RC3 Builds Begin for FreeBSD 11.2

The third release candidate builds for FreeBSD version 11.2 have begun, and they’re on course to allow developers to start issuing genuine release builds as early as June 22. A proper release announcement should come only five days after that. The releng/11.2 branch will then get turned over to the FreeBSD Security Officer Team possibly a couple of weeks after the announcement.

By turning the release over to the so-called secteam, FreeBSD developers will make sure that this version of the popular operating system is as free of vulnerabilities as possible. While Linux security experts have long promoted GNU/Linux as a safe Unix implementation for use on servers, FreeBSD may theoretically be much more so than Linux.

FreeBSD security officials have long been responsible for keeping the community abreast of all developments related to bugs and exploits that influence both the src and ports trees. They also distribute information packets providing users vital instructions on how to run the free and open-source operating system in the safest way possible.

This kind of coordinated development is one of the major reasons why FreeBSD has served as such a safe platform for servers that need extremely secure environments. In some form or another, code from FreeBSD has become an integral part of everything from the Nintendo Switch or Sony’s PlayStation 4 console.

It also means that the release was able to take care of several major exploits in advance of the big day. Users concerned about Intel’s CVE-2018-3665 vulnerability, for example, are encouraged to keep their eyes out for more information but it seems like FreeBSD 11.2 should take care of this as well as some other problems.

For instance, a potential exploit involving the mishandling of x86 debug exceptions was filed back in May. As early as December 2017, FreeBSD put out a security advisory that singled out some potential problems with OpenSSL. These sorts of problems should be corrected by the new release.

Once again nothing seems to be completely sure yet, but it looks like all the developers have put a ton of work into the release. It should do the community proud considering that June 19 commemorates the launch of FreeBSD.

John Rendace
John is a GNU/Linux expert with a hobbyist's background in C/C++, Web development, storage and file system technologies. In his free time, he maintains custom and vintage PC hardware. He's been compiling his own software from source since the DOS days and still prefers using the command line all these years later.