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Current release

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Release date: 9 August 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:


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Previous releases

Section

Release date: 4 August 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-9271] - Unable to create permission set mapping rule at the organisation mapped org in certain situations
  • [MDP-9599] - Entitlement value lengths could be set longer than maximum
  • [MDP-9637] - Certain customers could not view the groups page
  • [MDP-9647] - Could not impersonate into reports for an organisation that had no administrator
  • [MDP-9654] - Some account account downloads were failing for some sub-organisations
  • [MDP-9672] - Accounts created via Self-registration were incorrectly being recorded against the activity stream of the administrator
  • [MDP-9677 / 9685] - Misuse monitoring updates to support future functionality
  • [MDP-9678] - Creating a new organisation sometimes did not refresh the All organisations summary screen
  • [MDP-9682] - The organisation button on a manually mapped connection had stopped working correctly
Section

Release date: 22 July 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-9079] - IdP metadata now includes an error URL, and libraries can have the SIRTFI entity category set if their federation requires it (https://refeds.org/sirtfi)
  • [MDP-9680] - Some recently enabled admin accounts would have their password rejected on certain changes. 
Section

Release date: 29 June 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-9058] - You can now set the order that local connections are displayed to the user when you have more than one. See: Sorting connections
  • [MDP-9419] - Sub organisations can no longer modify username prefixes
Section

Release date: 24 May 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-9499] - Successful authentication events now appear in an account's activity stream
Section

Release date: 5 May 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • Updates to the interface including a new organisation switcher. See: How to act as a sub-organisation
  • [MDP-8264] - Default status can now be applied to a permission set at creation time
  • [MDP-9487] - The reporting API no longer returns a 500 error for certain queries 
  • [MDP-9495] - Advanced search was not showing all values in dropdown lists
Section

Release date: 27 April 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-9455] - In certain circumstances, moving an account between sub-organisations might not be recorded in the activity stream
  • [MDP-9461] - Bulk upload functionality had started rejecting non-UTF-8 characters
Section

Release date: 3 March 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-9190] - Data downloads and bulk uploads now reference the organisation number instead of the admin username
Section

Release date: 10 February 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-9117] - Access code generation added to the activity stream
  • [MDP-9249] - Libraries in multiple federations could have problems using the redirector in certain circumstances
  • [MDP-9264] - Permission set schemas incorrectly denying add/edit permission in certain circumstances
  • [MDP-9270] - The old organisation name was indexed when accounts moved to new organisations
  • [MDP-9273] - Resource catalogue display issues around some resources
  • [MDP-9289] - Changes to password reset request limits
Section

Release date: 2 February 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-9248] - Group affiliation was not maintained when moving accounts if the group was not present in the target organisation 
  • [MDP-9260] - Access accounts could not sign in
Section

Release date: 18 January 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-9192] - Could impersonate from the ownership information hover on search results
  • [MDP-9193] - Links in daily/weekly notification emails were not working
  • [MDP-9194] - Account data download link was not working
  • [MDP-9195] - Redirector and visibility icons were not appearing in the resource catalogue
Section

Release date: 13 January 2021

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • Start of transition process for changes to administrator accounts 
  • [MDP-9105,6] - Attributes were not removed from the attribute release policy properly when disabled or changed to no longer be releasable in the schema editor
  • [MDP-8918] - The organisation summary page was not listing organisations in alphabetical order
  • [MDP-8992] - Creation of sub-organisations was not included in the activity stream
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Release date: 21 July 2020

New functionality:

Section

Release date: 14 July 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [REP-491] - Very large reports could not be exported. 
  • [REP-515] - Resource reports are now supplied 'flat' for greater flexibility and compatibility. See: Saving reports 
Section

Release date: 28 May 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-8569] - Metadata now includes names of sub-organisations where they have distinct scope values. 
Section

Release date: 6 May 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [My-41] - Accessibility improvements for MyAthens. 
Section

Release date: 30 April 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [REP-498] - Fixed a problem affecting the map view of authentications in the reporting interface
Section

Release date: 21 April 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [RED-170] - Could not paste links into the redirector link generator if using IE11
Section

Release date: 4 April 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-8585] - Fixed inconsistency between "Join requests" number in summary page and the list "Accounts awaiting approval to join this organisation" function
  • [MDP-8587] - The fast forward button on search results has had the jump increased
  • [MDP-8609] - The search backend was having problems when very large numbers of custom attributes were being used
  • [MDP-8653] - Could not search for local accounts by their email addresses
Section

Release date: 20 March 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

Previous releases

Section

Release date: 16 March 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [RED-138] - Updates to the redirector link generators
  • [MDP-8287] - SAML based local auth connectors now support the forceAuthn option (SAML, ADFS, CAS)
  • [MDP-8347] - Previously set filters on audit streams were not applied on initial view
Section

Release date: 30 January 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-8542] - The OpenAthens account option alongside local connectors can now contain custom text. Set it under domain preferences
Section

Release date: 13 January 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-8524] - Default settings on a new SAML local connection were incorrect
  • [MDP-8526] - Validation on the bulk modify details function would incorrectly fail in certain circumstances
Section

Release date: 1 November 2019

Notable bug fixes and changes:

  • Administrators were unable to use the 'Log a query' link within the Administration area as an error was occurring on the support portal (https://support.openathens.net)

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Section

Release date: 26 September 2019

Bug fixes and changes:

  • [MDP-8276] - A new non-interactive signin API option has been added (the old method will still work).
  • [MDP-8284] - The uniqueID used for local account can now be case normalised to aid OALA migration. 
  • [REP-400] - Deleted reportable attributes could still appear in breakdown options on reports

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Section

Release date: 31st May 2019

Notable changes

  • [MDP-4999] - Added support for HTTP-POST for SAML based local connectors
  • [MDP-7248] - Add in support for Sirtifi (https://refeds.org/sirtfi)
  • [MDP-7426] - Changes in the schema editor were not always reflected in the UI until the cache cleared
  • [MDP-8050] - The 'Account > Totals > By attribute' report now includes local accounts
  • [MDP-8058] - Accessibility improvements on the authentication point
  • [MDP-8112] - Some less-common characters were not supported in the Unique ID field for local accounts
  • [MDP-8139] - ADFS connectors using organisation mapping could be downgraded to http from https in certain circumstances
  • [MDP-8140] - Fixed a CSS issue around the forgotten password confirmation message
  • [MDP-8150] - Fixed CSS issues when selecting connections at the authentication point
  • [REP-244] - Could not transfer to reporting from the admin area in certain circumstances
  • [REP-246] - Attributes that have the reportable option removed will no longer appear as breakdown options in reporting
  • [REP-300] - Clean up duplicates created before the release of [REP-245] -
  • [REP-319] - Non-interactive sign-in via the management API was not recorded in reports
  • [REP-356] - Could not remove people from a scheduled report distribution list


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  • [MDP-4184] - Administrators can define an address to forward the users too after they activate their accounts. See: Domain preferences
  • [MDP-5368] - Automatic deletion of expired or non-activated accounts now has a maximum setting of 365 days. See: Organisation preferences and Domain preferences
  • [MDP-5369] - Automatic deletion of cached local accounts is now has a maximum setting of 365 days.
  • [MDP-5387] - User-facing error pages now contain a link to find administrator details

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Notable bug fixes

  • [MDP-4405] - Triggering a password change and not changing the password left accounts in a pending state which could lead to automatic deletion 
  • [MDP-5276] - Fixed problem where having exactly two permission sets assigned could cause problems with authentication under certain circumstances
  • [MDP-5279] - Fixed the underlying problem that interupted the service on 17 July
  • [MDP-5292] - Domain logos were not being added to the OpenAthens federation metadata when updated
  • [MDP-5304] - An incorrect cookie home organisation was being set when logging in under certain circumstances
  • [MDP-5372] - Bulk upload was no longer returning an error when unknown admin or permission sets were specified

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FeatureAvailable toNotes
Ability to map end-users to sub-organisations when using a Local Authentication connector.LDI Enabled customers

Allows users to be visible to their organisation administrators rather than just to the domain administrator.

Where organisations have different identifiers for separate resource subscriptions, users present those identifiers on resource access.

Ability to specify a URL to direct end-users to after signing out.All customersA domain level setting bypasses the standard OpenAthens sign-out page and directs users to any suitable page
Ability to upload images to be used in MyAthens panels has been removed.All customersImages used in MyAthens panels must now be linked from an https source.

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  • Updated password policy
  • Updated bulk upload validation (duplicate passwords & other checks)
  • DA details visible on Connections page
  • Enter now executes the search on the search page
  • Data download updated to XLSX format to avoid problems with spreadsheet software changing date formats
  • Custom self-registration users can view details in the administration pages
  • Public contact details moved into the administrator account
  • Search results limit trigger raised from 10,000 to 20,000 results
  • Help text and test button added to access URL field on resources

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