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FreeBSD 13.2-RELEASE Release Notes


The release notes for FreeBSD 13.2-RELEASE contain a summary of the changes made to the FreeBSD base system on the 13-STABLE development line. This document lists applicable security advisories that were issued since the last release, as well as significant changes to the FreeBSD kernel and userland. Some brief remarks on upgrading are also presented.


This document contains the release notes for FreeBSD 13.2-RELEASE. It describes recently added, changed, or deleted features of FreeBSD. It also provides some notes on upgrading from previous versions of FreeBSD.

The release distribution to which these release notes apply represents the latest point along the 13-STABLE development branch since 13-STABLE was created. Information regarding pre-built, binary release distributions along this branch can be found at

The release distribution to which these release notes apply represents a point along the 13-STABLE development branch between 13.1-RELEASE and the future 13.3-RELEASE. Information regarding pre-built, binary release distributions along this branch can be found at

This distribution of FreeBSD 13.2-RELEASE is a release distribution. It can be found at or any of its mirrors. More information on obtaining this (or other) release distributions of FreeBSD can be found in the Obtaining FreeBSD appendix to the FreeBSD Handbook.

All users are encouraged to consult the release errata before installing FreeBSD. The errata document is updated with "late-breaking" information discovered late in the release cycle or after the release. Typically, it contains information on known bugs, security advisories, and corrections to documentation. An up-to-date copy of the errata for FreeBSD 13.2-RELEASE can be found on the FreeBSD Web site.

This document describes the most user-visible new or changed features in FreeBSD since 13.1-RELEASE. In general, changes described here are unique to the 13-STABLE branch unless specifically marked as MERGED features.

Typical release note items document recent security advisories issued after 13.1-RELEASE, new drivers or hardware support, new commands or options, major bug fixes, or contributed software upgrades. They may also list changes to major ports/packages or release engineering practices. Clearly the release notes cannot list every single change made to FreeBSD between releases; this document focuses primarily on security advisories, user-visible changes, and major architectural improvements.

Upgrading from Previous Releases of FreeBSD

Binary upgrades between RELEASE versions (and snapshots of the various security branches) are supported using the freebsd-update(8) utility. The binary upgrade procedure will update unmodified userland utilities, as well as unmodified GENERIC kernels distributed as a part of an official FreeBSD release. The freebsd-update(8) utility requires that the host being upgraded have Internet connectivity.

Source-based upgrades (those based on recompiling the FreeBSD base system from source code) from previous versions are supported, according to the instructions in /usr/src/UPDATING.

Users of all PowerPC architectures, after successful kernel and world installation, must run kldxref /boot/kernel manually.

Upgrading FreeBSD should only be attempted after backing up all data and configuration files.

After installing the new userland software, running daemons are still from the previous version. After installing the user-level components with the second invocation of freebsd-update, or via an upgrade from source with installworld, the system should be rebooted to start everything with the new software. For example, older versions of sshd failed to process incoming connections correctly after the new /usr/sbin/sshd was installed; rebooting started a new sshd and other daemons.


This section covers changes and additions to userland applications, contributed software, and system utilities.

Userland Configuration Changes

The growfs(7) startup script will now add a swap partition while expanding the root file system if possible, and if one did not previously exist. This is primarily useful when installing on an SD card using a raw image. A new rc.conf(5) variable has been added, growfs_swap_size, which can control the addition if necessary. See growfs(7) for details.

A new RC script, zpoolreguid has been added, which will assign a new GUID to one or more zpools, useful for virtualization environments when sharing datasets.

The hostid startup script will now generate a random (version 4) UUID if there is no /etc/hostid file and no valid UUID from hardware. Also, if there is no /etc/machine-id file, the hostid_save script will store a compact version of the hostid (one without hyphens) in /etc/machine-id. This file is used by libraries such as GLib. 17333d92643d a379d5c5efb2 71d88613d129

It is now possible to add default routes for FIBs other than the primary by using the defaultrouter_fibN and ipv6_defaultrouter_fibN rc.conf(5) variables. c6ec1b441ad3 (Sponsored by ScaleEngine Inc.)

Userland Application Changes

The bhyve(8) utility has gained virtio-input device emulation support. This will be used to inject keyboard/mouse input events into a guest. The command line syntax is: -s <slot>,virtio-input,/dev/input/eventX. 6192776124c5

The kdump(1) utility has gained support for decoding Linux system calls.

The killall(1) utility now allows sending signals to processes with their controlling terminal on pts(4) using the syntax -t pts/N. a76fa7bb6cb7

An nproc(1) utility has been added, compatible with the Linux program of the same name.

The timeout(1) utility has been moved from /usr/bin to /bin.

The pciconf(8) utility has added support for decoding ACS extended capability. dde4103a465b (Sponsored by Chelsio Communications)

The procstat(1) utility can now print information about advisory locks on files with the newly added advlock command. f9daaf452a8a

The pwd_mkdb(8) utility no longer copies comments from /etc/master.passwd to /etc/passwd. 3e955733117d

MSS clamping has been improved for ppp(8). 301bff9bdd62

Metric aliasing has been changed in prometheus_sysctl_exporter(8) to avoid confusing Prometheus server due to conflicting metric names. The tcp_log_bucket UMA zone has been renamed to tcp_log_id_bucket, and tcp_log_node was renamed to tcp_log_id_node for consistency. Sysctl variables with (LEGACY) in their descriptions are no longer being exported, these are used by ZFS sysctls that have been replaced by others, many of which alias to the same Prometheus metric name (like vfs.zfs.arc_max and vfs.zfs.arc.max). e4f508d5a211 (Sponsored by Axcient)

The uuidgen(1) utility has a new option -r to generate a random UUID, version 4. 8fd1953b7eb2

When invoked by inetd(8), ctlstat -P will now produce output suitable for ingestion into Prometheus; see ctlstat(8). f7896015fcde (Sponsored by Axcient)

Contributed Software

Gavin Howard’s bc has been upgraded to version 6.2.4.

expat (libbsdxml) has been upgraded to version 2.5.0.

file has been upgraded to version 5.43.

less has been upgraded to version 608.

libarchive has been upgraded to version 3.6.2 with many reliability fixes. Release notes are available at

libedit has been upgraded to version 2022-04-11.

LLVM and the clang compiler have been upgraded to version 14.0.5.

Supported LLVM sanitizers are now enabled on powerpc64 and variants.

mandoc has been upgraded to version 1.14.6.

OpenSSH has been upgraded to version 9.2p1.

OpenSSL has been upgraded to version 1.1.1t.

sendmail has been upgraded to version 8.17.1. 68e86d5265bc

sqlite3 has been upgraded to version 3.40.1.

tzcode has been upgraded to version 2022g with improved timezone change detection and reliability fixes.

tzdata has been upgraded to version 2023b.

unbound has been upgraded to version 1.17.1.

xz has been upgraded to version 5.4.1.

xz-embedded has been upgraded to 3f438e15109229bb14ab45f285f4bff5412a9542.

zlib has been upgraded to version 1.2.13.

Runtime Libraries and API

Support of SHA-512/224 has been added to libmd. e04ee7d95ef6 (Sponsored by Klara, Inc.)

Linux-style system call tracing is now supported by sysdecode(3) and kdump(1).

The native pthread library functions can now support Linux semantics.


This section covers changes to kernel configurations, system tuning, and system control parameters that are not otherwise categorized.

General Kernel Changes

The bhyve(8) hypervisor and kernel module vmm(4) now support more than 16 vCPUs in a guest. By default bhyve permits each guest to create the same number of vCPUs as the count of physical CPUs on the host. This limit can be adjusted via the loader tunable hw.vmm.maxcpu. 3e02f8809aec

Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) is enabled for 64-bit executables by default. It can be disabled as needed if applications fail unexpectedly, for example with segmentation faults. To disable for a single invocation, use the proccontrol(1) command: proccontrol -m aslr -s disable command. To disable ASLR for all invocations of a binary, use the elfctl(1) command: elfctl -e +noaslr file. Problems should be reported via the problem reporting system,, or posting to the mailing list. 10192e77cfac (Sponsored by Stormshield)

A workaround has been implemented for an apparent hardware page invalidation problem on Intel Alder Lake (twelfth generation) and probably Raptor Lake (thirteenth generation) hybrid CPUs. The bug can lead to file system corruption with UFS and MSDOSFS, and probably other memory corruption. The slower cores (E-cores) automatically use a slower method of page invalidation with the workaround. 567cc4e6bfd9 (Sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation)

A new kernel configuration knob is available, SPLIT_KERNEL_DEBUG, which controls splitting of kernel and module debug data into separate standalone files. This interacts with the WITHOUT_KERNEL_SYMBOLS option, which operates differently than in 13.0-RELEASE and 13.1-RELEASE, but similarly to prior releases; it now controls only installation of the debug data. The defaults are WITH_KERNEL_SYMBOLS and WITH_SPLIT_KERNEL_DEBUG, allowing the kernel and modules without debug data to be installed in /boot, and standalone debugging files to be installed in /usr/lib/debug, as was done by default in releases before 13.0-RELEASE. Using WITHOUT_KERNEL_SYMBOLS and WITH_SPLIT_KERNEL_DEBUG, standalone debugging files are generated but not installed, as when using WITHOUT_KERNEL_SYMBOLS in releases before 13.0-RELEASE. Finally, using WITHOUT_KERNEL_SYMBOLS and WITHOUT_SPLIT_KERNEL_DEBUG installs the kernel and modules with built-in debugging information in /boot, as in 13.1-RELEASE using WITHOUT_KERNEL_SYMBOLS. 0c4d13c521aa (Sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation)

On the PowerPC, a radix pmap in pseries is supported for ISA 3.0. This should make pseries significantly faster on POWER9 instances, as fewer hypercalls are needed to manage pmap now. c74c77531248

Support for ptrace(2) is now available for Linux processes on arm64. 99950e8beb72

In order to facilitate ABI compatibility of stable branches, the CPU affinity system calls are now more tolerant of CPU sets that are smaller than used by the kernel. This will facilitate increases to the size of the kernel set, MAXCPU. 72bc1e6806cc

64-bit linux(4) ABI support was added for saving CPU floating point state across signal delivery. 0b82c544de58, 20d601714206

vDSO (virtual dynamic shared object) support has been nearly completed in the linux(4) ABI. a340b5b4bd48

The state of the arm64 linux(4) ABI was brought to parity with the amd64 linux(4) ABI. 0b82c544de58, a340b5b4bd48

Devices and Drivers

This section covers changes and additions to devices and device drivers since 13.1-RELEASE.

Device Drivers

The em(4) driver now correctly supports the full range of receive buffer sizes available on newer chips 82580 and i350. 3f8306cf8e2d

The ena(4) driver has been upgraded to version 2.6.2. (Sponsored by Amazon, Inc.)

Basic support for Intel Alder Lake CPUs has been implemented for hwpmc(4). b8ef2ca9eae9

The ice(4) driver has been updated to version 1.37.7-k.

The irdma(4) RDMA driver was introduced for the Intel E810 Ethernet Controller, supporting both RoCEv2 and iWARP protocols in per-PF manner, RoCEv2 being the default, and was upgraded to version 1.1.5-k. 42bad04a2156 (Sponsored by Intel Corporation)

Initial support is now available for DPAA2 (second generation Data Path Acceleration Architecture – a hardware-level networking architecture found in some NXP SoCs). It runs NXP-supplied firmware which provides DPAA2 objects as an abstraction layer, and provides a dpni network interface. d5a64a935bc9 (Sponsored by Bare Enthusiasm :) and Traverse Technologies)

The iwlwifi(4) driver for Intel wireless interfaces was updated. (Sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation)

The rtw88(4) driver was added to support several Realtek wireless PCI interfaces. It is currently limited to 802.11 a/b/g operation. See for additional information.

There were many additions and improvements to the KPI for support of Linux device drivers. (Sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation)

Supported Platforms


This section covers changes and additions to file systems and other storage subsystems, both local and networked.

General Storage

ZFS Changes

ZFS has been upgraded to OpenZFS release 2.1.9. OpenZFS release notes can be found at

NFS Changes

A problem causing NFS server hangs has been fixed; the problem was caused by a bug with SACK handling in TCP.

UFS Changes

It is now possible to take snapshots on UFS filesystems when running with journaled soft updates. Thus it is now possible to do background dumps on live filesystems running with journaled soft updates. Background dumps are requested by using the -L flag to dump(8). 3f908eed27b4 (Sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation)

Boot Loader Changes

This section covers the boot loader, boot menu, and other boot-related changes.

Boot Loader Changes

The teken.fg_color and teken.bg_color loader.conf(5) variables now accept a bright or light prefix (and color numbers 8 through 15) to select bright colors. 1dcb6002c500 (Sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation). See also 233ab015c0d7

Several bugs have been fixed in loader(8) that caused the video console output to disappear. These appeared to be hangs after the boot loader starts the kernel. (Sponsored by Netflix)

Other Boot Changes


This section describes changes that affect networking in FreeBSD.

General Network

The kernel wg(4) WireGuard driver has been reintegrated; it provides Virtual Private Network (VPN) interfaces using the WireGuard protocol. 5ae69e2f10da (Sponsored by Rubicon Communications, LLC ("Netgate") and The FreeBSD Foundation)

KTLS (the kernel TLS implementation) has added receive offload support for TLS 1.3. Receive offload is now supported for TLS 1.1 through 1.3; send offload is supported for TLS 1.0 through 1.3. 1462dc95f796 (Sponsored by Netflix)

The netlink(4) network configuration protocol is now available. It is a communication protocol defined in RFC 3549, and uses a raw socket to exchange configuration information between user space and kernel. It is used by third-party routing programs and by the linux(4) ABI. The netlink(4) protocol is not included in the GENERIC configuration in 13.2-RELEASE, but is available as a kernel module. 6058f6cc48f5

Radix tables and lookups are now supported for MAC addresses in ipfw(4). This allows MAC address tables to be constructed and used for filtering. c31f8b7bd895

Kernel modules dpdk_lpm4 and dpdk_lpm6 are now available and can be loaded via loader.conf(5). They provide optimized routing functions for hosts with a very large amount of routing tables. They can be configured via route(8) and are part of the modular FIB lookup mechanism. 0ca122044369

There are numerous bug fixes in TCP and SCTP.

General Notes Regarding Future FreeBSD Releases

OPIE has been deprecated and will be removed in FreeBSD 14.0.

The ce(4) and cp(4) synchronous serial drivers have been deprecated and will be removed in FreeBSD 14.0.

Drivers for ISA sound cards have been deprecated and will be removed in FreeBSD 14.0. d7620b6ec941 (Sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation)

The mergemaster(8) utility has been deprecated and will be removed in FreeBSD 14.0. Its replacement is etcupdate(8). 5fa16e3c50c5 (Sponsored by The FreeBSD Foundation)

The minigzip(1) utility has been deprecated and will be removed in FreeBSD 14.0. 84d3fc26e3a2

The remaining components of ATM in netgraph (NgATM) have been deprecated and will be removed in FreeBSD 14.0. Support for ATM NICs was removed previously.

The Telnet daemon, telnetd(8), has been deprecated and will be removed in FreeBSD 14.0. The Telnet client is not affected.

The VINUM class in geom(8) has been deprecated and will be removed in a future release.

Default CPUTYPE Change

Starting with FreeBSD-13.0, the default CPUTYPE for the i386 architecture will change from 486 to 686.

This means that, by default, binaries produced will require a 686-class CPU, including but not limited to binaries provided by the FreeBSD Release Engineering team. FreeBSD 13.x will continue to support older CPUs, however users needing this functionality will need to build their own releases for official support.

As the primary use for i486 and i586 CPUs is generally in the embedded market, the general end-user impact is expected to be minimal, as new hardware with these CPU types has long faded, and much of the deployed base of such systems is nearing retirement age, statistically.

There were several factors taken into account for this change. For example, i486 does not have 64-bit atomics, and while they can be emulated in the kernel, they cannot be emulated in the userland. Additionally, the 32-bit amd64 libraries have been i686 since their inception.

As the majority of 32-bit testing is done by developers using the lib32 libraries on 64-bit hardware with the COMPAT_FREEBSD32 option in the kernel, this change ensures better coverage and user experience. This also aligns with what the majority of Linux® distributions have been doing for quite some time.

This is expected to be the final bump of the default CPUTYPE in i386.

This change does not affect the FreeBSD 12.x series of releases.

Last modified on: March 26, 2023 by Gordon Bergling