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Release Note: BIG-IQ ASM, 4.2.0
Release Note

Original Publication Date: 02/13/2014


These release notes document the version 4.2.0 release of BIG-IQ Application Security Manager (ASM). You can use ASM policies to filter network packets based on their Layer 7 settings.

BIG-IQ ASM enables enterprise-wide management and configuration of multiple BIG-IP devices from a central management platform. You can centrally manage BIG-IP devices and security policies, and import policies from those devices.


- User documentation for this release
- Browser support
- Software installation
- Support for BIG-IP devices
- Removing BIG-IQ system services from a BIG-IP device
- New features
- Known issues
- Contacting F5 Networks
- Legal notices

User documentation for this release

For a comprehensive list of documentation that is relevant to this release, refer to the BIG-IQ Security 4.2.0 Documentation page.

Browser support

BIG-IQ ASM supports the following browsers and browser versions:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9
  • Mozilla Firefox, 22.x or later
  • Google Chrome 27.x or later

Software installation

BIG-IQ ASM runs as a virtual machine in specifically-supported hypervisors. After you set up your virtual environment, you can incorporate BIG-IQ ASM into your network as you would any other F5 Networks device. For more information, refer to the specific Setup and Getting Started guide appropriate for your individual platform.

Support for BIG-IP devices

For details about BIG-IQ ASM support for BIG-IP devices at various version levels, consult the BIG-IQ Compatibility Matrix solution note:

Removing BIG-IQ system services from a BIG-IP device

To manage a BIG-IP device using the BIG-IQ system, you must install specific BIG-IQ system components onto that device using the procedure outlined in BIG-IQ System: Licensing and Initial Configuration. If you have to remove these services for any reason, use this procedure.
  1. Log in to the command line of the BIG-IP device.
  2. Stop any running BIG-IQ system services.
    Note: The msgbusd service may not be installed. You can use the bigstart status command to see if it is running.

    $ bigstart stop restjavad

    $ bigstart stop msgbusd

  3. Remove the RPM packages related to the BIG-IQ system.

    mount -o remount,rw /usr

    rpm -qa | grep f5-rest-java | xargs rpm -e --nodeps

    rpm -qa | grep msgbusd | xargs rpm -e  --nodeps

    mount -o remount,ro /usr

    This removes the BIG-IQ system components from the BIG-IP device.

New features

Release 4.2.0 of BIG-IQ ASM enables enterprise-wide management and configuration of multiple BIG-IP devices from a central management platform. You can centrally manage BIG-IP devices and security policies, and import security policies from files on those devices.

From this central management platform, you can perform the following actions through a REST API:

  • Import ASM policies from files.
  • Import ASM policies from discovered devices.
  • Distribute policies to devices.
  • Export policies, including an option to export policy files in XML format.

Known issues

ID number Description Workaround
Automatic Provisioning
440828 No way to delete a virtual BIG-IP device created outside a BIG-IP cloud connector.

If a virtual BIG-IP device was created outside of the BIG-IQ system and later discovered by a BIG-IQ system, there is no way the BIG-IQ system can delete that virtual device. However, it will show up in the Devices panel under "virtual" and the user can create deployments with that device. The "delete node" deployment job in this case will fail.

440639 The warning/rediscover icon sometimes persists after a successful discovery.

Consider a BIG-IP policy that was previously discovered and imported into a BIG-IQ system. If you then edit the BIG-IP policy at the BIG-IP interface, then go to the BIG-IQ interface and rediscover that policy, there is no need to discover the policy again. The policy is synchronized at both the BIG-IP and BIG-IQ systems. The issue is that the warning icon, indicating that the policy is out of sync, persists.

436716 The BIG-IQ Security ASM GUI cannot discover a BIG-IP device using the device's IPv6 self-IP address.  
437925 The URL for ASM will change in a future release.

The URL for ASM (when you select BIG-IQ Security -> ASM in the GUI) is currently hostname/ui/asm. In a later release, the URL will change to hostname/ui/security/asm. This issue does not present a functional problem.


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