OpenWrt 23.05.0-rc3 - Third Release Candidate

Hauke Mehrtens hauke at
Tue Aug 22 15:18:11 PDT 2023


The OpenWrt community is proud to announce the third release candidate 
of the upcoming OpenWrt 23.05 stable series.
OpenWrt 23.05.0-rc3 incorporates over 4200 commits since branching the 
previous OpenWrt 22.03 release and has been under development for over 
one year.

This is just a release candidate and not the final release yet.

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Changes between OpenWrt 23.05.0-rc2 and 23.05.0-rc3

Changes in this release candidate since the previous 23.05.0-rc2 release 
candidate are:
  * New devices
    * ath79: MikroTik RB951G-2HnD
    * ipq40xx: Teltonika RUTX50
    * ipq40xx: ZTE MF287+ aka DreiNeo
    * layerscape: Traverse Ten64 NAND variant
    * mediatek: Acer Predator W6
    * mediatek: H3C Magic NX30 Pro
    * mediatek: Mercusys MR90X v1
    * mediatek: Netgear EX6250v2 series (no wifi support)
    * mediatek: Xiaomi WR30U
    * mediatek: ZyXEL NWA50AX Pro
    * ramips: Sercomm S1500 devices
    * ramips: TP-Link EAP613 v1
    * realtek: HPE 1920-8g-poe+
  * Updated components:
    * hostapd: update to 2023-06-22
    * mt76: update to 2023-07-26
    * ath11k-firmware: update to stable WLAN.HK.
    * openssl: update to 3.0.10
    * mbedtls: Update to 2.28.4
    * wolfssl: update to 5.6.3
    * intel-microcode: update to 20230808
    * linux-firmware: update to 20230804
    * kernel: bump 5.15 to 5.15.127
  * ramips: mt7621: disable the cpufreq driver (performance increase)
  * ramips: mt7621: disable highmem support and remove highmem offset
    patch (performance increase)
  * uqmi: support split-APN IPv4 and IPv6 dual-stack
  * iwinfo/rpcd: update byte counter to 64bit
  * x86: Activate CONFIG_PCIEASPM
  * x86: Add virtualization time sync support
  * armsr: activate many new configuration options
  * kernel: modules: add xdp-sockets-diag support
  * ipq40xx: meraki: define DTB load address
  * ath79: move ubnt-xm 64M RAM boards back to generic
  * lua: fix integer overflow in LNUM patch

Many other changes in all parts of OpenWrt, see Chnagelog for details.

Highlights in OpenWrt 23.05.0:

Many new devices added

OpenWrt 23.05 supports over 1794 devices. Support for over 200 new 
devices was added in addition to the device support by OpenWrt 22.03.

  * The ipq807x target for the Qualcomm IPQ807x Wifi 6 SoCs was added
  * The mediatek/filogic subtarget for the Mediatek Filogic 830 and 630
    SoCs was added
  * The sifiveu target for the HiFive RISC-V Unleashed and Unmatched

Highlights of device support

  * Switched ipq40xx target to DSA
  * VDSL support on AVM FRITZ!Box 7530
  * Support for devices with 2.5G PHYs
    * Acer Predator W6 (MT7986A)
    * Mercusys MR90X v1 (MT7986BLA)
    * Netgear WAX206 (MT7622)
    * Netgear WAX220 (MT7986)
    * ZyXEL NWA50AX Pro (MT7981)
    * Asus (TUF Gaming) AX4200 (MT7986A)
    * Netgear WAX218 (IPQ8074)
    * Xiaomi AX9000 (IPQ8074)
    * Dynalink DL-WRX36 (IPQ8074)
  *  2 Gbps WAN/LAN NAT Routing on ramips MT7621 devices
  * Improved DSL statistics on ubus and in LuCI

Switch from wolfssl to mbedtls as default

OpenWrt switched the default cryptographic library from wolfssl to 
mbedtls. This library is used for HTTPS/TLS in the Webserver providing 
LuCI and for the cryptographic operations in hostapd. mbedtls provides 
security updates in their LTS branch without changing the application 
binary interface (ABI) of the library. wolfssl provides a stable ABI 
only for a very limited subset of functions. mbedtls allows us to update 
only mbedtls without the need to recompile and upgrade all users of mbedtls.

Core components update

Core components have the following versions in 23.05.0-rc3:

  * Updated toolchain:
    * musl libc 1.2.4
    * glibc 2.37
    * gcc 12.3.0
    * binutils 2.40
  * Updated Linux kernel
    * 5.15.127 for all targets
  * Network:
    * hostapd master snapshot from June 2023
    * dnsmasq 2.89
    * dropbear 2022.82
  * cfg80211/mac80211 from kernel 6.1.24
  * System userland:
    * busybox 1.36.1


Full release notes and upgrade instructions are available at

In particular, make sure to read the regressions and known issues before 

For a detailed list of all changes since 23.05.0-rc2, refer to

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As always, a big thank you goes to all our active package maintainers,
testers, documenters and supporters.

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