BSDNow.TV Episode 52: Reverse Takeover

In this BSD Now episode, hosts Kris Moore and Allan Jude interview Shawn Webb regarding ASLR and PIE in FreeBSD. In addition, they show us how to create a reverse SSH tunnel to a system behind a firewall. Hit the play button below to tune in:

Check out the official page here: www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2014_08_27-reverse_takeover

FreeBSD Foundation August Update

logo_freebsdfoundationThe FreeBSD Foundation has released their August update, which consists of development project updates, voices from the community, fundraising updates, etc.

As summer comes to a close, we wanted to share some of the latest project updates and introduce new initiatives we’re taking on in early fall. From the latest issue of the FreeBSD Journal to our first-time visit to Grace Hopper, The Foundation is working hard to help keep the FreeBSD community informed and growing. Please take a minute to read about what we’ve been up to and hear from those leading the charge.

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Head on over to the following link to view the pdf document: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/press/2014augupdate.pdf

Google offering 5 travel grants for female computer scientists (EuroBSDCon 2014)

GFE_Google is offering 5 travel grants for female computer scientists to attend EuroBSDCon 2014. The deadline to apply is Sunday, August 31st.

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encourage women to excel in
computing and technology, Google is pleased to offer Women in Tech
Travel and Conference Grants to attend the EuroBSDcon 2014
conference[1].

5 grants are offered, which include:
* Free registration for the conference
* Up to 1000 EUR towards travel costs (to be paid after the conference)

To be eligible for a grant, the candidate must:
* Be a woman working in or studying Computer Science, Computer
Engineering, or a technical field related to the conference subject
* Have a strong academic background
* Demonstrate leadership in the workplace or in school
* Attend the core day(s) of the main conference

Head on over the following link to find out how to apply: https://www.google.ch/edu/students/google-travel-and-conference-grants/#!europe

Time Machine backups on FreeBSD 10

hero_timemachine_lgThis article by khubla.com shows us how to create Time Machine backups in FreeBSD 10 through netatalk3.

I usually work on a Macbook, and I use keyless ssh with a cron job to do nightly backups.  It works very well.  However, I decided to try backups with Time Machine, using my FreeBSD-10 server as the host.

The first step is to install netatalk3, and nss_mdns

pkg install netatalk3
pkg install nss_mdns

For the full instructions, check out the following page: http://blog.khubla.com/freebsd/timemachine-backups-on-freebsd-10

VMWare Tools on FreeBSD 10

LOGO1This article shows us how to use VMWare Tools on FreeBSD 10.

As of February 2014, VMware Tools that come with ESXi 5 or Fusion don’t work out of the box on FreeBSD 10. I wrote some patches so that one can compile them manually. Luckily, FreeBSD 10 comes with support for vmxnet3 virtual network cards. Anyhow, you’ll need at least the kernel source tree in /usr/src/sys, Perl, and compat6x-amd64 (or compat6x-i386).

For full instructions, head on over to the following link: http://ogris.de/vmware/freebsd10.html

I wrote an automated installer for the source code patches so people could easily do this on both 5.1+ and 5.5

https://communities.vmware.com/message/2372800

You should also mention http://open-vm-tools.sourceforge.net/faq.php as in most cases people won’t need the official tools and are fine with the one in ports.

* Thanks to reader Miklos for the tip!