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OpenVPN 2.3.17 on OpenBSD 6.0

On Jun 21, the OpenVPN team released an update for the 2.3.x and 2.4.x branches that resolved some newly discovered security vulnerabilities. The OpenVPN team recommends that users “upgrade to OpenVPN 2.4.3 or 2.3.17 as soon as possible“.

OpenBSD 6.0–which was released Sep 1 2016 and is still receiving security updates to the base system as per OpenBSD’s policy–shipped with a package for OpenVPN 2.3.11. Below you will find a patch and instructions for using the ports system to upgrade to version 2.3.11. Note that if you’re running OpenBSD 6.1, the ports tree has been updated to 2.4.3 so all you need to do is “cvs up” and “make install”.


  1. Follow the OpenBSD FAQ for instructions on how to download, verify, and extract the ports tree on your machine.
  2. Then:
% cd ports/net/openvpn
% patch < ~/openvpn-2.3.17p0.diff
% make install

OpenBSD on the Sixth Generation Intel NUC

Sixth Generation Intel NUC
Sixth Generation Intel NUC

I recently decided it would be fun to upgrade the hardware on my main OpenBSD machine at home (because, you know, geek). These Intel NUC machines are pretty interesting. They are pretty powerful, support a decent amount of RAM, certain models support internal storage, and they are very low power and low noise. Perfect for a machine that is a shell/email/development box.

Continue reading OpenBSD on the Sixth Generation Intel NUC

Plumbing OpenBSD Software with gdb(1)

This post is about finding and fixing a memory leak I discovered in the SNMP daemon, snmpd(8), in OpenBSD. This sort of analysis is foreign territory for me; I’m not a software hacker by day. However, using instructions written by Otto Moerbeek as my Rosetta stone and Google to fill in the blanks when it came to usage of the GNU debugger, gdb(1), I was able to find and fix the memory leak.

I’m documenting the steps I used for my future self and for others.

Continue reading Plumbing OpenBSD Software with gdb(1)


It’s May and that means a new version of OpenBSD is out. My SNMP MIBs have been updated for 5.1 and are available for download on the OpenBSD SNMP MIBs page.


During the OpenBSD 5.1 development cycle, I committed the CARP MIB to the base OpenBSD snmpd. The kernel sensor MIB has been in the base snmpd for a few releases now. That leaves the pf MIB which was committed to 5.1-current some weeks ago and will be present in the 5.2 release.

So, you’ve got a few options.

  1. Want to still run Net-SNMP with the extra MIBS? Go to the SNMP MIBs page and follow the directions. No change from previous versions. However, make plans to migrate away from Net-SNMP for OpenBSD 5.2.
  2. Only use the CARP or kernel sensors MIB? Use the base snmpd(8). There’s no configuration necessary, just run the daemon. The MIB files are in /usr/share/snmp/mibs/ (The pf MIB file is present there, but the implementation is not part of snmpd(8) in 5.1). You should also read my guide on what’s changed between the Net-SNMP and snmpd(8) implementations of the MIBs.
  3. Want to use the base snmpd(8) but still have a requirement for Net-SNMP? See my blog post on using both together.

How Unix Made Me a Better Network Engineer

I’ve had two main areas of interest in my IT career. Professionally, I’ve been a network guy. Designing, building, and supporting IP networks is what pays my bills. On the other side, I’m a Unix geek. Building, tinkering, and hacking code on Unix systems and related open source software has always been fun and challenging for me. Recently I was reflecting on my career and realized that my Unix and open source experience has played a big role in my career as a network engineer. Here’s some of the ways I believe network engineers can benefit from Unix experience. Continue reading How Unix Made Me a Better Network Engineer

Net-SNMP and snmpd Coexistence on OpenBSD

Although it would be awesome to ditch Net-SNMP altogether now that the base OpenBSD SNMP daemon has support for all of the OpenBSD-related MIBS (CARP, PF, kernel sensors), reality is that Net-SNMP still offers some features that are needed. OpenBSD doesn’t have any SNMP tools (snmpwalk, snmpset, etc) so these are still required from Net-SNMP. There’s also some unique features in the Net-SNMP daemon that are still useful if you want to do things like monitor BIND9 or Postfix statistics.

Here’s how to run both at the same time and leverage snmpd for the OpenBSD-related MIBs and the Net-SNMP daemon for its ability to retrieve data from scripts and extend itself using loadable modules and smux sub-agents. Continue reading Net-SNMP and snmpd Coexistence on OpenBSD

Switching from Net-SNMP to snmpd for CARP, PF and Sensor Monitoring

Update: For help running both snmpds at the same time, seeĀ Net-SNMP and snmpd Coexistence on OpenBSD.

Now that OPENBSD-CARP-MIB and OPENBSD-PF-MIB have been added to the base snmpd in OpenBSD (CARP-MIB will be in 5.1-release, PF-MIB in 5.2, and the SENSOR MIB has been there since 4.5), I wanted to document the differences between these MIBs and the corresponding implementation of the MIBs that I wrote for Net-SNMP.

Both implementations provide the same set of OIDs and allow the same data to be retrieved. Whatever you were querying via Net-SNMP is available via snmpd.

What has changed is the base OID where the CARP and PF MIBs are rooted at as well as the name of certain OIDs. Continue reading Switching from Net-SNMP to snmpd for CARP, PF and Sensor Monitoring