Ruby 1.8.7-p71 / 1.8.6-p286 released (Security Fix)

At last.

Sorry to have kept you waiting so long. Here we release latest Ruby
1.8.7 / 1.8.6 series. I believe they are stable enough.
We also announce that we have fixed several vulnerabilities in them.
Please take a look at the following URL for details.

http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/news/2008/08/08/multiple-vulnerabilities-in-ruby/

Released tarballes are available at:

ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.6-p286.tar.gz
ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.6-p286.tar.bz2
ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.6-p286.zip
ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-p71.tar.gz
ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-p71.tar.bz2
ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-p71.zip

And checksums:

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From: Urabe S. [mailto:[email protected]]

ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-p71.tar.gz

Hi Urabe, i just updated to the the latest snapshot
ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/stable-snapshot.tar.gz.
Are they same?

thanks for the updates.
kind regards -botp

Hello.

Pena, Botp wrote:

From: Urabe S. [mailto:[email protected]]

ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-p71.tar.gz

Hi Urabe, i just updated to the the latest snapshot ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/stable-snapshot.tar.gz.
Are they same?

No, that snapshot is for ruby_1_8 branch (future 1.8.8), which is not
always stable. 1.8.7-p71 is for bugfixes only.

Pena, Botp wrote:

ouch, i thought wrong for so a long time, i was thinking otherwise since it had the infix “stable” on it. Btw, why name it “stable-snapshot”?

For some historical reasons where ruby_1_8 once was a “stable” branch in
the last century. It has been divided into more stable part versus
on-the-edge ruby_1_8 for several years. Snapshots are generated using
scripts and it seems that script is not updated to track “real” stables.
I suspect it is because we now have multiple stables, i.e. ruby 1.8.6
and 1.8.7.

From: Urabe S. [mailto:[email protected]]

Pena, Botp wrote:

> From: Urabe S. [mailto:[email protected]]

> # ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-p71.tar.gz

>

> Hi Urabe, i just updated to the the latest snapshot

ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/stable-snapshot.tar.gz.

> Are they same?

>

No, that snapshot is for ruby_1_8 branch (future 1.8.8), which is not

always stable. 1.8.7-p71 is for bugfixes only.

ouch, i thought wrong for so a long time, i was thinking otherwise since
it had the infix “stable” on it. Btw, why name it “stable-snapshot”?

kind regards -botp

How can a patch be considered “released” without the Windows binaries
being made available? Is compiling the Ruby source code for Windows
difficult? If so, what’s the hangup? Binaries for all platforms should
be available before any “patch” announcement is made.

From: Urabe S. [mailto:[email protected]]

For some historical reasons where ruby_1_8 once was a

“stable” branch in

the last century. It has been divided into more stable part versus

on-the-edge ruby_1_8 for several years. Snapshots are generated using

scripts and it seems that script is not updated to track

“real” stables.

I suspect it is because we now have multiple stables, i.e. ruby 1.8.6

and 1.8.7.

thank you very much Urabe for the information/clarification.

kind regards -botp

Brian Andrews wrote:

How can a patch be considered “released” without the Windows binaries
being made available? Is compiling the Ruby source code for Windows
difficult? If so, what’s the hangup? Binaries for all platforms should
be available before any “patch” announcement is made.

Why?

People with a strong interest in a particular platform need to make sure
they can build on their platform of choice, and not expect some unpaid
volunteer to do it for them.

Besides, to wait to release fixed code until binaries for all
platforms are offered is, in fact, bonkers.

A release is source code; anything else is icing on the cake.


James B.

www.happycamperstudios.com - Wicked Cool Coding
www.jamesbritt.com - Playing with Better Toys
www.ruby-doc.org - Ruby Help & Documentation
www.rubystuff.com - The Ruby Store for Ruby Stuff

So Joe D. should download the Ruby source code, fire up his C
compiler of choice, compile his own version of Ruby, and start building
and release software using his custom compiled version of Ruby?!

If there are 20,000 Ruby developers on the Windows platform, you are
suggesting that 20,000 potentially different compiled versions of the
Ruby binaries is acceptable?! To me, that’s bonkers.

Why does this ftp site even exist
ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/binaries/mswin32? Isn’t it where the
Ruby maintainers release the “officially” compiled Windows binaries? If
not, what’s it for then? And why can’t the latest patch be compiled and
made available upon announcement?

Brian Andrews wrote:

How can a patch be considered “released” without the Windows binaries
being made available? Is compiling the Ruby source code for Windows
difficult? If so, what’s the hangup? Binaries for all platforms should
be available before any “patch” announcement is made.

Ruby has never been officially released as binaries. It was always
released as source code. Waiting binaries for all platforms is simply
impossible; can you compile ruby binaries for HP-UX on Itanium? or for
AIX on POWER5?

Brian Andrews wrote:

So Joe D. should download the Ruby source code, fire up his C
compiler of choice, compile his own version of Ruby, and start building
and release software using his custom compiled version of Ruby?!

If they like. It’s open-source.

The reality (not the straw man) is that some people do take time out
of their lives to make such binaries available to others. It’s called
“doing a favor.”

If there are 20,000 Ruby developers on the Windows platform, you are
suggesting that 20,000 potentially different compiled versions of the
Ruby binaries is acceptable?! To me, that’s bonkers.

Don’t use what you don’t want or don’t trust. Be glad for the choices
that are their. There are people who look for differently compiled
versions, and typically thank the people who provide them.

Why does this ftp site even exist
ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/binaries/mswin32? Isn’t it where the
Ruby maintainers release the “officially” compiled Windows binaries? If
not, what’s it for then? And why can’t the latest patch be compiled and
made available upon announcement?

Feel free to do so. It would be much appreciated.

The “Ruby maintainers” are, by and large, just regular folks who step up
to help out when they see something missing. But feel free to denigrate
their efforts.


James B.

www.happycamperstudios.com - Wicked Cool Coding
www.jamesbritt.com - Playing with Better Toys
www.ruby-doc.org - Ruby Help & Documentation
www.rubystuff.com - The Ruby Store for Ruby Stuff

Urabe S. wrote:

Brian Andrews wrote:

How can a patch be considered “released” without the Windows binaries
being made available? Is compiling the Ruby source code for Windows
difficult? If so, what’s the hangup? Binaries for all platforms should
be available before any “patch” announcement is made.

Ruby has never been officially released as binaries. It was always
released as source code. Waiting binaries for all platforms is simply
impossible; can you compile ruby binaries for HP-UX on Itanium? or for
AIX on POWER5?

I think my “all platforms” comment was made in haste and is just
confusing matters, so let me describe the issue that is directly
affecting me…

I’m a Ruby developer using 32-bit Windows. I download the Ruby binaries
for Windows from: ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/binaries/mswin32. I
am assuming that these are the official binaries that the Ruby
maintainers compile for 32-bit Windows. Is my assumption correct?

After the announcement was made that several security vulnerabilities
were found and have apparently been fixed in version 1.8.7 (on the main
page of the Ruby website), I wanted to obtain the latest binaries for
32-bit Windows. I went to the ftp site for the Win32 binaries and could
only find 1.8.7p22 (my current Ruby version). I expected to see a set
of binaries for 1.8.7p71.

Sorry if I’m coming across as brash. I’m not trying to be a jerk about
this. I’m trying to understand how/when patched Ruby source code becomes
a set of officially patched Win32 Ruby binaries available for download.

I apologize for my ignorance and thanks for your patience and responses.

The vast majority of Windows users can’t compile from source code. All
Windows software is supplied as binaries; that’s the One Microsoft Way.

1.8.6-p286 is now available here:

ftp://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/binaries/mswin32/ruby-1.8.6-p286-i386-mswin32.zip

Thanks to whoever compiled it and made it available for the rest of us!

Dave

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