WebCrossing server stability update released

December 13, 2017

This update is mainly about server stability. It’s possible for persistent HTTP connections to the WebCrossing server from outside to be improperly closed, and under certain circumstances the server was failing to detect some of those “stuck connections,” which could lead to an excess of allocated connections over time, forcing a server restart.

This build includes a new option to automatically clean up port 80 (HTTP) and port 403 (HTTPS) sockets after a long period of no activity, thus preventing the buildup of such connections.

We particularly encourage all sites with a large amount of traffic, including highly active self-hosted sites, to upgrade. We will make sure sites hosted by us are upgraded as needed.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1335 2017-12-12. 

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 and for details on enabling this new option. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.

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WebCrossing server security update

November 13, 2017

This update provides an update for sites running with encryption (an SSL certificate).

If a site is enforcing SSL connections for registered users, this update also enforces the secure, encrypted connection for “missing pages” (the standard HTTP 404 error page).

Remember, in WebCrossing, which is highly customizable and scriptable, it’s possible to override the missing page template with your own customized functionality. If you are running a secure server, this update prevents registered users from manually reloading such pages as unencrypted http-only pages.

The last two builds have also used newer libraries when compiling, for added stability.

We particularly encourage all sites using secure encryption, as well as all larger, highly active self-hosted sites to upgrade. We will make sure sites hosted by us are upgraded as needed.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1333 2017-11-09.

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.

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WebCrossing Server update with stability fixes and other changes

August 16, 2017

This is a pretty important new release and we encourage all our self-hosted sites, particular larger, highly active sites, to upgrade.

The most important changes are stability fixes to avoid potential issues of lost http connectivity for extremely active sites. While the problem only affected one customer as far as we know, it’s definitely a good time to upgrade, even if only for this.

Other changes are a modification of the Export User Groups panel which changes the method of cloning User Groups, and a new option which lets sites automatically clear their small object heap (SOH) cache and database disk cache daily. This latter change, also only needed at one site as far as we know, keeps such sites running blazingly fast without worrying about creeping site performance issues which otherwise might require manual memory resets.

Anyway, you can see it’s an important release, and we particularly encourage larger, highly active self-hosted sites to upgrade. We will make sure sites hosted by us are upgraded as needed.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1332 2017-08-14.

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.

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WebCrossing Server – Bug fix for time zone offset changes

June 19, 2017

Some WebCrossing customers like to change the time offset of their server to reflect a difference from UTC, or when daylight savings time and standard time changes occur.

There was a bug in the core engine which caused script templates to not fully load when this took place, which caused certain pages to not format correctly

This bug has been fixed in this new build.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1330 2017-06-17.

We will be upgrading all hosted customers, and coordinate upgrade timing as needed.

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.

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WebCrossing Server – Upgraded email list mirroring with secure SSL/TLS POP3 and more settings

May 19, 2017

A long standing unique feature of the WebCrossing server is the ability to set any folder to mirror external email lists. Mail is retrieved using POP3, and mailing list threads are created as discussions in the WebCrossing folder.

Members can receive notifications, or messages via the web, and participate just like in WebCrossing forums. Very convenient!

This upgrade enhances this feature by adding secure SSL/TLS POP3 to mailbox mirroring. Just check the SSL box in the folder email list settings and instead of unencrypted port 110 mail fetching, encrypted port 995 mail fetching will be used instead.

The Email List settings for “Mirror posts from an external mail list” have also been enhanced. This means that mailbox mirroring now works with servers like Gmail, where your email address is your username, and the server name is entered separately. This should make it easy to mirror any mailbox on all standard POP3 servers and bring that email into WebCrossing as discussions in a folder. If you need more details, feel free to contact us.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1329 2017-05-13.

We will be upgrading all hosted customers, and coordinate upgrade timing as needed.

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.

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WebCrossing Server – Important Upgrade for Sites Making Secure Outbound https Requests

April 6, 2017

The WebCrossing server can communicate with external servers using a variety of protocols, including XML-RPC and HTTP/HTTPS POST and GET requests.

With GET requests, most external servers will respond with content-length headers. But a few servers, such as FileMaker, respond with “chunks and trailer” headers.

WebCrossing works fine when making ordinary http requests to such servers, as FIleMaker. But when making secure requests using https, we noticed such servers were not returning the chunk and trailer header, so sometime trailing characters were getting lost.

This upgrade modifies the way WebCrossing makes outbound https requests to ensure that servers such as FileMaker send us the proper headers, so incoming XML and other API requests are guaranteed to be completely received.

WebCrossing actually works great in conjunction with FileMaker. If you are a FileMaker developer and need a complete, agile, dynamic web site with social network and forum features, but still want to use FileMaker for relational database reporting, adding a WebCrossing server to your environment might be just what you are looking for!

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1328 2017-03-27.

We will be upgrading all hosted customers, and coordinate upgrade timing as needed.

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. A detailed FAQ on this new setting is available here. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.

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WebCrossing Server Upgrade – Larger Memory Allocation

March 21, 2017

This new build allows larger memory allocations to the SOH (Small Object Heap). A larger SOH is particularly useful for sites with a large database and a high level of activity. It helps cache items in server RAM, and generally speeds things along.

Over the years, more and more RAM resources have become available to servers, and we will continue to work on updating WebCrossing to take advantage of these resources.

WebCrossing memory allocations are handled in the Control Panel and you need true “sysop” access in order to make changes. For hosted sites we are always monitoring sites to ensure sufficient RAM is allocated, and updating allocations wherever we find an increase would be useful.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1327 2017-03-13.

We will be upgrading all hosted customers, and coordinate upgrade timing as needed.

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. A detailed FAQ on this new setting is available here. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.

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WebCrossing Server Security Upgrade – Preventing MITM Attacks

December 22, 2016

Best holiday wishes from all of us at Elliptics – and a security upgrade for WebCrossing! May you find peace and happiness during this season, and may you have a healthy and successful 2017. We look forward to working with you in the new year.


 

This new build prevents so-called “Man-in-the-Middle” (MITM) attacks. We recommend this upgrade for all sites using SSL encryption.

Even if you are not sure what this means, it’s a good idea to upgrade to make sure you have all the latest security enhancements, fixes, optimizations and feature enhancements.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1326 2016-12-12.

We will be upgrading all hosted customers, and coordinate upgrade timing as needed.

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.

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WebCrossing Server Upgrade – a small bug fix

November 3, 2016

We do like to fix bugs if they turn up! This updated version of the WebCrossing server fixes a bug we found involving the lookup of non-node Stored objects in WebCrossing Server-side JavaScript (SSJS). If you are using Stored.lookup(id) or Node.lookup(id) to locate Stored objects which are not nodes, this ensures that existing Stored objects are found, and deleted Stored objects properly return a null value.

Don’t have any idea what this means? That’s ok. We think you get the general idea that this is a good upgrade to have because it means preventing problems and even possible crashes. No matter how rare, you might as well play it safe! Even if you are not doing custom development, it’s a good idea to upgrade to make sure you have all the latest fixes, optimizations and feature enhancements.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1325 2016-11-01.

We will be upgrading all hosted customers, and coordinate upgrade timing as needed.

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.

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WebCrossing server upgrade – a bug fix update

October 7, 2016

This updated version of the WebCrossing server fixes a rare bug. Sometimes – and so far we’ve only seen this at one site – deleted folders fail the usual existence test for folders. In other words, even though a folder was deleted, it might look like it’s there if you try to open it in a script. Since it’s really not there, it can cause confusion. And depending on what you try to do with such non-existent folders, it might even cause a server crash. This release fixes the existence test and also prevents such crashes from happening.

Don’t have any idea what this means? That’s ok. We think you get the general idea that this is a good upgrade to have because it means preventing problems and even possible crashes. No matter how rare, you might as well play it safe! Even if you are not doing custom development, it’s a good idea to upgrade to make sure you have all the latest fixes, optimizations and feature enhancements.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1324 2016-09-21.

We will be upgrading all hosted customers, and coordinate upgrade timing as needed.

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.

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