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OpenBSD Participating in Google Summer of Code 2014
Contributed by pitrh on Tue Feb 25 09:44:17 2014 (GMT)
from the all tomorrow's hackathons dept.

In an email to the OpenBSD community, Bob Beck (beck@) has announced that The OpenBSD Foundation will represent OpenBSD in the Google Summer of Code 2014:

The OpenBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that we have been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2014. As such if you are a student who qualifies to apply for GSOC, you will be able to find us in Google's Summer of Code Application process.

We have an ideas page which is located at

I will repeat my usual disclaimer here on behalf of the foundation - doing anything with GSOC does *not* guarantee the result will end up in OpenBSD or any related project. That having been said we hope to be able to put some mentors together with students to accomplish things that may become useful to the community at large.

This will be our first year doing this, so we hope to learn from the experience and see if it will work out in future years.

-Bob Beck - The OpenBSD Foundation.

The list of project ideas is varied, long, and, most importantly, interesting. Anyone who meets the criteria for participation should take a peek and put their name in the hat for anything that strikes their fancy.

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n2k14 hackathon report: henning@ talks about pf, checksumming, and the smash-and-grab
Contributed by tbert on Tue Feb 25 09:22:09 2014 (GMT)
from the turn-inside-out-for-another-day-of-wear dept.

Henning Brauer (henning@) wrote in with his report on the recent hackathon in New Zealand as well as events immediately before and after:

I flew to New Zealand a good week before the hackathon in Dunedin to hike with benno@ and Anja. Fortunately, we didn't plan ahead, all of that had been moot anyway - Qantas didn't feel like getting Anja's bag to NZ and couldn't even tell where it might be (I knew better than to fly Qantas after making that mistake last year), not even a day later - at that point we would have been in the mountains already under normal circumstances. So we went to buy some replacement gear and took off 2 days after arrival.

We went over the Mr. Robert ridge line to Angelus Lake, to continue on an unmarked "trail" towards hopeless hut and almost got stuck in a 500m high rock wall with rain and heavy heavy gusts - it was fun. When we returned after 3 days, we found our car broken into and almost all of our stuff stolen, including 5 laptops and most of our clothes. Most of Anja's stuff was safely at some Airport in Qantas possession, but I didn't even have underwear any more.

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How to create a USB flash installer for OpenBSD
Contributed by phessler on Tue Feb 25 08:35:53 2014 (GMT)
from the installs in a flash, baby! dept.

Chris Cappuccio wrote in with a procedure to create USB thumbdrive install media:

Luke Tymowski said on Twitter that if you search the Google for instructions on how to create a bootable USB flash OpenBSD installer, you get lots of conflicting instructions. So I thought I'd set the record straight, at least for i386/amd64. It's easy if you already have OpenBSD installed.

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EuroBSDCon 2014 Call for Papers Open, proposals accepted until May 19th
Contributed by pitrh on Sat Feb 22 13:01:26 2014 (GMT)
from the Puff up and talk dept.

The 2014 EuroBSDCon conference will be in Sofia, Bulgaria September 25 through 28, with two days of tutorials and meetings followed by two days of talks.

The Call for Papers announcement has been sent to major projects' mailing lists, and you are invited to head over to the conference web site and look around. The Call for Papers page is live now.

The OpenBSD project is represented by Janne Johansson (jj@) and Peter Hansteen (Book of PF author and undeadly editor) on the program committee.

Do you have an idea for a good, OpenBSD-themed talk or tutorial? Now is the time to write up an abstract and submit!

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bcrypt password hash bugs fixed, version changes and consequences
Contributed by tbert on Mon Feb 24 09:38:38 2014 (GMT)
from the passwords all hashed up dept.

Ted Unangst (tedu@) wrote in to tell us about the practical consequences of a newly discovered bug in bcrypt(3), the function commonly used to generate password hashes:

[This email isn't just about OpenBSD; please forward it to the relevant places and people.]

Short version:

Mistakes were made. Magic numbers have changed. $2b$ is the hash of the future.

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BSDCan 2014 Schedule Published
Contributed by pitrh on Sun Feb 23 16:27:20 2014 (GMT)
from the talk to me, Puffy dept.

The BSDCan 2014 schedule has been released. On the program we have OpenBSD developers

Paul Irofti on Porting OpenBSD to Octeon
Peter Hessler on BGP for spamd synchronization
Henning Brauer on 10 years of OpenBGPd
Ingo Schwarze on New trends in mandoc

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Xorg can now run without privilege on OpenBSD
Contributed by jj on Sat Feb 22 19:44:15 2014 (GMT)
from the you-are-surrounded-drop-your-privs dept.

Matthieu Herrb summarizes:

In OpenBSD-current, after this commit users of Intel and ATI Radeon graphics which support kernel mode setting (almost all of them) can set machdep.allowaperture back to 0 in the /etc/sysctl.conf configuration and still run the X server.

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Autoinstall Video Demonstration
Contributed by weerd on Sat Feb 22 19:11:39 2014 (GMT)
from the bare metal to working system in 4m36s dept.

As a followup to our earlier story about automated installations, Robert Peichaer (rpe@) wrote in with a video that demonstrates how the new autoinstall works.

To play the video, click here.

This awesomeness will be part of OpenBSD 5.5, to be released on May 1st, 2014!

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Status of GNOME 3 on OpenBSD
Contributed by jj on Wed Feb 19 08:40:30 2014 (GMT)
from the gnomeo-and-jacoutot dept.

Antoine Jacoutot writes in with an update on the current status of Gnome 3 on OpenBSD:

It's been a while since I wanted to write something about the state of GNOME as a day-to-day Desktop on OpenBSD. It's no secret amongst OpenBSD people that the company I work for maintains (amongst other things) a park of a few thousand OpenBSD Desktops around the world.

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