Current release

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. 



Previous releases

Release date: 6 May 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

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

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

Release date: 21 April 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

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

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

Release date: 20 March 2020

Notable bug fixes and changes:

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

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

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

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)

Release date: 30 October 2019

Bug fixes and changes:

  • A HTTP header of referrer-policy has been added to the Administration area (admin.openathens.net) with the enforcement of strict-origin
  • A HTTP header of content-security-policy has been added to the Administration area (admin.openathens.net) in reporting only mode
  • [MDP-8449] - Display name attribute and Unique user attribute on a SAML connection could not be left blank even when "Use Subject NameID" is selected

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

Release date: 24 September 2019

Notable bug fixes:

  • [REP-408] - Multi-dimension reports that included permission sets were producing errors
  • [REP-409] - Accounts > Authentications reports would not load

Release date: 18 September 2019

Notable bug fixes:

  • [REP-404] - Group name changes were not always reflected in reports
  • [REP-407] - The top resources widget on the reports dashboard was not displaying data

Release date: 28 August 2019

Notable bug fixes:

  • [RED-91] - the redirector didn't like how some links were encoded / decoded


Release date: 19 August 2019

Notable bug fixes:

  • [RED-67] - the redirector could get a bit confused when there were multiple link formats for the same target


Release date: 31 July 2019

Notable bug fixes:

  • [MDP-8278] - Security headers were being sent twice in MyAthens


Release date: 25 July 2019

Notable bug fixes:

  • [MDP-8125] - certain characters could cause an error when clicking on an account that contained them in the audit stream
  • [MDP-8152] - local accounts were not always cleaned up correctly when organisation mapping was being used


Release date: 18 July 2019

Notable Changes:

  • [MDP-8163] - A scoped version of the targetedID attribute is now available in the Attribute release policies to help people who are migrating from other systems. To support use of this, the regular (unscoped) targetedID attribute that has always been released by default is now visible and selectable in policies.

Notable bug fixes:


Release date: 12 June 2019

Notable bug fixes:

  • [MDP-8176] - Local accounts where the unique ID was an empty string are now reported in audit as having their unique user identifier missing
  • [MDP-8183] - Improved error handling when users were sent to sign in at a disabled domain
  • [MDP-8198] - Users using a URL containing a organisation id of 0 were seeing an internal server error


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


Release date: 25 April 2019

Notable changes

  • [REP-293] - Removed the unique average column from reports (was of no use unless the period matched the granularity).


Release date: 3 April 2019

Notable changes

  • [CSP-3115] - Hide from discovery option moved from a domain preference to a connection preference
  • [MDP-4245 / 7527 / 7637 / 7797] - Various improvements to auditing, including local account activity
  • [REP-201] - Account totals reports now distinguish between organisations that do and don't have their own scopes
  • [REP-280] - Account totals reports displayed zero for breakdowns of choice attributes if the name contained a space


Release date: 14 March 2019

Notable changes

  • [REP-174] - Added a link from the reporting interface to the admin interface
  • [REP-206 / MDP-7819] - Column headings could be unclear in certain circumstances
  • [REP-214 / 236] - Interface shows a progress bar and no longer times out when generating very large reports
  • [REP-245] - Local authentication usernames could appear twice in reports in certain circumstances

Release date: 7 February 2019

Notable changes

  • [REP-21] - Replace unique total with average on the authentication report
  • [REP-142] - Remove totals series from the Account totals by status report
  • [REP-207] - Fixed error on accessing some scheduled reports from emailed links
  • [MY-35] - Fixes to the MyAthens panel editor

Release date: 19 December 2018

Notable changes

  • [MDP-7736, MDP-7812, MDP-7820] - Certain situations could see a hop from https to http and back again
  • [MDP-7617] - transfers to the authentication point quoting an invalid entityID now have a more presentable error message
  • [MPP-7845] - audit sourced values on the homepage link to the relevant audit stream once more

Release date: 15 November 2018

New features

Feature

Available to

Notes

Audit-based activity for your organisation is available on the dashboard and audit pages for events from todayAllSee: Auditing
Local authentication connectors can now transform inbound attributes to another output valueSites using local authenticationSee: Attribute transformation
New interface-based bulk modify actionSites using OpenAthens accountsSee: How to modify many accounts at once
Automatic banning of accounts when misuse is detectedAllSee: About banned accounts
Core OpenAthens attributes can be set as reportable (including username)AllSee: Schema editor
Choice and yes/no attributes added as breakdown options on Account totals reportsAllSee: Account reports
Quick search extended to local accountsSites using local authenticationSee: About search

Notable bug fixes

  • [MDP-7548] - The expiry date quoted in the account expiring emails was in an unhelpful format
  • [MDP-7616] - SAML requests that cannot be decoded now return a relevant "bad request" error instead of a "something went wrong" error
  • [REP-159] - Report downloads were failing with error: "Cannot create a text value from null."

Release date: 9 October 2018

Notable changes and enhancements

  • [REP-144] - The old statistics menu item now says 'Archive'

Notable bug fixes

  • [MDP-7616] - A more helpful error is now returned when a non-decodable SAML request is received from a Publisher.

Release date: 6 September 2018

Notable bug fixes

  • [MDP-7216] - Expiry date was reduced by 1 day on save when the expiry date was within daylight saving time of the admin-user's locale

Release date: 22 August 2018

Notable bug fixes

    • [MDP-7434] - Users mapped to multiple organisations using a local authentication connector were encountering a 500 error
    • [MDP-7490] - Accounts that had been deleted still received an account expiry email if they were within the recovery window


Release date: 14 August 2018

Notable bug fixes

  • [MDP-7264] - "Contacting your OpenAthens administrator function" in the MyAthens help page was not working


Release date: 2 August 2018

New features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
A sub-organisation can now have a distinct entityIDAllMust be requested via the service desk.
Sub-organisations with their own entityID have their own redirector prefixAll

Notable changes and enhancements

Notable bug fixes

  • [MDP-3009] - Confirmation emails were not being sent on bulk upload success
  • [MDP-3671] - Local accounts that passed an AthensDALegacyUID attribute that was empty encountered a 500 server error instead of a 400 bad request error
  • [MDP-3872] - Calendar defaulted to 1906 after attempting to manually enter incorrect date format when creating a new personal account
  • [MDP-7237] - The continue button during password reset didn't work on branded login pages


Release date: 17 July 2018

Notable bug fixes

  • [CSP-2880] - Edits to MyAthens web content panels were not published
  • [CSP-2881] - MyAthens was not setting target = "_blank" when specified on web content panel links

Release date: 3 July 2018

New features:

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Set custom attributes as reportableAll

Notable changes and enhancements

Notable bug fixes

Release date: 6 Jun 2018

New features:

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Reporting beta updated to include report scheduling and several new report typesAllSee: Reporting
SAML connections now support SHA-256 signingSAML connections
Allow usage of the same SAML IdP to be used by multiple customersSAML connections
Account activity can now been seen on the account details pageOAMD account usersSee: Auditing

Notable changes and enhancements

Release date: 21st May 2018

Notable bug fixes

Release date: 20th February 2018

Notable changes and enhancements:

Notable bug fixes

Release date: 25 January 2018

Notable changes and enhancements:

Release date: 9 January 2018

Notable changes and enhancements:

Release date: 23 November 2017

Notable changes and enhancements:

Release date: 26 October 2017

Notable bug fixes

Release date: 17 October 2017

Notable changes and enhancements:

Notable bug fixes

Release date: 24 August 2017

Notable changes and enhancements:

Notable bug fixes

Release date: 22 June 2017

Notable changes and enhancements:

Release date: 15 June 2017

Notable changes and enhancements:

Release date: 4 May 2017

Notable bug fixes:

Release date: 20 April 2017

Notable changes and enhancements:

Notable bug fixes:

Release date: 14 February 2017

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements:

Release date: 7 February 2017

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements:

Release date: 15 December 2016

New features:

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Any resources with an access URL can now work with the IP bypass function of the redirectorAllAllows more resources to be used with bypass zones. See: Redirector IP bypass zones
Resources can be configured to skip the IP bypass functionAllFor resources that do not support IP auth and OpenAthens access at the same time they can be set to ignore any IP bypass zones you have set up.
Custom attributes can now be deletedAllSee: Schema editor

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements:

Release date: 16 November 2016

New features:

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Releasable attributes can be aliasedAllAllows attributes to be released under different names without having to duplicate data. See Attribute release
Local directory connections that map to sub-organisaitons now have the same permission set and suspend rule options as unmapped connectionsLocal directory usersSee: Organisation mapping
All core attributes are now available on the release policy page for release or aliasingAllYou can now release fields such as title and telephone should you wish

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements:

Release date: 6 October 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 4 October 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 13 September 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 23 August 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 17 August 2016

Major new features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Improved search function - speed and flexibilityAll

Search results are now almost instant for even the largest domains.In-field operators are now available.

See: About search

Maximum number of accounts that can be downloaded in one go has been increasedAllThe search improvements have meant the limit can be increased from ~20k to 70k
Improvements to groupsAll

New group management page

Search results can be filtered by group and have a new action available to allocate groups

Redirector improvements for customers in the UK Access Management federationUK federation membersA default federation can be set for situations where there would be differences in entityIDs or access URLs between the federations.


Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 13 July 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 15th June 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 24 May 2016

Major new features

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.

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 5 April 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 31 March 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 23 March 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 18 March 2016

Release date: 17 March 2016

Release date: 17 March 2016

Major new features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Ability for customers who use OpenAthens DA to migrate to LDAP, ADFS or the new LA API connection and optionally maintain user personalisation of resourcesDA Users

If you wish to migrate from your DA connection and still keep personalisation please contact your Account Manager in the first instance.

Ability for customers who use old-style SAML connections to migrate to the new connections which will allow them to use the new features of the authentication pointSAML customers
Ability for customers who use Local Authentication options can now suspend accounts based on customisable rules.SAML, LDAP, API and LA API customers
Ability for customers to brand parts of their login page if the user has pre-discovered


Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 09 February 2016

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 02 February 2016

Major new features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
Improved account activation process is now available.All

Organisation accounts can now be created which require the account to be activated with a code so the user creating the account doesn't need to specify a password during creation.

The ability to email the organisation password has been removed.

SAML resources that are not within a federation can be added to the resource catalogueCustomers who have been migrated onto the new Authentication point (login.openathens.net)

Custom SAML resources can be added so that users can login using OpenAthens. This allows users to add targets such as GoogleApps, Moodle and many others that support SAML authentication into the resource catalogue.

See: Add and manage custom resources

Support for a redirector knowledgebase for UK federation resourcesMembers of the UK federation

Support for the redirector being used to access UK Federated resources has now been added which will extend the redirector to be usable for all our customers.

See: Getting started with the Redirector

A new API for local authentication with credentials created and managed by the customerCustomers who have been migrated onto the new Authentication point (login.openathens.net)

The local authentication API enables an application to request an OpenAthens session-initiator URL for a local account by making a simple REST call to the authentication API.

See: API connector

Management of API Keys within the Admin AreaAll

No longer need to log a support call with the Service desk to create them.

See: API keys

Customise the SAML Name ID format for specific resourcesCustomers who have been migrated onto the new Authentication point (login.openathens.net)

The attribute release policy features have been extended to allow Domain users to specify what Name ID format should be used when authenticating into a resource.

See: Attribute release

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 10 December 2015

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements


Release date: 8th December 2015

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 27 October 2015

Major new features

The Administration Area and the DSP area are now authenticated using the new Authentication point at login.openathens.net.

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 15 October 2015

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: 1 October 2015

Major new features

FeatureAvailable toNotes
RedirectorAllCompatible resources can be deep linked by putting a target URL at the end of a customer specific, consistent link.
Release policy editor
(core attributes)
AllControl which core attributes are released to service providers
Schema editorMostAllows collection and storage of custom attributes in our systems
Not available to users of custom self-registration
New authentication point*Federated usersThose that exclusively use federated resources via the LDAP and ADFS integration can move to using the new authentication point
Release policy editor
(custom attributes)
Federated usersAbility to release custom attributes to service providers as well as core attributes.
Requires new authentication point which is being released on the 6th October.
LDAP integrationFederated users

Use a LDAP server (including Active Directory) instead of creating and managing OpenAthens accounts.

Requires new authentication point which is being released on the 6th October.

ADFS integrationFederated users

Use Active Directory Federation Server instead of creating and managing OpenAthens accounts.

Requires new authentication point which is being released on the 6th October.

* At this time the new authentication point is enabled to authenticate with federated resources. The features that depend on the new authentication point will be made available to other users in later releases.

Notable bug fixes and other enhancements

Release date: Thursday 11 December 2014

New features

Bug fixes

Release date: Friday 28 November 2014

Withdrawn features

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