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03 August 2009, 08:45

NetBSD 5.0.1 released

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The developers of NetBSD have announced the availability of NetBSD 5.0.1, the first "security/critical" update of the NetBSD 5.0 operating system. The update includes fixes for eleven security issues, including Denial of Service (DoS) problems with BIND and DHCP, buffer overflows in SHA2, ntp and hack, and signature verification bugs in OpenSSL. NetBSD 5.0 was released in April and featured improvements to threading and a rewritten scheduler.

The release also sees fixes for several non-security issues. Large FFS file systems will no longer issue random "file system full" messages and a regression in the scheduler has been fixed which should improve interactive performance. Other fixes include a working X.Org s3 driver, a workaround for a bug in some Opterons, updates to pkg_install and corrected POSIX advisory locking. The announcement lists a number of known issues too, such as problems in gdb with single stepping or threads, and with statically linked binaries that use pthreads.

The full details of the changes are listed in the CHANGES-5.0.1 file. NetBSD 5.0.1 is available to download now. The core of the system ships under a BSD licence.


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