Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 02:33:14 +0300 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: announce@...ts.openwall.com Cc: owl-users@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Owl-current 2006/01/22 ISO; tcb 1.0; pam_mktemp 1.0.2; passwdqc for OpenBSD Hi, This is to announce several things at once: 1. There's a new Owl-current ISO-9660 image (dated 2006/01/22) available for download under /pub/Owl/current/iso on the FTP mirrors: http://www.openwall.com/Owl/DOWNLOAD.shtml Our new installer will now use the ncurses/CDK-based user interface with colors by default on terminals which appear to be sufficiently capable. There are command-line options to both "setup" and "settle" to disable colors ("-b") or even force the dumb terminal interface ("-d"). Besides the installer, the following other packages have been significantly updated since the last ISO snapshot (December 8, 2005): man-pages (including the addition of POSIX man pages), Postfix, John the Ripper, VIM, libnet, libnids, chkconfig, db4, gcc, man, hdparm, diffstat, tcb, Linux-PAM, dialog, glibc, bash, Nmap, libutempter, and strace. Please refer to the change log for descriptions of these changes: http://www.openwall.com/Owl/CHANGES-current.shtml This might be the last Owl-current snapshot to be made available before the Owl 2.0 release. Please test this extensively and provide your feedback! 2. The tcb suite implementing our alternative password shadowing scheme became mature enough for its 1.0 release. New with this release are support for OpenPAM (on Linux) and support for the new interfaces provided by Linux-PAM 0.99.1.0 and above. Older versions of Linux-PAM continue to be supported, too. The homepage for the tcb suite is: http://www.openwall.com/tcb/ 3. A new version of pam_mktemp (1.0.2), the module to provide per-user private directories under /tmp, is out. pam_mktemp can now be compiled on systems with Linux 2.6.x kernel headers (as well as with older kernel versions). pam_mktemp can be downloaded from: http://www.openwall.com/pam/ I'd like to thank Dmitry V. Levin for making the above two releases, and for his work on Owl in general. 4. Damien Miller has developed and contributed a plugin password strength checker for OpenBSD based on pam_passwdqc. This plugin is now linked from the contributed resources list on the pam_passwdqc web page: http://www.openwall.com/passwdqc/ 5. Openwall Project has been entered into Affero as a supported beneficiary. Affero members can now choose Openwall Project among the causes they want to inspire donations to. (The Affero supported causes also include the Free Software Foundation, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Amnesty International, and a couple hundred of others.) For example, it is now possible to comment on my community contributions and optionally donate to Openwall Project via my personal Affero account: http://rate.affero.net/solar If you would rather support the FSF and the EFF on my behalf, you can do so here: http://svcs.affero.net/rm.php?r=solar&p=FSF_EFF You're welcome to register for Affero accounts, too. (Of course, it's free.) I think Affero is a great concept, although it might be non-trivial to grasp at first. There are some examples of what you can do with Affero here: http://www.affero.net/ndqt.html http://www.affero.com/cci.html The current Hall of Fame - top Authors (who have inspired donations) and top Patrons (who have donated) - can be seen right on affero.net: http://www.affero.net Oh, and the Affero service has been migrated to Owl as the underlying OS recently. -- Alexander Peslyak <solar at openwall.com> GPG key ID: B35D3598 fp: 6429 0D7E F130 C13E C929 6447 73C3 A290 B35D 3598 http://www.openwall.com - bringing security into open computing environments
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