Customised Firmware Release Notes

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If your Humax came with software version 1.03.06 or above

If your Humax arrived running software version 1.03.06 or later then do not downgrade it to an earlier version. It is safe to install the customised firmware based on 1.03.12.

3.13 (28.04.2017)

  • Backport kernel fix for CVE-2016-5195 (Dirty Cow vulnerabilty);
  • Backport kernel fix for CVE-2016-10229 (arbitrary code execution via UDP traffic);
  • Do not attempt to use DNS during modinit/setup_hosts.

3.12 (23.03.2017)

  • Downgrade ext2 utilities to 1.42.13 due to problems with 1.43.x converting very small files to inline data which isn't supported by the Humax kernel.

NB: 3.11 has been withdrawn as a result of this problem.

3.11 (15.03.2017)

  • Web-based telnet menu now built-in and available in initial installation, maintenance, safe and RMA modes;
  • Updated telnet menu:
    • Runs fix-disk in a separate session so that it will keep running if the connection to the telnet menu is terminated;
    • New telnet menu invocations can attach to running fix-disk sessions.
  • Updated fix-disk:
    • Shows progress and when finished on front panel;
    • More screen output is copied to the log file;
    • Log file includes timing information for the various passes;
    • Log file includes filesystem summary information at the end of each partition check;
    • Progress bars are removed from the final log file;
    • Will no longer fail if the output log file exceeds ~60MiB (new limit is ~510MiB);
  • Updates to bootstrap web pages (those shown during boot or when in different modes):
    • Show button to access telnet menu via web browser;
    • Add reboot buttons to pages where a reboot is required;
    • Fixed unwanted interaction with some naïve ad-blockers;
    • Allow more time for system initialisation before displaying No hard disk found;
    • Change mouse pointer when hovering over buttons;
  • Suppress audio in maintenance mode;
  • Create initial basic /etc/hosts file during boot. The file is overwritten with more information once the network comes up;
  • Improve disk mounting (run-and-gun) process;
  • Updated ext2 utilities;
  • Additional utilities in flash: mktemp, mkfifo, tail, which, pipe_progress.

3.10 (13.03.2016)

  • Add support for large hard disks (> 2^32 sectors [~2TB with 512-byte logical sectors]) - internal and USB-attached;
  • Update SATA driver to fix rare problems initialising some disks (e.g. WD20EURX);
  • RFC 1323 TCP window scaling is disabled by default (as per the tcpfix package);
  • Add support for automatically mounting GPT disks connected via USB;
  • Add new Safe Mode which disables almost all custom firmware components - useful for troubleshooting without having to load stock firmware (which isn't possible with large drives). Safe Mode can be enabled via the web interface diagnostics page or telnet menu and disabled in the same way;
  • Initial web interface installation (CFW Bootstrap) now tests repository connectivity using TCP instead of ICMP;
  • Updated fix-disk:
    • Add support for GPT partitioned disks;
    • New -y option to automatically answer yes to most prompts;
    • For AF drives with a pending/unreadable logical sector, fix-disk now checks and attempts to repair the entire physical sector;
    • Backup copies of the disk partition table are now kept in flash to aid future recovery;
    • The 6 most recent fix-disk logs are retained for inspection rather than just the last;
  • Updated telnet menu:
    • All options are now words rather than numbers;
    • New gptf option to re-format the internal hard disk using the GPT scheme;
    • New safe option to toggle safe mode;
    • New upgrade option to upgrade all installed packages;
    • New webif option to install the initial web interface (if missing);
    • New fixweb option to re-enable web server and re-install the web interface;
    • New reboot option to restart the Humax in as clean a way as possible other than to use the remote control;
  • Updates to bootstrap web pages (those shown during boot or when in different modes):
    • HTML format fixes;
    • Served images are now browser-cacheable;
    • The initial web page shown before the disk is initialised now says that the system is still initialising and will automatically refresh to the standard web interface once it's running. If no disk is found within 20 seconds then an appropriate page is shown;
    • Web pages are shown when in maintenance or safe modes with an option to restart in normal mode;
  • Set system clock from front panel Micom early in boot sequence (required for bootstrap caching);
  • Provide consistent and deterministic behaviour if multiple boot modes are selected together (Maintenance mode wins followed by Safe, then Reset and finally RMA);
  • New boot.log file consolidates messages from boot-time;
  • New -d option to diag command to dump the diagnostic code to the terminal instead of running it;
  • Include gdisk, sgdisk and sfdisk utilities for partition table management;
  • Update smartctl, hdparm and ext2 utilities;
  • Include basic vi and more commands in flash;
  • Remove some unused/non-working/superseded commands from flash (fsck, syslogd, klogd, inetd).

3.03 (03.03.2015)

  • Updated kernel:
    • Updated SATA driver to overcome a rare problem with disk initialisation;
    • Support USB drives that automatically spin-down when idle.
  • Improve web page shown during system initialisation on HDR;
  • Available for the Humax HDR Fox-T2 versions 1.02.20, 1.02.32 and 1.03.12 - Firmware Downloads;
  • Available for the Humax HD Fox-T2 versions 1.02.20, 1.02.31 and 1.03.02 - Firmware Downloads.

3.02 (03.02.2015)

  • Improve bringing up Wi-Fi connection in maintenance mode;
Thanks are due to Black Hole for the legwork in tracking the root cause of this issue down in the first place and to MontysEvilTwin for testing release candidates and providing valuable feedback;
  • Display Wi-Fi on the front panel in maintenance mode, prior to displaying the IP address, if only a Wi-Fi connection is found;
  • Show ENTERING MAINTENANCE MODE on front panel during maintenance mode boot;
  • Add dlna command to the HDR maintenance mode menu to clear the DLNA database. Useful if you do a monthly maintenance boot for housekeeping (e.g. clear epg, clear dlna, check disk);
  • Upgrade embedded telnet menu;
  • Removed checks related to legacy mongoose web server;
  • Available for the Humax HDR Fox-T2 versions 1.02.20, 1.02.32 and 1.03.12 - Firmware Downloads;
  • Available for the Humax HD Fox-T2 versions 1.02.20, 1.02.31 and 1.03.02 - Firmware Downloads.

3.01 (14.01.2015)

  • When no hard disk is detected, show appropriate default web page.

3.00 (01.07.2014)

  • Automatically recover from repeated failed maintenance mode boots and revert to a normal boot;
  • Display a 'You are in RMA mode' web page when in RMA mode (thanks to Black Hole for the idea);
  • Check network connectivity to the package repository during bootstrap and display a more useful error message (thanks to Raydon);
  • Upgrade embedded filesystem check and repair utilities to latest version (e2fsprogs 1.42.10);
  • Include extundelete utility;
  • Fix bug where aliased filesystem format/check utilities didn't work (noted by Black Hole);
  • Automatically remove Sky Player from flash memory if still present (Humax have removed this from newer firmware releases);
  • New custom OS kernel with support for:
    • Large block devices;
    • EFI Partition tables;
    • Basic IP filtering (iptables).
  • Unified installation image that can safely by applied on top of any existing version, custom or otherwise, in a single step;
  • New USB packages available to:
    • Perform a factory reset;
    • Force a maintenance mode boot;
    • Remove all iptables rules (to recover if you lock yourself out).
  • Available for the Humax HDR Fox-T2 versions 1.02.20, 1.02.32 and 1.03.12;
  • Available for the Humax HD Fox-T2 versions 1.02.20 and 1.02.31.

2.23 (11.05.2014)

  • Upgrade embedded filesystem check and repair utilities to latest version;
  • Update embedded telnet menu to version 1.10;
    • Includes new options to reset the environment or enter RMA mode;
    • Improves web interface reset/password rem