Issue 40
Published October 7, 2020

There's a RC1 for 12.2-series of FreeBSD plus latest news and tutorials.

Releases

FreeBSD 12.2-RC1 Available: The first RC build for the FreeBSD 12.2 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, armv7, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe, and sparc64 architectures are available on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites.

BSDSec

OpenBSD Errata: October 6th, 2020 (mmap): Errata patches for the kernel have been released for OpenBSD 6.7. mmap can exhaust kernel memory. Binary updates for the amd64, i386, and arm64 platforms are available via the syspatch utility. As these affect the kernel, a reboot will be needed after patching.

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

News

Wayland on NetBSD - trials and tribulations: When is NetBSD switching from X11 to Wayland?", Wayland being X11's "new" rival. In this blog post, let's see why NetBSD aren't there yet.

F-PROT antivirus on MidnightBSD: MidnightBSD just added the F-PROT antivirus comamnd line scanner for BSD systems to mports under security/f-prot.

OpenZFS 2.0-RC3 Released With Bug Fixes: The third release candidate of OpenZFS 2.0 is now available for this open-source ZFS file-system implementation currently for Linux and FreeBSD platforms. OpenZFS 2.0-RC3 release it primarily is delivering bug fixes as the official 2.0 release nears later this year. The fixes range from avoiding different kernel problems to FreeBSD specific fixes to other general fixes.

FreeBSD Subversion to Git Migration: Pt 2 Primer for Users: This blog post is a preview of a git primer being written for the FreeBSD project. It covers what a typical user will need, including those relatively rare users that may have some changes to the base.

The "..KARL Aware Rootkit.." for OpenBSD 6.7: An experimental proof of concept rootkit for OpenBSD 6.7. leveraging the 'KARL' system. KARL is a feature that relinks the OpenBSD Kernel each time the system is restarted with the aim of giving a different layout each time which complicates some forms of exploitation.

There a case study from the FreeBSD Foundation about Netflix.

Tutorials

TrueNAS Core 12 Install and Basic Setup: In this video we are looking at how to install TrueNAS Core 12 on a new system, as well as setting up storage and configuring a Samba/Cifs share to access your TrueNAS or FreeNAS system from any device on your network. We also take a very quick look through some of the features and where to access them within the TrueNAS interface, installing plugins such as Plex, setting up scrubs, S.M.A.R.T tests and configuring permissions and ACLs.

ESET file server antivirus scanner on MidnightBSD: Steps to run ESET on MidnightBSD. Although this has been done technically on a MidnightBSD 1.2 amd64 system, it should also work on FreeBSD 10.x or 11.x.

More

As always, there are more sources of BSD goodness. Latest BSD Now talks about The world’s first OpenZFS based live image, FreeBSD Subversion to Git Migration video, FreeBSD Instant-workstation 2020, testing the shutdown mechanism, login_ldap added to OpenBSD, 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 2020-10-05.

In Other BSDs for 2020/10/03 is out, too.

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