Product and Support News

New Fireware releases

WatchGuard published several Fireware releases over the last few weeks. Fireware 12.6.2 Update 3 is now available in the Software Downloads Center. This is an update release to v12.6.2, and includes both bug fixes and updates to some key components. This is the first v12.6.x release for the Firebox M series and it is maintenance update for the new Firebox T series (T20, T40, T80) appliances. The Release Notes include a comprehensive list of resolved issues and enhancements, and the What's New presentation provides a detailed description of new enhancements. 

Key elements of this release:

  • KVM Hypervisor support: Support for the open source Linux hypervisor that provides an alternative to VMware and Hyper-V for FireboxV
  • Kernel update: Update to the base Linux kernel used in the Fireware operating system. This kernel update was previously released for new tabletop appliances (T20//T40/T80) with 12.6.1.  
  • IPS engine maintenance update: New version of our IPS engine to provide improved performance for both IPS and Application Control
  • CSfC compliance updates: Security enhancements to prepare for upcoming Commercial Solutions for Compliance (CSfC) US federal certification

Which releases apply to me?

The new Fireware v12.6.2 release applies to Firebox T20, T40, T80 and is the first v12.6.x release for Firebox M Series (except M200 and M300), FireboxV, and Firebox Cloud appliances.

The release is not available for older Firebox models. Firebox T10, T15, T30, T35, T50, T55, T70, M200, M300. Fireware v12.5.5 Update 1 was released to provide an equivalent set of bug fixes, as documented in the Release Notes. These platforms do not yet include an update to the kernel. More details in this Knowledge Base article.

Fireware v12.1.3 Update 4 was also recently released for all XTM platforms.

The WSM v12.6.2 Update 2 release can manage all of the above Fireware versions and Firebox models.

Software Download Center

Firebox appliance owners with active support subscriptions can download updated Fireware releases without additional charge from the WatchGuard Software Download Center, from Fireware Web UI, and now in WatchGuard Cloud.


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