FreeBSD 9.2-RC4 now Available

freebsd_logo_textGlen Barber (@G_J_B_) has announced, on behalf of the FreeBSD Release Engineering team, the availability of the fourth release candidate (RC) builds of the 9.2-RELEASE release cycle.

Changes between -RC3 and -RC4 include:

  • Revert the tribute boot loader logo as the default logo.
  • Fix a filesystem bug that would cause removed files to fail to dereference vnodes until the file system was forcibly unmounted and remounted.
  • Fix a rtadvd(8) segmentation fault on service reload.
  • Create and correct ownership and permissions of /var/authpf in the standard mtree.
  • Fix a NFS deadlock.
  • Stop SIOCSIFADDR, SIOCSIFBRDADDR, SIOCSIFDSTADDR and SIOCSIFNETMASK at the socket layer rather than pass them on to the link layer without validation or credential checks.
  • Prevent cross-mount hardlinks between different nullfs mounts of the same underlying filesystem.
  • Fix the length calculation for the final block of a sendfile(2) transmission which could be tricked into rounding up to the nearest page size, leaking up to a page of kernel memory.

The RC4 downloads are now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures.

 

 

BSDnow.tv Episode 002: Engineering and Powder Kegs

Allan Jude (@AllanJude) and Kris Moore (@pcbsdkris), founder of the PC-BSD project, have set up and are hosting a weekly video podcast at bsdnow.tv.

The show is dedicated to spreading the word about the BSD family of operating systems, and keeping those who are already aware up to date with the latest news and developments.

The second episode is now available. Allan and Kris discuss the following subjects:

  • 64bit time in OpenBSD
  • AESNI pipelining gets a speed boost
  • OpenBSD 5.4 Preorders
  • GCC no longer built by default on FreeBSD -CURRENT
  • Patch to update Xorg and MESA on FreeBSD
  • Interview – Glen Barber
  • Making your own binary repository
  • iXsystems hosts FreeBSD Anniversary party
  • NetBSD gets basic support for the cubieboard 1 & 2
  • Rayservers ditches Linux for BSD
  • HPN for OpenSSH 6.2
  • Call for testing: OpenSSH-6.3
  • pkgsrc gets signing support
  • FreeBSD vs. Linux: 10 points of superiority

FreeBSD Security Advisories (sendfile, ifioctl, nullfs)

software-bug-signThe FreeBSD Security Team has identified some issues in sendfile, ifioctl and nullfs, and has issued the following security advisories:

Please read the advisories and take the recommended action(s) if you’re system is affected.

Relating to security and cryptography is a post worth reading by Colin Percival, a former FreeBSD Security Officer, who wrote today about Trust/NSA/Tarsnap: Don’t trust me: I might be a spook.

BSD Magazine (September 2013): Day-to-Day BSD Administration

bsdmag-2013-09September’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Day to Day BSD Administration (free PDF download).

This issue is dedicated to day-to-day BSD administration with the use of MidnightBSD custom installations and Live CDs, BSD server maintenance, directory encryption using PEFS and much more.

  • It’s lonely at the top
  • MidnightBSD Custom Installations and Live CDs
  • BSD Server Maintenance
  • Re-purposing an Abandoned Mac Mini as a Wireless Router with OpenBSD
  • Monit – Monitoring solution for enterprise and SOHO servers with FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 8
  • A closer look at the changes in PC-BSD/TrueOS 9.2 – Part 2 – Directory encryption using PEFS
  • Intro to ZFS
  • FreeBSD on XenServer

Download and read Day-to-Day BSD Administration

bsdnow.tv Podcast – Episode 1

bsdnow1Allan Jude and Kris Moore, founder of the PC-BSD project, have set up and are hosting a weekly video podcast at bsdnow.tv.

The show is dedicated to spreading the word about the BSD family of operating systems, and keeping those who are already aware up to date with the latest news and developments.

The first episode is now available. Allan and Kris discuss the following subjects:

  • Radeon KMS commited
  • VeriSign Embraces FreeBSD
  • fetch/libfetch get a makeover
  • FreeBSD Foundation Semi-Annual Newsletter
  • The place to B…SD
  • Interview – Peter Hessler
  • Using stunnel to hide your traffic from Deep Packet Inspection
  • NetBSD 6.1.1 released
  • Sudo Mastery
  • Documentation Infrastructure Enhancements
  • FreeBSD FIBs get new features
  • FreeNAS 9.1.0 and 9.1.1 released
  • BSD licensed “patch” becomes default

FreeNAS 9.1.1 released

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoJordan Hubbard has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.1.1, which fixes some issues that have come to light in FreeNAS 9.1. Some of them were cosmetic issues,, others were outright bugs such as 32-bit plugins that were not working.

A few features that were known to be broken, such as AIO in Samba3 or IPv6 in plugin jails, were also disabled to avoid people shooting their feet off.

Finally, a number of important ZFS stability fixes were also picked up from the TrueOS repo during the creation of 9.1.1-RELEASE.

Users will be able to download the images for the i386 and x64 architectures. A complete list of changes and updates can be found in the announcement. Download the FreeNAS 9.1.1 here.

About FreeNAS: FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based (nanobsd) and BSD licensed open source Network Attached Storage Platform developed by iXsystems, that has been optimised to support file storage and files sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.

iXsystems to host FreeBSD Anniversary Celebration once again

ixsystems logoiXsystems has announced the upcoming 20th Anniversary Celebration for the FreeBSD operating system. This momentous occasion will take place on Saturday, November 2nd at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco.

iXsystems®, then called “OffMyServer”, organized the FreeBSD 10th Anniversary Party (also at DNA Lounge) in 2003. In 2008, iXsystems hosted the 15th Anniversary Party as part of the biennial MeetBSD conference in Mountain View, California. We look forward to bringing the FreeBSD community together once again for this latest celebration.

Party sponsors include Google®, Netflix®, NetApp®, and the FreeBSD Foundation. No Starch Press and O’Reilly® Media are donating books to raffle off at the event. Notable FreeBSD figures will contribute words of wisdom on the past, present, and future of FreeBSD.

FreeBSD began in 1993 as a set of patches to 386BSD, a derivative of BSD UNIX®. The three coordinators, Nate Williams, Rod Grimes and Jordan Hubbard, facing a lack of support for their efforts in that project, soon decided to turn it into a complete operating system under the name “FreeBSD” with the help of a growing number of other volunteers. Walnut Creek CD-ROM (now FreeBSD Mall, a part of iXsystems), was approached and stepped up to help distribute FreeBSD and provided computer hardware and a fast internet connection to assist with development. The FreeBSD 1.0 release came out late in 1993, and this year we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of that historic event.

 

GhostBSD 3.5-BETA2 is now available

ghostbsd_logoEric Turgeon announced a couple of days ago GhostBSD 3.5-BETA2 operating system is available for download and testing.

The second beta build of the 3.5 development release is now available on SourceForge with LXDE and Xfce on amd64 and i386 architectures. Please be aware this release provides users, beta testers and developers with a system to test out new features in the upcoming release. It may contain buggy code and features, so we encourage you to run it only on non-critical systems.

Being based on FreeBSD 9.2 RC2, GhostBSD 3.5 Beta 2 comes with improved 64-bit drivers packages, as well as with fixed packages for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

This release is distributed only with the Xfce and LXDE desktop environments. The MATE and Openbox desktops are not yet ready, but the developer promises that they will be available in the next Beta release.

Changes between -BETA1 and -BETA2 include:

  • FreeBSD BETA2 to RC2.
  • Fix amd64 divers packages.
  • Fix amd64 and i386 packages.

Please remember this is a beta release and should not be used in a production environment.

About GhostBSD: GhostBSD is a user-friendly, FreeBSD-based operating system, for the desktop featuring the MATE, LXDE and OpenBox desktop environments. GhostBSD is aimed at home and office users and  comes with a graphical user interface and installer. GhostBSD can be used as a live CD or installed onto a hard disk.