pfSense 2.4.3 / pfBlockerNG 2.1.2_2 -> _5 update kills pfSense



  • Hi,

    I'm running pfBlockerNG 2.1.2_2 (PHP 5.6 version) for a couple of weeks now on pfSense 2.4.3. Yesterday I've switched over to the Develop branch to see if there are any updates, saw the 2.1.2_5 update and hit the update button. Big mistake as it seems :-(

    That update tried to delete all PHP 5.6 resources on pfSense 2.4.3 which are essential ... so as a result I was offline for half an hour while restoring my complete firewall VM from the last night's backup.

    I'm absolutely not sure if it's intentional in some way to perform this catastrophic action on a 2.4.3 install and I warn anyone who is still on the 2.4.3 stable branch but running pfBlockerNG 2.1.2_2 (PHP 5.6 version) package to perform the update! It appears it wants to change the main PHP version of the whole pfSense installation without any kind of warning or confirmation, leading to a serious crash!

    Not sure why it did not recognize that it was the PHP5.6 version which I did install with 2.1.2_2 :-(



  • I am experiencing a similar issue after update to 2.1.4_8.

    The box seems to be working, passing outbound traffic etc, but the inbound rules I have configured based on GeoIP must not be loading properly. I can access the WebGUI from the LAN and everything else appears to be working. I've tried running an 'update' task from the pfBlockerNG/update page but this did not fix things. Any other 'best practices' after a package update short of rebooting the whole box?



  • @mhab12 said in pfSense 2.4.3 / pfBlockerNG 2.1.2_2 -> _5 update kills pfSense:

    I am experiencing a similar issue after update to 2.1.4_8.

    The box seems to be working, passing outbound traffic etc, but the inbound rules I have configured based on GeoIP must not be loading properly. I can access the WebGUI from the LAN and everything else appears to be working. I've tried running an 'update' task from the pfBlockerNG/update page but this did not fix things. Any other 'best practices' after a package update short of rebooting the whole box?

    I updated to pfB 2.1.4_8 yesterday but have not noticed any issues. Not sure what the new update was suppose to fix. Tried to search for what it is was suppose to fix but couldn't find it.

    I think there are some known issues with the new development version of pfB and pfSense 2.4.3 that have to do with PHP. If you search the messages there are some patches that you can apply that are suppose to allow you to run the development version on pfSense 2.4.3. I think pfSense 2.4.4 uses PHP 7.X and I think the new development version of pfB has trouble determining which version of pfSense you are running. It's just one of the issues one runs into with using the beta versions of software.



  • @jdeloach said in pfSense 2.4.3 / pfBlockerNG 2.1.2_2 -> _5 update kills pfSense:

    wn issues with the new development version of pfB and pfSense 2.4.3 that have to do with PHP. If you search the messages there are some patches that you can apply that are suppose to allow you to run the development version on pfSense 2.4.3. I think pfSense 2.4.4 uses PHP 7.X and I think the new development version of pfB has trouble determin

    Is there an easy way to roll back the pfBlockerNG package to the prior version? Would restoring a prior backup install the package version that was installed when that backup was taken?



  • @mhab12 I think once the PHP5.6 stuff is uninstalled the pfSense installation itself is not quite OK. Had several issues and found it most safe to roll back my last backup.



  • A reboot seemed to fix any issues I was having and inbound rules are working as desired again.



  • OMG my Pfsense has crashed to now and it was after I installed Pfblocker again, not blaming Pfblocker.
    It said something about missing files and I tried everything but I shall just have to reinstall Pfsense.
    Nevermind I think it was something to do with the pfblocker_devel version I install.


  • Administrator

    The problem here is you chose development branch, which points to 2.4.4 pkg repository, but you didn't upgrade the whole system to 2.4.4.

    So you ended up with a 2.4.3 system configured to consume 2.4.4 packages. 2.4.4 moved to PHP 7.2 and all packages on its repo uses it. When you chose to upgrade pfBlockerNG it messed up the system.



  • I am so looking forward to the new version.
    the dev version is excellent :)


 

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