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VyOS 1.2.0-rc8 is available for download

Daniil Baturin
Posted 19 Nov, 2018

A new release candidate, 1.2.0-rc8 is available for download from https://downloads.vyos.io/?dir=testing/1.2.0-rc8

As usual, it offers a few bugfixes, but also some last moment additions we wanted to make before the code freeze.

New features

PPPoE based on accel-ppp

https://accel-ppp.org/ is a high performance implementation of the PPP protocol itself and multiple protocols based on it, including PPPoE, PPTP, and L2TP that has become very popular with service providers.

To make VyOS a better option for access concentrators, we (and by "we" I mostly mean our contributor hagbard!) rewrote the PPPoE scripts to use accel-ppp instead of rp-pppoe.

No other protocols are reimplemented yet, but we are considering that option. Reimplementing PPTP can be challenging because the kernel module that accel-ppp uses for it conflicts with ip_gre (which is used for normal GRE tunnels as well as PPTP in the current implementation), but L2TPv2 should be doable.

The configuration syntax of the new PPPoE implementation is fully compatible with the old one, save for the RADIUS key option that is handled by a migration script, so your old configuration should work as expected if you used PPPoE server in older releases.

Saltstack integration

This project has existed for quite a while, and even accidentally made it to one of the earlier release candidates, but we never made it official. Now it should be stable enough to be included in an image.

Salt is a popular configuration management project. There is already VyOS support in Ansible, so why not expand our support for automation platforms?

Unlike Ansible, Salt needs an agent package on the target system. The minimal configuration required to make it work is "set service salt-minion master" (where is the Salt master server address).

Hop limit matching in IPv6 firewalls

Thanks to a patch by Ray Patrick Soucy, it's now possible to match on hop limit in IPv6 firewall rules (T573).

The command is "set firewall ipv6-name Foo rule 10 hop-limit" and can have one of the following options: "eq $num" (equals exactly), "gt $num" (greater than) and "lt $num" (less than).

BGP interface option for link-local peer sessions

It is now possible to specify the interface to be used for a session in BGP (T941) with a command "set protocols bgp 64512 neighbor interface eth0". This should allow using IPv6 link-local addresses for peer sessions.

Multipath routing options

New kernel versions include a few improvements in multipath routing. By default, the kernel only uses network layer information to bind connections to next hops, but now it's possible to make it also use transport layer information (e.g. TCP or UDP ports) for that decision with these commands: "set system ip multipath layer4-hashing", "set system ipv6 multipath layer4-hashing" (T992).

There's another command that is (so far at least) IPv4-specific: "set system ip multipath ignore-unreachable-nexthops". It makes the kernel exclude next hops with unreachable ARP from routing decisions.

Bug fixes

  1. Obsolete "dynamic" option was removed from NTP (T1018).
  2. It is now possible to restart the DHCP relay agent (T1016). 
  3. Conntrack helper is now enabled by default (T1011).
  4. Validation rules for 6rd tunnels have been corrected, now it should be borderline usable (T1000).
  5. Fixed dynamic DNS requests over HTTP (T983).
  6. Fixed DNS forwarding service not listening on IPv6 address (T974).
  7. immark module is now enabled in syslog (T940).
  8. Console device speed option should now modify the GRUB config correctly (T969). 
  9. Is it now possible to disable the in-memory table netflow plugin (T458). 
  10. OSPF LS update sending on a flapped interface seems to have been automatically solved by migration to FRR (T409).

Bug that need verification

Some people reportes that Intel XL710 network cards do not work, but that was before we updated the kernel to 4.19 (T961). It needs re-testing on rc7 or rc8.

This kernel also needs more testing with fifth generation Mellanox cards.

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