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IPFire 2.13 - Core 66 released - An Open Source Firewall Distribution

Written By mediana saputra on Thursday, 21 February 2013 | 23:23

IPFire 2.13 is a new major version of IPFire, the Open Source Firewall distribution. The list of changes, enhancements, and fixes is endless.Following features which we’re the most excited about:

Base System

The most important components of the base system have been updated to include a brand new kernel based on the Linux 3.2 release. With that, IPFire now supports more hardware than ever before and many of the hardware problems from the past should be gone.
The most basic system libraries have been replaced as well, giving us great performance and fixing some general security issues. If you’d like to know more about this specifically, please read this post on our planet.

Quality of Service with CoDeL

In case you are struggling with a slow internet connection, CoDeL is your solution. This new algorithm shares the bandwidth fairly between all connections. It doesn’t need any configuration at all, but when tied together with our Quality of Service features, CoDeL gives you the most out of your connection.


We have finally declared the ARM versions of IPFire as stable. Since the very first testing release back in October 2011, a multitude of things have improved. As of today, IPFire runs on many different platforms, such as Marvell Kirkwood and Texas Instruments OMAP4-based systems, and of course, the Raspberry Pi computer.
The vast amount of people who have already been using IPFire ARM since we began to port it to the ARM architecture know that there was never really any big trouble to begin with. You can find more about this over here.

IPsec VPNs with strongswan 5

The IPsec implementation strongswan recently released a new version which cleaned up a significant amount of old code, some of which has been in use for over a decade. If you want to know the details, check out the IPFire planet post.

Wireless LAN

From our wishlist, we’ve implemented proper support for 5 GHz WLANs. Read this planet post to learn about the benefits.
Latest release: IPFire 2.13 - Core 66
Please click the button to download the IPFire ISO image for i586-compatible computers. This is the default image, you will most likely need to install IPFire. You may also pick your desired architecture from the tabs above and see a list of all image formats.
Download IPFire 2.13 - Core 66 (ISO-Image - i586 - 93.4M)
IPFire is a server distribution with intended to use as a firewall. It focuses on flexibility, and scales from small to middle sized business networks and home networks.

Along with this hardened, minimalist come lots of addons that can be installed with a simple click. That's what makes IPFire different from other firewall distributions: it is easy to configure for any task, and easy to administer once it's set up.

  • stateful inspection firewall based on linux netfilter architecture
  • intrusion detection system with Guardian addon as extension (IPS system)
  • filter for invalid/non-standard packages
  • separate network segments for server (DMZ) and wireless with custom policies
  • DoS attack protection
  • application proxies for HTTP and FTP (with access control and content filtering) and DNS
  • incoming and outgoing packet filtering
  • Quality of Service and traffic shaping
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