8.1.3 Maintenance Releases of SecureCRT and SecureFX Now Available

Maintenance releases are now available for SecureCRT 8.1.3 and SecureFX 8.1.3.

To see what’s new in 8.1.3, download the official releases today. As always, you can evaluate these new releases without charge for 30 days.

New in SecureCRT 8.1 (Official)

  • SecureCRT for Mac has a new GUI and main toolbar.  Mac and Linux versions have new toolbar icons in the Session Manager and Connect dialog. Linux makes local shell connections easier with a new toolbar icon.
  • Get more done in less time using tab groups (now on all platforms). Switch easily between sessions organized in tabs. Or create a temporary tab group so you can work in one tab while monitoring command output from another tab.
  • Send commands to selected tab groups or visible sessions from the Command window.
  • Enhanced smart card (PIV/CAC) support is now available on all platforms. Select a specific certificate on the smart card (PIV/CAC) to be used for public-key authentication.  PKCS #11 certificates are supported.  The username can be pulled directly from the specified certificate.
  • A hex view helps to debug serial communication.
  • Quickly add keywords to the keyword highlighting list — simply select a word in a session, right-click, and choose “Add keyword…”.
  • On Windows, use the right-click menu to perform the following operations on multiple selected tabs: Send to New Tab Group, Send to New Window, Disconnect, Close, and Lock.

New in SecureFX 8.1 (Official)

  • SecureFX for Mac has a new GUI and main toolbar.  Mac and Linux versions have new toolbar icons in the Session Manager and Connect dialog.
  • A “Synchronize File Browsing” option allows lockstep navigation of local and remote folders that have the same directory structure.
  • Server-to-server synchronization makes it easier to roll out changes to a production server, do backups, and do replication.
  • Enhanced smart card (PIV/CAC) support is now available on all platforms. Select a specific certificate on the smart card (PIV/CAC) to be used for public-key authentication.  PKCS #11 certificates are supported.  The username can be pulled directly from the specified certificate.
  • The Options menu now includes an “Edit Default Session” item so you can quickly change the default session and the Session Manager and Connect dialog right-click menus now include “Expand All Folders” and “Collapse All Folders”.
  • SFXCL enhancements include a /ConfigPassphrase option for specifying a configuration passphrase on the SecureFX and SFXCL command line and a /NoTempFiles option that prevents the creation of temporary files during synchronize and quick synchronize operations.

Learn more about the 8.1.3 official releases:

Download the 8.1.3 official releases here:

Please see the history files for a complete list of changes:

We want to hear your feedback.  Send questions, requests, or bug reports to support@vandyke.com.

VShell 4.3 Beta 1 Now Available with New Authentication and Encryption Options

The beta 1 release of VShell 4.3 is now available for download.

VShell 4.3 for Windows now supports authentication using credentials provided by an external LDAP server and adds a manage-public-key interface allowing the VShell administrator to easily configure (add, remove, and view) user public keys.  On all platforms, support for chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com authenticated encryption cipher provides additional encryption options.  On UNIX platforms, VShell enhances fine-grained control of virtual directories by allowing specific file and folder access permissions to be specified on a per user, per virtual directory basis.  Also new on UNIX platforms is the ability to specify which virtual directory a user is placed in upon connecting.

Here’s what’s new in VShell 4.3 (beta):

  • LDAP server user authentication. Login to VShell using credentials provided by an external LDAP server (Windows only).
  • Manage user public keys. Easily add, remove, and view user and common public keys via the new manage-public-key interface (Windows only).
  • Additional encryption options. Support for ChaCha20-Poly1305 authenticated encryption cipher (Windows and UNIX).
  • UNIX virtual directory access permissions. Fine-grained control over virtual directory access permissions on UNIX.  Specific file and folder access permissions can be set on a per user, per virtual directory basis (UNIX only).
  • UNIX virtual directory home. Specify which virtual directory a user will be placed in upon connecting (UNIX only).

You can read more about the new capabilities in VShell 4.3 beta here:

VShell 4.3 (Beta 1)

Download and evaluate the 4.3 beta release today.

Make sure to send us your feedback on this new version during the beta release cycle.  Your input will help us improve the functionality of the 4.3 release. Send your questions, requests, or bug reports to support@vandyke.com.

For a complete list of changes, please see the history file:

VShell 4.3 (Beta) History File

SecureCRT 8.1.2 and SecureFX 8.1.2 Maintenance Releases Now Available

Maintenance releases are now available for SecureCRT 8.1.2 and SecureFX 8.1.2.

To see what’s new in 8.1.2, download the official releases today. As always, you can evaluate these new releases without charge for 30 days.

“This addition for tab groups helps an engineer like me who deals with various routing/switching devices with different OSs and roles in the network. There are many instances where I have to issue simultaneous commands to same-type/group devices and this functionality is one of the best.”

-Dhrumil Prajapati, Network Engineer, SysNetwork Inc.

New in SecureCRT 8.1 (Official)

  • SecureCRT for Mac has a new GUI and main toolbar.  Mac and Linux versions have new toolbar icons in the Session Manager and Connect dialog. Linux makes local shell connections easier with a new toolbar icon.
  • Get more done in less time using tab groups (now on all platforms). Switch easily between sessions organized in tabs. Or create a temporary tab group so you can work in one tab while monitoring command output from another tab.
  • Send commands to selected tab groups or visible sessions from the Command window.
  • Enhanced smart card (PIV/CAC) support is now available on all platforms. Select a specific certificate on the smart card (PIV/CAC) to be used for public-key authentication.  PKCS #11 certificates are supported.  The username can be pulled directly from the specified certificate.
  • A hex view helps to debug serial communication.
  • Quickly add keywords to the keyword highlighting list — simply select a word in a session, right-click, and choose “Add keyword…”.
  • On Windows, use the right-click menu to perform the following operations on multiple selected tabs: Send to New Tab Group, Send to New Window, Disconnect, Close, and Lock.

New in SecureFX 8.1 (Official)

  • SecureFX for Mac has a new GUI and main toolbar.  Mac and Linux versions have new toolbar icons in the Session Manager and Connect dialog.
  • A “Synchronize File Browsing” option allows lockstep navigation of local and remote folders that have the same directory structure.
  • Server-to-server synchronization makes it easier to roll out changes to a production server, do backups, and do replication.
  • Enhanced smart card (PIV/CAC) support is now available on all platforms. Select a specific certificate on the smart card (PIV/CAC) to be used for public-key authentication.  PKCS #11 certificates are supported.  The username can be pulled directly from the specified certificate.
  • The Options menu now includes an “Edit Default Session” item so you can quickly change the default session and the Session Manager and Connect dialog right-click menus now include “Expand All Folders” and “Collapse All Folders”.
  • SFXCL enhancements include a /ConfigPassphrase option for specifying a configuration passphrase on the SecureFX and SFXCL command line and a /NoTempFiles option that prevents the creation of temporary files during synchronize and quick synchronize operations.

Find out more about the 8.1.2 official releases:

Download the 8.1.2 official releases here:

Please see the history files for a complete list of changes:

We want to hear your feedback.  Send questions, requests, or bug reports to support@vandyke.com.

VShell 4.2.5 (Official) Maintenance Release Now Available

A maintenance release of VShell 4.2.5 was released today to address issues found in VShell 4.2.4. You can download the new release from the VShell download page.

Please see the history file for a complete list of changes:

VShell 4.2.5 (Official) History File

VShell 4.2.5 for Windows adds “Connect As” support that allows administrators to specify alternate credentials that will be used when accessing a virtual root path.  Also on Windows, a new import/export tool in the VShell Control Panel makes it easy to back up or copy the VShell configuration from one machine to another.  On all platforms, connections can be denied based on user name.  VShell FTPS adds support for client certificate authentication, as well as the ability to configure SSL encryption and authentication options on a per listen address basis.  The VShell Monitor can now be run in the system tray, automatically start on administrator logon, optionally display connection notifications, and provide easy access to the VShell Control Panel and Help.

You can read more about the new capabilities in VShell 4.2.5 (Official) here:

VShell 4.2.5 (Official)

As always, you can download and evaluate the 4.2.5 (Official) release without charge for 30-days.

We want to hear your feedback. Send your questions, requests, or bug reports to support@vandyke.com.