As we announced last week, the KDE Project has released kdelibs-2.1.2 to address a security issue and fix some bugs. Besides fixing the KDEsu security exploit, particularly joyful to many of you who use Konqueror will be the fix of the "protocol for http://x.y.z died unexpectedly" bug. "Read more" for the full text of the announcement, including a list of changes.




SECURITY: New KDE Libraries Released

KDE Adds Security and Bug Fixes to Core Libraries

April 30, 2001 (The INTERNET).
today announced the release of kdelibs 2.1.2,
a security and bugfix release of the core KDE libraries. The other
core KDE packages, including kdebase, have not been updated. The KDE Project
recommends that all KDE users upgrade to kdelibs 2.1.2 and KDE 2.1.1.

This release provides the following fixes:

  • Security fixes:
    • KDEsu. The KDEsu which shipped with earlier releases of KDE 2
      writes a (very) temporary but world-readable file with authentication
      information. A local user can potentially abuse this behavior to gain
      access to the X server and, if KDEsu is used to perform tasks that require
      root-access, can result in comprimise of the root account.
  • Bug fixes:
    • kio_http. Fixed problems with "protocol for http://x.y.z died unexpectedly" and with proxy authentication with Konqueror.
    • kparts. Fixed crash in KOffice 1.1 when splitting views.
    • khtml. Fixed memory leak in Konqueror. Fixed minor HTML
      rendering problems.
    • kcookiejar. Fixed minor problems with HTTP cookies.
    • kconfig. Fixed problem with leading/trailing spaces in
      configuration values.
    • kdebug. Fixed memory leak in debug output.
    • klineedit. Fixed problem with klineedit emitting "return
      pressed" twice.

For more information about the KDE 2.1 series, please see the
KDE 2.1.1
press release
and the KDE
2.1.1 Info Page
, which is an evolving FAQ about the latest stable release.
Information on using anti-aliased fonts with KDE is available

Downloading and Compiling kdelibs 2.1.2

The source package for kdelibs 2.1.2 (including a diff file against 2.1.1) is
available for free download at
or in the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server
mirrors. KDE 2.1.2 requires
qt-2.2.3, which is available from
Trolltech at
under the name qt-x11-2.2.3.tar.gz,
qt-2.3.0is recommended (for anti-aliased fonts,
qt-2.3.0and XFree 4.0.3 or
newer is required).
kdelibs 2.1.2 will not work with versions of Qt older than 2.2.3.

For further instructions on compiling and installing KDE, please consult
the installation
and, if you encounter problems, the
compilation FAQ.

Installing Binary Packages

Some distributors choose to provide binary packages of KDE for certain
versions of their distribution. Some of these binary packages for
kdelibs 2.1.2 will be available for free download under
or under the equivalent directory at one of the many KDE ftp server
mirrors. Please note that the
KDE team is not responsible for these packages as they are provided by third
parties -- typically, but not always, the distributor of the relevant
distribution (if you have any questions, please read the
KDE Binary Packages Policy).

kdelibs 2.1.2 requires qt-2.2.3, the free version of which is available
from the above locations usually under the name qt-x11-2.2.3, although
qt-2.2.4 or qt-2.3.0 is recommended (for anti-aliased fonts,
qt-2.3.0 and XFree 4.0.3 or newer is required).
KDE 2.1.2 will not work with versions of Qt older than 2.2.3.

At the time of this release, pre-compiled packages are available for:


  • SuSE Linux (README):
  • Tru64 Systems: 4.0e,f,g, or 5.x (README)
  • FreeBSD

    Please check the servers periodically for pre-compiled packages for other
    distributions. More binary packages may become available over the
    coming days and weeks.

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    KDE and all its components are available for free under
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    (including KDevelop), as well as the
    over 100 applications from the other standard base KDE packages
    (administration, games, graphics, multimedia, network, PIM and utilities).

    For more information about KDE, please visit KDE's
    web site.
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    2) slideshow
    presentations and on
    KDE's web site, including an evolving
    FAQ to answer questions about
    migrating to KDE 2.1 from KDE 1.x,
    anti-aliased font tutorials, a
    number of
    screenshots, developer information and
    a developer's
    KDE 1 - KDE 2 porting guide.

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    Dumb question:

    what proper rpm syntax to install on stock suse 7.1 with kde 2.1.1?


    by Evandro (not verified)

    rpm -Uvh

    where filename is the package(s) you've downloaded.

    you can also use yast.

    That is what i do and got message "conflicts with file from package klibs-1.1.2-217"

    by Rune Laursen (not verified)

    Just use rpm -Uvh --force --nodeps *.rpm instead.

    Hello Rune Laursen,

    i made what you wrote:

    rpm -Uvh --force --nodeps kdelibs.rpm


    but i am not sure if it worked for two reasons

    a: i installed the rpm with the name kdelibs.rpm instead of kdelibs-1.2.2.rpm (i suppose that makes a difference or doesn´t it)

    b: i got lots of warnings like can not
    overwrite *icons* because it is not empty

    But my kde is still running

    Thanks for any help

    go on kde - you are just great

    by Evandro (not verified)

    try removing this old version of kdelibs by running:

    rpm -e klibs-1.1.2-217

    it will probably give some dependency errors, because you may have old programs that use the old kdelibs installed. in this case, i recommend you to remove those packages too.

    by Eric Nicholson (not verified)

    Isn't that the version of klibs that came with KDE 1.1? I'm not sure, but you probably need a 2.x version of KDE for the libraries to be applicable.

    by fura (not verified)

    I get following compilation errors in khtml/dom:

    In file included from libkhtmldom_la.all_cpp.cpp:4:
    html_inline.cpp: In method `void DOM::HTMLAnchorElement::blur()':
    html_inline.cpp:204: no matching function for call to `DOM::DocumentImpl::focusN
    ode ()'
    html_inline.cpp:205: no matching function for call to `DOM::DocumentImpl::setFoc
    usNode (int)'
    html_inline.cpp: In method `void DOM::HTMLAnchorElement::focus()':
    html_inline.cpp:211: no matching function for call to `DOM::DocumentImpl::setFoc
    usNode (DOM::ElementImpl *&)'
    In file included from libkhtmldom_la.all_cpp.cpp:7:
    html_document.cpp: In method `DOM::HTMLDocument::HTMLDocument()':
    html_document.cpp:42: cannot allocate an object of type `DOM::HTMLDocumentImpl'
    html_document.cpp:42: since the following virtual functions are abstract:
    ../../khtml/xml/dom_nodeimpl.h:110: class DOM::NodeImpl * DOM::NodeImpl::clo
    neNode(bool, int &)
    html_document.cpp: In method `DOM::HTMLDocument::HTMLDocument(KHTMLView *)':
    html_document.cpp:50: cannot allocate an object of type `DOM::HTMLDocumentImpl'
    html_document.cpp:50: since type `DOM::HTMLDocumentImpl' has abstract virtual
    In file included from libkhtmldom_la.all_cpp.cpp:16:
    dom_doc.cpp: In method `DOM::Document::Document()':
    dom_doc.cpp:91: cannot allocate an object of type `DOM::DocumentImpl'
    dom_doc.cpp:91: since the following virtual functions are abstract:
    ../../khtml/xml/dom_nodeimpl.h:110: class DOM::NodeImpl * DOM::NodeImpl::clo
    neNode(bool, int &)
    dom_doc.cpp: In method `DOM::Document::Document(bool)':
    dom_doc.cpp:100: cannot allocate an object of type `DOM::DocumentImpl'
    dom_doc.cpp:100: since type `DOM::DocumentImpl' has abstract virtual functions

    and so on.
    I'm using gcc version 2.95.2 on FreeBSD 4.1.1.

    Is it a known problem ?

    by Theo van Klaveren (not verified)

    This looks like --enable-final breakage. Remove it from the configure arguments, and try again.

    by ac (not verified)

    Why are they wasting their time fixing obscure security bugs when they should be trying to catch up to Ximian GNOME 1.4?

    by St (not verified)

    Is not enough fun anymore?

    by Brian (not verified)

    To be honest I really think that /. suffers a lot less than here due to the mod system. The trolls have unfortunatly found a new home. Very good troll though.

    by ld6772 (not verified)

    It's not a waste of time to fix the bugs. This is the sort of thing that makes KDE a stable, usable desktop for linux so it can help to enduce windows users to move accross.

    Joe user won't change from microsoft if he thinks that the alternative is only trying to look good and not to atain stablility. Even though Windows is not as stable, the open source community has to try to dispell the inaccurate belief, among desktop users, that it is full of bugs. The KDE team are doing a good job of working towards this.

    Well done guys, keep it up!

    by cylab (not verified)

    this is really a good one !!! ;)

    by saiyine (not verified)

    Must be kidding, kde 2.1.1 overhelms Gnome 1.4...

    by Björn Svensson (not verified)

    Where are all the Mandrake 8.0 binary packages?? *sob*

    by Dan Clayton (not verified)

    Great work! I didn't look at the security
    aspect but konqueror works much better now.
    It was my main browser before but sometimes
    didn't work with a site. I suppose there
    are still sites that don't work but a quick
    test for a few hours didn't find any. KDE is
    so cool.

    Guess I'll have to try Koffice sometime.

    Dan Clayton