[collectd] Versions 4.8.5 and 4.9.2 available.

Florian Forster octo at verplant.org
Thu Apr 22 12:02:24 CEST 2010

Hi everybody,

I've packaged new patch releases of the currently supported versions of
collectd, 4.9 and 4.8. Among other things, the releases fix a
segmentation fault in the network plugin that can be triggered by a
broken or crafted UDP packet. The problem was introduced with version
4.8.0. All users of 4.9.* and 4.8.* are advised to upgrade.

In case you were wondering what happened to version 4.8.4: I uploaded a
version 4.8.4 on April 7 but forgot to send an announcement to the
mailing list. Sorry :(


Source tarballs are available from collectd's homepage. The direct
download links are:

  Version 4.9.2:

  * http://collectd.org/files/collectd-4.9.2.tar.bz2
  * http://collectd.org/files/collectd-4.9.2.tar.gz

  Version 4.8.5:

  * http://collectd.org/files/collectd-4.8.5.tar.bz2
  * http://collectd.org/files/collectd-4.8.5.tar.gz


Thanks to everybody who helped with these releases. In particular, the
releases contain new code by:

  * Amit Gupta
  * Chris Buben
  * Jan Engelhardt
  * Manuel Sanmartin
  * Michael Stapelberg
  * Paul Sadauskas
  * Peter Warasin
  * Sebastian Harl
  * Sven Trenkel
  * Vincent McIntyre


2010-04-22, Version 4.9.2
  * Build system, various plugins: Fixes for AIX compatibility have been
    added. Thanks to Manuel Sanmartin for his patches.
  * Build system: Checking for "nanosleep" on old Solaris machines has
    been fixed. Thanks to Vincent McIntyre and Sebastian Harl for
    figuring out a way to make this work.
  * collectd: Append a newline to messages written to STDERR.
  * collectd: Serialization of NANs in JSON format has been fixed.
    Thanks to Chris Buben for pointing out the resulting syntax error.
  * collectd: Checks whether a "sleep" returned early have been added;
    the cases are now handled correctly. Thanks to Michael Stapelberg
    for the patch.
  * collectd: Continue reading files in a directory when parsing one
    file fails.
  * apache plugin: Collection of the number of active connections has
    been fixed for Apache 2.*.
  * contextswitch plugin: Handle large counter/derive values correctly.
    Thanks to Martin Merkel for reporting the bug.
  * exec plugin: Error messages have been improved. The "running" flag
    is now cleared correctly when forking a child fails.
  * iptables plugin: Fix a violation of aliasing rules. This resolves a
    warning / error with new GCC versions. Thanks to Jan Engelhardt for
    the work-around.
  * java plugin: The Java API files are now packaged into a .jar file.
    Thanks to Amit Gupta for his patch.
  * network plugin: Fix a segmentation fault when receiving packets with
    an unknown data source type.
  * network plugin: A memory leak when receiving encrypted network
    packets has been fixed.
  * openvpn plugin: Fix naming schema when reading "MULTI1" type status
  * oracle plugin: Fix checking for lost connections and reconnect in
    this case. Thanks to Sven Trenkel for pointing out the problem.
  * unixsock plugin: A memory leak in the "LISTVAL" command has been
    fixed. Thanks to Peter Warasin for pointing it out.
  * write_http plugin: Use the "any" authentication schema. This used to
    be "digest". Thanks to Paul Sadauskas for the patch.

Florian octo Forster
Hacker in training
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