[gst-announce] ANNOUNCE: BEAST/BSE v0.7.1

Tim Janik timj at gtk.org
Wed Dec 27 16:32:27 PST 2006

BEAST/BSE version 0.7.1 and BSE-ALSA version 0.7.1 are
available for download at:


Amongst other things, this release fixes a security vulnerability
that was discovered in artswrapper earlier this year, details:
An upgrade from earlier BEAST versions is highly recommended.

This is a development version of BEAST/BSE, the BEdevilled Audio SysTem
and the Bedevilled Sound Engine. BEAST is a powerful music composition
and modular synthesis application released as free software under the
GNU GPL and GNU LGPL, that runs under unix. BSE-ALSA is an ALSA driver
for BSE.
The project is hosted at:


The "Bedevilled" portion of the names has no religious background,
refer to the About page for more details:


A mailing list is available at:


GUI skins, example sounds and instrumets for BEAST/BSE as well as
screenshots can be found at:


The 0.7 development series of Beast focusses on improving usability and
ease of music production. Feedback is very much appreciated, please take
the opportunity and provide your comments and questions in online forums
like the Beast Help Desk, Beast Bugzilla or the mailing list, all of which
can be reached through http://beast.gtk.org/.

Overview of Changes in BEAST/BSE 0.7.1:

* Fixed SUID security vulnerability by validating success of seteuid/setreuid,
   related security advisories, describing the vulnerability:
     http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-2916 # artswrapper
     http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-4447 # X.Org
* Added factor 2 SSE-optimized up/down resampler [Stefan Westerfeld]
* Added support for varying musical tuning systems:
   - 12-TET, 7-TET, 5-TET,
   - Diatonic-Scale, Indian-Scale, Pythagorean-Tuning,
   - Pentatonic-5-Limit, Pentatonic-Blues, Pentatonic-Gogo,
   - Quarter-Comma-Meantone, Silbermann-Sorge,
   - Werckmeister-3, Werckmeister-4, Werckmeister-5, Werckmeister-6,
     Kirnberger-3 and Young
   [Hanno Behrens, Tim Janik]
* Module changes and additions:
   Quantizer         - Simulate 1-32 Bit quantization effects
   DavXTalStrings    - Added semitone transposition function [Stefan Westerfeld]
   DavOrgan	    - Added semitone transposition function [Stefan Westerfeld]
   Summation	    - Added difference channel [Tim Janik, Stefan Westerfeld]
* Fixed exported symbol set to simplify external plugin building
* Improved startup time by linking multiple plugins into a single library
* Fixed LADSPA plugin loading to bind symbols only locally
* Reduced debugging spew for LADSPA plugins
* Fixed WWW browser launching to cope with launcher script errors
* Improved performance of floating point block operations
* Extended test suite and overall test coverage
* Applied miscellaneous accelerator and cosmetic fixes
* Improved documentation and label strings
* Fixed library dependencies in bse.pc
* Fixed tact numbers in TrackRoll #346916 [Stefan Westerfeld]
* Fixed all reported beast crashes: #340437 #347319
* Other bug fixes: #364041 #386862 #387364 #336366 #353135 #353442
* Fixes for gcc-3.3 and GNU/kFreeBSD
* Updated Italian translation [Petrecca Michele]

Overview of Changes in BSE-ALSA 0.7.1:

* Fixes to adapt to BEAST-0.7.1

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