Release Notes : F5 Access for Chrome OS 1.0.5

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  • 15.0.1, 15.0.0, 14.1.2, 14.1.0, 14.0.1, 14.0.0, 13.1.3, 13.1.1, 13.1.0, 13.0.0, 12.1.5, 12.1.3
Release Notes

Summary:

Version 1.0.5 of F5 Access for Chrome OS is now available. The download is available from the app store for your device, at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/f5-access/hhogfmlhffdddckpokfodepfiimfffjf. (Note that this link is for a third-party site, and thus is subject to change at any time.)

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Release 1.0.5 requirements

F5 Access for Chrome OS 1.0.5 runs with the following requirements.
  • This version is supported on Chrome OS version 46.0 and later. Version 53.0 or later is required to support reconnecting when switching Wi-Fi access points or resuming a device from sleep.
  • This version is supported on BIG-IP 12.0 and later.
  • In BIG-IP 12.0, the connectivity profile contains specific settings for Chrome OS.
  • In BIG-IP 12.0, use the access policy item Client Type and the Edge Client branch to detect F5 Access for Chrome OS.

F5 Access Session Variables

F5 Access for Chrome OS supports the following session variables and values.

Table 1. F5 Access for Chrome OS session variables
Session variable Description Example value
session.client.app_version Chrome App version 1.0.5
session.client.cpu CPU type ARM, ARM64, x86 or x64
session.client.model Client device model Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebit, or Chromebase
session.client.platform Operating system name ChromeOS
session.client.platform_version Operating system version 45.0.2454.4
session.client.type Type of session For this client, this value is always Standalone
session.client.activex Active X check For this client, this value is always 0
session.client.jailbreak Jailbreak check For this client, this value is always 0
session.client.version Client protocol version For this client, this value is always 2.0
session.client.js JavaScript check For this client, this value is always 0
session.client.plugin Plugin check For this client, this value is always 0
session.client.vpn_scope VPN connection scope For this client, the value is always device
session.client.vpn_scope VPN tunnel type For this client, the value is always L3
session.client.vpn_start_type How the VPN connection starts For this client, the value is always manual

Fixes in 1.0.5

Fixes in F5 Access

ID Number Description
763229 Previously, F5 Access failed to establish a VPN connection because the web logon page on Chrome OS version 72 and above, was not displayed and gave a network error. This issue was reported to Google and is documented in the Chrome OS issue: https://bugs.chromium.org/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=938095.

With Chrome OS version 74, Google has fixed this issue. Now, F5 Access web logon page is displayed without any error on Chrome OS versions 74 and VPN is successfully established. Google may or may not fix this issue for Chrome version 72 and 73.

Limitations in 1.0.5

Limitations in F5 Access

ID Number Description
555822 Due to Chrome OS limitations, when multiple users sign in on the same Chrome OS device, Chrome OS always uses the network configuration of the primary user (the user who logged in first). A VPN app added or configured as any other user will not work.
562673 VPN performance is limited on low-end Chromebook devices. This is documented in the Chrome OS issue: https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=534872. (Note that this link is for a third-party site, and thus is subject to change at any time.)

Google Account Sync and F5 Access

By default, Google accounts sync apps across all devices. F5 Access for Chrome OS is not supported on the Chrome browser on platforms other than Chrome OS. An error message will be displayed if the user attempts to launch F5 Access on a platform other than Chrome OS. For more information, see Sync information across Chromebooks. (Note that this link is for a third-party site, and thus is subject to change at any time.)

Known issues in 1.0.5

ID Number Description
537336 Immediately after the installation or upgrade of F5 Access for Chrome OS, the first time the VPN is initiated you may notice a delay.
557689 The certificate information button in the certificate selection screen is not working properly. This is documented in the Chrome OS defect https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=312893.

Supported features in 1.0.5

The following F5 Access features are available in F5 Access for Chrome OS 1.0.5:

Table 2. Authentication
Feature
Username/Password
Optional Client Certificate
SAML (APM acting as SP with SP initiated access)
Table 3. Tunnel
Feature
TLS 1.x
IPv4 lease pool
DTLS
DTLS port
IPv4 transport
Table 4. Split Tunneling Scope
Feature Notes
Use split tunneling for traffic  
Force all traffic through tunnel  
Include Subnet List of subnets to be routed through the virtual VPN adapter.
Exclude Subnet List of subnets to exclude from routing through the virtual VPN adapter.
DNSSuffix DNS suffix for intranet.
DNS DNS server for VPN connection.
Table 5. Client Proxy Settings
Feature Notes
Client Proxy Settings Settings apply to the proxy behind the Access Policy Manager.
Client Proxy Autoconfig Script The URL for a proxy auto-configuration script, if one is used with this connection.
Client Proxy Address The IP address of the client proxy server that network access clients use to connect to the Internet.
Client Proxy Port Port number on the proxy server that you want the network access clients to use to connect to the Internet.
Client Proxy Exclusion List Specifies the Web addresses that do not need to be accessed through your proxy server. You can use wild cards to match domain and host names or addresses. For example,www.*.com, 128.*, 240.8, 8., mygroup.*, *.* , and so forth.

Contacting F5

North America 1-888-882-7535 or (206) 272-6500
Outside North America, Universal Toll-Free +800 11 ASK 4 F5 or (800 11275 435)
Additional phone numbers Regional Offices
Web http://www.f5.com
Email support@f5.com

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