WebCrossing server – Targeted Neighbors Upgrade and Major Security Upgrades

Posted on Jul 17, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This upgrade is targeted towards very large Neighbors sites. Until now, Neighbors has made use of WebCrossing’s “web map” feature to redirect to member personal home pages. That’s where members see activity feeds, people view their profiles, preferences are set, and where you find their personal blogs, files, and photo albums. Please read about Neighbors for more information about this private label, complete social network system.

With this new build, the special Neighbors web map no longer needs to be maintained. It’s gone. Poof! The needed redirections are instead done internally, making start times blazingly faster, freeing up cached memory, and making the web map available for other uses.

Also, we want to remind you of our most recent, major upgrade of our encrypted security for sites using SSL certificates. This includes (1) a thorough and complete upgrade of server-side supported protocols, through TLSv1.2; (2) an upgrade of certificate and CSR generation features, upgrading from MD5 to SHA256, (3) and all the cipher suites have been upgraded to support connectivity from the latest secure browsers.

That upgrade includes not just server-side protocol upgrades. Your WebCrossing server is also capable of acting like a client and making API calls to other servers. Those servers also are requiring higher protocol TLS 1.2 connections these days. With this major upgrade, now your WebCrossing server can make those calls.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1343 2018-07-01.

All self-hosted customers with valid support and maintenance contracts can download this new version at no cost.

If you are running a self-hosted site we strongly recommend upgrading your WebCrossing server to this new build. If you are a self-hosted customer and have a valid support and maintenance contract, please contact support for access to the new server. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.

WebCrossing Server – Major Security Upgrades

Posted on Jun 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Times they are a changing. And security levels are being increased all over the Internet. Just read the news. Browsers are being upgraded and becoming more picky about where they connect. Sites need to be more and more careful about how data is viewed.

If you are not careful with security at your site, browsers will eventually refuse to connect, or they will give your users scary warnings. In fact, starting in July 2018, TLSv1.0 will no longer be accepted by financial institutions, and users with old browsers will need to update. Sites only supporting TLSv1.0 will be considered non-secure.

We made a special effort and accomplished a major upgrade of our encrypted security for sites using SSL certificates. This includes (1) a thorough and complete upgrade of server-side supported protocols, through TLSv1.2; (2) an upgrade of certificate and CSR generation features, upgrading from MD5 to SHA256, (3) and all the cipher suites have been upgraded to support connectivity from the latest secure browsers.

And it’s not just server-side protocol upgrades. Your WebCrossing server is also capable of acting like a client and making API calls to other servers. Those servers also are requiring higher protocol TLS 1.2 connections these days. With this major upgrade, now your WebCrossing server can make those calls.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1341 2018-06-11.

All self-hosted customers with valid support and maintenance contracts can download this new version at no cost.

If you are running a self-hosted site we strongly recommend upgrading your WebCrossing server to this new build. If you are a self-hosted customer and have a valid support and maintenance contract, please contact support for access to the new server. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.

WebCrossing Server – Discussion Archiving Bug Fix Release

Posted on Apr 24, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Did you know you can set archiving for old discussions in WebCrossing? Well, yes you can!

For any folder containing discussions, you can optionally set a timeout in days for discussions with no activity. And you can decide what happens to the old discussions: have them moved to an archive folder, delete with a backup, or just purge them.

This build fixes an issue we found in the archiving settings, involving the scheduling of archiving – which are under your complete control.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1440 2018-04-19.

All self-hosted customers with valid support and maintenance contracts can download this new version at no cost.

If you are running a self-hosted site we recommend upgrading your WebCrossing server to this new build. If you are a self-hosted customer and have a valid support and maintenance contract, please contact support for access to the new server. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.

WebCrossing Server – Bug Fix Upgrade for Customized Sites

Posted on Mar 26, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This update is highly recommended for all sites using a WebCrossing Server which have customized override templates.

WebCrossing allows complete customization of the existing user interface, even allowing sites to override basic features such as the standard “edit folder” template, allowing sites to add customized features.

In some recent builds, we added a new feature to allow secure email connections to POP3 servers for sites retrieving email from email lists (another cool WebCrossing feature). At that time we disabled the ability to override the customization of the default folder edit template. This fix restores that feature so sites can use their own customized folder edit templates and also take advantage of secure POP3 email list mirroring.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1339 2018-03-20.

All self-hosted customers with valid support and maintenance contracts can download this new version at no cost.

If you are running a self-hosted site we recommend upgrading your WebCrossing server to this new build. If you are a self-hosted customer and have a valid support and maintenance contract, please contact support for access to the new server. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.

Elliptics Newsletter: WebCrossing Server – Important Stability Upgrade

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This update is highly recommended for all sites using a WebCrossing Server.

The WebCrossing server constantly checks TCP connections to make sure they are alive and responding to activity.

In previous versions, if WebCrossing tested and detected clogged connections the default solution was to to generate an internal restart. The consequent restart time was negligible at most sites, but with larger, highly customized sites it sometimes caused a startup delay of several minutes.

This new build avoids this problem by approaching the issue in an entirely new way. A new method is now used to close-and-reopen problem TCP sockets, and only uses an internal restart as a last resort. The result is a more responsive server during these rare events.

The previous several builds also use newer libraries when compiling, for added stability.

This is a recommended upgrade for everybody. We will make sure sites hosted by us are upgraded as needed.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1338 2018-02-5.

All self-hosted customers with valid support and maintenance contracts can download this new version at no cost.

If you are running a self-hosted site we recommend upgrading your WebCrossing server to this new build. If you are a self-hosted customer and have a valid support and maintenance contract, please contact support for access to the new server. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.