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FCS Availability of AsyncOS 8.0.2 for ESA

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Wed, 05/21/2014 - 07:25
May 21st, 2014
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May 21, 2014:

Cisco is pleased to announce a new release of AsyncOS 8.0.2 for Email to select customers (FCS). This release applies to all our Email Security Appliances (C-Series and X-Series, X-Series FIPS). Cisco AsyncOS 8.0.2 for Email is intended for the customers who are planning to use Common Criteria or FIPS compliance modes. If you do not need a Common Criteria or a FIPS compliant build, do not upgrade to Cisco AsyncOS 8.0.2 for Email.  

New Features of AsyncOS 8.0.2 for Email:

  • Configurable SSL Settings in FIPS Mode
  • Configurable SSH Server Settings
  • Encrypt Sensitive Data in FIPS Mode
  • Encrypt Sensitive Data in Configuration Files
  • Permanently Delete Sensitive Data in the Appliance
  • More Secure AsyncOS Updates and Upgrades
  • Configurable CLI Session Timeout
  • Enhanced Security for DKIM Signing Keys in FIPS Mode
  • Enhanced Security for DSA Host Keys in FIPS
  • Enhanced Security for Demonstration Certificate

For further information about this release, please refer to the Cisco AsyncOS 8.0.2 for Email Release Notes. The release notes are available on Cisco.com at the following URL:
http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/security/email-security-appliance/products-release-notes-list.html

How to Upgrade

You must request to have your appliance be added to the correct provisioning group in order to see the FCS release.  Please open a support case for the appliance(s) and serial number(s) that you will need to have added.

Prior to upgrading to these releases, please read the Release Notes referenced above and save a copy of the configuration file somewhere other than on your appliance.

Once you have read the Release Notes you may log into the command line of your IronPort Appliance as the 'admin' user, and type 'upgrade', or use the WebUI upgrade functionality in the 'System Administration' tab.
You may upgrade directly to the highest version available in the displayed list.

**NOTE** It is important that you follow the upgrade instructions available in the Release Notes. If you do attempt to upgrade and do not see the desired release version available, your appliance is likely not on a version allowed to upgrade directly. See 'Upgrade Paths' below.

Upgrade Paths

Please refer to the Release Notes for qualified upgrade paths.

If your systems are on any other AsyncOS release, you will need to perform multiple upgrades as specified in the release notes. Only the immediate next step in the upgrade path will be shown to you, with the next revision being shown once you are at the approved level.  

**NOTE** Cisco AsyncOS 8.0.2 for Email is intended for the customers who are planning to use Common Criteria or FIPS compliance modes. If you do not need a Common Criteria or a FIPS compliant build, do not upgrade to Cisco AsyncOS 8.0.2 for Email.

Customers can upgrade to AsyncOS 8.0.2-055 from :
AsyncOS 7.3.2-024 for Email
AsyncOS 7.6.3-019 for Email
AsyncOS 8.0.1-023 for Email

**NOTE** AsyncOS 8.0.2 for Email is a Common Criteria/FIPS compliant build.  AsyncOS 8.5.6 is not a Common Criteria/FIPS compliant build.  Customer that upgrade to AsyncOS 8.0.2 will not be able to upgrade to the upcoming AsyncOS 8.5.6.  If you do not need a Common Criteria or a FIPS compliant build, do not upgrade to Cisco AsyncOS 8.0.2 for Email.

Release Stage

First Customer Ship (FCS): This release has been fully qualified for production usage by Cisco. It has been extensively tested for functionality and stability, including tests in production by our Beta Program customers. Following a staged release process, we offer select customers the chance to benefit from new features and enhancements as early adopters.

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