As many of you are now aware, part of the FreeBSD build infrastructure was compromised recently. Many people have been contacting us asking how this relates to PC-BSD users. We currently locally compile and distribute all of our own packages, and at this time it looks like nothing on the PC-BSD side was impacted.
However if you are a power-user and have been manually using pkg_add to install packages from the FreeBSD package cluster, you may wish to remove these packages and rebuild from source. For more details regarding the security compromise, please take a look at the official FreeBSD page.
An update to Adobe Flash is now available in the System Updates tab of Software Manager. The update addresses the security vulnerabilities described here. After applying the update, simply restart any open web browsers so that they will use the new version of flash.
The latest NVIDIA driver is now available as an update in Software Manager. If you’re using NVIDIA, apply the update and reboot. When the bootup starts, select option7 – run display setup wizard at the boot-splash screen, and you will then be able to select the new driver. If you’re not using NVIDIA, you can right-click the update in Software Manager and select “Ignore this update” so that you won’t be notified again of this update.
This driver fixes several bugs and adds support for more GPUs. Details are at the NVIDIA website.
Kris has issued a patch for Adobe Flash Plugin which addresses the remote code execution vulnerability described here. It should show up some time today in Software Manager’s System Updates tab once it is available on the mirrors. Once you apply the update, simply restart any open browsers so that they use the updated version of flash.
The following update is now available in the System Updates tab of Software Manager:
nspluginviewer: This port update for nspluginviewer 1.3.0_8 improves the reliability of the Adobe Flash Plugin on PC-BSD, and corrects some “hanging” issues when closing a flash page.
You will be prompted to reboot after applying this update on your PC-BSD system.
This update to webcamd adds the DVB man pages is now available through Update Manager. This update also includes some minor bugfixes and support for USB remote controls.
Instructions for using Update Manager can be found in this section of the Handbook.
Thanks to mato for suggesting that this be made available as an update.