OpenBSD 5.5 Released

By | 2 May, 2014

Twice a year, right on the 1st of May or November (the 2nd if you are in Australia) – like clockwork – the OpenBSD project release a new edition of OpenBSD for general consumption.

This May, we see OpenBSD 5.5 hit the shelves with a huge overhaul on the time_t function as the main feature (hence the “Back to the Future” theme).  time_t has moved to 64 bit for all platforms allowing for the operating system to continue to work past Jan 19 2038.

  • time_t moved to 64bits for all platforms enabling OpenBSD to continue to work past Jan 19 2038
  • signify(1) is now used by default for all releases and packages
  • auto-install(8) script now available for unattended installs
  • OpenBSD/armv7 replaces OpenBSD/beagle.
  • New vmx(4) driver for VMware VMXNET3 Virtual Interface Controller devices
  • New vioscsi(4) driver for VirtIO SCSI adapters
  • New viornd(4) driver for VirtIO random number devices
  • relayd(8) now supports TLS Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) with ECDHE (Elliptic curve Diffie-Hellman) that is enabled by default
  • pf(4) new queueing system with new syntax
  • arc4random(3) functions now use the ChaCha20 cipher
  • OpenSMTPD 5.4.2
  • OpenSSH 6.6
  • Nginx 1.4.4 (+ patches)
  • OpenSSL 1.0.1c (+ patches)
  • Sudo 1.7.2p8

Please support the project and purchase the CD set or make a donation. Once you have that and you want to get to work, simply choose your favorite mirror and get downloading – don’t download it from ftp.openbsd.org as it will be under extreme load, updating mirrors. For those in Australia, the mirror that is probably the best for all ISPs would be Internode. You can directly go to your architecture of choice via this link.