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Admin Tools

Admin Tools is a Joomla! extension bundle which strives to enhance your site's security, make common administration tasks easier and even allow you to update your core Joomla! installation with a single click. This category contains the downloads for both Admin Tools Core (the free version) and Admin Tools Professional (the for-a-fee version with extra security features).

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Stable 2.6.2

Maturity:
Stable
Released on:
Monday, 10 March 2014 06:22
Viewed:
13122 times

This is a bugfix release, solving minor issues detected in the previous stable release.

Important note regarding Joomla! updates

Admin Tools 2.5.7 and later no longer includes the Joomla! Updater feature and the Joomla! update icon notification plugin. As the core Joomla! Update component and icon notification plugin, written by our team and donated to the Joomla! project, have a very slow release cycle we decided to release an improved Joomla! update component called Akeeba CMS Update. It is available free of charge.

General information

If you have a problem after or before installing the component please read our troubleshooting page. These issues are more likely to occur if you try to upgrade this component while you have an older version of another component of ours still installed on your site.

Release highlights

Whitelisted domains allows you to easily whitelist several disjointed IP addresses such as those used by web crawlers (e.g. Google Bot, Bing Bot etc) or your entire company. Please note that this is much slower than defining IP addresses.

You can specify which security exceptions reasons should not be logged or result in an email being sent on top of being able to toggle this features on and off as a whole. This gives you finer grained control over the logging and reporting of potential breaches.

Improvements in Cross Site Scripting protection (XSSShield). You can now turn off protection against PHP code blocks or modify the list of XSS-safe URL parameters. These are options for very advanced users, please don't touch them if you don't understand what they are meant to do.

Improved component update and update notifications. On popular request, we are now using the native Joomla! extensions update instead of our own Live Update. You will no longer receive an email for new Admin Tools releases and you will not see an update button in its control panel page. Please read the documentation for more information about how Joomla! will now be discovering, downloading and installing the updates to our software. Also remember that since the updater is no longer part of our code we can offer very limited support about it. Everything we can do to help you is now included in our revised documentation on component installation and updates.

HSTS Header support for .htaccess Maker (Professional version). The HSTS header is used on HTTPS-only site to instruct the browser to always use HTTPS to acccess the site. This increases the security and privacy of your users, which is now more important than ever before in the history of the Internet.

You can now use [IP] in the "Show this message to blocked IPs" setting (Professional version). This is used to display the user's IP to the message shown to the user when they are blocked. This comes in handy when you are trying to help someone who got blocked and they can't figure out their own IP address (as in, telling them to visit www.whatismyip.com seems too complicated to them).

You can choose between FollowSymlinks and SymLinksIfOwnerMatch in .htaccess Maker (Professional version). We suggest using SymLinksIfOwnerMatch when possible, to increase the security of your site.

Now using the new MaxMind GeoLite2 Country database (Professional version). You will need to install the optional "System - Akeeba GeoIP provider plugin", available for free from our site. There is a link in Admin Tools' Control Panel page for your convenience.

Important note regarding Joomla! updates

Admin Tools 2.5.7 and later no longer includes the Joomla! Updater feature and the Joomla! update icon notification plugin. As the core Joomla! Update component and icon notification plugin, written by our team and donated to the Joomla! project, have a very slow release cycle we decided to release an improved Joomla! update component called Akeeba CMS Update. It is available free of charge.

PHP 5.3, 5.4 or 5.5 is required

This version requires PHP 5.3, 5.4 or 5.5. The rationale behind this is explained in our statement of mid-February 2013. It won't install on hosts running PHP 5.2 or earlier. Moreover, due to the necessary Joomla! API changes found only in Joomla! 2.5.6 or later, or Joomla! 3.2. This version will not install on Joomla! 2.5.5 and earlier versions or Joomla! 3.0.x and 3.1.x. In any case, it will tell you exactly why it cannot be installed (minimum PHP or Joomla! version not satisfied).

Changelog

Bug fixes

  • [MEDIUM] Blank page or 400 error message after updating from 2.6.0 or lower using Live Update
  • [MEDIUM] Missing translation string PLG_SYSTEM_ATOOLSUPDATECHECK_MSG

Critical bugs and important changes

  • PHP File Change Scanner was broken due to missing method declarations

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Stable 2.6.1

Maturity:
Stable
Released on:
Sunday, 09 March 2014 13:03
Viewed:
1038 times

This is a bugfix release, solving minor issues detected in the previous stable release.

Important note regarding Joomla! updates

Admin Tools 2.5.7 and later no longer includes the Joomla! Updater feature and the Joomla! update icon notification plugin. As the core Joomla! Update component and icon notification plugin, written by our team and donated to the Joomla! project, have a very slow release cycle we decided to release an improved Joomla! update component called Akeeba CMS Update. It is available free of charge.

General information

If you have a problem after or before installing the component please read our troubleshooting page. These issues are more likely to occur if you try to upgrade this component while you have an older version of another component of ours still installed on your site.

Release highlights

Whitelisted domains allows you to easily whitelist several disjointed IP addresses such as those used by web crawlers (e.g. Google Bot, Bing Bot etc) or your entire company. Please note that this is much slower than defining IP addresses.

You can specify which security exceptions reasons should not be logged or result in an email being sent on top of being able to toggle this features on and off as a whole. This gives you finer grained control over the logging and reporting of potential breaches.

Improvements in Cross Site Scripting protection (XSSShield). You can now turn off protection against PHP code blocks or modify the list of XSS-safe URL parameters. These are options for very advanced users, please don't touch them if you don't understand what they are meant to do.

Improved component update and update notifications. On popular request, we are now using the native Joomla! extensions update instead of our own Live Update. You will no longer receive an email for new Admin Tools releases and you will not see an update button in its control panel page. Please read the documentation for more information about how Joomla! will now be discovering, downloading and installing the updates to our software. Also remember that since the updater is no longer part of our code we can offer very limited support about it. Everything we can do to help you is now included in our revised documentation on component installation and updates.

HSTS Header support for .htaccess Maker (Professional version). The HSTS header is used on HTTPS-only site to instruct the browser to always use HTTPS to acccess the site. This increases the security and privacy of your users, which is now more important than ever before in the history of the Internet.

You can now use [IP] in the "Show this message to blocked IPs" setting (Professional version). This is used to display the user's IP to the message shown to the user when they are blocked. This comes in handy when you are trying to help someone who got blocked and they can't figure out their own IP address (as in, telling them to visit www.whatismyip.com seems too complicated to them).

You can choose between FollowSymlinks and SymLinksIfOwnerMatch in .htaccess Maker (Professional version). We suggest using SymLinksIfOwnerMatch when possible, to increase the security of your site.

Now using the new MaxMind GeoLite2 Country database (Professional version). You will need to install the optional "System - Akeeba GeoIP provider plugin", available for free from our site. There is a link in Admin Tools' Control Panel page for your convenience.

Important note regarding Joomla! updates

Admin Tools 2.5.7 and later no longer includes the Joomla! Updater feature and the Joomla! update icon notification plugin. As the core Joomla! Update component and icon notification plugin, written by our team and donated to the Joomla! project, have a very slow release cycle we decided to release an improved Joomla! update component called Akeeba CMS Update. It is available free of charge.

PHP 5.3, 5.4 or 5.5 is required

This version requires PHP 5.3, 5.4 or 5.5. The rationale behind this is explained in our statement of mid-February 2013. It won't install on hosts running PHP 5.2 or earlier. Moreover, due to the necessary Joomla! API changes found only in Joomla! 2.5.6 or later, or Joomla! 3.2. This version will not install on Joomla! 2.5.5 and earlier versions or Joomla! 3.0.x and 3.1.x. In any case, it will tell you exactly why it cannot be installed (minimum PHP or Joomla! version not satisfied).

Changelog

Bug fixes

  • [LOW] Fixed search in redirections page
  • [LOW] PHP Notice in pro.php when an attack is blocked and only under some specific circumstances

New features

  • Whitelist domains (useful to prevent blocking of Google Bot, MSN Bot etc)
  • You can specify which security exceptions reasons should not be logged or result in an email being sent
  • gh-12 Added the "Allow PHP Tags" option for XSSShield
  • gh-13 Options for Safe params in XSSShield

Miscellaneous changes

  • AJAX ordering now shows the ordering in a textbox, to faciliate ordering without much frustration in Joomla! 3
  • CSRF protection for GeoIP update
  • Now using the built-in Joomla! extensions updater instead of Live Update to deliver updates
  • Only show a reminder to update the GeoIP database if it's older than two weeks
  • Update notification emails do not include an automatic log in URL by default
  • gh-5 Updated notification plugins to store last timestamp inside the component table, instead of using Joomla params

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Stable 2.6.0

Maturity:
Stable
Released on:
Friday, 27 December 2013 08:13
Viewed:
21375 times

This is a feature release, introducing new features and resolving known issues. We kindly request all users to upgrade to this version.

If you have trouble upgrading, please consult our troubleshooting instructions page before filing a support request.

Important note regarding Joomla! updates

Admin Tools 2.5.7 and later no longer includes the Joomla! Updater feature and the Joomla! update icon notification plugin. As the core Joomla! Update component and icon notification plugin, written by our team and donated to the Joomla! project, have a very slow release cycle we will be releasing a new CMS Update component very shortly.

Important note regarding Joomla! updates

Admin Tools 2.5.7 and later no longer includes the Joomla! Updater feature and the Joomla! update icon notification plugin. As the core Joomla! Update component and icon notification plugin, written by our team and donated to the Joomla! project, have a very slow release cycle we will be releasing a new CMS Update component very shortly.

General information

If you have a problem after or before installing the component please read our troubleshooting page. These issues are more likely to occur if you try to upgrade this component while you have an older version of another component of ours still installed on your site.

Release highlights

HSTS Header support for .htaccess Maker (Professional version). The HSTS header is used on HTTPS-only site to instruct the browser to always use HTTPS to acccess the site. This increases the security and privacy of your users, which is now more important than ever before in the history of the Internet.

You can now use [IP] in the "Show this message to blocked IPs" setting (Professional version). This is used to display the user's IP to the message shown to the user when they are blocked. This comes in handy when you are trying to help someone who got blocked and they can't figure out their own IP address (as in, telling them to visit www.whatismyip.com seems too complicated to them).

You can choose between FollowSymlinks and SymLinksIfOwnerMatch in .htaccess Maker (Professional version). We suggest using SymLinksIfOwnerMatch when possible, to increase the security of your site.

Now using the new MaxMind GeoLite2 Country database (Professional version). You will need to install the optional "System - Akeeba GeoIP provider plugin", available for free from our site. There is a link in Admin Tools' Control Panel page for your convenience.

PHP 5.3 or 5.4 is required

This version requires PHP 5.3 or 5.4. The rationale behind this is explained in our statement of mid-February 2013. It won't install on hosts running PHP 5.2 or earlier. Moreover, due to the necessary Joomla! API changes found only in Joomla! 2.5.6 or later, this version will not install on Joomla! 2.5.5 or earlier versions. In any case, it will tell you exactly why it cannot be installed (minimum PHP or Joomla! version not satisfied).

Changelog

Bug fixes

  • [LOW] There is no list limit box in the PHP File Change Scanner results page under Joomla! 3

New features

  • HSTS Header support for .htaccess Maker (enhances the privacy of your users if you are using HTTPS for your entire site).
  • You can choose between FollowSymlinks and SymLinksIfOwnerMatch in .htaccess Maker
  • You can now use [IP] in the "Show this message to blocked IPs" setting to display the blocked IP to the user being blocked.

Miscellaneous changes

  • Now using the new MaxMind GeoLite2 Country database, via the optional "System - Akeeba GeoIP provider plugin" plugin, available as a separate download from our site.

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Stable 2.5.10

Maturity:
Stable
Released on:
Thursday, 21 November 2013 08:46
Viewed:
11339 times

This is a bugfix and maintenance release. We recommend that all users upgrade to this version.

If you have trouble upgrading, please consult our troubleshooting instructions page before filing a support request.

Important note regarding Joomla! updates

Admin Tools 2.5.7 and later no longer includes the Joomla! Updater feature and the Joomla! update icon notification plugin. They have been superseded by the core Joomla! Update component and icon notification plugin respectively, written by our team and donated to the Joomla! project. In order to see the Joomla! notification icon in your Joomla! control panel you must go to Extensions, Plugin Manager and enable the "Quick Icon - Joomla! Update Notification" plugin.

Important note regarding Joomla! updates

Admin Tools 2.5.7 and later no longer includes the Joomla! Updater feature and the Joomla! update icon notification plugin. They have been superseded by the core Joomla! Update component and icon notification plugin respectively, written by our team and donated to the Joomla! project. In order to see the Joomla! notification icon in your Joomla! control panel you must go to Extensions, Plugin Manager and enable the "Quick Icon - Joomla! Update Notification" plugin.

We are proud to announce that the long standing issue with the Joomla! Update feature not working on sites with disabled URL fopen() wrappers has been solved in Joomla! 2.5.15 and later by our team. As promised, we are enhancing the core Joomla! update feature now that we removed our similar feature from Admin Tools.

General information

If you have a problem after or before installing the component please read our troubleshooting page. These issues are more likely to occur if you try to upgrade this component while you have an older version of another component of ours still installed on your site.

Release highlights

This version of Admin Tools drops the Joomla! Update feature. We had already contributed this code to the Joomla! project. The "Joomla! Update" component (com_joomlaupdate) distributed with Joomla! since version 2.5 is, in fact, the same as the feature which was available in Admin Tools. In order to prevent double work and since we were appointed as maintainers of the core Joomla! Update component we are removing this feature from Admin Tools. Any further development will happen inside Joomla! itself. Please note that the "backup before update" feature is now present as a system plugin distributed with Akeeba Backup. Moreover, the update email notification feature is still available in Admin Tools Professional with the only difference that it now takes you to the core Joomla! Update component instead of Admin Tools. Therefore there is no loss of functionality.

This version also includes support for Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Windows Azure SQL and PostgreSQL databases. We consider this a beta feature. If you bump into any problems using Admin Tools with any of these non-MySQL database servers we kindly request that you file a bug report.

PHP 5.3 or 5.4 is required

This version requires PHP 5.3 or 5.4. The rationale behind this is explained in our statement of mid-February 2013. It won't install on hosts running PHP 5.2 or earlier. Moreover, due to the necessary Joomla! API changes found only in Joomla! 2.5.6 or later, this version will not install on Joomla! 2.5.5 or earlier versions. In any case, it will tell you exactly why it cannot be installed (minimum PHP or Joomla! version not satisfied).

Changelog

Critical bugs and important changes

  • The Joomla! Update notification plugin would send emails constantly due to wrong packaging. Sorry! It's our fault :(

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Stable 2.4.4

Maturity:
Stable
Released on:
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 03:42
Viewed:
33329 times

This is a bugfix release. All of our Professional users are kindly requested to upgrade. Admin Tools Core users are not affected.

Upgrade information for Professional subscribers

As noted in the release notes of version 2.4.3, there have been some changes affecting Professional users upgrading from version 2.4.2 and 2.4.1. If you are one of those users please note that due to a bug in version 2.4.2 and 2.4.1 the PHP File Scanner's settings were not being saved correctly. As a result, trying to run a scan –even after upgrading to the latest version– might not work properly. If this happens please click on the blue Configure button in the PHP File Scanner page and set the following file types to scan (one on each line):

php
phps
php3
php5
inc

Make sure the minimum execution time is set to 1, maximum execution time set to 5 and runtime bias set to 75%. Then click on the Save & Close button. This will allow the PHP File Scanner to work correctly.

Changelog

New features

  • Allow you to specify only one Super Administrator to receive emails for Admin Tools and Joomla! updates

Miscellaneous changes

  • Improved SQLiShield protection

Bug fixes

  • [LOW] Banning an IP from the log page didn't work due to a typo

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Stable 2.2.10

Maturity:
Stable
Released on:
Sunday, 22 July 2012 19:00
Viewed:
47644 times

This release addresses two high priority issues with Admin Tools Professional. Users of the Core editiion do not need to update.

Please note that Admin Tools 2.2.x series is the final version available on Joomla! 1.5. Future releases will only be availalbe on Joomla! 2.5 and later versions.

Changelog

Bug fixes

  • [HIGH] The IP auto-ban did not work as expected
  • [HIGH] The generated .htaccess would allow access to some files which should not be web-accessible. Kudos to Paul Franklin, JoomlaFCK Editor team!

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Alpha 2.2.a3

Maturity:
Alpha
Released on:
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 10:59
Viewed:
17186 times

The third alpha release of Admin Tools 2.2 series introduces a lot of bug fixes and new features. Even though labelled as an alpha, this release has been thoroughly tested with Joomla! 1.5.25, 1.7.3 and 2.5.0. You can safely use it with production sites. In fact, it's the only release you can use on live Joomla! 2.5 sites.

Changelog

New features

  • Admin Tools now picks up the next release and offers to update to it (e.g. 1.7 to 2.5). It won't offer to update to an alpha, beta or RC, though.
  • #219 Upgrade minimum stability level
  • #200 IP Ranges in "Never block these IPs" field
  • You can now force the language Admin Tools security exceptions emails will be sent in
  • You can now force the language Admin Tools Joomla! update emails will be sent in
  • You can now force the language Admin Tools update emails will be sent in
  • #9 Combine and compress JavaScript files
  • #8 Combine, optimise and compress CSS files

Miscellaneous changes

  • The tp=1 option no longer shows on Joomla! 1.6+ as it doesn't do anything (that Joomla! feature is no longer present)
  • X-Content-Encoded-By was removed as it can no longer work. Joomla! sends the header after any third party has the chance to modify it :(
  • The default sort order for the scan report page is now threat level, descending
  • #222 Improve the new version notification email message
  • Removed GeoIP.dat from the download package. Replaced with instructions to download it.

New features

  • Long file paths would cause the print report to be cut off in Google Chrome
  • Printing a scan report was impossible in Joomla! 1.5
  • he update email comes once every 3 hours, not once every 24 hours as expected
  • Clicking on anything after exporting to CSV causes the CSV view to reload
  • Publish/unpublish buttons in Anti-spam Bad Words view (thanks Stephen!)
  • Publish/unpublish buttons in Security Exceptions Log view (thanks Stephen!)
  • Delete and edit buttons in Auto IP Blocking Administration (thanks Stephen!)
  • Double Back button in URL Redirections view (thanks Stephen!)
  • Force reload of updates didn't work
  • Automatic user deletion did not work under Joomla! 1.7/2.5
  • The Joomla! update notification icon did not show on Joomla! 2.5.0 due to differences in Joomla's HTML markup
  • Could not publish/unpublish redirections from the list view
  • You could not change the ordering in Joomla! 2.5.0 due to undocumented JavaScript changes in the Joomla! core
  • The Core release would show the Scan icon, causing a 500 error (this feature only exists in Admin Tools Professional)

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Stable 2.1.14

Maturity:
Stable
Released on:
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 18:00
Viewed:
27245 times

This is a bugfix release, addressing minor issues in the previous versions of Admin Tools.

Changelog

Minor changes

  • Layout improvements under Joomla! 1.7
  • Small improvements to DFIShield, making sure that the use of numerous ../ instances won't throw it off
  • The Post-Installation wizard is no longer shown in the Core release, as it's not relevant
  • CSS improvements to the Post-Installation wizard
  • Fix Permissions will automatically skip over the contents of the cache (front- and back-end), tmp and log directories

Bug fixes

  • Joomla! red error text displayed when updating Joomla! w/out Akeeba Backup installed (thanks, Fotis, for the heads up)
  • The Advanced mode of CSRFShield would also run the basic mode (referrer filtering), causing troubles on many sites
  • Notices thrown in the post-installation wizard (thank you @ot2sen!)
  • #166: Array upload fields break UploadShield
  • Under Joomla! 1.7, with "Disable editing back-end users" enabled, you could edit a back-end user and remove him from the Manager/Administrator/Super Administrator group
  • Use of wrong constant could throw a warning message in the post-installation wizard
  • Joomla! 1.7 session storage could overflow when using the Fix Permissions feature, locking you out of your site until you cleared your browser's cache and cookies
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