Updated libsoup packages that fix two bugs are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.
The libsoup packages provide an HTTP client and server library for GNOME.
- Prior to this update, the clock-applet did not handle canceled requests during a DNS lookup correctly and accessed already freed memory. As a consequence, the weather view of the clock-applet could, under certain circumstances, abort with a segmentation fault when updating the weather if the hostname of the weather server needed more than 30 seconds, for example due to network problems. This update modifies the underlying code to allow requests that take too long to be canceled.
- Prior to this update, the weather view of the clock-applet tried to connect to the weather server indefinitely as fast as it could if the weather server (or an HTTP proxy) closed the connection without responding. This update modifies the underlying code to retry a request only if the server unexpectedly closes a previously-used connection, not a new connection. Now, libsoup returns a "Connection terminated unexpectedly" error, so the clock-applet does not update the weather display, and tries again later.
All users of libsoup are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, which fix these bugs.