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  a2k18 Hackathon preview: Syncookies coming to PF  @ 7 February 2018 | 9:00 am

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As you may have heard, the a2k18 hackathon is in progress. As can be seen from the commit messages, several items of goodness are being worked on.

One eagerly anticipated item is the arrival of TCP syncookies (read: another important tool in your anti-DDoS toolset) in PF. Henning Brauer (henning@) added the code in a series of commits on February 6th, 2018, with this one containing the explanation:

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  Remi Locherer's EuroBSDcon 2017 Talk  @ 3 February 2018 | 10:22 pm

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Remi Locherer wrote in:

Last September I gave a talk at EuroBSDcon in Paris. It was about the VPN setup for connecting the branch offices of my employer.
https://2017.eurobsdcon.org/talk-speakers/#RemiLocherer

It was not my first EuroBSDcon but the first time I delivered a talk! I feared that only few people will show up at to my talk since Michael W. Lucas had his talk at the same time and also covered an OpenBSD topic. But the room was full and my talk was well received.

After the talk I received a nice gift from the EuroBSDcon organizers: a cartoonist made drawings from the presenters during the talks!

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  The OpenBSD Foundation 2018 Fundraising Campaign  @ 29 January 2018 | 7:06 pm

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Details of the 2018 campaign have been added to the Foundation's website. The goal for the year is for $300,000. The total for "smaller" donations has already taken the OpenBSD community to bronze level sponsorship!

Please show your support by contributing.

  CPU microcode update code for amd64  @ 15 January 2018 | 7:34 am

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Patrick Wildt (patrick@) recently committed some code that will update the Intel microcode on many Intel CPUs, a diff initially written by Stefan Fritsch (sf@). The microcode of your CPU is basically the firmware that runs on your (Intel) processor, defining its instruction set in terms of so called "microinstructions". The new code depends, of course, on the corresponding firmware package, ported by Patrick which can be installed using a very recent fw_update(1). Of course, this all plays into the recently revealed problems in Intel (and other) CPUs, Meltdown and Spectre.

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  Handling of CPU bugs disclosure 'incredibly bad': OpenBSD's de Raadt  @ 10 January 2018 | 9:02 am

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ITWire has published an article regarding Theo de Raadt's (deraadt@) reaction to the Meltdown/Spectre disclosures.

One choice quote reads:

Intel engineers attended the same conferences as other company engineers, and read the same papers about performance enhancing strategies – so it is hard to believe they ignored the risky aspects.