FreeNAS 0.8 Beta is now available for testing and can be downloaded from http://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/. The FreeNAS team are looking for feedback to improve the product for final release.
FreeNAS 8 Beta includes ZFS version 14 and future versions of FreeNAS will include other ZFS benefits such as De-Duplication, which conserves disk space by sending a pointer to the location of the original file for any replicated data.
The base system has migrated from FreeBSD 7.x and the m0m0wall build system to FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE and NanoBSD. The system startup has migrated from the older php scripts to the standard FreeBSD rc.d boot system. We’ve pushed many of the bug fixes and system improvements back into FreeBSD.
You can read the full release notes here: http://support.freenas.org/wiki/ReleaseNotes8r5591
Warner Losh of iXsystems has been kind enough to let me know that the first Beta of FreeNAS 0.8 is imminent, he was also kind enough to give me a sneak peak of what is coming… So I have installed this pre-Beta and made some screenshots of what we can expect in the 0.8 Beta.
Brian Adeloye of Tenable Network Security has found a vulnerability in all versions of FreeNAS before 0.7.2.5543. With this vulnerability root acccess can be gained via the web GUI without authentication.
There are two solutions:
1) Upgrade to the latest stable version of FreeNAS – 0.7.2.5543: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/stable/0.7.2/
2) Restrict web GUI access to trusted IP addresses only.
For most people using FreeNAS in their homes behind a firewall this shouldn’t be an issue, but it is worth upgrading anyway just to be 100% sure.