Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2010 01:41:00 +0300 From: Solar Designer <solar@...nwall.com> To: announce@...ts.openwall.com Subject: [openwall-announce] new Owl ISOs, OpenVZ container templates; Debian integrates new passwdqc Hi, This is to announce two unrelated items at once: Owl updates and Debian's integration of new versions of passwdqc. Let's start with Owl: Fresh ISO images and pre-created OpenVZ container templates of Owl-current for x86 and x86-64 (generated a few hours ago) are available on our FTP mirrors (maybe not on all yet, but should be by tomorrow). There are also direct download links for the ISOs on the Owl homepage: http://www.openwall.com/Owl/ Yes, we're now generating not only ISOs, but also OpenVZ container templates of the Owl userland. These may be used on Owl and/or on other Linux systems with OpenVZ. The templates are found under /pub/Owl/current/vztemplate on our FTP mirrors. The size of an Owl template file is around 120 MB, and a container instantiated from it occupies around 400 MB of disk space. This compares favorably with pre-created templates of other Linux distros found on openvz.org considering that our template is actually an almost-complete install of the Owl userland, including all development tools and libraries, so it is capable of (re)building our and third-party packages from source. The "make vztemplate" target has been added to the Owl build environment (which is, and has always been, publicly available, including as a part of these ISOs), making it easy for us and for Owl users to generate new OpenVZ container templates of the Owl userland. The 32-bit x86 userland is now being built for "i686" (Pentium Pro and above) by default. With the previous ISO snapshot for 32-bit x86, we made this move for the kernel. Now we also made it for the userland. The packages of JtR, Nmap, and pciutils have been updated to new versions (yes, this means Nmap 5.21, which was released yesterday), libtool and gzip had minor security vulnerabilities fixed, and changes have been made to several other packages. Please refer to the Owl-current change log for more information on some of the changes: http://www.openwall.com/Owl/CHANGES-current.shtml Finally, there's now a wiki page on getting started with Owl's OpenVZ support: http://openwall.info/wiki/Owl/usage-examples/OpenVZ/getting-started Now to Debian and passwdqc: Martin F. Krafft adopted the passwdqc Debian package and brought it up to date. Our password/passphrase strength checking and policy enforcement toolset now integrates nicely with PAM on Debian systems, and command-line utilities as well as the shared library providing the functionality will soon be available in separate packages. Martin also wrote a blog post on the topic: http://madduck.net/blog/2010.01.28:adopted-passwdqc/ Enjoy! Alexander
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