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version 2.6.2 Stable

Released on: Monday, 10 March 2014 06:22

Release Notes

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