[sudo-workers] sudo 1.8.2rc6 available

Todd C. Miller Todd.Miller at courtesan.com
Mon Jul 4 13:39:14 EDT 2011

A new release candidate for sudo version 1.8.2 is now available.
Sudo 1.8.2 features NLS support.  Currently, sudo has been translated
into Basque, Chinese (simplidied), Danish, Finish, and Ukranian.
For more information, see http://www.sudo.ws/sudo/nls.html

If you would like to contribute a translation for sudo, please join
a translation team at the Translation Project instead of contributing
a po file directly.  This will avoid duplicated work if there is
already a translation in progress.  For details, see


Binary packages:

Major changes between sudo 1.8.2rc5 and 1.8.2rc6:

 * When matching groups in the sudoers file, sudo will now match
   based on the name of the group instead of the group ID. This can
   substantially reduce the number of group lookups for sudoers
   files that contain a large nummber of groups.

Major changes between sudo 1.8.2rc4 and 1.8.2rc5:

 * "sudo -i command" now works correctly with the bash shell.
   Previously, the .bash_profile would not be sourced prior to
   running the command unless bash was built with
   Many Linux distributions build bash with this option enabled.

Major changes between sudo 1.8.2rc3 and 1.8.2rc4:

 * The "use_pty" sudoers option is now correctly passed back to the
   sudo front end.  This was missing in previous versions of sudo
   1.8 which prevented "use_pty" from being honored.

 * New Danish translation and updated Chinese (simplified)
   translation from translationproject.org.

Major changes between sudo 1.8.2rc2 and 1.8.2rc3:

 * The SHELL environment variable is now preserved by default
   when "sudo -s" is run.

 * When installing /etc/sudoers via binary package on non-RPM and
   non-Debian systems, the owner and mode are now set explicitly
   in the postinstall script instead of relying on "cp -p".
   On AIX 6.1 at least, the postinstall script runs before
   permissions are set on files in the root part of the package.

 * Locale files are now removed by "make uninstall".

 * Added Basque translation from translation.org and updated
   Finish and Ukranian translations.

 * Plugins are now loaded with RTLD_GLOBAL instead of RTLD_LOCAL.
   This fixes problems with, e.g., PAM modules not having
   access to symbols provided by libpam on some platforms.
   Affects FreeBSD and SLES at least.

Major changes between sudo 1.8.2rc1 and 1.8.2rc2:

 * Sudo now includes NLS translations for Finish, Ukrainian and
   simplified Chinese.

 * I/O logging is now supported for commands run in background mode
   (using sudo's -b flag).

 * Visudo now checks the contents of an alias and warns about cycles
   when the alias is expanded.

 * If the user specifes a group via sudo's -g option that matches
   the target user's group in the password database, it is now
   allowed even if no groups are present in the Runas_Spec.

Major changes between sudo 1.8.1p2 and 1.8.2rc1:

 * Added a workaround for a FreeBSD bug with dlopen() and non-standard
   PAM modules.

 * Sudo, visudo, sudoreplay and the sudoers plug-in now have natural
   language support (NLS).  Sudo will use gettext(), if available,
   to display translated messages.  This can be disabled by passing
   configure the --disable-nls option.

 * Group ownership of the sudoers file is only enforced when the file
   mode on sudoers allows group readability or writability.

 * The sudo Makefiles now have more complete dependencies which are
   automatically generated instead of being maintained manually.

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