IPFire 2.19 - Core update 100 Released

The IPFire team announced availability of IPFire 2.19 - Core update 100 latest update in Open Source firewall distribution's 2.19 branch. This release marks a major mile stone in history of this distribution. This update introduces IPFire 2.19 for 64 bit machines for the first time.

Even though release of IPFire 2.9 update is delayed for a while, it has helped the team to fix various security vulnerabilities, especially in openssl and glibc. Also it includes many other improvements and security fixes.

Following are some miscellaneous highlights of this release:
  • Many programs and tools of the toolchain that is used have been updated. A new version of the GNU Compiler Collections offers more efficient code, stronger hardening and compatibility for C++11
    • GCC 4.9.3, binutils 2.24, bison 3.0.4, grep 2.22, m4 1.4.17, sed 4.2.2, xz 5.2.2
  • dnsmasq, the IPFire-internal DNS proxy has been updated and many instability issues have been fixed
  • openvpn has been updated to version 2.3.7 and the generated configuration files have been updated to be compatible with upcoming versions of OpenVPN
  • IPFire will now wait with booting up when the time needs to synchronised and DHCP is used until the connection is established and then continue booting up
  • bind was updated to version 9.10.3-P2
  • ntp was updated to version 4.2.8p5
  • tzdata, the database for timezone definitions, was updated to version 2016b
  • Various cosmetic fixes were done on the web user interface
  • A bug causing VLAN devices not being created when the parent NIC comes up has been fixed
  • DHCP client: Resetting the MTU on broken NICs that lose link has been fixed
  • A ramdisk to store the databases of the graphs shown in the web user interface is now used by default again on installations that use the flash image when more than 400MB of memory is available
  • A bug that the Quality of Service could not be stopped has been fixed
  • Some old code has been refurbished and some unused code has been dropped in some internal IPFire components
  See more information in original release announcement published in IPFire blog.

(64 BIT/ISO/159M)

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