Gerard van Essen | 6 Jul 07:40 2009

BSD Router Project (bsdrp)

Olivier Cochard-Labbé, founder of FreeNAS, has released the first
alpha (0.1) image of his new project: BSD Router Project -

bsdrp is an open source, customised distribution of FreeBSD dedicated
to offering IP routing services for small ISP's.

The release 0.1 of BSDRP is a fully working prototype, to be used on
real or virtual machines that boot from ATA device only (not usb).

This first release includes:

- Base FreeBSD 8.0-CURRENT system (NanoBSD) for i386
- Customized script (config, upgrade, help, command completion, etc…)
- Quagga ready to use (OSPFv2, OSPFv3, RIP, RIPng and BGP)

You may ask, what is the difference between BSDRP and m0n0wall of pfSense.

The main goal of BSDRP is not firewalling but routing. If you need a
firewall don't use BSDRP: Use m0n0wall or pfSense.
BSDRP is not for a home use, but for compagny use (small ISP's for example).
BSDRP doesn't have a Web GUI: It's to be configured from a CLI only
(like Cisco or Juniper)
pfSense can be used for routing, but Olivier wanted to set up a Cisco
or Juniper like project just for routing.

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Robert Watson | 13 Jul 15:18 2009

Announcing EuroBSCon 2009

    EuroBSDcon 2009
    Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September,
    University of Cambridge, UK

    A day of tutorials followed by 2 days of conference talks
    covering a wide variety of BSD related topics. This is the
    European BSD Community's annual event to meet, share and
    interact across the projects and between friends.

    This year's line up features...
         * ISC and *BSD
         * OpenBSD malloc
         * How FreeBSD finds oil
         * NetBSD's LVM
         * faster packets in OpenBSD
         * Wireless Mesh networks
         * Kirk McKusick's FreeBSD Guide
         * and more,

    The full talk list and schedule:

    Discounted Early Bird registration runs until 2nd
    September. Book your place now at

    Final programme may be subject to alteration. EuroBSDcon
    is a not for profit event open to everyone so please help
    spread the word online and offline. Thanks for reading!

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Deb Goodkin | 17 Jul 21:41 2009

Foundation Project Announcement

Dear FreeBSD Community,

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce another funded project!

Ed Schouten has been awarded a grant to write a new console driver for
the FreeBSD project.  We are excited to support Ed in providing a more
efficient and user friendly console driver.

This project will allow Ed to add an additional abstraction layer to the
kernel. This new layer, the terminal layer will be a layer that sits
between the TTY layer, the kernel console (cngetc, cnputc) and the
actual console driver. Right now we have a terminal emulator (libteken)
that is part of Syscons. This terminal emulator will be moved into this
terminal layer.

The advantage of having such a layer, is that the console driver itself
does not have to care about any TTY semantics, streams of bytes,
processing escape sequences, etc. It will just receive a set of
character drawing, filling and copying actions. This should also make it
easier to implement Unicode.

"During this project I'm going to continue the work I did with the TTY
layer, by developing a new console driver for the FreeBSD kernel," said
Ed Schouten, FreeBSD Developer. "By moving towards a graphics mode
console driver, it will be much easier to make the boot process look
nice on desktop systems (i.e. PC-BSD). It will also make it possible to
support the industry-standard Unicode character sets by default."

This project will be completed by the end of December.

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Deb Goodkin | 20 Jul 21:30 2009

Accepting Travel Grant Applications for EuroBSDCon 2009

Calling all FreeBSD developers needing assistance with travel expenses
to EuroBSDCon 2009.

The FreeBSD Foundation will be providing a limited number of travel
grants to individuals requesting assistance. Please fill out and submit
the Travel Grant Request Application at by
August 20, 2009 to apply for this grant.

How it works:

This program is open to FreeBSD developers of all sorts (kernel hackers,
documentation authors, bugbusters, system administrators, etc).  In some
cases we are also able to fund non-developers, such as active community
members and FreeBSD advocates.

(1) You request funding based on a realistic and economical estimate of
travel costs (economy airfare, trainfare, ...), accommodations
(conference hotel and sharing a room), and registration or tutorial
fees.  If there are other sponsors willing to cover costs, such as your
employer or the conference, we prefer you talk to them first, as our
budget is limited.  We are happy to split costs with you or another
sponsor, such as just covering airfare or board.

If you are a speaker at the conference, we expect the conference to
cover your travel costs, and will most likely not approve your direct
request to us.

(2) We review your application and if approved, authorize you to seek
reimbursement up to a limit.  We consider several factors, including our
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Deb Goodkin | 28 Jul 23:59 2009

The FreeBSD Foundation 2009 Semi-Annual Newsletter

Dear FreeBSD Community,

We are pleased to announce the publication of The FreeBSD Foundation's
Semi-Annual Newsletter.

Go to
to find out how we have supported the FreeBSD Project and community this


The FreeBSD Foundation

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FreeBSD Security Advisories | 29 Jul 02:48 2009

FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-09:12.bind

FreeBSD-SA-09:12.bind                                       Security Advisory
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          BIND named(8) dynamic update message remote DoS

Category:       contrib
Module:         bind
Announced:      2009-07-29
Credits:        Matthias Urlichs
Affects:        All supported versions of FreeBSD
Corrected:      2009-07-28 23:59:22 UTC (RELENG_7, 7.2-STABLE)
                2009-07-29 00:14:14 UTC (RELENG_7_2, 7.2-RELEASE-p3)
                2009-07-29 00:14:14 UTC (RELENG_7_1, 7.1-RELEASE-p7)
                2009-07-29 00:13:47 UTC (RELENG_6, 6.4-STABLE)
                2009-07-29 00:14:14 UTC (RELENG_6_4, 6.4-RELEASE-p6)
                2009-07-29 00:14:14 UTC (RELENG_6_3, 6.3-RELEASE-p12)
CVE Name:       CVE-2009-0696

For general information regarding FreeBSD Security Advisories,
including descriptions of the fields above, security branches, and the
following sections, please visit <URL:>.

NOTE: Due to this issue being accidentally disclosed early, updated
binaries are yet not available via freebsd-update at the time this
advisory is being published.  Email will be sent to the freebsd-security
mailing list when the binaries are available via freebsd-update.

I.   Background
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Deb Goodkin | 30 Jul 18:52 2009

Be Counted!

Dear FreeBSD Community,

Millions of systems run FreeBSD.  Hundreds of volunteers contribute to 
FreeBSD's success.  But what is the size of FreeBSD's user base?  This 
simple question is very hard to answer, but its answer is vital to the 
cause of promoting FreeBSD.  It is extremely difficult to convince
businesses to invest time and money to add FreeBSD support to their 
products based solely on vague estimates of the size of our community.
We should know - working to make FreeBSD a more widely supported 
platform is a task the FreeBSD Foundation has worked on since its inception.

Please help us in our fight to promote FreeBSD.  A donation to the
FreeBSD Foundation helps fund our work, but it also gives us strength
in numbers.  Our count of unique donors is a vital indication of the
size and buying power of our community.  However, we have never broken
even one thousand donors in any year.  We know in our hearts that this
is a small fraction of our user base and of those who want to help 
expand FreeBSD's presence.

So stand up and be counted!  Make a donation.  Encourage other FreeBSD
users to donate as well.  No donation amount is too large or too small. 
  Just by becoming a donor you are making a powerful statement about the 
strength of FreeBSD!

You can make a donation by going to:

To find out more about The FreeBSD Foundation, please visit

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