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vBulletin Connect 5.5.4 is now available for Download.

vBulletin 5.5.4 Changes and Updates
The Preview Release of vBulletin 5.5.4 is now available to download customers. Preview Releases should not be used on production servers and are for testing purposes only.
Front End Changes
Avatars as Status Icons
A new option has been added to show the user's avatar instead of the status icon in Topic Lists. This allows the system to be consistent with the responsive view. All views will display the same icons based on this option. You can access the option in the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> Topic Display Options.
When displaying avatars as status icons, the avatar will link to the user's profile for consistency. Administrators and moderators will not be able to double-click on the status icon to open and close topics. If this functionality is important for your site, you will need to use the standard status icons.

Note: Previous versions of vBulletin 5 would always show avatars in Responsive View. In order to maintain consistency, Responsive View now follows this new setting.

Semantic HTML
By using semantic HTML tags, we can provide additional information to search engines and accessibility tools (e.g. Screen Readers). Using these tags allows the system to signify which information is more important on the page.
We have converted the header, footer, and Channel Navigation Modules to better use Semantic HTML tags. The system is now using the <header>, <footer>, <nav>, and <main> tags where appropriate. Header elements are wrapped in the <header> tag instead of using the <div> tag. Footer elements on each page now use the <footer> tag. Menus and breadcrumbs are wrapped in the <nav> tag. The primary content of each page now uses the <main>. We have worked to make these changes backwards compatible and you should not see any difference in the rendering of your pages. However, if your custom CSS targets container.class (e.g. div.header) then you will need to update your CSS for these changes.
If you are using one of the provided styles, then you will not have to do anything to take advantage of this change.

Back End / AdminCP
Style Variable Validation
As a security measure, we have applied a series of validation rules to CSS attributes entered as Style Variable values and in User Profile Customization. These rules limit the amount of CSS that can be added to a variable and prevent users from adding their own attributes using third-party software to alter the page. As an Administrator, you can apply more complex CSS using the css_additional.css template for your style.
The following validation rules have been added to the system:

Default

Applies to all style variables unless specified below.
Limited to less than 250 characters.
Does not contain the characters "{}".


URL and Image

URLs must be quoted.
Unescaped braces "{}" are not allowed.
Base64 is allowed as long as there are no braces.


Font Family

No more than 20 font families listed.
Font Family list is comma separated.
Each font name is no more than 100 characters.
Font names with spaces must be enclosed within quotation marks.



Security Headers / Anti-Clickjacking
We have added several options to control how your site can be embedded in frames. Embedding a website within another is a frequent method used to PHISH for user data. vBulletin now allows you to prevent this and control where your site appears. This security measure will help safeguard your user's information and your site overall.
These HTTP Headers are sent to the browser for interpretation. Each browser may interpret these headers differently.
The options can be found in the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> Cookie and HTTP Header Options.

Anti-Clickjacking Headers: This setting can be used to prevent your site from being included within HTML Frames. The default value will allow your site to be used in frames originating from the same URL. This will prevent sites that currently use frames from breaking. Setting this to Deny will prevent any framing. There are for options available:

Allow all Framing. This is how vBulletin works today. This option provides no security.
Deny all Framing. This is the most restrictive Option.
Allow from Same Site. Allows the system to be embedded in frames on your site. This provides basic security but will not break current sites. This will allow your site to be embedded in Frames that share the same domain as your Forum URL. Note: Accessing via domain name and IP Address will be considered two different sites.


Content-Security-Policy Header Value: This header is supported by all modern browsers and provides a robust framework for browser security. Please view the inline help for more information. This option is for Advanced Users and Network Administrators. For best results, you should set the Anti-Clickjacking Header value to Allow All and then handle that within your Content Security Policy.

Content Notifications
Administrators can specify words that will trigger notifications when they are used. The system works similarly to the existing word censor options. After you have created your list of words, the system will monitor them. When a word is used, the site Administrators and Moderators will be notified via their message center and email based on their notification settings.
The option for this is available in the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> User Banning Options.
PHP Imagick Support
We have added support for the PECL imagick class available for PHP. Using this class can reduce server overhead and processing time when compared to the ImageMagick command line tools using the exec() function. Please see the PHP Documentation for information on installing this class on your server. Once installed, the class can be selected within the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> Image Settings.

Note: In a future version of vBulletin, we will be removing the older command line implementation of ImageMagick.

Guest Permissions
On new installations, several permissions for the Guest Users usergroup have been changed. The following permissions have been changed so that they default to No for guests:

Can view Member Info.
Skip Moderation for Topics.
Skip Moderation for Replies.
Skip Moderation for Posts/Topics With Attachments.


Additional Information
Install / Upgrade

Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions

File Cleanup
After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic in the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.
System Requirements
Minimum System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.1.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.0.0

Recommended System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.3 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.3+

For more information see vBulletin Connect System Requirements.
Current Version Support Schedule
It is recommended to use the latest version of vBulletin at all times.

Active Version - 5.5.4
Security Patch - 5.5.3
Security Patch - 5.5.2
No Patch Release - 5.5.1 or earlier.

Discussion
If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here:
If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our tracker.
In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.


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Tue, 03 Sep 2019 20:41:39 GMT

vBulletin 5.5.4 Alpha 4 is now available for download.

vBulletin 5.5.4 Changes and Updates
The Preview Release of vBulletin 5.5.4 is now available to download customers. Preview Releases should not be used on production servers and are for testing purposes only.
Front End Changes
Avatars as Status Icons
A new option has been added to show the user's avatar instead of the status icon in Topic Lists. This allows the system to be consistent with the responsive view. All views will display the same icons based on this option. You can access the option in the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> Topic Display Options
Semantic HTML
By using semantic HTML tags, we can provide additional information to search engines and accessibility tools (e.g. Screen Readers). Using these tags allows the system to signify which information is more important on the page.
We have converted the header, footer, and Channel Navigation Modules to better use Semantic HTML tags. The system is now using the <header>, <footer>, <nav>, and <main> tags where appropriate. Header elements are wrapped in the <header> tag instead of using the <div> tag. Footer elements on each page now use the <footer> tag. Menus and breadcrumbs are wrapped in the <nav> tag. The primary content of each page now uses the <main>. We have worked to make these changes backwards compatible and you should not see any difference in the rendering of your pages. However, if your custom CSS targets container.class (e.g. div.header) then you will need to update your CSS for these changes.
If you are using one of the provided styles, then you will not have to do anything to take advantage of this change.

Back End / AdminCP
Style Variable Validation
As a security measure, we have applied a series of validation rules to CSS attributes entered as Style Variable values and in User Profile Customization. These rules limit the amount of CSS that can be added to a variable and prevent users from adding their own attributes using third-party software to alter the page. As an Administrator, you can apply more complex CSS using the css_additional.css template for your style.
The following validation rules have been added to the system:

Default

Applies to all style variables unless specified below.
Limited to less than 250 characters.
Does not contain the characters "{}".


URL and Image

URLs must be quoted.
Unescaped braces "{}" are not allowed.
Base64 is allowed as long as there are no braces.


Font Family

No more than 20 font families listed.
Font Family list is comma separated.
Each font name is no more than 100 characters.
Font names with spaces must be enclosed within quotation marks.



Security Headers / Anti-Clickjacking
We have added several options to control how your site can be embedded in frames. Embedding a website within another is a frequent method used to PHISH for user data. vBulletin now allows you to prevent this and control where your site appears. This security measure will help safeguard your user's information and your site overall.
These HTTP Headers are sent to the browser for interpretation. Each browser may interpret these headers differently.
The options can be found in the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> Cookie and HTTP Header Options.

Anti-Clickjacking Headers: This setting can be used to prevent your site from being included within HTML Frames. The default value will allow your site to be used in frames originating from the same URL. This will prevent sites that currently use frames from breaking. Setting this to Deny will prevent any framing. There are for options available:

Allow all Framing. This is how vBulletin works today. This option provides no security.
Deny all Framing. This is the most restrictive Option.
Allow from Same Site. Allows the system to be embedded in frames on your site. This provides basic security but will not break current sites. This will allow your site to be embedded in Frames that share the same domain as your Forum URL. Note: Accessing via domain name and IP Address will be considered two different sites.
Specify Raw Header Values. When this is selected, the system will not send headers unless specified in the next two options.


X-Frame-Options Header Value: This setting allows you to specify a custom value for this header. This header is primarily for Internet Explorer 11 support. Please view the inline help for more information. This option is for Advanced Users and Network Administrators.
Content-Security-Policy Header Value: This header is supported by all modern browsers and provides a robust framework for browser security. Please view the inline help for more information. This option is for Advanced Users and Network Administrators.

Content Notifications
Administrators can specify words that will trigger notifications when they are used. The system works similarly to the existing word censor options. After you have created your list of words, the system will monitor them. When a word is used, the site Administrators and Moderators will be notified via their message center and email based on their notification settings.
The option for this is available in the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> User Banning Options.
PHP Imagick Support
We have added support for the PECL imagick class available for PHP. Using this class can reduce server overhead and processing time when compared to the ImageMagick command line tools using the exec() function. Please see the PHP Documentation for information on installing this class on your server. Once installed, the class can be selected within the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> Image Settings.

Note: In a future version of vBulletin, we will be removing the older command line implementation of ImageMagick.


Additional Information
Install / Upgrade

Installation Instructions
Upgrade Instructions

File Cleanup
After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this topic in the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.
System Requirements
Minimum System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.1.0
MySQL Version: 5.6.10
MariaDB Version: 10.0.0

Recommended System Requirements

PHP Version: 7.3 or higher
MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
MariaDB Version: 10.3+

For more information see vBulletin Connect System Requirements.
Current Version Support Schedule
It is recommended to use the latest version of vBulletin at all times.

Active Version - 5.5.3
Security Patch - 5.5.2
Security Patch - 5.5.1
No Patch Release - 5.5.0 or earlier.

Discussion
If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: 4419735
If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our tracker.
In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our community forums.


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Wed, 07 Aug 2019 17:43:33 GMT

vBulletin Connect 5.5.3 is now available for download.

# vBulletin 5.5.3 Changes and Updates

vBulletin 5.5.3 is now available for all vBulletin 5 Download customers. We will automatically update vBulletin Cloud sites. vBulletin Cloud users will receive an email with the scheduled time for their site's upgrade.

## Front End Changes

### Group Icons

We have resolved a few additional issues with Group Channels. These include:

- Group Icons can now be removed. Previously you could only replace them with a new icon.
- Icon management works properly on the Group Settings Page.
- Items will no longer break out of the Conversation Toolbar at different resolutions.
- Topics and Replies will be properly moderated before displaying if this group option is set.

### Facebook Connect

A number of changes have been made to Facebook Connect to enable better operations due to changes in their API over the years. When a user registers with Facebook, the process is simplified. Facebook no longer allows the automated operations from vBulletin 4.X. We have worked to make the registration process as simple as possible. It is no longer possible to pre-fill custom profile fields with Facebook information. They have removed that functionality. We have also upgraded the Facebook API to the latest version.

### Container Module

You can now add additional modules to the Container Module in the Blog Channel Sidebar. An issue that could cause all modules to be deleted when doing this has been resolved.

### Accessibility

Code has been added to apply the aria-label attribute on form elements that currently do not have proper labels. This should improve general accessibility throughout the software. In addition to this, the jQuery Placeholder plugin has been removed from the system. The placeholder attribute is natively supported by browser engines today. This workaround was no longer needed.

### Breadcrumbs

These have been reworked to display better on smaller screens. Breadcrumb text will no longer be abbreviated with the CSS .ellipsis class. Instead the breadcrumbs will wrap to the next line as necessary. In addition to this, the Home label has been replaced with an icon and appropriate label.

---

## Back End / AdminCP

### Improved Search Engine Performance

A number of performance issues relating to the search engine in vBulletin 5 have been resolved. These changes can significantly speed up your search results when using either keyword based search or the JSON powered search modules placed on pages.

### Moderation Permissions

We have split the single "Skip Moderation Queue" permission into three different permissions. This was done to give you greater control over moderating new content similar to vBulletin 4.X. Setting these permissions to No will force content into moderation on a channel by channel basis. The three permissions are:

- Skip Moderation for New Topics - This will enable you to moderate new topics started by different usergroups.
- Skip Moderation for Replies - This will enable you to moderate replies and comments on approved topics.
- Skip Moderation for Posts/Topics with Attachments - If set to no, this will automatically moderate any topic starter or post with attachments. This allows review of the attachments before they are made available to your users.

### Proxy Support

We have added support for Cloudflare and Sucuri proxies in the `/core/includes/config.php` file. These directives are commented out in the default file. Uncomment the block that you wish to use. Uncommenting will make them active. Only one can be active at a time.

### .htaccess

Code has been added to the default .htaccess file to handle rewriting vBulletin 4.X Friendly URLs. This code is commented out by default.

### AdminCP Home Page Statistics

These statistics have been updated so they are more accurate. In addition to this, the obsolete Profile Picture Statistic has been removed.

---

## Mobile Apps

### Push Notifications

Changes have been made to make push notifications more reliable in the mobile apps. A new option has been added to control the push notification timeout. This option can be found in the AdminCP under Settings -> Options -> vBulletin API and Mobile Application Options.

---

## Additional Information

### Install / Upgrade

- [Installation Instructions](https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391348)
- [Upgrade Instructions](https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346)

### File Cleanup

After upgrading your vBulletin system, you should delete any possible obsolete files. You can obtain more information on why this is needed and instructions on how to do this in this [**topic**](https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391346) in the vBulletin 5 Installs & Upgrades forum.

### System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

- PHP Version: 7.1.0
- MySQL Version: 5.6.10
- MariaDB Version: 10.0.0

Recommended System Requirements

- PHP Version: 7.3 or higher
- MySQL Version: 8.0 or higher
- MariaDB Version: 10.3+

For more information see [vBulletin Connect System Requirements](https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/node/4391344).

### Current Version Support Schedule

It is recommended to use the latest version of vBulletin at all times.

- Active Version - 5.5.3
- Security Patch - 5.5.2
- Security Patch - 5.5.1
- No Patch Release - 5.5.0 or earlier.

### Discussion

If you have any questions about these changes you may discuss them here: 4416598

If you find an issue with the software or wish to place a feature request please visit our [tracker](https://tracker.vbulletin.com).

In order to receive support for your vBulletin Product please visit our [community forums](https://www.vbulletin.com/forum/).


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Mon, 15 Jul 2019 21:15:22 GMT

Introducing vBulletin Mobile 2.0 for iOS

We're proud to announce vBulletin Mobile 2.0 for iOS devices. Similar to the Android app, the IOS App has been completely reworked with a new modern interface. In addition to this, several changes have been made to the vBulletin Web API to allow for a smoother user experience overall.
Infinite Scrolling

When using the Activity Stream, the app will automatically load the next page of activity when you scroll to the bottom. This will allow quicker access to content on your site.
Privacy Support

The app will support the Privacy Options in vBulletin Connect 5.4.3 and higher. This will allow you to comply with a number of different Privacy Laws. When Privacy is configured in your vBulletin AdminCP, the app will adapt and provide the appropriate UI so that users can provide consent.
Updated UI with Material Design

The UI of the Mobile App for iOS has been updated to use Google's Material theme design.






In Addition to this, the following issues have been resolved:

ImprovementsVBI-1432 Modernize mobile app's UI
VBI-1511 Build iOS app with at least iOS 12.1 SDK & support all iOS devices.
VBI-1514 Port over the privacy feature set
VBI-1619 Resource downloading pop up occasionally
VBI-1376 Create an iPad friendly UI to make the app a truly UNIVERSAL app.
VBI-1516 Port over Push Notification feature
VBI-1518 Support RTL translations
VBI-1531 Splash screen support for customization
VBI-1536 Adjustments to Color customization
VBI-1607 Quote doesn't work
VBI-1612 Activity wont list out any more item if the first page is empty
VBI-1615 Some inline attachments can't be launched in image slide review mode
VBI-1616 Blog and Article reload many time when empty comment
VBI-1530 Messages: Sent list to use the correct array of recipients
VBI-1549 UI/UX - Buttons Accept/Decline require bottom margin/padding
VBI-1575 Error Message localization
VBI-1608 Hyperlink doesn't get rendered
VBI-1609 Internet connection check
VBI-1614 Localize string in search item
VBI-1620 Increase Title space
VBI-1429 Pull to reload the list of in-app notifications
VBI-1563 Blogs - Edit button is not displayed on a change of Enable/Disable comments checkbox
TasksVBI-1377 App icon doesn't display properly on iPads.
VBI-1532 Add support for Google Analystics
Bugs VBI-1597 Resign embedded frameworks correctly
VBI-1334 Search - Search by tag is not working
VBI-1452 Crashes on notification checking
VBI-1463 App does not clarify to users how/when/why the Camera is used when access to the Camera is required
VBI-1473 iphone X compatibility
VBI-1508 Stop supporting iOS 8
VBI-1513 Sign-in with Facebook broken
VBI-1515 Support ads in iOS 2.0
VBI-1526 Subscribe star doesn't work
VBI-1527 User registration custom fields don't match web app
VBI-1534 App crashes after open push notification while the app was killed
VBI-1541 Activity screen doesn't work consistently
VBI-1543 App crashes when disable comment while creating new Blog & Articles
VBI-1544 App crashes - Guest user posting a New Blog
VBI-1547 IGNORE button from the list of friend displays an Invalid parameter error.
VBI-1548 BAN USER button from the list of friend is not functioning.
VBI-1557 Message Post View - Report page is not displaying
VBI-1558 Message Post View - Forward is not pre-filling the content of the message.
VBI-1559 Message Post View : NO (cancel) option isn't displayed on Delete confirmation
VBI-1560 Add Friend option disappeared
VBI-1561 Post content doesn't render BBcode correctly
VBI-1562 Post content & attached images are out of place
VBI-1576 App shows a blank screen loading particular Articles
VBI-1585 Inline attachments cut off in Thread's started
VBI-1586 Search keyword crashes de app
VBI-1591 Articles - Publish status 'draft' and 'scheduled' are publishing now
VBI-1592 sub-forums incorrectly load parent channel
VBI-1595 Articles - Publish status option on Edit
VBI-1598 Articles - Reloading the 'Categories' list preview crashes the app
VBI-1605 New Content - Attachment options are not prompted
VBI-1610 Inline attachments don't display in Forum's thread
VBI-1613 Attached Images don't display in slideshow view
VBI-1621 Youtube link doesn't show
VBI-1623 Blog content's bad format
VBI-1628 Long forum comment got cut off
VBI-1485 Post List - Subscribe button changes back after navigating away and back
VBI-1498 Blogs & Articles page displays +1 the current page
VBI-1525 Thread Prefix doesn't display
VBI-1533 Search doesn’t return results from Article content type
VBI-1535 Tapping on Avatar anywhere in the app should launch user profile
VBI-1537 Calendar List View shouldn't set endperiod
VBI-1538 Thread's colored Prefix doesn't show color
VBI-1539 Thread title needs to parse HTML entities
VBI-1545 Thread prefix doesn't show in Post list
VBI-1551 Blog Post with special HTML characters are not displayed correctly
VBI-1553 Title/Content Character Limits are not handled appropriately.
VBI-1564 Forum - Complete list of prefixes is not displayed on mobile
VBI-1566 Title of Forums, Articles, Blogs & Activities shouldn't parse HTML tags
VBI-1568 Discard message not appearing in Forums, Articles, Blogs
VBI-1569 Articles - min chars in title/content is not handled
VBI-1571 Forum & Thread list Pagination strange behavior
VBI-1572 Long thread titles overflow
VBI-1573 Forum Create Thread shouldn't have Publish status option
VBI-1580 Closed Posts - Reply of a Member user displays double errors.
VBI-1583 Inline attachments can't load for Articles
VBI-1584 Default (blank) avatar doesn't show for Forum comments
VBI-1587 extra semi colon in starter post that has no text content
VBI-1589 Forums - Tags of maximum chars is not handled properly
VBI-1590 Remove Publish status option for new Blogs
VBI-1593 Tags - Invalid prefix
VBI-1594 Trying to post an article without text content crashes the app
VBI-1602 UI/UX - Text content font size is not uniform on Ipad
VBI-1631 Create Account Page - Email validation giving incorrect error message
VBI-1401 Messages - Tapping Delete does not delete the message
VBI-1415 Deleted threads are not dark grey for admins/mods
VBI-1416 Thread author text cut off slightly
VBI-1422 Home - Default filter label is All Content but shows Forums
VBI-1491 Search Results - Articles icon too big
VBI-1496 Blog Comments - "Comments are not enabled" text does not appear
VBI-1528 Forum rules page (in registration) don't work correctly
VBI-1552 Reply restriction for minimum characters is not working properly
VBI-1574 Options are not cleared in Blogs & Articles
VBI-1577 UI/UX - Edit icon of Blogs, Articles is cut off slightly
VBI-1578 Registering a username with length for minimum/maximum characters is not working properly
VBI-1588 Forums - reply to post is not entering comments less than 10 chars
VBI-1600 Blogs - Mismatch on bubble comments count
VBI-1603 Friends - Ads are not positioned at the bottom
VBI-1604 Blogs - Missing content error is not displaying
VBI-1606 Notifications - User is not redirected to Visitor Message



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Tue, 09 Jul 2019 19:31:57 GMT


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