John's Blog: Rumpus 8.2 Pre-Release

September 12, 2018

Rumpus 8.2 is (finally) coming soon! Here is what's new:

Tether

The "Rumplet" application has proven to be very popular, so we've massively expanded on it. Rumpus 8.2 includes a client application "Rumpus Tether" that is designed to run within your organization to give your users quick and easy access to content on the Rumpus server.

Tether includes 3 basic views, a file browser, a recent files list, and a drop ship listing. Users can upload, download, preview, and delete files on the server with a single click, and can create new drop shipments with more flexibility than previous possible with Rumplet.

A Rumpus server license will automatically include the ability to run a number of Tether clients (depending on whether the Rumpus server license is Standard or Pro), with additional simultaneous seats available on a per-client basis.

For details on setting up and using Tether, see the article included in the Beta package. Note that the documentation is currently a draft and probably lacks some details, so if you have questions, please send them the support@maxum.com and we'll round out the guide as needed.

Two Factor Authentication

Traditionally, users supply a password to gain access to restricted services. The password represents one "factor", but in some cases, it is desirable to have a second method of authenticating a user as well. This is known as "2 factor" authentication.

The second "factor" supported by Rumpus requires that a personal identification number (PIN) be sent by the server to the user logging in, which they subsequently enter as part of the login process. Rumpus currently directly supports e-mailing the PIN to the user, thus confirming that the user not only knows the correct password, but also has access to the e-mail account associated with the user account in Rumpus.

Two factor authentication is available for Web File Manager logins, and is configured on the Web Settings window, "Authentication" tab. Also required is correct SMTP setup on the Network Settings window, E-Mail tab, and the e-mail address of every user defined on the User Accounts window. (Rumpus must know the e-mail address of every user, as this is a key component of identifying the user via PIN.)

An extension to allow the PIN to be sent via text message is being considered, but is not yet implemented.

Other Additions And Changes

Rumpus 8.2 includes better support for client IP address detection, including discovery of client addresses in SFTP, and in HTTP/HTTPS when the server is behind a proxy.

User Accounts can now be assigned a phone number, for informational purposes and potentially for text message-based 2 Factor Auth.

The administrator can now require that drop ship senders assign a password to drop shipments.

Upload Center forms now offer "robot protection", blocking suspected robots from submitting forms.

The main control window in the Rumpus for Mac application has been updated to include easy access buttons to Web administration on the server, documentation, and the About Box.

An "Administrator Advisory" box has been added to the Rumpus control window. The box provides messages about recent activity that the administrator may want to investigate or take note of.

On the Web File Manager directory listing page, pressing a key now auto-scrolls the listing to the first filename that begins with the pressed letter.

Password retrieve actions are now correctly recorded in the WFM log.

OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.2p and LibSSH has been updated to version 0.7.7.

Added support for the FTP "MFMT" command.

The Rumpus 8.2 Beta 5 package is available for Mac servers, and Tether clients, only. Windows versions of both the server and Tether client are coming soon.

Download Rumpus 8.2 Beta 5 Mac Now

Download Tether 1.0 Beta 4 Mac Now

This package is intended for experienced Rumpus server administrators only. It does not include server documentation and may crash. Please report any problems, questions, or feature suggestions to support@maxum.com.

Thank you for your interest in Rumpus 8.2! Please watch this page for updates in the near future.

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