WebCrossing Server – Major Security Upgrades

June 19, 2018

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.

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WebCrossing Server – Discussion Archiving Bug Fix Release

April 24, 2018

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.

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WebCrossing Server – Bug Fix Upgrade for Customized Sites

March 26, 2018

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.

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Elliptics Newsletter: WebCrossing Server – Important Stability Upgrade

February 13, 2018

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.

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WebCrossing server update for sites encrypted with SSL certificates

January 24, 2018

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

Previously, one could enable secure HTTPS and also in control panel settings force all registered users to load pages in a secure manner. But guest users (logged out users) could still use plain HTTP. This upgrade changes the behavior of that setting and ensures that all traffic for all pages are served via HTTPS if that control panel option is turned on.

The previous 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 6.4-1337 2018-01-15.

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 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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