The FreeBSD Security Team has issued 2 security warnings:
The following video is the first hour of Marshall Kirk McKusick’s course on FreeBSD kernel internals based on his book, The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System. This course has been given at BSD Conferences and technology companies around the world.
Murray Stockely has some interesting details and stats on how the BSD Conferences Youtube channel is doing.
While Coyote Point includes its share of proprietary development and features into its Equalizer GX platform, the core platform sits on top of an open source FreeBSD operating system.
We are using a modification of FreeBSD version 6 which provides for us the basic scaffold we need to build the appliance. FreeBSD gives us the file system, an I/O subsystem and device drivers, Web server for our management interface and it gives us all sort of great open source tools and we use them to the fullest.
Bill Kish, CEO and CTO of Coyote Point, told InternetNews.com
Kish added that Coyote also has contributed back to the FreeBSD project, specifically in the device driver area.
Though FreeBSD is at the core of the Coyote acceleration appliance, Coyote Point adds its own secret sauce to the mix as well.
When a packet actually comes into the device and it is destined for application acceleration or load balancing at that point it is picked up entirely into our code.
So we didn’t have to put effort into developing the other bits and pieces we rely on the FreeBSD community to do that for us. When the actual traffic management is involved, we optimize that and that’s where our core intellectual property is in understanding the application flows and how the protocols work.
Full article can be read on InternetNews.com (13 January 2008)
The FreeBSD GNOME team has announced the release of GNOME 2.24.2 for FreeBSD. The official release notes can be found at http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.24/ . On the FreeBSD front, this release introduces Fuse support in HAL, adds multi-CPU support to libgtop, WebKit updates, and fixes some long-standing seahorse and gnome-keyring bugs.
This version is not available in the ports yet.
Robert Watson has announced a test snapshot of OpenBSM 1.1 (alpha 5) The following are the change notes from the OpenBSM NEWS file included with this release:
- Stub libauditd(3) man page added.
- All BSM error number constants with BSM_ERRNO_.
- Interfaces to convert between local and BSM socket types and protocol families have been added: au_bsm_to_domain(3), au_bsm_to_socket_type(3), au_domain_to_bsm(3), and au_socket_type_to_bsm(3), along with definitions of constants in audit_domain.h and audit_socket_type.h. This improves interoperability by converting local constant spaces, which vary by OS, to and from Solaris constants (where available) or OpenBSM constants for protocol domains not present in Solaris (a fair number). These routines should be used when generating and interpreting extended socket tokens.
- Fix build warnings with full gcc warnings enabled on most supported platforms.
- Don’t compile error strings into bsm_errno.c when building it in the kernel environment.
- When started by launchd, use the label com.apple.auditd rather than org.trustedbsd.auditd.
This test release is known to build and run (to varying degrees) on FreeBSD 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and OpenSuse Linux.
OpenBSM releases and snapshots can be downloaded from the OpenBSM website
Thanks Robert for emailing me.
Chris Buechler has announced the availability of pfSense 1.2.2, a security and bug-fix release of the FreeBSD-based firewall system:
pfSense 1.2.2 released! Only five changes from 1.2.1, but we did want to get these issues fixed and an updated version out there:
- setup wizard fix – removing BigPond from the WAN page on the setup wizard caused problems;
- SVG graphs fixed in Google Chrome;
- IPsec reload fix specific to large (100+ sites) deployments;
- bridge creation code changes – there have always been issues when attempting to bridge more than two interfaces;
- FreeBSD updates for two security advisories on January 7, 2009.
Most users on 1.2.1 won’t have any need to upgrade to 1.2.2, but if any of the above applies to you, then upgrade to this version. 1.2.2 should be used for all new installs.
The third issue of the BSD Magazine (January 2009) is out now.
More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-to’s and extras. This is the table of contents:
6 BSD news
8 DVD contents description
10 NetBSD install (Patrick Pippen)
16 MirOS BSD: the peaceful operating system (Benny Siegert, Thorsten Glaser)
22 BSD Live CD’s – an entry level acquaintance? (Jan Stedehouder)
28 How it works? Opensolaris, FreeBSD, OpenSuSe (David Gurvich)
32 Multi-User Conferencing (Eric Schnoebelen, Michelle Cranmer)
38 GDB and you – part 1 (Carlos Neira)
42 Installing Prelude IDS (Henrik Lund Kramshoj)
46 If it moves! crypt it – hard drive encryption on BSD (Marko Melenovic)
50 Packaging Software for OpenBSD – part 1 (Edd Barrett)
54 Play Music on your Slug with NetBSD (Donald T. Hayford)
62 Interview iwth Simon Burge, Antti Kantee, and Greg Oster (Federico Biancuzzi)
65 Dru Lavigne’s The Best of FreeBSD BAsics (Peter N.M. Hansteen)
For info and subscriptions visit bsdmag.org
Deb Goodkin announced on behalf of the FreeBSD Foundation their gratitude for last year’s donations.
Dear FreeBSD Community,
The FreeBSD Foundation would like to thank everyone for your donations in 2008. We are extremely grateful to everyone who dug deep in their pockets, during these hard times, to help us get very close to our goal.
We raised $282,481 towards our goal of $300,000. With the downturn in the economy, we were very concerned about getting close to our goal. By the end of November, we had only raised $190,000. We sent out a plea for
donations and we received 173 donations in December!
This year we had 450 donors, compared to 374 last year. We were impressed with all the donations received from developers and other volunteers who already put in countless hours supporting the project.
We will be posting our 2009 budget soon, so you can see how we plan to spend the funds.
The FreeBSD Foundation
Source: FreeBSD Advocacy mailinglist
Latest BSD release adds new Sun developed feature but the tech transfer isn’t just one one way:
FreeBSD 7.1 includes numerous improvements over its predecessor FreeBSD 7.0, including Sun Microsystem-developed Dtrace technology as well as new boot options and scalability improvements.
The FreeBSD 7.1 release comes as FreeBSD developers push toward a FreeBSD version 8.0 later this year. The FreeBSD 7.1 release also demonstrates how the open source ecosystem can extend across company lines as well different operating systems. FreeBSD is one of the earliest open source operating system projects and is a direct descendant of the original open source BSD work performed at the University of California, Berkeley.
DTrace is a mature and compelling technology for performance monitoring developed originally by Sun, released as open source as part of OpenSolaris,
FreeBSD core team member Robert Watson told InternetNews.com.
While we have had many tools for specific sorts of analysis in the past, DTrace is an excellent general-purpose framework for managing and presenting trace data, and also allowing us to more easily add new types of tracing.
Watson added that integrating DTrace into FreeBSD would not have been possible without Sun’s contribution of DTrace to the open source world. John Birrell, who did the port, has been in close contact with Sun during his work.
Bryan Cantrill, senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems, toldInternetNews.com that, in addition to Birrell, several FreeBSD folks attended Sun’s DTrace unconference last year.
DTrace isn’t the only Sun-developed technology found in FreeBSD. The FreeBSD 7.0 release introduced experimental support for Sun’s ZFS filesystem. Plus, the technology transfer goes more than one way between Sun and FreeBSD.
We (the FreeBSD Project) have made a lot of noise about adopting some key OpenSolaris technologies. I’m not sure that the movement of code in the other direction has been as well-publicized, FreeBSD’s Watson said.
Watson argued that OpenSolaris has benefited from adopting the FreeBSD wireless networking framework in its kernel as well as the CIFS file system support in OpenSolaris, which is also from FreeBSD.
Sun denied that the CIFS stack came from FreeBSD. A Sun spokesperson noted that it comes from a company that Sun acquired years ago named Procom. The spokesperson agreed that many of OpenSolaris’s WiFi drivers and kernel WiFi infrastructure (common/io/net80211/) derive from FreeBSD.
Source & full article: internetnews.com (06-01-2008)