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Perl 5.12.5 is now available

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Dominic Hargreaves
November 10, 2012 06:21
Perl 5.12.5 is now available
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  Music oft hath such a charm
  To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.

    -- Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare

We are pleased to announce Perl 5.12.5, the sixth stable release of
Perl 5.12.

You will soon be able to download Perl 5.12.5 from your favorite CPAN
mirror or find it at:

SHA1 digests for this release are:

 812139ceef512eb8458af29ffbf46d78ef26c12a  perl-5.12.5.tar.bz2
 68f0bdc06284053c206fdf2441a123fafdde38de  perl-5.12.5.tar.gz

This release is primarily a security fix release, according to the
maintenance policy for Perl 5. Three security fixes are included:

- Encode decode_xs n-byte heap-overflow (CVE-2011-2939)
- File::Glob::bsd_glob() memory error with GLOB_ALTDIRFUNC (CVE-2011-2728)
- Heap buffer overrun in 'x' string repeat operator (CVE-2012-5195)

Further details about these security fixes are available in the file
"perldelta.pod" located in the "pod" directory inside the release and on
the web at:

In addition, this release contains other queued bug fixes, build fixes
and documentation updates. It should be fully backward compatible with
Perl 5.12.0.

Perl 5.12.5 is a recommended upgrade for all users of Perl 5.12.

You can find a full list of changes in the aforementioned "perldelta.pod"

Perl 5.12.5 represents approximately 17 months of development since Perl 5.12.4
and contains approximately 1,900 lines of changes across 64 files from 18

Perl continues to flourish into its third decade thanks to a vibrant community
of users and developers. The following people are known to have contributed the
improvements that became Perl 5.12.5:

Andy Dougherty, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Craig A. Berry, David Mitchell,
Dominic Hargreaves, Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, George Greer, Goro
Fuji, Jesse Vincent, Karl Williamson, Leon Brocard, Nicholas Clark, Rafael
Garcia-Suarez, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Steve Hay, Tony Cook.

We expect this to be the last update for perl 5.12 containing 
non-security bug fixes.

The current stable release of Perl 5 is version 5.16.2.
The next major stable release of Perl 5, version 5.18.0, should appear
in May 2013.

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