NetBSD 9.0 Will Have Performance & Security Improvements

submited 05 February 2019

The recently releases of FreeBSD 12.0 and DragonFlyBSD 5.4 have been exciting in the BSD space while moving forward there is the NetBSD 9.0 release a ways out on the horizon.

NetBSD 9.0 has yet to be branched, but it was talked about this weekend at FOSDEM 2019 by developer Benny Siegert. Enhancing the security of NetBSD 9.0 is now kernel ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization), a kernel leak detector, Kernel Address Space Address Sanitizer (KASAN), Kernel Undefined Behavior Sanitizer (KUBSAN), user-space sanitizers, and other security work.

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15 July 2020
Bastille 0.7.20200714 Released!  

Bastille Day 2020 brings us another release! This release matures the project from 0.6.x to 0.7.x and includes a number of exciting features. Improvements include evolution of the template automation system, new mount/umount sub-commands, improved documentation and more. Check it out!

14 July 2020
GSoC Reports: Fuzzing Rumpkernel Syscalls Part 1  

This report was prepared by Aditya Vardhan Padala as a part of Google Summer of Code 2020

GSoC Reports: Make system(3) and popen(3) use posix_spawn(3) internally Part 1  

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GSoC Reports: Fuzzing the NetBSD Network Stack in a Rumpkernel Environment Part 1  

This report was prepared by Nisarg Joshi as a part of Google Summer of Code 2020.

Dummynet: The Better Way to Build FreeBSD Networks  

Dummynet is the FreeBSD traffic shaper, packet scheduler, and network emulator. Dummynet allows you to emulate a whole set of network environments in a straight-forward way. It has the ability to model delay, packet loss, and can act as a traffic shaper and policer. Dummynet is roughly equivalent to netem in Linux, but we have found that dummynet is easier to integrate and provides much more consistent results.

GSoC Reports: Curses Library Automated Testing Part 1  

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GSoC Reports: Extending the functionality of NetPGP Part 1  

This report was prepared by Jason High as a part of Google Summer of Code 2020 .

GSoC Reports: Enhancing Syzkaller support for NetBSD, Part 1  

This report was prepared by Ayushi Sharma as a part of Google Summer of Code 2020.

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12 July 2020
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10 July 2020
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OpenBSD Errata: July 9th, 2020 (shmget)  

Errata patches for the kernel have been released for OpenBSD 6.6 and 6.7. shmget IPC_STAT leaked some kernel data. 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.

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