pfSense 2.3.5-RELEASE now available

pfSense® software version 2.3.5 is now available for upgrades!

As we have promised, will will continue to deliver security and stability fixes to the pfSense 2.3.x line even after we have released pfSense 2.4.0, since i386 and NanoBSD were deprecated in pfSense 2.4.0. These updates will continue for a minimum of one year after the pfSense 2.4.0 release date, which means they will continue through at least October 2018.

Important Information

At this time, pfSense 2.3.x is a Security and Errata maintenance branch only. pfSense 2.4.x is the primary stable supported branch. If the firewall hardware is capable of running pfSense 2.4.x, consider upgrading to that release instead.

In case you missed the pfSense 2.4.0 release, see the 2.4.0 Release Notes and the previous 2.4.0 Release Highlights post.

Upgrading to pfSense 2.3.5-RELEASE

Updating to pfSense 2.3.5 from pfSense 2.3.4 on an amd64 installation that could otherwise use pfSense 2.4.x requires configuring the firewall to stay on pfSense 2.3.x releases as follows:

  • Navigate to System > Update, Update Settings tab
  • Set Branch to Security / Errata Only
  • Navigate back to the Update tab to see the latest pfSense 2.3.x update

The same change is required to see pfSense 2.3.x packages for users staying on pfSense 2.3.x.

If the update system offers an upgrade to pfSense 2.3.5 but the upgrade will not proceed, ensure that the firewall is set to the correct update branch as mentioned above. If the firewall is on the correct branch, refresh the repository configuration and upgrade script by running the following commands from the console or shell:

pkg install -fy pfSense-repo pfSense-upgrade

Firewalls running 32-bit (i386) installations of pfSense software do not need to take any special actions to remain on 2.3.x as they are unable to run later versions.

Highlights

pfSense software version 2.3.5 includes the following changes, and more:

  • Fixes for the set of WPA2 Key Reinstallation Attack issues commonly known as KRACK (FreeBSD-SA-17:07.wpa)
  • A number of base system packages have been updated to address security issues, including dnsmasq, perl, cURL, and others.
  • Fixed an XSS in RRD graphs
  • WebGUI improvements, such as a new login page, improved GET/POST CSRF handling, significant improvements to the Dashboard and its AJAX handling

For more details, see the Release Notes.

Reporting Issues

This release is ready for a production use. Should any issues come up with pfSense 2.3.5-RELEASE, please post about them on the the forum, the mailing list, or on the /r/pfSense subreddit.

Thanks!

pfSense software is Open Source

For those who wish to review the source code in full detail, the changes are all publicly available in three repositories on GitHub:

Download

Downloads are available on the mirrors as usual.

Downloads for New Installs and Upgrades to Existing Firewalls – note that it is typically easier to use the auto-update functionality, then there is no need to download anything manually. Check the Firmware Updates page for details.

Supporting the Project

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