The FreeBSD Security Team has issued 2 security warnings:
The following video is the first hour of Marshall Kirk McKusick’s course on FreeBSD kernel internals based on his book, The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System. This course has been given at BSD Conferences and technology companies around the world.
Murray Stockely has some interesting details and stats on how the BSD Conferences Youtube channel is doing.
While Coyote Point includes its share of proprietary development and features into its Equalizer GX platform, the core platform sits on top of an open source FreeBSD operating system.
We are using a modification of FreeBSD version 6 which provides for us the basic scaffold we need to build the appliance. FreeBSD gives us the file system, an I/O subsystem and device drivers, Web server for our management interface and it gives us all sort of great open source tools and we use them to the fullest.
Bill Kish, CEO and CTO of Coyote Point, told InternetNews.com
Kish added that Coyote also has contributed back to the FreeBSD project, specifically in the device driver area.
Though FreeBSD is at the core of the Coyote acceleration appliance, Coyote Point adds its own secret sauce to the mix as well.
When a packet actually comes into the device and it is destined for application acceleration or load balancing at that point it is picked up entirely into our code.
So we didn’t have to put effort into developing the other bits and pieces we rely on the FreeBSD community to do that for us. When the actual traffic management is involved, we optimize that and that’s where our core intellectual property is in understanding the application flows and how the protocols work.
Full article can be read on InternetNews.com (13 January 2008)
The FreeBSD GNOME team has announced the release of GNOME 2.24.2 for FreeBSD. The official release notes can be found at http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.24/ . On the FreeBSD front, this release introduces Fuse support in HAL, adds multi-CPU support to libgtop, WebKit updates, and fixes some long-standing seahorse and gnome-keyring bugs.
This version is not available in the ports yet.
Robert Watson has announced a test snapshot of OpenBSM 1.1 (alpha 5) The following are the change notes from the OpenBSM NEWS file included with this release:
- Stub libauditd(3) man page added.
- All BSM error number constants with BSM_ERRNO_.
- Interfaces to convert between local and BSM socket types and protocol families have been added: au_bsm_to_domain(3), au_bsm_to_socket_type(3), au_domain_to_bsm(3), and au_socket_type_to_bsm(3), along with definitions of constants in audit_domain.h and audit_socket_type.h. This improves interoperability by converting local constant spaces, which vary by OS, to and from Solaris constants (where available) or OpenBSM constants for protocol domains not present in Solaris (a fair number). These routines should be used when generating and interpreting extended socket tokens.
- Fix build warnings with full gcc warnings enabled on most supported platforms.
- Don’t compile error strings into bsm_errno.c when building it in the kernel environment.
- When started by launchd, use the label com.apple.auditd rather than org.trustedbsd.auditd.
This test release is known to build and run (to varying degrees) on FreeBSD 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and OpenSuse Linux.
OpenBSM releases and snapshots can be downloaded from the OpenBSM website
Thanks Robert for emailing me.
Chris Buechler has announced the availability of pfSense 1.2.2, a security and bug-fix release of the FreeBSD-based firewall system:
pfSense 1.2.2 released! Only five changes from 1.2.1, but we did want to get these issues fixed and an updated version out there:
- setup wizard fix – removing BigPond from the WAN page on the setup wizard caused problems;
- SVG graphs fixed in Google Chrome;
- IPsec reload fix specific to large (100+ sites) deployments;
- bridge creation code changes – there have always been issues when attempting to bridge more than two interfaces;
- FreeBSD updates for two security advisories on January 7, 2009.
Most users on 1.2.1 won’t have any need to upgrade to 1.2.2, but if any of the above applies to you, then upgrade to this version. 1.2.2 should be used for all new installs.
The third issue of the BSD Magazine (January 2009) is out now.
More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-to’s and extras. This is the table of contents:
6 BSD news
8 DVD contents description
10 NetBSD install (Patrick Pippen)
16 MirOS BSD: the peaceful operating system (Benny Siegert, Thorsten Glaser)
22 BSD Live CD’s – an entry level acquaintance? (Jan Stedehouder)
28 How it works? Opensolaris, FreeBSD, OpenSuSe (David Gurvich)
32 Multi-User Conferencing (Eric Schnoebelen, Michelle Cranmer)
38 GDB and you – part 1 (Carlos Neira)
42 Installing Prelude IDS (Henrik Lund Kramshoj)
46 If it moves! crypt it – hard drive encryption on BSD (Marko Melenovic)
50 Packaging Software for OpenBSD – part 1 (Edd Barrett)
54 Play Music on your Slug with NetBSD (Donald T. Hayford)
62 Interview iwth Simon Burge, Antti Kantee, and Greg Oster (Federico Biancuzzi)
65 Dru Lavigne’s The Best of FreeBSD BAsics (Peter N.M. Hansteen)
For info and subscriptions visit bsdmag.org