Depending on your timezone, of course. Here is the text of the announcement e-mail:
May 1, 2009.
We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 4.5.
This is our 25th release on CD-ROM (and 26th via FTP). We remain
proud of OpenBSD's record of more than ten years with only two remote
holes in the default install.
As in our previous releases, 4.5 provides significant improvements,
including new features, in nearly all areas of the system:
- New/extended platforms:
o Initial ports to the xscale based gumstix platform and the ARM
o New vdsk(4) and vnet(4) drivers provide support for virtual
I/O between logical domains on Sun's CoolThreads servers,
including UltraSPARC T2+ machines.
o Workstations and laptops with UltraSPARC IIe CPUs can now scale
down the CPU frequency to save power.
- Improved hardware support, including:
o Several new/improved drivers for sensors, including:
o The cac(4) driver now has bio and sensor support.
o The mpi(4) driver now has bio and sensor support.
o New gpiodcf(4) driver for DCF77/HBG timedelta sensors
through GPIO pins.
o New schsio(4) driver for SMSC SCH311x LPC Super I/O devices.
o The it(4) driver now supports IT8720F chips.
o The it(4) driver now supports FAN4 and FAN5 sensors for
o The owtemp(4) driver now supports Maxim/Dallas DS18B20 and
DS1822 temperature sensors.
o The km(4) driver now supports AMD Family 11h
processors (Turion X2 Ultra et al).
o The lm(4) driver now supports W83627DHG attachment on the ICC bus.
o The lmenv(4) driver now has better support for the fan sensors
on lm81, adm9240 and ds1780 chips.
o The sdtemp(4) driver now supports ST STTS424 chips.
o The em(4) driver now supports ICH9 IGP M and IGP M AMT chips.
o The sdmmc(4) driver now supports SDHC cards.
o The msk(4) driver now supports Yukon-2 FE+ (88E8040, 88E8042) based
o The iwn(4) driver now supports Intel WiFi Link 5100/5300 devices.
o The wpi(4) and iwn(4) drivers now support hardware CCMP cryptography.
o The ath(4) driver now has WPA-PSK support.
o age(4), a driver for Attansic L1 gigabit Ethernet devices was added.
o ale(4), a driver for Atheros AR81xx (aka Attansic L1E) Ethernet
devices was added.
o mos(4), a driver for Moschip MCS7730/7830 10/100 USB Ethernet
devices was added.
o jme(4), a driver for JMicron JMC250/JMC260 10/100 and Gigabit
Ethernet devices was added.
o run(4), a driver for Ralink USB IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N devices
o auacer(4), a driver for Acer Labs M5455 audio devices was added.
o ifb(4), a driver for Sun Expert3D, Expert3D-Lite, XVR-500, XVR-600
and XVR-1200 framebuffers (accelerated).
o wildcatfb(4), an X driver for Sun Expert3D, Expert3D-Lite, XVR-500,
XVR-600 and XVR-1200 framebuffers (unaccelerated).
o sunffb(4), an accelerated X driver for Sun Creator, Creator 3D and
Elite 3D framebuffers.
o vdsk(4), a driver for virtual disks of sun4v logical domains.
o vnet(4), a driver for virtual network adapters of sun4v logical domains.
o vrng(4), a driver for the random number generator on Sun
UltraSPARC T2/T2+ CPUs.
o The vcons(4) driver is now interrupt driven.
o ips(4), a driver for IBM SATA/SCSI ServeRAID controllers was added.
o udfu(4), a driver for device firmware upgrade (DFU) was added.
o Many improvements were made to the acpi(4) subsystem.
o The umsm(4) driver supports several new EVDO/UMTS devices.
o The mfi(4) driver now supports the next generation of
MegaRAID SAS controllers.
o New vsbic(4) driver for the MVME327A SCSI and floppy controller
on mvme88k machines.
o The re(4) driver, now supports 8168D/8111D-based devices.
o The ehci(4) driver now supports isochronous transfers.
o S/PDIF output support has been added to the ac97(4), auich(4),
auvia(4) and azalia(4) drivers.
o azalia(4) mixer has been clarified and simplified, support for 20-bit
and 24-bit encodings has been added.
o The gbe(4) frame buffer driver now supports acceleration.
- New tools:
o ypldap(8), an YP server using LDAP as a backend.
o xcompmgr(1) was added to xenocara.
- New functionality:
o The libc resolver(3) may now be forced to perform lookups by TCP
only using a new resolv.conf(5) option. The nameserver declaration
in resolv.conf(5) has also been extended to allow specification
of non-default nameserver ports.
o apropos(1) has two new options (-S and -s) to allow searching by
machine architecture and manual section.
o aucat(1) now has audio server capability. Audio devices can be
shared between multiple applications. Applications can run natively
on fixed sample rate devices or on devices with unusual encodings.
Multi-channel audio devices can be split into smaller independent
o aucat(1) now has a deviceless mode, in which it can be used as a
general purpose audio file format conversion utility (to mix,
demultiplex, resample or reencode files).
o ifconfig(8) can now list channels supported by an IEEE 802.11 device.
o New views were added to systat(8): malloc, bucket and pool. Improvements
were made to existing views.
o vnconfig(8) can now create devices with arbitrary geometry with the
new -t option.
o FFS filesystems are now supported on most devices, e.g. CD's, that have
sector sizes other than 512 bytes.
o Disklabels are now correctly placed and found on most devices,
e.g. CD's, that have sector sizes other than 512 bytes.
- Assorted improvements and code cleanup:
o malloc(3) has gained new attack mitigation measures; critical
bookkeeping structures are protected at runtime using mprotect(2)
and allocated at random addresses where possible.
o A new version of the gdtoa code has been integrated, bringing
better C99 support to printf(3) and friends.
o Vastly improved C99 support in libm, including complex math support.
- Install/Upgrade process changes:
o crunchgen(1) and crunchide(1) have been merged into crunchgen(8),
which is now built and installed by default.
o mksuncd(1) now lives in base and is installed by default.
o CD-ROM installs are now supported on SGI.
o Accept initial root passwords containing backslash characters.
o Install now allows multiple interfaces to be configured with dhcp(8).
o Upgrades now use the minimal protocols(5) and services(5) files
provided on the install media.
o The install media no longer contain a disktab(5) file.
o Serial console speed is correctly determined on macppc.
- OpenSSH 5.2:
o New features:
o Added an option to ssh(1) to force logging to syslog rather
o The sshd_config(5) ForceCommand directive now accepts commandline
arguments for the internal-sftp server.
o The ssh(1) ~C escape commandline now support runtime creation of
dynamic port forwards.
o Support the SOCKS4A protocol in ssh(1) dynamic forwards.
o Support remote port forwarding with a listen port of '0'.
o sshd(8) now supports setting PermitEmptyPasswords and
AllowAgentForwarding in Match blocks.
o The following significant bugs have been fixed in this release:
o Repair a ssh(1) crash introduced in openssh-5.1 when the
client is sent a zero-length banner.
o The email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org protocol
extensions are now only sent to peers that identify
themselves as OpenSSH.
o Avoid printing "Non-public channel" warnings in sshd(8), since ssh(1)
has sent incorrect channel numbers since ~2004; make ssh(1) send the
correct channel number for SSH2_MSG_CHANNEL_SUCCESS and
o Avoid double-free in ssh(1) ~C escape -L handler.
o Correct fail-on-error behaviour in sftp(1) batchmode for remote
o Avoid hang in ssh(1) when attempting to connect to a server that
has MaxSessions set to zero.
- Over 5,500 ports, minor robustness improvements in package tools.
o Many pre-built packages for each architecture:
i386: 5379 sparc64: 5174 alpha: 5132 sh: 1543
amd64: 5312 powerpc: 5162 sparc: 2651 mips64: 3278
arm: 4120 hppa: 4689 vax: 1718
o Highlights include:
o Gnome 2.24.3.
o GNUstep 1.18.0.
o KDE 3.5.10.
o Mozilla Firefox 3.0.6.
o Mozilla Thunderbird 126.96.36.199.
o MySQL 5.0.77.
o OpenOffice.org 2.4.2 and 3.0.1.
o PostgreSQL 8.3.6.
o Xfce 4.4.3.
o OpenArena 0.8.1 (only for amd64, i386 and macppc)
- As usual, steady improvements in manual pages and other documentation.
- The system includes the following major components from outside
o Xenocara (based on X.Org 7.4 + patches, freetype 2.3.7,
fontconfig 2.4.2, Mesa 7.2, xterm 239 and more)
o Gcc 2.95.3 (+ patches) and 3.3.5 (+ patches)
o Perl 5.10.0 (+ patches)
o Our improved and secured version of Apache 1.3, with SSL/TLS
and DSO support
o OpenSSL 0.9.8j (+ patches)
o Groff 1.15
o Sendmail 8.14.3, with libmilter
o Bind 9.4.2-P2 (+ patches)
o Lynx 2.8.5rel.4 with HTTPS and IPv6 support (+ patches)
o Sudo 1.7
o Ncurses 5.2
o Latest KAME IPv6
o Heimdal 0.7.2 (+ patches)
o Arla 0.35.7
o Binutils 2.15 (+ patches)
o Gdb 6.3 (+ patches)
If you'd like to see a list of what has changed between OpenBSD 4.4
and 4.5, look at
Even though the list is a summary of the most important changes
made to OpenBSD, it still is a very very long list.
We provide patches for known security threats and other important
issues discovered after each CD release. As usual, between the
creation of the OpenBSD 4.5 FTP/CD-ROM binaries and the actual 4.5
release date, our team found and fixed some new reliability problems
(note: most are minor and in subsystems that are not enabled by
default). Our continued research into security means we will find
new security problems -- and we always provide patches as soon as
possible. Therefore, we advise regular visits to
Security patch announcements are sent to the security-announce@OpenBSD.org
mailing list. For information on OpenBSD mailing lists, please see:
OpenBSD 4.5 is also available on CD-ROM. The 3-CD set costs $50 CDN and
is available via mail order and from a number of contacts around the
world. The set includes a colourful booklet which carefully explains the
installation of OpenBSD. A new set of cute little stickers is also
included (sorry, but our FTP mirror sites do not support STP, the Sticker
Transfer Protocol). As an added bonus, the second CD contains an audio
track, a song entitled "Games". MP3 and OGG versions of the audio track
can be found on the first CD.
Lyrics (and an explanation) for the songs may be found at:
Profits from CD sales are the primary income source for the OpenBSD
project -- in essence selling these CD-ROM units ensures that OpenBSD
will continue to make another release six months from now.
The OpenBSD 4.5 CD-ROMs are bootable on the following four platforms:
(Other platforms must boot from floppy, network, or other method).
For more information on ordering CD-ROMs, see:
The above web page lists a number of places where OpenBSD CD-ROMs
can be purchased from. For our default mail order, go directly to:
All of our developers strongly urge you to buy a CD-ROM and support
our future efforts. Additionally, donations to the project are
highly appreciated, as described in more detail at:
For those unable to make their contributions as straightforward gifts,
the OpenBSD Foundation (http://www.openbsdfoundation.org) is a Canadian
not-for-profit corporation that can accept larger contributions and
issue receipts. In some situations, their receipt may qualify as a
business expense writeoff, so this is certainly a consideration for
some organizations or businesses. There may also be exposure benefits
since the Foundation may be interested in participating in press releases.
In turn, the Foundation then uses these contributions to assist OpenBSD's
infrastructure needs. Contact the foundation directors at
email@example.com for more information.
The OpenBSD distribution companies also sell tshirts and polo shirts.
And our users like them too. We have a variety of shirts available,
with the new and old designs, from our web ordering system at, as
The OpenBSD 4.5 t-shirts are available now. We also sell our older
shirts, as well as a selection of OpenSSH t-shirts.
If you choose not to buy an OpenBSD CD-ROM, OpenBSD can be easily
installed via FTP. Typically you need a single small piece of boot
media (e.g., a boot floppy) and then the rest of the files can be
installed from a number of locations, including directly off the
Internet. Follow this simple set of instructions to ensure that
you find all of the documentation you will need while performing
an install via FTP. With the CD-ROMs, the necessary documentation
is easier to find.
1) Read either of the following two files for a list of ftp
mirrors which provide OpenBSD, then choose one near you:
As of May 1, 2009, the following ftp mirror sites have the 4.5 release:
ftp://ftp2.usa.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/4.5/ NYC, USA
ftp://ftp3.usa.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/4.5/ CO, USA
ftp://ftp5.usa.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/4.5/ CA, USA
ftp://rt.fm/pub/OpenBSD/4.5/ IL, USA
The release is also available at the master site:
ftp://ftp.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/4.5/ Alberta, Canada
However it is strongly suggested you use a mirror.
Other mirror sites may take a day or two to update.
2) Connect to that ftp mirror site and go into the directory
pub/OpenBSD/4.5/ which contains these files and directories.
This is a list of what you will see:
ANNOUNCEMENT amd64/ macppc/ sys.tar.gz
Changelogs/ armish/ mvme68k/ tools/
HARDWARE ftplist packages/ vax/
PACKAGES hp300/ ports.tar.gz xenocara.tar.gz
PORTS hppa/ root.mail zaurus/
README i386/ sparc/
SIZES landisk/ sparc64/
alpha/ mac68k/ src.tar.gz
It is quite likely that you will want at LEAST the following
files which apply to all the architectures OpenBSD supports.
README - generic README
HARDWARE - list of hardware we support
PORTS - description of our "ports" tree
PACKAGES - description of pre-compiled packages
root.mail - a copy of root's mail at initial login.
(This is really worthwhile reading).
3) Read the README file. It is short, and a quick read will make
sure you understand what else you need to fetch.
4) Next, go into the directory that applies to your architecture,
for example, i386. This is a list of what you will see:
INSTALL.i386 cd45.iso floppyB45.fs pxeboot*
INSTALL.linux cdboot* floppyC45.fs xbase45.tgz
MD5 cdbr* game45.tgz xetc45.tgz
base45.tgz cdemu45.iso index.txt xfont45.tgz
bsd* comp45.tgz install45.iso xserv45.tgz
bsd.mp* etc45.tgz man45.tgz xshare45.tgz
bsd.rd* floppy45.fs misc45.tgz
If you are new to OpenBSD, fetch _at least_ the file INSTALL.i386
and the appropriate floppy*.fs or install45.iso files. Consult the
INSTALL.i386 file if you don't know which of the floppy images
you need (or simply fetch all of them).
If you use the install45.iso file (roughly 200MB in size), then you
do not need the various *.tgz files since they are contained on that
one-step ISO-format install CD.
5) If you are an expert, follow the instructions in the file called
README; otherwise, use the more complete instructions in the
file called INSTALL.i386. INSTALL.i386 may tell you that you
need to fetch other files.
6) Just in case, take a peek at:
This is the page where we talk about the mistakes we made while
creating the 4.5 release, or the significant bugs we fixed
post-release which we think our users should have fixes for.
Patches and workarounds are clearly described there.
Note: If you end up needing to write a raw floppy using Windows,
you can use "fdimage.exe" located in the pub/OpenBSD/4.5/tools
directory to do so.
X.Org has been integrated more closely into the system. This release
contains X.Org 7.4. Most of our architectures ship with X.Org, including
amd64, sparc, sparc64 and macppc. During installation, you can install
X.Org quite easily. Be sure to try out xdm(1) and see how we have
customized it for OpenBSD.
The OpenBSD ports tree contains automated instructions for building
third party software. The software has been verified to build and
run on the various OpenBSD architectures. The 4.5 ports collection,
including many of the distribution files, is included on the 3-CD
set. Please see the PORTS file for more information.
Note: some of the most popular ports, e.g., the Apache web server
and several X applications, come standard with OpenBSD. Also, many
popular ports have been pre-compiled for those who do not desire
to build their own binaries (see BINARY PACKAGES, below).
A large number of binary packages are provided. Please see the PACKAGES
file (ftp://ftp.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/4.5/PACKAGES) for more details.
The CD-ROMs contain source code for all the subsystems explained
above, and the README (ftp://ftp.openbsd.org/pub/OpenBSD/4.5/README)
file explains how to deal with these source files. For those who
are doing an FTP install, the source code for all four subsystems
can be found in the pub/OpenBSD/4.5/ directory:
xenocara.tar.gz ports.tar.gz src.tar.gz sys.tar.gz
OpenBSD 4.5 includes artwork and CD artistic layout by Ty Semaka,
who also arranged an audio track on the OpenBSD 4.5 CD set. Ports
tree and package building by Jasper Lievisse Adriaanse, Michael Erdely,
Simon Bertrang, Stuart Henderson, Antoine Jacoutot, Robert Nagy,
Nikolay Sturm, and Christian Weisgerber. System builds by Theo de Raadt,
Mark Kettenis, and Miod Vallat. X11 builds by Todd Fries and Miod Vallat.
ISO-9660 filesystem layout by Theo de Raadt.
We would like to thank all of the people who sent in bug reports, bug
fixes, donation cheques, and hardware that we use. We would also like
to thank those who pre-ordered the 4.5 CD-ROM or bought our previous
CD-ROMs. Those who did not support us financially have still helped
us with our goal of improving the quality of the software.
Our developers are:
Alexander Bluhm, Alexander Schrijver, Alexander Yurchenko,
Alexander von Gernler, Alexandre Ratchov, Alexey Vatchenko,
Anders Magnusson, Andreas Gunnarsson, Anil Madhavapeddy,
Antoine Jacoutot, Ariane van der Steldt, Artur Grabowski,
Austin Hook, Bernd Ahlers, Bob Beck, Bret Lambert, Can Erkin Acar,
Chad Loder, Charles Longeau, Chris Kuethe, Christian Weisgerber,
Claudio Jeker, Constantine A. Murenin, Dale Rahn, Damien Bergamini,
Damien Miller, Darren Tucker, David Gwynne, David Hill,
David Krause, Eric Faurot, Esben Norby, Federico G. Schwindt,
Felix Kronlage, Gilles Chehade, Giovanni Bechis, Gordon Willem Klok,
Hans-Joerg Hoexer, Henning Brauer, Ian Darwin, Igor Sobrado,
Jacek Masiulaniec, Jacob Meuser, Jakob Schlyter, Janne Johansson,
Jared Yanovich, Jason Dixon, Jason George, Jason McIntyre,
Jasper Lievisse Adriaanse, Joel Sing, Joerg Goltermann, Jolan Luff,
Jonathan Gray, Jordan Hargrave, Joris Vink, Joshua Stein,
Kenneth R Westerback, Kevin Lo, Kevin Steves, Kjell Wooding,
Kurt Miller, Landry Breuil, Laurent Fanis, Marc Balmer, Marc Espie,
Marco Peereboom, Marco Pfatschbacher, Marco S Hyman, Marcus Glocker,
Mark Kettenis, Mark Uemura, Markus Friedl, Martin Reindl,
Martynas Venckus, Mathieu Sauve-Frankel, Mats O Jansson,
Matthias Kilian, Matthieu Herrb, Michael Erdely, Michael Knudsen,
Michele Marchetto, Mike Belopuhov, Mike Larkin, Miod Vallat,
Moritz Jodeit, Nick Holland, Nikolay Sturm, Okan Demirmen,
Oleg Safiullin, Otto Moerbeek, Owain Ainsworth, Paul Irofti,
Paul de Weerd, Pedro Martelletto, Peter Hessler, Peter Stromberg,
Peter Valchev, Philip Guenther, Pierre-Emmanuel Andre,
Pierre-Yves Ritschard, Rainer Giedat, Ray Lai, Reyk Floeter,
Robert Nagy, Rui Reis, Ryan Thomas McBride, Simon Bertrang,
Stefan Kempf, Stefan Sperling, Steven Mestdagh, Stuart Henderson,
Ted Unangst, Theo de Raadt, Thordur I. Bjornsson, Tobias Stoeckmann,
Tobias Weingartner, Todd C. Miller, Todd Fries, Will Maier,
Xavier Santolaria, Yojiro Uo