POODLE Security Vulnerability: How to Disable SSLv3 on IBM i

November 18th, 2014 No comments

IBM recently published a security bulletin about an SSLv3 vulnerability called the Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption (POODLE) attack. This vulnerability could give a remote attacker plaintext access to what would otherwise be an encrypted SSL session.

SSLv3 is enabled by default on the IBM HTTP Server, so we recommend disabling SSL and using TLS exclusively for https. With the exception of IE6 on Windows XP, most of today’s browsers connect using TLSv1 by default. SSLv3 is really only in place for older browsers and compatibility but because it’s now vulnerable, IBM recommends switching that protocol off.

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Nexus 4.10.0 includes the ability to resequence ECM documents in a folder

November 7th, 2014 No comments

Nexus 4.10.0 is now available for download from our public website or our customer portal, myBCDsoftware.com. You can upgrade directly to version 4.10.0 from any release above 3.60.

The highlight of this release is the ability to resequence ECM documents within a folder. To resequence your ECM documents, select a folder, then navigate to the Change Web Object tab in the ECM Maintenance window. From there, you can sort documents by when they were added, their type, or their title.

Resequence ECM documents

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Catapult 7.10.0 is Available for Download

October 29th, 2014 No comments

Catapult 7.10.0 has been available for a little while now but we hadn’t yet published a blog article due to a pending fix to our WordPress email plugin.

With this announcement I would primarily like to re-highlight a feature we mentioned in our post about Catapult 7.9.0: A change to how the Catapult Poller and the Exodus51 subsystem work together allows you to schedule the poller to start sooner after an IPL. This feature, described in Knowledge Base article 10466, was very well received and has been further improved in this release.

There are also a few other changes and fixes:

  • Additional poller information is now included in administrator emails.
  • A fix for a problem where the poller service was checking instance schedules too frequently.
  • The poller configuration will now correctly update when changes are made while it’s active.
  • A fix for a problem where invalid characters in a file path might cause the console to issue an unhandled exception error.

Please visit the Catapult Updates page to review the complete list of enhancements and fixes.

You can download Catapult 7.10.0 from our website or myBCDsoftware. If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!

Please keep in mind that we are able to provide full support for approximately the last three releases of Catapult. If you are running Catapult 7.72 or older, we recommend you make plans to upgrade as soon as possible.

And finally, for those who are wondering: Yes, Catapult 7.10.0 is newer than Catapult 7.82. We recently switched to a new version number formats. Sorry for the confusion!


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V7R2 Readiness for BCD Products

August 8th, 2014 No comments

The BCD Product Development team has tested the following versions of our software at V7R2:

  • Presto 5.6
  • WebSmart ILE/PHP/Clover 10.2 and 10.5
  • Catapult 7.9.1
  • Spool-Explorer 4.52 (server version 4.50)
  • Exodus 5.3
  • ProGen Plus 9.7
  • DBGen 2.5
  • Docu-Mint 6.6
  • File-Flash Plus 4.5
  • Nexus 4.09

Nexus requires a new authorization module (available by request, and to be included in the next build of the software). With WebSmart we encountered an odd, sporadic library lock error on install; you can answer the message with a Retry (R) to get by it. We are currently working on this issue with IBM.

We didn’t run into any other problems.

If you have any questions please contact Technical Support. If you need to verify your current release levels, KB Article 5595 has instructions on how to find these for all our products.

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Get Better Insight into Your PHP Code with New Zend Server 7

July 29th, 2014 No comments

Earlier this month, Zend released Zend Server 7, a major new release. It includes an impressive new feature, Z-Ray, which gives developers real insight into their PHP code. This allows them to inspect, debug and optimize their pages early in the development cycle, long before they go into production.

Z-Ray monitors requests to the web server and displays relevant, detailed, live information on a simple and intuitive web page component in your browser (similar to how Chrome Developer Tools and Firebug work). This information includes: PHP functions, SQL queries, sessions and cookie data, errors and warnings, memory use, request execution time metrics, and more.

Z-Ray is included in both the Professional and Enterprise editions of Zend Server but is only available as a 30-day trial in the Basic edition (formerly known as Community Edition). There were licensing changes with Zend Server 7 for other platforms, which caused a bit of confusion for IBM i users, but Zend quickly clarified that the licensing for IBM i has not changed. The Basic edition is still free and includes one year of limited support.

You’ll need to use the Professional or Enterprise editions to take advantage of all the debugging, troubleshooting and performance features of Zend Server, including Z-Ray. If you’re running mission-critical applications, we highly recommend using those editions as well.

Zend Server 7 also includes an updated PHP stack for PHP 5.4 and 5.5, and support for IBM i 7.2.

Learn more at http://www.zend.com/en/products/server/whats-new.

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Catapult 7.9 Is Available for Download

June 19th, 2014 No comments

Catapult 7.9 is now available for download. This version includes several features, improvements and fixes.

The feature you may find the most useful is a change we’ve made to the relationship between the Catapult Poller and the Exodus51 subsystem, which should allow you to schedule the Poller to start sooner after an IPL. Read more about this in Knowledge Base article 10466.

Another highly requested feature included in this version is an error notification email address at the rule level. This means you can now tune your notifications based on the specific purpose of your reports.

There are also a few other changes:

  • A fix for an issue where Additional Files on a Network Poll using a wild card included the main file twice.
  • New server trace code for better logging.
  • Resolved a situation where the EZ-Pickin’s option to rename output didn’t work.
  • Corrected a problem with split segment options being out of order.
  • Corrected a problem where the Last Modified By value could be blank.
  • Improved BCD Upload Express to make upload to the IBM i easier.

Please visit the Catapult Updates page to review the complete list of enhancements and fixes.

You can download Catapult 7.9 from our website or myBCDsoftware. If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!


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Nexus 4.09 Is Available for Download

June 17th, 2014 No comments

Nexus 4.09 is now available for download from myBCDSoftware.com or our public website. You can upgrade directly to version 4.09 from any release 3.60 or higher.

This version includes a number of fixes and enhancements, including:

  • New single view of all the distribution rules that displays all of the rule parameters.
  • New ECM default setting for how newly added documents should open, so they can be opened in a new window by default.
  • Added the rule number to be displayed in the Distribution Rules portlet.
  • Increased the size of the Welcome Message edit box in Site Settings.
  • Increased the length of the DropDown Menu title to 25 characters from 16.
  • Restored the option to browse the ECM to create a hyperlink in an ECM document.
  • Resolved an issue where documents were not purged from all sites.
  • Resolved an issue where an incorrect icon was set as the default for an ECM object.
  • Resolved an issue where the application smurf was deleted when logging back into Nexus.

Please visit the Nexus Updates page to review the complete list of fixes and enhancements.

If you have any questions about upgrading or the new features, please get in touch with Technical Support!

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Webinar: Learn how you can improve your order entry with web applications

June 13th, 2014 No comments

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on June 19, 2014.

If you’re using Presto or WebSmart to modernize your B2B or B2C order entry applications, you’re likely seeing some of the benefits of web applications, such as real-time or easier access to information.

However, there are likely many ways that you could further improve your order entry applications:

  • Implementing standing orders
  • Extending your ERP
  • Making the application customer-facing
  • Incorporating mobile solutions

We’ll show you examples of the above, along with some design tips. You’ll also see how you can partner with our Professional Services team to implement the solutions you’ll see in the webinar.

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See what’s new in IBM i 7.2 at COMMON’s free virtual conference tomorrow

June 9th, 2014 No comments

IBM i 7.2 is the first release in four years and includes many enhancements that make the platform even more stable and secure. If you’re interested in learning what’s new in IBM i 7.2, we invite you to attend COMMON’s virtual conference tomorrow from 10am – 6pm EST. The event is free and allows you to take advantage of leading IBM i education from industry experts, right from your own computer.

BCD and Quadrant Software are proud sponsors of this event and will also lead a session on popular application modernization approaches. In the first half of the session, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of some of the most common application modernization approaches and provide tips for choosing the approach that’s right for you. In the second half, you’ll see our web application development and modernization solutions and learn how they can reduce the development lifecycle.

During the conference, you’ll have access to a virtual expo, where you can chat with BCD, Quadrant and other solution providers about the latest products available.

Register now!

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Webinar: See RPG OA and other key new features in Presto 5.5

June 2nd, 2014 No comments

This webinar is available for on-demand viewing. It was presented live on June 5, 2014.

We’re excited to announce that upcoming Presto 5.5 will include support for IBM’s RPG Open Access (OA), making it one of the most important Presto releases to date. With Presto’s RPG OA handler, you can seamlessly intermingle OA screens with 5250 modernized screens, and transform subfiles into scrollable grids with sortable columns.

If you’ve used Presto modernize your green screens, or if you’re thinking of giving them a web GUI, we invite you to join us on Thursday, June 5 at 1pm EST for our webinar: See How RPG Open Access in New Presto 5.5 Gives You More Modernization Options.

The presentation will include an overview of what Presto is, and will cover the 5.5 features: RPG OA support, a configurable option to place function keys on the left side of your screens, and a clickable subfile option flyout menu.

Sign up now!

Even if you can’t attend the live event, sign up anyway, and you’ll receive a link to the recording.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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