GSoC 2018 Reports: Integrate libFuzzer with the Basesystem, Part 1

June 13, 2018 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

Prepared by Yang Zheng (tomsun.0.7 AT Gmail DOT com) as part of GSoC 2018

During the Google Summer of Code 2018, I'm working on the project of integrating libFuzzer for the userland applications. The libFuzzer is a fuzzing engine based on the coverage information provided by the SanitizerCoverage in LLVM. It can repeatedly generate mutations of input data and test them until it finds the potential bugs. In this post, I'm going to share what I have done in the first month of this summer.[Read More] [0 comments]


=?iso-8859-8-i?Q? Handling non-UTF-8 Hebrew email

June 10, 2018 posted by Maya Rashish

I like to use CLI email clients (mutt). This by itself is not unusual, but I happen to do this while speaking a language written right-to-left, Hebrew.
Decent bidi support in CLI tools is rare, so my impression is that very few people do this.[Read More] [1 comment]


Coverage of signal routines in the kernel in the context of ptrace(2)

June 01, 2018 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

During the past month I have been working on coverage of various corner cases in the signal subsystem in the kernel. I have also spent some time on improvements in the land of sanitizers. As a mentor I was able to, thanks to the fulltime focus on NetBSD work, actively help three Google Summer of Code students. Not every question would be answered by myself without code reading but at least I am available for active collaboration, especially when it's to improve code that I have already authored, like sanitizers. At the end of the month we have managed to catch two uninitialized memory reads in the top(1) utility, using the Memory Sanitizer feature and rebuilt part of the basesystem (i.e. library dependencies: libterminfo, libkvm, libutil) with dedicated sanitization flags. [Read More] [0 comments]


Network Security Audit

May 28, 2018 posted by Maxime Villard

Security audit of NetBSD's network stack

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An annotated look at a NetBSD Pinebook's startup

May 21, 2018 posted by Jared McNeill

Pinebook is an affordable 64-bit ARM notebook. Today we're going to take a look at the kernel output at startup and talk about what hardware support is available.

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Getting my new laptop to work

May 03, 2018 posted by Maya Rashish

I've recently been gifted a fancy laptop - a Dell XPS 15 9550.
I want to run NetBSD on it and have it run well, and I've set aside time to achieve this.
These are some of the lessons I learned from porting code to support my SD card reader and wireless card.

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Forking fixes in the context of debuggers

May 02, 2018 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

For the past month I've been mostly working on improving the kernel code in the ptrace(2) API. Additionally, I've prepared support for reading NetBSD/aarch64 core(5) files. [Read More] [0 comments]


Announcing Google Summer of Code 2018 projects

May 01, 2018 posted by Leonardo Taccari

Google Summer of Code logo We are very happy to announce The NetBSD Foundation Google Summer of Code 2018 projects:

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NetBSD 8.0 Release Candidate 1

April 25, 2018 posted by Martin Husemann

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.0 RC 1, the first release candidate for the upcoming NetBSD 8.0 release.

25 years and a few days after the first official NetBSD release (NetBSD 0.8 on April 19, 1993) we are now quickly approaching the first final release from the netbsd-8 branch that has been in the work for more most of a year now.

The official RC1 announcement list these major changes compared to older releases:

  • USB stack rework, USB3 support added
  • In-kernel audio mixer
  • Reproducible builds
  • PaX MPROTECT (W^X) memory protection enforced by default on some architectures with fine-grained memory protection and suitable ELF formats: i386, amd64, evbarm, landisk, pmax
  • PaX ASLR enabled by default on:
    i386, amd64, evbarm, landisk, pmax, sparc64
  • MKPIE (position independent executables) by default for userland on: i386, amd64, arm, m68k, mips, sh3, sparc64
  • added can(4), a socket layer for CAN busses
  • added ipsecif(4) for route-based VPNs
  • made part of the network stack MP-safe
  • NET_MPSAFE kernel option is required to try
  • WAPBL stability and performance improvements

Specific to i386 and amd64 CPUs:
  • Meltdown mitigation: SVS (separate virtual address spaces)
  • Spectre mitigation (support in gcc, used by default for kernels)
  • SMAP support
  • (U)EFI bootloader

Various new drivers:
  • nvme(4) for modern solid state disks
  • iwm(4), a driver for Intel Wireless devices (AC7260, AC7265, AC3160...)
  • ixg(4): X540, X550 and newer device support.
  • ixv(4): Intel 10G Ethernet virtual function driver.
  • bta2dpd - new Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile daemon

Many evbarm kernels now use FDT (flat device tree) information (loadable at boot time from an external file) for device configuration, the number of kernels has decreased but the numer of boards has vastly increased.

Lots of updates to 3rd party software included:
  • GCC 5.5 with support for Address Sanitizer and Undefined Behavior Sanitizer
  • GDB 7.12
  • GNU binutils 2.27
  • Clang/LLVM 3.8.1
  • OpenSSH 7.6
  • OpenSSL 1.0.2k
  • mdocml 1.14.1
  • acpica 20170303
  • ntp 4.2.8p11-o
  • dhcpcd 7.0.3
  • Lua 5.3.4

The NetBSD developers and the release engineering team have spent a lot of effort to make sure NetBSD 8.0 will be a superb release, but we have not yet fixed most of the accompanying documentation. So the included release notes and install documents will be updated before the final release, and also the above list of major items may lack important things.

Get NetBSD 8.0 RC1 from our CDN (provided by fastly) or one of the ftp mirrors.

Complete source and binaries for NetBSD are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, and other services may be found at

Please test RC1, so we can make the final release the best one ever so far. We are looking forward to your feedback. Please send-pr any bugs or mail us at releng at for more general comments.



Struggling to fix a bohrbug in X86 Debug Registers

April 02, 2018 posted by Kamil Rytarowski

I've spent a month on fixes and debugging issues around the tracing facilities in the kernel.[Read More] [0 comments]


Boosting the NetBSD release handling

March 25, 2018 posted by Martin Husemann

Trying to make the NetBSD release process quicker and smoother...
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NetBSD 7.1.2 released

March 19, 2018 posted by Soren Jacobsen

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.1.2, the second security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 7.1 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons. If you are running an earlier release of NetBSD, we strongly suggest updating to 7.1.2.

For more details, please see the release notes.

Complete source and binaries for NetBSD are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, and other services may be found at

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