Solaris Express build 64: security features update

I've upgraded my laptop from build 61 of Solaris Express to build 64 yesterday.  A few nice security features have integrated since then and the first delivery of the Network Automagic (NWAM) project.  I'd been using NWAM for quite some time now but this was the first chance I've had to use it with WPA (which I wrote about here). 

I tried a little experiment to see how automatic NWAM can be in the face of things like WPA.  So I set my router/AP to open (with MAC restriction still on) and let NWAM connect my laptop to my local LAN.  No problems.  From another machine I then changed the router/ap to use WPA and set a PSK passphrase.  As soon as I hit apply Solaris notices the connection drop and after a few seconds NWAM pulled the interface down.  Once NWAM scanned again (which by default is every 2 minutes) I got prompted graphically for the WPA passphrase for my network.  Entered it in and I was reconnected.  No bringing up preference panels or reconfiguring anything, all just automatic.   If I choose to use wired ethernet instead I just plug in the cable and NWAM automatically switches to wired ethernet.

When I started up GAIM (snv_64 still has 2.0.0beta4 not Pidgin yet) I got prompted to create a GNOME keyring master password.  GAIM migrated all my IM and IRC account passwords into the GNOME keyring.  I ranted about this previously, glad to see that in Solaris Express builds we now use the GNOME keyring.

OTR for GAIM (or it might be Pidgin by then) is in the works as well.

 

Comments:

How hard is it to upgrade from a previous build to a current build? I'm a complete Solaris beginner and have been trying to push my way through learning stuff on my own when I have spare time.
I currently have build 63 and I'm trying to get everything setup, with some difficulty at times, but I can see that someday I'll need to update to a newer build. Just the way it works, patches & all being in the newer builds. Any suggestions?
Oh, and I don't want it tos ound like I'm trying to plug myself because, honestly, it's not worth plugging, but you can read what I've found & tried so far on my blog in the url. I'm slow at updating it and finding time is hard to learn/tinker with Solaris, but I'm trying.
Thanks for any spare time slices and things you can let me know about.

Posted by Jeffrey Olson on May 15, 2007 at 09:27 AM BST #

There are two ways to do a full upgrade to a newer build of Solaris Express (these work for Solaris 10 as well).

One is normal upgrade, in this method you boot from the install media, either a local CD/DVD or over the network, and you will be asked if you want to upgrade. Thats it but you have down time and it is a point of no return.

The second way is to use live upgrade. In this method you make a copy of the existing install and upgrade that copy. You can then from the GRUB menu (x86) or OBP choose which to boot. You can have as many live upgrade boot environments as you like. The downside with the current implementation of live upgrade is that you need a spare Solaris disk slice (not an fdisk partition but a Solaris VTOC slice) to do it. That restriction will go away soon when the installer learns about ZFS boot.

Posted by Darren Moffat on May 15, 2007 at 11:05 AM BST #

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