1.189.1. RHBA-2011:0827: xinetd bug fix update
An updated xinetd package that fixes several bugs is now available.
The xinetd daemon is a secure replacement for inetd, the Internet services daemon. It provides access control for all services based on the address of the remote host and/or on time of access, and can prevent denial of service attacks.
This update fixes the following bugs:
* The xinetd.log man page was in the wrong man section, and has been moved to the correct one. The command "man 5 xinetd.log" now works as expected. (BZ#428811
* When a log file of an xinetd-controlled service exceeded the size limit specified in its configuration file, xinetd terminated unexpectedly with a segmentation fault. With this update, a patch has been applied to address this issue, and the xinetd daemon no longer crashes. (BZ#438986
* The xinetd.init script did not set its return value correctly when invoked with the "status" argument. This update fixes this issue by making the xinetd.init script return values compatible with Linux Standard Base Core Specification 3.2. (BZ#498119
* Under certain circumstances the xinetd daemon could hang (for example, when trying to acquire an already acquired lock for writing to its log file) when an unexpected signal arrived. As of this update the daemon handles unexpected signals as expected and the hangs no longer occur. (BZ#501604
* The xinetd daemon ignored the "port" line of the service configuration file, so it was impossible to bind some rpc services to a specific port. This update addresses this issue and the xinetd daemon now handles the port number appropriately. (BZ#624800
* This update includes a patch that fixes the compiler warning "dereferencing type-punned pointer will break strict-aliasing rules". (BZ#695674
All xinetd users are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which addresses these bugs.