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BSDNow Episode 041: Commit This Bit
Contributed by pitrh on Fri Jun 13 16:49:19 2014 (GMT)
from the I bit this commit dept.

The folks at BSDNow interview Benedict Reuschling of FreeBSD and provide their take on the week's BSD news.

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sendmail(8) Patch In -stable Fixes Local Snooping Vulnerability
Contributed by pitrh on Thu Jun 5 15:54:44 2014 (GMT)
from the love letters in the sand dept.

For those of you who are still using sendmail(8) on OpenBSD 5.4 or 5.5, it's patch and update time.

The vulnerability known as CVE-2014-3956 could allow local users to interfere with open SMTP connections, and it is strongly advised that any sendmail users out there patch their systems without undue delay.

Patches are available for OpenBSD 5.4 and OpenBSD 5.5 as patch 011 and patch 007 respectively.

It is worth noting that from OpenBSD 5.6 onwards (to be released November 1st, 2014), OpenSD's own OpenSMTPD will be the default MTA.

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OpenSSL Releases Bugfixes, Advance Notice To Some Vendors But Not OpenBSD
Contributed by pitrh on Thu Jun 5 20:09:51 2014 (GMT)
from the Bugfix Ha! Bugfix Ho! dept.

Earlier today the OpenSSL project released multiple upgrade versions with fixes for several recently reported bugs in their code base.

The most noteworthy thing is not that the OpenSSL project fixes bugs, but rather that information about the bugs had been privately communicated to a list of vendors that did not include OpenBSD. A seclist discussion reveals the full timeline, while the OpenBSD community's reaction can be gauged by this thread on misc@.

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Call for Testing: ld.so Malloc Improvements
Contributed by tbert on Tue Jun 3 08:49:29 2014 (GMT)
from the loading-the-dice dept.

Otto Moerbeek (otto@) continues his mastery of all things memory allocation, extending some of the libc malloc features to ld.so(1):

ld.so has a very basic malloc. This diff changes it to use a (somewhat stripped) libc malloc with all the randomization and other goodness.

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BSDNow Episode 039: The Friendly Sandbox
Contributed by tbert on Fri May 30 17:04:13 2014 (GMT)
from the where-are-the-puns-about-drunken-ghosts dept.

In this week's episode of BSDNow, the fellas interview John Anderson about capsicum sandboxing, present a tutorial about securing DNS lookups, and go over the weeks' news and events.

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BSDCan 2014 Videos Online (Updated)
Contributed by tbert on Tue Jun 3 20:53:21 2014 (GMT)
from the video(4)-killed-the-radio(4)-star dept.

Via the fine folks at BSDNow, videos from BSDCan are finally being made available (Updated):

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[topicconf]
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Theo de Raadt and Bob Beck to Present at the Calgary UUG
Contributed by tbert on Tue May 27 06:03:49 2014 (GMT)
from the life-is-an-information-superhighway dept.

A bit late ourselves on a late announcement, but Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) and Bob Beck (beck@) will be giving a presentation in Calgary:

I'm sorry for the late public announcement...

Tomorrow (Tuesday) Bob Beck will be hurtling down the Highway from Edmonton to Calgary.

Then in the evening, he and I will present at the local calgary unix group meeting about recent changes in LibreSSL, OpenBSD, and how the OpenBSD Foundation fits into this.

http://www.cuug.ab.ca/

Anyone in the area who is able to attend probably should.

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How to block traffic by country-IPs?
Contributed by tbert on Sat Jun 7 01:00:12 2014 (GMT)
from the blocking the blockable blockheads dept.

Stefan Wollny wrote in with this blocking by regions article:

Every now and then the same question arises on the mailing-lists: "How to block traffic from a country altogether?" While this is a "no-go" in a business-minded environment this question may be valid for a private network. If you have not the slightest doubt that there has never been and will never be any contact to servers located e.g. in Belarus ever it might rightfully assumed that blocking IPs related to Belarus should not only do no harm but will a little bit improve the security of your home network.

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Preventing the next Heartbleed
Contributed by tbert on Mon May 26 08:01:02 2014 (GMT)
from the keys-to-the-kingdom dept.

An Anonymous Coward writes in to tell us about sightings of secrets-related privsep in the wild:

The developer known by the pseudonym insane coder, who authored the popular pro-LibreSSL review LibreSSL: The good and the bad, has presented a solution for preventing common coding mistakes resulting in another Heartbleed:

To protect against exploiting such bugs, one should ensure that buffer overflows do not have access to memory containing private data. The memory containing private keys and similar kinds of data should be protected, meaning nothing should be allowed to read from them, not even the web server itself.

He then talks about using memory protection and process separation to isolate a server's private keys from anything which can be exploited to send them over the network.

This technique has already been utilized in an stunnel-like server, and it remains to be seen when others will follow.

Thanks for the tip, Anonymous Coward!

Astute readers will note that this technique has already been utilized in relayd(8) and smtpd(8).

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