NG Firewall Version 15.1

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NG Firewall 15.1 updates the NG Firewall’s operating system to the current stable release of Debian, called Debian 10. Transitioning to the latest version of Debian ensures all vulnerabilities discovered in any previous Debian releases are addressed and patched, giving you access to the most secure operating system available.

Version 15.1 Highlights

Debian 10 Update

This release updates NG Firewall’s operating system to the current stable release of Debian, called Debian 10 (code name Debian Buster).

As with all operating systems, continued improvements are needed to maintain proper security, compatibility and functionality as technology advances. Being on the latest version of Debian ensures that all bugs, enhancements and any vulnerabilities discovered in previous releases of Debian are addressed. Debian 10 also provides driver support for additional and new network devices, including those based on Intel X553 chipsets.

For a full list of changes in NG Firewall 15.1, please see the changelog.

Pricing and Availability

Untangle NG Firewall version 15.1 is available as a free download. Current Untangle customers will be able to upgrade seamlessly at no charge.

Important Technical Notes

This release includes a Debian Linux kernel update to version 4.19.0-4 that will require a reboot and will reindex the database.

Because upgrading to NG Firewall 15.1 requires a reboot and reindexing of the database, consideration should be made on the timing for the upgrade to ensure it is done at a time when it is acceptable. For deployments with large database repositories, reindexing could take over an hour. While the database is reindexing, the appliance is online and working, but the dashboard will not be updating. Visit the Upgrade Settings page in our documentation for more information.


Version 15.0 Highlights

Threat Prevention App

  • New Threat Prevention app blocks access to IP addresses considered to be Risky or Suspicious using the Webroot BrightCloud® reputation score associated with the server hosting the service. The reputation score looks at a web page, web page associations, files, and historical security issues the page may have had, to determine the likelihood that an IP address may pose a risk to the network.

KidzSearch

  • For content sensitive locations, such as schools and libraries who have KidzSearch filtering activated in NG Firewall in place, search terms entered into Google or Bing are also filtered through a kids-appropriate filter, making the internet safer and appropriate.

Additional Enhancements

  • Administrators can now set up rules to organize alerts into folders, highlight them in their inbox, as well as specify custom information pertinent to their deployments.
  • Ability to submit a category that a URL should be classified as, through NG Firewall’s Web Filter app.

For a full list of changes in NG Firewall 15.0, please see the changelog.

Pricing and Availability

Untangle NG Firewall version 15.0 is available as a free download. Current Untangle customers will be able to upgrade seamlessly at no charge.

Threat Prevention App is included in NG Firewall Complete and is not available for individual purchase.

Webinar

Register for the Community Webinar: NG Firewall 15.0 and Threat Prevention App here.

Important Technical Notes

This release includes a Debian Linux kernel update to version 4.9.0-11 that will require a reboot.

Because upgrading to NG Firewall 15.0 requires a reboot, consideration should be made on the timing for the upgrade to ensure it is done at a time when an upgrade followed by a reboot is acceptable.

Previous Minor Release: Version 14.2 Highlights

Untangle NG Firewall 14.2 includes significant enhancements to web security and content filtering, the ability to synchronize users with Azure Active Directory, and enhancements to intrusion detection and prevention.

Visibility and Control for Educational and other Content-sensitive Environments

These capabilities provide network administrators in content-sensitive environments such as schools, libraries or social services to meet compliance requirements while safeguarding users.

  • Web Filter enables administrators to flag, block or alert based on search words on Google, YouTube, Ask, Bing, and Yahoo.
  • Enforcement of safe search for YouTube; YouTube usage can be locked down to show only content that meets the ‘safe search’ criteria.
  • Logging of YouTube searches performed on the network.
  • Enhanced malware detection with an even greater percentage of the internet categorized to block more attacks originating from web browsing.

Directory Connector: Azure Active Directory

Directory Connector has been updated to allow users to connect via Azure Active Directory. For those customers using Office365, they can now utilize their existing directory service with accounts, groups and policies already established. This saves customers time during deployment, general maintenance of user groups and policies, and when provisioning or off-boarding users.

Intrusion Prevention: Better Performance & Easier Customization

  • Intrusion Rule ID is now visible so IT admins can see which rule was responsible for a log/block action in reports.
  • UI performance updates for better user experience and faster load times.

Additional Enhancements

  • Ability to hide the network name of the wireless access point. This provides increased security from hackers and devices looking to join networks with malicious intentions.
  • Ability to set the time for Configuration Backup to be performed.

For a full list of changes in NG Firewall 14.2, please see the changelog.

Important Technical Notes on Upgrade

Untangle NG Firewall version 14.2 and above implements URL categorization powered by Webroot Brightcloud®. This replaces the same functionality provided by Zvelo in prior versions. You can find answers to common questions related to the upgrade in this article. By October 30, 2019, customers will need to have upgraded to at least 14.2.0 in order for categorization of web pages to work.

Pricing & Availability

Untangle NG Firewall version 14.2 is available as a free download. Current Untangle customers will be able to upgrade seamlessly at no charge.

Webinar

Register for the Community Webinar: NG Firewall Version 14.2 and zSeries Appliances here.

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