To find out if the FreeBSD version you’re running is affected and solutions to fix these vulnerabilities, check out the links to the individual advisories.
The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has released BETA3 of the upcoming FreeBSD 9.0. The developments has been slightly delayed as this version was scheduled for 17 Aug. Everybody is encouraged to test out this version, especially the new installer.
ISO images for the architectures amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.
The FreeBSD Foundation has announced it will be funding two new projects. The first is DIFFUSE for FreeBSD by Swinburne University and the second project is implementing xlocale APIs to enable porting libc++ by David Chisnall.
Since this quarter, the work is being focused on the next major version of FreeBSD, 9.0, which is to be released in September.
Keep up the good work, devs!
From the Table of Contents:
- Clang replacing GCC in the base system
- Fix clang warnings
- libarchive, bsdtar, bsdcpio
- ZFS pool version 28
FreeBSD Team Reports
- DIstributed Firewall and Flow-shaper Using Statistical Evidence (DIFFUSE)
- FreeBSD IPv6-only Support
- IPv6 RA Handling Improvements
- New ipfw features
- TCP User Timeout Option (UTO)
- FreeBSD June 6th, 2011 Doc Sprint
- The FreeBSD Dutch Documentation Project
- The FreeBSD Japanese Documentation Project
- FreeBSD on the Sony Playstation 3
- FreeBSD/arm on Marvell Armada XP
- FreeBSD/powerpc on AppliedMicro APM86290
- FreeBSD/powerpc64 on IBM pSeries machines
Google Summer of Code
- Capsicum adaptation and core libraries
- Disk device error counters
- Google Summer of Code
- Replacing the Regular Expression Code
I have linked to a couple of past and upcoming FreeBSD events that are worth sharing.
1. FreeBSD vendor summit (3-4 November)
I wasn’t aware of any FreeBSD vendor event, but there’s one from 3-4 November 2011 in Sunnyvale, California.
This is an opportunity for developers and vendors to share project direction and goals, collaborate on various projects.
If you’re a vendor using FreeBSD, or you’re a vendor thinking about using FreeBSD in a project (wireless or otherwise) this mini-conference is just for you.
(via Adrian Chadd’s blog)
2. KyivBSD 2011 (24 September)
KyivBSD will be held on 24 September 2001 at the University of Taras Shevchenko, Kiev, Ukraine. Registration for the free KyivBSD event is now open.
3. Participate in Software Freedom Day (17 September)
“Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual global event that encourages open source software users to reach out to their local community to educate others about the benefits of using open source.
Frederic Muller, President of SFI, the non-profit organization behind Software Freedom Day, has been very helpful in encouraging FreeBSD users to participate in SFD. FreeBSD is listed as a partner on the SFD website. In addition, the FreeBSD logo is included on the cover letter and a copy of PC-BSD was included with the 210 packages that were shipped to the pre-registered teams. He also added the FreeBSD news RSS feed to planet SFD so that other SFD participants will get FreeBSD updates.” Continues
4. Presentation by Luigi Rizzo on Netmap on Google Tech Talks Channel
Luigi Rizza, a FreeBSD developer, presented on Google Tech Talks.
“Software packet processing at line rate is problematic both in userspace and within the kernel, due to the cost of managing in-kernel metadata, and system calls/and data copy overhead.”
Check out the Youtube BSD Conferences channel for more FreeBSD related videos.
5. Two interviews with the FreeBSD Core Team members (Russian).
Igor Savchuk has conducted some interviews with Andrei Chernov and Konstantin Belousov:
The conversation is in Russian, but with Google Translate you’ll get the gist of the conversation.
Vermaden has posted two very useful step-by-step tutorials on the FreeBSD Forums showing how you can keep your base system and applications up-to-date (the vermaden way):
As always, the FreeBSD Handbook also has an excellent chapter on this topic: Updating FreeBSD.
Since I began using FreeBSD 4.x, I quickly learned of Webmin, a web-based server administration tool, which allows administrators to manage everything from: Mysql, Apache, Sendmail, system processes, networking and much more. One of the coolest features of Webmin is it’s modular structure. Modules can easily be downloaded and installed to fit your specific server needs. In this quick tutorial you will learn how to install and use Webmin.
With RootBSD you get ease of mind and full control with all of the advantages from a dedicated server: full root access, customizable environment, and guaranteed hardware resources.
The new system installer is described as a modern installer for FreeBSD that’s able to take advantage of its more modern features. The pc-sysinstall installer, which is a complete replacement to its earlier installer, is written 100% in shell.
The Installer is referred to as pc-sysinstall, but that should be BSDInstall, I think. pc-sysinstall is PC-BSD’s installer, though it should be possible to make it a FreeBSD installer. Most of you will know that FreeBSD can be installed from the PC-BSD installation DVD.
HighPoint Technologies, a storage solutions manufacturer, said Thursday that it had begun shipments of its cost-efficient SAS-6Gb/s HBA, the RocketRAID 2711. The device is the first-in-the-industry controller with support up to four serial attached SCSI (SAS) hard drives that costs $179.
The HighPoint RockerRAID 2711 controller is an external 4-port, SAS 6Gb/s PCI Express 2.0 x8 RAID controller that directly supports up to 4 SAS/SATA devices in a variety of storage configurations. The device is specifically designed for workstations and entry-level servers. The controller fully supports external mini-SAS port (SFF-8088), which simplifies installation procedures of external hard disk drives.
The RocketRAID 2711 can support SAS and SATA devices in a multitude of configurations, including non-RAID JBOD’s, single disks, and RAID arrays including 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50, and includes Highpoint’s Unified Web-Based Management interface, which allows both novices and experts to quickly configure, manage and monitor storage configurations.
According to HighPoint, the RocketRAID 2711 delivers enterprise management and connectivity features at entry level costs.
The RocketRAID 2711 is fully backwards compatible with SAS/SATA 3Gb/s devices, PCI-Express 1.0 motherboards, and can be easily integrated into existing storage infrastructure, the manufacturer said.
The RocketRAID 2711 is compliant with all major operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD.
A serial version of the SCSI interface, which has been parallel since its inception in 1986. Ratified by ANSI in 2003 as the next-generation SCSI technology, SAS is a point-to-point architecture that uses a disk controller (host bus adapter) with four or more channels that operate simultaneously. Each full-duplex channel, known as a SAS port, transfers data at 3 or 6 Gbps in each direction. SAS also supports Serial ATA (SATA) drives, which can be mixed with SAS drives in a variety of configurations. (pc-mag)