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Episode 079: Just Add QEMU

2015-03-04

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Headlines

AsiaBSDCon 2015 schedule

  • Almost immediately after we finished recording an episode last week, the 2015 AsiaBSDCon schedule went up
  • This year's conference will be between 12-15 March at the Tokyo University of Science in Japan
  • The first and second days are for tutorials, as well as the developer summit and vendor summit
  • Days four and five are the main event with the presentations, which Kris and Allan both made the cut for once again
  • Not counting the ones that have yet to be revealed (as of the day we're recording this), there will be thirty-six different talks in all - four BSD-neutral, four NetBSD, six OpenBSD and twenty-two FreeBSD
  • Summaries of all the presentations are on the timetable page if you scroll down a bit

FreeBSD foundation updates and more

  • The FreeBSD foundation has posted a number of things this week, the first of which is their February 2015 status update
  • It provides some updates on the funded projects, including PCI express hotplugging and FreeBSD on the POWER8 platform
  • There's a FOSDEM recap and another update of their fundraising goal for 2015
  • They also have two new blog posts: a trip report from SCALE13x and a featured "FreeBSD in the trenches" article about how a small typo caused a lot of ZFS chaos in the cluster
  • "Then panic ensued. The machine didn't panic -- I did."

OpenBSD improves browser security

  • No matter what OS you run on your desktop, the most likely entry point for an exploit these days is almost certainly the web browser
  • Ted Unangst writes in to the OpenBSD misc list to introduce a new project he's working on, simply titled "improving browser security"
  • He gives some background on the W^X memory protection in the base system, but also mentions that some applications in ports don't adhere to it
  • For it to be enforced globally instead of just recommended, at least one browser (or specifically, one JIT engine) needs to be fixed to use it
  • "A system that is 'all W^X except where it's not' is the same as a system that's not W^X. We've worked hard to provide a secure foundation for programs; we'd like to see them take advantage of it."
  • The work is being supported by the OpenBSD foundation, and we'll keep you updated on this undertaking as more news about it is released
  • There's also some discussion on Hacker News and Undeadly about it

NetBSD at Open Source Conference 2015 Tokyo

  • The Japanese NetBSD users group has once again invaded a conference, this time in Tokyo
  • There's even a spreadsheet of all the different platforms they were showing off at the booth (mostly ARM, MIPS, PowerPC and Landisk this time around)
  • If you just can't get enough strange devices running BSD, check the mailing list post for lots of pictures
  • Their next target is, as you might guess, AsiaBSDCon 2015 - maybe we'll run into them

Interview - Sean Bruno - sbruno@freebsd.org / @franknbeans

Cross-compiling packages with poudriere and QEMU


News Roundup

The Crypto Bone

  • The Crypto Bone is a new device that's aimed at making encryption and secure communications easier and more accessible
  • Under the hood, it's actually just a Beaglebone board, running stock OpenBSD with a few extra packages
  • It includes a web interface for configuring keys and secure tunnels
  • The source code is freely available for anyone interested in hacking on it (or auditing the crypto), and there's a technical overview of how everything works on their site
  • If you don't want to teach your mom how to use PGP, buy her one of these(?)

BSD in the 2015 Google Summer of Code

  • For those who don't know, GSoC is a way for students to get paid to work on a coding project for an open source organization
  • Good news: both FreeBSD and OpenBSD were accepted for the 2015 event
  • FreeBSD has a wiki page of ideas for people to work on
  • OpenBSD also has an ideas page where you can see some of the initial things that might be interesting
  • If you're a student looking to get involved with BSD development, this might be a great opportunity to even get paid to do it
  • Who knows, you may even end up on the show if you work on a cool project
  • GSoC will be accepting idea proposals starting March 16th, so you have some time to think about what you'd like to hack on

pfSense 2.3 roadmap

  • The pfSense team has posted a new blog entry, detailing some of their plans for future versions
  • PPTP will finally be deprecated, PHP will be updated to 5.6 and other packages will also get updated to newer versions
  • PBIs are scheduled to be replaced with native pkgng packages
  • Version 3.0, something coming much later, will be a major rewrite that gets rid of PHP entirely
  • Their ultimate goal is for pfSense to be a package you can install atop of a regular FreeBSD install, rather than a repackaged distribution

PCBSD 10.1.2 security features

  • PCBSD 10.1.2 will include a number of cool security features, some of which are detailed in a new blog post
  • A new "personacrypt" utility is introduced, which allows for easy encryption and management of external drives for your home directory
  • Going along with this, it also has a "stealth mode" that allows for one-time temporary home directories (but it doesn't self-destruct, don't worry)
  • The LibreSSL integration also continues, and now packages will be built with it by default
  • If you're using the Life Preserver utility for backups, it will encrypt the remote copy of your files in the next update
  • They've also been working on introducing some new options to enable tunneling your traffic through Tor
  • There will now be a fully-transparent proxy option that utilizes the switch to IPFW we mentioned last week
  • A small disclaimer: remember that many things can expose your true IP when using Tor, so use this option at your own risk if you require full anonymity
  • Look forward to Kris wearing a Tor shirt in future episodes

Feedback/Questions


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  • Send questions, comments, show ideas/topics, or stories you want mentioned on the show to feedback@bsdnow.tv
  • Next week's episode will be prerecorded since we'll be at AsiaBSDCon in Tokyo
  • Be sure to say hello if you're at the event - we've got at least two interviews confirmed already

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