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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WebCrossing Server Upgrade – Bug Fix Update

August 13, 2016

Oops! We found a bug! This updated version of the WebCrossing server fixes a bug in WebCrossing’s Server-side JavaScript which prevented the enumeration of StoredArray objects with integer indices. This fix also ensures that site exports containing such objects are properly exported.

Don’t have any idea what this means? That’s ok. Your developers do if they are scripting with WebCrossing! 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 6.4-1322 2016-08-05.

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 – Export / Delete / Move Enhancements for Large Sites

July 19, 2016

This updated version of the WebCrossing server updates the Export / Delete / Move panel to optimize use for large sites. If you are running a very large site you will definitely want this maintenance release.

Previously, use of the Export / Move / Delete panel was difficult for very large sites (e.g. sites with hundreds of thousands or millions of folders) because the panel took so long to open. This is now optimized so smaller sites continue to see the almost the same panel as before, while larger sites see a new panel optimized for large site use, so it opens immediately. When moving items, just enter the target location, submit and it’s done.

Another enhancement is that when moving items with this panel a link to the target location is shown, so you can easily verify your changes.

This same panel also does exports, deletes and purges. For very large sites it was time-consuming to use this panel for those features because it took such a long time for the panel to open.

To use the updated feature, click on the Export or Export / Move link in your toolbar when in a folder, click “Export, move, or delete selected items” and the panel opens immediately and off you go!

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1321 2016-07-14.

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 – Logging and Scripting Enhancements

June 22, 2016

Automated eMail Log Rollover
This updated version of the WebCrossing server adds an automatic rollover feature for the email log (logEmail) to prevent the log from growing too large, which could affect server performance. You never have to manually backup and renew the email log again! The new default setting is to rollover when the log reaches 1 GB, and there are also options to rollover daily, weekly and monthly. All old email logs are maintained.

Scripting enhancement to cgi object
The cgi (Common Gateway Interface) object in WebCrossing Server-side Javascript (SSJS) contains valuable information for real time visitors, including referer, user-agent, query string and more. It’s an important object used frequently in customized site development. The cgi object, however, is only available for actual real-time accesses, and is not available for queued functions (functions which are designated to run in the background). Previously referencing the cgi object in a queued function caused a script aborting error. In this new version, you can now check for the existence of the cgi object, even in a queued script, and avoid this error. Need more info on this? Please contact technical support.

The latest release version is now WebCrossing 6.4-1312 2016-06-18.

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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