Release Notes : F5 SSL Orchestrator Release Notes version 15.1.0-7.1

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F5 SSL Orchestrator

  • 15.1.0
Release Notes


This release note documents the version 7.1 release of F5 SSL Orchestrator.


Platform support

SSL Orchestrator standalone base license is supported on the following platforms:

Platform name Platform ID
i2800 C120
i4800 C115
i5800 C121
i7800 C118
i10800 C122
i11800 Discovery Extreme C123
i15800 Endeavour D116
High Performance F5 SSL Orchestrator Virtual Edition (VE) options:
  • 8 CPU
  • 16 CPU


Chassis name
Platform ID
VPR-22XX, VPR-24XX, VPR-4480, VPR-4800                                           ---
C2100 ---
C2200 D114
C4400 J100
Note: SSL Orchestrator 7.1 requires BIG-IP version 15.1.0. Refer to the Installing and Upgrading SSL Orchestrator section for complete installation and upgrade information.
Note: The supported platform information applies to the most recent release version.
Note: Search for supported Platform ID information that applies to Platform names.

If SSL Orchestrator is the standalone base license installed on your system, you can add the following modules:

  • URLF Filtering (subscription)
  • IPI (subscription)
  • Network HSM
  • Access Policy Manager (APM)
  • Secure Web Gateway (SWG)
  • Advanced Routing


F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) base license with SSL Orchestrator as an add-on is supported on any available iSeries, Bourne, and VIPRION platforms:

Platform name
2000, i2000
4000, i4000
5000, i5000
7000, i7000
10000, i10000
11000, i11000
12000 (Bourne)
Chassis name: VPR-22XX, VPR-24XX, VPR-4480, VPR-4800
Note: SSL Orchestrator 7.1 requires BIG-IP version 15.1.0. Refer to the Installing and Upgrading SSL Orchestrator section for complete installation and upgrade information.
Note: The supported platform information applies to the most recent release version.

Guided Configuration browser support

The Guided Configuration acts as the template for SSL Orchestrator. This release supports the following browsers and versions for use with Guided Configuration for SSL Orchestrator:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11.x - Only 32-bit browsers are supported.
  • Mozilla Firefox 55.x
  • Google Chrome 61.x

User documentation for this release

For a comprehensive list of documentation that is relevant to this release, refer to the SSL Orchestrator Documentation page.

Features in SSL Orchestrator

F5 recommends you review the entire SSL Orchestrator release notes and setup guide prior to upgrading and configuring a deployment.

Note: The SSL Orchestrator upgrade workflow has changed. Reviewing the release note section on Installing and Upgrading SSL Orchestrator provides you with the details necessary for fulling any prerequisites and required steps that streamline the process.

Guided Configuration for SSL Orchestrator

Guided configuration is meant to guide you through setting up a particular use case on the SSL Orchestrator system. Each template requests minimal input and provides contextual help to assist users during setup. The current version of the Guided Configuration is displayed on the landing page. When a later upgrade becomes available, you can use the available link next to the version number to download it from then upload and install Guided Configuration for SSL Orchestrator on BIG-IP. Prior to installing and upgrading to the latest version of SSL Orchestrator, ensure that you read the release notes and setup guide for any prerequisites, task details, or troubleshooting and recovery steps during installation or upgrade.

Guided Configuration for SSL Orchestrator TLS 1.3 support

TLS 1.3 support is provided in Guided Configuration for SSL Orchestrator for inbound cases, both clientssl and serverssl, for enhanced performance and security.

SSL Orchestrator Topologies

SSL Orchestrator configuration topologies define the type of traffic (transparent or explicit) and the direction of traffic flow (inbound or outbound) you wish to inspect. These deployment settings, which can be modified as needed without undeploying a configuration, are complimented by SSL management settings that assist you in defining inbound decryption and outbound decryption, setting your service types (such as HTTP, ICAP, Layer 2/Layer 3 inline, and receive-only/TAP services) and creating your service policies by defining per-request and per-session policy settings that can be managed through a virtual policy editor.

  • Outbound transparent proxy
  • Outbound explicit proxy
  • Inbound reverse proxy
  • Outbound layer 2
  • Inbound layer 2

The Existing Application topology is an inbound topology that allows you to create services, service chains, and security policies and attach them to an existing reverse proxy BIG-IP application.

Licensing and Provisioning for SSL Orchestrator Access Integration

Updated SSL Orchestrator Setup Utility with resource provisioning capabilities for licensed and unlicensed modules.

Multi-Layered Security

In order to solve specific security challenges, security administrators are accustomed to manually chaining together multiple point products, creating a bare-bones “security chain” consisting of multiple services. A typical chain may include components like Data Leak Prevention (DLP) scanners, Web Application Firewalls (WAF), Intrusion Prevention and Detection Systems (IPS and IDS), Malware Analysis tools, Secure Web Gateways (SWG), and more. In this model, all user sessions are provided the same level of security, as this “daisy chain” of services is hard-wired.

Virtual Clustered Multiprocessing (vCMP)

SSL Orchestrator supports Virtual Clustered Multiprocessing (vCMP) to provision and manage multiple hosted instances of the BIG-IP software on a single hardware platform.

Classification Engine

Classification Engine provides a rich set of methods based on context to dynamically determine how best to optimize the flow through the security stack. Context can minimally come from the following:

  • Source IP/subnet
  • Destination IP/subnet
  • IP intelligence category - Subscription
  • IP geolocation
  • Host and domain name
  • URL filtering category - Subscription
  • Destination port
  • Protocol

Other classifiers with greater flexibility are also available in the SSL Orchestrator VPE and with iRules to optimize and evaluate additional information.

Deployment Modes

SSL Orchestrator provides multiple deployment modes to address a variety of user needs. It can be deployed in any of the following modes:
  • Single device mode
  • High availability (HA) active/standby mode

In addition, the system can detect and transparently handle an explicit proxy between SSL Orchestrator and the internet.

SSL Orchestrator Analytics

SSL Orchestrator analytics provide a customizable view into your SSL Orchestrator statistics, and enable you to flexibly choose the information you want to view based on specified ranges of time that you can select and adjust.

Statistics generated:

  • Hit Count
  • Client Bytes Out Per Second
  • Duration
  • Server Bytes In
  • Server Bytes In Per Second
  • Hit Count Per Second
  • Server Bytes Out Per Second
  • Client Bytes In
  • Client Bytes In Per Second
  • Client Bytes Out
  • Server Bytes Out

Statistics are generated for the following dimensions:

  • Client Cipher Names
  • Client Cipher Versions
  • Server Cipher Names
  • Server Cipher Versions
  • Virtual Servers
  • Site IP Addresses
  • Traffic Types
  • Decryption Status
  • Policy Actions
  • Service Paths
  • URL Categories
  • Applications
  • Application Families
  • IP Reputation
  • Destination Countries

L7 Application Protocol Settings

SSL Orchestrator supports L7 application protocol settings allowing you to select a protocol to listen for specific traffic (IMAP, SMTPS, POP3, FTP, HTTP) to be processed.


ID number Description
833277 In SSL Orchestrator, you are not able to add more than one Gateway Pool in the Egress Setting for IPv6. When choosing an L3 outbound topology with the IP family being IPv6, and navigating to the Egress Settings in the topology flow while choosing Create New for the gateway and clicking + (add) to add more, does not result in the desired action. If you click x (cancel/delete) does not clear the data. Fix: You can now add more than one Gateway Pool in the Egress Setting for IPv6.
835469 When upgrading from any SSL Orchestrator 5.x and 6.0 version to 6.1 and higher, the Security Policy upgrade fails (in error state) when any pending Orchestrator Block (OB) is getting carried forwarded into the new partition. Workaround: Before installing the new ISO, and before booting into the new partition, make sure there is no OB in pending, deployed, or error state. If there is an OB, delete it by selecting iApps > Application Services > Applications LX from the menu. Fix: Any upgrade from 6.1 to a later version with a pending OB is carried forward and will not result in an error.
838833 When using SSL Orchestrator in HA, a UI validation error is produced when adding a valid service node while adding an L3 service after using the Create New option. When Add L3 service using auto-manage unchecked and choose 'Create New' for network settings. This occurs when adding the service for the first time. Fix: You can successfully deploy when choosing the Create New option for the To Service and add a service node in the same subnet and not receive an error for From Service while choosing Use-Existing.
843345 The SSL Orchestrator configuration deployment fails in the HA environment when a deployment is triggered while the HA infrastructure replication mechanism is not in a good state. This results in different configuration revisions with data out of sync in both devices. Fix: Synchronization of the configuration revisions and data now occurs when they are out of sync. The HA infrastructure replication mechanism will result in a working (good) state.
850177 In SSL Orchestrator, toggling from Create New to Use Existing and back to Create New in HTTP Service with AutoManage = off, turns the validation off for Floating IPs if the user changes the Self IP or Netmask. This occurs within the To Service Config or From Service Config where the user sets up Create New with the Self IP, Netmask, and Floating IPs (an HA machine) and toggles to Use Existing and back to Create New. Workaround: Edit the Floating IP field, resulting in its validation to be turned back on. Alternatively, exit the HTTP/L3 Service creation and start a new Service Creation dialog. Fix: The misplaced div that kept the validation for IPv6 for the From Service Configuration no longer turns the validation off for Floating IPs if the user changes the Self IP or Netmask.

Install and upgrade SSL Orchestrator

If you currently have a version of SSL Orchestrator prior to 5.0, or are installing SSL Orchestrator for the first time, refer to the complete installation and upgrade instructions for F5 SSL Orchestrator in the SSL Orchestrator: Setup version 15.1.0-7.0 guide.

To install the F5 SSL Orchestrator 7.1 and you do not have an existing SSL Orchestrator add-on license, or a previous version of SSL Orchestrator installed, download the image from For complete step-by-step installation instructions, see the BIG-IP Systems: Upgrading Software guide. 

To upgrade to the newest version of SSL Orchestrator from a previous version prior to 5.0, or you have an existing add-on license, follow the recommended upgrade steps found in the SSL Orchestrator recommended upgrade procedure section in the SSL Orchestrator: Setup guide. This procedure walks you through the uninstallation and deletion of existing SSL Orchestrator applications and RPM before installing the new ISO image.

If you do not follow the recommended upgrade procedure to undeploy your previous SSL Orchestrator deployments, as well as uninstall your previous version of the application, further manual steps are required to reset your environment and undeploy the previous version. See the Upgrade from previous SSL Orchestrator versions using the recovery procedure task steps in the SSL Orchestrator: Setup guide based on the previous version of SSL Orchestrator you are upgrading from and your access to the BIG-IP Applications LX menu.

These upgrade steps are required since previously deployed SSL Orchestrator configurations cannot be rolled forward or imported into the new version of SSL Orchestrator. Following one of the recommended upgrade procedures will assist you in preparing your system for a clean installation.

Note: If you are implementing a high availability environment for SSL Orchestrator, review the Setting up SSL Orchestrator in a High Availability Environment section in the SSL Orchestrator: Setup guide for more detailed information.

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