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Admin Tools

version 4.0.0.rc1 Release Candidate

Released on: Friday, 01 July 2016 02:09

Release Notes

Release highlights

Rewritten using a more modern framework. Admin Tools is now faster to use.

You can export/import WAF Blacklist and Exceptions (always forbidden and always allowed component/view/task access) along with all the other settings.

Highlight the suspicious and malicious matches on the file source in the PHP File Change Scanner results making it easier to understand which parts of each file contribute to its Threat Score.

IP whitelist and blacklist will warn you when the feature is not enabled. Many users were confused as to why the addresses they added in the IP white- or blacklist did not take effect. No more wondering, it will tell you.

Joomla! 3.6 compatibility. Joomla! 3.6 has moved the logs folder inside /administrator. Our software is now adjusted for this change.

URL redirection would issue temporary instead of permanent redirects because of a Joomla bug affacting only Joomla 3.3 and later. We are now working around said Joomla bug.

Joomla's Conservative cache mode is buggy, affecting several features of our component. For example, you could not enter a Download ID, you could not apply the proposed Secret Word and most importanty the component options were reset without warning. We are now asking Joomla to forcibly disable caching for the control panel page of our component.

WAF blacklists were unusable with RegEx matching due to a runaway equals sign. The equals sign was terminated with extreme prejudice.

Joomla! 3.4, 3.5 and 3.6 only

This version of Admin Tools will only work on Joomla 3.4 and later versions, including the upcoming Joomla 3.6 (as far as we can confirm by running it against Joomla! 3.6 beta 1).

We VERY STRONGLY advise you to update to the latest released version of Joomla! at all times. Admin Tools' support for older versions of Joomla! is only meant to be a temporary workaround while you're working on the update of your site.

Please note that we will only provide full support for the latest Joomla! version. Some features may not work at all in older Joomla! versions. We've thoroughly tested the security critical Web Application Firewall features against the supported versions of Joomla! as stated above and found them to be working properly.

PHP 5.4.0 or any later 5.x/7.x version is required

Support for PHP 5.3 is discontinued. It's end of life since August 2014 and widely considered a security risk, unfit for production sites. Our software requries PHP 5.4 or later and is compatible with PHP 5.4, 5.5, 5.6 and 7.0. We strongly recommend using PHP 5.6 or 7.0.

We'd like to remind you that Joomla! 3.4 does NOT support PHP 7. PHP 7 is only supported by Joomla! 3.5.0 and later versions. Admin Tools will work perfectly fine (and very fast!) on a Joomla! 3.5 or later site running on PHP 7.0.

Changelog

Bug fixes

  • [HIGH] The PHP File Change Scanner front-end scheduling feature was broken
  • [HIGH] The Professional package was missing the CLI scripts
  • [LOW] Incorrect language strings, thank you @brianteeman
  • [LOW] Missing language strings
  • [LOW] PHP File Change Scanner emails (from CLI) displayed the HTML markup instead of formatted text
  • [LOW] PHP notices on installation from missing method arguments
  • [LOW] The warnings about the IP white/blacklist being disabled were displayed under the wrong conditions
  • [LOW] The “Reload update information” button in the control panel page resulted in an error
  • [MEDIUM] The Quick Setup Wizard would claim to have already run even on fresh installations (thanks @brianteeman)

Miscellaneous changes

  • Changing the #__akeeba_common table schema
  • Exceptions from WAF are not available on broken servers which don't set the HTTP_HOST environment variable

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