Archive for 2014

2.1.2 Release Now available

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

pfSense release 2.1.2 follows less than a week after pfSense release 2.1.1.  pfSense 2.1.2 is primarily a security release.

Security Fixes

The Heartbleed OpenSSL bug and another OpenSSL bug which enables a side-channel attack are both covered by the following security announcements:

Packages also have their own independent fixes and need updating. During the firmware update process the packages will be properly reinstalled.   If this fails for any reason, uninstall and then reinstall packages to ensure that the latest version of the binaries is in use.
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2.1.1-RELEASE now available

Friday, April 4th, 2014

I’m happy to announce the release of pfSense 2.1.1.

The largest change is to close the following security issues / CVEs:

  • FreeBSD-SA-14:01.bsnmpd / CVE-2014-1452
  • FreeBSD-SA-14:02.ntpd / CVE-2013-5211
  • FreeBSD-SA-14:03.openssl / CVE-2013-4353, CVE-2013-6449, CVE-2013-6450

Other than these, the em/igb/ixgb/ixgbe drivers have been upgraded to add support for i210 and i354 NICs.   Some Intel 10Gb Ethernet NICs will also see improved performance.

The release is making its way to the mirrors now. The complete list of significant changes can also be found here including more details on the above.

pfSense on m3.medium and m3.large Amazon EC2 instances

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The Netgate pfSense® marketplace AMI can run on the new m3.medium and m3.large instance types with significantly lower AWS usage charges than on the previously available m3.xlarge instance type.

The existing user guide now has a section that mentions “Protecting a private network in VPC”, or you can just read the new section on using VPC with pfSense.

 

March Hang Out Today – Squid and Squidguard

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Our March 2014 hang out is this afternoon at 13:00 US Central time. This month, Jim Pingle is presenting on Squid and Squidguard, the winner of the poll on the forum where the community voted on the next topic. Gold subscribers can find the link after logging into the members area, as usual. The recording and slides will be available for subscribers within a couple hours of the meeting’s completion, along with a fun sample page Jim’s put together.

Mark your calendars for April 18 at the same time for next month’s session.

 

Vote for March 2014 Hang Out Topic

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

We’re having the community choose the topic for March’s hang out. You can vote here, and add additional suggestions not on the list as replies on that thread.

Come see us at SCALE this weekend

Friday, February 21st, 2014

I’ll be manning our table at SCALE this weekend in the exhibition space. Stop by and chat if you’ll be there. Look forward to meeting some of you there!

February Hang Out this Friday, February 21

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Our February Hang Out for Support and Gold subscribers will be this Friday, February 21, at 13:00 US Central time. You’ll find the link and other information under “February 2014 Hang Out” after logging in to the members area.

We’re going to discuss VPN options and where each is most appropriate, then continue on to an introduction to IPsec. There will be some time for questions at the end.

Also, mark your calendars for March 21 at the same time for next month’s session.

NYC*BSDcon 2014

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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I’ll be at NYC*BSDcon next weekend (February 8, 2014).

Be sure to say, “Hi” if you see me.

Recordings of Hang Outs available

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

The video and audio recording and slides from January’s hang out are available for Gold and Support subscribers after logging in to the members section.

You’ll see the “Hang Outs Archive” link there after logging in.

If you’re not yet a subscriber and want a taste of what these are like, December’s video and audio archive is freely available here: pfSense December Hang Out recording

The slides for December are up for members only at the same place as the January files noted above.

We’ll have a post up soon with the specifics for February’s session.

January Hang Out – Project News, Firewall and NAT Fundamentals Tutorial

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

January’s hang out/webcast is this Friday, January 24, at 1:00 PM US Central time. We’ll start out going over all the latest happenings with the project. Then we’ll have a tutorial on firewall and NAT fundamentals. I’ll go through how things work, best practices, and some guidance for troubleshooting. There will also be time for questions. This session is available for gold and support subscribers only. You can find the link to join after logging into your account here, under January Hang Out Details.

If you can’t make it while we’re live, you’ll find the recording archived in the members area shortly after we’re finished.

Look forward to having you there!