BSD Security (BSD Magazine 2011-06)

A new issue of the free BSD Magazine is available: BSD Security (pdf).

From the table of contents:

Larger scale FreeBSD

I’ve often joked that it’s quite easy to manage one FreeBSD machine or one thousand, but if you have ten machines it can be quite a bit of work.

DragonflyBSD news: Testing Hammer Deduplication on Real-world Data

If you’ve been in the market for storage devices lately, you may have noticed a trend. Prices for various storage devices are generally determined by size, then speed, and then the whole price is increased by the features that come with that disk appliance.

PC-BSD’s New Control Panel

This article introduces the new Control Panel that will ship with PC-BSD 9.0. Readers are encouraged to try out the Control Panel prior to release by downloading a PC-BSD 9.0 testing snapshot or building the Control Panel on a PC-BSD 8.x system or a FreeBSD 8.x system that has Xorg configured.

Using POSTGIS tabular and geographic data with FreeBSD

In this article, we will look at extending our GIS server to use PostGIS.

Collectd – A look at the Systems Statistics Collection Daemon

Systems Administrators need a variety of tools to properly monitor and tune their systems to the various loads…

Using Memcached for High Scalability Web Services

Been creating web services/ applications for 6 years and until recently decided to try out memory caching technology instead of hitting up the ole SQL server for the same records over and over again.

LDAP Authentication and Authorization of Unix Users Under OpenBSD

Unlike most Unix-like operating systems, OpenBSD does not come with PAM nor nsswitch which made it tedious to authenticate local users against a remote database like LDAP. That was until ypldap(8) came along.

Building a complete intrusion detection system with Snorby on BSD

FreeBSD and OpenBSD are a popular choice for installing the open-source Snort intrusion detection. Documents have been written in the past for popular analysis tools such as BASE and Sguil, however nothing extensive has been created for Snorby.

Full Disk Encryption on FreeBSD

On systems (for instance laptop computers) that may be physicaly accessed or stolen by untrusted persons, encrypting sensitive pieces of data should be mandatory.

What It Takes: Starting and Running an Open Source Certification Program, Part II

Last month, in the first article in this series, we discussed the People aspect of running an Open Source certification program such as the BSD Certification Group (BSDCG). We discussed the types of people you’ll need in your program- SMEs, Writers, Translators, Technical Experts, Managers, the Advisory Group, and your Psychometrician.

Interview with Paul Shekenveld

Paul has participated in all nine EuroBSDcon editions so far and visited BSDcan and AsiaBSDcon several times. Today he is a member of EuroBSDcon 2011 comitee. In this months issue he will answer a few of our questions about the upcoming European BSD conference.

FreeBSD Events Update (EuroBSDCon, BSDCan, NYCBUG, SCALE)

Below some links, resources and updates for future and past (Free)BSD conferences:

1. BSDCan 2011 will be held this month (11-13 May).
Links: RegistrationScheduleMain Page

2. The EuroBSDCon 2011 website has gone live. This year it will be the 10th anniversary and the conference will be held in Holland (6 – 9 Oct). I’m hoping to attend.
Links: Call for papersMain Page

3. BSD High Availability tutorial (NYCBUG) – MP3

The BSD High Availability (HA) suite has some very handy and powerful features. However, as with all systems, there are certain considerations to be made when rolling out a HA implementation. This talk will focus on the security considerations when rolling out a BSD HA implementation.

The talk covers the following:

* An explanation of the BSD HA environment (CARP, pfsync, sasyncd)
* How these components, specifically CARP, function at a lower level
* Current and potential attacks against the HA environment, including some demos
* Security considerations when rolling out a HA implementation and applicable work-arounds
* Ideas on how to improve the security and flexibility of the BSD HA tool suite Download the MP3 file

4. Video of SCALE 2011 presentation by Dru Lavigne, titled”PC-BSD: an Easy to Use Open Source Desktop“.

5. FOSDEM Trip report by Brooks Davis

Brooks Davis has provided a trip report for FOSDEM 2011; it includes some interesting notes on clang/llvm.

 

 

Upcoming FreeBSD Events: BSDCan, GSoC 2011

As most of you will be aware, BSDCan is one of the major annual BSD conferences, and Google sponsors development of the 5 big BSD’s each year in the Summer of Code. More info with regards to these events below.

BSDCan 2011

BSD Talk has a 15 minutes interview with Dan Langille, the organiser of BSDCan 2011, wherein they chat about the upcoming BSDCan conference: BSDTalk 203 – BSDCan and PGCon with Dan Langille

The FreeBSD Foundation will be providing a limited number of travel grants to individuals requesting assistance. Please fill out and submit the (PDF) Travel Grant Request Application by April 15, 2011 to apply for this grant.

This program is open to FreeBSD developers of all sorts (kernel hackers, documentation authors, bugbusters, system administrators, etc). In some cases we are also able to fund non-developers, such as active community members and FreeBSD advocates. Read further

Google Summer of Code 2011

Google Announces Summer of Code Accepted Projects
Google has announced the accepted projects list for its 2011 Google Summer of Code (GSOC) Program. Accepted Projects can be viewed on this page. FreeBSD is among them. If you want to take part, check out the FreeBSD GSoC ideas page.

Grazer Linuxtag 2011

FH Joanneum Graz, Graz, Austria  -

The Grazer Linuxtag is a one day event (09 April 2011, FH Joanneum Graz, Graz, Austria) on Linux and free software in general. Besides a FreeBSD booth and the possibility to take the BSDA certification exam there will also be a BSD Bootcamp with live workshops covering different FreeBSD topics. More information can be found here.

 

FreeBSD Events update (NYCBSDCon, AsiaBSDCon, BSDCan)

Below you can find a number of links to upcoming and past conferences (via).

NYBSDCon 2010

The following videos were made from the slides and audio recording of the NYCBSDCon 2010 meeting.

BSD Professional Certification Update: The Lab Exam (Jim Brown)

This talk provides an update on the BSD Professional Lab Exam including a recap of rapid developments on the lab exam during 2010. The format, content, and delivery of the exam are all discussed as well as our current experience with developing a hands-on lab using completely open source tools and methods. A preview of the lab exam format will be shown during the talk, and there will be an opportunity for conference attendees to participate in a usability review.

BSD Firewalling with pfSense (Chris Buechler)

pfSense is a FreeBSD-based firewall and router distribution. In this talk, one of the founders of the project discusses the latest developments with the project. How and why people are deploying it, recent developments, and plans for the future.

BSD Needs Books (Michael Lucas)

If you wander into any bookstore, brick or virtual, you’ll see books on Linux, Solaris, Macintosh, and even non-Unix-like operating systems. The BSD books are far between. We as a community need to address this if we’re to expand our reach. This talk covers designing, selling, writing, and promoting your own technical book, with a special emphasis on BSD books.

BSDCan 2011

Dan Langille has announced the BSDCan 2011 schedule/list of events. BSDCan will be held on 13-14 May 2011 at University of Ottawa, and will be preceded by two days of Tutorials on 11-12 May 2011.

AsiaBSDCon 2011

AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in 17-20 March, 2011. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems based on FreeBSD.

PC-BSD will be represented by Kris Moore who will be giving a presentation on the new 9.0 PBI format. He will be giving away some PC-BSD DVDs during the conference.

A schedule, timetable and summary of the presentations can be found on the AsiaBSDCon timetable page.

FreeBSD Events (Athens Digital Week, NLLGG)

NLLGG BSD Day (Utrecht, 11 Dec 2010)

The NLLGG (Netherlands Linux Users Group) has organised a BSD Day in Utrecht, the Netherlands, for 11 December. This is the 3rd year running that the Group has organised a BSD Day. More information can be found here (Dutch).

Video Presentation of the FreeBSD Project at Athens Digital Week 2010

Elias Chrisocherias has uploaded 2 videos of his presentation at the Athens Digital Week 2010. As both videos are in Greek, I can’t understand what is being said, though some of the slides give an idea. The interesting thing you’ll notice is the number of attendants, including a number of females!



BSD Events 2011 – call for speakers (FOSDEM, BSDCAN)

Marius Nünnerich has called for speakers for FOSDEM 2011  (5 and 6 Feb 2011)

FOSDEM 2011 will take place February 5-6, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.
We want to continue the great success of the last years and again we have a booth and a devroom.

Please submit your proposal to me asap. We have a devroom on
saturday this time. Talks will be 45 minutes including discussion (feel free to ask if you want to have a longer/shorter slot).

Every talk is welcome, from internal hacker discussion to real-world examples and presentations about new and shiny features. The talk committee consists of Daniel Seuffert and me.

Please submit your proposals to:

marius [at] nuenneri [dot] ch

and include the following information:

* Your name
* The title of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles will be
listed with ~250 from other projects)
* A short abstract of one to two paragraphs
* A short biography introducing yourself
* Links to related websites/blogs etc.

The deadline for submissions is 20th December 2010. The proposals will be considered by committee. If your proposal has been accepted, you will be informed by email within one week of the submission deadline. [...]

BSD Can 2011 – Call for papers – 11-14 May 2010

BSDCan 2011 will be held 13-14 May, 2011 in Ottawa at the University of Ottawa. It will be preceded by two days of tutorials on 11-12 May.

NOTE: This will be Fri/Sat with tutorials on Wed/Thu.

We are now accepting proposals for talks.

The talks should be designed with a very strong technical content bias. Proposals of a business development or marketing nature are not appropriate for this venue.

If you are doing something interesting with a BSD operating system, please submit a proposal. Whether you are developing a very complex system using BSD as the foundation, or helping others and have a story to tell about how BSD played a role, we want to hear about your experience. People using BSD as a platform for research are also encouraged to submit a proposal. Possible topics include:

  • How we manage a giant installation with respect to handling spam.
  • and/or sysadmin.
  • and/or networking.

From the BSDCan website, the Archives section will allow you to review the wide variety of past BSDCan presentations as further examples.

Both users and developers are encouraged to share their experiences.

The schedule is:

1 Dec 2010 Proposal acceptance begins
19 Jan 2011 Proposal acceptance ends
19 Feb 2011 Confirmation of accepted proposals

Current and future FreeBSD events can be found on my FreeBSD conferences and events calendar (gcal). If you come across any that are missing, let me know.

NYI Sponsors NYCBSDCon 2010

New York Internet (NYI) is sponsoring NYCBSDCon 2010 which is taking place this weekend. NYCBSDCon is a bi-annual BSD conference held at Manhattan’s prestigious Cooper Union.

NYI has a long history of supporting open source projects, particularly the BSDs. It has sponsored NYCBSDCon since its inception in 2005, as well as recently announcing that it now oversees the day-to-day hosting operations of the East Coast U.S. mirror for the FreeBSD Foundation, a deployment consisting of more than 23,000 pieces of Project software.

“NYI has been with us since the beginning. Their unflagging enthusiasm, along with their operational precision and technical intelligence, have been invaluable to the growth of this community in the New York area. If ticket sales are any indication, we expect NYCBSDCon 2010 to be our most successful to-date.”

said George Rosamond, an organizer of NYCBSDCon 2010.

“NYCBSDCon is one of the most important events on our calendar,” added Phillip Koblence, VP Operations, NYI. “Not only is it an excellent opportunity to stay current with the latest developments in BSD, it also allows us to maintain direct, strategic ties with the thought-leaders of a community that has contributed so much to the advancement of open source software.”

NYCBSDCon 2010 aims to build on the success of past events, with a wide array of speakers and topics and an exciting and diverse crowd representing all current BSD projects. Topics will include IPv6, pfSense, PC-Sysinstall and LDAP.

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November 2010 – a month of FreeBSD conferences

Last weekend MeetBSD 2010 took place in California. If you were not able to attend or if you want to ‘see’ the conference again, check out Will Backman pictures and the two videos he took (day 1, day 2). Some of the presentation slides are available too.

LISA 2010 will take place from November 10–11 in San Jose, CA. PC-BSD will be represented.

The bi-annual NYCBSDCon will be held 12-14 November. Check out the to-be-held presentations.

BSD-Day 2010 will be held in Budapest (Hungary) at Eötvös Loránd University on 20 November.