Introducing 8.3 Official Releases of SecureCRT, SecureFX, and VanDyke ClientPack

The Official releases of SecureCRT 8.3, SecureFX 8.3, and ClientPack 8.3 are now available.

To see what’s new in 8.3, download the 8.3 official releases today. As always, you can evaluate these new releases without charge for 30 days.

Pre-defined color schemes, including Solarized, make it easy to change the look of your terminal workspace. Choose from a variety of light and dark color combinations with coordinated background, foreground, and ANSI colors.

Pre-defined color schemes, including Solarized, make it easy to change the look of your terminal workspace. Choose from a variety of light and dark color combinations with coordinated background, foreground, and ANSI colors.

“I love the new color schemes.  They are invaluable to my work environment on both my laptop and my desktop. The Solarized Dark color scheme has significantly reduced my eye strain and focuses my attention where it’s needed.” -Michael Dahlberg, UNIX Systems Administrator, Recursoft.org

The 8.3 releases provide time-saving features that improve the look, feel, and performance of the UI and make it faster and easier to connect to and manage sessions. SecureCRT introduces new built-in ANSI color schemes, including Solarized, so that you can easily change the look of your terminal workspace. In both SecureCRT and SecureFX, the Connect bar autocomplete begins filtering as soon as you start to type so that you can quickly find and connect to sessions.

Here’s what you’ll find in the 8.3 (Official) releases:

New in SecureCRT 8.3 (Official)

  • New built-in ANSI color schemes, including Solarized, make it easy to change the look of your terminal workspace.  Choose from a variety of light and dark color combinations, all of which have coordinated background, foreground, and ANSI color combinations.
  • When the SecureCRT window is resized, the text in the terminal area is rewrapped.
  • Connect bar auto complete begins filtering as you type, making it easier to find and connect to saved sessions.
  • A paste confirmation dialog option allows you to preview the contents of the paste buffer before pasting multiple lines of text into a session. This helps prevent accidental pasting of buffer contents into a production or other critical server.
  • Multiple sessions can be dragged and dropped or copied and pasted in the Session Manager and Connect dialog.
  • Filtered searches in the Session Manager and Connect bar are faster, which is helpful when the session database is large or located on a network drive.
  • Up to 16 sessions can now be included on the recent session list.
  • Support has been added for the SSH2 ChaCha20/Poly1305 and AES-GCM ciphers and the UMAC-128 MAC algorithm. OpenSSH certificates can now be used for authenticating SSH2 sessions.
  • Scripting enhancements include the ability to script session locking from the Session object.
  • If a session cannot be cloned or connected using SFTP on the existing SSH transport, SecureCRT will create a new transport.
  • The “Update Now” menu item is now also available for the Mac, which checks for a newer version of SecureCRT.
  • New to the Mac and now on all platforms, arguments can be passed to a local application that is launched when a tunnel is established.

New in SecureFX 8.3 (Official)

  • Auto complete in the Connect bar begins filtering as you type, making it easier to find and connect to saved sessions.
  • Multiple sessions can be dragged and dropped or copied and pasted in the Session Manager and Connect dialog.
  • Up to 16 sessions can now be included on the recent session list.
  • Support has been added for the SSH2 ChaCha20/Poly1305 and AES-GCM ciphers and the UMAC-128 MAC algorithm. OpenSSH certificates can now be used for authenticating SFTP sessions.
  • Synchronization is now faster when working with large numbers of files and folders.
  • The “Update Now” menu item is now also available for the Mac. Check for a newer version of SecureFX, and if available, click on a button to download and install the new version.
  • It is now easier to script file transfers using SFXCL with the ability to take actions based on exit codes that indicate why the operation failed.

New in ClientPack 8.3 (Official)

  • vsh/vcp/vsftp: Support has been added for the ChaCha20/Poly1305 and AES-GCM ciphers and the UMAC-128 MAC algorithm.
  • vsh/vcp/vsftp: Support has been added for public-key authentication with OpenSSH certificates.
  • VRALib (Windows): Support has been added for UMAC-128 MAC algorithm.
  • vcp/vsh/vsftp: SHA-2 fingerprints are now also shown in base64 in addition to hexadecimal.
  • vkeygen: The SHA-2 fingerprint is also shown in base64 when keys are created or displayed using the -l and -f flags.

You can download any of the 8.3 beta releases from the beta download page.

Find out more about the 8.3 Official releases:

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 4.3.1 Maintenance Release Now Available

VShell 4.3.1 (Official) is now available for download.  This is a maintenance release to address issues found in VShell 4.3.

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 (official):

  • 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 4.3.1 (official) here:

VShell 4.3.1 (Official)

Download and evaluate the 4.3.1 official release today.

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

VShell 4.3.1 (Official) History File

8.1.4 Maintenance Releases are Now Available for SecureCRT and SecureFX

Maintenance releases are now available for SecureCRT 8.1.4 and SecureFX 8.1.4.

To see what’s new in 8.1.4, 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 8.1.4 official releases:

Download the 8.1.4 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.

Introducing VShell 4.3 (Official) with LDAP authentication, new encryption option, and public-key management interface

VShell 4.3 (Official) 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 (official):

  • 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 (official) here:

VShell 4.3 (Official)

Download and evaluate the 4.3 official release today.

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

VShell 4.3 (Official) History File