FreeBSD (based) releases and events – November 2013

This is a quick recap of what happened in the FreeBSD world in November 2013.

Releases

Events

Magazine and videos

New Committers

  • New committer: Julio Merino (src)
  • New committer: Alexey Degtyarev (ports)
  • New committer: Roger Pau Monné (src)

FreeBSD 10.0-BETA4 available for testing purposes

freebsd_logo_textGlen Barber announced FreeBSD 10.0 Beta 4 on the FreeBSD Stable mailinglist earlier today

The fourth BETA build for the FreeBSD-10.0 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

FreeBSD 10.0 Beta 4 is available for amd64, i386, ia64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, and SPARC64 architectures and can be downloaded here for testing purposes.

FreeBSD 10.0 is running behind the original schedule which was already very optimistic. However, the wait will be worth it as version 10 comes packed with new features. Releasing a properly tested version is far more important than rushing out a half-baked product in order to stick to a release schedule. Three Release Candidates are expected to see the light in December with a 10.0-Release planned for the turn of the year.

 

Changes between -BETA3 and -BETA4 include:

  • Add preliminary support for RTL8106E, RTL8168G, RTL8168GU, RTL8411B, and RTL8168EP.
  • Enable fingerprint checking in pkg(8) for FreeBSD-provided binary packages.
  • Remove the WITH_LIBICONV_COMPAT build option.
  • Update nvi to 2.1.2.
  • Various iconv(3) fixes.
  • Fix mergemaster -U by forcing FreeBSD 9 compatiblity in mtree when mtree is nmtree.
  • Fix to freebsd-update(8) in generating the list of old files/directories versus new files/directories (FreeBSD-EN-13:05.freebsd-update).

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.

Disclosure: freebsdnews is not affiliated with the FreeBSD Foundation and I have not been asked to post this.

Ghosts in the machine: GhostBSD 3.5

ghostbsd_logoJesse Smith has reviewed GhostBSD 3.5 in a feature story on Distrowatch and he likes what he has seen and used so far.

I was fairly happy with my experience with GhostBSD this week. In the past I have enjoyed GhostBSD because of the project’s ability to showcase what a FreeBSD-based operating system looks like running on a live disc with a functional desktop environment. There are not a lot of live discs available in the BSD communities and I was happy to see GhostBSD take on the challenge.

An interesting comment in the article (please don’t start a flamewar here ;-) is, that the more exciting developments these days seem to be happening in the BSD world. Think of ZFS, PKG-NG, Jails etc:

The second reason for my shift in focus is I feel the BSD communities, especially the FreeBSD-based projects, are where the interesting developments are happening these days. Over in FreeBSD land we have efficient PBI bundles, a mature advanced file system in the form of ZFS, new friendly and powerful system installers, a new package manager (PKG-NG), a powerful jail manager and there will soon be new virtualization technology coming with the release of FreeBSD 10.0. Meanwhile, over in the Linux camp, I feel as though things have reached a plateau. We are seeing small improvements and an increase in polish.

New PC-BSD 10.0 test image available

Kris Moore, leader of the PC-BSD project, has just announced a new test image of the upcoming PC-BSD 10.0.

Some of the cool, new features included are:

  • Includes FreeBSD 10-STABLE / 10.0-BETA3 from 11/20/2013
  • Includes the Gnome3 / Mate / Cinnamon desktops, replacing Gnome2.
  • Updated installer options for text-mode, including ZFS options
  • Improved PBI support
  • Updated our Linux compatibility layer to Centos 6
  • Numerous bug-fixes

If you come across any bugs or issues, please let the team know.

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