What's New In Rumpus 9.0

Updated Foundation

Security and cryptographic libraries and protocols have been updated to current modern releases. This includes updating LibSSH to 0.9.X and OpenSSL to 1.1.1x, as well as corresponding updates to Rumpus functions and uses of these libraries.

Let's Encrypt Support

Rumpus now includes the ability to directly interface with Let's Encrypt, a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the nonprofit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). The new function allows administrators to obtain a trusted certificate at no cost, and with relative ease.

User Account Self-Registration

Rumpus' User Account Self Registration feature allows users to connect via Web browser and gain basic access to the server without an administrator having to create a user account for them. In other words, the feature allows you to send people to your server and automatically obtain a user account for uploading, downloading and managing files.

Administrative Console

The new Admin Console provides a deeper, more functional look at your server. A "Processes" view displays the number of sessions and/or active connections for each individual service, as well as peak usage statistics administrators can use to optimize server setup. A new "SpamBots" view shows auto-detected flagged access attempts and streamlines IP-based service bans for easier and better performance and security management.

Cookie Consent Request

For servers that accept data from clients in the European Union, Rumpus now supports a simple and configurable cookie consent function, satisfying the GDPR ePrivacy directive.

Web File Manager Updates

We have continued to make improvements in the Web File Manager, both behind the scenes (often HTTP protocol updates to improve security and browser compatibility) and in the user interface.

What's New In Rumpus 8.2


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 previously 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.

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.)

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.

Improved SFTP DoS attack recovery to reduce the effects of potential spambot outages.

What's New In Rumpus 8.1

Improved Server Security
Security has been a major focus for this release of Rumpus, and version 8.1 offers several significant feature updates to keep your server safe, including:
  • OpenSSL has been upgraded to the latest build of OpenSSL 1.0.2. The update not only takes advantage of updates in the OpenSSL 1.0.X branch, but incorporates support for TLSv1.1 and TLSv1.2. Administrators can now optionally disable TLSv1.0, TLSv1.1 and SSL/TLS Compression. By default, Rumpus also supports an updated list of ciphers that maximizes compatibility with slightly-out-of-date clients while ensuring the highest practical level of encryption between client and server.
  • Users can now be required to change their passwords periodically, and password strength requirements can be enforced by Rumpus. Also, users logging in for the first time can be required to set a new password.
  • In the SFTP service, we've added the ability to use private/public key authentication, in addition to username/password authentication. It's a very handy feature for clients that need to regularly transfer files with maximum security. For details, see the article "SFTP" section of the Secure Transfers article in the download package.
  • On servers that require all Web users to connect securely (via HTTPS), HTTP Strict Transport Security can now be enabled.
The Web File Manager "Basket"
The Rumpus "Basket" is a useful feature, especially for those who use the Drop Ship function extensively. In essence, the feature allows users create a collection of files and then process the collection in a single action. Users can move from folder to folder within their content area, adding files to the basket as they go. The basket can then be drop shipped in a single drop ship URL, moved to a set destination folder, etc. In the case of a drop shipment, when a basket of files is sent, the recipient accessing the drop ship URL sees each file sent and can view or download the files as needed.
Improved Media Display
Rumpus is increasingly used to display images, video and audio, so Rumpus 8.1 includes a more flexible mechanism for displaying media files in the WFM interface. The Web display of numerous content types have already been optimized, and the new display mechanism will allow Maxum to continually improve the display interface of individual content types in the future.
Additional Helpful Administrative Updates
User accounts with passwords assigned can now also be assigned an SMTP password, allowing Rumpus to send mail natively as individual users. The SMTP port can now be explicitly assigned in Event Notices, making SMTP settings easier to configure. Rumplet can now send files to the Rumpus server via an available HTTP connection, allowing users not on the local network to effectively use the Rumplet application. Rumpus is now a 64-bit application, improving CPU efficiency. WebDAV client compatibility has been improved. Files uploaded from mobile devices (in particular, Safari on iOS) can now be sequentially named so that multiple files can be uploaded from the device at once. An option to roll logs into a zip archive rather than simply copying files helps keep historical archives better organized and consume less disk space.

What's New In Rumpus 8.0

Rebuilt Web File Manager
The Rumpus Web File Manager (WFM) has been rebuilt from the ground up to be easier to use, more flexible, more efficient and include new features. Almost every element of the Web interface is now customizable right from within the Rumpus application, for example:
  • File and folder menus are now completely customizable, and the same menus are displayed in both standard and thumbnail directory listing views.
  • Setup wizards allow administrators to quickly define color pallets and basic options, and then individually fine tune the display of dozens of different elements.
  • Action buttons can be displayed in different styles, with more fine tuning controls, and in different positions within the interface.
  • Progress indicators have been simplified and improved, and can now be displayed for file downloads as well as uploads.
  • The data required to deliver Web interface pages is up to 50% less than in past versions, while being presented in a more modern, cleaner style.
  • For Drop Ship users, the new Web interface includes a drop ship history, allowing senders to view past shipments and easily copy/paste previous URLs for resending.
  • Users can now move files between folders, without transferring them to and from the server.
  • Video files can be displayed in a branded display interface which includes a “Download Now” option for permanent retrieval of the file.
SFTP Service
Rumpus now supports SFTP clients, in addition to HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, FTPS and WebDAV. User accounts and restrictions are applied just as they are in any other protocol. Just turn on SFTP service in Rumpus (a 10 second task) and your clients can use any standard SFTP client to transfer and manage files.
New Event Notices
New Event Notice types can save text or XML files when users upload files. Handy for use along with Upload Center forms, this makes it easy to prompt users for information about uploaded files and record meta-data about uploaded files.
Auto-Complete Form Fields
Administrators can now create lists, which can be used in form text fields as prompts for users during data entry. For example, you might create a list of all the e-mail addresses of people in your company, and assign it as an auto-complete list for an "e-mail" Upload Center field. Auto-complete lists can also be applied to File Request and Drop Ship mail fields, making it easier for local users to address messages sent by Rumpus.

What's New In Rumpus 7.2

Drag & Drop File Uploads
Files can now be uploaded simply by dragging them from desktop into the Rumpus Web interface. The new drag & drop upload function takes advantage of HTML5 (supported in current versions of Safari, Firefox and Chrome) to make transferring files via Rumpus faster and easier than ever before.
Expanded Drop Shipping and File Requests
Drop Shipping, introduced in recent releases of Rumpus, has proven very popular, so we’ve enhanced this new function even more. Files sent via Drop Shipping can now be password protected, multiple files can be sent at once (thanks to drag & drop upload selection of files), the file pickup interface can be easily customized, and file senders can have “picked up” notifications sent to anyone. File Requests have also been improved with the simplicity of drag & drop transfers and the ability to reuse file request URLs.
Improved Open Directory User Authentication
Open Directory support in Rumpus has been completely rewritten to be both more efficient and more reliable. Open Directory groups can now be used to control access and user privileges within Rumpus.
Instant Access Bookmarks
Similar to Drop Shipping and File Requests, it's now possible to generate a URL that instantly starts a full Rumpus session. For servers where data security isn't crucial, users can make a bookmark to your site that gives them instant access with a single click.
Full Web-Based Remote Server Management
Almost every option available to a Rumpus server administrator can now be controlled remotely via Web browser using the new “Server Setup” Web administration function. Web administration includes full monitoring and management of active user sessions, recently transferred files, and Drop Shipments and File Requests.
Other Updates
New Upload Center display options offer more customization options for creating end-user data entry forms.
The content wrapper display has been improved and can be optimized for different file types, allowing video files, images and other content to be shown within a customized interface.
The default “Modern” Web interface can now include a second, smaller logo for a more custom look to the server.
When the multi-file delete/download option is enabled, a button now allows users to select/deselect all files in a listing.
Various minor bugs have been corrected.

What's New In Rumpus 7.1

Quick Image Preview
Images and video files can now be displayed with a more integrated interface in the Rumpus Web File Manager. Essentially, for servers or individual folders which include primarily image or video files, Quick Image Preview (QIP) provides a simplified, streamlined appearance for review and access of those files.
iOS Mobile App Support
Rumpus 7.1 includes support for monitoring and basic management using a new iPhone app. The Rumpus app is available on the iTunes store.
WFM Login & Logout Improvements
A new "remember me on this computer" option is now built into Rumpus, as is improved automatic session expiration with countdown timer. Other refinements and updates have also been made, including improved support for user-selectable appearance or interface language.
Other Updates
Compatibility has been improved with a variety of iOS applications that support WebDAV file exchange.
Files larger than 2GB can now be uploaded via the Web File Manager, from browsers that also support large file uploads (notably, recent versions of Chrome and Safari).
FileWatch can now send drop ship e-mails through Outlook, as well as directly or through OS X Mail.
Folders can now be marked for thumbnail display and have thumbnail images pre-generated by dragging folders into the Rumpus control application.
Message bodies are now included for new user, user login, and user logout administrator notices.
Duplicate event notice e-mails are now suppressed to avoid excessive messages sent when clients perform multiple downloads of a single file (such as iPhone video playback and Finder WebDAV sessions).
An option has been added which prevents users from deleting aliases on the server, so that the administrator can create links to content folders which can't be inadvertently deleted by end users.
When a user who does not have "delete/overwrite" privileges uploads a file with the same name as one that already exists, the file can now be accepted and saved with a unique filename.
Drop ship e-mail messages can now automatically include the original file name, file size, and drop ship ID.

What's New In Rumpus 7.0

Administrator Notices
New administrator notification messages can be sent when new users are created via Web administration, when users log in or out, or when disk space begins to run low. Management of administration notices has been centralized on the “Event Notices” window to simplify setup.
Built-In SSL
Secure services are now provided within the Rumpus server engine, making Stunnel installation unnecessary. This change simplifies setup, makes HTTPS and FTPS service more robust, improves client tracking, and adds FTPS via TLS/SSL service.
Web File Manager
The “Modern” Web interface is now the Rumpus default appearance, and all WFM appearances have been revised and improved. For example, additional user feedback during long operations is provided, and other feedback messages are more responsive. Also, the file upload progress indicator now correctly appears within the upload page, rather than the pop-up window used in previous releases. Drag and Drop uploads are supported in Firefox 3.6, allowing users to drop files right from their desktop into the Rumpus file listing to upload. Finally, a new “Text Only” WFM appearance is now offered, improving accessibility for Rumpus servers.
Drop Ship & File Request Improvements
Numerous improvements to guest transfer services have been made, including:
  • The "Activity" window now includes "Drop Shipments" and "File Requests" lists, allowing administrators to view pending guest transfers, and delete them if needed.
  • A number of minor bugs related to drop shipping from FileWatch and the Rumpus control application have been corrected.
  • The Web-based drop ship interface has been improved, and the drop ship URL expiration is now displayed when a file is sent.
  • Senders can also now generate a drop ship URL without sending an e-mail, so that unique file access URLs can be easily created for any method of distribution.
  • Drop ship URLs can now be set to remain valid for longer periods of time, or to never expire at all, and file request expiration can now be specified by the server administrator.
Control Application Changes
The Rumpus control application has been reorganized to make initial setup and ongoing management easier, with important server settings easier to find. The new "Network Settings" window includes several configuration items previously found in confusing and illogical places in the interface. Other options, including "Address To Serve On" and router compatibility settings have been simplified.
Open Directory Integration
Rumpus' Open Directory authentication function has been significantly updated. Directory services groups are now available, allowing different users to be granted different privileges and be assigned other unique settings in Rumpus. Also, user e-mail addresses are now pulled from the directory server, allowing users to take advantage of the Rumpus Drop Shipping and File Request functions.
Folder Triggers
Event Notices can now be executed based on activity in specific folders. For example, when a local user uploads a file into some other user's content folder, Rumpus can now be set to send an e-mail to that person, or take other action.
Other New Features & Important Bug Fixes
  • The basic FTP service can now be disabled.
  • Field labels in the Rumpus control application are now more consistent for improved accessibility.
  • When performing a version update, WFM template updates are now applied to all domains.
  • Several bugs have been corrected to make remote administration more reliable.
  • An option to hide Web file uploads until the entire transfer is complete has been added.

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