[Kea-users] Kea 1.6.0-beta2 is released
mcnally at isc.org
Wed Jul 24 21:49:12 UTC 2019
On behalf of ISC and the Kea team I'm pleased to announce that
we are one major step closer to the release of 1.6.0. The second
beta release of 1.6, Kea 1.6.0-beta2 is now available and ready
for you to check out.
Welcome to Kea 1.6.0-beta2. Kea is a DHCP implementation developed by
Internet Systems Consortium, Inc. that features fully functional DHCPv4
and DHCPv6 servers, a dynamic DNS update daemon, a Control Agent (CA)
that provides a REST API to control the DHCP and DNS update servers, an
example shell client to connect to the CA, a daemon that is able to
retrieve YANG configuration and updates from Sysrepo, and a DHCP
performance-measurement tool. Both DHCP servers fully support server
discovery, address assignment, renewal, rebinding, release, decline,
information request, DNS updates, client classification, and host
reservations. The DHCPv6 server also supports prefix delegation. Lease
information is stored in a CSV file by default; it can optionally be
stored in a MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Cassandra database instead. Host
reservations can be stored in a configuration file; they can also be
stored in a MySQL, PostgreSQL, or Cassandra database and, to some
degree, retrieved from a RADIUS server. Kea DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 daemons
provide support for YANG models, which are stored in a Sysrepo datastore
and can be configured via the NETCONF protocol.
The text below references issue numbers. For more details, visit the Kea
GitLab page at https://gitlab.isc.org/isc-projects/kea/issues.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since its beginning, Kea used some file locations that
were not really adhering well to FHS (File System Hierarchy). After much
deliberation, ISC decided to group all of such changes together in one
release. We apologize for any inconvenience related to incompatible
changes introduced in the Kea 1.6.0 release. We believe that grouping
them in the single release will long term minimize the impact on the
users and future releases will not require additional incompatible
changes. The major incompatible changes are:
* Default file locations for lease file, server-duid, log files and lock
files have changed. Files previously stored in `/var/kea` are now
stored in `/var/run/kea`. Server hooks previously installed in
`/usr/lib/hooks` are now installed in `/usr/lib/kea/hooks`. The
log files are now stored in `/var/log/kea`. (#538, #686)
* The kea-admin commands (lease-init, lease-version, lease-upgrade) were
renamed to better reflect the fact that the database can store
much more than just leases. They're now called db-init, db-version,
* The Logging entry in the configuration file has moved to specific
daemon sections. This require a simple configuration file
modification. You need to move Logging entry from its global scope
into the Dhcp4, Dhcp6, DhcpDdns, Control-agent or Netconf scope. (#208)
For details, please see:
The major new features and changes introduced since 1.6.0-beta1 are:
1. Server tags mechanism. The config backend is a new feature that
lets the DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 servers to manage and fetch their
configuration from a MySQL database. That mechanism was introduced
in 1.6.0-beta and it allowed multiple servers to share the same
MySQL database, effectively letting administrators to deploy the
same configuration to all servers. That was useful, but the
missing part was the ability to distinguish configurations between
servers. That limitation is now removed with an introduction of
server-tags. For each configuration entity available in config
backend it is now possible to specify server-tags, i.e. names
of each server that particular piece of configuration should
apply to. For example, if you have two subnets: subnet1 and
subnet2 you can instruct the config backend to use subnet1 on
servers A and B and use subnet2 on servers B, C and D. Server
tags are supported for global options, option definitions, shared
networks and subnets. (#676, #710, #711, #712, #713, #714, #715,
#716, #717, #737)
2. Native RPM and DEB packages. ISC started providing
native packages for many popular systems. Please go to
https://cloudsmith.io/~isc/repos/ to get the latest packages.
Both open source Kea as well as premium and subscription hooks
are available as packages. Currently the packages are available
for Fedora 27,28,29,30, CentOS 7, Ubuntu 18.04, 18.10, 19.04 and
Debian 8,9,10. Providing RPMs and DEBs is a fairly new task for
us. ISC would love to hear your feedback on this. (#425, #446)
3. DROP class. Kea offers a powerful client classification mechanism
to distinguish between various types of devices. You now can use
this tool to drop unwanted traffic. You simply need to define a
class with a special name called DROP. If incoming packet is
assigned to this class, the packet is dropped immediately (#606).
4. max-lease-time, min-lease-time. Up until now, Kea allowed to
configure a specific, fixed value for lease lifetimes. Two new
optional parameters - `max-lease-time` and `min-lease-time` -
allow to expand this to a range. Both DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 protocols
allow clients to send hints. Those new parameters let Kea honor
those hints. (#295)
5. lease6-bulk-apply. Kea provides a HA mechanism that synchronizes
leases between two servers. Each time a new lease is assigned
to a client, the server that assigned it sends a note to its
partner. This works fine in most cases. However, DHCPv6 allows
a single client to get multiple IPv6 address and IPv6 prefixes
in one exchange. When this capability is used, the Kea server
would send multiple separate lease updates to its partner. With
the introduction of lease6-bulk-apply, all of them are sent in
one command, greatly reducing communication delay and thus
improving overall HA performance for DHCPv6. (#683, #689)
6. sanity-check improvements. A number of small improvements in
sanity check for leases have been implemented. Due to the nature
how leases are loaded from a file and managed in memory in the
memfile backend, Kea could display repeated warnings about leases.
This problem has been greatly mitigated and the sanity checker
got smarter. (#685, #686)
The major new features and changes introduced since the 1.5.0 version
1. Config Backend. Kea Configuration Backend (abbreviated as Config
Backend or CB) is a new feature which lets the DHCPv4 and DHCPv6
servers manage and fetch their configuration from one or more
MySQL databases. The MySQL CB implementation is distributed as
a hooks library. You can now store most of the Kea configuration
in the CB: global parameters, shared networks, subnets, pools,
options, and option definitions. Instead of specifying these
parameters in your local configuration, you can now put this
information in the database and simply tell Kea where to find
it. Kea will merge the parameters from the CB with other parameters
configured locally (such as interfaces). Kea can periodically
poll the CB and retrieve updates. This will greatly simplify
automated configuration change deployments.
The most basic configuration for CB looks more or less like this:
The CB is supported for DHCPv4 and DHCPv6. The only database
supported for now and the near future is MySQL. You can connect
multiple Kea instances to retrieve configurations from the same
central database; this lets you effectively centralize your Kea
servers' configuration and push configuration changes to all
your Kea servers.
The 1.6.0-beta1 version supported only a single Kea configuration
per configuration backend. This version adds server tags, where
you will be able to specify that certain configuration elements
(such as a specific subnet) should be applied only on servers
with a matching server tag. This will let you differentiate
configurations between servers while keeping all configuration
elements in the same centralized database. In future releases
(1.7.0 and beyond) we will continue improving and expanding this
mechanism. The improvements will likely include adding more
capabilities for configuration in database storage, such as
client classes, hooks, logging, and network interfaces.
The CB is implemented for MySQL only. This is a conscious decision;
we hope to polish the feature's rough edges on one specific
backend before we implement it for other databases. It is somewhat
likely that PostgreSQL will appear sometime in the future, but
that will happen only when the MySQL-based CB is mostly complete.
Unfortunately, due to Cassandra's nature as a non-relational
database and the difficulty working with it, it is unlikely we
will ever implement a CB for Cassandra.
The config backend is by far the most complex feature ever
developed in Kea and we ask for your honest feedback on it.
- Did you manage to get it working?
- What was easy and what was difficult or not working?
- What are the features you'd like to see next?
2. Management commands for the Config Backend. The CB stores data in
a MySQL schema that is public. It's possible to insert a
configuration into the MySQL tables manually, or automatically
using SQL scripts, but this requires a reasonably good knowledge
of the schema. As an alternative, ISC has developed a new hook
library that provides management commands for config backends.
It simplifies many typical operations, such as listing, adding,
retrieving, deleting of global parameters, shared networks,
subnets, pools, options, and option definitions. For a complete
list, see commands starting with "remote-" in Appendix A of the
Kea User's guide:
The cb_cmds hooks library is available to subscribers only. If
you are not a subscriber and would like to participate in beta
testing, please contact info at isc.org and our sales team will
3. Native packages. As we continue its development, Kea is adding
integration with other open source products, including NETCONF
(provided by Sysrepo), RADIUS (based on the FreeRADIUS client),
and Cassandra. That flexibility comes at a price, though. It is
getting more difficult to install Kea with those optional
dependencies enabled. We also noticed that some OS distributions
lag behind in packaging the latest Kea releases. To help alleviate
both of those problems, ISC has begun providing our own native
(DEB and RPM) packages for several popular distributions. We are
providing packages for CentOS 7, Debian 9, Fedora 28 and 29, and
Ubuntu 18.04, 18.10 and 19.04. The binary packages cover DHCPv4,
DHCPv6, DDNS, Control Agent, and all three (MySQL, PostgreSQL,
Cassandra) backends. ISC subscription customers will also be
given an option to conveniently install hooks as separate packages.
In the future we plan to experiment with packaging NETCONF with
Sysrepo and all its necessary dependencies.
4. Improved compatibility. Kea follows RFC standards as defined by
the IETF; however, there are some devices out there that are not
as strict in following the standards. Nevertheless, Kea should
be able to work with such devices. Kea 1.6.0 now sends the DHCPv4
message type as the first option (#530), the trailing null is
now stripped from received options (#539), empty hostnames are
handled better (#40), and it's now possible to define sub-options
with codes 0 and 255 (#564).
5. Control socket for DDNS. The DDNS daemon has finally gotten its
control socket and can process commands. It's now possible to
update its configuration and in general interact with it while
it's running. The following nine commands are now supported:
build-report, config-get, config-reload, config-set, config-test,
config-write, list-commands, shutdown, and version-get (#30).
6. Preliminary performance improvements. While overall performance
improvements will be the major focus of the next Kea release,
we conducted some preliminary work in 1.6. Perfdhcp, a tool for
testing performance, is now multi-threaded (#283) and has a new
'avalanche' mode to simulate a large number of devices renewing
at once. It lets you measure how long it takes to provision a
specified number of devices, with a realistic model of devices
getting impatient and retransmitting when not provided with an
answer within one second. Also, Kea DHCPv4 can now be configured
to disable client-id lookup in a database to speed up operations
7. Performance reports. ISC has started publishing performance
reports. The two documents available now are:
- Performance report comparing 1.4.0 and 1.5.0
- Performance optimization suggestions
8. New host cache commands. Two new commands have been implemented
in the host cache hook: cache-size (which lets you check the
current number of cached entries) and cache-get-by-id (which
lets you look up whether an entry for a specified hardware
address, client-id, duid, circuit-id, or flex-id is in the cache)
9. New subnet commands. Two new commands were added to the
subnet_cmds hook: subnet4-update and subnet6-update. They allow
the existing IPv4 and IPv6 subnets to be tweaked (#465). Previously
in order to update an existing subnet you had to first remove
it and then re-add it with the changes.
10. New host commands. Two new commands were added to the host_cmds
hook. They allow retrieval of all reservations from a given
subnet, either in one go (reservation-get-all) or page by page
(reservation-get-page) (#313, 511).
11. High Availability improvements. Two improvements have been made
in the High Availability code. First, it better handles abrupt
time changes, e.g. when NTP changes the system clock (#599).
Second, the CA daemon now adds Host http header, which makes it
possible to set up a reverse HA proxy with NGINX (#360).
12. Logging moved to daemon scope (#273). Earlier Kea versions had
the Logging scope defined at the global level in their JSON
configurations, due to historical reasons that no longer apply.
The idea was to have one configuration file shared by all daemons,
but it didn't withstand the test of time. Kea 1.6.0 moves the
Logging entry to specific scopes, such as Dhcp4 or Dhcp6. For
the time being, Kea 1.6.0 still accepts the old syntax, but
prints a warning. Future Kea versions will eventually drop that
backward compatibility and will produce an error. Make sure you
update your configurations.
13. Automatically calculate renewal and rebind timers (#365).
Earlier Kea versions had the renewal (t1) and rebind (t2) timers
configured manually with their own defaults. These were simple
mechanics that worked in general, but it was too easy to
inadvertently misconfigure Kea. It is now possible to tell Kea
to automatically calculate t1 and t2 times based on valid (v4)
or preferred (v6) lifetimes. See the 'calculate-tee-times',
't1-percent', and 't2-percent' parameters for details.
14. Hook libraries moved to separate directory. Earlier Kea versions
installed hooks in a `/usr/lib/hooks/` directory. This was
confusing as the `/usr/lib/` directory is shared by all software
installed on the system and it was unclear what the hooks meant.
The directory is now called `/usr/lib/kea/hooks`. When upgrading
to 1.6.0 make sure you update your configuration to point to the
right hook libraries (#161).
15. Hammer added. ISC developed a tool that is used internally to
build VMs and install Kea dependencies on many systems. We thought
that, while the tool is not intended for end-users, there may
be power users that could benefit from having access to such a
tool. It is not part of the tarball release, but it may be
retrieved from our GitLab repository (#373).
16. Many small fixes related to recent OS releases: NetBSD 8.0
(#165), Fedora 29 (#354), FreeBSD 11.2 (#367), CentOS 7 (#380),
macOS/XCode (#561), Ubuntu 19.04 (#589), and installation on
Debian 9 with MariaDB 10.1 (#389).
17. RADIUS improvements. RADIUS has gotten a round of improvements:
a memory leak has been fixed (#415), accounting is now better
documented (#416), and RADIUS with shared networks works much
18. Cassandra consistency is now a configurable parameter (#16).
19. Kea can recalculate statistics when the server configuration
changes (#394). This addresses a problem when statistics were
reflecting an old configuration and didn't take into account
configuration changes since the last full server reconfiguration.
20. Better debugging of flex-id for non-printable characters (#21).
This release includes TODO issues addressed since 1.5.0 (TODO in
1.6.0-beta and TODO in 1.6.0-final).
Kea 1.6.0 is released under the Mozilla Public License, version 2.0.
The premium and subscriber-only hook libraries are provided in source
code form, under the terms of an End User License Agreement (you will
get the source code that you can modify freely, but you are not
permitted to redistribute it).
## Testing premium and subscriber-only hooks
ISC Kea support customers will receive tickets inviting them to download
the premium hooks, which are included with the support subscription. If
you are interested in testing premium hooks and do not have a Kea
support contract, please contact info at isc dot org to request a trial
The Kea 1.6.0-beta source and PGP signature of the distribution may be
The signature was generated with the ISC code signing key which is
ISC provides detailed documentation, including installation instructions
and usage tutorials, in the Kea Administrator Reference Manual.
Documentation is included with the installation or via
https://kb.isc.org/docs/kea-administrator-reference-manual in HTML,
plain text, or PDF formats. ISC maintains a public open source code
tree, wiki, issue tracking system, milestone planning, and a roadmap at
Limitations and known issues with this release can be found at
We'd like users of this software to please let us know how it worked for
you and what operating system you tested on. Feel free to share your
feedback on the Kea User mailing list
(https://lists.isc.org/mailman/listinfo/kea-users). Also we would like
to hear whether the documentation is adequate and accurate. Please open
tickets in the Kea gitlab project for bugs, documentation omissions and
errors, and enhancement requests. We want to hear from you even if
Professional support for Kea is available from ISC. We encourage all
professional users to consider this option; Kea maintenance is funded
with support subscriptions. For more information on ISC's Kea and DHCP
software support see https://www.isc.org/support/.
Free best-effort support is provided by our user community via a mailing
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questions about working with Kea, please share them to the Kea Users
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requests may be submitted via GitLab at
The following summarizes changes and important upgrade notes since the
previous release (1.5.0).
Kea 1.6.0-beta2 released on July 24, 2019
1625. [build] tmark, marcin
Bumped up libraries version numbers for Kea 1.6.0 beta2 release.
(Gitlab #740,!427, git 359fe51531e802f052bd4172d4e295378155dbd5)
1624. [doc] marcin
Documented a usage of the server tags with the Kea Configuration
Backend in the Kea ARM.
(Gitlab #643,!421, git 4c60b02e619bce2c434bbf9ee0e775d8776b2d74)
1623. [bug] fdupont
Eliminated the issue whereby the DHCP server could terminate as a
result of the remote-network4-del and remote-network6-del commands.
(Gitlab #738,!425, git b34151b647aae8690fe0996090e13403a8e3ad55)
1622. [bug] fdupont
Corrected server tags returned with the metadata when fetching
option definitions from the MySQL configuration backend
(Gitlab #737,!424, git 1cc95ae2a66102427e583b4924383fd414e24f0f)
1621. [func] fdupont
Both kea-dhcp4 and kea-dhcp6 now support a special class, 'DROP'.
When the class is defined, inbound client packets that match the
class's match expression will be dropped without further processing.
Each such drop is logged at DEBUG level and accounted for in
(Gitlab #606,!375, git bfa5b2c50324e9d2339daa8309774f49a5e7bf3c)
1620. [func] franek, razvan
Kea statistics improvements: Support for storing more than one
(Gitlab #696,!418, git c7b8c275758c96f56081e02da429f5dd9d653b87)
1619. [func] marcin
Add support for associating subnets with the server tags in the
mysql_cb hooks library.
(Gitlab #717,!417, git e121ec4e0a04bc5bebdbfecf9cc1606b50e71263)
1618. [func] marcin
Add support for associating the shared networks with the server
tags in the mysql_cb hooks library.
(Gitlab #716,!412, git 326fdbeb51dc1f6eebbdbbdcce78cfac87a61bd9)
1617. [bug] fdupont
During the application of the config backend the external config
is initialized to the default values so when a global parameter
is changed and deleted it gets back a sane value.
(Gitlab #630,!355, git 237afd3c512ed4d05ae76de76cce21dca643a889)
1616. [func] fdupont
Renamed kea-admin lease-init, lease-version and lease-upgrade
commands to db-init, db-version and db-upgrade. Only the lease-*
command is now lease-dump.
(Gitlab #466,!393, git cbd2ed23f2ea0649ccf608fe818197d2923108f0)
1615. [func] fdupont
Added check for keyword name and type in parsers of objects
managed by the config backend (options, option definitions,
subnets and shared networks).
(Gitlab #575,!358, git c9d87afad8db924da0aadc1b8ab40638bd0a6738)
1614. [func] marcin
Add support for associating the DHCP option definitions with
the server tags in the mysql_cb hooks library.
(Gitlab #715,!411, git 5511725555138213de4f48dc1091d65b5db47034)
1613. [func] marcin
Add support for associating the global DHCP options with the
server tags in the mysql_cb hooks library.
(Gitlab #714,!409, git 711c1dca9de388b786942fe5bedb8b8cf63b85ba)
1612. [bug] razvan
Fixed crash caused by unloading premium libraries which use
custom host cache containers.
(Gitlab #639,!410, git d3f7e9d9a18d93fb014c8e637e15c6ae9ca9269e)
1611. [doc] fdupont
Clarified how Kea handles subnet prefixes in server configuration.
(Gitlab #419,!333, git f260b51148b4f7584165e13fcf2320fdd5992a74)
1610. [build] fdupont
Removed the obsolete compatcheck top directory.
(Gitlab #667,!391, git 8cb113a52f0cf56fbdb5cb0e87464135234c2ac1)
1609. [bug] fdupont
Fixed the implementation of authentication keys in DHCPv6
host reservations. Please note this includes a PostgreSQL
(Gitlab #550,!297, git f45511f0445cd4204671771175f7f0d34df54b0e)
1608. [bug] fdupont
Missing debug DHCP6_PACKET_SEND logging message was added.
(Gitlab #699,!401, git ac96edbe30be5c93f5e3d2512961f1bc99c3253a)
1607. [bug] tmark
Corrected an initialization issue which caused lease sanity
checking to be enabled inside the Lease File Cleanup (LFC)
process. The LFC cannot meaningfully perform sanity checking
as it does not have access to the full server configuration.
(Gitlab #686,!403 git 68b2cb0385779ef0c520164e418dee124d7cb364)
1606. [bug] tmark
Corrected an error with retrieving DHCPv6 leases, whose IAID
values are larger than int32_t max, from Postgresql lease
(Gitlab #651,!384, git 67e047df61d56558d474514a21ed0db96152557a)
1605. [func] marcin
Extended mysql_cb hooks library to support new API calls for
managing the DHCP servers in the database. In addition, added
support for associating the global parameters with the server
(Gitlab #642,!373, git 8ca1021809a6c44cf8a6589a959e94ca9ca76c29)
1604. [bug] fdupont
Improved configuration failure messages when the problem is
from the configuration backend and not the configuration file.
(Gitlab #616,!379, git 637e9f03cc502068822ab0310f2e070d4a4da339)
1603. [perf] tmark
High Availability now registers its HTTP sockets with Interface
Manager's main thread allowing the thread can monitor them for
IO readiness. This should improve the responsiveness of HA peers
to each other.
(Gitlab #691,!395, git 4a0b024bc6d83b26fe702d95ee7ce0c914b37d8e)
1602. [func] fdupont
Added more information to sanity-checker log messages.
(Gitlab #685,!392, git 5367cd1196662739bbff5e99072ab6a55cfb0489)
1601. [func] fdupont
Kea servers now add the lease validity lifetime to informational
lease allocation log messages.
(Gitlan #694,!399, git cb29b532cf1f8790f9752d7e8253b0aa31ce05e6)
1600. [bug] fdupont
Fixed prefixLengthFromRange() routine.
(Gitlab #583.!377, git 10bd31217d8a0a77345c4cba7a59314f70c1b509)
1599. [perf] marcin
Improved performance of the DHCPv6 server running with High
Availability by aggregating multiple lease updates in a single
lease6-bulk-apply command instead of generating multiple
lease6-update commands, one for each allocated lease.
(Gitlab #689,!394, git 65021b840b94da3d118e541fba5469c8ed15175b)
1598. [bug] razvan
Added unittests for long (> 65536 chars) tokens in parsed configs
so any crash related to parsers could be detected.
(Gitlab #604,!376, git 811735b67fcdb5592c3e020792c154f2f454259c)
1597. [func] fdupont
Added new configuration parameters for handling user lease
time hints to kea-dhcp4: min-valid-lifetime and max-valid-lifetime;
and to kea-dhcp6: min-preferred-lifetime, max-preferred-lifetime,
min-valid-lifetime, and max-valid-lifetime.
(Gitlab #295,!325, git 8641448c4106bf28ea32df72e5e0ad520d3946ae)
1596. [func] marcin
Implemented lease6-bulk-apply command in the lease_cmds hooks
(Gitlab #683,!390, git 122473c18b632ddfa22b8a48f6d9399bc18e2598)
1595. [func] fdupont
Removed unused t1_ and t2_ members from internal lease class.
(Gitlab #567,!357, git 6072db5f4ca6cfa9573152c255f97dd170acbd57)
1594. [bug] fdupont
Kea no longer uses the .../var/kea directory, for instance pid
files are now in .../var/run/kea.
BEWARE this applies to the kea-dhcp6-serverid file so if the
server will not find the file at its new location it will believe
it is the first time it is being started and will generate a new
server DUID. If that happens, clients will keep trying to get to
the old server and be confused.
(Gitlab #538,!334, git 928b9ae57452aae1dff92ad689ba180fa975381c)
1593. [bug] marcin
Fixed a bug in the Kea Control Agent which caused a sporadic crash
after a tiemout while sending the HTTP response to the controlling
(Gitlab #491,!363, git ff204dfe4dd80702f8bb2edf83f8486e019a7e04)
1592. [build] tmark
Files related to YANG and netconf are now only installed
when the build is configured with --with-syspro.
(Gitlab #584,!364, git 350ae513ed4e8e8e07b159658f88ec7d70b644d3)
1591. [doc] razvan
Fixed classify and pd-exclude documentation examples.
(Gitlab #590,!380, git 26b04d2d2d2a88be6abc5879a2fb48e05f0003fd)
1590. [func] fdupont
It is now possible to specify hostname-char-set and
hostname-char-replacement at the global scope allowing to sanitize
host names without requiring a dhcp-ddns entry.
(Gitlab #540,!374, git 0a5979369902070ee0c4faf3b713627455b99489)
1589. [bug] razvan
Fixed configuring kea with tools/cql_config when using --with-cql
(Gitlab #522,!261, git bf7debc182e094a8b34f1f2df99cf4e9f84c8906)
1588. [func] marcin
Extended APIs of the DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 configuration backends
the management functions for the server tags.
(Gitlab #641,!352, git 022d2266e71ced7ec79e0717298ca8e88330a7e7)
1587. [bug] razvan
Fixed IPv6 prefix delegation pools retrieval from the MySQL
(Gitlab #637,!349, git 483273734e8608ed68624d7a868f20672c859c95)
Kea 1.6.0-beta released on May 29, 2019
1586. [build] razvan, marcin
Bumped up libraries version numbers for Kea 1.6.0 beta release.
(Gitlab #617,!340, git c0434bf882b6ec483120e39f6b70b5a40fe7c711)
1585. [bug, func] marcin
MySQL Configuration Backend supports DHCPv6 interface-id parameter.
(Gitlab #628,!341, git 3a07c636ba4c7fceabe59ec597c44a9c8e3367eb)
1584. [doc] marcin
Documented Kea Configuration Backend in the Kea Administrator
(Gitlab #71,!314, git 3a65b7a9104f2a988dacf1acc26312b4259e958d)
1583. [bug] fdupont, marcin
Corrected a bug which caused failures to merge a subnet from the
Configuration Backend into the DHCP server's configuration
when subnet identifier was modified.
(Gitlab #492,!252, git c9aba2b5e915c27a8539e6b8f0498179ba896da4)
1582. [bug] tmark
Input values for DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 options of type 'string'
will now be trimmed of any trailing null bytes (0x0).
(Gitlab #539, !330, git b126558e9e39e9bff517dceac25a00e96d150085)
1581. [bug] marcin
Corrected a bug whereby the DHCPv6 server did not take into
account a relay address specified at the shared network level
during the subnet selection.
(Gitlab #620,!332, git c2383e404a5227f6b55655c09ccdc03930815500)
1580. [bug] jonatan.raudsepp
Compilation fix for Alpine linux in Perfdhcp code. Thanks to
Jonatan Raudsepp for sending a patch!
(Gitlab #624,!337, git 19321df9e4490b75ac7b322afec9d231bcb6ffe3)
1579. [bug] razvan
Fixed a bug which caused setting dhcp4o6-port to not function via
Kea configuration backend.
(Gitlab #577,!331, git 98c24fe1873795bbc94d426c54c588b05d79406f)
1578. [func] fdupont
The configuration syntax has changed. The Logging scope that used
to be shared between all servers has been deprecated. Each daemon
is supposed to define its own loggers using 'loggers' array. The
old configuration syntax is still accepted, but is considered
deprecated. Kea 1.6 will accept it, but that capability will be
removed in the future. Please migrate your configuration to new
(Gitlab #208,!196, git 37b8ec6c2c4b64681059f8fad26d112adbb7ee2b)
1577. [func] razvan
Implemented host reservations page retrieval for Cassandra.
(Gitlab #511,!278, git 152e82b49f5e5abd9d3a2a4825ed8620973f5ef1)
1576. [doc] fdupont
New commands cache-get-by-id and cache-size are now documented.
(Gitlab #594,!324, git 3753008cc77f71457b5d777560d8e36dc56e7acd)
1575. [bug] razvan
Fixed issue with keactrl logging error when trying to stop running
(Gitlab #534,!327, git 6ddee0a93ec4ad692cc385150c159d9e8da5232d)
1574. [bug] razvan
Add logging to the MySQL config backend.
(Gitlab #398,!315, git bc46fd3420afdf60ae8841866e8458f7f6e072e8)
1573. [bug] razvan
Fixed build sysrepo from sources using sysrepo_config.
(Gitlab #523,!262, git b86864a9b058a18eaaded2273dc5f40a9ec97c78)
1572. [bug] tmark
Corrected an issue where kea-dhcp6 was incorrectly scheduling DNS
entry removals when renewing leases with generated FQDNs.
(Gitlab #577,!310, git 362f40bebbdbe083ec6420a43ee1c050edf6bba6)
1571. [bug] marcin
The mysql_cb hooks library registers the MySQL backend for the
(Gitlab #603,!322, git 1ede298fcdc7a9b7018b6e300e2d759e33f73645)
1570. [bug] marcin
Corrected the bug in the Kea HTTP library which could cause a server
to assert when system clock was modified during the transaction.
(Gitlab #599,!320, git 958abe5063b6e602c0070e336524e313c3a87671)
1569. [perf] fdupont
Improved performance of the DHCPv4 server in cases when
match-client-id set disabled by removing unnecessary query to the
(Gitlab 509,!272, git 2ad41651c1118fe6f7dfb918df0694dd254706f1)
1568. [bug] tmark
kea-dhcp6 now properly skips sanity checking prefix leases.
Prior to this it was incorrectly subjecting them to sanity
checks during memfile lease file reloads and then flagging
the leases as incorrect.
(Gitlab #591,!#313, git 12262c5df19673652be73cf1dd62d07527bee95d)
1567. [bug] marcin
Kea HTTP client now always includes Host header in all HTTP
requests. The Host header is required in all HTTP/1.1
requests. This corrects the problem whereby HA peers were
unable to communicate via reverse HTTP proxy because the
proxy was responding with Bad Request status when no Host
header was included.
(Gitlab #360,!305, git ddb6dbf4cf63e98d3954c5d46e0311abc4fd6cfc)
1566. [func] tmark
kea-dhcp6 can now be configured to calculate values to
send to clients for T1 and T2 times. Prior to this
it was only possibly to specify explicit values.
(Gitlab #365,!296, git 144b83a84c836d6ff17620b35cb74f830b13c2eb)
1565. [func] marcin
MySQL Config Backend returns server tags associated with the
(Gitlab #579,!309, git 1e2648df047fe964e8ad3e9deb1c85eea32b1219)
1564. [func] fdupont
Implemented two new commands to manage subnets: subnet4-update
subnet6-update. They allow an update of existing subnets
(Gitlab #465,!265, git 71eb9188033f81dab56fc5a847a39f5497398b62)
1563. [bug] razvan
Fixed compilation of google benchmarks.
(Gitlab #520,!260, git 11aa890d30ecce5518b9f0bad389feea6be78167)
1562. [bug] marcin
Corrected a bug whereby the DHCP server would trigger a segfault
upon termination when MySQL configuration backend was in use.
(Gitlab #571,!306, git 705e7bb6dd27ec90dd2807d4aac0905e3cb13de4)
1561. [func] tmark
kea-dhcp6 now automatically deletes configuration elements
that have been deleted from configuration backends.
(Gitlab #566,!304, git 2e85376f1b57187b822c662144380e04372cffff)
1560. [bug] fdupont
kea-dhcp4 now permits option code values of 0 and 255 for
options defined in option spaces other than the "dhcp4" space.
(Gitlab #564,!300, git 7a0a0b84d91893f08c0ee6f236daa05bede65166)
1559. [func] fdupont
Added DHCPv6 support to the MySQL Config Backend hook.
(Gitlab #397,!244, git 980091ecd717e41a61f0d7f6808213e450647d8e)
1558. [func] tmark
In addition to a continuous string of digits, hexadecimal
literals may now be a series of one or more octets separated
by either colons or spaces.
(Gitlab #484, git 251efcd5f518a215173845b22555276df0e0ffc6)
1557. [bug] marcin
Added support for "reservation-mode" parameter in the shared network
configuration parsers. It corrects a bug in Configuration Backend
whereby host reservation mode was not stored in the database when
specified via remote-network4-set command.
(Gitlab #517,!301, git e6533001e9d850432254d3cfe995a4f7abcee6e2)
1556. [bug] fdupont
Corrected parser for option definitions to refuse definitions
duplicate code or name.
(Gitlab #503,!246, git 0befb653277463cd8f88740119fe90a93dbb1466)
1555. [bug] fdupont
Corrected parsers for option definitions to prevent setting out of
range option code values.
(Gitlab #500,!247, git 5c139602d7656df74060fee63461ffba4f290547)
1554. [func] tmark
kea-dhcp6 now uses globals, option definitions, options,
share-networks, and subnets from configuration back ends.
(Gitlab #413,!288, git ff367e273ed8763b354db272c5955a78203d865e)
1553. [func] marcin
DHCPv4 server automatically fetches incremental configuration updates
from the configuration backends.
(Gitlab #103,!277, git 319f7709edb40d6c01390a34942b9d4a200b333e)
(Gitlab #103,!289, git 80087e2d0f90f9ba6623860fed4f4d33ee935ad0)
1552. [bug] marcin
Corrected inheritance of the subnet and shared network specific
parameters in the MySQL Configuration Backend.
(Gitlab #552,!295, git 4812e4227a57b29bfa3995e71588233424a3abb1)
1551. [func] razvan
Added consistency and serial-consistency parameters to CQL
connection. Fixed all statements.
(Gitlab #16,!287, git 56a9b6a860899274f9cafe2366a6731a46490e92)
1550. [func] marcin
Implemented inheritance of the DHCPv4 global and shared network
specific configuration parameters when using configuration
(Gitlab #490,!284, git 2508f942e879ef74b20c07ffdba37d187d6ea932)
1549. [func] tmark
kea-dhcp6 can now be configured to fetch data from configuration
back ends. It does not yet utilize the data fetched.
(Gitlab #104,!290, git d8a25c1ecd17ad24bdce6af19e7a42ce66d4c4f2)
1548. [func] razvan
Added consistency and serial-consistency parameters to CQL
(Gitlab #16,!266, git 5771173d721464d879869fad6456211031858d6c)
1547. [bug, doc] fdupont
Option value for sip-ua-cs-domains has been corrected in the
Kea User's Guide. Thanks to Shawn Routhier from Infoblox for
reporting this issue.
(Gitlab #536,!281, git c128fd9a6b7bffc36ba4fe9a0badebe55441d673)
1546. [func] tmark
kea-dhcp4 now uses options fetched from configured backends.
(Gitlab #401,!254, git 6a33a6f1810f5899ff9c8bc79d0093eebad5c728)
1545. [func] fdupont
A new parameter "data-directory" has been added to DHCPv6.
If specified, it allows DHCPv6 server to store lease and
server-id files in non-standard locations.
(Gitlab #430,!263, git 1f094e18a21124abcaf846cab52c8cba65ca36bc)
1544. [build] fdupont
Message compiler is no longer needed during compilation and
generated message files are part of the distribution. They can be
regenerated using --enable-generate-messages switch passed to
(Gitlab #441,!233, git 499b7c36454bcac2553f7bf304d48d7d80f4d4ca)
1543. [bug] fdupont
Corrected behavior of the remote-subnet4-set so as it is now
possible to set the subnet using both an ID or a subnet prefix.
(Gitlab #481,!251, git 9ef651950fde16e258e4b03dd21bbf6dd07d5231)
1542. [test] tmark
MySQL, PostgreSQL, and CQL unit tests will now attempt to wipe
the unit test data, rather than the (re)create the schema between
each test. This reduces test execution time appreciably. The
behavior may be overridden by defining environment variable:
KEA_TEST_DB_WIPE_DATA_ONLY="false". This will cause the schema
to be recreated before each test but may dramatically increase
test execution time.
(Gitlab #526,!269, git 7e81d7bea27e919b652351880872aae68ad1b209)
(Gitlab #531,!279, git 7f8c4fc535df3019789aea1881b7bb3bd539963a)
1541. [bug] fdupont
Empty Relay Agent Information option is no longer sent in server
responses. Thanks to Geoffrey Huang from Qingdao Agricultural
University, and Jiaqi Liu from Qingdao WuKeSong Company
Communication Limited, Shandong, PRC for reporting this issue.
(Gitlab #519,#510,!271, git f3563396d2227e48e96a5d65587406d8d1868db5)
1540. [func] fdupont
Added a new method deleteSharedNetworkSubnets4 in the config
backend API to delete all subnets belonging to a shared network.
(Gitlab #512,!256, git 76991c42d115641c7fdcd0f215137be578fb39a0)
1539. [build] fdupont
Obsolete dns++.pc file for pkg-config was removed.
(Gitlab #498,!274, git 93cd62c99f69cc379c08cd06791db522c1fb0aca)
1538. [func] marcin
DHCP configuration parsers correctly handle unspecified parameters.
This change was required for the MySQL Config Backend to record
unspecified parameters as NULL in the database.
(Gitlab #488,!259, git d3b33058651036be34200f16d2da230267415056)
1537. [func] godfryd
Improved handling unix sockets in unit tests. Now by default
they are created in temporary folder under /tmp folder. This
fixes the issue with creating sockets with too long path
in the case when source folder is deeply nested.
(Gitlab #357,!258, git a45e2f68d7d1848adb0cf755954a3d76c9dff338)
1536. [build] tomek
Many changes in keactrl, kea-admin, cql_config and sysrepo_config
scripts. ISC is now using shellcheck to verify portability of
(Gitlab #480,!245, git 8818ba0260ba36710b88db6401069f9fe4f3a73a)
1535. [func] godfryd
Added checking required Vagrant version by Hammer.
Removed Hammer from EXTRA_DIST.
(Gitlab #518,!257, git ea0006f6eb948d7d4a034b413c5086cbe483eb75)
1534. [func] marcin
MySQL config backend correctly handles the optional values for
subnets and shared networks. Also, updated the MySQL config
backend to store and fetch T1 and T2 percentage settings.
(Gitlab #489,!250, git 01fc4d5bb4105b90c7025e8ca8131c3c15203848)
1533. [doc] sgoldlust,stephen
Kea User's Guide significantly updated.
(Gitlab #362,!182, git 4b7a8df6054d18f2c90fe61d93533466f89e6324)
1532. [func]* marcin
Renamed OptionalValue C++ object to Optional and modified its
API. This object is now used to represent optional values in
subnets and shared networks. This is an internal Kea logic
change but it may impact existing user hooks libraries.
(Gitlab #487,!232, git 1c58e0ce9b9fd6fc8864dbfb2335bc5841c78ff3)
1531. [func] tmark
When fetching configuration data from configured backends,
kea-dhcp4 will now merge option definitions.
(Gitlab #400,!243, git 0c5d1417031e49bd0c247889989e187db2dd8f4b)
1530. [bug] adwol
Potential syntax error in keactrl fixed. Thanks to Adam Osuchowski
from Silesian University of Technology for providing a patch.
(Gitlab #162,!241, git b1a1137f252432aa956ed6fea3da21c740857333)
1529. [func] tmark
When fetching configuration data from configured backends,
kea-dhcp4 will now merge global parameters.
(Gitlab #402,!224, git dadaf76f8dd61b8bb3405aa5dc80029f09b2d4ec)
1528. [func] fdupont
Aligned DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 specific tables used by the MySQL Config
Backend. Extended MySQL schema to implement audit trail for the
DHCPv6 Config Backend.
(Gitlab #460,!232,!236, git 57f945f917db522773281c9e95ec8027afae6205)
1527. [build] adwol,fdupont,tomek
Default Kea installation directory has been changed to
(Gitlab #161,!240, git cfaf16cf02191bf5b7172cade3f58a626288b5f0)
1526. [func] tmark
In addition to subnets, when fetching configuration data from
configured backends, kea-dhcp4 will now merge shared-networks.
(Gitlab #399,!215, git 6b57b6b5d678c91b6b380fbe08beafd06b0e7b1d)
1525. [func] fdupont
Defined API for the DHCPv6 Configuration Backend.
(Gitlab #458,!231, git f16e03d9bf1c10903c16b2614223b10880f73d50)
1524. [func] tomek
Support for vendor options improved in DHCPv4 and DHCPv6. Kea is now
able to send back vendor suboptions, even if the client packet didn't
include DHCPv4 vivso (125) or DHCPv6 vendor (17) option. Usage of
client classification in such a case is required, though.
(Gitlab #464,!238, git 5c79da9358862657a631a9a8fc2ce79ae26b762e)
1523. [bug] fdupont
IfaceMgr::send method now returns proper status that matches
its documentation. Thanks to Matthias Stoeckl from Secunet
for reporting this issue.
(Gitlab #417,!221, git 4be58523f38097cea81ea06161aead58e00aeb2a)
1522. [bug] marcin
The "unspecified" DHCP timer values (e.g. renew-timer) are
represented as NULL values in the database. This corrects
a bug whereby the unspecified timers defaulted to 0 which
prevented the DHCP server from calculating the timers to
be sent to the client. Instead a value of 0 was sent.
(Gitlab #451,!227, git 5ec9a55528fbcfff4e0c808f9a745b9fd3a5dfae)
1521. [func] marcin
Removed subsecond precision for the timestamps in MySQL config
backend. It caused issues on systems with MySQL version prior
to 5.6.4 which don't support subsecond timestamp values.
(Gitlab #444,!229, git 71200e98f5a862908240a0d2e269b5da23290af9)
1520. [build] fdupont
Made perfdhcp build optional and off by default: to build it
please use the new --enable-perfdhcp configure flag.
(Gitlab #340,!220, git b2d9a5559c348e82d6730809ccf1429097a9872c)
1519. [bug] Brent Bloxam
A bug in kea-admin that always assumed the PostgreSQL database is
always local has been fixed. Thank you to Brent Bloxam from
Beanfield Metroconnect for submiting a patch!
(Gitlab #423,!216, git d14e2f34c7d544aeb5e1e219f305fac9ab18c498)
1518. [func] marcin
Extended MySQL schema to include the types of the global DHCP
parameters in the database. The Kea servers will use this
information to cast the values fetched from the database into
their actual types. The supported types are: string, integer,
boolean and real.
(Gitlab #429,!217, git edd745c507ce5a888461df1489311de0c22cd312)
1517. [func] tmark
kea-dhcp4 will now connect to and fetch configuration data from
configured backends. At this point, only fetched subnet data is
merged and used.
(Gitlab #101,!202, git c572f8aea94349ff5fb4afee13a88ba811cc6459)
1516. [func] marcin
Implemented audit trail for MySQL Configuration Backend. It allows
for tracking incremental changes in the servers' configurations.
Both mysql_cb hooks library and the MySQL schema have been updated
to facilitate this feature.
(Gitlab #396,!205, git 6d40db07ef641eef29405c42e718979e7a1e8675)
1515. [func] fdupont
Changes required for new host commands that retrieve all host
reservations from a given subnet (reservation-get-all,
reservation-get-page) added. Also added documentation.
(Gitlab #313,!199, git 991b2fadcb9e8171a78e27f95e4bfba6393d7824)
1514. [func] fdupont
Control Agent and DHCP-DDNS daemons now support config-reload
command, that instruct a given server to load again its
configuration from a file on disk.
(Gitlab #375,!192, git 93648a3a4918225e2c4413ae220fccc59eaea99a)
1513. [func] godfryd
Fixed perfdhcp that now it keeps requested rate during performance
testing. Previously it was always about 20% lower than expected.
(Gitlab #283,!135, git 329f54bb151ec35888e9a8070cc5fa368d6f1f5e)
1512. [func] tmark
kea-dhcp4 will now ignore empty Host Name (option code 12) values
received from clients. While an empty value for this option is
not RFC-compliant, some clients do send them. Prior to the this
server would drop the entire packet. In the spirit of being liberal
in what we accept, the server will now simply omit the option.
(Gitlab #40,!203, git f41bd35c3e7a3bdc1f31c5602fd91d5c84c60163)
1511. [func] fdupont
Obsolete experimental secure DHCPv6 options (701-704) removed.
(Gitlab #386,!196, git 1114527652615fb730e323946cafaf1c7ca72b42)
1510. [bug] fdupont
DHCPv4 and DHCPv6 no longer crash if badly broken configuration
(Gitlab #381,!193, git f45fe7b7e3916d36d017b4ec5b50588fbf517d86)
1509. [func] tmark
kea-dhcp4 can now be configured to calculate values to
send to clients for for T1 and T2 (options 58 and 59
repsectively). Prior to this it was only possibly to
specify explicit values.
(Gitlab #365,!194, git 67944844a40436cd69e0e5b4962f5c9cba89ef6f)
1508. [func] fdupont
Implemented the management API using a control socket for the
DHCP DDNS (D2) server. D2 now supports the following commands:
build-report, config-get, config-set, config-test, config-write,
list-commands, shutdown and version-get. Also, extended Control
Agent (CA) to support one additional command: config-set.
(Gitlab #30,!183, git ab27550cec365f42289eb5fa1bc39f33f01b19c2)
1507. [func] tmark
kea-dhcp4 now ensures that the message type option (53) is
the first option in outbound DHCPv4 packets. This was done
to accommodate non-compliant clients that require the option
to be first.
(Gitlab #363,!177, git 34f40035bf7a7849083138cacee440a9f0991d67)
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