Thursday, July 29, 2010

V4.1 Beta released

We are happy to announce that V4.1 is ready for beta testing! You can download the Beta test release for V4.1 from our nightly builds folder, just select the build with the highest release number (3173 right now) to get the latest. Or if you use the Firewall Builder rpm and deb repositories, the "testing" repository is now serving the latest V4.1 beta build as well.

http://www.fwbuilder.org/nightly_builds/fwbuilder-4.1/

While this release has been tested and we believe it is stable, you should test it prior to using it in production. If you find a bug, or if you have a suggestion on how we can improve something, please open a ticket in our SourceForge project:

https://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=1129518&group_id=5314

What's new in V4.1?

There are several new features in this version including:

  • Support for iptables ipset module (provides a dynamic group function in memory) - requires ipset module
  • New function and toolbar shortcut to view complete generated firewall script in a viewer window
  • Shortcut buttons in the main window to help new users get started more easily
  • Updated many dialog window sizes and layouts to work better for users with smaller displays (1024x768)
  • Added a new mode for stopping the firewall script called 'block'

There are also a number of smaller enhancements and bug fixes included. You can find a complete list of all the updates in the V4.1 Beta release note on our website:

http://www.fwbuilder.org/4.0/docs/firewall_builder_release_notes.html#4.1.0

If you are a licensed user, V4.1 will be a free upgrade for users that have a valid V4.0 license. We plan to officially release V4.1 in a few weeks once we are confident there are no major issues.

Mike & Vadim

Saturday, July 3, 2010

There is an article by Dru Lavigne in the July issue of BSD Magazine about using Firewall Builder with the BSD pf firewall. If you are already a Firewall Builder user managing pf firewalls you may not learn anything new from this article, but it provides a good getting started overview for new users.

It is great to see a publication like BSD Magazine showcasing Firewall Builder!

http://bsdmag.org/magazine/1267-openbsd