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One week of OpenSSL cleanup
Contributed by weerd on Fri Apr 18 15:28:55 2014 (GMT)
from the its-not-a-race-and-everybody-is-winning dept.

After the news of heartbleed broke early last week, the OpenBSD team dove in and started axing it up into shape. Leading this effort are Ted Unangst (tedu@) and Miod Vallat (miod@), who are head-to-head on a pure commit count basis with both having around 50 commits in this part of the tree in the week since Ted's first commit in this area. They are followed closely by Joel Sing (jsing@) who is systematically going through every nook and cranny and applying some basic KNF. Next in line are Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) and Bob Beck (beck@) who've been both doing a lot of cleanup, ripping out weird layers of abstraction for standard system or library calls.

Then Jonathan Grey (jsg@) and Reyk Flöter (reyk@) come next, followed by a group of late starters. Also, an honorable mention for Christian Weisgerber (naddy@), who has been fixing issues in ports related to this work.

All combined, there've been over 250 commits cleaning up OpenSSL. In one week. Some of these are simple or small changes, while other commits carry more weight. Of course, occasionally mistakes get made but these are also quickly fixed again, but the general direction is clear: move the tree forward towards a better, more readable, less buggy crypto library.

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m2k14: Hackathon Begins
Contributed by tbert on Thu Apr 17 17:52:43 2014 (GMT)
from the save-me-a-seat-in-asgard dept.

As is their wont, a number of developers have congregated for another hackathon, this time in sunny Morocco.

You can, of course, follow the commits on source-changes, but the war cries that lead us down the road to Valhalla are being collected for your inspiration and amusement at OpenSSL Valhalla Rampage.

As always, it is your donations that make it possible for our berserkers to greet the Valkyries!

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OpenBSD has started a massive strip-down and cleanup of OpenSSL
Contributed by phessler on Tue Apr 15 09:29:08 2014 (GMT)
from the how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-shine-the-turd dept.

The denizens of (and no doubt you, eagle-eyed reader!) have made note of the ongoing rototilling of the OpenSSL code in OpenBSD, and Joshua Stein (jcs@) has chimed in with a quick breakdown of the action thus far:

Changes so far to OpenSSL 1.0.1g since the 11th include:

  • Splitting up libcrypto and libssl build directories
  • Fixing a use-after-free bug
  • Removal of ancient MacOS, Netware, OS/2, VMS and Windows build junk
  • Removal of “bugs” directory, benchmarks, INSTALL files, and shared library goo for lame platforms
  • Removal of most (all?) backend engines, some of which didn’t even have appropriate licensing
  • Ripping out some windows-specific cruft
  • Removal of various wrappers for things like sockets, snprintf, opendir, etc. to actually expose real return values
  • KNF of most C files
  • Removal of weak entropy additions
  • Removal of all heartbeat functionality which resulted in Heartbleed

To clarify, not all of the cryptographic engines were removed; the padlock and aesni engines are still in place.

As always, it's heartening to see a concentrated effort on such a critical software component.

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OpenBSD Foundation Funding Goals Reached
Contributed by pitrh on Thu Apr 10 19:38:08 2014 (GMT)
from the banking on Puffy dept.

Bob Beck (beck@) writes in to tell us that the OpenBSD Foundation 2014 fundrasing campaign has reached its goals:

The OpenBSD Foundation is happy to report that the $150,000 goal of the 2014 fundraising campaign has been reached.

We wish to thank our contributors large and small. We will continue our fundraising efforts both in the current year and next year.

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heartbleed vs malloc.conf (updated)
Contributed by tbert on Thu Apr 10 13:40:19 2014 (GMT)
from the exploit-mitigation-mitigation dept.

Ted Unangst (tedu@) has posted an article about how OpenSSL has managed to sidestep OpenBSD's malloc.conf(3) protections:

About two years ago, OpenSSL introduced a new feature that you’ve never used or even heard about until yesterday, after somebody discovered a bug that could be used to read process memory.

As they say, read the whole thing.

tedu@ has a follow up post in which he finds a particularly nasty bug in the code which sidesteps the malloc.conf options, which means that it cannot, unpatched, be disabled:

Instead of telling people to find themselves a better malloc, OpenSSL incorporated a one-off LIFO freelist. You guessed it. OpenSSL misuses the LIFO freelist. In fact, the bug I’m about to describe can only exist and go unnoticed precisely because the freelist is LIFO.

As they say, read this other thing.

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Patches for OpenSSL bounds checking bug
Contributed by tbert on Tue Apr 8 06:56:09 2014 (GMT)
from the oh SSLeeping hearts dept.

Patches for the so called heartbleed OpenSSL bug have been released by the OpenBSD project for OpenBSD 5.3-stable, OpenBSD 5.4-stable and OpenBSD 5.5

In the short statement contained in the commit message, Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) noted that OpenSSH is unaffected.

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Call for testing: acpiec(4) clear events on attach and resume
Contributed by pitrh on Fri Mar 28 06:10:13 2014 (GMT)
from the acpi-easy-event dept.

Paul Irofti (pirofti@) wrote in about his ongoing effort to untangle acpiec events. Paul writes,

The following patch attempts to fix an issue where multiple ACPI EC events pile up during suspend and fill a buffer that upon resume prevent further event notifications.

The fix clears up the event queue early on during resume and also upon initial acpiec(4) attach.

And of course there's a patch to test - description and download link after the fold.

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OpenBSD 5.5 preorders have been enabled
Contributed by weerd on Fri Mar 28 08:16:30 2014 (GMT)
from the high-five-dot-five dept.

OpenBSD 5.5 preorders have been enabled on the ordering page.

With this commit, Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) enabled pre-orders for the upcoming release:

Module name:	www
Changes by:	2014/03/26 20:09:10

Modified files:
	.              : errata55.html index.html older.html orders.html 

Log message:
activate 5.5 pre-orders; wonder which of the regulars win this time

Pre-orders tend to arrive early (before official release date), grab the chance to have early access! You won't be the winner if you just learned about it now, since at least one guy on misc@ has already beaten you to it :-)

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Call for Testing: upd(4)
Contributed by tbert on Thu Mar 20 10:51:50 2014 (GMT)
from the no-breaks-for-the-wicked dept.

Andre de Oliveira (andre@) has committed the upd(4) driver, which detects uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) attached to USB, which will show up in the dmesg:

uhidev0 at uhub1 port 1 configuration 1 interface 0 "American Power Conversion Back-UPS RS 500 FW:30.j5.I USB FW:j5" rev 1.10/0.06 addr 2
uhidev0: iclass 3/0, 98 report ids
upd0 at uhidev0

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