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OpenBSD 5.5 Released 128

Posted by timothy
from the always-just-in-time dept.
ConstantineM (965345) writes "Just as per the schedule, OpenBSD 5.5 was released today, May 1, 2014. The theme of the 5.5 release is Wrap in Time, which represents a significant achievement of changing time_t to int64_t on all platforms, as well as ensuring that all of the 8k+ OpenBSD ports still continue to build and work properly, thus doing all the heavy lifting and paving the way for all other operating systems to make the transition to 64-bit time an easier task down the line. Signed releases and packages and the new signify utility are another big selling point of 5.5, as well as OpenSSH 6.6, which includes lots of DJB crypto like chacha20-poly1305, plus lots of other goodies."
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OpenBSD 5.5 Released

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 01, 2014 @12:10PM (#46890645)

    Before anyone asks, no, this new version of OpenBSD (version 5.5) does not include libReSSL yet.
    That's not how OpenBSD operates. Neat announcements made even a month before an OpenBSD release do not usually appear in the very next OpenBSD release. There are cutoffs/deadlines, and the OpenBSD group is far more interesting in ensuring reliability than flashy new code that is only partially ready.
    If you check the libReSSL.org website, libReSSL is planning to be included in OpenBSD 5.6, which I expect will be released on November 1, 2014. The OpenBSD group has a solid track record of making their official releases publicly available by the expected date.
    To see an overview on what did get included in this version (like signed packages), see the release notes (which is pointed to by the first hyperlink of this Slashdot news story).

  • Re:YAY for BSD (Score:5, Insightful)

    by QuietLagoon (813062) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @12:45PM (#46891139)

    And there you go with the problem with it. OpenBSD has no holes in the install...

    Regardless of how you use an operating system, if the OS foundation is not secure, then anything you put on top of it cannot be secure.

    At least OpenBSD provides the secure foundation upon which you can build what you'd like. The security of what you build on top of OpenBSD is your responsibility.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 01, 2014 @01:55PM (#46892119)

    OpenBSD is not meant to be the fastest or most scalable OS in the world -- just the safest. The right tool for the job. You use OpenBSD as a firewall in front of your high performance server, which can then run whatever OS you choose. I wouldn't trust anything else. More specifically, the bare bones, well documented, best practice coded, continuously audited, secure by default approach means you can deploy an OpenBSD firewall router with minimal effort and minimal worry. Save the worry and effort for the potentially less secure OS's that are running behind the firewall.

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