perl5144delta - what is new for perl v5.14.4


   This document describes differences between the 5.14.3 release and the
   5.14.4 release.

   If you are upgrading from an earlier release such as 5.12.0, first read
   perl5140delta, which describes differences between 5.12.0 and 5.14.0.

Core Enhancements

   No changes since 5.14.0.


   This release contains one major, and medium, and a number of minor
   security fixes.  The latter are included mainly to allow the test suite
   to pass cleanly with the clang compiler's address sanitizer facility.

   CVE-2013-1667: memory exhaustion with arbitrary hash keys
   With a carefully crafted set of hash keys (for example arguments on a
   URL), it is possible to cause a hash to consume a large amount of
   memory and CPU, and thus possibly to achieve a Denial-of-Service.

   This problem has been fixed.

   memory leak in Encode
   The UTF-8 encoding implementation in Encode.xs had a memory leak which
   has been fixed.

   [perl #111594] Socket::unpack_sockaddr_un heap-buffer-overflow
   A read buffer overflow could occur when copying "sockaddr" buffers.
   Fairly harmless.

   This problem has been fixed.

   [perl #111586] SDBM_File: fix off-by-one access to global ".dir"
   An extra byte was being copied for some string literals. Fairly

   This problem has been fixed.

   off-by-two error in List::Util
   A string literal was being used that included two bytes beyond the end
   of the string. Fairly harmless.

   This problem has been fixed.

   [perl #115994] fix segv in regcomp.c:S_join_exact()
   Under debugging builds, while marking optimised-out regex nodes as type
   "OPTIMIZED", it could treat blocks of exact text as if they were nodes,
   and thus SEGV. Fairly harmless.

   This problem has been fixed.

   [perl #115992] PL_eval_start use-after-free
   The statement "local $[;", when preceded by an "eval", and when not
   part of an assignment, could crash. Fairly harmless.

   This problem has been fixed.

   wrap-around with IO on long strings
   Reading or writing strings greater than 2**31 bytes in size could
   segfault due to integer wraparound.

   This problem has been fixed.

Incompatible Changes

   There are no changes intentionally incompatible with 5.14.0. If any
   exist, they are bugs and reports are welcome.


   There have been no deprecations since 5.14.0.

Modules and Pragmata

   New Modules and Pragmata

   Updated Modules and Pragmata
   The following modules have just the minor code fixes as listed above in
   "Security" (version numbers have not changed):


   Encode has been upgraded from version 2.42_01 to version 2.42_02.

   Module::CoreList has been updated to version 2.49_06 to add data for
   this release.

   Removed Modules and Pragmata


   New Documentation

   Changes to Existing Documentation


   No new or changed diagnostics.

Utility Changes


Configuration and Compilation

   No changes.

Platform Support

   New Platforms

   Discontinued Platforms

   Platform-Specific Notes
   VMS 5.14.3 failed to compile on VMS due to incomplete application of a
       patch series that allowed "userelocatableinc" and
       "usesitecustomize" to be used simultaneously.  Other platforms were
       not affected and the problem has now been corrected.

Selected Bug Fixes

   *   In Perl 5.14.0, "$tainted ~~ @array" stopped working properly.
       Sometimes it would erroneously fail (when $tainted contained a
       string that occurs in the array after the first element) or
       erroneously succeed (when "undef" occurred after the first element)
       [perl #93590].

Known Problems



   Perl 5.14.4 represents approximately 5 months of development since Perl
   5.14.3 and contains approximately 1,700 lines of changes across 49
   files from 12 authors.

   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 5.14.4:

   Andy Dougherty, Chris 'BinGOs' Williams, Christian Hansen, Craig A.
   Berry, Dave Rolsky, David Mitchell, Dominic Hargreaves, Father
   Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz, Reini Urban, Ricardo Signes, Yves Orton.

   The list above is almost certainly incomplete as it is automatically
   generated from version control history. In particular, it does not
   include the names of the (very much appreciated) contributors who
   reported issues to the Perl bug tracker.

   For a more complete list of all of Perl's historical contributors,
   please see the AUTHORS file in the Perl source distribution.

Reporting Bugs

   If you find what you think is a bug, you might check the articles
   recently posted to the comp.lang.perl.misc newsgroup and the perl bug
   database at .  There may also be
   information at , the Perl Home Page.

   If you believe you have an unreported bug, please run the perlbug
   program included with your release.  Be sure to trim your bug down to a
   tiny but sufficient test case.  Your bug report, along with the output
   of "perl -V", will be sent off to to be analysed by
   the Perl porting team.

   If the bug you are reporting has security implications, which make it
   inappropriate to send to a publicly archived mailing list, then please
   send it to This points to a closed
   subscription unarchived mailing list, which includes all the core
   committers, who be able to help assess the impact of issues, figure out
   a resolution, and help co-ordinate the release of patches to mitigate
   or fix the problem across all platforms on which Perl is supported.
   Please only use this address for security issues in the Perl core, not
   for modules independently distributed on CPAN.


   The Changes file for an explanation of how to view exhaustive details
   on what changed.

   The INSTALL file for how to build Perl.

   The README file for general stuff.

   The Artistic and Copying files for copyright information.


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