Sep 262014

The Shellshock bug affects the Bash shell.

Though Perl it self is not directly affected, some web servers (such as Apache) that run Perl are, additional if Perl shells out: system(), backticks, qx etc, that may then instantiate bash which would be a potential attack vector.

Perl tricks has a good write up.

Your best protection is upgrading Bash on your operating system as soon as patches are available, or switching all accounts to an alternative shell (such as ‘sh’, or ‘zsh’) until there is.

Be aware there were 2 releases of bash to fix this, as the first was not complete.

Sep 262014

DWIM Perl for Linux is a binary Perl distribution including perl and a bunch of CPAN modules. It was created to make it easy to get started with Perl without the need to think about the installation of additional modules. Batteries included.

I have been working on this for quite some time, and I think I finally found a path that will make it easy for me to create future versions of this distribution.

This is the first public release in this new era.

If you have a Linux machine – any Linux machine – it would extremely useful if you could try this and report any problems you might run into.

Sep 222014

Perl 5.20.1 has been released, this is the latest stable version of Perl.

Changes include performance enhancements and various bug fixes.

Perl 5.20.1 represents approximately 4 months of development since Perl 5.20.0 and contains approximately 12,000 lines of changes across 170 files from 36 authors.