OpenSSH 5.6 released

Valic —  August 30, 2010 — Leave a comment

OpenSSH 5.6 has just been released. It will be available from the mirrors listed at http://www.openssh.com/ shortly.

Features:

* Added a ControlPersist option to ssh_config(5) that automatically starts a background ssh(1) multiplex master when connecting. This connection can stay alive indefinitely, or can be set to automatically close after a user-specified duration of inactivity.

* Hostbased authentication may now use certificate host keys. CA keys must be specified in a known_hosts file using the @cert-authority marker as described in sshd(8).

* ssh-keygen(1) now supports signing certificate using a CA key that has been stored in a PKCS#11 token.

* ssh(1) will now log the hostname and address that we connected to at LogLevel=verbose after authentication is successful to mitigate “phishing” attacks by servers with trusted keys that accept authentication silently and automatically before presenting fake password/passphrase prompts.

Note that, for such an attack to be successful, the user must have disabled StrictHostKeyChecking (enabled by default) or an attacker must have access to a trusted host key for the destination server.

* Expand %h to the hostname in ssh_config Hostname options. While this sounds useless, it is actually handy for working with unqualified

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Vim 7.3 Released

Valic —  August 17, 2010 — Leave a comment

After a 2 year wait Vim 7.3 has finally arrived, It includes an awful lot of bug fixes and a few new features, and it’s better than ever before.

This is a minor release of Vim.  It consists of Vim 7.2 plus all patches, updated runtime files and some additions.  It has been two years since the 7.2 release, thus it’s not that “minor”.  But not ”major” either.  Something in between.

The most notable additions since 7.2:

– Persistent undo and undo for reload

– Blowfish encryption, encryption of the swap file

– Conceal text

– Lua interface

– Python 3 interface

Vim 7.3 can be obtained from the Vim download page.

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After several delays and many months behind schedule, Debian 6.0 appears to be one step closer to release.

This puts Final on track to possibly be released by the end of the year.

Neil McGovern, Debian Release Team manager, wrote in from DebCon10 in New York to announce this milestone for Debian 6.0. Freeze had been delayed until Python 2.6 migration and updating Glibc was completed. Now only critical bug fixes, documentation changes, and translation updates will be accepted into the Testing branch as a general rule. This will give developers the opportunity to polish 6.0 for final release. The last two major versions have seen a four month stabilization period before final release, allowing estimates that 6.0 will arrive sometime in December.

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The openSUSE Project has released the final version of openSUSE 11.3, the latest release of their popular Linux distribution, adding a number of package updates and new features over the previous 11.2 release from November of 2009.

11.3 is here

The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of the latest incarnation of openSUSE, with support for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. openSUSE 11.3 is packed with new features and updates including SpiderOak to sync your files across the Internet for free, Rosegarden for free editing of your audio files, improved indexing with Tracker, and updates to Mozilla Firefox, and Thunderbird.

Among these many new features, openSUSE also provides support for netbooks and the Btrfs file system support. Users can expect to see improved hardware support with the 2.6.34 Linux kernel and updated graphics drivers. And support for the next generation of interactive computing for touchscreens like the HP TouchSmart.

openSUSE continues its tradition of delivering the popular KDE, GNOME and Xfce desktop environments, and now also provides the lightweight LXDE desktop environment. With GNOME, you can use the latest 2.30.1 version or take your installation for a drive with a preview of the upcoming GNOME 3.0. Or choose KDE SC 4.4.4 for the latest updates. They all feature the polish and integration that the openSUSE distro has been known for.

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FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASED

Valic —  July 24, 2010 — Leave a comment

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of
FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE. This is the second release from the 8-STABLE branch which improves
on the functionality of FreeBSD 8.0 and introduces some new features. Some of the
highlights:

  • zfsloader added
  • zpool version of ZFS subsystem updated to version 14
  • NFSv4 ACL support in UFS and ZFS; support added to cp(1), find(1), getfacl(1), mv(1),
    and setfacl(1) utilities
  • UltraSPARC IV/IV+, SPARC64 V support
  • SMP support in PowerPC G5
  • BIND 9.6.2-P2
  • sendmail updated to 8.14.4
  • OpenSSH updated to 5.4p1
  • GNOME 2.30.1, KDE 4.4.5

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the online release
notes and errata list available at:

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