OpenBSD gets harder to crack

Thursday, 5 June 2003, 9:28 AM EST

On the security field, nothing is quite as revealing—or as taxing—as the passage of time.

By that measure in particular, the OpenBSD development team's OpenBSD operating system stands out. The latest OpenBSD 3.3 release, which started shipping early last month, arrives with even stronger attack defenses coupled with an amazing record of just a single remotely exploitable vulnerability in more than seven years, the best security track record for any general-purpose operating system around.

eWEEK Labs has used past versions of OpenBSD for a number of years in our lab for network firewalls as well as in OpenHack security tests and have come to trust the product's rock-solid reliability and secure-out-of-the-box configuration. It's free to download or $40 for a CD version.

This release improves the package's already-powerful network filtering features with the addition of bandwidth preallocation, selective traffic prioritization and load balancing.

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