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Sophos UTM 9.5 – New features for Sandstorm and WAF

The new UTM 9.5 firmware has been available since May 4, 2017. While the SFOS for the XG firewalls currently only fixes bugs to ensure stability, the UTM gets new features in the latest release.

The list of new features is manageable, but still offers interesting innovations. Unfortunately, the “Let’s Encrypt” implementation often requested by our customers is missing, but hopefully this will come with v9.6.

So here is the list of new features:

  • WAF URL redirection
  • WAF configurable TLS version
  • WAF true file type detection
  • WAF templates
  • Sophos Sandstorm configuration of data center
  • Sophos Sandstorm file exceptions
  • RESTful API to configure UTM
  • AWS CloudWatch Logs Agent
  • 64-bit PostgreSQL database
  • Email notification for expiring certificates
  • Support Access for SSH
  • SNMP monitoring of the file system

Various improvements of important functions

For those of you who want to read a bit more in-depth about the new features, I’ll go into a few more points in the list above.

Sophos Sandstorm

  • The data center location can now be selected manually and you no longer have to rely on DNS-based location detection.
  • Sandstorm activity reporting has now been improved for email attachments.
  • You can now define an exception for certain file types so that they are not sent to Sophos Sandstorm.

Web Application Firewall

  • With the “WAF URL Redirection” you can redirect the traffic of a WAF protected URL to another backend system or URL.
  • “WAF protection” and “authentication policy templates” have been added for common Microsoft services for protection and authentication.
  • You can now configure the minimum TLS version to improve security.
  • “WAF Proxy Protocol” Support for using client IP information within the ProxyProtocol header to make decisions based on policies and improve logging.
  • “True File Type Scanning” allows you to block uploads and downloads based on the MIME type.

Management and reporting

  • Downloads all UTM logs in a single archive.
  • Support Access with SSH extends the existing Support Access function
  • 64-bit PostgreSQL database to generate reports with large data sets faster. The existing database is migrated.
  • Now you will be informed via WebAdmin and email 30 days before the certificate expires, so you have enough time to renew the certificates.
  • You can now also configure Sophos UTM 9 via RESTful APIs.

Bug fixes

The list of fixed bugs is a bit longer:

  • NUTM-6646 [AWS] REST API panic when unlocking unlocked mutex
  • NUTM-6657 [AWS] Configure AWS profiles via WebAdmin
  • NUTM-6696 [AWS] Configure CloudWatch support via WebAdmin
  • NUTM-6708 [AWS] Cloud update not working with conversion deployments
  • NUTM-6814 [AWS] Rest API is accessible with default password if basic setup has not completed
  • NUTM-6887 [AWS] REST API panic when inserting into node which is not of type array
  • NUTM-7032 [AWS] SignalException not handled for SecurityGroupsManagement#update
  • NUTM-7055 [AWS] queen_configuration_management / aws_resource_management SIGUSR1 handling
  • NUTM-7056 [AWS] LocalJumpError
  • NUTM-7057 [AWS] aws_set_sd_check AWS::EC2::Errors::RequestLimitExceeded
  • NUTM-7061 [AWS] Connection refused – connect(2) for “localhost” port 4472
  • NUTM-3194 [Access & Identity] incorrect SSH logins trigger backend authentication requests
  • NUTM-3222 [Access & Identity] RED10/50: DNS port open on WAN interfaces
  • NUTM-3260 [Access & Identity] User Portal – IPsec Windows Support
  • NUTM-4149 [Access & Identity] [RED] Use Sophos NTP pool servers
  • NUTM-4323 [Access & Identity] NULL pointer deref in red_nl_cmd_tunnel_dump
  • NUTM-4705 [Access & Identity] Don’t use DNS server from the RED branch as an ISP forwarder
  • NUTM-4852 [Access & Identity] [RED] flock() on closed filehandle $fhi at /Object/itfhw/ line 563.
  • NUTM-4994 [Access & Identity] STAS creates users even if automatic user creation is disabled
  • NUTM-5134 [Access & Identity] [OTP] User Portal should recommend Sophos Authenticator
  • NUTM-5925 [Access & Identity] [RED] prevent configuration for VLAN for Split modes
  • NUTM-6387 [Access & Identity] HTML5 VNC connection not disconnecting
  • NUTM-6641 [Access & Identity] [OTP] user can select algorithm for automatic tokens
  • NUTM-6668 [Access & Identity] [IPsec] L2TP/Cisco policy changes do not update ipsec.conf
  • NUTM-6749 [Access & Identity] RED15w does not send split DNS traffic over RED tunnel
  • NUTM-5965 [Basesystem] Sensors command on SG125w doesn’t show hardware fan RPM
  • NUTM-6468 [Basesystem] BIND Security update (CVE-2016-9131, CVE-2016-9147, CVE-2016-9444).
  • NUTM-6718 [Basesystem] Update NTP to 4.2.8p9
  • NUTM-6846 [Basesystem] Linux kernel: ip6_gre: invalid reads in ip6gre_err() (CVE-2017-5897)
  • NUTM-6847 [Basesystem] BIND Security update (CVE-2017-3135)
  • NUTM-6902 [Basesystem] Linux kernel: ipv4 keep skb->dst around in presence of IP options (CVE-2017-5970)
  • NUTM-7048 [Basesystem] Implement software workaround for Intel CPUs
  • NUTM-7067 [Basesystem] Update OpenSSH to openssh-6.6p1
  • NUTM-7370 [Basesystem] Bootsplash still shows 9.4 instead of 9.5
  • NUTM-7653 [Basesystem] Internal SSL certification verification broken
  • NUTM-5658 [Confd] Stripped restore unaccessable if default internal interface is removed
  • NUTM-3062 [Email] Mails From mail spool gets quarantined because of “500 Max connection limit reached” in cssd
  • NUTM-4753 [Email] Support recipient verification with multiple AD servers
  • NUTM-5350 [Email] Per user blacklist does not apply until smtp service restarts
  • NUTM-5823 [Email] Scanner timeout or deadlock for all mails with a .scn attachment
  • NUTM-5892 [Email] SMTP Exception does not allow ‘&’ sign within the email address
  • NUTM-6135 [Email] DLP custom expression doesn’t get triggered if the email body contains certain strings
  • NUTM-6355 [Email] Email not blocked with expression list
  • NUTM-4474 [Kernel] Kernel panic – not syncing: Fatal exception in interrupt
  • NUTM-6358 [Kernel] Kernel: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 00000000000018
  • NUTM-4969 [Network] Uplink does not recover from error state
  • NUTM-5314 [Network] 10gb SFP+ flexi module interface fails when under load
  • NUTM-5428 [Network] Bridge interface cannot acquire Dynamic IPv6 address correctly. This interface repeats up/down.
  • NUTM-5831 [Network] Changing static IP on interface does not take effect immediately
  • NUTM-5861 [Network] IPv4 static address gets deleted from confd (and WebAdmin) once IPv6 on the same interface fails to obtain dynamic address
  • NUTM-6077 [Network] Static route on bridge interface disappears after rebooting the UTM
  • NUTM-6807 [Network] SSL VPN not being redistributed into OSPF
  • NUTM-6901 [Network] Eth0 is removed while configuring bridge interface
  • NUTM-2420 [WAF] Remove session management from basic authentication
  • NUTM-5603 [WAF] Issue with expired lifetime of WAF connections without any hint
  • NUTM-5628 [WAF] WAF – Provide import and export options for HTTPS domain list
  • NUTM-5640 [WAF] GUI issue when adding wildcard certificate into Virtual Webservers
  • NUTM-6156 [WAF] UTM still fails scan for CVE-2016-2183 (SWEET32) after update to 9.408
  • NUTM-6294 [WAF] WAF – Naming collisions for default profiles
  • NUTM-6522 [WebAdmin] SMC Test failed after Settings are applied
  • NUTM-6788 [WebAdmin] Add support for SG105W, SG135W and SG230 in WebAdmin
  • NUTM-7337 [WebAdmin] Fix appliance picture for SG105w N9
  • NUTM-6467 [Web] FTP connection fails when using transparent FTP proxy
  • NUTM-6732 [Web] Certificate issue with transparent Web Proxy – “unable to get local issuer certificate”.
  • NUTM-6876 [Web] Remove insecure RC4 from default cipher list for Web Protection HTTPS scanning on upgrade to 9.5 or restore of pre-9.5 backup
  • NUTM-7586 [Web] Chrome v58 and higher fail verification with HTTPS scanning enabled
  • NUTM-5638 [WiFi] RED15w – integrated AP isn’t shown as pending in transparent / split mode
  • NUTM-5786 [WiFi] RED15w – if more then one SSID is configured only one is working correctly
  • NUTM-6215 [WiFi] Issue when roaming between wireless with some clients
  • NUTM-6335 [WiFi] VLAN fallback not working for integrated AP from RED15w
  • NUTM-6448 [WiFi] AP55 stuck as inactive
  • NUTM-6511 [WiFi] AP does not get IP address on 100 Mbit ethernet link

How do I get Sophos UTM 9.5?

The update is available to all UTM customers free of charge. If you do not see the update yet, you can still download it directly from the Sophos web server .


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