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Barracuda Content Shield

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BCS Agent for Windows, Version  1.9.9.9 (September 15, 2020)

  • Fixed issues where applications using IPv6 address were not loading. [BNWSS-8998]
  • The BCS agent now allows connections to HTTP/S servers that only support insecure legacy SSL renegotiation. [BNWSS-9080]
  • Fixed an issue where upgrading may not complete correctly. [BNWSS-9093]

Note: Upgrades must be applied manually when only the WFC agent is installed with version 1.9.7.14. For version 1.8 and lower, when only the WFC agent is installed, a reboot is required for upgrades to be applied.

BCS Agent for Mac OS, Version  1.9.9.9 (September 17, 2020)

  • Applications using IPv6 address now load as expected. [BNWSS-8998]
  • The BCS agent now allows connections to HTTP/S servers that only support insecure legacy SSL renegotiation. [BNWSS-9080]

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.9.0 (August 26, 2020)

See below for Mac OS Version 1.9.0

What's New in Version 1.9.0

  • Account-based (Overview) report for MSPs – Summary reports for the selected timeframe: 
    • User Report - Top endpoints with the most requests  
    • Top users with the most blocked requests
    • Security - Denied Categories: Top categories by number of blocked requests
    • Security - Allowed Categories: Top categories by number of allowed requests
    • Productivity - Denied Categories: Top categories by number of blocked requests
    • Productivity - Allowed Categories: Top categories by number of allowed requests
    • Compliance - Denied Categories: Top categories by number of blocked requests
    • Compliance - Allowed Categories: Top categories by number of allowed requests

See Reports in Barracuda Campus.

  • Location-based reports – Report lists Top Blocked Super Categories with number of requests, and Top Blocked Categories with number of requests, by the user-defined location.
  • External Syslog server support – Enables exporting log information from your BCS Plus account to your custom syslog-ng server available on a public IP address. Configure on the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page. See Syslog Integration with Barracuda Content Shield in Barracuda Campus.
  • Support for IWF and CTIRU URLs  – The BCS agent blocks access to web pages on the IWF URL List, which contains websites where images and videos of child sexual abuse have been found. The agent also blocks access to web pages containing unlawful terrorist material found in the URLs documented by the CTIRU.
  • Support for IPv6 – Allows the BCS agent to intercept web traffic on IPv6 connections.
  • Safe Search Support – You can create a SafeSearch policy on a per-user basis, per-group, or for Everyone to help block explicit text, images, videos, and websites from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and YouTube search results. Configure on the ADVANCED FILTERING page. See SafeSearch in Barracuda Campus.
  • Full URL Logging based on User / Group / Everyone policy – Records what websites users are visiting, what the users did on those websites, and what pages they viewed. To track this, the full URL for every website and every page visited on that site is recorded in the web logs. Configure on the ADVANCED FILTERING page. See Full URL Logging in Barracuda Campus.
  • Domain Controller (DC) Sync tool – This tool makes users and groups in your AD server available to BCS. Configure on the USERS page. See How to Get and Configure the Barracuda DC Sync Tool in Barracuda Campus.
  • Extended list of Categories and Super Categories – Number of new categories and super categories have been defined to allow the users to define more fine grain Allow / Deny access policies.
  • Chromebook Support –  Enables you to install Chromebook extensions on Chromebook and apply web filtering policies.

  • Enhanced Search Filters – Enable you to filter web logs based on multiple criteria.

BCS Agent for Mac OS, Version 1.9.0 (September 4, 2020)

This version of the BCS Agent for Mac supports High Sierra, Mojave and Catalina. Note that automatic updates are not supported on Mac OS; updates must be installed manually.

What's New in Version 1.9.0  

  • Account-based (Overview) report for MSPs – Summary reports for the selected timeframe: 
    • User Report - Top endpoints with the most requests  
    • Top users with the most blocked requests
    • Security - Denied Categories: Top categories by number of blocked requests
    • Security - Allowed Categories: Top categories by number of allowed requests
    • Productivity - Denied Categories: Top categories by number of blocked requests
    • Productivity - Allowed Categories: Top categories by number of allowed requests
    • Compliance - Denied Categories: Top categories by number of blocked requests
    • Compliance - Allowed Categories: Top categories by number of allowed requests

See Reports in Barracuda Campus.  

  • Location-based reports – Report lists Top Blocked Super Categories with number of requests, and Top Blocked Categories with number of requests, by the user-defined location.
  • External Syslog server support – Enables exporting log information from your BCS Plus account to your custom syslog-ng server available on a public IP address. Configure on the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page. See Syslog Integration with Barracuda Content Shield in Barracuda Campus.
  • Support for IWF and CTIRU URLs  – The BCS agent blocks access to web pages on the IWF URL List, which contains websites where images and videos of child sexual abuse have been found. The agent also blocks access to web pages containing unlawful terrorist material found in the URLs documented by the CTIRU.
  • Support for IPv6 – Allows the BCS agent to intercept web traffic on IPv6 connections.
  • Safe Search Support – You can create a SafeSearch policy on a per-user basis, per-group, or for Everyone to help block explicit text, images, videos, and websites from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and YouTube search results. Configure on the ADVANCED FILTERING page. See SafeSearch in Barracuda Campus.
  • Full URL Logging based on User / Group / Everyone policy – Records what websites users are visiting, what the users did on those websites, and what pages they viewed. To track this, the full URL for every website and every page visited on that site is recorded in the web logs. Configure on the ADVANCED FILTERING page. See Full URL Logging in Barracuda Campus.
  • Extended list of Categories and Super Categories – Number of new categories and super categories have been defined to allow the users to define more fine grain Allow / Deny access policies.

BCS Agent for Windows, Version   1.8.6.4 (July 14, 2020)

  • Minor patch to management of subscriptions.

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.8.3.10 (May 26, 2020)

  • Fixed issue with the Wifi icon incorrectly indicating that the network is down.
  • Fixed issues with Microsoft Outlook and the BCS agent.

BCS Agent for Windows, Version  1.8.2.11 (April 15, 2020)

  • Optimized for improved file scanning.

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.8.0 (March 10, 2020)

  • Ability to connect and work with the Barracuda Web Security Gateway appliance currently deployed. See Using Barracuda Content Shield With the Barracuda Web Security Gateway.

  • Improved error reporting via the Barracuda Content Shield Tray icon on the Windows client.
  • Allow the administrator to specify maximum CPU usage in the BCS ACCOUNT SETTINGS page.
  • Web access log size is capped at a few megabytes.
  • Support for the next generation Web Categorization Service (WCS 3.0).
  • Resolved startup errors during the initial installation of the BCS agent on a fresh Windows OS image.
  • Support for the Windows 7 client is deprecated.

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.7.2.55 (January 29, 2020)

Fixed in Version 1.7.2.55
  • Fixed issues with network outages occurring under rare conditions in the Windows environment. 
  • Fixed issues where the BCS Logger did not start during a new installation.
Known Issue in Version 1.7.2.55
  • When installing the agent on a client machine for the first time, you must reboot the machine.

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.7.0 (December 13, 2019)

What's New in Version 1.7.0
  • Ability for users to configure local domains, allowing local domains to properly resolve with local DC.
  • New agent GUI which displays the last policy fetch timestamp.
Fixed in Version 1.7.0
  • Fixed issues where local domains were getting blocked. [BNWSS-5664]
  • Fixed BCS logger instances where logger may not start up properly. [BNWSS-6228]
  • Fixed issues where BCS failed to apply policy at start-up. [BNWSS-6401]

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.6.7.1 (November 19, 2019)

  • Resolved latency issue while browsing. [BNWSS-6480]

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.6.6 (November 11, 2019)

  • Updated certificate signing process during auto update.

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.6.4 (October 29, 2019)

  • Updated DNS driver.
  • Fixed in Web Filtering Component:  DNS state changes.
  • Fixed in Malware Prevention Component:  Avira auto-updater to download initial VDF files, keeping them updated.

  • Fixed: Quarantine reports complete as expected. [BNWSS-5889]

BCS Agent for Mac OS, Version 1.6.0 (September 23, 2019)

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.5.3 (August  18, 2019)

  •  Fixed issue with automatic upgrade of the BCS suite when Malware Prevention is disabled in the web interface.  

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.5.2 (August  12, 2019)

The BCS portal will receive security updates on August 25, 2019. In order for the BCS agents to maintain connectivity after the portal update, the agents need to be updated to version 1.5.2. Barracuda provides an auto-update mechanism in the web interface, which allows the BCS agents to update automatically. You can enable automatic updates on the Account Settings page. If you deployed the agents via RMM tools or GPO, you can find the updated packages for upgrading the agents to the latest version on the Downloads page.

What's New in Version  2019.2.5.0  (May 13, 2019)

  • Local Users support – Ability to manually add local users and groups if not synchronizing with LDAP/AD. Configure on the USERS page.

Fixed in Version 2019.2.5.0

  • Improved compatibility with other WFP (Windows Filtering Platform) modules. [BNWSS-4778]
  • Custom block page displays as expected. [BNWSS-4984]

What's New In Version 2019.2.4.0 (April 11, 2019)

  • Windows Remote Desktop Services Support for versions 2012 R2 and 2016 – Barracuda recommends running Remote Desktop Services in Application Server mode when installing and using the Barracuda Content Shield Suite with terminal servers. For more information, see Remote Desktop Services Support for Barracuda Content Shield Suite.

  • Barracuda Content Shield Suite Update Mechanism – Suite updates can be scheduled manually, at next reboot of the endpoint machine, or at a scheduled time. Configure on the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page.

  • Support Tools – Barracuda Support can access a customer's Barracuda Content Shield service and log in to troubleshoot any issues if the Support Access feature is set to ON. This feature is configured on the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page, and is set to ON by default. If you do not want to allow Barracuda Support this access, set the feature to OFF on that page.

  • Custom Text for Block Page – Edit the block page message with custom text, including the optional use of variables for time and domain. Also includes option to edit in full HTML for finer granularity of the message and formatting.

Fixed in Version 2019.4.0

  • Search by User ID works as expected on the ADVANCED FILTERING page. [BNWSS-3857]
  • Fixed issue with changing password. [BNWSS-4738]
  • Fixed Barracuda Content Shield Suite agent issue with .local domains.
  • Fix issues with network outages under rare conditions in the Windows environment.
  • Fix issues where BCS Logger did not start on new installation.

 

BCS Agent for Mac OS, Version 1.9.0

What's New in Version 1.9.0  

  • Account-based (Overview) report for MSPs – Summary reports for the selected timeframe: 
    • User Report - Top endpoints with the most requests  
    • Top users with the most blocked requests
    • Security - Denied Categories: Top categories by number of blocked requests
    • Security - Allowed Categories: Top categories by number of allowed requests
    • Productivity - Denied Categories: Top categories by number of blocked requests
    • Productivity - Allowed Categories: Top categories by number of allowed requests
    • Compliance - Denied Categories: Top categories by number of blocked requests
    • Compliance - Allowed Categories: Top categories by number of allowed requests

See Reports in Barracuda Campus.  

  • Location-based reports – Report lists Top Blocked Super Categories with number of requests, and Top Blocked Categories with number of requests, by the user-defined location.
  • External Syslog server support – Enables exporting log information from your BCS Plus account to your custom syslog-ng server available on a public IP address. Configure on the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page. See Syslog Integration with Barracuda Content Shield in Barracuda Campus.
  • Support for IWF and CTIRU URLs  – The BCS agent blocks access to web pages on the IWF URL List, which contains websites where images and videos of child sexual abuse have been found. The agent also blocks access to web pages containing unlawful terrorist material found in the URLs documented by the CTIRU.
  • Support for IPv6 – Allows the BCS agent to intercept web traffic on IPv6 connections.
  • Safe Search Support – You can create a SafeSearch policy on a per-user basis, per-group, or for Everyone to help block explicit text, images, videos, and websites from Google, Yahoo, Bing, and YouTube search results. Configure on the ADVANCED FILTERING page. See SafeSearch in Barracuda Campus.
  • Full URL Logging based on User / Group / Everyone policy – Records what websites users are visiting, what the users did on those websites, and what pages they viewed. To track this, the full URL for every website and every page visited on that site is recorded in the web logs. Configure on the ADVANCED FILTERING page. See Full URL Logging in Barracuda Campus.
  • Extended list of Categories and Super Categories – Number of new categories and super categories have been defined to allow the users to define more fine grain Allow / Deny access policies.
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