It is time for the next maintainance update of the IPFire series 2 which is called Core Update 58. This update comes with cryptodev, a bunch of security fixes and minor bugfixes.
cryptodev has been ported from BSD and provides the kernel crypto system to the userspace. The advantages we gain from that is much faster hashing, encryption and decryption of data. On a normal system, the performance will double, on systems that come with crypto processors like VIA Padlock or Marvell CESA, the speed will be significantly higher and the CPU load will be much lower. More information about cryptodev can be found on our wiki.
The update is shipping fixes for security issues in two packages: openssl (0.9.8u) and libpng (1.2.46).
We recommend to update to this version as soon as possible, because we think it is the best version of IPFire that has ever been released. If you think so as well, please consider a small donation.
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