FreeBSD 12.0 end-of-life

submited 18 February 2020

As of February 29, 2020, FreeBSD 12.0 will reach end-of-life and will no longer be supported by the FreeBSD Security Team. Users of FreeBSD 12.0 are strongly encouraged to upgrade to a newer release as soon as possible.

Please refer to for an up-to-date list of supported releases and the latest security advisories.

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06 April 2020
Valuable News – 2020/04/06  

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems.

05 April 2020
NetBSD's LLDB work concluded  

Upstream describes LLDB as a next generation, high-performance debugger. It is built on top of LLVM/Clang toolchain, and features great integration with it. At the moment, it primarily supports debugging C, C++ and ObjC code, and there is interest in extending it to more languages. In February 2019, work on LLDB have started, as contracted by the NetBSD Foundation, working on reenabling continuous integration, squashing bugs, improving NetBSD core file support, extending NetBSD's ptrace interface to cover more register types and fix compat32 issues, fixing watchpoint and threading support, porting to i386.

March 2020 was the last month of contract. During it, the primary focus was to prepare integration of LLDB into NetBSD's src tree.

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04 April 2020
Tale of two hypervisor bugs - Escaping from FreeBSD bhyve  

VM escape has become a popular topic of discussion over the last few years. A good amount of research on this topic has been published for various hypervisors like VMware, QEMU, VirtualBox, Xen and Hyper-V. Bhyve is a hypervisor for FreeBSD supporting hardware-assisted virtualization. This paper details the exploitation of two bugs in bhyve - FreeBSD-SA-16:32.bhyve (VGA emulation heap overflow) and CVE-2018-17160 (Firmware Configuration device bss buffer overflow) and some generic techniques which could be used for exploiting other bhyve bugs. Further, the paper also discusses sandbox escapes using PCI device passthrough, and Control-Flow Integrity bypasses in HardenedBSD 12-CURRENT.

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FreeBSD Office Hours - April 1 2020  

This was the first of the FreeBSD Office Hours sessions. Each Office Hours session, they invite users, contributors, and developers to ask questions, and a team of developers will try to answer or direct the questioner in the appropriate direction.

03 April 2020
MixerTUI 0.1  

MixerTUI 0.1 is out! MixerTUI is an audio mixer with a Terminal User Interface built on the FreeBSD sound system It can show the current Sound Driver configuration and select an audio device: to get its information, change the volume or to set as default, the last feature allows to switch easily audio from/to laptop and hdmi, headphones and speakers, etc.

BSD Now 344: Grains of Salt  

Shell text processing, data rebalancing on ZFS mirrors, Add Security Headers with OpenBSD relayd, ZFS filesystem hierarchy in ZFS pools, speeding up ZSH, How Unix pipes work, grow ZFS pools over time, the real reason ifconfig on Linux is deprecated, clear your terminal in style, and more.

02 April 2020
Extending support for the NetBSD-7 branch  

Typically, some time after releasing a new NetBSD major version (such as NetBSD 9.0), NetBSD team will announce the end-of-life of the N-2 branch, in this case NetBSD-7. They've decided to hold off on doing that to ensure our users don't feel rushed to perform a major version update on any remote machines, possibly needing to reach the machine if anything goes wrong. Security fixes will still be made to the NetBSD-7 branch.

NetBSD 8.2 is available!  

The third release in the NetBSD-8 is now available. This release includes all the security fixes in NetBSD-8 up until this point, and other fixes deemed important for stability.

Update Lenovo X260 BIOS with OpenBSD  

X260 runs OpenBSD fine, but has no CD driver. But one might still need to upgrade its BIOS from time to time. And this is possible using the ISO BIOS image. There are tools on OpenBSD to get this working.

01 April 2020
GhostBSD 20.03 Now Available  

This new build comes with some minor system update and numerous software applications updates. What has changed since 20.02:

  • The default pkg configuration now points to the GhostBSD packages repository instead of FreeBSD.
  • Fixed Update Station to make sure it only runs pkg update alone.
  • Added code to make sure that the update icon appears appropriately.
  • Added wg in notnics of NetworkMgr to avoid adding wireguard as a nics.
Self Hosted Hugo Workflow using BastilleBSD and more!  

"I’ve been playing with Bastille for a few months now. The more I use it, the more it makes 100% sense." Learn how to use Bastille, caddy, restic and more to build a self hosted secure static website on FreeBSD.

NextCloud on OpenBSD  

NextCloud and OpenBSD are complimentary to one another. NextCloud is an awesome, secure and private alternative for propietary platforms, whereas OpenBSD forms the most secure and solid foundation to serve it on. Setting it up in the best way isn’t hard, especially using this step by step tutorial.

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