Subject: NetBSD 1.4.3 Released
To: None <>
From: Reed Shadgett <>
List: netbsd-announce
Date: 11/25/2000 16:19:43
The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce the release of NetBSD 1.4.3.

This release fixes problems found in the earlier 1.4.x family of
releases, improves stability, and includes support for new hardware.
NetBSD 1.4.3 is a patch release of the 1.4 release branch.  The 1.5
release branch will have its major release, NetBSD 1.5, shortly.

The release binaries and source for NetBSD 1.4.3 are available now.
The pc532 and atari ports will be available in source form only for
1.4.3, but both will have release binaries for 1.5.

This release contains a number of new features which have been imported
from the main NetBSD development branch since NetBSD 1.4.2, including:

  o A driver for the Lucent Wavelan (Orinoco) 802.11B wireless
    Ethernet PCMCIA card has been added, see wi(4).
  o The PCI Cyclom-4Y and -8Y multiport serial cards are now supported.
  o The Macintosh LC Ethernet Adapter is now supported.
  o The on-board video on Macintosh Quadra 605 is now supported.
  o Bugfixes to the Alteon Gigabit Ethernet driver, ti(4).
  o Support for several new PCI IDE controllers have been added, see
  o The i386 port may now be installed on wd2 or wd3.
  o A possible CPU hog problem related to large I/Os has been fixed.
    Fixes SA#2000-005.
  o A denial-of-service problem related to handling of IP options
    has been fixed.  Fixes SA#2000-002.
  o A problem with /etc/ftpchroot has been fixed.  Fixes SA#2000-006.
  o A minor problem related to locking of semaphore resources has
    been fixed.  Fixes SA#2000-004.
  o The DHCP software has been updated to ISC 2.0pl3.  This also fixes
    SA#2000-008 -- a security problem in the dhcp client code.
  o A problem with use of user-supplied data as a format string in
    ftpd has been fixed.  Fixes SA#2000-009.
  o The sparc c++rt0.o code is now compiled with -fPIC.  This means
    that libraries with global constructors (which must link in
    c++rt0.o on sparc/a.out) must also be compiled -fPIC.
  o Most countries can now import the full release without restriction,
    including the previously restricted 'domestic' portion. The only
    "problem spots" are US-embargoed countries.  Full details are
    available at
  o An extensive audit of the code (and corresponding fixes) has
    been done to eliminate possible buffer overruns caused by
    possible user-specified format strings.

In addition, many bugs have been fixed -- more than 70 problems
reported through our problem tracking system have been fixed, and
NetBSD 1.4.3 also contains fixes for other non-reported problems that
were found during the 1.4.3 release cycle.

A complete list of changes applied between NetBSD 1.4.2 and 1.4.3 can
be found at:

Please see the INSTALL note for your architecture(s) for further
information; including supported hardware, how to install, and any
known caveats with this release.

The LAST_MINUTE file in the main release directory contains pointers to
last minute changes which did not make the source cutoff date. 

Please note that, as of this moment, the sun3 release binaries and
the vax security set have not yet been uploaded.  They will both be
available soon.

NetBSD 1.4.3 is available from mirror sites around the world, a list
of which is available at

1.4.x information:

Reed <>