Joe Marcus Clarke | 1 Jun 19:52 2008

HEADS UP: Ports support for 5.X is no more

As of June 1, 2008 00:00:00 UTC, FreeBSD 5.X support in the ports tree
is End Of Life.  This means that a ports tree checked out after this
date is not guaranteed to produce usable packages on 5.X.  Additionally,
5.X package builds on the cluster will cease.  Users are encouraged to
upgrade to 6.3 or 7.0 if they wish to continue to track the latest ports

A tag, RELEASE_5_EOL, has been laid down to mark the last point in the
ports tree that officially supported FreeBSD 5.X.  Port Manager asks
that you not rush to remove 5.X support right away as we'd like a
settling-down period, and we want secteam to have a chance to make their
EOL announcements as well.

Marcus on behalf of portmgr

Bcc: ports, developers, portmgr

Joe Marcus Clarke
FreeBSD GNOME Team      ::      gnome <at>
FreeNode / #freebsd-gnome
FreeBSD Security Officer | 3 Jun 05:32 2008

FreeBSD supported branches update

Hello Everyone,

The branches supported by the FreeBSD Security Officer have been updated
to reflect recent EoL (end-of-life) events.  The new list is below and
at <URL: >.  FreeBSD 5.5, FreeBSD 6.1, and
FreeBSD 6.2 have `expired' and are no longer supported effective June 1,
2008.  Users of these releases are advised to upgrade promptly to FreeBSD
6.3 or FreeBSD 7.0, either by downloading an updated source tree and
building updates manually, or (for i386 and amd64 systems) using the
FreeBSD Update utility as described in the FreeBSD 6.3 and FreeBSD 7.0
release announcements.

This marks the end of support by the FreeBSD Security Team for the
FreeBSD 5-STABLE branch, and at this time support for running software
from the ports tree on FreeBSD 5.x is also ceasing:  Packages for binary
installations will no longer be built for FreeBSD 5.5, building ports
from source on FreeBSD 5.x will no longer be supported, and the ports
INDEX will no longer be built and made available via portsnap or the
'make fetchindex' target.  Patches for individual ports specific for
their functioning on FreeBSD 5.5 may still be accepted at the discretion
of the port maintainer.

[Excerpt from follows]

FreeBSD Security Advisories

   The FreeBSD Security Officer provides security advisories for
   several branches of FreeBSD development. These are the -STABLE
   Branches and the Security Branches. (Advisories are not issued for
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Peter Wemm | 4 Jun 09:54 2008
Gravatar begins switch to Subversion

The FreeBSD Project has begun the switch of its source code management
system from CVS to Subversion. At this point in time, FreeBSD's
developers are making changes to the base system in the Subversion
repository. There is a replication system in place that exports our
work to the legacy CVS tree on a continuous basis.

People who are using our extensive CVS based distribution network
(including anoncvs, CVSup, csup, cvsweb, ftp) will not be interrupted
by our work-in-progress.  You do not need to change anything if you do
not wish to.

We are committed to maintaining the existing CVS based distribution
system for *at least* the support lifetime of all existing "stable"
branches. Security and errata patches will continue to be made
available in their usual CVS locations.  The rest of the FreeBSD-6 and
FreeBSD-7 releases will be built and released from the CVS tree.

We expect to make our Subversion based source tree and other
supporting infrastructure public very soon. There will be new mailing
lists to subscribe to if you wish to receive Subversion commit

Our ports, doc and www trees are not affected at this time. A separate
decision will be made regarding the direction of those CVS
repositories soon.

Many people have contributed to the effort, but I particularly wish to
thank Michael Haggerty and the cvs2svn project developers for their
assistance with extracting and decrypting our 14 years of CVS history.
  Yahoo (my employer) donated server hardware and allowed me to spend
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Philip Paeps | 5 Jun 11:07 2008

EuroBSDCon 2008 - extension of submission deadline


As announced earlier, EuroBSDCon 2008 will be held on 18 and 19 October 2008,
in Strasbourg, France.  We are still looking for proposals for presentations
and tutorials.  The submission deadline has been extended to 1 July 2008.

Important dates to remember:

  1 July 2008 
  Abstracts for papers and tutorials due

  1 August 2008
  Selected speakers notified

  16 October 2008
  First day of tutorials

  18 October 2008
  First day of presentations

Please consider submitting a paper as soon as possible if you would like to
present at EuroBSDCon 2008!


 - Philip [for the program committee]


Philip Paeps                           Calm down ... it is only ones and zeros
philip <at>
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FreeBSD Errata Notices | 19 Jun 08:54 2008

FreeBSD Errata Notice FreeBSD-EN-08:02.tcp

FreeBSD-EN-08:02.tcp                                      Errata Notice
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          TCP options padding

Category:       core
Module:         sys_netinet
Announced:      2008-06-19
Credits:        Bjoern A. Zeeb, Mike Silbersack, Andre Oppermann
Affects:        7.0-RELEASE
Corrected:      2008-05-05 20:59:36 UTC (RELENG_7, 7.0-STABLE)
                2008-06-19 06:36:10 UTC (RELENG_7_0, 7.0-RELEASE-p2)

For general information regarding FreeBSD Errata Notices and Security
Advisories, including descriptions of the fields above, security
branches, and the following sections, please visit

I.   Background

The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) of the TCP/IP protocol suite
provides a connection-oriented, reliable, sequence-preserving data
stream service.  TCP packets can contain "TCP options" which allow for
enhancements to basic TCP functionality; depending on the length of
these options, it may be necessary for padding to be added.

II.  Problem Description

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