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BSDCan schedule, speakers and talks

  • This year's BSDCan will kick off on May 14th in Ottawa
  • The list of speakers is also out
  • And finally the talks everyone's looking forward to
  • Lots of great tutorials and talks, spanning a wide range of topics of interest
  • Be sure to come by so you can and meet Allan and Kris in person and get BSDCan shirts

NYCBSDCon talks uploaded

  • The BSD TV YouTube channel has been uploading recordings from the 2014 NYCBSDCon
  • Jeff Rizzo's talk, "Releasing NetBSD: So Many Targets, So Little Time"
  • Dru Lavigne's talk, "ZFS Management Tools in FreeNAS and PC-BSD"
  • Scott Long's talk, "Serving one third of the Internet via FreeBSD"
  • Michael W. Lucas' talk, "BSD Breaking Barriers"

FreeBSD Journal, issue 2

  • The bi-monthly FreeBSD journal's second issue is out
  • Topics in this issue include pkg, poudriere, the PBI format, hwpmc and journaled soft-updates
  • In less than two months, they've already gotten over 1000 subscribers! It's available on Google Play, iTunes, Amazon, etc
  • "We are also working on a dynamic version of the magazine that can be read in many web browsers, including those that run on FreeBSD"
  • Check our interview with GNN for more information about the journal

OpenSSL, more like OpenSS-Hell

  • We mentioned this huge OpenSSL bug last week during all the chaos, but the aftermath is just as messy
  • There's been a pretty vicious response from security experts all across the internet and in all of the BSD projects - and rightfully so
  • We finally have a timeline of events
  • Reactions from ISC, PCBSD, Tarsnap, the Tor project, FreeBSD, NetBSD, oss-sec, PHK, Varnish and Akamai
  • pfSense released a new version to fix it
  • OpenBSD disabled heartbeat entirely and is very unforgiving of the IETF
  • Ted Unangst has two good write-ups about the issue and how horrible the OpenSSL codebase is
  • A nice quote from one of the OpenBSD lists: "Given how trivial one-liner fixes such as #2569 have remained unfixed for 2.5+ years, one can only assume that OpenSSL's bug tracker is only used to park bugs, not fix them"
  • Sounds like someone else was having fun with the bug for a while too
  • There's also another OpenSSL bug that OpenBSD patched - it allows an attacker to inject data from one connection into another
  • OpenBSD has also imported the most current version of OpenSSL and are ripping it apart from the inside out - we're seeing a fork in real time

Interview - Jim Brown -

The BSD Certification exams


Building OpenBSD binary packages in bulk

News Roundup

Portable signify

  • Back in episode 23 we talked with Ted Unangst about the new "signify" tool in OpenBSD
  • Now there's a (completely unofficial) portable version of it on github
  • If you want to verify your OpenBSD sets ahead of time on another OS, this tool should let you do it
  • Maybe other BSD projects can adopt it as a replacement for gpg and incorporate it into their base systems

Foundation goals and updates

  • The OpenBSD foundation has reached their 2014 goal of $150,000
  • You can check their activities and goals to see where the money is going
  • Remember that funding also goes to OpenSSH, which EVERY system uses and relies on everyday to protect their data
  • The FreeBSD foundation has kicked off their spring fundraising campaign
  • There's also a list of their activities and goals available to read through
  • Be sure to support your favorite BSD, whichever one, so they can continue to make and improve great software that powers the whole internet

PCBSD weekly digest

  • New PBI runtime that fixes stability issues and decreases load times
  • "Update Center" is getting a lot of development and improvements
  • Lots of misc. bug fixes and updates


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  • If you're in or around Colorado in the US, there's a brand new BSD users group that was just formed and announced - they'll be having meetings and doing tutorials, so check out their site (also, if you have a local BUG, let us know!)
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