Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Interview: The OpenBSD Foundation's Ken Westerback

Filed under
Interviews

Yesterday the OpenBSD Foundation announced its inception as a legal entity in charge of donations of money and equipment for the OpenBSD operating system and its associated projects. Today we have an interview with Ken Westerback, one of the foundation's founding members.

Whose idea was it to establish the OpenBSD Foundation? I know that people have been talking about this idea for a long time, but I thought Theo de Raadt wasn't agreeable to it.

Ken Westerback: The idea for The OpenBSD Foundation came from Bob Beck after several experiences with companies expressing a reluctance to donate money or equipment to OpenBSD without getting a receipt that would satisfy their accounting department. Theo has not, to my knowledge, been opposed to the creation of such an organization but has always firmly declined to put in the work to organize, complete the paperwork and run one himself. He was quite supportive of this effort but clearly reiterated his non-involvement in the running of the organization. Theo is always happy to get no strings attached support for OpenBSD.

One problem that potential donors have spoken up about in the past is that US residents can subtract donations to the FreeBSD Foundation from their taxes, but donations to OpenBSD via Theo de Raadt did not qualify. Is making a donation to the OpenBSD Foundation tax deductible in the US? (And Canada? I don't know if such tax provisions are available in other countries.)

More Here.




More in Tux Machines

Red Hat General and Financial News

today's howtos

Tizen in Bolivia and India

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Wednesday
  • Microsoft says its best not to fiddle with its Windows 10 group policies (that don't work)

    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.