Do pfsense routers update automatically?



  • If I buy an SG-1100 and a vulnerability is discovered and patched, is the patch pushed out automatically? (Or is there an option to configure the appliance for automatic updates?)


  • Banned

    A big NO. You have to keep up to date and then update the system.



  • That’s unfortunate. It would be a big selling point over UBiquiti edgerouters. Am I at least notified (email) when an important update is released?



  • @ErniePantuso said in Do pfsense routers update automatically?:

    That’s unfortunate. It would be a big selling point over UBiquiti edgerouters. Am I at least notified (email) when an important update is released?

    There are plenty of twitter/forum/blog posts about new releases. New releases are not as often as ubnt stuff. If you want email you can setup twitter or rss to email IFTTT.



  • Part of it is likely due to optional packages, especially between versions when PHP changes. I've generally found it best to uninstall packages before the upgrade and reinstall, even on minor versions. (most packages I've used know this and save settings when uninstalling)

    There is by default a check that shows on the router's home/main/dashboard page when a new version is pending. Not sure about the 1100 as I haven't set one up yet but the 3100 has an LED light that turns orange to indicate an available update.


  • Netgate Administrator

    Automatically updating could be very bad to disastrous in many situations.

    It usually requires a reboot and hence downtime - bad.

    If it's a big update there may be features removed or changed or other differences that need to be considered before running - disastrous.

    You will be notified on the system information widget which is on the dashboard by default when you login.

    There are some threads here on the forum discussing ways to enable automatic updates if it's something you really need but we strongly advise against it. ☺

    Steve


  • Rebel Alliance Netgate Administrator

    @ErniePantuso Yes, we have a newsletter you can sign up to get alerts from us. https://www.netgate.com/resources/newsletters/

    You can also enable the RSS widget (on the system dashboard, click the + (plus button), in the upper right side, click the RSS feed.

    If there is an update you will get a notification on the dashboard saying "Update is available"


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