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SME Server 9 Release Candidate 1 Release Announcement

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SME Server 9 Release Candidate 1 Release Announcement
« on: May 13, 2014, 07:22:56 AM »
SME Server 9.0 Release Candidate 1 Release Notes

11th April 2014

The SME Server development team is pleased to announce the release of
SME Server 9.0 Release Candidate 1 which is based on CentOS 6.5.

Bug reports and reports of potential bugs should be raised in the bug
tracker (and only there, please);



You can download SME Server 9.0 Beta 4 from
or for other methods see http://wiki.contribs.org/SME_Server:Download
Please note it may take up to 48 hours for mirrors to finish syncing,
during this time you may experience problems.

About SME Server

SME Server is the leading Linux distribution for small and medium
enterprises. SME Server is brought to you by Koozali Foundation, Inc.,
a non-profit corporation that exists to provide marketing and legal support
for SME Server.

SME Server is freely available under the GNU General Public License and
is only possible through the efforts of the SME Server community.
However, the availability and quality of SME Server is dependent on
meeting our expenses, such as hosting costs, server hardware, etc.

As such, we ask for a donation to offset costs and fund further development.
a) If you are a school, a church, a non-profit organisation or an individual
using SME Server for private purposes, we would appreciate you to contribute
within your means toward the costs associated with hosting, maintenance and
b) If you are a company or an integrator and you are deploying SME Server in
the course of your work to generate revenue, we expect you to make a donation
commensurate with the level of revenue you generate and the number of servers
your have in the field. Please, help the project

Please visit http://wiki.contribs.org/Donate to donate.

Koozali Inc is happy to supply an invoice for any donations received,
simply email treasurer@koozali.org


The development team would like to thank all of those who have involved
themselves with this release.


This section will be updated in a following ISO

In-place upgrades are not supported. It is necessary to backup and then restore.
/boot partition is always RAID 1.
The spare handling for RAID arrays is not implemented.

Major changes in this release

This section will be further updated in a later release.

USB installs now supported.
RAID 'n' now supported.
ISOLINUX menu screen added.
Allow workstation backup to mounted drive.

The installer has been substantially modified in Beta 3.
The remaining relevant patches from SME Server 8 have been ported.
Note: The spare handling for RAID arrays is not implemented.
Workstation Backup has had many minor changes, see below for details.

A new feature has been introduced to block SSH login attempts,
It is set by default to reject SSH connections when there have been 3
or more requests in the previous 15 minutes.
See the link above to tune the defaults, or to disable:
db configuration setprop sshd AutoBlock enabled
signal-event remoteaccess-update

The installer has been substantially modified in Beta 2.
It now creates the degraded RAID1 array with a single disk install.
Some, but not all,  install options are now supported.

The base has been updated to CentOS 6.5

The network interface code has been reworked to remove all hardcoding
relating to eth0 and eth1.

Changes in this release

This section will be further updated in a later release
Currently this only shows changes since SME Server 9.0 Alpha 3 and it is
autogenerated from the changelogs. A more human readable version will be

Packages altered by Centos, Redhat, and Fedora-associated developers are
not included.


- Workstation Backup, do not exclude dar files by default
  in line with console backup.
- Workstation Backup, fix selective restore by requesting array
  of results from CGI.pm.
- Workstation Backup, new method to show files being restored is needed
  when using dar 2.4.
- Simplify the workstation backup report.
- Workstation Backup, count backup sets from 1.
- Update the text in the Backup panel.
- Allow more time for cifs mounts before reporting errors.
- Dar updated to 2.4.10.
- Workstation Backup, add a choice to delete old backup before or after
- Workstation Backup, remove temporary directory on success.
- Refactor directory tree creation and removal.
- Workstation Backup, inconsistent formatting of host share name in messages.
- Workstation Backup, more reliable catalog creation.
- Workstation Backup, report cifs mount errors.
- Workstation Backup, do not access /proc/mounts
- Incremental backup fix.
- Workstation Backup, allow spaces in the backup destination.
  Includes fix for disk usage broken with spaces.
- Desktop Backup, allow user setting of compression level.
- Use Wake on LAN before starting Backup with DAR.
- NFS syntax is deprecated for CIFS mount.
- Require cifs-utils and use UNC paths for cifs mount.
- Improve text in console backup for success and failure.
- Console USB Backup, allow user setting of compression level.
  Compression level of the console backup is now -6 by default.
- Patch to exclude trying to backup aquota.* files so that backups to tape
  will succeed.
- Update to the latest version of console restore.
- Boostrap console should only offer restore if no password set.
- Delete items from dar catalog in descending order
- Minor non-functional updates based on PerlCritic and review comments
- Move console backup to e-smith-backup
- Workstation Backup, selective restore of deleted files
- Remove migrate fragment 30vfstype
- Workstation Backup, Don't delete old sets, only empty them.
- Workstation Backup, Mail and WOL now subroutines
- Workstation Backup, remove the need for a temporary directory, updated.
- Workstation Backup, backupname includes seconds.
- Simplification of the time routines.
- Workstation Backup, remove the need for a temporary directory.
- Allow configuration of workstation backup if no removable disk present
- Create simplified function for updating the DarCatalog
- Workstation Backup, do not create folder in /
- Workstation Backup, suppress ctime error message on incremental backups

File Server
- Also remove the empty template-begin file in pam.d/proftpd templates.
- Remove unused pam templates.
- Replace vfs_shadow_copy with vfs_shadow_copy2 for shadow snapshots.
- Add template for wide links.
- Add templates for max protocol.
- Add support for Windows 8 domain joining & user login.
- Add windows network performance enhancements registry file.
- Update default ServerName in 30smbServerName
- Add ability to configure waiting for network Win7 registry option.
- Change default Workgroup and Domain to sme-server.
- Fix mod_sftp/mod_sftp_pam invalid pool allocation during kbdint
- Replace vfs_shadow_copy with vfs_shadow_copy2 for shadow snapshots.
- Remove 20smb as migrating from pre-SME7 is not supported

LDAP (Optional in SME 9.0, and considered experimental)
- Adjust slapd ACL to change dn.subtree to dn.children.

- Latest translations included.

Mail Server
- Only present one auth method at a time, in order, to NET::SMTP.
- Remove limit properties from the imaps DB entry.
- Apply process limits to dovecot.
- Include /usr/bin/refreshclam
- Allow webmail-only-local-network.
- Fix handling of messages with no body and no trailing \n after
  headers (eq was used in attempted assignment).
- Fetchmail multidrop mode follows TCPPort setting.
- Always enable imap, listen on loopback is disabled.
- Avoid use of unitialised variables in smtp migrate fragments.
- Simplify qmail concurrency templates.
- Modify domain style pseudonym pointing to user with dot in name.
- Accept messages with no body and no trailing \n after headers.
- Fix Net::DNS update breaks qpsmtpd.
- allows the spamassassin plugin to read the size limit from its
- Move clamscan scheduling to complete before 99-raid-check.
- Listen on loopback if disabled.
- Fix permissions on imapd.pem as it's used by pop3s.
- Do not obsolete bglibs, it's required for cvm.
- Allow plaintext (unless explicitly disabled).
- Do not obsolete cvm, it's still needed for qpsmtpd.
- Fix size_limit initialization.
- reads MaxMessageSize prop of spamassassin and adds it
  to the arguments of the plugin if defined.
- Requires e-smith-cvm-unix-local.
- Load TextCat plugin if ok_languages is enabled.
- Fix how qpsmtpd tags spam email.
- Remove Packager and Vendor from spec file.
- Revert last change.
- Sources are local, do not download them.
- Updates to release 0.98.1
- Handle exceptions during attempted SASL auth. Add more debug tracing.
- Remove DENYSOFT on SPF softfail
- Remove insecure ciphers
- Remove workarounds for how qpsmtpd tags spam email
- Fix whitespace in 10required_score
- Update SBL and RBL Lists

Server manager
- Renew donation text in server-manager.
- Do not load mod_ssl.
- Remove log noise from Create starter web site panel.
- Add security fix for CVE-2013-4113.
- Renew donation text and graphic in server-manager.
- Update footer copyright and renew full copyright text.
- Change wording of Software Update button.
- Roll new stream to remove obsolete images
- Remove references to obsolete images, by Stephane de Labrusse
- Fix new starter website.
- Update location of Primary index.html.

Webmail and Groupware
- Allow webmail-only-local-network.
- Don't use SSL over loopback.
- Replace last change with a default value for horde access
- Ensure initialisation of variables in webmail-only-local-network.

Web Server
- Force magic_quotes Off.
- Remove insecure ciphers

Other fixes and updates
- Add ssh-autoblock for external interface.
- Do not hardcode NIC names to eth0 and eth1.
- Return nic names in probeAdapters so we can drop HWAddress.
- Remove HWAddress prop from interfaces.
- Remove the "swap interface" feature.
- Remove obsolete VLAN code.
- Load the bonding module if NIC bonding is enabled.
- Define the udev-post service in the DB.
- Provide the ability to restrict ibay access to http.
- Restart rsyslog in logrotate event.
- Set smb ServerName if unset.
- Don't reload init in bootstrap-console-save and console-save.
- Fix add_new_disk_to_raid1.
- Provide the ability to force https per ibay.
- Add an audit for groups.
- Update the full names of users added in %pre.
- Fix uid and gid to be the same for the users added in %pre.
- Changed Prereq to Requires(pre) as Prereq is deprecated.
- Patch to correct issue with not being able to access a password protected
- Update ServerName (Samba netbios name) when SystemName is updated.
- Remove old System Name from the Hosts DB.
- Fix group creation when LDAP auth is enabled.
- Disable IPv6 on a default install.
- Continue escaping control chars in rsyslog, just replace LF with space.
- Use UTF-8 in the console.
- Remove redundant parts of init-accounts.
- Add_template_to_ssl.pem, codes by JP Pialasse.
- Require diald.
- Removal of rc.e-smith now functionality is in e-smith-service.
- Replacement of rc.e-smith by moving code into e-smith-service.
- Fix the way '.' works in bash.
- rename /etc/ldap.conf to /etc/pam_ldap.conf (and same for .secret).
- Always define InternalInterface NICBonding.
- In the console refer to removable media instead of USB disk.
- Fix a few more syslog => rsyslog items.
- Remove modprobe stuff.
- Don't be as agressive on rate limiting.
- Change syslog templates to rsyslog.
- Ensure existing_hwaddr is always initialized.
- Change System Name from mitel-networks-server to sme-server.
- Patch to remove symlink to Primary ibay from /home/e-smith/files/primary.
- Patch to correct issue with not being able to access a password protected
- Correctly display accented letters in the console.
- Add e-smith as a Requires(pre) and remove adding users in %pre.
- Fix uid and gid to be the same in create-system-user.
- Ignore mysql.event table.
- Use --single-transaction in mysql-dump-tables.
- Use mysql_upgrade instead of fix_privilege_tables.
- Increase memory limit for ntp.
- Make rsyslog listen to our socket.
- Remove rc.quota_create.
- the config file is radiusclient.conf, not radiusclient-ng.conf.
- Add templates for radiusclient-ng.conf file to remove binaddr
- Add directive to options.pptpd so that radius plugin can find the
  radiusclient configuration file..
- Fix permissions of /etc/radiusclient-ng/servers.
- Add hack for running rc7.d script during runlevel 4.
- Apply SME Server config file changes to pwauth.
- Fix libgomp obsoletes to not obsolete el6 version.
- Change order of mail options in check4updates.
- Fix parsing issues with "manage RAID" menu option in the console.
- Remove SSH v1 legacy support.
- Support nolvm boot option.
- Create degraded RAID1 array with single disk install.
- nodmraid is the default for SME 9.0 installs.
- Give more time to the grub menu.
- Update installer hard drive warning.
- Customize confirmation dialogs during fresh install.
- Run installer in 'text' mode.
- Roll new stream to really remove obsolete images
- Roll new stream to remove obsolete images
- Move console backup to e-smith-backup
- Remove support.pl from e-smith-base and move to smeserver-support
- Console restore should reboot
- Boostrap console should only offer restore if no password set
- Add restore backup as a console item for freshly installed servers
- Non-code changes to perform_restore.pm
- Refer to removable media not CDROM in console restore
- Remove insecure SSL ciphers
- Add more PHP options to ibays only by db commands
- Add SSLRequireSSL to ibays when SSL is set to enabled
- Force https per ibay should not be the default for existing ibays
- Add textbox() to console.pm, getLicenseFile to util.pm
- Update frame header and footer
- Use mysql_upgrade in 00_restore_dumped_dbs, by Terje Edseth
- Use mysql_upgrade --force due to upgrade to MySQL 5.1
- Prevent server being used in NTP amplification attacks.
- Code by Jesper Holck
- Modify template to allow Squid proxy https access to ports other than
  443,563 using db command
- Codes by Ray Mitchell and Ian Wells
- Add -n 1 to the dmesg line in rc.sysinit to prevent unwanted messages
  appearing on the console
- Correct offest in runlevel7 patch to avoid .orig file
- Remove CentOS Branding patch
- Add logcheck to help analyse errors in the log files
- Roll new stream to remove obsolete images
- Move support.pl from e-smith-base to smeserver-support
- The console license page now uses dialog's textbox.
- Ensure console is run with taint checking.
- Add a verification in the console of number of pptp clients against ip allowed in dhcpd
- Add a verification in remoteaccess panel of number of pptp clients against ip allowed in dhcpd
- Display a warning with the domain name before to remove it
- Move mysql logging to multilog
- Remove the information_schema
- Fix error with flush of xt_recent SSH connections.
- Add option to tcpsvd to set socket keepalive.

General features

- Based on CentOS 6.5 and all available updates

Ian Wells

On behalf of the SME Server development team