ScreenOS 5.3r3 is out!!!



  • I am beginning to think their software QA process is nearly nonexistent, or it just tests simple things and not advanced configurations or more exotic (but nevertheless plausible, possible, and common) failure modes.



  • ok luder thanks for ur reply. we all a re eagelrly waiting for the latest release. hey luder i have a doubt regarding the idp 10 and 100 which are already end of sale. can u pls help me on that. i have posted it in the idp forum. see ya waiting for ur reply.

    regards

    sebastan



  • @sebastan_bach:

    hi luder what is the bug u found yesterday. are u screenos tester or a programmer. yeah it’a a from a long time netscreen is has not come up with a stable screenos. we have to look for the release notes when working on it. i think they should not be like cisco just brining in new features without proper testing .

    regards

    sebastan

    i am neither, just a designer and implementor trying to get what seems a basic idea to work… and just been walking the 5.2 / 5.3 OS minefield. I always check the release notes, but they are being continually updated 🙂



  • in regards to CIsco at least by the release (IOS code) you know it not fully tested (ie main release or pre release), whereas juniper just release one version
    without any testing it seems latelty.



  • i have downgrade to ScreenOS Version 5.3.0r1 < it works at best, the ScreenOS Version 5.3.0r3 do not run over 1 week, the device can not make new sessions only the ping works a.s.o. We have now to wait for a new version…… (I have a NS-5GT-ADSL)

    cu Peter



  • hi pete i truly agree with u ab the cisco ios train. it production that’s whay people use aold cisco ios and don’t run behind the new ios features.i reall hope the netsreen os gets stable as u say from the 5.4 series. i fell netscreen should now focus more on unified architecture .endpoint security and one box solutions also . what do u say abt that pete. it;s always good to read ur views . waiting for ur views. see ya and keep us updated buddy.

    regards

    sebastan



  • hopefully you’ll start seeing more stability from 5.4 and on. The last not so buggy release I’ve worked with was pre-5.0. Too many different product lines running different versions of code leads to disparity and poor QA. I know that 5.4 is basically a major rewrite to merge all the products together under the same release. It should actually be labeled as 6.0. Netscreen was falling into the Cisco IOS trap, where new features were added without regard to QA and testing. I can’t remember how many times I’ve upgraded Cisco routers because something was broken. Usually the first response you get from Cisco TAC these days is “this is a known bug, please upgrade to 12.x(xxT)jyz4yktr2” When the code release starts looking like a preshared-key for a VPN Tunnel you know you’ve got problems.



  • hi luder what is the bug u found yesterday. are u screenos tester or a programmer. yeah it’a a from a long time netscreen is has not come up with a stable screenos. we have to look for the release notes when working on it. i think they should not be like cisco just brining in new features without proper testing .

    regards

    sebastan



  • with all the hassles i have had in the 5.2+ range i would not upgrade to any until 5.4 (and tested it).

    I have had code patches re written for me in regards to major flaws. Even now i still have juniper looking
    at code for a issue which i found yesterday.  :x


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    I wish it were so easy 🙂

    Have a read of this thread



  • can’t you just use the command “set interface adsl phy link-down” to shut down the ADSL interface? I don’t use the ADSL wireless model, just the Untrust model.


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    junipoint: Do you know if we can shut down interfaces on the 5GT with this release?  It’s annoying in one box I have to have the ADSL line flapping all the time (as it’s unplugged and not in use)



  • basically in 5.4 almost everything you could want from a wireless firewall is configurable, especially if you have the extended key. Also, 5.4 is a universal release for all platforms: 5gt, ssg, ISG, and other NS platforms.


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    @junipoint: Thanks for the interesting info!  What other features/things make you say that it’s better than 5.3?  I have a Wireless 5GT, it’s extreme overkill for my little home network but I’ve already learnt at lot from it (and my experience with it over the last month I’m sure was a key factor in passing my JNCIA-FWV).  They’re a fantastic little box.



  • hi junipoint hey it’s good to talk to u . so where are u from. i am just a newbie to netscreen have worked a lot on cisco security products and routers and switches. netscreen as far as the features i read they are far ahead than cisco pix or asa. and now cisco is copying all the features of netscreen one by one. how long u been working on netscreen. would like to ur pal buddy. see ya

    regards

    sebastan



  • No, I don’t work for Juniper;  I chose junipoint as a screen name because Juniper support is starting to remind me of Checkpoint which I have a lot of experience with.  :x.

    On a positive note, those with the Wireless 5GT will be pleased with 5.4 code;  it enables those features which should have already been enabled, such as true WPA2  as well as bridged interfaces.

    5.4 also fixes many of the bugs that have existed the whole time with 5.3.  Also, Deep inspection and many other inspection features have been improved along with full IPv6 support.

    that’s all I know about.



  • hi buddy. so what is new in the new ios ios as u mentioned. is it only covering the bugs in ut or it has new feature engahancements also.so by the way where are u working. working in juniper ?.

    regards

    sebastan



  • FYI, I’m beta testing 5.4 screenOS which will be due out in June and it was a major rewrite. In its beta form it’s much better than 5.3. Turns out the whole 5.3 release should have been delayed because of some serious issues with Flows.



  • hi luder so u have any idea in the very soon coming screenos are they coming with more resolved bug issues or with new features also.cause in the entire train of screen os from 5.1 till the new screenos hardly new features have been introduced.what’s ur opinion on this.

    regards

    sebastan



  • 5.3.0r4.0 is about to be released.

    the 5.1 + series has been riddled with bugs.


 

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