OpenBSD takes on OpenSSL project, implements changes

The OpenBSD team has started its own fork of OpenSSL, due to the backlash from the Heartbleed bug. The new project will be called LibreSSL, and is based on OpenSSL 1.0.1g. The team has already begun working on a major clean up of the code. The following list outlines the changes they have made so far:

  • Splitting up libcrypto and libssl build directories
  • Fixing a use-after-free bug
  • Removal of ancient MacOS, Netware, OS/2, VMS and Windows build junk
  • Removal of “bugs” directory, benchmarks, INSTALL files, and shared library goo for lame platforms
  • Removal of most (all?) backend engines, some of which didn’t even have appropriate licensing
  • Ripping out some windows-specific cruft
  • Removal of various wrappers for things like sockets, snprintf, opendir, etc. to actually expose real return values
  • KNF of most C files
  • Removal of weak entropy additions
  • Removal of all heartbeat functionality which resulted in Heartbleed

Check out the full notes / comments here: https://lobste.rs/s/3utipo/openbsd_has_started_a_massive_strip-down_and_cleanup_of_openssl/comments/fkwgqw

Update – you can find real time updates on this page here: http://www.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb/src/lib/libssl/src/ssl/

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 25 & 26

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Kris Moore and the PC-BSD team have been working on several updates for PC-BSD. The most notable are fixes related to the recent Heartbleed/OpenSSL bug, as well as stability issues with the PBI system. The Update Center has also had some changes to improve usability on the PC-BSD operating system.  In addition, preload, an adaptive readahead daemon, has been ported over. An alpha version of the Lumina desktop environment is also in development by Ken Moore.

Check out the full list of notes here: Digest 25 and Digest 26

FreeNAS offers professional training courses

FreeNAS is now offering professional training from ZFS Educator Linda Kateley.

The first run of courses will be an Intro to FreeNAS and ZFS. Learn how to use the FreeNAS GUI, how to do a basic setup for datasets and shares, and how to configure ZFS enterprise features.

ZFS courses
For more information check out the following link: http://www.freenas.org/freenas-zfs-training/

FreeBSD First Quarter 2014 Status Report

The developers of FreeBSD have just released their status report updates for the first quarter of 2014. There have been many notable changes within the last 4 months. The following list from the status report outlines some of their major achievements:

  • Ports team released their landmark first quarterly “stable” branch
  • FreeBSD continues to grow on the ARM architecture, now running on an ARM-based Chromebook
  • SMP is now possible on multi-core ARM systems
  • bhyve, the native FreeBSD hypervisor, continues to improve
  • An integral test suite is taking shape, and the Jenkins Continuous Integration system has been implemented
  • FreeBSD patches to GCC are being “forward-ported”, and LLDB, the Clang/LLVM debugger is being ported
  • Desktop use has also seen improvements, with work on Gnome, KDE, Xfce, KMS video drivers, X.org, and vt, the new console driver which supports KMS and Unicode
  • Linux and Wine binary compatibility layers have been improved
  • UEFI booting support has been merged to head
  • The FreeBSD Foundation continues to assist in moving FreeBSD forward, sponsoring conferences and meetings and numerous development projects

To see a detailed report from each team and developer, head on over to this link: https://www.freebsd.org/news/status/report-2014-01-2014-03.html

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FreeBSD Journal Issue #2

FreeBSD Journal has just released their second issue available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. Issue #2 will discuss Poudriere, PBI Format, hwpmc, as well as Journaled Soft-updates.

 

Check out this link for more information on the FreeBSD Journal itself: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/journal

Full blog post can be found here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/04/freebsd-journal-issue-2-is-now-available.html

pfSense 2.1.2 release & updates

pfSense has released version 2.1.2 which addresses the known Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, as well as some minor fixes.

Download the latest release here: https://www.pfsense.org/download/index.html

In other news, pfSense has released information regarding m3.medium and m3.large Amazon EC3 instances:

The Netgate pfSense® marketplace AMI can run on the new m3.medium and m3.large instance types with significantly lower AWS usage charges than on the previously available m3.xlarge instance type.

The existing user guide now has a section that mentions “Protecting a private network in VPC”, or you can just read the new section on using VPC with pfSense.

For more blog notes check out the original posts here: https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1253 and https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1232