This document describes differences between the 5.14.1 release and the
If you are upgrading from an earlier release such as 5.14.0, first read
perl5141delta, which describes differences between 5.14.0 and 5.14.1.
No changes since 5.14.0.
"File::Glob::bsd_glob()" memory error with GLOB_ALTDIRFUNC (CVE-2011-2728).
Calling "File::Glob::bsd_glob" with the unsupported flag
GLOB_ALTDIRFUNC would cause an access violation / segfault. A Perl
program that accepts a flags value from an external source could expose
itself to denial of service or arbitrary code execution attacks. There
are no known exploits in the wild. The problem has been corrected by
explicitly disabling all unsupported flags and setting unused function
pointers to null. Bug reported by Clement Lecigne.
"Encode" decode_xs n-byte heap-overflow (CVE-2011-2939)
A bug in "Encode" could, on certain inputs, cause the heap to overflow.
This problem has been corrected. Bug reported by Robert Zacek.
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
o CPAN has been upgraded from version 1.9600 to version 1.9600_01.
CPAN::Distribution has been upgraded from version 1.9602 to
Backported bugfixes from CPAN version 1.9800. Ensures proper
detection of "configure_requires" prerequisites from CPAN Meta
files in the case where "dynamic_config" is true. [rt.cpan.org
Also ensures that "configure_requires" is only checked in META
files, not MYMETA files, so protect against MYMETA generation that
o Encode has been upgraded from version 2.42 to 2.42_01.
HP-UX PA-RISC/64 now supports gcc-4.x
A fix to correct the socketsize now makes the test suite pass on
HP-UX PA-RISC for 64bitall builds.
Building on OS X 10.7 Lion and Xcode 4 works again
The build system has been updated to work with the build tools
under Mac OS X 10.7.
o In @INC filters (subroutines returned by subroutines in @INC), $_
used to misbehave: If returned from a subroutine, it would not be
copied, but the variable itself would be returned; and freeing $_
(e.g., with "undef *_") would cause perl to crash. This has been
fixed [perl #91880].
o Perl 5.10.0 introduced some faulty logic that made "U*" in the
middle of a pack template equivalent to "U0" if the input string
was empty. This has been fixed [perl #90160].
o "caller" no longer leaks memory when called from the DB package if
@DB::args was assigned to after the first call to "caller". Carp
was triggering this bug [perl #97010].
o "utf8::decode" had a nasty bug that would modify copy-on-write
scalars' string buffers in place (i.e., skipping the copy). This
could result in hashes having two elements with the same key [perl
o Localising a tied variable used to make it read-only if it
contained a copy-on-write string.
o Elements of restricted hashes (see the fields pragma) containing
copy-on-write values couldn't be deleted, nor could such hashes be
cleared ("%hash = ()").
o Locking a hash element that is a glob copy no longer causes
subsequent assignment to it to corrupt the glob.
o A panic involving the combination of the regular expression
modifiers "/aa" introduced in 5.14.0 and the "\b" escape sequence
has been fixed [perl #95964].
This is a list of some significant unfixed bugs, which are regressions
Perl 5.14.2 represents approximately three months of development since
Perl 5.14.1 and contains approximately 1200 lines of changes across 61
files from 9 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 5.14.2:
Craig A. Berry, David Golden, Father Chrysostomos, Florian Ragwitz,
H.Merijn Brand, Karl Williamson, Nicholas Clark, Pau Amma and Ricardo
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 http://rt.perl.org/perlbug/ . There may also be
information at http://www.perl.org/ , 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be analysed by
the Perl porting team.
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Please only use this address for security issues in the Perl core, not
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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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