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Security Patch Released for vBulletin 5.1.4 - 5.1.6

A security issue has been discovered by the vBulletin team. This issue affects photo descriptions and could allow Cross Site Scripting. We have released security patches for the versions vBulletin 5.1.4 through 5.1.6 to close this vulnerability. It is recommended that all users apply the patch as soon as possible. If you're using a version of vBulletin 5 older than 5.1.4, it is recommended that you upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.

In addition to the fixes in this patch, an upgrade step is being added to vBulletin 5.1.7 that will verify all previous images and make sure their descriptions are secure.

You can download the patch for your version here: http://members.vbulletin.com/patches.php

To install the patch:
1) Download the appropriate files for your version of vBulletin 5
2) Upload all files found within the zip file. Make sure to overwrite the existing files on your server.
3) Run install/upgrade.php in your browser.
4) Delete the /core/install folder.

If you're using a version prior to 5.1.4, then you should upgrade to that version following standard upgrade procedures. After upgrading, run the fix script which will be found in your /do_not_upgrade folder. Upload this to /core/install and run from your web browser.

This fix has already been applied to vBulletin Connect 5.1.7 and vBulletin Cloud.

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Thu, 21 May 2015 21:58:37 GMT

vBulletin 5.1.7 Connect is now available.

We're happy to announce the release of vBulletin 5.1.7. All together over 100 issues have been resolved in vBulletin 5.1.7. While most of these issues are bug fixes, there are a few enhancements to the software.

[h2]Notifications[/h2]
The handling of how notifications are marked read has changed. When visiting the item that triggered the notification, it will be marked as read automatically. This will remove it from your list of new notifications. If you need to view a dismissed notification, you can do so by using the new filtering functions on the notifications page. In addition, on the notifications page, you can mark them as read or dismissed. Old dismissed notifications will be automatically deleted every 30 days. [jira]VBV-2545[/jira]

An option has been added to disable sending notifications via the User Mention functionality (which was added in 5.1.5). User Mentions will still link to the user's profile if this is enabled. [jira]VBV-14200[/jira] [ATTACH=CONFIG]n4321097[/ATTACH]




[h2]Minimum Version Checks[/h2]
There was an issue with the minimum version checks for PHP and MySQL in the install and upgrade scripts. This has been changed and the minimum version for both will now be upheld.
See JIRA: [jira]VBV-13757[/jira]

PHP Minimum Version: PHP 5.4.0
MySQL Minimum Version: MySQL Community 5.1.5

[h2]Sphinx Search[/h2]
Minimum Version: 2.1.2 Release
Due to changes between the beta version and release version of 2.1.2, we can no longer support the beta version. The minimum version has been increased to reflect this. Without upgrading Sphinx, you will experience errors when searching is attempted. See JIRA: [jira]VBV-14501[/jira]

Rebuild Index
Due to filter changes for prefixes, you must rebuild your Sphinx index with vBulletin 5.1.7. See JIRA: [jira]VBV-14443[/jira]

In order for this fix to take effect you will need update the sphinx schema for the index. You can do this by.
  • Follow the instructions to create the vbulletin sphinx configuration file found in the sphinx installation instructions for your OS. (Use the new vbulletin_sphinx.php file provided with this version of vBulletin).
  • Restart sphinx.
  • Copy searchindex.php to your core vbulletin directory.
  • Run "php searchindex.php". You will need to run this as a user with sufficient privileges to run sphinx index commands. Select the correct vbulletin core directory (you can probably use the default) and choose to empty the search index (otherwise the schema will not be recreated from the config)
  • Remove the searchindex.php file.
The board will continue to function while the index operation is running, but search will return no results or incomplete results until it finishes.

[h2]Responsive[/h2]
Hide Modules
Options have been added to hide modules in Responsive Mode based on the display screen. Currently there are three sizes which relate to portrait sizes of various devices. Small (< 480 pixels), Medium (< 768 pixels) and Desktop. [jira]VBV-2126[/jira]

Display Issues
Many display and layout issues have been fixed in Responsive. These range from overlapping text to long URLs escaping the page boundaries. You can see a list of these issues using this filter

Discuss this release here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4318162

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Thu, 14 May 2015 20:48:22 GMT

Security Patch released for vBulletin 5.1.4 - 5.1.6 and vBulletin Cloud.

A security issue has been reported to us. This issue affects Private Messages in vBulletin 5. We have released security patches for the versions vBulletin 5.1.4 through 5.1.6 to account for this vulnerability. It is recommended that all users update as soon as possible. If you're using a version of vBulletin 5 older than 5.1.4, it is recommended that you upgrade to the latest version as soon as possible.

You can download the patch for your version here: http://members.vbulletin.com/patches.php

To install the patch download the appropriate files for your version of vBulletin 5 then upload all files found within the zip file. Make sure to overwrite the existing files on your server.

If you're using a version prior to 5.1.4, then you should upgrade to that version following standard upgrade procedures.

A special thanks goes out to 911racklabs.com for alerting us to this issue and providing a proof of concept that helped resolve the issue.

vBulletin Connect 5.1.7 will have this fix applied in beta 2.

vBulletin Cloud Sites have already had this patch applied.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:20:12 GMT

vBulletin 5.1.7 Alpha 5 is now available.

We're happy to announce the release of vBulletin 5.1.7 Alpha 5. All together over 100 issues have been resolved in vBulletin 5.1.7 Alpha 5. While most of these issues are bug fixes, there are a few enhancements to the software.

[h2]Notifications[/h2]
The handling of how notifications are marked read has changed. When visiting the item that triggered the notification, it will be marked as read automatically. This will remove it from your list of new notifications. If you need to view a dismissed notification, you can do so by using the new filtering functions on the notifications page. In addition, on the notifications page, you can mark them as read or dismissed. Old dismissed notifications will be automatically deleted every 30 days. [jira]VBV-2545[/jira]

An option has been added to disable sending notifications via the User Mention functionality (which was added in 5.1.5). User Mentions will still link to the user's profile if this is enabled. [jira]VBV-14200[/jira]


[h2]Minimum Version Checks[/h2]
There was an issue with the minimum version checks for PHP and MySQL in the install and upgrade scripts. This has been changed and the minimum version for both will now be upheld.
See JIRA: [jira]VBV-13757[/jira]

PHP Minimum Version: PHP 5.4.0
MySQL Minimum Version: MySQL Community 5.1.5

[h2]Sphinx Search[/h2]
Minimum Version: 2.1.2 Release
Due to changes between the beta version and release version of 2.1.2, we can no longer support the beta version. The minimum version has been increased to reflect this. Without upgrading Sphinx, you will experience errors when searching is attempted. See JIRA: [jira]VBV-14501[/jira]

Rebuild Index
Due to filter changes for prefixes, you must rebuild your Sphinx index with vBulletin 5.1.7. See JIRA: [jira]VBV-14443[/jira]

In order for this fix to take effect you will need update the sphinx schema for the index. You can do this by.
  • Follow the instructions to create the vbulletin sphinx configuration file found in the sphinx installation instructions for your OS. (Use the new vbulletin_sphinx.php file provided with this version of vBulletin).
  • Restart sphinx.
  • Copy searchindex.php to your core vbulletin directory.
  • Run "php searchindex.php". You will need to run this as a user with sufficient privileges to run sphinx index commands. Select the correct vbulletin core directory (you can probably use the default) and choose to empty the search index (otherwise the schema will not be recreated from the config)
  • Remove the searchindex.php file.
The board will continue to function while the index operation is running, but search will return no results or incomplete results until it finishes.

[h2]Responsive[/h2]
Hide Modules
Options have been added to hide modules in Responsive Mode based on the display screen. Currently there are three sizes which relate to portrait sizes of various devices. Small (< 480 pixels), Medium (< 768 pixels) and Desktop. [jira]VBV-2126[/jira]

Display Issues
Many display and layout issues have been fixed in Responsive. These range from overlapping text to long URLs escaping the page boundaries. You can see a list of these issues using this filter

Discuss this release here: [node]4318162[/node]

Read more (locally) ...
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:39:42 GMT

vBulletin 5.1.6 Connect is now available.

We're proud to announce the release of vBulletin 5.1.6. It is now available to all customers. All together over 100 issues have been resolved in vBulletin 5.1.6. While most of these issues are bug fixes, there have been a few enhancements to the software.

[SIZE=14px]Lightbox Improvements[/size]
The lightbox for Gallery posts has been improved. The overall layout has been improved with better control placement. This has allowed a larger window and better image display. Clicking or tapping on the image will show it full size in the same browser tab. Early testing showed that the Lightbox had additional problems in Responsive mode. These have been resolved.

[SIZE=14px]Notification Improvements[/size]
In order to handle some performance issues related to posting, the notifications subsystem has been refactored. When vBulletin 5 was originally developed, the notifications system was built on top of the private message system. That was built on the node system. This created a lot of overhead that was not needed and impacted performance. To resolve this, we have refactored the notifications system and separated it completely from Private Messages and the Node system. This not only allows us to improve performance when posting but allows us to expand the Notifications system in the future. The current refactor is to replace the existing functionality with performance in mind.
New Tables:
  • notification
  • notificationcategory
  • notificationtype
Known Issues:
Read Marking of notifications has not been improved. This is being worked on in 5.1.7.
[SIZE=14px]Responsive Mode[/size]
We have made improvements to the responsive display of the Lightbox and the Featured Content Slider. Additional fixes have been applied to the general handling of smilies and images within the responsive content editor. Responsive mode will receive future enhancements in upcoming versions of the software.

[SIZE=14px]New User Registration on Mobile Apps[/size]
There was an issue with new user registration on the Android Mobile App. This has been resolved. [JIRA]VBV-14467[/JIRA]

Discuss this release here: http://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4294968

Read more (locally) ...
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:21:58 GMT


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