Skype Hotfix for Linux - About Screen

It lives! Skype have issued a small bugfix update to the static package of their Linux client.

The hotfix patches a ‘serious vulnerability’ with the ‘libpng library’ present in the static package of the VoIP client.

The issue does not affect any other versions of Skype 2.2 for Linux (i.e. the version available in the Ubuntu Software Center).

What is the static package of Skype? It ‘contains executables not linked against any dynamic libraries’, said to be useful ‘when you don’t want to handle dependencies issues.’ Despite this it does, however, still require a number of dependencies to be installed locally in-order to run.

This update bumps Skype static to version 22.0.99, whilst the version in the Canonical Partner repository remains at 22.0.35 and is unaffected.

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