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Bug Fix Advisory logwatch bug fix and enhancement update

Advisory: RHBA-2010:0033-3
Type: Bug Fix Advisory
Severity: N/A
Issued on: 2010-01-13
Last updated on: 2010-03-30
Affected Products: Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)

Details

An updated logwatch package that fixes various bugs and adds an enhancement
is now available.

LogWatch is a customizable log analysis system. LogWatch parses through
your system's logs for a given period of time and creates a report
analyzing areas that you specify, in as much detail as you require.

This updated logwatch package includes fixes for the following bugs:

* .hdr files are headers for RPM packages; they are essentially metadata.
LogWatch's HTTP service parser emitted warnings for .hdr files, even when
the "Detail" parameter was set to "Low". With this update, .hdr files are
now parsed as archives, which removes spurious warnings about .hdr files.
(BZ#465212)

* the following missing directories have been added under the
/etc/logwatch/scripts/ directory: "logfiles", "services" and "shared". This
mirrors the subdirectory structure of the /usr/share/logwatch/scripts/
directory, and also corresponds to the existing documentation. (BZ#489490)

* LogWatch attempted to interpret certain compressed log files as plain
text log files, which resulted in binary information being written to
LogWatch output. With this update, LogWatch correctly decompresses these
compressed log files before attempting to read and interpret them.
(BZ#511928)

In addition, this updated logwatch package provides the following
enhancement: * LogWatch is now able to parse several new and
previously-unmatched entries in the postfix, dovecot and up2date
application logs. (BZ#460993, BZ#424031, BZ#466455)

All users of logwatch are advised to upgrade to this updated package, which
resolves these issues and provides this enhancement.


Solution

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network. Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-11259

Updated packages

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (v. 5 server)

SRPMS:
logwatch-7.3-8.el5.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1217
    MD5: 287c0cd679e1807577a6138c379292e6
 
IA-32:
logwatch-7.3-8.el5.noarch.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1217
    MD5: 81350f1125680bfab859100de81cd4bd
 
IA-64:
logwatch-7.3-8.el5.noarch.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1217
    MD5: 81350f1125680bfab859100de81cd4bd
 
PPC:
logwatch-7.3-8.el5.noarch.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1217
    MD5: 81350f1125680bfab859100de81cd4bd
 
s390x:
logwatch-7.3-8.el5.noarch.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1217
    MD5: 81350f1125680bfab859100de81cd4bd
 
x86_64:
logwatch-7.3-8.el5.noarch.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1217
    MD5: 81350f1125680bfab859100de81cd4bd
 
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop (v. 5 client)

SRPMS:
logwatch-7.3-8.el5.src.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1217
    MD5: 287c0cd679e1807577a6138c379292e6
 
IA-32:
logwatch-7.3-8.el5.noarch.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1217
    MD5: 81350f1125680bfab859100de81cd4bd
 
x86_64:
logwatch-7.3-8.el5.noarch.rpm
File outdated by:  RHBA-2012:1217
    MD5: 81350f1125680bfab859100de81cd4bd
 
(The unlinked packages above are only available from the Red Hat Network)

Bugs fixed (see bugzilla for more information)

424031 - logwatch ignores dovecot 1.0 log entries
440606 - there should be %{?dist} instead of %{dist} in the *.spec on the Release: line
460993 - logwatch doesn't match some postfix log lines (status code not parsed)
465212 - logwatch "http" script should treat APT .hdr files as "archives" (and not as "other")
466455 - RHBA-2008:0362 causes logwatch to find unmatched entries in /var/log/up2date
489490 - logwatch: missing directories in /etc/logwatch/scripts



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