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I don't have root on this box. I called the admin and he upgraded whatever he upgraded. All I can tell you is that the output of perl -MCGI -e 'print $CGI::VERSION, $/'; is now 3.04 and was previosly 3.01. To answer your earlier query as to the version that had been running, I believe it was 2.79 but, of course, the real issue turns out to be the version of CGI::Util which was installed.
"The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods.
The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson