Issue 142
Published March 22, 2023

We’re getting closer to new FreeBSD and OpenBSD releases. Hang tide!


FreeBSD 13.2-RC3 Available: The third RC build for the FreeBSD 13.2 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpc64le, powerpcspe, armv6, armv7, aarch64, and riscv64 architectures are available on most of FreeBSD mirror sites.


OpenBSD Errata: March 16, 2023 (resolv): Errata patches for libc resolver have been released for OpenBSD 7.1 and 7.2. Binary updates for the amd64, i386 and arm64 platform are available via the syspatch utility.

As always, it’s worth following BSDSec. RSS feed and Twitter account available.


(Even more) Aggressive randomisation of stack location: In a late-stage addition prior to the release of OpenBSD 7.3, Mark Kettenis (kettenis@) has committed more aggressive randomisation of the stack location for all 64-bit architectures except alpha.

BSD Now 498: Dropping Privileges: OpenZFS auditing for storage Performance, Privilege drop; privilege separation; and restricted-service operating mode in OpenBSD, OPNsense 23.1.1 release, Cloning a System with Ansible, FOSDEM 2023, BSDCan 2023 Travel Grants.

FreeBSD History – Understanding the Origins of DTrace: DTrace is a powerful tool for system administrators to diagnosis system issues without unduly impacting performance. DTrace became part of FreeBSD with the release of FreeBSD 7.1 in 2009—two years before Oracle began porting DTrace, and nine years before Oracle eventually solved the inherent CDDL vs GPL license conflict.

BSD Now 497: Random Relinking SSHD: How to Catch a Bitcoin Miner, A Call For More Collaboration, zstd updates, hating hackathons, How to monitor multiple log files at once, KeePassXC, sshd random relinking at boot, and more.


FreeBSD on a Thinkpad X1 Extreme G2: In this short blog post, author summarizes their attempts to make FreeBSD work on this laptop.

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