Subject: NetBSD 3.1 Release Candidate 4 available for download
To: None <>
From: Geert Hendrickx <>
List: netbsd-announce
Date: 10/12/2006 23:16:18
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sorry for the silence around the NetBSD 3.1 release cycle.  We had become
aware of a few OpenSSL vulnerabilities which we didn't want to leave
unfixed in the NetBSD 3.1 release, hence we've extended the release cycle
with a fourth release candidate.  Binaries and ISO's for NetBSD 3.1_RC4
are available on the releng FTP mirrors:

( itself is having some troubles lately)

For those who prefer to build NetBSD 3.1_RC4 from source, the CVS tag is
"netbsd-3-1-RC4", on the "netbsd-3" branch.  Alternatively, you can
download the source sets from one of the above URL's, under the source/

Apart from the OpenSSL fixes (CVE-2006-2937, CVE-2006-2940, CVE-2006-3738
and CVE-2006-4343, a NetBSD Security Advisory is in preparation), we took
advantage of this extra release candidate to add some more improvements:

+ msdos filesystem: write performance of large files has been improved.
+ toolchain: NetBSD 3.1_RC4 can be cross-built from NetBSD 4.0_BETA and
  -current (GCC 4.x).
+ daily security report for /etc/exports has been improved.
+ dhclient(8) exits gracefully if another instance is already running.
+ interrupting fsck(8) at boot-time drops you to single-user mode.
+ macppccd.iso should now be bootable on most Open Firmware 2.x machines.

We've said this before, but we anticipate this to be the final release
candidate for the NetBSD 3.1 release, so we expect to release NetBSD 3.1
within two weeks.  At the same time (and independant of the 3.1 release
cycle), we're planning to release NetBSD 3.0.2, a security/critical-only
update for NetBSD 3.0.1.

Thanks a lot for your patience, we hope you understand we are only trying
to make NetBSD 3.1 even better!


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