FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE Release Notes

The FreeBSD Project

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The release notes for FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE contain a summary of the changes made to the FreeBSD base system on the 8-STABLE development line. This document lists applicable security advisories that were issued since the last release, as well as significant changes to the FreeBSD kernel and userland. Some brief remarks on upgrading are also presented.

Table of Contents
1 Introduction
2 What's New
2.1 Security Advisories
2.2 Kernel Changes
2.2.1 Boot Loader Changes
2.2.2 Hardware Support
2.2.3 Network Protocols
2.2.4 Disks and Storage
2.2.5 File Systems
2.3 Userland Changes
2.3.1 /etc/rc.d Scripts
2.4 Contributed Software
2.5 Ports/Packages Collection Infrastructure
2.6 Release Engineering and Integration
3 Upgrading from previous releases of FreeBSD

1 Introduction

This document contains the release notes for FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE. It describes recently added, changed, or deleted features of FreeBSD. It also provides some notes on upgrading from previous versions of FreeBSD.

This distribution of FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE is a release distribution. It can be found at or any of its mirrors. More information on obtaining this (or other) release distributions of FreeBSD can be found in the “Obtaining FreeBSD” appendix to the FreeBSD Handbook.

All users are encouraged to consult the release errata before installing FreeBSD. The errata document is updated with “late-breaking” information discovered late in the release cycle or after the release. Typically, it contains information on known bugs, security advisories, and corrections to documentation. An up-to-date copy of the errata for FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE can be found on the FreeBSD Web site.

2 What's New

This section describes the most user-visible new or changed features in FreeBSD since 7.0-RELEASE, and changes shown in Release Notes for the previous releases are marked as [7.1R] and [7.2R].

Typical release note items document recent security advisories issued after 7.0-RELEASE, new drivers or hardware support, new commands or options, major bug fixes, or contributed software upgrades. They may also list changes to major ports/packages or release engineering practices. Clearly the release notes cannot list every single change made to FreeBSD between releases; this document focuses primarily on security advisories, user-visible changes, and major architectural improvements.

2.1 Security Advisories

Problems described in the following security advisories have been fixed. For more information, consult the individual advisories available from

Advisory Date Topic
SA-08:05.openssh 17 April 2008

OpenSSH X11-forwarding privilege escalation

SA-08:06.bind 13 July 2008

DNS cache poisoning

SA-08:07.amd64 3 September 2008

amd64 swapgs local privilege escalation

SA-08:08.nmount 3 September 2008

nmount(2) local arbitrary code execution

SA-08:09.icmp6 3 September 2008

Remote kernel panics on IPv6 connections

SA-08:10.nd6 1 October 2008

IPv6 Neighbor Discovery Protocol routing vulnerability

SA-08:11.arc4random 24 November 2008

arc4random(9) predictable sequence vulnerability

SA-08:12.ftpd 23 December 2008

Cross-site request forgery in ftpd(8)

SA-08:13.protosw 23 December 2008

netgraph / bluetooth privilege escalation

SA-09:01.lukemftpd 07 January 2009

Cross-site request forgery in lukemftpd(8)

SA-09:02.openssl 07 January 2009

OpenSSL incorrectly checks for malformed signatures

SA-09:03.ntpd 13 January 2009

ntpd cryptographic signature bypass

SA-09:04.bind 13 January 2009

BIND DNSSEC incorrect checks for malformed signatures

SA-09:05.telnetd 16 February 2009

telnetd code execution vulnerability

SA-09:06.ktimer 23 March 2009

Local privilege escalation

SA-09:07.libc 04 April 2009

Information leak in db(3)

SA-09:08.openssl 22 April 2009

Remotely exploitable crash in OpenSSL

SA-09:09.pipe 10 June 2009

Local information disclosure via direct pipe writes

SA-09:10.ipv6 10 June 2009

Missing permission check on SIOCSIFINFO_IN6 ioctl

SA-09:11.ntpd 10 June 2009

ntpd stack-based buffer-overflow vulnerability

SA-09:12.bind 29 July 2009

BIND named(8) dynamic update message remote DoS

SA-09:14.devfs 2 Oct 2009

Devfs / VFS NULL pointer race condition

2.2 Kernel Changes

The FreeBSD GENERIC kernel now includes Trusted BSD MAC (Mandatory Access Control) support. No MAC policy module is loaded by default.

[i386] A loader tunable hw.clflush_disable has been added to avoid panic (trap 9) at map_invalidate_cache_range() even if Intel CPU is used. This tunable can be set to -1 (default), 0 and 1. The -1 is same as the current behavior, which automatically disables CLFLUSH on Intel CPUs without CPUID_SS (this should occurr on Xen only). You can specify 1 when this panic happens on non-Intel CPUs (such as AMD's). Because disabling CLFLUSH can reduce performance, you can try with setting 0 on Intel CPUs without SS to use CLFLUSH feature.

The jail(8) subsystem has been updated. Changes include:

  • A new virtualization container named “vimage” has been implemented. This is not enabled by default. To enable this, add the following kernel options to your kernel configuration file and rebuild the kernel:

    options    VIMAGE

    Note that options SCTP in the GENERIC kernel is not compatible with options VIMAGE. This limitation will be fixed in the next release.

    The vimage is a jail with a virtualized instance of the FreeBSD network stack. It can be created by using jail(8) command like this:

    # jail -c vnet name=vnet1 path=/ persist

    The vimage has own loopback interface and a separated network stack including the L3 routing tables. Network interfaces on the system can be moved by using ifconfig(8) vnet option between the different vimage jails and outside of them.

    Furthermore, the epair(4) pseudo-interface driver has been added to help communication between vimage jails. It emulates a pair of back-to-back connected Ethernet interfaces. For example, the following commands create an interface pair of epair(4):

    # ifconfig epair0 create
    # ifconfig epair0a
    epair0a: flags=8842<BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
        ether 02:c0:64:00:07:0a
    # ifconfig epair0b
    epair0b: flags=8842<BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> metric 0 mtu 1500
        ether 02:c0:64:00:08:0b

    The epair(4) pseudo-interfaces and any physical interfaces on the system can be moved between vimage jails by using ifconfig(8) vnet option as described above. Even after half of an epair(4) pair is moved, the back-to-back connection still valid and can be used for inter-jail communication.

    Note that vimage is still considered as an experimental feature.

  • A jail can now have arbitrary named parameters similar to environmental variables and the fixed jail parameters in the previous releases have been replaced with them. The jail name can now be used for identifying the jail in jexec(8) and killall(1).

  • Multiple IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses per jail are now supported. It is even possible to have jails without an IP address at all, which basically gives one a chrooted environment with restricted process view and no networking.

  • SCTP ( sctp(4)) with IPv6 in jails has been implemented.

  • Specific CPU binding by using cpuset(1) has been implemented. Note that the current implementation allows the superuser inside of the jail to change the CPU bindings specified.

  • A jail(8) can start with a specific route FIB now.

  • The ddb(8) kernel debugger now supports a show jails subcommand.

  • Compatibility support which permits 32-bit jail binaries to be used on 64-bit systems to manage jails has been added.

  • Note that both version numbers of jail and prison in the jail(8) have been updated for the new features.

The ksyms(4), kernel symbol table interface driver has been added. It creates a character device /dev/ksyms and provides read-only access to a snapshot of the kernel symbol table.

[amd64, i386] The FreeBSD Linux emulation layer has been updated to version 2.6.16 and the default Linux infrastructure port is emulators/linux_base-f10 (Fedora 10).

[arm] The FreeBSD/arm now supports mini dump.

[powerpc] The FreeBSD/powerpc now supports kernel core dump.

[amd64, i386] The FreeBSD virtual memory subsystem now supports fully transparent use of superpages for application memory; application memory pages are dynamically promoted to or demoted from superpages without any modification to application code. This change offers the benefit of large page sizes such as improved virtual memory efficiency and reduced TLB (translation lookaside buffer) misses without downsides like application changes and virtual memory inflexibility. This can be enabled by setting a loader tunable vm.pmap.pg_ps_enabled to 1 and is enabled by default on amd64.

[7.2R] The ddb(8) kernel debugger now supports a show mount subcommand.

[7.2R] The FreeBSD DTrace subsystem now supports a probe for process execution.

[7.2R] [amd64] The FreeBSD kernel virtual address space has been increased to 6GB. This allows subsystems to use larger virtual memory space than before. For example, the zfs(8) adaptive replacement cache (ARC) requires large kernel memory space to cache file system data, so it benefits from the increased address space. Note that the ceiling on the kernel map size is now 60% of the size of physical memory rather than an absolute quantity.

[7.2R] The kld(4) now supports installing 32-bit system calls to the FreeBSD syscall translation layer from kernel modules.

[7.2R] The ktr(4) now supports a new KTR tracepoint in the KTR_CALLOUT class to note when a callout routine finishes executing.

[7.2R] Types of variables used to track the amount of allocated System V shared memory have been changed from int to size_t. This makes it possible to use more than 2 GB of memory for shared memory segments on 64-bit architectures. Please note the new BUGS section in shmctl(2) and /usr/src/UPDATING for limitations of this temporary solution.

[7.2R] The sysctl(3) leaf nodes have a flag to tag themselves as MPSAFE now.

[7.2R] The FreeBSD 32-bit system call translation layer now supports installing 32-bit system calls for VFS_AIO.

[7.1R] The clock_gettime(2) and the related system calls now support a clock ID CLOCK_THREAD_CPUTIME_ID, as defined in POSIX.

[7.1R] The cpuset(2) system call has been added. This is an API for thread to CPU binding and CPU resource grouping and assignment.

[7.1R] The DTrace, a comprehensive dynamic tracing framework and dtrace(1) userland utility have been imported from OpenSolaris. DTrace provides a powerful infrastructure to permit administrators, developers, and service personnel to concisely answer arbitrary questions about the behavior of the operating system and user programs.

[7.1R] The ddb(4) kernel debugger now has an output capture facility. Input and output from ddb(4) can now be captured to a memory buffer for later inspection using sysctl(8) or a textdump. The new capture command controls this feature.

[7.1R] The ddb(4) debugger now supports a simple scripting facility, which supports a set of named scripts consisting of a set of ddb(4) commands. These commands can be managed from within ddb(4) or with the use of the new ddb(8) utility. More details can be found in the ddb(4) manual page.

[7.1R] The ddb(4) ex command now supports an /S mode which interprets and prints the value at the requested address as a symbol. For example, ex /S aio_swake prints the name of the function currently registered in via aio_swake hook.

[7.1R] The ddb(4) show conifhk command has been added. This lists hooks currently waiting for completion in run_interrupt_driven_config_hooks().

[7.1R] The fcntl(2) system call now supports F_DUP2FD command. This is equivalent to dup(2), and compatible with the Sun Solaris and the IBM AIX.

[7.1R] The FreeBSD's linux(4) ABI support now implements sched_setaffinity() and sched_getaffinity() using real CPU affinity setting primitives.

[7.1R] The procstat(1) utility has been added. This is a process inspection utility which provides some of the missing functionality from procfs(5) and new functionality for monitoring and debugging specific processes.

[7.1R] The client side functionality of rpc.lockd(8) has been implemented in the FreeBSD kernel. This implementation provides the correct semantics for flock(2) style locks which are used by the lockf(1) command line tool and the pidfile(3) library. It also implements recovery from server restarts and ensures that dirty cache blocks are written to the server before obtaining locks (allowing multiple clients to use file locking to safely share data). Also, a new kernel option options NFSLOCKD has been added and enabled by default. If the kernel support is enabled, rpc.lockd(8) automatically detects and uses the functionality.

[7.1R] The FreeBSD kernel now supports a new textdump format of kernel dumps. A textdump provides higher-level information via mechanically generated/extracted debugging output, rather than a simple memory dump. This facility can be used to generate brief kernel bug reports that are rich in debugging information, but are not dependent on kernel symbol tables or precisely synchronized source code. More information can be found in the textdump(4) manual page.

[7.1R] The wait4(2) system call now supports WNOWAIT flag to keep the process whose status is returned in a waitable state and WSTOPPED which is equivalent to WUNTRACED.

[7.1R] [amd64, i386, sparc64] The FreeBSD kernel now has initial support of binding interrupts to CPUs.

[7.1R] [amd64, i386] The sched_ule(4) scheduler is now the default process scheduler in GENERIC kernels.

[7.1R] The sysctl variables kern.features.compat_freebsd[456] have been added. These are corresponding to the kernel options COMPAT_FREEBSD[456].

2.2.1 Boot Loader Changes

The boot0 boot loader now preserves volume ID at offset 0x1b8 used in other operating systems

The boot0cfg(8) utility now supports a new -i option to set the volume ID.

[arm, powerpc] The loader(8) now supports U-Boot support library.

[7.2R] The boot(8) now supports 4-byte volume ID that certain versions of Windows® put into the MBR and invoking PXE by pressing the F6 key on some supported BIOSes.

[7.2R] [i386] The boot(8) BTX loader has been improved. This fixes several boot issues on recent machines reported for 7.1-RELEASE and before.

[7.2R] The loader(8) is now able to obtain DHCP options from network boot via kenv(2) variables.

[7.2R] A bug in the loader(8) has been fixed. Now the following line works as expected:

loader_conf_files="foo bar ${variable}"

[7.1R] [amd64, i386] The BTX kernel used by the boot loader has been changed to invoke BIOS routines from real mode. This change makes it possible to boot FreeBSD from USB devices.

[7.1R] [amd64, i386] A new gptboot boot loader has been added to support booting from a GPT labeled disk. A new boot command has been added to gpt(8), which makes a GPT disk bootable by writing the required bits of the boot loader, creating a new boot partition if required.

2.2.2 Hardware Support

The FreeBSD now includes experimental support for MIPS platform.

Support for RTC on Dallas Semiconductor chips has been improved. The DS133x and DS1553 are now supported.

[arm] The FreeBSD/arm now supports Feroceon and Sheeva embedded CPU, Marvell Orion (88F5281), Kirkwood (88F6281), Discovery Innovation (MV-78100) systems-on-chip CPU.

[powerpc] The FreeBSD/powerpc now supports SMP machines

[powerpc] The FreeBSD/powerpc now supports E500 (Book-E) embedded CPU and Freescale PowerQUICCIII MPC85xx system-on-chip (including single and dual-core).

The acpi(4) subsystem now supports the System Resource Affinity Table (SRAT) used to describe affinity relationships between CPUs and memory, ACPI 3.0 fields in the MADT including X2APIC entries and UIDs for local SAPICs, and ACPI 3.0 flags in the FADT.

[powerpc] The cpufreq(4) framework now supports PowerPC G5, along with a skeleton SMU driver in order to slew CPU voltage during frequency changes.

The sec(4) driver has been added to provide support for the integrated security engine found in Freescale system-on-chip devices.

The FreeBSD TTY layer has been replaced with a new one which has better support for SMP and robust resource handling. A tty now has own mutex and it is expected to improve scalability when compared to the old implementation based on the Giant lock.

[amd64, i386] The uart(4) driver is now the default driver for serial port devices in favor of the sio(4) driver. Note that the device nodes have been renamed from /dev/cuadN and /dev/ttydN to /dev/cuauN and /dev/ttyuN.

Important: Users who are upgrading will need to change their kernel configurations and possibly also /boot/loader.conf and /boot/device.hints.

The FreeBSD USB subsystem has been reimplemented to support modern devices and better SMP scalability. The new implementation includes Giant-lock-free device drivers, a Linux compatibility layer, usbconfig(8) utility, full support for split transaction and isochronous transaction, and more. Device node names for USB devices are now in a the form of /dev/usb/, and /dev/usbctl is the master device node. Note that the ugen(4) driver has nodes for each device as /dev/ for backward compatibility.

[7.2R] [sparc64] FreeBSD now supports Ultra SPARC III (Cheetah) processor family.

[7.2R] The acpi(4) subsystem now supports a sysctl(8) variable debug.batt.batt_sleep_ms. On some laptops with smart batteries, enabling battery monitoring software causes keystrokes from atkbd(4) to be lost. This sysctl variable adds a delay in millisecond to the status checking code as a workaround.

[7.2R] The acpi_asus(4) driver now supports Asus A8Sr notebooks.

[7.2R] [powerpc] Support for the AltiVec, a floating point and integer SIMD instruction set has been added.

[7.2R] The cpuctl(4) driver, which provides a special device /dev/cpuctl as an interface to the system CPU has been added. The cpuctl(4) functionality includes the ability to retrieve CPUID information, read/write machine specific registers (MSR), and perform CPU firmware updates.

[7.2R] The cpufreq(4) driver now supports an hw.est.msr_info loader tunable. When this is set to 1, it attempts to build a simple list containing just the high and low frequencies if it cannot obtain a frequency list from either ACPI or the static tables. This is disabled by default.

[7.2R] [amd64, i386] CPU frequency change notifiers are now disabled when the TSC is P-state invariant. Also, a new loader tunable kern.timecounter.invariant_tsc has been added to force this behavior by setting it to non-zero.

[7.2R] The atkbd(4) driver now disables the interrupt handler which is called from the keyboard callback function when polled mode is enabled. This fixes the problem of duplicated/missing characters at the mountroot prompt on multi CPU systems while kbdmux(4) is enabled.

[7.2R] In the pci(4) subsystem INTx is now disabled when MSI/MSIX is enabled. This change fixes interrupt storm related issues.

[7.2R] [sparc64] The schizo(4) driver for Schizo Fireplane/Safari to PCI 2.1 and Tomatillo JBus to PCI 2.2 bridges has been added.

[7.2R] The u3g(4) driver for USB based 3G cards and dongles including Vodafone Mobile Connect Card 3G, Qualcomm CDMA MSM, Huawei E220, Novatel U740, Sierra MC875U, and more has been added. This provides support for the multiple USB-to-serial interfaces exposed by many 3G USB/PC Card modems, and the device is accessed through the ucom(4) driver which makes it behave like a tty(4).

[7.2R] The sched_ule(4) scheduler now supports the loader tunable machdep.hyperthreading_enabled just like sched_4bsd(4). Note that it cannot be modified at run-time.

[7.1R] The cmx(4) driver, a driver for Omnikey CardMan 4040 PCMCIA smartcard readers, has been added.

[7.1R] [sparc64] The kbdmux(4) driver now supports sparc64. The sunkbd(4) driver now supports atkbd(4) emulation like ukbd(4).

[7.1R] The nvram(4) driver is now MPSAFE.

[7.1R] An option of the puc(4) driver, PUC_FASTINTR, is no longer supported.

[7.1R] The psm(4) driver now attempts detection of Synaptics touchpad before IntelliMouse. Some touchpads will pretend to be IntelliMouse causing the IntelliMouse probe to work and the Synaptics detection never to be done.

[7.1R] The uslcom(4) driver, a driver for Silicon Laboratories CP2101/CP2102-based USB serial adapters, has been imported from OpenBSD. Multimedia Support

The FreeBSD audio subsystem has been improved. The changes include volume per channel, high quality fixed-point band-limited SINC sampling rate converter, bit-perfect mode, transparent/adaptive virtual channel, and exclusive stream. For more details, see the snd(4) manual page.

[7.2R] The agp(4) driver now supports Intel G4X series graphics chipsets.

[7.2R] The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM), a kernel module that gives direct hardware access to DRI clients, has been updated. Support for AMD/ATI r500, r600, r700, and IGP based chips, XGI V3XE/V5/V8, and Intel i915 chipsets has been improved.

[7.2R] A new loader tunable hw.drm.msi has been added to control if DRM uses MSI or not. This is set to 1 (enabled) by default.

[7.2R] The snd_au88x0(4) driver for Aureal Vortex 1/2/Advantage PCI has been removed because it has been broken for a long time.

[7.2R] The snd_hda(4) driver has been updated. These changes include support for multiple codecs per HDA bus, multiple functional groups per codec, multiple audio devices per functional group, digital (SPDIF/HDMI) audio input/output, suspend/resume, and part of multichannel audio.

[7.2R] Note that due to added HDMI audio and logical audio devices support, the updated driver often provides several PCM devices. This means that in some cases the system default audio device no longer corresponds to the users's habitual audio connectors. In such cases the default device can be specified in audio applications' setup or defined globally via hw.snd.default_unit sysctl variable, as described in the sound(4) manual page.

[7.1R] The agp(4) driver now supports the Intel G33 and G45.

[7.1R] [i386] The dpms(4) driver has been added to use the VESA BIOS for DPMS during suspend and resume.

[7.1R] The DRM kernel driver now supports i915 GME devices. Network Interface Support

The bwi(4) driver has been added to provide support for Broadcom BCM43xx IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network interfaces.

[sparc64] The cas(4) driver has been added to provide support for Sun Cassini/Cassini+ and National Semiconductor DP83065 Saturn Gigabit Ethernet devices.

The cxgbtool(8) now supports an interactive mode for scripting of repeatedly performed tasks.

The fxp(4) driver has been improved. Changes include:

  • The multicast filter re-programming is now more robust.

  • [7.2R] The checksum offload feature can be controlled by ifconfig(8) now.

  • [7.2R] Rx checksum offload support for 82559 or later controllers has been added.

  • [7.2R] TSO (TCP Segmentation Offload) support for 82550 and 82551 controllers has been added.

  • [7.2R] WoL (Wake on LAN) support for 82550, 82551, 82558, and 82559-based controllers has been added. Note that ICH based controllers are treated as 82559, and 82557, earlier revisions of 82558, and 82559ER have no WoL capability.

  • [7.2R] VLAN hardware tag insertion/stripping support and Tx/Rx checksum offload for VLAN frames support has been added. Note that the VLAN hardware assistance is available only on 82550 or 82551-based controllers.

[arm, powerpc] The mge(4) driver has been added to provide support for Marvell Gigabit Ethernet controllers found on ARM-based SOCs (Orion, Kirkwood, Discovery), as well as on system controllers for PowerPC processors (MV64430, MV6446x).

The miibus(4) driver now supports the Marvell 88E3016.

The msk(4) driver now supports Yukon FE+ A0 including 88E8040, 88E8040T, 88E8048 and 88E8070.

The mwl(4) driver has been added to provide support for Marvell 88W8363 IEEE 802.11n wireless network devices.

The mxge(4) driver now supports some newer revisions and 10GBASE-LRM and 10GBASE-Twinax media types. The firmware version has been updated to 1.4.43.

The nge(4) driver has been improved and now works on all platforms.

The tsec(4) driver has been added to provide support for Freescale integrated Three-Speed Ethernet Controller (TSEC). This driver also works with the enhanced version of the controller (eTSEC).

The uath(4) driver for USB wireless LAN adapter based on Atheros AR5005UG and AR5005UX chipsets has been added. The uathload(8) utility, a firmware loader for the Atheros USB wireless driver has also been added.

The urtw(4) driver has been added to provide support for Realtek RTL8187B/L USB IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network devices.

The xl(4) driver now supports TX checksum offload.

[7.2R] The ae(4) driver now supports WoL (Wake on LAN).

[7.2R] [amd64, i386] The ale(4) driver is now included in the GENERIC kernel.

[7.2R] The ath_hal(4), Atheros Hardware Access Layer, has been updated to the open source version.

[7.2R] The axe(4) driver has been improved in performance by eliminating extra context switches and now supports the Apple USB Ethernet adapter.

[7.2R] The bce(4) driver's firmware has been updated to the latest version (4.6.X).

[7.2R] The ciphy(4) driver now supports Vitesse VSC8211 PHY.

[7.2R] The cxgb(4) driver has been updated to firmware revision 4.7 and now supports hardware MAC statistics.

[7.2R] A bug in the igb(4) driver, which prevented the loader tunable hw.igb.ave_latency from working, has been fixed.

[7.2R] The ixgbe(4) driver has been updated to version 1.7.4.

[7.2R] The jme(4) driver now supports newer JMicron JMC250/JMC260 revisions.

[7.2R] The msk(4) driver has been improved. An issue which made it hang up in a certain condition has been fixed. Hardware MAC statistics support has been added and users can get the information via sysctl variables named dev.msk.N.stats.

[7.2R] The nfe(4) driver now supports hardware MAC statistics.

[7.2R] The re(4) driver has been improved. It now detects the link status. A new loader tunable has been added, to disable memory register mapping. This tunable is 0 for all controllers except RTL8169SC family.

[7.2R] The rl(4) driver has been improved. It now detects the link status and a bug which prevented it from working on systems with more than 4GB memory has been fixed.

[7.2R] A bug in sis(4) on VLAN tagged frame handling has been fixed.

[7.2R] The txp(4) driver now works on all supported architectures. Support has been added for altq(4), WoL, checksum offload when VLAN enabled, and link state change handling has been improved, and new sysctl variables dev.txp.N.stats for MAC statistics have been added. New sysctl variables dev.txp.N.process_limit has been added, to control how many received frames should be served in Rx handler (set to 64 by default and valid ranges are 16 to 128 in unit of frames). The firmware has been updated to the latest version.

[7.1R] The ae(4) driver has been added to provide support for the Attansic/Atheros L2 FastEthernet controllers.

[7.1R] The jme(4) driver has been added to provide support for PCIe adapters based on JMicron JMC250 gigabit Ethernet and JMC260 fast Ethernet controllers.

[7.1R] The age(4) driver has been added to provide support for Attansic/Atheros L1 gigabit Ethernet controller.

[7.1R] The malo(4) driver has been added to provide support for Marvell Libertas 88W8335 based PCI network adapters.

[7.1R] The bm(4) driver has been added to provide support for Apple Big Mac (BMAC) Ethernet controller, found on various Apple G3 models.

[7.1R] The et(4) driver has been added to provide support for Agere ET1310 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet controller.

[7.1R] The glxsb(4) driver has been added to provide support for the Security Block in AMD Geode LX processors.

[7.1R] The ale(4) driver has been added to provide support for Atheros AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 Gigabit/Fast Ethernet controllers. This driver is not enabled in GENERIC kernels for this release.

[7.1R] The em(4) driver has been split into two drivers with some common parts. The em(4) driver will continue to support adapters up to the 82575, as well as new client/desktop adapters. A new igb(4) driver will support new server adapters.

[7.1R] The hme(4) driver has been improved.

[7.1R] A bug in some of the miibus(4) supported drivers that IEEE 802.3 auto-negotiation was performed in a wrong order, has been fixed. Now it chooses the correct technologies supported by IEEE 802.3 in the order described in Annex 28B.3.

[7.1R] A workaround has been added for a bug in TCP/UDP hardware checksum offload of the msk(4) driver for short frames. Note that for frames that requires hardware VLAN tag insertion, the checksum offload workaround does not work due to changes of checksum offset in mbuf after the VLAN tag. So disabling hardware checksum offload for the VLAN interface is needed in such cases.

[7.1R] The ndis(4) NDIS miniport driver wrapper has been improved.

[7.1R] The sf(4) driver has been improved and now supports checksum offloading.

[7.1R] The stge(4) driver now supports WOL (Wake on LAN).

[7.1R] The vr(4) driver has been improved.

[7.1R] [amd64, i386] The wpi(4) driver has been updated to include a number of stability fixes.

2.2.3 Network Protocols

The FreeBSD netisr framework has been reimplemented for parallel threading support. This is a kernel network dispatch interface which allows device drivers (and other packet sources) to direct packets to protocols for directly dispatched or deferred processing. The new implementation supports up to one netisr thread per CPU, and several benchmarks on SMP machines show substantial performance improvement over the previous version.

A bug in the gif(4) that EtherIP packets sent by combination of if_bridge(4) and gif(4) have a reversed version field has been fixed. If you need to communicate with older FreeBSD releases via EtherIP, use new flags accept_rev_ethip_ver and send_rev_ethip_ver to control handling the reversed version field. These can be set by ifconfig(8) utility to gif(4) interfaces. The EtherIP implementation found on FreeBSD 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.0, 7.1, and 7.2 had an interoperability issue because it sent the incorrect EtherIP packets and discarded the correct ones. For more details, see gif(4) manual page.

The IGMPv3 and SSM (Source-Specific Multicast) including IPv6 SSM and MLDv2 have been added. Although the old KAME MLDv2 hooks have been replaced with the new implementation, the related kernel programming interfaces have been preserved.

The multicast routing code has been improved and the IPv4 and IPv6 support has been split.

The FreeBSD now supports the upcoming Wireless Mesh standard, IEEE 802.11s. The current implementation is based on the March 2009 D3.0 draft version.

The wireless network support layer (net80211) now uses pseudo-interfaces named as wlanN instead of a device driver name like em0 directly. The wlanN interface is created by ifconfig(8) as an instance of the parent interface and used for actual communication similar to vlan(4), IEEE 802.1Q VLAN network interface. Note that multiple instances (to realize multiple BSSes with a single AP device, for example) can be created if the parent interface supports it. For more details, see ifconfig(8) manual page.

The net80211 layer now supports TDMA for long distance point-to-point links using ath(4) devices.

An infrastructure for caching flows as a means of accelerating L2 and L3 lookups has been added. This is called “flow table” and enabled by default on amd64 and i386 platforms. This also provides stateful load balancing when used with RADIX_MPATH

The FreeBSD L2 address translation table has been reimplemented to reduce lock contention on parallel processing and simplify the routing logic. The new implementation has L2 address translation tables for both ARP (for IPv4) and NDP (for IPv6) which are separated from the L3 routing tables, and supports flow table caches for both the routing table and the L2 information. One of the user-visible changes is that a concept of cloned route (a route generated by an entry with RTF_CLONING flag) is deprecated. This means routing flags RTF_CLONING, RTF_WASCLONE, and RTF_LLINFO are obsolete.

The ipsec(4) subsystem now supports NAT-Traversal (RFC 3948). This is disabled by default. To enable this add the following kernel option and rebuild the kernel:

device crypto
options IPSEC
options IPSEC_NAT_T

[7.2R] IPv4 source address selection for unbound sockets has been implemented as follows:

  1. If we found a route, use the address corresponding to the outgoing interface.

  2. [7.2R] Otherwise we assume the foreign address is reachable on a directly connected network and try to find a corresponding interface to take the source address from.

  3. [7.2R] As a last resort use the default jail address.

[7.2R] This also changes the semantics of selecting the IP for processes within a jail(8) as it now uses the same logic as outside the jail(8).

[7.2R] The TCP MD5 Signature Option (RFC 2385) for IPv6 has been implemented in the same way it has been implemented for IPv4.

[7.2R] The ng_netflow(4) Netgraph node now includes support for generating egress netflow instead or in addition to ingress. An NGM_NETFLOW_SETCONFIG control message has been added to control the new functionality.

[7.2R] The tap(4) Ethernet tunnel software network interface now supports a new TAPGIFNAME character device ioctl. This is a convenient shortcut to obtain the network interface name using a file descriptor to a character device.

[7.2R] The tap(4) now supports SIOCSIFMTU ioctl to set a higher MTU than 1500 (ETHERMTU). This allows tap(4) devices to be added to the same bridge (which requires all interface members to have the same MTU) with an interface configured for jumbo frames.

[7.2R] The domains list for handling the list of supported domains in the unix(4) (UNIX domain protocol family) subsystem is now MPSAFE.

[7.1R] The arp(8) utility now supports reject and blackhole keywords. In the entry marked as reject, traffic to the host will be discarded and the sender will be notified the host is unreachable. In the entry marked as blackhole, traffic is discarded but the sender is not notified.

[7.1R] The bpf(4) now supports an ioctl BIOCSETFNR. This is just like BIOCSETF, but it does not drop all the packets buffered on the descriptor and reset the statistics.

[7.1R] The if_bridge(4) interface can limit the number of source MACs that can be behind a bridge interface via ifmaxaddr parameter of ifconfig(8).

[7.1R] A bug in the carp(4) interface configuration which leads to a system panic has been fixed.

[7.1R] The dummynet(4) subsystem now supports fast mode operation which allows certain packets to bypass the dummynet scheduler. This can achieve lower latency and lower overhead when the packet flow is under the pipe bandwidth, and eliminate recursion in the subsystem. The new sysctl variable net.inet.ip.dummynet.io_fast has been added to enable this feature.

[7.1R] The enc(4) interface now supports sysctl variables to control whether the firewalls or bpf(4) will see inner and outer headers or just inner or outer headers for incoming and outgoing IPsec packets.

[7.1R] The gre(4) now supports ioctls GRESKEY and GREGKEY which allows set or get GRE key used for outgoing packets.

[7.1R] A bug in the ipsec(4) subsystem that PMTU was broken in those cases when there was a route with a lower MTU than the MTU of the outgoing interface, has been fixed.

[7.1R] The netatm subsystem has been removed due to lacking multiprocessor support.

[7.1R] The ng_nat(4) now supports redirect functionality in libalias. For more details, see the manual page.

[7.1R] The ng_pptpgre(4) now supports multiple hooks like ng_l2tp(4), to use one pair of pptpgre and ksocket nodes for all calls between two peers.

[7.1R] The resolver(3) now allows underscore in domain names. Although this is a violation of RFC 1034 [STD 13], it is accepted by certain name servers as well as other popular operating systems' resolver library.

[7.1R] A socket option TCP_CONGESTION for TCP sockets has been added. This is for setting and retrieving the congestion control algorithm. The name used is to allow compatibility with Linux.

[7.1R] The rwlock(9) has been used throughout the inpcbinfo and inpcb infrastructure, and protocols that depend on that infrastructure, including UDP, TCP, and IP raw sockets to reduce the lock contentions.

[7.1R] The FreeBSD now supports multiple routing tables. To enable this, the following steps are needed:

  • Add the following kernel configuration option and rebuild the kernel. The 2 is the number of FIB (Forward Information Base, synonym for a routing table here). The maximum value is 16.

    options    ROUTETABLES=2

    The procedure for rebuilding the FreeBSD kernel is described in the FreeBSD Handbook.

    This number can be modified on boot time. To do so, add the following to /boot/loader.conf and reboot the system:

  • Set a loader tunable net.my_fibnum if needed. This means the default number of routing tables. If not specified, 0 will be used.

  • Set a loader tunable net.add_addr_allfibs if needed. This enables to add routes to all FIBs for new interfaces by default. When this is set to 0, it will only allocate routes on interface changes for the FIB of the caller when adding a new set of addresses to an interface. Note that this tunable is set to 1 by default.

To select one of the FIBs, the new setfib(1) utility can be used. This set an associated FIB with the process. For example:

# setfib -3 ping

The FIB #3 will be used for the ping(8) command.

The FIB which the packet will be associated with will be determined in the following rules:

  • All packets which have a FIB associated with them will use the FIB. If not, FIB #0 will be used.

  • A packet received on an interface for forwarding uses FIB #0.

  • A TCP listen socket associated with an FIB will generate accept sockets which are associated with the same FIB.

  • A packet generated in response to other packet uses the FIB associated with the packet being responded to.

  • A packet generated on tunnel interfaces such as gif(4) and tun(4) will be encapsulated using the FIB of the process which set up the tunnel.

  • Routing messages will be associated with the process's FIB.

Also, the ipfw(8) now supports an action rule setfib. The following action:

setfib fibnum

will make the matched packet use the FIB specified in fibnum. The rule processing continues at the next rule.

2.2.4 Disks and Storage

The FreeBSD CAM SCSI subsystem ( cam(4)) now includes experimental support for ATA/SATA/AHCI-compliant devices. This is disabled by default. To enable this, adding the following kernel options to your kernel configuration file and rebuild the kernel:

device    ahci
device    siis

The current implementation supports AHCI-compliant controllers and SiliconImage SiI3124/SiI3132/SiI3531 controllers. The device node of an ATA drive is ada and an ATAPI drive is cd.

The FreeBSD iSCSI initiator implementation has been improved and supports IPv6.

A userland utility mfiutil(8) for the mfi(4) devices has been added. This includes basic features to monitor controller, array, and drive status, change basic attributes, create/delete arrays and spares, and flush the controller firmware. Note that this is a small utility, not a replacement of MegaCLI in the Ports Collection which is supported officially and provides more functionality.

A userland utility mptutil(8) for the mpi(4) devices has been added. This includes basic features to monitor controller, array, and drive status, change basic attributes, and create/delete arrays and spares.

The siis(4) driver has been added to provide support for SiliconImage SiI3124/3132/3531 SATA2 controllers. It supports Serial ATA and ATAPI devices, port multipliers (including FIS-based switching), hardware command queues (31 commands per port) and Native Command Queuing.

[7.2R] The ata(4) driver now supports Marvell PATA M88SX6121.

[7.2R] The ata(4) driver now recognizes nForce MCP67 and MCP73 SATA controllers as AHCI.

[7.2R] The ataraid(4) driver now includes preliminary support for DDF metadata found on Adaptec HostRAID controllers. Note that spares and rebuilds are not supported yet.

[7.2R] The cam(4) SCSI subsystem now supports a new sysctl variable This controls the number of retries for the CD media. When trying to read scratched or damaged CDs and DVDs, the default mechanism is sub-optimal, and programs like ddrescue do much better if you turn off the retries entirely since their algorithms do it by themselves. This value is set to 4 (for a total of 5 attempts) by default. Setting it to 0 turns off all retry attempts.

[7.2R] A bug in the ciss(4) driver which caused low “max device openings” count and led to poor performance has been fixed.

[7.2R] The glabel(8) GEOM class now supports a new UFS-based label called ufsid that can be used to reference UFS-carrying devices by the unique file system ID. This file system ID is automatically generated and detected when the glabel(8) GEOM class is enabled. An example of this new label is: /dev/ufsid/48e69c8b5c8e1b43. The benefit of using GEOM labels in general is to avoid problems of device renaming when shifting drives or controllers.

[7.2R] The gjournal(8) GEOM class now supports the root file system. Previously, an unclean shutdown would make it impossible to mount the root file system at boot.

[7.2R] The gpart(8) utility has been updated. The APM scheme now supports Tivo Series 1 partitions (read only), a new EBR scheme to support Extended Boot Records has been added, the BSD scheme now support bootcode, and bugs in the PC98 and VTOC8 schemes have been fixed.

[7.2R] An issue in gvinum(8) with access permissions to underlying disks used by a gvinum plex has been fixed. If the plex is a raid5 plex and is being written to, parity data might have to be read from the underlying disks, requiring them to be opened for reading as well as writing.

[7.2R] The hptmv(4) driver has been updated to version 1.16 from HighPoint.

[7.2R] The mmc(4) and mmcsd(4) drivers now support MMC and SDHC cards, high speed timing, wide bus, and multiblock transfers.

[7.2R] [sparc64] The mpt(4) driver is now in the GENERIC kernel.

[7.2R] The sdhci(4) driver has been added. This supports PCI devices with class 8 and subclass 5 according to the SD Host Controller Specification.

[7.2R] The sdhci(4) driver now supports kernel dumping and a sysctl variable hw.sdhci.debug for debug level.

[7.2R] The twa(4) driver now supports 64-bit DMA.

[7.2R] The mmc(4) mmcsd(4), and sdhci(4) driver are now included as kernel modules.

[7.1R] The aac(4) driver now supports 64-bit array support for RAIDs larger than 2TB and simultaneous opens of the device for issuing commands to the controller.

[7.1R] The ata(4) driver now supports a loader variable hw.ata.ata_dma_check_80pin. This can be used to disable the 80pin cable check on broken systems such as certain laptops and Soekris boards. The default value is 1.

[7.1R] A data corruption problem of the ata(4) driver on ServerWorks HT1000 chipsets has been fixed.

[7.1R] The ciss(4) driver now supports a loader tunable hw.ciss.nop_message_heartbeat for NOP-message polling in ciss_periodic(). This can be used as a workaround for ADAPTER HEARTBEAT FAILED issue. The default value is 0 (disabled).

[7.1R] The geom_part GEOM class can be built as a kernel module.

[7.1R] The geom_linux_lvm GEOM class can be built as a kernel module.

[7.1R] The hptrr(4) driver has been updated to version 1.2 from Highpoint.

[7.1R] A buffer overflow in the iir(4) driver has been fixed. This likely fixes a great number of weird problems that have been reported with this driver.

[7.1R] The mpt(4) driver now supports mpt_user personality.

[7.1R] The rr232x(4) driver has been superseded by hptrr(4) driver.

[7.1R] The twa(4) driver has been improved with regard to stability on machines with a plenty of memory and high CPU load.

2.2.5 File Systems

“dangerously dedicated” mode for the UFS file system is no longer supported.

Important: Such disks will need to be reformatted to work with this release.

The gvinum(8) now supports commands found in the old vinum implementation including attach, detach, start, stop, concat, mirror, stripe, and raid5.

The gvinum(8) now supports grow command to make it easier for users to extend plexes without having to understand all of the implementation internals.

The FreeBSD NFS subsystem now supports RPCSEC_GSS authentication on both the client and server. This replaces the RPC implementation of the NFS client and server with the newer RPC implementation originally developed to support the NFS Lock Manager. It supports both the new RPC implementation and the older legacy implementation inherited from the original NFS codebase and the default is to use the new one. To use RPCSEC_GSS on either client or server, you must build a kernel which includes the KGSSAPI option and the crypto(4) device. For more details, see gssd(8) manual page.

The FreeBSD NFS subsystem now includes a new, experimental implementation with support for NFSv2, NFSv3, and NFSv4. This is not enabled by default. To enable this, add the following kernel options to your kernel configuration file and rebuild the kernel:

options    NFSCL   # for NFS client
options NFSD    # for NFS server

The fstype for mount(8) program is newnfs, and mount_newnfs(8) program has also been added. The old, unmaintained NFSv4 client based on an implementation from the University of Michigan was removed from the FreeBSD source tree.

The FreeBSD NFS subsystem now uses TCP as the default transport.

The shared vnode locking for pathname lookups in the VFS(9) subsystem has been improved. This is enabled by default. Setting a sysctl variable vfs.lookup_shared to 0 disables it. Note that the LOOKUP_SHARED kernel option equivalent to the sysctl variable has been removed.

The ZFS file system has been updated to version 13. The changes include ZFS operations by a regular user, L2ARC, ZFS Intent Log on separated disks (slog), sparse volumes, and so on.

[7.2R] The semantics of acl(3) extended access control lists has been changed as follows:

  • The inode modification time (mtime) is not updated when extended attributes are added, modified, or removed.

  • The inode access time (atime) is not updated when extended attributes are queried.

[7.2R] The FreeBSD NFS file system now supports a sysctl variable vfs.nfs.prime_access_cache to determine whether or not nfs_getattr() will use an ACCESS RPC to prime the access cache instead of a simple GETATTR RPC. This is because on many NFS servers an ACCESS RPC is much more expensive to service than a GETATTR RPC for files in an NFSv3 mount. The sysctl variable is enabled by default to maintain the previous behavior.

[7.2R] The FreeBSD UDF file system now supports a fifo.

[7.1R] The fdescfs(5) is now MPSAFE.

[7.1R] The gpart(8) now supports BSD disklabels (option GEOM_PART_BSD) and VTOC8 disklabels (option GEOM_PART_VTOC8).

[7.1R] The gvinum(8) now accepts volume parameter when creating a plex.

[7.1R] A pathname lookup bug of a UNIX domain socket in the unionfs(7) has been fixed.

2.3 Userland Changes

The GCC stack protection (also known as ProPolice) has been enabled in the FreeBSD base system.

A BSD-licensed ar(1) utility has been added in favor of one in GNU binutils and it is now the default utility for building the FreeBSD base system.

The awk(1) utility now supports 64 files. The upper limit was 20 in prior releases.

The bsnmpd(1) program now supports OIDs for ZFS.

The camcontrol(8) program now supports a new modularized ATA kernel module and various ATA commands.

The cat(1) and cp(1) now use a larger buffer if the number of pages of the physical memory on the system is grater than 32k. This reduces the number of context switches.

A new BSD-licensed cpio(1) utility has been added in favor of GNU cpio and it is now the default utility in the FreeBSD base system.

A script for the crashinfo(8) utility for simple analysis of crash dump has been added. It generates a text file containing the output of several commands run against the core dump such as kgdb(1) (stack trace), ps(1), netstat(1), vmstat(8), iostat(8), dmesg(8), and fstat(1).

The df(1) utility's -h flag now supports displaying inode counts in a human-readable format when a flag -i is specified.

The df(1) utility now supports a -T flag to display file system type in each entry.

A bug in the dhclient(8) that can create a malformed /etc/resolv.conf has been fixed.

The dhclient(8) now uses an -n flag when invoking route(8) command. This eliminates a long delay in the case that it gets a lease but DNS service is not working.

The dhclient(8) utility now uses 68 (bootpc) as the source port for unicast DHCPREQUEST packets instead of allowing the protocol stack to pick a random source port. This fixes the behavior where dhclient(8) would never transition from RENEWING to BOUND without going through REBINDING in some networks which has a tight policy on DHCP spoofing.

The env(1) utility now supports a -u name option that completely unsets the given name instead of setting it to a null value.

The find(1) utility now supports a number of primaries found in GNU find including -ignore_readdir_race, -noignore_readdir_race, -noleaf, -gid, -uid, -wholename, -iwholename, -mount, -d, -lname, -ilname, -quit, -samefile, and -true.

The fsck(8) utility now supports a -r flag to free up excess unused inodes. Decreasing the number of preallocated inodes reduces the running time of future runs of fsck and frees up space that can allocated to files. This flag is ignored when running in preen mode.

The freebsd-update(8) now supports backing up the old kernel when installing a new kernel. The backup kernel will be written to /boot/kernel.old if the directory does not exist or the directory was created by freebsd-update in a previous backup. Otherwise the freebsd-update(8) will generate a new directory name for use by the backup. This is enabled by default.

The gdbserver(1) now supports arm and powerpc platforms.

The gpt(8) program has been removed in favor of gpart(8).

The gzip(1) utility now supports uncompressing files which are created by pack found in some commercial UNIX-like systems.

The i2c(8) utility for diagnostics of I2C has been added.

The ifconfig(8) now supports vnet and -vnet option to allow moving interfaces between jails with vimage.

A BSD-licensed libdwarf library has been added for DTrace clients.

The libmsun library now supports acosl(), asinl(), atanl(), atan2l(), cargl(), csqrtl(), fmodl(), hypotl(), and remquol() functions.

The libproc library has been added for DTrace clients.

The mtest(8) utility now supports IPv6.

The mount(8) program now supports an -o mountprog=filename option to allow an alternative program to be used for mounting a file system. This is useful for non- nmount(2) based file systems such as FUSE.

The nfscbd(8), nfsuserd(8), nfsdumpstate(8), and nfsrevoke(8) utilities for the new NFSv4 subsystem has been added.

The pmcannotate(8) utility has been added. This prints out sources of a tool (in C or assembly) with inlined profiling informations retrieved by a prior pmcstat(8) analysis.

The route(8) utility now supports show, weights, and sticky commands. For more details, see the route(8) manual page.

The rtld(1) now supports a new environment variable LD_ELF_HINTS_PATH for overriding the rtld hints file. This environment variable would be ignored if the process uses setuid and/or setgid. This feature gives a convenient way to use a custom set of shared library that is not in the default location.

The rtld(1) now supports the dynamic string token substitution in the rpath and soneeded pathes. The $ORIGIN, $OSNAME, $OSREL and $PLATFORM tokens are supported. Enabling the substitution requires DF_ORIGIN flag in DT_FLAGS or DF_1_ORIGIN if DF_FLAGS_1, that may be set with -z origin GNU ld flag. This translation is unconditionally disabled for setuid/setgid processes. The $ORIGIN translation relies on the AT_EXECPATH auxinfo supplied by the FreeBSD kernel.

It is no longer possible to create UFS filesystems in “dangerously dedicated” mode using sysinstall(8) since this mode is no longer supported.

sysinstall(8) menus have been simplified to reduce confusion and duplication with other parts of the system. The Xorg window system should be installed just like any other package. Configuration of Linux and OSF/1 emulation should be done via kernel rebuilds. Support for installation from tape media was removed as it was believed to be broken. Obsolete code to support OLDCARD was also removed.

sysinstall(8) now understands how to use unsliced USB drives as installation source media via /dev/daXa

sysinstall(8) now recognizes the new /dev/adaX disk devices, if compiled into the kernel.

sysinstall(8) now uses the freebsd-doc-* packages for localized documents.

sysinstall(8) now ejects the CDROM after installation if it was used as source media.

The traceroute(8) and traceroute6(8) now support an -a flag to display AS number corresponding to the lookup IP address on each hop. It will query the number to WHOIS server specified in -A option. If no -A is specified, will be used as the default value.

The tzsetup(8) now supports an -s flag to skip the question about adjusting the clock to UTC.

The wake(8) utility, a tool to send Wake on LAN frames to hosts on a local Ethernet network has been added.

The ypserv(8) program now supports shadow.byname and shadow.byuid maps.

[7.2R] A bug in the atacontrol(8) utility, which prevents it from working when /usr is not mounted or invoked from /rescue, has been fixed.

[7.2R] The btpand(8) daemon from NetBSD has been added. This daemon provides support for Bluetooth Network Access Point (NAP), Group Ad-hoc Network (GN) and Personal Area Network User (PANU) profiles.

[7.2R] The cpucontrol(8) utility has been added to control cpuctl(4) pseudo-device.

[7.2R] The ncal(1) utility now supports multibyte characters.

[7.2R] The newfs(8) utility now supports operations on a regular file.

[7.2R] The config(8) utility now supports multiple makeoption lines.

[7.2R] The csup(1) utility now supports CVSMode to fetch a complete CVS repository. Note that the rsync transfer mode is currently disabled.

[7.2R] The dirname(1) utility now accepts multiple arguments in the same way that basename(1) does.

[7.2R] The du(1) utility now supports an -l flag. When specified, the du(1) utility counts a file with multiple hard links as multiple different files.

[7.2R] The du(1) utility now supports an -A flag to display the apparent size instead of the disk usage. This can be helpful when operating on compressed volumes or sparse files.

[7.2R] The du(1) utility now supports a -B blocksize option to calculate block counts in blocks of blocksize bytes. This is different from the -k or -m options or setting BLOCKSIZE and gives an estimate of how much space the examined file hierarchy would require on a file system with the given blocksize. Unless in -A mode, blocksize is rounded up to the next multiple of 512.

[7.2R] The dumpfs(8) utility now supports an -f flag, which causes it to list all free fragments in the file system by fragment (block) number. This new mode does the necessary arithmetic to generate absolute fragment numbers rather than the cg-relative numbers printed in the default mode.

[7.2R] If -f is passed once, contiguous fragment ranges are collapsed into an X-Y format as free block lists are currently printed in regular dumpfs output. If specified twice, all block numbers are printed individually, allowing both compact and more script-friendly representation.

[7.2R] The fetch(1) utility now supports an -i flag which supports the If-Modified-Since HTTP 1.1 request. If specified it will cause the file to be downloaded only if it is more recent than the mtime of the local file. Also, libfetch now accepts the mtime in the url structure and a flag to indicate when this behavior is desired.

[7.2R] The fsck(8) utility now supports a -C flag for check clean mode. This checks if the file system was dismounted cleanly first and then skip file system checks if true. Otherwise it does full checks.

[7.2R] The fsck(8) utility now supports a -D flag for damaged recovery mode, which will enable certain aggressive operations that can make fsck(8) to survive with file systems that has very serious data damage. This is a useful last resort when on disk data damage is very serious and causes fsck(8) to crash.

[7.2R] The getaddrinfo(3) function now supports SCTP.

[7.2R] A bug was fixed in the ipfw(8) utility which displays extra messages for a NAT rule even when a -q flag is specified.

[7.2R] The ln(1) utility now supports a -w flag to check if the source file actually exists. When the flag is specified and the file does not exist, ln(1) will issue a warning message.

The ln(1) utility now allows creating hard links to symbolic links because the POSIX.1-2008 requires this behavior for -L and -P flag.

The lpr(1) utility now support an -m flag to send an email after the job is completed and a -t option to set the job title.

[7.2R] The make(1) utility now supports a -p flag to print the input graph only, without executing any commands. The output is the same as -d g1. When combined with -f /dev/null, only the built-in rules of make are displayed.

[7.2R] The make(1) utility now supports a -Q flag to cause file banners not to be generated in addition to the same effect of a -q flag when a -j option is specified.

[7.2R] The make(1) utility now supports the .MAKE.JOB.PREFIX variable. If -j and -v are specified, its output for each target is prefixed with a token --- target --- the first part of which can be controlled via the variable.

[7.2R] The make(1) utility now supports .MAKE.PID and .MAKE.PPID variable. These are set to process ID of the make(1) process and its parent process respectively.

[7.2R] The makefs(8) utility to create a file system image from a directory tree has been added.

[7.2R] The mergemaster(8) utility now supports an -F option to automatically install files that differ only in their version control ID strings.

[7.2R] The mount(8) utility now supports an -o mountprog=/somewhere/mount_xxx option to force it to use the specified program to mount the file system instead of calling nmount(2) directly. This is useful when you want to use third party programs such as FUSE, for example.

[7.2R] The netstat(1) utility now reports unix(4) sockets' listen queue statistics when an -L flag is specified.

[7.2R] A bug in the netstat(1) utility has been fixed. It crashed with the following options in the previous versions:

% netstat -m -N foo

[7.2R] A bug in the netstat(1) utility has been fixed. The -ss option now works in the icmp6 section as expected.

[7.2R] The pciconf(8) utility now supports a -b flag, which lists any base address registers (BAR) that are assigned resources for each device.

[7.2R] The powerd(8) program has been improved. Changes include reasonable CPU load estimation on SMP systems and a new mode named as hiadaptive for AC-powered systems. The hiadaptive mode raises the CPU frequency twice as fast as adaptive, it drops the CPU frequency 4 times slower, prefers twice lower CPU load and has an additional delay before leaving the highest frequency after the period of maximum load.

The revoke(1) utility has been added. This is a wrapper of revoke(2) syscall.

[7.2R] The stat(1) utility now displays an octal representation of suid, sgid and sticky bits when the -x flag is specified.

[7.2R] The strndup(3) function has been added.

The tftpd(8) program now supports a -W option. This is almost the same as a -w option but will generate unique named based on the submitted filename, a strftime(3) format string, and a two digit sequence number. The time format string can be set by an -F option.

[7.2R] The wc(1) utility now supports an -L flag to output the number of characters in the longest input line.

[7.2R] A bug in the rpc.yppasswdd(8) program, which causes it to leave a zombie process when a password or default shell is changed, has been fixed.

[7.1R] The adduser(8) utility now supports a -M option to set the mode of a new user's home directory.

[7.1R] The atacontrol(8) utility now supports a spindown command to set or report timeout after which the device will be spun down.

[7.1R] The chflags(1) now supports a -v flag for verbose output, a -f flag to ignore errors, and -h to allow setting flags on symbolic links with the same semantics as (for example) chmod(1).

[7.1R] The cp(1) now supports a -a flag, which is equivalent to -RpP flags.

[7.1R] A bug in the cp(1) utility which prevents POSIX.1e ACL (see also acl(3)) from copying properly has been fixed.

[7.1R] The cron(8) utility now supports -m flag which overrides the default mail recipient for cron mails unless explicitly provided by MAILTO= line in crontab file.

[7.1R] The dhclient(8) now supports more options described in dhcp-options(5).

[7.1R] The dhclient(8) now supports is_default_interface() function which determines if this interface is one with the default route.

[7.1R] A bug in the dhclient(8) that prevents removal of the default route from working has been fixed.

[7.1R] The environ(7), environment array of strings now supports unsetting a variable by setting the first character to NULL. This is required by third-party software such as Dovecot and Postfix.

[7.1R] The fdisk(8) now supports a -q flag to not display any warnings.

[7.1R] The fetch(1) program and libfetch library now supports a NO_PROXY environment variable. This specifies comma- or whitespace-separated list of host names for which proxies should not be used. If a single asterisk is specified, the use of proxies is disabled.

[7.1R] The ffsll(3) and flsll(3) functions have been added. These functions are the same as ffs(3) and fls(3) except that they accept long long as the arguments.

[7.1R] The fortune(6) program now supports FORTUNE_PATH environment variable to specify search path of the fortune files.

[7.1R] A bug in the fortune(6) program that prevents -e option with multiple files from working has been fixed.

[7.1R] The freebsd-update.conf(5) now supports IDSIgnorePaths statement.

[7.1R] The fwcontrol(8) utility now supports -f node option which specifies node as the root node on the next bus reset.

[7.1R] [sparc64] The gcc(1) now accepts -mcpu option properly; it was hardcoded as -mcpu=ultrasparc.

[7.1R] The ifconfig(8) command now supports display of WPS IE (Wireless Provisioning Services Information Element).

[7.1R] The kgdb(1) command now supports an add-kld kld command to locate a kld(4) and load its symbols.

[7.1R] The kgdb(1) command now has a shared library backend for kernel files that treats kld(4) as shared libraries and auto-loading symbols for kld(4) on startup.

[7.1R] The kgdb(1) now supports a tid command and other kernel module related commands even for a remote target.

[7.1R] The kvm_getcptime(3) function to obtain the global CPU time statistics from the kernel has been added.

[7.1R] The libalias library now supports PORT and EPRT FTP commands in lowercase.

[7.1R] The man(1) now includes a limited support of bzip2(1)-compressed manual pages.

[7.1R] The mdconfig(8) command now supports a -v (verbose) flag to -l command. It shows size and backing store of all md(4) devices at one time.

[7.1R] The memrchr(3) function has been added. This behaves like memchr(3) except that it locates the last occurrence of the specified character in the string.

[7.1R] The incorrect output grammar of morse(6) program has been fixed.

[7.1R] The mountd(8) utility now supports -h bindip option which specifies IP addresses to bind to for TCP and UDP requests. This option may be specified multiple times. If no -h option is specified, INADDR_ANY will be used. Note that when specifying IP addresses with this option, it will automatically add and if IPv6 is enabled, ::1 to the list.

[7.1R] The moused(8) utility now supports -L flag which changes the speed of scrolling and changes -U option behavior to only affect the scroll threshold.

[7.1R] The mv(1) command now support POSIX specification when moving a directory to an existing directory across devices.

[7.1R] The periodic(8) now supports daily_status_mail_rejects_shorten configuration variable in periodic.conf(5). This allows the rejected mail reports to tally the rejects per blacklist without providing details about individual sender hosts. The default configuration keeps the reports in their original form.

[7.1R] The ping6(8) now uses exit status of 0 and 2 in the same manner as ping(8).

[7.1R] The ping6(8) now supports an -o flag, which makes ping6(8) exit successfully after receiving one reply packet.

[7.1R] The ping6(8) now supports -r and -R flags, which are equivalent to ping(8)'s -a and -A flags, respectively.

[7.1R] The minimum allowed interval of ping6(8) has been decreased to 0.000001 from 0.01.

[7.1R] The realpath(1) utility now supports a -q flag to suppress warnings and accepts multiple paths on its command line.

[7.1R] The rfcomm_pppd(8) now supports a -D flag to register DUN (Dial-Up Networking) service in addition to the LAN (LAN Access Using PPP) service.

[7.1R] The sdpd(8) now supports a NAP, GN, and PANU profiles.

[7.1R] The setkey(8) utility now accepts esp as a protocol name for the spdadd command.

[7.1R] A bug in telnetd(8) that caused it to attempt authentication even when -a off option is specified has been fixed.

[7.1R] The top(1) and vmstat(8) commands now support -P flag which displays per-CPU statistics.

[7.1R] The uuid_enc_le(3), uuid_dec_le(3), uuid_enc_be(3), and uuid_dec_be(3) functions have been added. These functions encode/decode a binary representation of a UUID.

[7.1R] The watch(8) utility now supports more than 10 snp(4) devices at a time.

[7.1R] The ypserv(8) daemon now supports a -P option to specify the port number on which it should listen.

2.3.1 /etc/rc.d Scripts

[7.1R] The rc.conf(5) now supports dummynet_enable variable which allow dummynet(4) kernel module to be loaded when firewall_enable is YES.

[7.1R] The ntpd rc(8) script can work with no configuration file /etc/ntp.conf now.

[7.1R] The ppp rc(8) script now supports multiple instances. For more details, see the description of ppp_profile variable in rc.conf(5).

[7.1R] The sysctl rc(8) script now supports loading /etc/sysctl.conf.local in addition to /etc/sysctl.conf.

[7.1R] The rc.conf(5) now supports configuration of interfaces and attached networks for firewall rule set by rc.firewall when firewall_type is simple or client. See firewall_client_net, firewall_simple_iif, firewall_simple_inet, firewall_simple_oif, and firewall_simple_onet.

2.4 Contributed Software

ISC BIND has been updated to version 9.6.1rc1.

The ACPI-CA has been updated to 20090521.

The ee (easy editor) has been updated to 1.5.0. This version is now licensed under a 2-clause BSD license, instead of the Artistic license.

The hostapd has been updated to version 0.6.8 + radius ACL support.

The less has been updated to version v436.

The libarchive library has been updated to version 2.7.0.

The libexpat library has been updated from version 1.95.5 to version 2.0.1.

The ncurses library has been updated to version 5.7-20081102.

OpenBSM 1.1 from Trusted BSD Project has been merged.

TCPDUMP has been updated to 4.0.0.

The timezone database has been updated to the tzdata2009f release.

wpa_supplicant has been updated to version 0.6.8

The ZFS file system has been updated from version 6 to version 13.

[7.1R] The am-utils has been updated from version 6.0.10p1 to version 6.1.5.

[7.1R] The awk has been updated from 1 May 2007 release to the 23 October 2007 release.

[7.1R] The bzip2 has been updated from version 1.0.4 to version 1.0.5.

[7.1R] The CVS has been updated to version

[7.1R] NTP has been updated to version 4.2.4p5.

[7.1R] OpenPAM has been updated from the Figwort release to the Hydrangea release.

[7.1R] OpenSSH has been updated from version 4.5p1 to version 5.1p1.

[7.1R] The resolver(3) library has been updated to one of ISC BIND 9.4.3.

[7.1R] sendmail has been updated from version 8.14.2 to version 8.14.3.

2.5 Ports/Packages Collection Infrastructure

[7.2R] A bug in the pkg_create(1) utility, which prevented the -n flag from working has been fixed.

[7.2R] The FreeBSD Ports Collection now supports multiple make(1) jobs in some supported ports. This is automatically enabled when a port is marked as MAKE_JOBS_SAFE and improves CPU utilization at the build stage by passing an option -jX to the top level Makefile from the vendor. The number X is set to the number of CPUs by default, and can be set by users via a make(1) variable MAKE_JOBS_NUMBER. For more details, see ports/Mk/

2.6 Release Engineering and Integration

The supported version of the GNOME desktop environment (x11/gnome2) has been updated to 2.26.3.

The supported version of the KDE desktop environment (x11/kde4) has been updated to 4.3.1.

3 Upgrading from previous releases of FreeBSD

[amd64, i386] Upgrades between RELEASE versions (and snapshots of the various security branches) are supported using the freebsd-update(8) utility. The binary upgrade procedure will update unmodified userland utilities, as well as unmodified GENERIC or SMP kernels distributed as a part of an official FreeBSD release. The freebsd-update(8) utility requires that the host being upgraded has Internet connectivity.

An older form of binary upgrade is supported through the Upgrade option from the main sysinstall(8) menu on CDROM distribution media. This type of binary upgrade may be useful on non-i386, non-amd64 machines or on systems with no Internet connectivity.

Source-based upgrades (those based on recompiling the FreeBSD base system from source code) from previous versions are supported, according to the instructions in /usr/src/UPDATING.

Important: Upgrading FreeBSD should, of course, only be attempted after backing up all data and configuration files.

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