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This document lists errata items for FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE, containing significant information discovered after the release or too late in the release cycle to be otherwise included in the release documentation. This information includes security advisories, as well as news relating to the software or documentation that could affect its operation or usability. An up-to-date version of this document should always be consulted before installing this version of FreeBSD.

This errata document for FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE will be maintained until the FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE end of life.

1. Introduction

This errata document contains late-breaking news about FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE Before installing this version, it is important to consult this document to learn about any post-release discoveries or problems that may already have been found and fixed.

Any version of this errata document actually distributed with the release (for example, on a CDROM distribution) will be out of date by definition, but other copies are kept updated on the Internet and should be consulted as the current errata for this release. These other copies of the errata are located at, plus any sites which keep up-to-date mirrors of this location.

Source and binary snapshots of FreeBSD 8.4-STABLE also contain up-to-date copies of this document (as of the time of the snapshot).

For a list of all FreeBSD CERT security advisories, see or

2. Security Advisories

Problems described in the following security advisories have been fixed in 8.4-RELEASE. For more information, consult the individual advisories available from

Advisory Date Topic
FreeBSD-SA-13:07.bind 26 July 2013

Denial of Service vulnerability in named(8)

FreeBSD-SA-13:09.ip_multicast 21 August 2013

Integer overflow in computing the size of a temporary buffer can result in a buffer which is too small for the requested operation

FreeBSD-SA-13:10.sctp 21 August 2013

Fix a bug that could lead to kernel memory disclosure with SCTP state cookie

FreeBSD-SA-13:12.ifioctl 10 September 2013

In IPv6 and NetATM, stop SIOCSIFADDR, SIOCSIFBRDADDR, SIOCSIFDSTADDR and SIOCSIFNETMASK at the socket layer rather than pass them on to the link layer without validation or credential checks

FreeBSD-SA-13:13.nullfs 10 September 2013

Prevent cross-mount hardlinks between different nullfs mounts of the same underlying filesystem

FreeBSD-SA-14:01.bsnmpd 14 January 2014

bsnmpd remote denial of service vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-14:02.ntpd 14 January 2014

ntpd distributed reflection Denial of Service vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-14:04.bind 14 January 2014

BIND remote denial of service vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-14:05.nfsserver 8 April 2014

NFS deadlock vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-14:06.openssl 8 April 2014

ECDSA Cache Side-channel Attack in OpenSSL

FreeBSD-SA-14:08.tcp 30 April 2014

TCP reassembly vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-14:11.sendmail 5 June 2014

sendmail improper close-on-exec flag handling

FreeBSD-SA-14:12.ktrace 5 June 2014

ktrace memory disclosure

FreeBSD-SA-14:14.openssl 5 June 2014

OpenSSL multiple vulnerabilities

FreeBSD-SA-14:16.file 5 June 2014

Multiple vulnerabilities in file(1) and libmagic(3)

FreeBSD-SA-14:17.kmem 8 July 2014

kernel memory disclosure in control message and SCTP notifications

FreeBSD-SA-14:18.openssl 9 September 2014

Multiple vulnerabilities in OpenSSL

FreeBSD-SA-14:19.tcp 16 September 2014

Denial of Service in TCP packet processing

FreeBSD-SA-14:21.routed 21 October 2014

routed(8) denial of service vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-14:23.openssl 21 October 2014

Multiple vulnerabilities in OpenSSL

FreeBSD-SA-14:25.setlogin 4 November 2014

kernel stack disclosure in setlogin(2) and getlogin(2)

FreeBSD-SA-14:26.ftp 4 November 2014

Remote command execution in ftp(1)

FreeBSD-SA-14:28.file 10 December 2014

Multiple vulnerabilities in file(1) and libmagic(3)

FreeBSD-SA-14:29.bind 10 December 2014

BIND remote denial of service vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-14:31.ntp 23 December 2014

Multiple vulnerabilities in NTP suite

FreeBSD-SA-15:01.ntp 14 January 2015

Multiple vulnerabilities in OpenSSL

FreeBSD-SA-15:02.kmem 27 January 2015

Fix SCTP SCTP_SS_VALUE kernel memory corruption and disclosure vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-15:03.sctp 27 January 2015

Fix SCTP stream reset vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-15:04.igmp 25 February 2015

Integer overflow in IGMP protocol

FreeBSD-SA-15:05.igmp 25 February 2015

Remote denial of service vulnerability

FreeBSD-SA-15:06.openssl 19 March 2015

Multiple vulnerabilities

FreeBSD-SA-15:07.ntp 7 April 2015

Multiple vulnerabilities

FreeBSD-SA-15:09.ipv6 7 April 2015

Router advertisement Denial of Service

FreeBSD-SA-15:10.openssl 16 June 2015

Multiple vulnerabilities

FreeBSD-SA-15:11.bind 7 July 2015

Resolver remote denial of service

FreeBSD-SA-15:13.tcp 21 July 2015

resource exhaustion due to sessions stuck in LAST_ACK state.

FreeBSD-SA-15:15.tcp 28 July 2015

resource exhaustion in TCP reassembly

FreeBSD-SA-15:16.openssh 28 July 2015

Multiple vulnerabilities

FreeBSD-SA-15:17.bind 28 July 2015

Remote denial of service vulnerability

3. Errata Notices

Errata Date Topic
FreeBSD-EN-13:01.fxp 28 June 2013

Fixed a problem where dhclient(8) would infinitely try to intialize fxp(4)

FreeBSD-EN-13:02.vtnet 28 June 2013

Fixed a problem frames sent to additional MAC addresses are not forwarded to the vtnet(4) interface

FreeBSD-EN-13:04.freebsd-update 26 October 2013

Multiple fixes

FreeBSD-EN-13:05.freebsd-update 28 November 2013

Fix INDEX generation

FreeBSD-EN-14:01.random 14 January 2014

Disable hardware RNGs by default

FreeBSD-EN-14:02.mmap 14 January 2014

Fix incorrect coalescing of stack entry

FreeBSD-EN-14:03.pkg 15 May 2014

Add pkg bootstrapping, configuration and public keys

FreeBSD-EN-14:04.kldxref 15 May 2014

Improve build repeatability for kldxref(8)

FreeBSD-EN-14:06.exec 3 June 2014

Fix triple-fault when executing from a threaded process

FreeBSD-EN-14:08.heimdal 24 June 2014

Fix gss_pseudo_random() interoperability issue

FreeBSD-EN-14:09.jail 8 July 2014

Fix jail fails to start if WITHOUT_INET/WITHOUT_INET6 is use

FreeBSD-EN-14:10.tzdata 21 October 2014

Time zone data file update

FreeBSD-EN-14:12.zfs 4 November 2014

Fix NFSv4 and ZFS cache consistency issue

FreeBSD-EN-14:13.freebsd-update 23 December 2014

Fix directory deletion issue

FreeBSD-EN-15:02.openssl 25 February 2015

OpenSSL update

FreeBSD-EN-15:03.freebsd-update 25 February 2015

freebsd-update(8) updates libraries in suboptimal order

FreeBSD-EN-15:04.freebsd-update 13 May 2015

freebsd-update(8) does not ensure the previous upgrade has completed

FreeBSD-EN-15:06.file 9 June 2015

Multiple denial of service issues

FreeBSD-EN-15:08.sendmail 30 June 2015 (revised)

Sendmail TLS/DH interoperability improvement

4. Open Issues

[20130613] The vtnet(4) network interface driver displays the following message upon configuration when using QEMU 1.4.1 and later:

vtnet0: error setting host MAC filter table

This message is harmless when the interface has only one MAC address. The patch for this issue is filed to a PR kern/178955.

[20130609] There is incompatibility in jail(8) configuration because the jail(8) utility and rc.d/jail script has been changed. More specifically, the following sysctl(8) variables cannot be used to set the default parameters for jails:


These could be set by manually using sysctl(8) utility, the sysctl.conf(5) file, or for some of them the following variables in rc.conf(5):


These parameters must now be specified in jail_parameters (or jail_jailname_parameters for per-jail configuration) in rc.conf(5). For example:

jail_parameters="allow.sysvipc allow.raw_sockets"

The valid keywords are the following. For more detail, see jail(8) manual page.


[20130608] FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE no longer supports FreeBSD CVS repository. Some documents mistakenly refer to RELENG_8_4_0_RELEASE as CVS tag for the release and RELENG_8_4 as CVS branch tag for the 8.4-RELEASE security branch. However, FreeBSD Project no longer supports FreeBSD CVS repository and 8.4-RELEASE has been released by using FreeBSD subversion repository instead. RELENG_8_4 corresponds to svn://, and RELENG_8_4_0_RELEASE corresponds to svn:// Please note that FreeBSD source tree for 8.4-RELEASE and its security branch cannot be updated by using official CVSup servers.

[20130607] (removed about a bge(4) network interface driver issue because it was incorrect)

[20130606] The fxp(4) network interface driver may not work well with the dhclient(8) utility. More specifically, if the /etc/rc.conf has the following line:


to activate a DHCP client to configure the network interface, the following notification messages are displayed and the dhclient(8) utility keeps trying to initialize the network interface forever.

kernel: fxp0: link state changed to UP
kernel: fxp0: link state changed to DOWN

A patch to fix this issue will be released as an Errata Notice.

5. Late-Breaking News and Corrections

[20130606] As described in FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE Release Notes, FreeBSD ZFS subsystem has been updated to support feature flags for ZFS pools. However, the default version number of a newly created ZFS pool is still 28.

This is because FreeBSD 9.0 and 9.1 do not support the feature flags. This means ZFS pools with feature flag support cannot be used on FreeBSD 9.0 and 9.1. An 8.X system with v28 ZFS pools can be upgraded to 9.X with no problem. Note that zfs(8) send and receive commands do not work between pools with different versions. Once a ZFS pool is upgraded from v28, there is no way to upgrade the system to FreeBSD 9.0 and 9.1. FreeBSD 9.2 and later will support ZFS pools with feature flags.

To create a ZFS pool with feature flag support, use the zpool(8) create command and then the zpool(8) upgrade command.

Last modified on: May 15, 2021 by Allan Jude