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Announcing Netgate Global Support!

Scott Davis | June 01, 2017

Netgate Global Support has arrived! Netgate is very excited to announce our new multi-channel enterprise support offering to all of our customers. We believe that this new support structure will take our line of pfSen...

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pfSense 2.4.0-RC Now Available!

pfSense software version 2.4.0-RC is now available! This release candidate is representative of the final release, and barring any show-stopping problems, will be nearly identical to the final 2.4.0 release.

pfSense Software Version 2.4-RELEASE Highlights

Team pfSense continues to move the world’s largest Open Source firewall forward with the completion of development and upcoming release of pfSense version 2.4. This is a short overview of brand new features and changes we’re excited to bring forward to the community. The full feature list is available as always on our wiki.

pfSense 2.3.4-p1 RELEASE Now Available!

pfSense software version 2.3.4-p1 is now available! This is a maintenance/errata patch available by running an update from an existing installation and it does not have a standalone installer to download.

Important update for OpenVPN

OpenVPN was analyzed by Guido Vranken using a fuzzer, which uncovered several vulnerabilities. Some of these vulnerabilities have the potential to be remotely exploitable in certain circumstances. For the full details, read the security advisory issued by OpenVPN. These vulnerabilities have been assigned IDs CVE-2017-7508, CVE-2017-7520, CVE-2017-7521, and CVE-2017-7522.

pfSense Brand Refresh

On Monday, June 5, 2017, Netgate®, the host of the pfSense® Project, unveiled its new company brand, as well as an updated brand logo for pfSense software. The pfSense distribution has been available as an open source firewall since 2006. As the undisputed leader of open source firewalls, pfSense now has over 600,000 installs - providing IT security for consumer, businesses, higher education institutions, and government agencies on all seven continents.

Announcing Netgate Global Support!

Netgate Global Support has arrived! Netgate is very excited to announce our new multi-channel enterprise support offering to all of our customers. We believe that this new support structure will take our line of pfSense Security Gateway appliances to the next level by increasing your confidence that your pfSense firewall is covered when you need it the most. 

Introducing SG-2320 and SG-2340 appliances (UPDATED)

Update 24 May 2017 We have decided to withdraw the announced SG-2320 and SG-2340 pfSense security appliances from sale. There is an underlying FreeBSD issue with the HDMI-based console that we foresee as a showstopper in the field for many of our customers and partners. We apologize for this, but we believe it is the right thing for everyone who relies on Netgate system and pfSense software to support their critical security infrastructure.

More on AES-NI

There have been some concerns expressed about the requirement for AES-NI (or other offload) with pfSense 2.5, as announced two days ago.

pfSense 2.5 and AES-NI

We’re starting the process toward pfSense software release 2.3.4. pfSense software release 2.4 is close as well, and will bring a number of improvements: UEFI, translations to at least five lanuguages, ZFS, FreeBSD 11 base, new login page, OpenVPN 2.4 and more. pfSense version 2.4 requires a 64-bit Intel or AMD CPU, and nanobsd images are no longer a part of pfSense as of version 2.4.

Building a Behemoth Router

The $20 billion router market is poised for disruption by lower cost, more flexible software-based routers. Routing software and x86 hardware have simultaneously matured to the point where many routing applications can be performed in virtual appliances and no longer require specialized ASIC-driven hardware.

Bite the wax tadpole

In the 1920s, when Coca-Cola was first translated phonetically into Chinese, the resultant phrase meant “bite the wax tadpole”.  Coke finally marketed its product under an alternate phrase, which sounded less like “Coca-Cola” but carried the more appetizing meaning “can mouth, can happy.” Pepsi too had problems with Chinese when their slogan “Come Alive with the Pepsi Generation” was translated for a Taiwanese billboard as “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the dead.” KFC (formerly known as Kentucky Fried Chicken) found that its “Finger-Lickin’ Good” slogan was translated into Chinese as the admonition “Eat Your Fingers Off.”

pfSense 2.3.3-p1 RELEASE Now Available!

pfSense software version 2.3.3-p1 is now available! This is a maintenance/errata patch available by running an update from an existing installation and it does not have a standalone installer to download.

The pfSense blog has been moved to netgate.com

As part of our effort to provide a more consistent user experience across our websites, we moved the pfSense blog to www.netgate.com. This also allows us to get rid of our only instance of WordPress, as www.netgate.com currently uses a static site generator, greatly reducing the threat surface of our infrastructure.

XSS, GET and POST

There is recent work converting pages in the pfSense software webGUI to use POST rather than GET. This work is scheduled to appear in pfSense software version 2.4.

Clock Signal Component Issue

Netgate has become aware of an issue related to a component manufactured by one supplier that affects some of our products. This is a widely-used component that is used by many companies around the world.

pfSense® software translations with Zanata

Zanata is a web-based translation platform for managing localization projects. A lot of effort is expended in making sure that pfSense® software fully supports localization, but until today it has not been easy for people to contribute the actual translations. Now, however, the pfSense project has been added to the online, open-source Zanata platform and translating could hardly be easier!

Announcing a new trademark policy for pfSense

Many individuals in our community have posed questions regarding the sale of pfSense® software and the ‘rules’ surrounding open source licensing, trademark usage, logo display, etc.

Netgate Taps InfoSec Global for pfSense Code Review

Information and network security solutions that claim to protect businesses from bad actors on the Internet is big business. Unfortunately, many of those vendors sell promises of mitigation based on fear. The best way to understand how you are actually being protected is to audit the security software being used. An independent code review is one of the most fundamental and significant steps that occurs during the software development process.

24 x 7 Support now Available

Netgate®, the leading provider of open source security solutions and the host of the pfSense® open source firewall project is proud to announce the availability of professional 24x7 support for pfSense software.

pfSense moves to Apache License

With the pending departure of Chris Buechler, we wanted to find a way to express to the community our continued commitment to keep pfSense® software open source.

Moving Forward

Over the past few months, the Netgate® engineering team and our community contributors have delivered the software foundation for a new era of pfSense® technology.