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Release Note: FirePass Controller version 5.2.2
Release Note

Software Release Date: 12/08/2004
Updated Date: 08/30/2013


This release note documents the release of the FirePass 600 controller. For an overview of product features, see Features in this release. Version 5.2.2 applies only to the FirePass 600 controller/

The FirePass 600 controller is a next-generation, remote-access VPN solution for small-to-medium-sized enterprises. It can be easily installed and integrated into your existing network, uses standard HTTPS protocol with SSL as the transport for widest compatibility and strong security, requires no pre-installed client software, and supports all applications and all types of traffic.

Note: F5 now offers both feature releases and maintenance releases. For more information on release policies, please see Description of the F5 Networks software version number format on AskF5.


- Minimum system requirements and supported browsers
- Setting up the FirePass 600 controller
- Features in this release

Minimum system requirements and supported browsers

The minimum system requirements for this release are:

Microsoft Windows

  • Windows® 98 with Dial Up Networking (DUN) 1.4 update
  • Windows® Me
  • Windows® 2000
  • Windows® XP (but not Windows XP Service Pack 2)
  • Windows Mobile™ 2003 (Pocket PC 2003)

Warning: FirePass 5.2.2 does not support Windows XP Service Pack 2. For the latest information, please see SOL3289: FirePass compatibility with Windows XP Service Pack 2 clients.

Note: You may find it helpful to have the Windows 98 and Windows Me distribution media available as you setup the FirePass 600 controller. Occasionally, changing installation settings for Windows 98 and Windows Me requires that you copy information from the install media.


  • Apple® Mac OS® X 10.2
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.3


  • Workstations with libc version 2 and later
  • Kernel support for PPP interfaces (loadable module or statically built in)
  • PPPD program in the /sbin directory


  • Solaris™ Operating Environment version 9 on SPARC® systems

Note: The Solaris Operating Environment needs to have /usr/local/lib added to the LD_LIBRARY_PATH. Set the LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variable to LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$LD_LIBRARY_PATH:/usr/local/lib (CR40568).

The supported browsers for remote access provided through the FirePass 600 controller are:

  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer, version 5.0, 5.5, or 6.0
  • Netscape® Navigator, version 4.7X
  • Mozilla® version 1.7 on Apple Macintosh® and Linux® systems
  • Mozilla version 1.4 on Solaris systems
  • Safari® version 1.0 and 1.2 on Apple Mac OS X 10.2 and 10.3 systems
  • OpenWave® WAP browser
  • iMode phone
  • Pocket IE on Pocket PC
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Setting up the FirePass 600 controller

This section explains procedures for setting up the FirePass 600 controller.

Quick Setup

The FirePass 600 controller comes with the FirePass 5.2.2 software already installed. Printed Recommended Reading notes and a Quick Setup worksheet help you gather the information you need, and a Quick Start Installation card guides you through the setup process. Once you complete the worksheet, you can run the Quick Setup wizard. This simple, rapid deployment helps get your users up and running quickly. For more information, please see the printed materials provided with the FirePass 600 controller.

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Features in this release

The FirePass 600 controller includes the following features.

Management tools

The FirePass 600 controller provides Web-based visual monitoring, maintenance, and troubleshooting tools. This tool-based management of the device can help lower administrative investment. For more information, please see the FirePass 600 Controller Handbook.

Ease-of-use support

  • Intuitive administrative graphical user interface: The FirePass 600 Administrative Console makes configuration and management of the controller easy. The easy-to-use interface lowers your total cost of ownership and support requirements.

  • Browser-based easy access: The FirePass 600 controller provides browser-based access which is reliable from any internet-connected location. A list of supported browsers is available in Minimum system requirements and supported browsers.

  • Auto-launch applications: You can configure client-side applications to start automatically when users access the network. This simplified end-user experience reduces your end-user support issues.

  • Drive mapping: You can specify network shares to be mapped automatically on the access point computer, whenever a user connection is established.

Broad client device and application support

The FirePass 600 controller provides support for accessing IP-based applications on diverse client operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux, and more) from a wide range of different devices (desktop or laptop computer, PDA, cell phone, and others). A list of supported browsers is available in Minimum system requirements and supported browsers.


  • Network access compression: This release provides unique support for gzip compression for all traffic between the Network Access client and the FirePass 600 controller, including HTTP, as well as for client/server applications (any TCP and UDP applications). Faster end-user access with any IP-based application and reduced download times produce a dramatic reduction in WAN traffic, resulting in bandwidth cost savings.

  • Split tunneling: Split tunneling support allows non-VPN traffic to be sent directly to the destination without requiring all the traffic to pass through the VPN. You can define specific subnets for external traffic. This direct access to external resources provides better end-user performance.

  • Multi-user connection: The FirePass 600 controller supports up to 10 or up to 25 concurrent connections depending on your licensing option.

End-to-end security

  • Platform security: Hardened OS provides built-in support for protecting your system from a wide variety of denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, ensuring increased security of your VPN devices.

  • Authentication: The FirePass 600 controller supports authentication using a local database, Active Directory, and Windows Domain authentication. This means you have flexible authentication options, and out-of-the-box support for integrating with Windows authentication.

  • Access control: The FirePass 600 controller facilitates robust security with group-based access control to your corporate office network, so you can restrict access based on the user's role in your enterprise (user, business owner, IT admin, and so on).

  • Client integrity checking: This release checks the integrity of client antivirus software, personal firewalls, client systems processes, and Microsoft Windows registry settings, and verifies operating system patch levels. Integrity checking ensures that only trusted client devices can connect, thus preventing worms and viruses from entering your corporate network and reducing your security risks.

  • Session security: The FirePass 600 controller supports time-outs for inactivity and re-authentication, thus preventing unauthorized access to unused sessions.

  • Encryption: The FirePass 600 controller supports a wide variety of SSL encryption ciphers, including DES, 3DES and AES, ensuring the security of your enterprise application traffic over the public Internet.

  • Reports: The FirePass 600 controller offers easy-to-read reports for user logons and sessions, enabling easy audit of user activity.

  • Packet filtering: With the FirePass 600 controller, you can define packet filters to restrict user access based on protocol, port, and destination address. Restricting access to valid traffic increases your security at the front end.


  • User access configuration: You can import user accounts from your existing Active Directory or Windows Domain, authenticate users directly against your server, or enable access to the FirePass 600 controller from initial new-user login.

  • Clientless install for VPN connections: The FirePass 600 controller enables access from any client computer, requiring no setup on the user's end.

  • WINS and DNS server integration: Integrates with existing WINS and DNS servers to enable seamless remote access, browsing, and name resolution. Optionally integrates with your mail server to send new account information and global messages to users, and can send alerts to the system administrator.

  • Customized interface: You can modify the look and feel of the FirePass 600 controller screens so that they match your company standards. You can specify use of your corporate colors and logos for the FirePass 600 controller sign-in page.
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