This article communicates new features and bug fixes in this release of School Zone.
Importantly, with this release School Zone provides key integration with the broader Family Zone platform. In particular this release fixes some small bugs and builds on the initial phase of integration to the Mobile Zone solution providing a visual representation of the student population’s level of engagement in Family Zone Cyber Safety as well as statistics and reporting on the installation of Apps across student devices (whether used at school, at home or when mobile) including highlighting risky apps.
ABOUT THIS RELEASE
This is a General Availability (GA) release incorporating bug fixes to Sonar 5.0.2 and new features to MyNet 1.0.1.
This product has been tested on the following Base Operating Systems:
A server compatible with the listed base Operating Systems
At least 24 GB RAM available to the host Operating System (32 GB RAM is recommended)
300 (min) GB HDD space is required.
As always, we recommend performing a backup_os and a backup_logs prior to upgrading your system. The specific component versions are as follows:
Requirements: A current version of Sonar 3.5.3 GA (18.104.22.16842 or newer) must be installed.
NOTE: If upgrading from Sonar 3.5.3, we recommend following the process outlined in our MyNet Preparation guide to ensure a seamless transition to the new MyNet platform.
The following new features appear in this release:
|ClamAV Improvements||Added the ability to scan files as streams as well as improved connection and socket efficiency.|
|ClamAV Allow Content Types||Added the ability to configure which types of content ClamAV Scans|
|Increased MyNet/Sonar Logging||Increased logging granularity for MyNet and Sonar services.|
The following bug fixes appear in this release:
|Bug with ‘username’ MyNet login parameter enabled||Fixed issue when users configured to login with their username (rather than email address), would fail to authenticate.|
|Remove Keep-Alive Categorisation Requests||Removed multiple categorisation requests for keep-alive connections.|
|Username Not Displaying Correctly||This fixed the issue where users logged into MyNet would not see their account names rendering correctly.|
|Bypass Ticket Field Not Appearing||This resolves a bug where the bypass ticket field would not appear on a block page, even if it was set to do so.|
|Group Firewall Rules not Applying||This resolves a bug where firewall rules on a group did not apply as expected.|
|Services Unavailable Via Apache over SSL||All Sonar servlets and static HTML are now available via Apache for access over HTTPS.|
|Cache Module Checkbox Does Nothing||The checkbox has been removed.|
|Not Syncing All Email Aliases||This resolved an issue where Sonar would only sync the first email alias (alphabetically) for an AD user. It now syncs all SMTP aliases.|
|Sonar Services MyNet Protocol Dependency||This resolved an issue where MyNet wasn’t logging correctly to the reporting database because of protocol mismatches.|
|Site Filtering Not Effective In Conjunction With SSL Inspection Exceptions||This bug caused domains blocked by Site Filtering to be allowed if they were in SSL Inspection Exceptions, rather than just not being decrypted.|
|Block Uncategorised Not Effective when SSL Inspection is Disabled||This bug caused the ‘Block Uncategorised’ option to be ineffective unless SSL Inspection was enabled.|
|Category-Based QoS Browsing||This fixed the Issue where, in certain conditions, unauthenticated users would be able to browse the internet when specific QoS rules were applied.|
|Sonar Not Logging Reporting Data||This fixed the issue where MyNet logging intermittently stopped working.|
|Block Page Not Showing Data||This fixed the issue where block pages were failing to show the block reason.|
KNOWN BUGS AND LIMITATIONS
Apache logs not rolling properly: There is a known issue, whereby Apache’s logs (https-access.log and https-error.log) are rolling accordingly and are gaining in size, albeit slowly.