VShell 4.4 (Beta 3) Now Available for Download

Today we released VShell 4.4 (Beta 3) for Windows with HTTPS support.

VShell 4.4 for Windows introduces an Enterprise edition with HTTPS support, providing an easy-to-use, browser-based file transfer solution for your staff, customers, and external partners.

SFTP virtual roots allow you to map folders from multiple SFTP servers to a single VShell server.

An enhanced deny host feature improves the ability to ward off brute force attacks.

Now on all platforms, an internal user database eliminates the need for system user accounts for VShell end users and simplifies migrations.

Here’s what you’ll find in the VShell 4.4 (Beta 3) release:

New edition: Enterprise with HTTPS for Windows

A new enterprise-level edition of VShell with HTTPS allows your staff, customers, and partners to transfer files easily using an web browser, reducing the need for end-user training. Streamline the administrative cost of secure file transfer – no client software is needed and there are no browser plugins to install. Users connect via HTTPS to view folder contents, upload and download files, and more. Automated file transfers can be scheduled using HTTPS command-line tools such as cURL.

SFTP virtual roots (Windows)

SFTP virtual roots allow you to map folders from multiple SFTP servers to a single VShell server. After authenticating the connections, VShell transparently transfers file operations to a separate SFTP server. Files are uploaded and downloaded without ever being written to the VShell server’s disk, assisting with standards compliance and reducing the disk space required by the VShell host machine.

Improved virtual roots (Windows)

The Virtual Roots category of the VShell control panel has been completely redesigned to accelerate virtual root configuration and improve usability. See at a glance which users and groups have access to your file system, which folders they can see, and what file operation permissions they have. Edit properties in place without opening a dialog.

Internal user database (UNIX/Linux/Mac)

Eliminate the need to create system accounts for end users when accounts are only needed for VShell access. Simplify future migrations by letting VShell automatically include your users and groups when you move the VShell configuration to a new server. Now on the UNIX/Linux and Mac versions in addition to Windows.

Specify deny hosts failure time (Windows – SSH2/SFTP and FTPS)

Ward off brute force attacks by specifying the amount of time in which a certain number of authentication failures from a particular IP address will be tolerated. Any further authentication attempts by that IP address will be immediately disconnected. Optionally, re-allow connection attempts from a previously denied IP address after a certain amount of time.

Support for encrypt-then-MAC (EtM) algorithms

Support has been added for encrypt-then-MAC (EtM) algorithms, including SHA2 and UMAC.

Allow or Deny SFTP Commands

Choose whether to allow or deny specific SFTP commands on a per-user or per-group basis, including SETSTAT, FSETSTAT,RMDIR, REMOVE, RENAME, and LINK.

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

VShell 4.4 (Beta 3) History File

Fully-functional evaluation copies of VShell 4.4 (Beta 3) with HTTPS for Windows can be downloaded and evaluated for 60 days. VShell evaluators have full access to VanDyke Software’s expert technical support to assist with installation, configuration, and testing during the 60-day VShell evaluation period.

Find out more about the new capabilities in VShell 4.4 (Beta 3) here.

Download and evaluate the VShell 4.4 (Beta 3) release today.

Please send us your feedback on this new version during the beta release cycle. Your input will help us improve the functionality of the 4.4 release. Send your questions, requests, or bug reports to support@vandyke.com.

Announcing VShell 4.4 (Beta 2) with new Windows Enterprise edition with HTTPS

Today we released VShell 4.4 (Beta 2) for Windows with HTTPS support.

VShell 4.4 for Windows introduces an Enterprise edition with HTTPS support, providing an easy-to-use, browser-based file transfer solution for your staff, customers, and external partners.

SFTP virtual roots allow you to map folders from multiple SFTP servers to a single VShell server.

An enhanced deny host feature improves the ability to ward off brute force attacks.

Now on all platforms, an internal user database eliminates the need for system user accounts for VShell end users and simplifies migrations.

Here’s what you’ll find in the VShell 4.4 (Beta 2) release:

New edition: Enterprise with HTTPS for Windows

A new enterprise-level edition of VShell with HTTPS allows your staff, customers, and partners to transfer files easily using an web browser, reducing the need for end-user training. Streamline the administrative cost of secure file transfer – no client software is needed and there are no browser plugins to install. Users connect via HTTPS to view folder contents, upload and download files, and more. Automated file transfers can be scheduled using HTTPS command-line tools such as cURL.

SFTP virtual roots (Windows)

SFTP virtual roots allow you to map folders from multiple SFTP servers to a single VShell server. After authenticating the connections, VShell transparently transfers file operations to a separate SFTP server. Files are uploaded and downloaded without ever being written to the VShell server’s disk, assisting with standards compliance and reducing the disk space required by the VShell host machine.

Improved virtual roots (Windows)

The Virtual Roots category of the VShell control panel has been completely redesigned to accelerate virtual root configuration and improve usability. See at a glance which users and groups have access to your file system, which folders they can see, and what file operation permissions they have. Edit properties in place without opening a dialog.

Internal user database (UNIX/Linux/Mac)

Eliminate the need to create system accounts for end users when accounts are only needed for VShell access. Simplify future migrations by letting VShell automatically include your users and groups when you move the VShell configuration to a new server. Now on the UNIX/Linux and Mac versions in addition to Windows.

Specify deny hosts failure time (Windows, SFTP, and FTPS editions)

Ward off brute force attacks by specifying the amount of time in which a certain number of authentication failures from a particular IP address will be tolerated. Any further authentication attempts by that IP address will be immediately disconnected. Optionally, re-allow connection attempts from a previously denied IP address after a certain amount of time.

Support for encrypt-then-MAC (EtM) algorithms

Support has been added for encrypt-then-MAC (EtM) algorithms, including SHA2 and UMAC.

Allow or Deny SFTP Commands

Choose whether to allow or deny specific SFTP commands on a per-user or per-group basis, including SETSTAT, FSETSTAT,RMDIR, REMOVE, RENAME, and LINK.

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

VShell 4.4 (Beta 2) History File

Fully-functional evaluation copies of VShell 4.4 (Beta 2) with HTTPS for Windows can be downloaded and evaluated for 60 days. VShell evaluators have full access to VanDyke Software’s expert technical support to assist with installation, configuration, and testing during the 60-day VShell evaluation period.

Find out more about the new capabilities in VShell 4.4 (Beta 2) here.

Download and evaluate the VShell 4.4 (Beta 2) release today.

Please send us your feedback on this new version during the beta release cycle. Your input will help us improve the functionality of the 4.4 release. Send your questions, requests, or bug reports to support@vandyke.com.

8.3.3 Maintenance Releases Now Available for SecureCRT, SecureFX, and ClientPack

8.3.3 maintenance releases are now available for SecureCRT, SecureFX, and ClientPack.

Download the 8.3.3 official releases today. As always, you can evaluate these new releases without charge for 30 days.

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.

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

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 8.3.3 official releases from the download page.

Find out more about the 8.3.3 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.

Online Learning Video: Enabling Trace Options to Display Debugging Information

Trace Options are extremely useful for troubleshooting connectivity issues.

This video shows how to enable Trace Options to display debugging information about a connection and how to log the information to a file.

How to Use SecureCRT’s Dependent Sessions to Connect to a Jump Host

You can see more SecureCRT videos on the VanDyke Software YouTube Channel.