Google Summer of Code 2017


October 18, 2017 posted by Thomas Klausner

NetBSD participated in the 2017 edition of Google of Summer of Code with 3 students. All of the students finished their projects successfully. The following links report about their activities: Congratulations to the students for finishing their projects successfully, and thanks to Google for sponsoring! [0 comments]

 

Kernel ASLR on amd64


October 12, 2017 posted by Maxime Villard

Recently, I completed a Kernel ASLR implementation for NetBSD-amd64, making NetBSD the first BSD system to support such a feature. Simply said, KASLR is a feature that randomizes the location of the kernel in memory, making it harder to exploit several classes of vulnerabilities, both locally (privilege escalations) and remotely (remote code executions).[Read More] [1 comment]

 

EuroBSDcon 2017: "travel notes" after the conference


October 11, 2017 posted by Leonardo Taccari

Let me tell you about my experience at EuroBSDcon 2017 in Paris, France. We will see what was presented during the NetBSD developer summit on Friday and then we will give a look to all of the NetBSD and pkgsrc presentations given during the conference session on Saturday and Sunday. Of course, a lot of fun also happened on the "hall track", the several breaks during the conference and the dinners we had together with other *BSD developers and community! This is difficult to describe and I will try to just share some part of that with photographs that we have taken. I can just say that it was a really beautiful experience, I had a great time with others and, after coming back home... ...I miss all of that! :) So, if you have never been in any BSD conferences I strongly suggest you to go to the next ones, so please stay tuned via NetBSD Events. Being there this is probably the only way to understand these feelings!

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2017 NetBSD Foundation Officers


October 04, 2017 posted by William J. Coldwell

By vote of The NetBSD Foundation Board of Directors, the officers for the 2017 term are:

President: William J. Coldwell <billc>
Vice President: Jeremy C. Reed <reed>
Secretary: Christos Zoulas <christos>
Treasurer: Christos Zoulas <christos>
Assistant Secretary: Thomas Klausner <wiz>
Assistant Treasurer: Taylor R. Campbell <riastradh>
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EuroBSDcon-2017 Paris


October 02, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

This year the annual EuroBSDcon event took place in Paris (September 21st-24th). There were BSD summits, tutorials and talks, including NetBSD & pkgsrc ones.[Read More] [0 comments]

 

The new TNF Board of Directors are installed and patched for 2017.


September 27, 2017 posted by William J. Coldwell

The slate of nominees was voted for and accepted by the members of the foundation. We'd like to our team of nomcom, voting coordinator, and voting validator for putting together the slate and managing the election process.

We welcome Pierre Pronchery and Makoto Fujiwara to the 2017 Board of Directors. We look forward to working with you!

We appreciate all of the wonderful work that S.P.Zeidler and Erik Berls have done on the board during their time as directors, and are grateful for their excellent service to the foundation.

Thank you to all members participating by nominating candidates and voting on the slate.



Respectfully submitted for The NetBSD Foundation,
William J. Coldwell
President/Chairperson
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NetBSD buildbot in the binutils-gdb project


September 14, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

The NetBSD Foundation supports projects that strive to ship the best possible support in developer oriented software. This is not exclusive to LLVM, but also includes the more traditional GNU toolchain.[Read More] [0 comments]

 

Mercurial mirror on Bitbucket


September 01, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

Joerg Sonnenberger has announced a new set of mirrored repositories.

You can find Mercurial versions of src, pkgsrc and xsrc under

and

The same rules as for the fossil and github repositories apply, i.e. there may be occasional glitches and if it becomes too bad, they might be recreated from scratch.

See more information in the posted thread to tech-repository. [0 comments]

 

LLVM libFuzzer and SafeStack ported to NetBSD


September 01, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

This month I've finally finished upstreaming NetBSD support in ASan and UBsan. For better coverage of the sanitizers and on user request I've ported libFuzzer and SafeStack. There are mutual dependencies between the compiler-rt features. NetBSD after sorting out msan and tsan shall get all the remaining ones enabled. This is open topic after finishing LLDB. I have also prepared better ground for the coming work on ptrace(2) enhancements with the removal of the filesystem tracing (/proc/#/ctl).[Read More] [0 comments]

 

GSoC 2017 Reports: Add SUBPACKAGES support to pkgsrc, part 1


August 31, 2017 posted by Leonardo Taccari

In this blog post series I will discuss about SUBPACKAGES work done during Google Summer of Code 2017.

In this first part I'll briefly introduce what are SUBPACKAGES, why and when can be useful and finally we'll give a quick look to a trivial pkgsrc package that uses them. At the end we'll also dive a bit on parts of the pkgsrc infrastructure that needed to be adjusted for implementing that.

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LLVM, Clang and compiler-rt support enhancements


August 03, 2017 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

In the last month I started with upstream of the code for sanitizers: the common layer and ubsan. I worked also on the elimination of unexpected failures in LLVM and Clang. I've managed to achieve, with a pile of local patches, the number of 0 unexpected bugs within LLVM (check-llvm) and 3 unexpected bugs within Clang (check-clang) (however these ones were caused by hardcoded environment -lstdc++ vs -lc++). The number of failures in sanitizers (check-sanitizer) is also low, it's close to zero. [Read More] [0 comments]

 

Porting NetBSD to Allwinner H3 SoCs


July 09, 2017 posted by Jared McNeill

A new SUNXI evbarm kernel has appeared recently in NetBSD -current with support for boards based on the Allwinner H3 system on a chip (SoC). The H3 SoC is a quad-core Cortex-A7 SoC designed primarily for set-top boxes, but has managed to find its way into many single-board computers (SBC). This is one of the first evbarm ports built from the ground up with device tree support, which helps us to use a single kernel config to support many different boards.

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