Passwordstate 6.0 New Features

Hello Everyone,

Before we go into any detail about the new features of version 6, we just want to say a huge thanks to all our wonderful customers for their suggestions of what they would like to see in Passwordstate, and also for helping us test the various beta versions. It’s amazing how people will take time out of their day to provide feedback, and spend endless hours testing with us. Thanks Guys If you’re wanting to upgrade your beta install to this production release, please follow these instructions – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/forum/showthread.php/365-Upgrade-Instructions-for-Production-Release-(Build-6080) J

Now on to the features. We’re very pleased to finally release version 6 of Passwordstate. This is probably one of the biggest releases we’ve had to date, and it’s been 8 months in the making. We’ll go into some detail here for the major changes in version 6.

New User Interface
The first thing you will notice when using v6 is the new user interface. The main change is how the old navigation tabs in version 5 have now been moved to the bottom of the screen as a horizontal popup menu. This provides a little more screen real-estate, which is useful when the majority of your time is spent clicking around in the navigation tree, and access passwords in each of the different Password List screens. We’ve also had quite a few beta testers comment on the new version appearing to run much faster.

Two-Factor Authentication with RSA’s SecurID
Version 6 now has 9 different authentication options, which can be used when you first access the site, or as an additional authentication step when you need to access certain Password Lists. One of these new authentication options is two-factor authentication with RSA’s SecurID tokens – these can be physical or software based tokens. There’s obviously quite a few versions of the RSA Authentication Manager, and in our testing we’ve used version 7.1 SP4 Patch 22. RSA assures us that prior and new releases should work just fine. Read more here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/blog/two-factor-authentication-with-rsa-securid/

Two-Factor Authentication with Google Authenticator
Can’t afford the investment for RSA’s SecurID solution, then use two-factor authentication with Google’s Authenticator. Google Authenticator is a software based solution, which can be installed on the majority of mobile clients. Read more here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/blog/two-factor-authentication-with-google-authenticator/

Application Programming Interface (API)
With the new API built into Passwordstate, you can integrate your other applications and do away with hard coded passwords in scripts, etc. Data can be returned in either JSON or XML format.

It’s possible to perform the following API Calls:

  • Retrieve a Password record
  • Update a Password record
  • Add a new Password record
  • Retrieve all the history for changes to a Password record
  • Retrieve all Passwords records in a specific Password List
  • Retrieve all Passwords records across all Shared Password Lists
  • Search for Password records, based on various search criteria
  • Generate one or more random passwords
  • Retrieve details and settings for a Password List

For each Password List which you enable for the API (create and API Key), you can also configure which of the API calls above is allowed, or not allowed, as per the following screenshot:

 

Linking Password Lists to Templates
Password List Templates where introduced in version 5, which allowed you to specify some default settings which could then be applied to a Password List. With version 6, we’ve now introduced the feature whereby you can link a Template to one or more Password Lists, and manage the settings in one central location – the template itself. Read more here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/blog/linking-password-lists-to-templates/

User Account Policies
User Account Policies allows you to specify various settings for how Passwordstate appears or behaves for users. Once you’ve created a policy, you can apply permissions based on user accounts, or security groups. You can even apply more than one policy to the same user. Examples of how this would be used are:

  • Specify a different Authentication Method for users who have higher privileges to systems i.e. Domain Administrators
  • You don’t wish for any of the charts to appear for your users – simply disable them with a policy
  • Allow only a certain number of users to use the ‘Auto Generate New Password’ feature when adding new passwords

Read more here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/blog/user-account-policies-in-passwordstate/
More Generic Fields and Different Data Types
There are now up to 10 different Generic Fields you can choose from for your Password Lists, and each field can be configured as one of the following data types – Text Field, Free Text Field, Password Field, Select List, Radio Buttons or Data Picker. Read more here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/blog/generic-field-improvements/


Allowed IP Ranges
Need to restrict which networks can access the Passwordstate web site or API? If so, then you can use the ‘Allowed IP Ranges’ feature, where you can specify individual IP Addresses, or a range of IP Addresses. Read more here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/blog/allowed-ip-ranges-in-passwordstate/

Backups and In-Place Upgrades
Version 6 now has an automated backup feature built into it, where you can set a schedule for automatic backups of all the web files, and copies of the database. You can specify at what time of the day the backups should begin, how often they should be run, and how many copies to keep on disk. In addition to automatic backups, we now have In-Place Upgrades, which means no more uninstalling/reinstalling Passwordstate to get to the latest version – simply upgrade right from within the web site. You must have your automatic backups configured and working prior to using the In-Place Upgrades feature. Read more here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/blog/backups-and-in-place-upgrades/

Active Directory & Windows Actions
When a Password List is configured to synchronize password changes with Active Directory, or local accounts on Windows Servers, you can now enable the feature ‘Active Directory & Windows Actions. With this feature you can perform certain account related tasks, such has unlocking account, disable accounts, etc. Read more here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/blog/active-directory-actions/

Automatic Password Rotation
Again, when a Password List is configured to synchronize password changes with Active Directory, or local accounts on Windows Servers, you can take advantage of the ‘Automatic Password Rotation’ feature, which allows you to specify a set and forget schedule for automatically updating and synchronizing passwords when they expire. Read more here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/blog/automatic-password-rotation/

Regards
Click Studios

Passwordstate 5.5 Released

Hello Everyone,

Click Studios is very pleased to announce the availability of Version 5.5 of Passwordstate with 30 new features, updates and bug fixes in total. Notable changes are:

  • Added Authorized Web Server functionality whereby you must now specify which web server names are hosting the Passwordstate web site. This mitigates against database theft, and hosting in an untrusted environment
  • A new Delta Permissions Email Notification report which alerts Password List Administrators of prior and post permission changes to Password Lists
  • You can now choose to send all Auditing data to a syslog server
  • Enumerated Password Permissions Report which shows access for all users accounts, even if permissions were applied via security group membership
  • Secondary authentication options for securing access to Password Lists and navigation Tabs
  • User must provide reason for accessing password value – either copy to clipboard, or view on screen
  • One-Time Access is now possible for password records – as soon as a password is viewed or copied, the user’s access is removed

You can download the latest release from here – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/downloads/passwordstate.zip, or watch the following short video showing some of the new features.

Passwordstate 5.0 Available

Hello All,

Click Studios are pleased to annouce the immediate availability of version 5.0 of Passwordstate, which can be downloaded from http://www.clickstudios.com.au/downloads/passwordstate.zip.

As version 5.0 requires a new registration key, all existing customers will be emailed shortly with their new key.

Passwordstate 5 Beta

Some of the new features in version 5 are:

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Upgrading Passwordstate from 4.x to 4.5

In order to upgrade to version 5.0 of Passwordstate, you must first be using version 4.5.

To upgrade Passwordstate from version 4.0, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3 or 4.4 to 4.5, please following these instructions:

  • Backup your Passwordstate4 database
  • Take a copy of the web.config file
  • Uninstall Passwordstate from Control Panel (please note your database will not be touched during the uninstall)
  • Once uninstalled, reinstall version 4.5 of Passwordstate – http://www.clickstudios.com.au/downloads/passwordstate4.zip
  • Replace the web.config file from step 2
  • Restart the Windows Service ‘Passwordstate Service’
  • If you have modified the standard ‘passwordstate4’ cname DNS entry for the web site, or configured the web site to use a SSL certificate, you will need to redo these steps
  • Browse to the Passwordstate web site, and it should take you to a page asking you to upgrade to version 4.5. You will need to specify an SQL account with sufficient privileges to alter table structures i.e the sa account, or an account with the ‘dbcreator’ role.

Regards
Mark Sandford

Passwordstate 5 Beta Available

Hello All,

After more than 6 months of development, our first beta of Passwordstate 5 is now available for download.

If you’re interested in testing version 5, please contact us at support@clickstudios.com.au as we’ll need to generate a new license key for you. You can download version 5 from here Passwordstate 5 Beta, and the installation instructions are included within the zip file.

Passwordstate 5 Beta

Some of the new features in version 5 are:

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Passwordstate 4.5 Released with Password Generator

Hi Everyone,

Passwordstate 4.5 is now available with the following changes:

  • New – Added Random Password Generator allowing bulk creation of passwords (Ref 45.01)
  • New – Added optional feature for automatically generating a random password when creating a new password record (Ref 45.02)
  • Fix- Fixed a bug where IPv6 IP Addresses could not be added to the Audit table (Ref 45.03)
Passwordstate Password Generator

Password Generator

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For customers wishing to upgrade, please follow these instructions:

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Minor Bug Release Update

Hi All,

I’ve released a minor update for Passwordstate 4, which fixes 9 bugs and adds 2 new improvements since it’s release.

Details of the fixes can be found here – Passwordstate Changelog.

Thanks to all of you who have helped identify the bugs, and done some testing for the fixes.

Kind Regards
Mark