The Firebird project has released Security Updates for the currently maintained 2.1.x and 2.5.x versions (v2.1.7 and v2.5.3 SU1). These updates fix a recently discovered security vulnerability (CORE-4630) that may be used for a remote DoS attack that could be performed by unauthorised users. We recommend Firebird users to upgrade as soon as is practical.
Firebird Project announces the first Beta release of Firebird 3.0, the next major version of the Firebird relational database, which is now available for testing.
This Beta release demonstrates the features and improvements currently under development by the Firebird development team. Our users are appreciated giving it a try and providing feedback here. Apparent bugs can be reported directly to the bugtracker.
Beta releases are not encouraged for production usage or any other goals that require a stable system. They are, however, recommended for those users who want to help in identifying issues and bottlenecks thus allowing to progress faster through the Beta/RC stages towards the final release.
Please read the Release Notes carefully before installing and testing this Beta release.
Firebird 2.5.3 is updated in Debian unstable with minor security fixes
Here is the changelog :
* add patch tightening fb_guard lock file permissions (Closes: #767497) Thanks to Holger Levsen
*-super.postinst: tighten permissions on existing fbguard lock file
* declare conformance with Debian Policy 3.9.6
The source code of Firebird 3.0 Beta 1 is now tagged, meaning that we can expect the beta 1 release to be available very soon.
Dmitry Yemanov recently announced (in fb-devel discussion list) that Beta 1 of Firebird 3 is expected to be released in the next week.
Please take some time when Beta1 is out and do as much tests as you can, and report the problems back in fb-devel or Firebird tracker, helping the core developers to address the issues and so speeding up the schedule of the next releases .
Update from Dmitry:
Correction: Beta *code* is expected to be ready (i.e. tagged) the next
week. The release itself will appear slightly later, after composing the
docs and passing QA.
Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 2.5.3 — the latest minor release in the Firebird 2.5 series.
This sub-release introduces several bug fixes and a few improvements, please refer to the Release Notes for the full list of changes. Binary kits for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are immediately available for download.
Here are some news about the next FB 3 releases time-frame, coming direct from Dmitry Yemanov:
We’re approaching Beta 1 (hopefully to be released in July), with one more Beta to follow and then RC appearing this Autumn, probably around the conference time.
Firebird Roadmap can be seen here.
Alex Peshkov commented in the fb-devel list that he plans to start working in a port of Firebird 3 for Android right after FB 3 Beta 1 is released. Beta 1 is supposed to be out in this quarter.