FreeNAS 8.2.0-BETA3 is Now Available for Testing

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FreeNAS 8.2.0-BETA3 is now available for download and testing. The plugin architecture has changed significantly since BETA2 and the wiki documentation will be updated over the next week or so as this beta’s plugin architecture is tested and documented. If you find outdated wiki documentation, either be patient or create a wiki account in order to assist with the documentation. If you find a bug in BETA3, please submit a ticket after reading the section on how to submit a bug report.

The other significant change in this beta is the patch to support istgt (iSCSI) reload. Note that  target reload is supported for adding and removing (but not changing) targets on the fly. Since the Logical Unit Controller (LUC) is used for this, reload will not function if the LUC is not enabled.

The forum announcement containing the release notes for BETA3 is here.

Upgrade Now if You’re Using CIFS

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If you are using CIFS/Windows shares on your FreeNAS 8.0.x system, you are urged to update to 8.0.4-RELEASE-p1 immediately.

Earlier this week, a vulnerability was discovered in Samba that allows remote code execution as the root user from an anonymous connection. All versions of Samba were affected. You can read more about the vulnerability here.

Since FreeNAS uses Samba to provide CIFS/Windows shares, unpatched systems are susceptible to this vulnerability. 8.0.4-RELEASE-p1 contains the necessary patch and is available for download here. Instructions for upgrading FreeNAS are in section 4.6 of the Guide.

FreeNAS at ILF

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There will be a FreeNAS presentation at Indiana LinuxFest on Saturday, April 14 in Indianapolis, Indiana. We will also be giving out FreeNAS CDs at the BSD booth in the expo area.

If you are interested in learning more about FreeBSD administration (the operating system FreeNAS is based upon), there is an all day course on FreeBSD for Linux System Administrators on Friday, April 13.

There is no cost to attend either the course or the conference. Pre-registration is encouraged so that you don’t have to wait in line to register when you arrive.