Giving Tuesday – are you supporting the FreeBSD Foundation?

We had Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and today is “Giving Tuesday” (3 December). Many charities and open source projects receive most of their donations in December. These donations determine if they can continue to grow in 2014 or whether they have to scale back.

2013_freebsd_fund_raisingThere are many open source projects that deserve and would welcome financial contributions from happy users. One such project, yes you guessed it, is the FreeBSD Project. The FreeBSD Foundation‘s annual fund-raising efforts are essential to keep the development and the running of it going. As the Project grows, so do the costs. By donating to the foundation, you are helping it to start and sponsor new projects, sponsor FreeBSD events and provide travel grants to FreeBSD developers next year.

So far $470,000 has been donated, still a long way off the $1,000,000 target that the Foundation set itself – see the End of Year Fundraising Campaign letter.

If you like to see FreeBSD become even better in 2014, consider making a donation today.

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Faces of FreeBSD – Reid Linnemann and Thomas Abthorpe

The FreeBSD Foundation has an interview with Reid Linnemann.

Each week we are sharing a story from someone involved in FreeBSD. This is our Faces of FreeBSD series. It may be a story from someone who’s received funding from us to work on development projects, run conferences, travel to conferences, or advocate for FreeBSD. But, it is always from someone who is making a positive difference in the FreeBSD world.

The Ports Management Team has an interview with Thomas Abthorpe, well, Tomas “interviews” Thomas.

BSD Now TV Episode 13: Bridging the Gap

A new BSD Now TV episode (Bridging the gap – episode 13) has been uploaded, featuring an interview with Jordan Hubbard, one of the founders of the FreeBSD project – and the one who invented ports!

Other topics discussed are:

  • Getting to know your portmgr
  • vBSDCon wrap-up compilation
  • Faces of FreeBSD
  • Dragonfly 3.6 released
  • Interview – Jordan Hubbard
  • News Roundup
  • pfSense 2.1 on AWS EC2
  • Puffy on the desktop
  • Two-factor authentication with SSH
  • PCBSD weekly digest
  • Feedback/Questions

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FreeBSD Security Advisory: OpenSSH

FreeBSD Security AdvisortyThe FreeBSD Security Team has identified a memory corruption vulnerability in OpenSSH and has issued the following security advisory: FreeBSD-SA-13:14.openssh  (19/11/2013).

I. Background

OpenSSH is an implementation of the SSH protocol suite, providing an encrypted and authenticated transport for a variety of services, including remote shell access.

AES-GCM (Galois/Counter Mode) is a mode of operation for AES block cipher that combines the counter mode of encryption with the Galois mode of authentication which can offer throughput rates for state of the art, high speed communication channels.

OpenSSH supports the AES-GCM algorithm as specified in RFC 5647.

II. Problem Description

A memory corruption vulnerability exists in the post-authentication sshd process when an AES-GCM cipher (aes128-gcm@openssh.com or aes256-gcm@openssh.com) is selected during key exchange.

III. Impact

If exploited, this vulnerability might permit code execution with the privileges of the authenticated user, thereby allowing a malicious user with valid credentials to bypass shell or command restrictions placed on their account.

For a workaround and solution, check out the security advisory: FreeBSD-SA-13:14.openssh

FreeBSD Journal announced

The FreeBSD Foundation has announced that it will launch the FreeBSD Journal in January 2014. The Journal will be a bi-monthly publication and will be available on the web or as an Android/iPhone/Kindle app.

We are preparing the debut our new online magazine, the FreeBSD Journal. We created high-quality brochures to teach people about FreeBSD. We also visited companies to help facilitate collaboration efforts with the Project.

The first issue will be focusing on (the then released) FreeBSD 10, the ZFS file system, the ARM Beaglebone Black on FreeBSD, the Clang compiler, and many other interesting subjects

It’s great to see the FreeBSD Foundation funding a purely FreeBSD focused magazine, and I’m sure the high quality content will make more companies move over to this rock solid operating system.

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BSDNow Episode 12: Collecting SSHells

The BSDNow.tv team has uploaded recording no. 12. In it Amitai Schlair of the NetBSD foundation is interviewed about pkgsrc, NetBSD’s future plans and much more. After that, if you’ve ever wondered what all this SSH stuff is about, the tutorial has got you covered. The basics of SSH will be shown, as well as how to combine it with tmux for persistent sessions.

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