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Careful with the 'virtual hugs' says new FreeBSD Code of Conduct

The FreeBSD project completely updated its code-of-conduct in early February, complete with a definition of "harassment" that included "Physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g., textual descriptions like "*hug*" or "*backrub*") without consent or after a request to stop." And as will happen these days, considerable …
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FreeBSD gains eMMC support so … errr … watch out, Android

Version 10.4 of FreeBSD has landed, with the headline feature being support for eMMC. For those of you still short of your best after nocturnal chemical exertions, eMMC – aka Embedded Multimedia Card – packs some flash memory and a controller into a single package. That arrangement is handy for manufacturers of personal …
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Microsoft Azure adds OpenBSD support. Repeat. Azure adds OpenBSD support.

Microsoft has extended BSD support in Azure. The company added a FreeBSD 10.3 VM to the Azure marketplace last year, after building and testing an image so that users could feel confident the OS would be officially welcomed and run well in the Redmondian cloud. Now it's added support for OpenBSD 6.1 after collaborating with …
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FreeBSD 11.0 lands, with security fixes to FreeBSD 11.0

If you were one of the sharp-eyed users who downloaded FreeBSD 11.0 from the project's FTP servers before official release, it's time to upgrade again. The release version has landed and it's not the same as the bootleg. As Glen Barber posted at the end of September, “the final 11.0-RELEASE will be rebuilt and republished on …
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FreeBSD devs ponder changes to security processes

The developers of FreeBSD have announced they'll change the way they go about their business, after users queried why known vulnerabilities weren't being communicated to users. This story starts with an anonymous GitHub post detailing some vulnerabilities in the OS, specifically in freebsd-update, libarchive, bspatch and …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Aug 2016
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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

Microsoft has created its own cut of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure. Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center says Redmond “took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image” so it could “ensure our customers have an …
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FreeBSD 10.3 lands

FreeBSD fans: version 10.3, which first hit beta in February, has gone to stable release. The Linux-watchers at Phoronix highlight improvements to its Linux binary compatibility layer, which will be welcome news to developers working on both platforms. According to the release notes, the improvements mean the compatibility …
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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

Another shot has been fired in the war between *nix true believers and systemd advocates, with a group of diehards welding the Ubuntu body onto the FreeBSD chassis. Their beta, ubuntuBSD, has taken its first breaths at Sourceforge, and the counter tells us more than 2,800 daredevils have already hit the download button. It …
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FreeBSD crushes system-crashing bug

Sysadmins ought to patch their FreeBSD systems after an irritating bug was found in the kernel. A programming blunder involving integer signedness can be exploited by a logged-in user to crash a system. With the right parameters, you can trick the kernel into clearing too much of its heap memory with zeros via the sysarch …
John Leyden, 18 Mar 2016
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Raspberry Pi gains new FreeBSD distribution

Raspberry Pi owners can dig out their SD-card formatting tools of choice again, because a new version of FreeBSD has emerged for the machines, RaspBSD will work on the Pi models B and B+ and promises to run on more “soon”. The “more” looks like including the BeagleBone Black and the Banana Pi. FreeBSD has been available on …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015
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M0n0wall comes tumbling down as dev throws in the trowel

The open-source m0n0wall firewall project has been discontinued. The project's author, Manuel Kaspar, has posted that his reason for pulling the plug is simple: “there are now better solutions available and under active development”. The end of the project is in part illustrative of the challenges that face any small-scale …
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DigitalOcean adds FreeBSD, explores cloudy Windows

Cloud operator DigitalOcean has added an option to run Free BSD in its cloud and is considering adding Windows servers. The company glories in the position as the world's second-or-third-largest operator of web-facing servers, with Netcraft rating only Amazon Web Services as its numerical superior. The overwhelming majority …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jan 2015
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FreeBSD developers VANQUISH Demon bug

Developers have quashed a potentially nasty security bug in FreeBSD. Security researchers at Norse discovered that a programming error creating a buffer overflow in the stdio (standard I/O) library's __sflush( ) function. The bug created a possible mechanism to inject hostile code into vulnerable systems running the open …
John Leyden, 11 Dec 2014
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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

Malware dubbed Mayhem is spreading through Linux and FreeBSD web servers, researchers say. The software nasty uses a grab bag of plugins to cause mischief, and infects systems that are not up to date with security patches. Andrej Kovalev, Konstantin Ostrashkevich and Evgeny Sidorov, who work at Russian internet portal Yandex, …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jul 2014

Staunch your Heartbleed patching: FreeBSD has a nasty credentials leak

Got FreeBSD? Get busy on the patch, because a problem with its TCP ordering has emerged, with both denial-of-service and data leakage as possible effects. The issue exists in how the popular Unix-like operating system handles TCP packets received out-of-order. Packets are held in a reassembly queue until they can be re-ordered …
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FreeBSD 10.0 lands, targets VMs and laptops

The tenth version of the open source operating system FreeBSD has emerged. In true community style the software has emerged before the software's plan called for its announcement to be made public. Alphas of the new release have been available for about six months now and the final release seems not to diverge much form those …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jan 2014
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FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

In yet another washup from the Snowden revelations, the developers of FreeBSD have decided to take several steps backwards in their crypto work, to stop using hardware random number generators (RNGs). The two hardware RNGs singled out by the FreeBSD developers in this post are Intel's RDRAND (in Ivy Bridge processors), and VIA …
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Sony's new PlayStation 4 and open source FreeBSD: The TRUTH

Sony has confirmed that its newgasmic game console the PlayStation 4 - on sale today in the US - uses a modified version of the open-source FreeBSD operating system. In a license page on Sony's Japanese site the company lists the software used by the PEW-PEW-PEW machine, and Unix-derivative FreeBSD features prominently. The …
Jack Clark, 16 Nov 2013

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