After, faces a Security Breach

The cluster saw a security breach on two of its machines on Sunday. Following the breach, was taken offline, and although most of it is back online now, some deprecated projects are being removed. The FreeBSD project has not been able to confirm the existence of trojans, but users are advised to be vigilant about the possibility.


The breach was made possible by a leaked SSH key, which affected a few clusters. This is not a result of a hack, but a classic example of people being the weakest point in security. FreeBSD has stepped up in its efforts to mitigate this risk, and a part of its response reads,

As a result of this event, a number of operational security changes are being made at the FreeBSD Project, in order to improve our resilience to potential attacks. We plan, therefore, to rapidly deprecate a number of legacy services, such as cvsup distribution of FreeBSD source, in favor of our more robust Subversion, FreeBSD-update, and portsnap models.

Although the rogue developer had no access to the FreeBSD base systems, he did have access enough to compromise the third party packages. is conducting security audits and will come out with news of possible breaches if any. The full compromise report and safety precautions are available at this page.

ZFS Support Will Continue In FreeBSD

Today, in a message to the mailing list, Pawel Jakub Dawidek has said that FreeBSD will continue supporting ZFS even though OpenSolaris is dead.

ZFS support has been present in FreeBSD for a while now. But after Oracle discontinued OpenSolaris and moved Solaris into closed development, there were some concerns about the fate of ZFS in FreeBSD. Pawel’s message has made it clear that ZFS support will continue in FreeBSD. He also said that they will be working with the people behind the IllumOS Project. The IllumOS is a fork of OpenSolaris developed after Oracle killed OpenSolaris.

This is what Pawel wrote:

Eventhough OpenSolaris is dead, the ZFS file system is going to stay in FreeBSD. At this point we have quite a few developers involved in ZFS on FreeBSD as well as serveral companies. We are also looking forward to work with IllumOS.

To confirm their continued ZFS support, he has also released a newer version of the ZFS port for FreeBSD for testing. Some of the new features with this update are:

  • Data Deduplication
  • Triple Parity Raidz
  • Snap shot hold

You can see all the new features here.

[via: Phoronix]

Opera 10.53 Beta For Linux And FreeBSD Released

The folks at the Opera Software ASA have released the Opera 10.53 beta version for Linux and FreeBSD. This beta release of Opera for linux has made the web browser faster, and more feature-rich. The new beta version also has better integration with KDE and Gnome desktop environments. There is also full support for skinning in Opera 10.53 in Linux.

Linux has always been a priority at Opera, as many people within our own walls are devoted users,said Jon von Tetzchner, co-founder, Opera Software. It was important for us in this release to make altopera-logoerations to our terms of usage, in order to make Opera even easier to distribute on Linux.

Opera had released the final version of Opera 10.5x for Windows two months ago, and the Mac version just a week ago. According to the folks at Opera, the Opera 10.5x is the world’s fastest browser. The new version of Opera web browser features a new Carakan JavaScript engine and the Vega graphics library. All these under the hood changes, make Opera 10.5x up to 8 times faster than Opera 10.10 in certain tests.

The new version also includes a brand new rendering engine the Presto 2.5. The new version also offers a Private browsing option to its users. Opera has also made changes to its End User License agreement for easier distribution of the software. The new End User License allows Opera 10.53 Beta to be included in software distribution repositories for wide distribution.

Hera are the major changes in this new release :

Browse with unprecedented speed Our new Carakan JavaScript engine and Vega graphics library make Opera 10.5x more than 8 times faster than Opera 10.10 on tests like Sunspider.

  • Leave no trace Private browsing offers windows and tabs that eliminate their browsing history when closed, ensuring your privacy.
  • Control your view easily Zooming in and out of Web pages is easier with a new zoom slider and view controls accessible from the status bar.
  • Redefine widgets Widgets are now installed as normal applications on your computer and can work separately from the browser.
  • More elegant look and feel The user interface for Linux has been reworked, and the new Omenu allows access to all features previously available in the menu bar. The menu bar can be easily reinstated.
  • No more Qt dependence Opera’s user interface now integrates with either GNOME/GTK or KDE libraries, depending on the users’ installation.
  • Turbo-charged browsing When surfing on slow, congested networks, for example at an airport or on a train, Opera Turbo comes to the rescue, ensuring the fastest page loading no matter the crowd. Tests show that Opera Turbo provides about 65% faster browsing on Edge and around 50% faster browsing speed on 3G networks.

Users can download Opera 10.53 Beta for linux from here.