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Release Note: BIG-IQ Web Application Security, 4.3.0
Release Note

Original Publication Date: 02/26/2014


These release notes document the version 4.3.0 release of BIG-IQ Web Application Security.

BIG-IQ Web Application Security 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 in 4.3.0
- Fixes in 4.3.0
- Known issues in 4.3.0
- 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 4.3.0 Documentation page.

Browser support

BIG-IQ Web Application Security supports the following browsers and browser versions:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 9.0.x
  • Mozilla Firefox, 26.x or later
  • Google Chrome 32.x or later

Software installation

BIG-IQ Web Application Security runs as a virtual machine in specifically-supported hypervisors. After you set up your virtual environment, you can incorporate BIG-IQ Web Application Security 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 Web Application Security 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 in 4.3.0

BIG-IQ Web Application Security 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. The following feature is new to release 4.3.0.

Signature files
Managing signature files from the BIG-IQ platform enables the administrator to spend less time on signature updates.

Fixes in 4.3.0

ID number Description
440639 The warning/rediscover icon sometimes persisted 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 from the BIG-IP interface and go to the BIG-IQ interface and rediscover that policy, there is no need to discover the policy again. The policy is synchronized on both the BIG-IP and BIG-IQ systems. The issue is that the warning icon, indicating that the policy is out of sync, persists.

Known issues in 4.3.0

ID number Description Workaround
450165 The GUI will show a modal text box if the device is rebooted/restarted while a discovery or remove task is running. Connect to the device CLI using SSH and execute the following commands:

$ curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8100/cm/asm/tasks/declare-mgmt- authority

$ curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8100/cm/asm/tasks/remove-mgmt- authority.

Contacting F5 Networks

Phone: (206) 272-6888
Fax: (206) 272-6802

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