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OpenWrt 19.07.1 - First Service Release - 31 January 2020

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The OpenWrt community is proud to announce the first service release of OpenWrt 19.07, just weeks after the release of 19.07.0.

About OpenWrt

The OpenWrt Project is a Linux operating system targeting embedded devices. It is a complete replacement for the vendor-supplied firmware of a wide range of wireless routers and non-network devices. See the Table of Hardware for supported devices. For more information about OpenWrt project organization, see the About OpenWrt pages.

Get OpenWrt Firmware at: https://downloads.openwrt.org/releases/

Main changes from OpenWrt 19.07.0

Only the main changes are listed below. See changelog-19.07.1 for the full changelog.

Security fixes

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Fix 5 GHz Wi-Fi performance issue (FS#2679, FS#2563, FS#2682)
  • Fix memory leak when using flow offload with lots of connections

Device support

  • Fix ar71xx - ath79 sysupgrade for several devices: TL-MR3220 v1, TL-MR3420 v1, TL-WR2543 v1, TL-WR741ND v4, TL-WR841N/ND, UniFi AC Mesh, UniFi AC Mesh Pro, UniFi AC Pro
  • Add support for more devices in ath79: TP-Link CPE220 v3, TL-WR841N/ND v10 and v12
  • Various fixes and improvements for several devices: Ubiquiti Rocket M Titanium, Netgear WN2500RP v1, Zyxel NSA325, Netgear WNR3500 V2, Archer C6 v2, Ubiquiti EdgeRouter-X, Archer C20 v4, Archer C50 v4 Archer MR200, TL-WA801ND v5, HiWiFi HC5962, Xiaomi Mi Router 3 Pro, Netgear R6350

LuCI web interface

  • Firewall: add support for configuring SNAT and MASQUERADE rules
  • Fix detection of VLAN and switch configuration for some devices
  • Update translations from weblate

Core components

  • Update Linux kernel from 4.14.162 to 4.14.167
  • Update mac80211 from 4.19.85 to 4.19.98
  • Update procd to 2020-01-24
  • Update libubox to 2020-01-20
  • Update ucert to 2019-12-19
  • Update opkg to 2020-01-25

Known issues

  • Transition to ath79: several devices that are supported in ar71xx are not yet supported in ath79: this is a community effort. Helping to port devices to ath79 to make them available in future releases is very welcome.
  • Device support: images for some device became too big to support a persistent overlay, causing such devices to lose configuration after a reboot. If you experience this problem, please report the affected device in the forum and consider downgrading to OpenWrt 18.06 or using the Image Builder to pack a smaller custom image
  • Device support: unstable Ethernet link with atheros switch on some ath79 devices (such as TL-WR841N): FS#2216, FS#2730
  • LuCI web interface: some optional GUI packages crash with an error about missing “cbi.lua”, install the luci-compat package to fix these
  • LuCI web interface: broken support for the nginx variant (not installed by default): #10134, #11197

See also: active bug reports for openwrt-19.07

Upgrading to OpenWrt 19.07.1

Upgrading from OpenWrt 19.07.0 is straightforward thanks to the sysupgrade utility: sysupgrade from web interface or sysupgrade from command-line.

An upgrade from OpenWrt 18.06 to OpenWrt 19.07 is supported in many cases, including preserving configuration. A configuration backup is advised nonetheless when upgrading from OpenWrt 18.06.

Highlights in OpenWrt 19.07

With the 19.07 major release, the OpenWrt project brings all supported targets back to a single common kernel version and further refines and broadens existing device support. It also introduces a new ath79 target and brings support for WPA3.

Target transition from ar71xx to ath79

The 19.07 major release provides initial support for the new ath79 target, the future device tree based successor of the popular ar71xx target. For 19.07, both targets are still built, but it is recommended to switch to the ath79 target whenever possible: future releases of OpenWrt will drop support for the ar71xx target. See the ath79 technical reference for rationale about the transition.

To perform the upgrade, please follow the instructions from Upgrading from ar71xx to ath79. Functionality for a given device should be equivalent between the two targets: if this is not the case, please report the issue and revert back to ar71xx if needed.

WPA3 support

The 19.07 major release brings initial support for WPA3. However, WPA3 is not enabled by default and requires installing specific packages: to run WPA3 as an access point, hostapd-openssl is needed. For use as a Wi-Fi station, you need either wpa-supplicant-openssl (station support only) or wpad-openssl (AP + station). Due to their large size, these packages are not installed by default, and it is impossible to install them on devices with less than 8MB flash.

It should also be noted that many existing client devices will never support WPA3, and that there are client devices that support WPA2 but cannot connect to an AP configured with WPA2+WPA3 mixed mode. Please only file bugs if you are sure the problem is not client related.

To configure your device as a WPA3 access point, see wpa_modes

Client-side rendering of the LuCI web interface

The new version of LuCI, the integrated web interface for OpenWrt, implements client-side rendering of views. This improves performance by offloading some work that was done on the device (Lua code) to the client browser (Javascript code)

The LuCI ecosystem is large, and not all LuCI apps have been adapted to this change, which may result in crashes involving cbi.lua. In that case, install the luci-compat package.

If LuCI is loading slowly, consider installing uhttpd-mod-ubus, close and reopen the browser tab to start a new LuCI session.

With this step, Lua usage in LuCI is reduced and LuCI effectively comes closer to the goals of the experimental LuCI2 without having to rewrite everything from scratch.

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releases/19.07/notes-19.07.1.txt · Last modified: 2020/02/01 12:03 by zorun