2.0 New Features and Changes¶
This is a partial list of the new features and major changes in the pfSense® software 2.0 release.
Based on FreeBSD 8.1 release.
i386 and amd64 variants for all install types (full install, nanobsd/embedded, etc.)
USB memstick installer images available
Dial up modem support
Multi-Link PPP (MLPPP) for bonding PPP connections (ISP/upstream must also support MLPPP)
IP Alias type Virtual IPs
IP Alias VIPs can be stacked on CARP VIPs to go beyond the 255 VHID limit in deployments that need very large numbers of CARP VIPs.
Can use Block Private Networks / Block Bogon Networks on any interface
All interfaces are optional except WAN
All interfaces can be renamed, even LAN/WAN
Bridging enhancements - can now control all options of if_bridge, and assign bridge interfaces
Gateways, including dynamic gateways, are specified under System > Routing
Gateways can have custom monitor IPs
Gateways can have a custom weight, allowing load balancing to have ratios between WANs of different speeds
Gateways can have custom latency, loss, and downtime trigger levels.
Gateway monitoring via icmp is now configurable.
Multiple gateways may exist per interface
Multi-WAN is now handled via gateway groups
Gateway groups can include multiple tiers with any number of gateways on each, for complex failover and load balancing scenarios.
General Web GUI¶
Set to HTTPS by default, HTTP redirects to HTTPS port
Dashboard and widgets added
System > Advanced screen split into multiple tabs, more options available.
SMTP email alerts and growl alerts
New default theme - pfsense_ng
Some community-contributed themes added
Contextual help available on every page in the web interface, linking to a webpage containing help and documentation specific to that page.
Help menu for quick access to online resources (forum, docs, paid support, etc.)
Aliases may be nested (aliases in aliases)
Alias autocomplete is no longer case sensitive
IP Ranges in Aliases
More Alias entries supported
Bulk Alias importing
URL Table Aliases - uses a pf persist table for large (40,000+) entry lists
Traffic shaper rewritten - now handles any combination of multi-WAN and multi-LAN interfaces. New wizards added.
Layer7 protocol filtering
Floating rules allow adding non-interface specific rules
Dynamically sized state table based on amount of RAM in the system
More Advanced firewall rule options
FTP helper now in kernel
Schedule rules are handled in pf, so they can use all the rule options.
State summary view, report shows states grouped by originating IP, destination IP, etc.
All of the NAT screens were updated with additional functionality
Port forwards can now handle create/update associated firewall rules automatically, instead of just creating unrelated entries.
Port forwards can optionally use “rdr pass” so no firewall rule is needed.
Port forwards can be disabled
Port forwards can be negated (“no rdr”)
Port forwards can have source and destination filters
NAT reflection improvements, including NAT reflection for 1:1 NAT
Per-entry NAT reflection overrides
1:1 NAT rules can specify a source and destination address
1:1 NAT page redesigned
Outbound NAT can now translate to an address pool (Subnet of IPs or an alias of IPs) of multiple external addresses
Outbound NAT rules can be specified by protocol
Outbound NAT rules can use aliases
Improved generation of outbound NAT rules when switching from automatic to manual.
Multiple IPsec p2’s per p1 (multiple subnets)
IPsec xauth support
IPsec transport mode added
Option to push settings such as IP, DNS, etc, to mobile IPsec clients (mod_cfg)
Mobile IPsec works with iOS and Android (Certain versions, see IPsec Road Warrior/Mobile Client How-To)
More Phase 1/2 options can be configured, including the cipher type/strength
ipsec-tools version 0.8
New user manager, centralizing the various user configuration screens previously available.
Per-page user access permissions for administrative users
Three built-in authentication types - local users, LDAP and RADIUS.
Authentication diagnostics page
Certificate manager added, for handling of IPsec, web interface, user, and OpenVPN certificates.
Handles creation/import of Certificate Authorities, Certificates, Certificate Revocation lists.
Eliminates the need for using command line tools such as EasyRSA for managing certificates.
OpenVPN wizard guides through making a CA/Cert and OpenVPN server, sets up firewall rules, and so on. Greatly simplifies the process of creating a remote access OpenVPN server.
OpenVPN filtering - an OpenVPN rules tab is available, so OpenVPN interfaces don’t have to be assigned to perform filtering.
OpenVPN client export package - provides a bundled Windows installer with certificates, Viscosity export, and export of a zip file containing the user’s certificate and configuration files.
OpenVPN status page with connected client list – can also kill client connections
User authentication and certificate management
RADIUS and LDAP authentication support
Voucher support added
Pass-through MAC bandwidth restrictions
Custom logout page contents can be uploaded
Allowed IP addresses bandwidth restrictions
Allowed IP addresses supports IP subnets
“Both” direction added to Allowed IP addresses
Pass-through MAC Auto Entry - upon successful authentication, a pass-through MAC entry can be automatically added.
Ability to configure calling station RADIUS attributes
Virtual AP (VAP) support added
Server Load Balancing¶
relayd and its more advanced capabilities replace slbd.
L2TP VPN added
DNS lookup page added
PFTop and Top in GUI - realtime updates
Config History now includes a diff feature
Config History has download buttons for prior versions
Config History has mouseover descriptions
CLI filter log parser (/usr/local/bin/filterparser)
Switched to PHP 5.2.x
IGMP proxy added
Multiple Dynamic DNS account support, including full multi-WAN support and multi-accounts on each interface.
DynDNS Account Types supported are:
More interface types (VPNs, etc) available for packet capture
DNS Forwarder is used by the firewall itself for DNS resolution (configurable) so the firewall benefits from faster resolution via multiple concurrent queries, sees all DNS overrides/DHCP registrations, etc.
DHCP Server can now handle arbitrary numbered options, rather than only options present in the GUI.
Automatic update now also works for NanoBSD as well as full installs
More configuration sections can be synchronized via XMLRPC between CARP nodes.