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Vero is here!


Vero has finally launched


As you may know, Raspbmc is becoming OSMC. OSMC will also become cross platform with support for a wide variety of devices. I’ve also decided to launch a flagship reference implementation of OSMC, named Vero.

If a low power, high performance device that will play almost anything is what you’re after, look no further. Vero provides more grunt where Pi can sometimes fall down (multi-tasking, library scanning and high bitrate content).

Don’t miss out! Check it out here. You’re welcome to discuss Vero on the OSMC forum here or drop me a line personally at


Raspbmc October update and some big news!

Hi everyone,

We didn’t get an update last month as I was very busy with OSMC development. OSMC is doing well and we hope to have our first proper public betas within two weeks for Raspberry Pi. Our installers for Windows, Mac and Linux are ready and you can read more here.

Very shortly, I’ll be launching a flagship piece of hardware that really showcases OSMC. That’s called Vero, and it’s a small, low-power, high performance media player. It’ll be on Kickstarter for crowdfunding shortly, and you won’t be disappointed. I’ve already shown it off on Facebook and Twitter: but only when the Kickstarter goes up will you get all the tech specs. If you were thinking of upgrading an old Pi — you may want to just hold on for a bit there.


Find out more and be the first to know when it’s on Kickstarter by checking out Vero’s site here

On to this month’s update:

  • Add support for the HiFiBerry DAC+ (For Model B+). There is also some progress on getting the Wolfson card supported.
  • Raspbmc will now send its hostname to routers for easier identification
  • Fix for JPEG decode error in Raspbmc Settings addon
  • Removal of Arora web browser to prevent crashes
  • Updated NOOBS image to fix relax loops and provide already updated filesystem
  • Updated standalone image so new users spend less time updating
  • Fix for RT-5370 WiFi not working on NOOBS images
  • Fix for intermittent issues booting NFS and USB installs (initramfs)
  • Fix an issue when installing Raspbmc via OSX Yosemite
  • AirPlay fixes for iOS 8
  • Fix issues that occur with audio playback on incomplete DTS frames
  • Updated Pulse-Eight CEC library to version 2.2
  • Full fix for the Shellshock vulnerability
  • memcpy/memset optimisations in kernel space

To get the update, all you need to do is reboot your Raspberry Pi. If you’re running an XBMC nightly, be sure to switch to ‘xbmc release’ in Raspbmc Settings to get back on the stable build.

If you enjoy Raspbmc, and this update, and would like to support continued development (which will help OSMC too), you can make a donation here. I’d appreciate it if you can spread the word about Vero — it’s going to need all the support it can get!


Security update for Shellshock

In the past 24 hours, a security vulnerability has been discovered in a shell interpreter that Raspbmc ships and uses, called Bash. This vulnerability allows command injection which could lead to remote code execution. The risk of your system being exploited is minimal, but it is better to be safe than sorry. I’m currently on vacation, but I got a little time to push this fix.

This fix resolves CVE 2014-6271. There is still another, less severe vulnerability, but a patch has not been issued by Red Hat yet. As soon as it is, I will include this as well.

To get the fix for this vulnerability, please reboot your device. If you have updates on, you will want to turn these on.

If you’d like to check you’re all patched, up you can do so via SSH:

env x='() { :;}; echo This Raspbmc device is vulnerable'  bash -c "echo Testing vulnerability"

If your system is secure, the message ‘This Raspbmc device is vulnerable will not be printed’