Mon. Dec 16th, 2019

IPFire 2.23 – Core Update 139 is available for testing

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IPFire is a Linux distribution, which focuses on ease of equipment, easy operation and high level of security. It is an intuitive web-based interface for operational management, the interface for the novice and experienced system administrator to provide a lot of intuitive configuration options. IPFire is maintained by a group of developers who are concerned about security and frequently update the product to keep it safe. IPFire comes with a custom package manager called Pakfire, which can also be extended with a variety of attachments.

IPfire 2.23 – Core Update 139 is available for testing.

Changelog

Improved Booting & Reconnecting

Dialup scripts have been cleaned up to avoid any unnecessary delays after the system has been handed a DHCP lease from the Internet Service Provider. This allows the system to reconnect quicker after loss of the Internet connection and booting up and connecting to the Internet is quicker, too.

Improvements to the Intrusion Prevention System

Various smaller bug fixes have been applied in this Core Update which makes our IPS a little bit better with every release. To take advantage of deeper analysis of DNS packets, the IPS is now informed about which DNS servers are being used by the system.

TLS

IPFire is configured as securely as possible. At the same time we focus on performance, too. For connections to the web user interface, we do not allow using CBC any more. This cipher mode is begin to crack and the more robust GCM is available.

Whenever an SSL/TLS connection is being established to the firewall, we used to prefer ChaCha20/Poly1305 as a cipher. Since AESNI is becoming and more and more popular even on smaller hardware, it makes sense to prefer AES. A vast majority of client systems support this as well which will allow to communicate faster with IPFire systems and save battery power.

Misc.

  • The microcode for Intel processors has been updated again to mitigate vulnerabilities from the last Core Update
  • PC Engines APU LEDs are now controlled using the ACPI subsystem which is made possible using the latest BIOS version 4.10.0.3
  • Captive Portal: Expired clients are now automatically removed
  • Dynamic DNS: Support for NoIP.com has been fixed in ddns 12
  • Updated packages: Python 2.7.17, bash 5.0, bind 9.11.13, cpio 2.13, libarchive 3.4.0, logwatch 7.5.2, lz4 1.9.2, openvpn 2.4.8, openssh 8.1p1, readline 8.0 (and compat version 6.3), squid 4.9, unbound 1.9.5

Add-Ons

  • clamav has been updated to 0.102.1 which include various security fixes
  • libvirt has been updated to version 5.6.0 for various bug fixes or feature enhancements and support for LVM has been enabled.
  • qemu has been updated to 4.1.0
  • Various others: nano 4.6, postfix 3.4.8, spectre-meltdown-checker 0.42

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