Ken Smith has announced the availability of FreeBSD 7.2-RC1 t.
The first of two planned Release Candidates for the FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE cycle is now available. Testing of some of the recent work would be particularly appreciated.
The release schedule states that the final release is to be expected early May.
The decision was motivated by FreeBSD’s license, stability and version control.
… In addition, the Great Bay has changed to FreeBSD® for all of its appliances, a move motivated by a quest for greater performance, more stability in terms of licensing, and better version control.
“For us, running on a generic Linux variant was no longer enough”, said Pettit.
“In our move to FreeBSD, we’ve seen dramatic improvements across the board. For example, in our most frequent database transactions we’ve actually tripled the performance of the system.”
Great Bay Software is the company behind Beacon Endpoint Profiler™ which is used for the deployment and management of 802.1X and Network Admission Control (NAC) systems. Their product is used in authentication-enabled networks, compliance initiatives, and incident response processes.
Robert Watson has announced the release of OpenBSM 1.1, the second production release of OpenBSM.
Major changes since OpenBSM 1.0:
- Trail files now include host where the trail is generated. Crash recovery has been improved. Trail expiration based on size and date is now supported; by default trail files will be expired after 10MB of trails. The default individual trail limit is now 2MB.
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard is now a fully supported platform; launchd(8) can now be used to launchd auditd(8). Command line tools and libraries are now supported on Mac OS X Leopard.
- Extended header tokens are now supported, allowing audit trails to be tagged with a host identifier. IPv6 addresses are now supported in subject tokens.
- BSM token and record types have been further synchronized to OpenSolaris; support for many new system calls has been added. Local errors and socket types are mapped to and from BSM values.
The following changes have been made since the last snapshot release, OpenBSM 1.1 beta 1:
- Change auditon(2) parameters and data structures to be 32/64-bit architecture independent. Add more information to man page about auditon(2) parameters.
- Add wrapper functions for auditon(2) to use legacy commands when the new commands are not supported.
- Add default for ‘expire-after’ in audit_control to expire trail files when the audit directory is more than 10 megabytes (’10M’).
- Interface to convert between local and BSM fcntl(2) command values has been added: au_bsm_to_fcntl_cmd(3) and au_fcntl_cmd_to_bsm(3), along with definitions of constants in audit_fcntl.h.
- A bug, introduced in OpenBSM 1.1 alpha 4, in which AUT_RETURN32 tokens generated by audit_submit(3) were improperly encoded has been fixed.
- Fix example in audit_submit(3) man page.
- A new audit event class ‘aa’, for post-login authentication and authorization events, has been added.
OpenBSM releases and snapshots from the OpenBSM project web page
- Upgrade Samba to 3.0.34.
- Upgrade ProFTPD to 1.3.2.
- Upgrade mDNSResponder to 1.08.6.
- Upgrade lighttpd to 1.4.22.
- Upgrade cdialog to 1.1.20080819.
- Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.4.
- Upgrade nut to 2.4.1.
- Upgrade transmission to 1.51.
- Upgrade fusefs-ntfs/ntfs-3g to 2009.2.1.
- Upgrade 3Ware serial ATA RAID controller driver to 9.5.1.
- Upgrade bash to 4.0.10.
- Add ‘SSL/TLS only’ on ‘Services|FTP’ page to allow TLS/SSL connections only.
- Add ‘Reverse DNS lookup’ on ‘Services|FTP’ page. This and the ‘Ident protocol’ option are disabled per default because they may slow down or break the user login to the FTP server in some situations.
- Add ‘Authentication’ checkbox on ‘Services|BitTorrent’ page to enable/disable authentication for TransmissionBT WebGUI.
- Add checkbox to enable WOL on ‘Network|Interfaces|LAN’ and ‘Interfaces|Optionalx’ pages. Please note that WOL only works for nfe, nve, sis, vr, xl.
- Add traceroute6 command.
- Add *.iso support to Fuppes UPnP.
- Move ‘m2ts’ video file extension to ‘default’ section.
- Add ‘Remote monitoring’ to ‘Services|UPS’ to allow adding remote monitors that monitor the local installed UPS in slave mode.
- Use WebGUI administrator password for the NUT user ‘root’.
- Add ability to mount UDF ISO images.
- Disable download feature in Quixplorer because there are misc. (PHP and system) limitations that makes this feature senseless.
- Prevent generation of core dump files (BR 2662404). Can be enabled via ‘System|Advanced|sysctl.conf’.
- Add ability to enable/disable sysctl variables in ‘System|Advanced|sysctl.conf’.
- Add XMLRPC services that are available via http://xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx/xmlrpc.php, e.g. system.getInfo.
- Add ability to configure ProFTPD module mod_ban via WebGUI.
- Add device I/O statistics to ‘Status|Disks’ page.
- Replace msntp with FreeBSD’s ntpdate.
- Allow setting TransmissionBT WebGUI user name.
- Allow to set the following TransmissionBT settings via WebGUI: peer port, port forwarding, pex, encryption mode and max. upload/download bandwidth.
For bug fixes and restrictions/known problems, check the announcement.
Daniel Geržo is looking for people to test his SysInfo script. This project is part of his thesis and it automatically documents the settings of a FreeBSD box.
I would greatly appreciate if you guys could test it in your environment and provide some feedback. I would also like to hear your opinions on what kind of information would you be interested in, in the above described situation. If your ideas happen to be reasonable, I will gladly implement them and include in the next release of SysInfo.
BSD Cell provide Freebsd jails/vps which are hosted at gigeservers behind state of the art ddos protection. IRC is allowed, and reverse dns can be done by a support ticket.
Currently two plans are available: Jail 01 and Jail 02.
The website looks quite bare at the moment, without telephone contact numbers or address details. Hopefully the site will be made to look more professional to attract buyers….
BitDefender have released their anti-virus software for Unices (Linus & FreeBSD)
BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is a versatile on-demand scanner built for Linux and FreeBSD systems. It provides antivirus and antispyware scanning for both UNIX-based and Windows-based partitions.
BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices is highly customizable and capable of script and extension-based integration with various applications such as file managers and mail clients.
BitDefender Antivirus Scanner for Unices may be used free of charge at home or on your personal computer. In case you want to use BitDefender Antivirus for Unices for business purposes, a registration key must be purchased through the BitDefender Online Store or from BitDefender certified partners.
Check the website for the features, benefits and system requirements.