OPNSense 16.1.1 + HardenedBSD 11-CURRENT Released

I've published a new build of OPNSense 16.1.1 with HardenedBSD 11-CURRENT! You can grab the build from here: download.

Future things to work on:

  1. Wireless isn't working. This is likely due to the new 802.11 stack in FreeBSD 11-CURRENT causing issues with the network interface code in OPNSense. Part of the problem is that the raw wireless device is now hidden from `ifconfig`.
  2. binary updates are now not supported. I've yet to get time to work on binary updates. So, to update to a future version, you'll need to do the usual config backup, reinstall, config restore.
  3. pfsync is still disabled. I'm unsure as to why this causes a kernel panic. If you are a C developer with time on your hands and want to tackle this, that'd be freaking awesome and very much appreciated.

For item #1, I've started work on getting wireless working with this commit. I need to ping Adrian Chadd to figure out how to get the MAC address and the other bits from ifconfig that are now hidden that the network interface code expects without having to do a temporary clone of the device.

For item #2, OPNSense recently revamped how they provide binary updates for base. HardenedBSD now has an official binary updating mechanism as well (thanks G2, Inc for sponsoring the work!). Instead of using OPNSense's updating mechanism, I'd rather eat my own dogfood and use hbsd-update. More info about hbsd-update can be found here.

Introducing HardenedBSD's New Binary Updater

One feature our users have been asking us ever since we officially launched over a year ago was to provide binary updates for base and kernel. We are excited to announce that we are launching the framework for binary updates today! We still need to tie in the update build script to our continuous integration infrastructure. For now, updates for the hardened/current/master branch of the HardenedBSD repo will be done manually. When we create the next installers/distsets for the HardenedBSD-stable repo, we'll also support updates there. You will notice two new programs, /usr/sbin/hbsd-update and /usr/sbin/hbsd-update-build, which apply and build update packages, respectively. This work was sponsored by G2, Inc, who has an immediate need for binary updates. Read on for the full design specification.

Weekly IRC Meetings and Wallpaper Contest

It's been awhile since I've posted any news as I've been focused on some back end changes (*cough* new server) as well as VIP content. Things are moving slower than I'd like, but I'm happy that we're still making progress. The point of this news post is mostly to announce that we're moving our weekly IRC meetings from Thursdays at 4pm EST to Wednesdays at 3pm EST. We've had a number of complaints about the later time on Thursdays as well as most of our crew feeling that Wednesdays are the least busy day. This is effective immediately, so we will be having an IRC meeting today.

The other thing I wanted to mention is that we haven't received that many entries for our 2015 Wallpaper Contest. If you have art skills or know anybody that does, please enter our contest with a submission. The number of submissions will influence our decision to create other contests, as there's no point in making contests if the community isn't interested in participating.

SOLDIERX Wallpaper Contest is BACK!

I'm happy to announce that the SOLDIERX Wallpaper Contest has returned after a 3 year hiatus. As many of you know, we've been busy getting VIP releases out left and right - so we wanted to give members of the community who can't afford VIP a chance for (mostly) free access. With that being said, here is the official announcement:

SOLDIERX proudly presents the official 2015 SX Wallpaper Contest. The contest begins now and lasts until 12-31-2015. This year we are doing a two part voting system so that everybody has a fair chance. We are stressing quality over quantity. Please see the contest page for more details. Currently 1st place wins their choice of shirt or poster with their design as well as free VIP access. Good luck to all who enter!

SX at Defcon 23

Thanks to corporate funding, SX will be hosting an event similar to those that we used to host at Defcon when it was at the Alexis Park. The event will take place at a secret location starting Thursday, August 6th, at 18:00 PDT. Confirmed SX Crew are Everest, Amp, Blake and even a surprise visit by cisc0ninja. If you're interested in attending, please contact me. Please put some way for us to contact you, either an email address that you'll be checking during Defcon or a phone number that we can send an SMS number to. If you're not really part of the SX community, please put in the message why I should let you attend our event. We also put up a new shirt design over at RedBubble just for Defcon. I hope everybody has a great time in Las Vegas next week!

HardenedBSD Call For Donations

It takes a lot to run a project like HardenedBSD. We're grateful for SoldierX's sponsorship. In 2014, we asked the community for help in funding a development server. The community responded quickly and our server was fully-funded within a short amount of time. That server is now being put to great use as our package building server. We appreciate all the help everyone has given us to date.

We would like to ask the community today for further donations. Our target is $7,000 USD. The funds will go towards hardware updates, hosting requirements, and potentially setting up a not-for-profit (501(c)(3)) organization so further donations will become tax-deductible.

If you'd like to donate, please donate via PayPal at address shawn.webb@hardenedbsd.org. We also accept BitCoin at address 1FmbSRvZK4yC1b6ajeZWSvYXV2nmvwdWQq. If you donate and wish your name to be added to the Donors page, please drop an email to core@hardenedbsd.org. Every donation counts and is appreciated, even donations as small as $1.00 USD.

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