IPFire Linux Firewall Distro Now Supports WPA3 to Make Wi-Fi Safe Again

IPFire 2.25 Core Update 141 released

Michael Tremer announced today the release and general availability of IPFire 2.25 Core Update 153, a new important update to the hardened open source firewall Linux distribution adding WPA3 support.

The biggest change in the IPFire 2.25 Core Update 153 release is the implementation of support for the latest WPA3 security standard for Wi-Fi networks. WPA3 is now supported by default in IPFire and can be enabled alongside WPA2 to support as many devices as possible while keeping your wireless network secure.

In addition to enabling WPA3 support, IPFire users can also enable the 802.11w standard, also known as Management Frame Protection for an extra layer of security, hardening your Wi-Fi network against attackers who try to de-authenticate stations.

“WPA3 is the new upcoming standard to protect wireless connections and is now supported in IPFire,” said Michael Tremer. “It can be enabled together with WPA2 so that you can support any devices that do not support WPA3.”

The IPFire 2.25 Core Update 153 release also comes with updated Linux kernel (version 4.14.212) and intel-microcode firmware (version 20201118) to address the latest Intel CPU security vulnerabilities, as well as the latest OpenSSL 1.1.1i release, which fixes an important security vulnerability.

IPFire’s Location Database feature has been updated as well to further improve its accuracy, optimize the database import and export algorithms, as well as to boost its performance when loading data need for firewall rules from the location database into the Linux kernel.

Among other noteworthy changes, IPFire 2.25 Core Update 153 makes it possible to to exclude YouTube in Safe Search, adds highlighting of network devices assigned to a zone in the Zone Configuration page, improves the log summary, re-implements support for DuckDNS, updates the IP Address Information page to display the Autonomous System for each IP address, and makes the web-based UI accessible on low-memory systems.

It also includes many updated packages and add-ons, such as Bash 5.0.18, cURL 7.73.0, file 5.39, Ghostscript 9.53.3, Go 1.15.4, Knot DNS 3.0.2, libhtp 0.5.63, OpenVPN 2.5.0, pcengines-firmware, strongSwan 5.9.1, Suricata 5.0.5, Tor, Transmission 3.00, tzdata 2020d, usb_modeswitch 2.6.1, usb_modeswitch_data 20191128, spectre-meltdown-checker 0.44, and vdr 2.4.4.

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