Catastrophic bug in LILO alpha and beta version 21.1

Catastrophic bug in LILO alpha and beta version 21.1

Post by John in S » Sun, 28 Oct 2001 02:41:53



A catastrophic bug has been discovered in:

lilo-22.1-alpha4
lilo-22.1-alpha5
lilo-22.1-beta6    -- latest as of 10/24/2001.

lilo-22.1-alpha3 and earlier do not have the bug.

The tarballs for these releases were posted on the developer's (my) site at:

http://brun.dyndns.org/pub/linux/lilo  in directories alpha and beta

The affected tarballs have been removed from the site.

The bug involves writing more code to the boot sector than is allowed.  This
causes trashing of the first partition table entry, with disastrous results if
the boot loader is written to a Master Boot Record, or an Extended Partition.

The bug does not affect systems where the boot record is written to an 'ext2'
partition.

--John

LILO source code at http://brun.dyndns.org/pub/linux/lilo

 
 
 

1. Catastrophic bug in LILO alpha and beta version 21.1

A catastrophic bug has been discovered in:

lilo-22.1-alpha4
lilo-22.1-alpha5
lilo-22.1-beta6    -- latest as of 10/24/2001.

lilo-22.1-alpha3 and earlier do not have the bug.

The tarballs for these releases were posted on the developer's (my) site at:

http://brun.dyndns.org/pub/linux/lilo  in directories alpha and beta

The affected tarballs have been removed from the site.

The bug involves writing more code to the boot sector than is allowed.  This
causes trashing of the first partition table entry, with disastrous results if
the boot loader is written to a Master Boot Record, or an Extended Partition.

The bug does not affect systems where the boot record is written to an 'ext2'
partition.

--John

LILO source code at http://brun.dyndns.org/pub/linux/lilo

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