BSD Magazine (Mar 2012): Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads

March’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • MaheshaBSD-2.0: What’s New On The Lake Manasarovar?
  • GhostBSD: A Brief Overview
  • How Do I Study for the BSDA Certification?
  • GDB and Truss for Debugging
  • PostgreSQL: MVCC and Vacuum
  • Beowulf Clusters with DragonflyBSD
  • Npppd: EasyPPTP VPN with OpenBSD
  • Anatomy of FreeBSD Compromise Part 4

Read and download Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (BSD Mag 12/03)

FreeBSD 8.3-RC1 Available

Ken Smith has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 8.3, the project’s legacy stable branch: “The first release candidate build of the 8.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, and pc98 architectures. We hope to have one more release candidate build, followed by the release itself. If you notice any problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or here on the -stable mailing list. If you would like to use csup/cvsup mechanisms to do a source-based update of an existing system the branch tag to use is now ‘RELENG_8_3′. If you would like to use SVN instead use ‘releng/8.3′. As part of preparing for RC1 ‘releng/8.3′ was branched. The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases.” Here is the full release announcement.

FreeNAS 8.0.3: FTP Configuration (video) and FreeNAS 8.0.4 BETA2

The following video, created by the FreeNAS team, shows you how to configure FreeNAS for FTP.


FreeNAS 8.0.4-BETA2 is out for testing. Changes since 8.0.4-BETA1:

Enhancements

  • Update transmission to 2.42 (SF r10093).
  • Add MegaCLI tool (SF r10072, r10073).
  • Disable periodic tasks in the base system that would negatively impact system performance on NAS boxes with large directory structures (SF r10113).
  • Fix handling for ‘every day’ SMART tasks created in the GUI (SF r10088).

Bugfixes

  • Add in several robustness fixes to reduce potential for filesystem corruption on root /  root device. In some scenarios this would also improve performance when fetching data from the root device as well (SF r10095, r10109, r10129).
  • Fix vfs objects modules ordering so shadow copy (aka previous versions) support functions again (FN 935, FN 1186, FN 1275).
  • Update samba to 3.6.3 to resolve several bugs (both security and non-security related) (SF r10127).
  • Network field from iSCSI initiator could contain multiple IP addresses, CIDR addresses, or ANY keyword (SF r10082).
  • Generate istgt.conf properly if and when multiple initiators were specified (SF r10081).

FreeBSD 8.3-BETA1 Available

The legacy production branch of FreeBSD 8 has received another update, version 8.3. As of now there is only one BETA build scheduled for this release cycle. The next test build is slated to be RC1.

“The first beta build of the 8.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, and pc98 architectures. Since the stable/8 branch is relatively mature we hope there will only be one BETA build for this release cycle. If testing does not turn up any show-stopper caliber problems the next test build will be RC1.

If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or here on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use csup/cvsup mechanisms to do a source-based update of an existing system the branch tag to use is ‘RELENG_8′. If you would like to use SVN instead use ‘stable/8′. “

Read the full release announcement: FreeBSD 8.3-BETA1 Available.

FreeBSD Foundation one of 12 Initial Affiliates for OSI

Earlier this year, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) switched from a Board-only organization focused largely on licensing to a member-led organization of affiliates. The OSI Board invited the FreeBSD Foundation to its initial set of Affiliates and Justin Gibbs and Dru Lavigne from the FreeBSD Foundation have agreed to act as delegates.

Simon Phipps from the OSI announced the 12 initial affiliates at FOSDEM. In addition to the FreeBSD Foundation, the initial affiliates include: KDE, the Apache Software Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, the Plone Foundation, Creative Commons, the Linux Foundation, Joomla, the Sahana Software Foundation, Drupal, the Eclipse Foundation, and the Wikiotics Foundation. (via)

MaheshaBSD-2.0 Released

Juraj has announced version 2.0 of his MaheshaBSD project. MaheshaBSD is  a desktop OS based on FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE (i386) with IceWM.

MaheshaBSD has four goals:

1) It will boot off a CD or a USB stick and users may immediately start browsing the Internet with a possibility to watch youtube videos, use Skype, write documents, watch films (DivX, etc.), be anonymous (TOR), or listen to music.

2) To easily (without need for an installation) demonstrate the power of FreeBSD both on a CD and USB medium.

3) To bring some useful system/recovery utilities to people, but on the BSD platform – like TestDisk (which will recover lost partitions), PhotoRec (which will undelete files; it can also undelete files on USB sticks), Clamav (Antivirus), immediate NTFS R/W access (with ntfs-3g), chntpw (for resetting the Windows XP/W2K password, a very useful utility), and many other things – for example, MaheshaBSD can be used for presentations (you can bring it anywhere with you and show thousands of pictures to people, or present videos while giving a lecture, or watch videos with friends). 

4) To be modular and easy.

Changes from version 1.0 can be found here: http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/maheshaeng.htm#whatisnew

The most important changes are:

1) support for Devanagari (an Indian script used to write in many Indian languages including Sanskrit) and IAST transliteration (support for transliteration of Sanskrit); it is based on an Xmodmap map I wrote

2) A possibility to run Skype (and give the same possibility to FreeBSD users as Linux/Windows users have) immediately after downloading it from the Internet.

3) Youtube runs immediately (however, a possibility to download native Adobe Flash Plugin is preserved).

To find out more about MaheshaBSD, visit http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/maheshaeng.htm.

Thanks for contacting me regarding the release Juraj. If you have a FreeBSD related product, service or program, let us know.