BSD Mag Issue 09/2014

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This BSD Magazine issue features the following:

  • FreeBSD Technologies and Protocols Involved in Setting up an Office Server
  • Introduction to the JDB Debugger
  • Flaws in Unix-like Rootkits and Anti-rootkit Tools
  • 100+ Unix Commands. Part 1
  • Getting to grips with the Gimp – Part 7

Head on over to the following page to download: http://bsdmag.org/download/100-unix-commands-new-bsd-issue/

FreeBSD 10.1 BETA 3 now available

freebsdlogoThe developers of FreeBSD have made available the final BETA of version 10.1.

The third BETA build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

This is expected to be the final BETA release of the 10.1-RELEASE cycle.

The image checksums follow at the end of this email.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

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

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the “stable/10″ branch.

A list of changes since 10.0-RELEASE are available on the stable/10
release notes page here:

http://www.freebsd.org/relnotes/10-STABLE/relnotes/article.html

Check out the official announcement here: https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2014-September/080264.html

Debian kFreeBSD at risk of being dropped

debiaDebian developers warned in a mailing list post that Debian kFreeBSD is at risk of being dropped from official support.

kFreeBSD
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We remain gravely concerned about the viability of this port. Despite
the reduced scope, we feel that the port is not currently of sufficient
quality to feature as a fully supported release architecture in Jessie.
However, we accept that our published view of the port has not been as
‘clear and unambiguous’ as we would wish.

We therefore advise the kFreeBSD porters that the port is in danger of
being dropped from Jessie, and invite any porters who are able to commit
to working on the port in the long term to make themselves known *now*.
The factor that gives us greatest concern is the human resources
available to the port.

Porters of any architecture need to bear in mind that being part of a
stable release is a long commitment to both taking care of stable and
oldstable, and continuing development in sid. It has implications for
the security team, release team, DSA and other parties.

The urgency of this matter cannot be over-stated. We will assess the
viability of kFreeBSD in Jessie on or after 1st November, and a yes/no
decision will be taken at that time. This will not be a full
architecture qualification, but a simple decision on whether or not the
release team’s concerns have been adequately addressed.

Check out the official announcement here: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2014/09/msg00002.html

FreeNAS 9.2.1.8 is now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe developers of FreeNAS have made available version 9.2.1.8.

Time for another FreeNAS release! This one fixes a number of issues in 9.2.1.7 as well as addressing the “shellshock” security vulnerability in bash (to which FreeNAS is not generally vulnerable as bash is not the system shell, but it was still worth fixing).

The list of bugs fixed in 9.2.1.8-RELEASE can be found here. The release notes for 9.2.1.8:

Check out the official announcement here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-2-1-8-release-is-now-available.23773

Installing tomcat7 on FreeBSD

apachetomcat7This short tutorial by tugrulaslan will show you how to install tomcat7 on FreeBSD.

I’ve been wondering and playing around with FreeBSD recently as well as discovering the power of free unix operating system. So long story short I have installed FreeBSD on a virtual machine so that I can well manage it. So far I would like to enhance my operating system with free stuff and I have discovered the installation of tomcat on my freebsd. So let us get started.

First of all we need to install Java. There are two options first of all to make it clear that its very easy to install OpenJDK on freebsd because of I believe licensing issues that freebsd offers openjdk from its ports and it seems very painful to install Oracle JDK on it. So I will walk along with OpenJDK depending on your preference you may install Oracle JDK as well.

For full instructions head on over to the following link: http://tugrulaslan.com/?p=461

Installing MySQL on FreeBSD

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This short tutorial by tugrulasan will show you how to install MySQL on FreeBSD.

Go to the installation folder
cd /usr/ports/databases/mysql56-server

carry out the installation command
make install clean

After a long run of installation edit the below file
nano /etc/rc.conf

add this line and save&exit
mysql_enable="YES"

start the server
/usr/local/etc/rc.d/mysql-server start

Set the root password
mysqladmin -u root password "YOUR-PASSWORD-GOES-HERE"

connect to your server
mysql -u root -p

Then to see status type in

mysql=> STATUS;

Check out the official post here: http://tugrulaslan.com/?p=467

Introducing ASLR In FreeBSD

Address Space Layout Randomization, an exploit mitigation technique which randomizes the in-memory layout of executables, is a feature lacking in FreeBSD that people have been asking for for a number of years. Oliver Pinter and Shawn Webb have come up with an innovative implementation of ASLR for FreeBSD. This presentation gives an introduction and a live demo of our ASLR implementation.

http://lanyrd.com/2014/eurobsdcon/sdffby/

Coverage of the session can be found here: https://github.com/lattera/presentations/blob/master/eurobsdcon/2014/introducing_aslr_in_freebsd.slide