Issue 22
Published June 03, 2020

This week brings new RC for FreeBSD 11.4. Then we take a look at the rest of BSD world with the latest releases, news, tutorials and security announcements.


FreeBSD 11.4-RC2 Available. The second RC build for the FreeBSD 11.4 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.


OpenBSD Errata: June 1st, 2020 (perl). Errata patches for Perl have been released for OpenBSD 6.6 and 6.7. Several problems in Perl’s regular expression compiler could lead to corruption of the intermediate language state of a compiled regular expression. Binary updates for the amd64, i386, and arm64 platforms are available via the syspatch utility.

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


Thanks to Daniel Fojt, wpa_supplicant(8) in DragonFly jumped from version 2.1 to 2.9. There’s a nice changelog for the curious.

Bastille templates have been updated to include dnsmasq percona and asterisk services on FreeBSD.

OpenBSD 6.7 and ffs2 FAQs: Otto Moerbeek (otto@) posted to misc@ a useful summary of the state of play of FFS2 in the 6.7 release (and, to some extent, -current). In his mail, Otto clarifies some things about the latest release.

New fuzzing tool finds 26 USB bugs in Linux, Windows, macOS, and FreeBSD: Academics say they discovered 26 new vulnerabilities in the USB driver stack employed by operating systems such as Linux, macOs, Windows, and FreeBSD. Only one bug was found in FreeBSD.

Bringing FreeBSD to EC2 with Colin Percival: Podcast episode with Colin Percival, the founder of Tarsnap and a member of the FreeBSD project for 15 years. Starting in 2008 he led the efforts to bring FreeBSD to the Amazon EC2 platform, and for the past 7 years he has been maintaining this support, keeping FreeBSD up to date with all of the latest changes and functionality in Amazon EC2.

Recently, two new features has been added (EFS automount and ebsnvme-id) which are available in the weekly HEAD and 12-STABLE snapshots and will appear in releases starting from 12.2-RELEASE.

FreeBSD Office Hours - May 27 2020: Core Team Candidates. Recording of the forth meeting of FreeBSD Office Hours. In this session they invited the candidates from the 2020 Core Team Election to answer questions from the audience.

LibreSSL 3.2.0 Released. This is the first development release from the 3.2.x series, which will eventually be part of OpenBSD 6.8. Biggest change is that it enables TLS 1.3 server side in addition to client by default.


Learn how to self-host S3 Object Storage on FreeNAS with Minio with this video tutorial.

OpenBSD 6.2+ setup and guide to building and installing CDE: These instructions are verified with a default OpenBSD 6.3 install. X windows components installed from CD. Make sure OpenBSD ports and packages system are set up.

OpenBSD 6.7 on PC Engines APU4D: One user just got a PC Engines APU4D4 to make an OpenBSD box for providing home services. It was quite simple to install and run OpenBSD on machine, and you can even update the BIOS from OpenBSD.

Learn how you can import DHCP reservations from Synology DHCP Server to OpenBSD dhcpd(8).


As always, there are more sources of BSD goodness. Latest BSD Now talks about a brief introduction to randomness, logs grinding netatalk to a hault, NetBSD core team changes, Using qemu guest agent on OpenBSD kvm/qemu guests, WireGuard patchset for OpenBSD, FreeBSD 12.1 on a laptop, and more.

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to providing summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems. The latest is from 2020-06-01.

In Other BSDs for 2020/05/30 is out, too.

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