BSD News 21/07/2014

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Releases: FreeBSD, GhostBSD
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FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE Now Available 

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE. This is the fourth release of the stable/9 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE and introduces some new features.

Some of the highlights:
  • The zfs(8) filesystem has been updated to support the bookmarks feature.
  • The uname(1) utility has been updated to include the -U and -K flags, which print the __FreeBSD_version for the running userland and kernel, respectively.
  • The fetch(3) library has been updated to support SNI (Server Name Identification), allowing to use virtual hosts on HTTPS.
  • Several updates to gcc(1) have been imported from Google.
  • The hastctl(8) utility has been updated to output the current queue sizes.
  • The protect(1) command has been added, which allows exempting processes from being killed when swap is exhausted.
  • The etcupdate(8) utility, a tool for managing updates to files in /etc, has been merged from head/.
  • A new shared library directory, /usr/lib/private, has been added for internal-use shared libraries.
  • OpenPAM has been updated to Nummularia (20130907).
  • A new flag, "onifconsole" has been added to /etc/ttys. This allows the system to provide a login prompt via serial console if the device is an active kernel console, otherwise it is equivalent to off.
  • Sendmail has been updated to version 8.14.9.
  • BIND has been updated to version 9.9.5.
  • The xz(1) utility has been updated to a post-5.0.5 snapshot.
  • OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.6p1.
  • OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8za.
GhostBSD 4.0 BETA 3 now available

The GhostBSD team is pleased to announce the availability the third BETA build of the 4.0-RELEASE release cycle is available on SourceForge for the amd64 and i386 architectures. This is expected to be the final BETA build of the 4.0-RELEASE cycle.
This release includes some bug fixes as well as new and updated packages. This release also includes the changes from direction GhostBSD is taking, Three workstation that is build a top of MATE desktop Classic, Purity, Element. We hope that you will enjoy this change!

Other news

FreeBSD 9.2 EoL pushed back 

After the recent reminder about the upcoming EoL for FreeBSD 9.2, many
of you have expressed concerns over the fact that support for 9.2 would
end before 9.1, and over the short time available to upgrade from 9.2 to
9.3. As a result of your feedback, we have decided to postpone the EoL
date for 9.2 to December 31, 2014.

Note that due to technical limitations, freebsd-update(8) will continue
to warn about the approaching EoL for 9.2 until the next errata notice
or security advisory is published.

DragonFly powerd: go full speed if killed 

Matthew Dillon changed powerd on DragonFly so that the system is set to max performance if powerd is killed.  Now you’ll know why your fans turned on!

Network Iodometry | BSD Now 46

We're back and this week we'll be showing you how to tunnel out of a restrictive network using only DNS queries.
We also sat down with Bryan Drewery, from the FreeBSD portmgr team, to talk all about their building cluster and some recent changes.
All the latest news and answers to your emails, on BSD Now - the place to B.. SD.
Security Advisory: NetBSD-SA2014-007 bozohttpd basic http authentication bypass 

When checking for restricted access via .htpasswd files, bozohttpd fails to properly check for truncation, allowing specially crafted requests to bypass access control without a password.  Files of length 10 or more are not affected.

FreeBSD Foundation Accepting Travel Grant Applications (EuroBSDCon 2014) 

For FreeBSD developers interested in attending EuroBSDCon 2014, the FreeBSD Foundation is currently taking applications for travel grants. The FreeBSD Foundation will be providing a limited number of travel grants to individuals requesting assistance. 

EuroBSDCon 2014 Registrations Open 

Registration for the EuroBSDCon 2014 is now officially opened.
This year's conference is in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the important dates are:
  • 25-26 September Thursday & Friday - Tutorials
  • 27-28 September Saturday & Sunday - Main conference
  • 27 September Saturday evening - Social event
As you can see from the program, OpenBSD is fairly well represented (generally one talk in each of three parallel tracks, plus tutorials). Sign up now for early bird rates!

DNS improvements in FreeBSD 11  

Erwin Lansing just posted a summary of the DNS session at the FreeBSD DevSummit that was held in conjunction with BSDCan 2014 in May. It gives a good overview of the current state of affairs, including known bugs and plans for the future.

Code stuff
g2k14: Bob Beck on LibReSSL 
g2k14: Henning Brauer on IPv6, bpf, vlan surgery 
g2k14: Martin Pieuchot on routing and USB 
g2k14: Marc Espie on ports and packages 
g2k14: World of KDE4, Vadim Zhukov ([email protected]
g2k14: Martin Pelikan on ext4, filesystems in general 
g2k14: Theo de Raadt on security and configurations 
g2k14: Miod Vallat on LibreSSL 
g2k14: Brent Cook on the portable LibreSSL
g2k14: Paul Irofti on the long road to octhci(4) 
g2k14: Jonathan Gray on driver improvements for X 
g2k14: Sebastian Benoit on chasing down annoyances 
g2k14: Jasper Lievisse Adriaanse on bootloader hacking

FreeBSD Developer Summit – BSDCan 2014 – DNS WG 
FreeBSD Developer Summit – BSDCan 2014 – Ports and Packages WG 

New random algorithms, implementation 
Semaphore test suite added 

In Other BSDs for 2014/07/19 

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