We are excited to announce the release of pfSense® Community Edition (CE) software version 2.5.2, now available for new installations and upgrades!
This version of pfSense CE software contains several new features and enhancements, along with numerous bug fixes.
pfSense software Community Edition version 2.5.2-RELEASE updates and installation images are available for download now.
This version of pfSense CE software includes:
- WireGuard can now be installed as an experimental add-on package
- Additional hardware support
- Fixes for AES-NI encryption
- 50+ bug fixes and other minor improvements
For more details, see the Release Notes and Redmine.
Please note, as stated here in March 2019, AES-NI is not required to run pfSense software version 2.5.0 or later.
IMPORTANT: Proceed with caution when upgrading pfSense software while COVID-19 travel restrictions are in effect.
During this time of travel limitations, remote upgrades of pfSense software should be carefully considered, and avoided where possible. Travel restrictions may complicate any repair of any issue, including hardware-related issues that render the system unreachable. Should these issues require onsite physical access to remedy, repair of the issue may not be possible while travel restrictions related to COVID-19 are in effect.
Due to the significant nature of the changes in this upgrade, warnings and error messages are likely to occur while the upgrade is in process. In particular, errors from PHP and package updates may be observed on the console and in logs. In nearly all cases these errors are a harmless side effect of the inconsistent state of the system during the upgrade from changes in the operating system, libraries, and PHP versions. Once the upgrade completes, the system will be in a consistent state again. Only errors which persist after the upgrade are significant.
Always take a backup of the firewall configuration prior to any major change to the firewall, such as an upgrade.
Do not update packages before upgrading! Either remove all packages or do not update packages before running the upgrade.
The upgrade will take several minutes to complete. The exact time varies based on download speed, hardware speed, and other factors such installed packages. Be patient during the upgrade and allow the firewall enough time to complete the entire process. After the update packages finish downloading it could take 10-20 minutes or more until the upgrade process ends. The firewall may reboot several times during the upgrade process. Monitor the upgrade from the firewall console for the most accurate view.
If the update check fails, or the update does not complete, run
pkg install -y pfSense-upgrade to ensure that
pfSense-upgrade is present.
Consult the Upgrade Guide for additional information about performing upgrades to pfSense software.
Upgrading to the new release
Updating from an earlier release to this release is possible via the usual methods:
From the GUI:
- Navigate to System > Update
- Set Branch to Next stable version
- Click Confirm to start the upgrade process
From the console or ssh:
- Select option 13 OR select option 8 and run
See Upgrade Troubleshooting for the most up-to-date information on working around upgrade issues.
If the update system does not offer an upgrade to the current release or the upgrade will not proceed, take the following steps:
- Navigate to System > Updates
- Set Branch to Next stable version
- Refresh the repository configuration and upgrade script by running the following commands from the console or shell:
pkg-static clean -ay; pkg-static install -fy pkg pfSense-repo pfSense-upgrade
This release is ready for production use. Should any issues come up with pfSense CE software version 2.5.2, please post about them on the forum or on the /r/pfSense subreddit.