BSD Magazine (Mar 2012): Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads

March’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • MaheshaBSD-2.0: What’s New On The Lake Manasarovar?
  • GhostBSD: A Brief Overview
  • How Do I Study for the BSDA Certification?
  • GDB and Truss for Debugging
  • PostgreSQL: MVCC and Vacuum
  • Beowulf Clusters with DragonflyBSD
  • Npppd: EasyPPTP VPN with OpenBSD
  • Anatomy of FreeBSD Compromise Part 4

Read and download Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (BSD Mag 12/03)

GhostBSD 2.5 Released

Although a few weeks late, still worth a mention anyways.

John Combs has announced the release of GhostBSD 2.5, a FreeBSD-based desktop operating system and live media with a choice of GNOME or LXDE desktops: “After months of work, the official, final release of GhostBSD 2.5 is finally here! Many bugs have been fixed, many parts of the system updated, tweaked and fine-tuned.

We now have two main branches of the system – one is based on GNOME desktop, the other on LXDE. Both fit perfectly on their respective mediums, are available in amd64 and i386 versions and can be downloaded in form of CD/DVD or USB images.

FreeBSD quick news and links (GhostBSD, Centreon, FreeBSD Dev, iXsystems)

GhostBSD 2.5: A GNOME-ified FreeBSD 9.0

If you want to try out FreeBSD 9.0 this holiday but are not turned on by the actual FreeBSD 9.0 install and setup process, nor find the KDE desktop of PC-BSD 9.0 enjoyable, you may want to try out GhostBSD 2.5.

GhostBSD 2.5: A GNOME-ified FreeBSD 9.0


Centreon 2.3.3 on FreeBSD 9

This tutorial will guide the user to complete the installation of Centreon on FreeBSD. We will be using an installation on a FreeBSD 9.0-PRERELEASE kernel version, kernel version does not influence the tutorial.

What is the Centreon? Centreon is a powerful tool for monitoring hosts and services, it is a frontend that works on top of Nagios, adding many features for viewing and alert history, status, etc. ..

Centreon 2.3.3 on FreeBSD 9


Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Gets Ready For FreeBSD 9.0

It’s not only the FreeBSD and PC-BSD camps gearing up for the imminent release of FreeBSD 9.0, but Debian developers have already been gearing up for the major update of this leading BSD distribution as they prepare to pull in its new kernel.

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Gets Ready For FreeBSD 9.0


Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs

PC-BSD’s installation setup is one of them: Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs.


FreeBSD Development over 13 Years

This video shows the visual development of FreeBSD with its committers.

iXsystems Haiku Contest

Do you have the creativity/humor/love for FreeBSD and PC-BSD? Then submit an original haiku poem.

Here at iXsystems we always love hearing what you have to say, and what better way to celebrate the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 release than indulging in some creative writing? We’ll gladly give away a PC-BSD shirt to the winner, and immortalize his/her haiku up on our Facebook and Google+ sites. (via)

bsdtalk210 – James Nixon from iXsystems

Interview with James Nixon from iXsystems at the LISA 2011 conference in Boston.

bsdtalk210 – James Nixon from iXsystems


BSDs ‘lost’ just because of this phone number 1-800-ITS-UNIX

BSD ‘lost’ because of a phone number? Nonsense.

Four of the BSD guys had just formed a company to sell BSD commercially. They even had a nice phone number: 1-800-ITS-UNIX. That phone number did them and me in. AT&T sued them over the phone number and the lawsuit took 3 years to settle. That was precisely the period Linux was launched and BSD was frozen due to the lawsuit

Interview with Andrew Tanenbaum


FreeBSD Security Advisories

PAMPAM_sshtelnetdchroot, and bind.

GhostBSD 2.5 RC2 available for testing

The second release candidate (RC) for the upcoming GhostBSD 2.5, which is based on FreeBSD 9.0-RC2, is now available for download.

Notable changes from RC1 include:

  • added WiFi Network Manager for easier wireless connection configuration; additionally, the WiFi card is now being configured during live medium boot-up,
  • added Florence virtual keyboard for future touch screen development,
  • added e2fsprogs to support ext2, ext3 and ext4 filesystem.

GhostBSD lite (CD medium) will be a little late this time. We have decided to swap GNOME for LXDE desktop in that version.

More details regarding this release, known issues and bug reporting can be found in the announcement: GhostBSD 2.5 RC2 available for testing

Mixed FreeBSD News: FreeNAS 8.0.2, GhostBSD 2.5, WhatsApp

FreeNAS 8.0.2

iXsystems has released a new update for FreeNAS, FreeNAS 8.0.2, fixing the email subsystem. More release updates here.

GhostBSD 2.5

GhostBSD 2.5 BETA-2 is now available for testing. GhostBSD 2.5 comes in a lite and a DVD version which are based on FreeBSD 9 Beta. GhostBSD is a FreeBSD based desktop operating systems with Gnome

WhatsAPP uses FreeBSD

What kind of operating system does one need for 1 million concurrent TCP/IP sessions? FreeBSD is one of the choices. WhatsApp uses FreeBSD in combination with Erlang to achieve this: One Million.

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messenger that replaces SMS and works through the existing internet data plan of your device. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia Symbian60 phones. Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.

A new kind of Cache

It’s called Bullet Cache, created by Ivan Voras.

“Think of Bullet Cache as  ”Memcached, only better” :) It offers some unique data query options and is blazingly fast!”

Introduction - Installation & testing.

KDE SC 4.7.2 is available in ports.

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)