BSD Magazine – January 2012 issue is out

January’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: FreeBSD: Get Up-To-Date (free PDF download). You’ll find the following subjects:

  • What’s New in FreeBSD 9.0 by Dru Lavigne
  • Puppet on FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD IPS With Snort Inline
  • malloc(9): The Kernel’s General Purpose Memory Allocator
  • Keeping FreeBSD’s Base System and Packages Up-To-Date
  • Anatomy of a FreeBSD Compromise (Part 2)
  • Home Brew Captive Portal With OpenBSD

Read or download this issue from: http://bsdmag.org/magazine/1784-freebsd-get-up-to-date.

 

Rolling Your Own Kernel (BSD Magazine 2011-12)

December’s issue of the BSD Magazine is available: Rolling Your Own Kernel.

  • Free Issue to Download! BSD 12/2011
  • Google Code-In and FreeBSD’s Participation
  • Installing PC-BSD on a Mac
  • Keeping Your Configuration Files Shiny as New Using sysmerge(8)
  • Rolling Your Own FreeBSD Kernel
  • OpenBSD 5.0: PHP, Cacti, and Symon
  • Extracting Useful Information From Log Messages
  • Anatomy of a FreeBSD Compromise (Part 1)
  • Hardening BSD with Security Levels
  • FreeBSD Foundation Update

FreeBSD Events (CE BSDday, EuroBSDCon, BSDday Arg)

These are some links to past and upcoming FreeBSD related events:

Central European BSD day 2011 (Slovakia)

Central Europen BSDDay 2011 is taking place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 5 November.

The purpose of this one-day event is to gather Central European developers of today’s open-source BSD systems, popularize their work, and provide an interface for real-life communication. There are no formalities, no papers, and no registration or participation fee, however the invited developers are encouraged to give a talk on their favorite BSD-related topic, then have a beer with the other folks around. The language of this event is English, and the goal is to motivate potential future developers and users, especially undergraduate university students to work with BSD systems.

For more info and to see the schedule of lectures, visit the Central Europen BSDday 2011 page.

BSDday Argentina 2011

BSDday Argentina is taking place on 5 November 2011 too.

For more info (currently quite sparce) visit the BSDDay Argentina 2011 website.

Google Code-In 2011

DragonFlyBSD is taking part. Would be good to see all major BSD projects getting involved. Google Code-in 2011.

EuroBSDCon 2011

The FreeBSD Foundation has added some trip reports of FreeBSD Foundation funded trips to the EuroBSDCon 2011 earlier this month.

Clang on FreeBSD (mp3)

The mp3 of Adam David Alan Martin’s NYCBUG  presentation (“Clang on FreeBSD”) is now available at http://www.fetissov.org/public/nycbug/nycbug-10-05-11.mp3

The Inevitability of IPv6 (BSD Magazine 2011-10)

A new issue (October 2011) of the free BSD Magazine is now available: The Inevitability of IPv6 (pdf).

From the table of contents:

Configuring a FreeBSD Stealth Logging Server
The collection of log files provides security administrators with the ability to have an audit trail for the behavior of an information system. In the event that a system is compromised, remote logging provides a forensic trail to determine what occurred on the system.

DragonflyBSD News: Recovering Data With Hammer
It’s been a while since we had a straightforward news report for DragonFly; the time since then has been filled with reports on Hammer and bulk pkgsrc builds.

Using Openmaps Data With Geoserver
In this article in our GIS series, we will examine how to import Openmaps data. Open Street Map (openstreetmap.org) founded in July 2004 by Steve Coast, is a treasure trove of worldwide street maps available under the Creative Commons licence.

ONMP on OpenBSD 4.9
ONMP on OpenBSD 4.9OpenBSD is my BSD of choice. In fact, it is my OS of choice wherever possible. I always challenge those who disagree with me to name another OS with a similar track record for security.

OSSEC on OpenBSD (ONMP) 4.9
It is worth saying up front that these instructions assume that you’re running Nginx compiled from source vice Apache or Nginx from Ports or Packages.

Taking a Peek Under the Hood Without Compromising Security – LibGTop and OpenBSD
LibGTop allows developers to peek under the hood of the kernel and export lots of system data in a convenient and easy to use library.

Protecting Apache From Dos And Ddos Attacks
DOS or DDOS, it is an attack where multiple compromised systems (which are usually infected with a Trojan) are used to target a single system in attempt to make the system resources(cpu,memory,network) unavailable to its intended users and causing system to crash.

The Inevitability of IPv6, Part 1 & 2
Part 1: A switch from IPv4 to IPv6 is on your horizon. Are you ready for it?
Part 2: Configure IPv6 in your network – even if your routing infrastructure doesn’t yet support it.

BSD Mag (Oct 2011) – The Inevitability of IPv6

Protecting dynamic websites in FreeBSD (BSD Magazine 2011-09)

A new, free to download, issue of the BSD Magazine (September 201) is now available: Protecting dynamic websites in FreeBSD (pdf).

From the table of contents:

  • DNSSEC resolution and IPv6 Unbound on FreeBSD 8.2
  • Keeping up to date in PC-BSD 9
  • Using Life Preserver to Backup a PC-BSD 9.0 System to FreeNAS™ 8.0.1
  • Recovering data with hammer
  • Apache2, php5, mysql5, modsecurity2.5 installation and confguration in order to protect dynamic websites from various attacks, in Freebsd 8.2
  • MySQL Unleashed!
  • Terminal Descriptions for OpenBSD AMD/Intel consoles
  • (Ab)using VideoLAN: Learn what you can do with your video and audio using powerful VideoLAN command line interface
  • NetBSD Intrusion Detection Server. How can we describe the functions of such a server?

 

Sharing info and news on Google Plus

I have started to share news and information on the Google+ social network. I find the Google+ interface nicer and easier to update and follow than Facebook’s and Twitter’s. And, the privacy settings are more transparant and better than Facebook’s.

Anyway, if you’re on Google+ you can follow me at gplus.to/gvanessen. If you want to join G+ and want an invite, drop me a line.

Quick news: BSD Magazine, FreeBSD 9 IPv6 only, fwbuilder, Ruby

 

 

  • Fwbuilder 5 (Firewall Builder) released, supporting import of pf configurations. Firewall Builder can now import PF configurations in pf.conf format. To import a pf.conf configuration go to File -> Import Firewall and follow the prompts.

 

  • Older versions of the Ruby programming language were released under GPLv2 and “Ruby’s” license.  Ruby 1.9.3  is released under 2-clause BSDL and “Ruby’s” license.

FreeBSD news leftovers: BSD isn’t relevant, UNIX data center darling (week 28)

The following are some interesting FreeBSD related news bits from this week:

I.  Testing the (new) FBFS scheduler

The FBFS Scheduler (Google Summer of Code 2011) project aims to bring an experimental light-weight scheduler to FreeBSD and has now come to a state it can be tested: FreeBSD FBFS live DVD image is available now. There are many differences between Linux which is the original scheduler’s initial implementation platform and FreeBSD, so the port will be more like an reimplementation of some of the ideas. This project (FAQ) is brings a new perspective to the problem of scheduling – namely how would a simplified scheduler (without expensive tracking of process performance) behave for modern workloads (via).

II.  BSD isn’t relevant anymore (Lennart Poettering)

This is a typical anti-BSD story that gets featured on Slashdot: BSD Isn’t Relevant Anymore. The author is clearly out of touch with reality. The BSD community may be small compared to Windows and Linux, but that doesn’t mean BSD operating systems are not relevant anymore.

Maybe I shouldn’t even mention and refer to this piece of rubbish here ;-)

“In an interview with LinuxFr.org, Lennart Poettering speaks freely about his creations, PulseAudio, Avahi and systemd among other things. Naturally, what has stirred up most of the discussions online is Lennarts opinions on BSD. Following the recent proposal to make Gnome a Linux exclusive desktop, Lennart explains that he thinks BSD support is holding back a lot of Free Software development. This while also taking a stab at Debian kFreeBSD: ‘Debian kFreeBSD is a toy OS, people really shouldn’t misunderstand that.’”

III.  UNIX still data center darling

Unix systems may not be all the rage that they were two decades ago, but in nearly eight out of 10 data centers based on them, their use is either holding steady or increasing.

That’s the assessment of a recent survey of the HP, IBM, and Oracle Unix customer bases by Gabriel Consulting Group, which has just finished up its fifth annual slicing and dicing of Unix customer sentiments.

Unix systems have successfully colonized their neighborhoods in the data centers of the world, and are resisting the onslaught of Windows and Linux on those systems’ relatively inexpensive x64 iron. The Unix colonists are also resisting all of the marketing muscle and money that is dedicated to evicting them.

Full article: UNIX still data center darling

IV.  GhostBSD – New installer

The GhostBSD developers are working on a graphical installer. Previously, installation was done through a Python script, but a GUI installer “sells better” these days and will probably result in more people trying this O/S.

V.  BSD News in Russian

There are already a number of good Russian (Free)BSD related websites, but F-Andrey decided that this could be improved and launched http://bsdnir.blogspot.com. If you’re Russian or if Russian is a language you can read, have a look at bsdnir, or alternatively, you can use Google Translate.

BTW, if you’re interested in setting up a non-English FreeBSD related section on this website, please get in touch with me.

VI.  New ports committer

Ryan Steinmetz has been accepted as a new FreeBSD ports committer (15 July)