IPFire 2.19 - Core Update 108 is available for testing

by Michael Tremer, December 13, 2016

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The time is ready to get the last Core Update of the year out to all our users. That means testing, testing, testing… Luckily this is a small update with only a few minor bug fixes and some security fixes in ntp and fixes in the squid web proxy.

Asynchronous Logging

Asynchronous logging is now enabled by default and not configurable any more. This made some programs that wrote an extensive amount of log messages slow down and possible unresponsive over the network which causes various problems. This was seen on systems with very slow flash media and virtual environments.


  • The check that tests DNS servers for any misconfiguration assumed some name servers being validating although they were not and very likely not working at all. This has been fixed now and systems using these broken name servers should fall back to recursor mode.
  • A problem in the firewall GUI was fixed that prohibited adding an IPsec VPN connection and OpenVPN connection with the same name to a firewall group.

Updated Core Packages

  • strongswan was updated to version 5.5.1 which fixes various bugs
  • ntp was updated to version 4.2.8p9 which fixes various security issues
  • ddns was updated to version 008

Updated Add-ons

  • nano, the text editor, was updated to version 2.7.1
  • tor, the anonymity network, was updated to version

We hope to be able to release this update just before Christmas.
So please help us testing or if you wish, help to support our project by donating.