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Barracuda Content Shield

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On slower windows devices that take longer than 3 minutes to boot, auto-update of the BCS agent may not function correctly. If you experience this situation on endpoint machines, configure auto-update for a time that is convenient to your users. See the Agent Settings page to configure auto-update.

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 2.0  - BETA (November 17, 2020)

  • Captive Portal Support – BCS Plus subscriptions support captive portal for guests using WIFI at hotels, airports, Internet cafés, or employees who bring personal devices to work, and all traffic is logged. See Captive Portal and Barracuda Content Shield for details.
  • Scan and Deliver feature – When a user navigates to a website and clicks the download link for a file, the BCS agent scans the downloaded file for malware before allowing access to the user or any program.  See How to Use the Barracuda Content Shield Suite for Windows for details.
  • Domain Category Lookup Tool – To find out which category a domain belongs to, use the Look For Domain Category feature on the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page.
  • Re-categorize a Domain by Category Tool – Use this feature on the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page to request re-categorizing a domain; i.e. reassigning it to a different category.

  • Report Threat False Positives – If you determine that any files scanned were falsely reported as suspicious or malicious, you can report that file to Barracuda on the THREAT LOGS page.
  • User License Reporting – The ACCOUNTS page now displays the following:
    • Licenses Purchased – Total number of user licenses purchased.
    • Licenses Used – Total number of users detected on the system, based on the last 30 days of activity.
  • Enhancements to Dashboard:
    • Encrypted Traffi c – Graph showing number of HTTPS and HTTP requests over the past 7 days, 30 days, or 24 hours.  
    • TLS Versions –  Number of requests on endpoints and corresponding TLS versions in use.
    • Applications – Shows Type of Browser used on endpoints and number of requests.
  • New Agent Settings page – The Agent Settings, Updates, and Define All Local Domains settings have moved from the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page to the new AGENT SETTINGS page.
  • New Exemption Policies page:
    • Exempt Microsoft Applications Traffic – You can choose to exempt all Microsoft application traffic – Office 365, Skype, Teams, etc. – from filtering by the BCS agent.
    • The Define All Process Exemption setting has moved from the ACCOUNT SETTINGS page.
    • Destination Network Exemption  – New setting to configure IP addresses of destination servers (such as VPNs) you want to bypass filtering by the BCS agent. For example, exempt applications like Cisco AnyConnect.   

Fixed in version 2.0

  • Fixed MS Outlook performance issue where Outlook was slow to load or not responding. [BNWSS-8908]
  • Resolved HSTS error with Google and Yahoo. [BNWSS-9011] 
  • Fixed system performance issues of delays when opening or closing windows, or switching between applications on the endpoint. [BNWSS-8727]
  • Resolved issue with running the BCS suite with Carbon Black AV.   [BNWSS-8262]

Known Issues in Version 2.0

If any of these issues compromise the safety of your beta environment, Barracuda advises against installing this beta version.

  • BCS does not send a notification when a user attempts to access a removable drive where malicious files have been detected [BNWSS-9618]  Workaround:  No workaround. Note that BCS still blocks the malicious file from execution.
  • Known threats on a removable drive are allowed to be copied to another drive. [BNWSS-9642]  Workaround:  No workaround. Note that BCS still blocks the threats from execution.
  • Files with the .7z extension, which   are compressed archive files created with 7-Zip open source software, are not recognized by the BCS agent as encrypted. [BNWSS-9883].  Workaround: Use .zip files instead, or extract the files from the .7z archive and the BCS agent will block malicious files.
  • The BCS agent allows access to a .7z file after detecting it as a threat. [BNWSS-8061]  Workaround: No work around. When the files are extracted from the archive, the BCS agent then blocks the malicious files. 
  • The BCS agent does not treat eicar files as a threat. [BNWSS-9792]   Workaround: Use other test files, such as files from tekdefense.com
  • Virus definition downloads that fail if the network is down do not retry when the network is up. [BNWSS-9545]  Workaround: Rebooting the endpoint machine after the network is up fixes this issue.
  • Data in the report Threats by File Types does not match counts in other reports. [BNWSS-9664]   Workaround:  No workaround at this time.
  • When Full URL Logging is enabled, the web logs are missing some URL entries. [BNWSS-8955]  Workaround:  No workaround at this time.    

BCS Agent for Windows, Version 1.9.15.2 (November 16, 2020)

  • Addressed an interoperability issue with the Cisco Anyconnect VPN Server. Contact Barracuda Support to enable support for your VPN server in your account.
  • Addressed notification issue with Microsoft Teams server traffic when the device uses IPv6 addresses. Contact Barracuda Support to enable support for Microsoft Teams in your account.
  • Additional Categories in Web Use Categories (WCS):
    • Fireworks Sites that sell, promote, or enable people to use fireworks.
    • Tracking Sites  Sites or back-end services that are dedicated to tracking user behavior or usage.
    • Paintball Sites that sell or promote paintball game or equipment. This includes air guns.
    • CBD and Hemp Products  Sites that sell CBD or Hemp products without THC, such as CBD oil, and do not promote marijuana use. 
    • Child Abuse Sites or images that include child pornography or abuse. This category is not entirely inclusive of all child abuse sites and may contain adult pornography.
    • Cyberbullying  URLs that contain abusive and/or threatening messages towards other users or groups. Sites that regard to abortion information, legal issues, and organizations.
    • Abortion  Sites containing abortion information, legal issues, and organizations.
    • Self Harm  Sites that contain examples or promotion of self-harm. This includes suicide, cutting, and advocacy of eating disorders.
    • Fitness  Sites that primarily promote, discuss, or enable fitness. These include gyms, studios, on-demand, personal trainers, and information about fitness.
    • Home and Garden  Sites related to renovation, maintenance and overall home projects. In addition, sites that discuss, educate, plan, or are related to gardening.
    • Infrastructure and Backend Services Sites and IP addresses that are used to support sites and services that typically do not contain content, but are necessary for the function of various back-end services.
    • Newly Registered Domains Sites that have been newly registered within the last 30 days and have not already been categorized.
    • Ammunition  Sites that sell ammunition. If sites contain guns, ammunition, and/or knives, they appear in this general Weapons category.
    • Guns Sites that sell or promote gun use. If sites contain guns, ammunition, and/or knives, they appear in this general Weapons category.
    • Knives  Sites that sell or promote knives used as weapons or for hunting purposes. If sites contain guns, ammunition, and/or knives, they appear in this general Weapons category.
    • Weapons  Any site that sells weapons or advocates the use of weapons. If sites contain more than one of the following: guns, ammunition, and/or knives, they appear in this general Weapons category, except paintball and air guns.

BCS AD Sync Tool, Version  1.1.0.4  (October 12, 2020)

  • Ability to use multiple based DN. Barracuda strongly recommends using the search root of the domain as the value for the Group Base DN; however, users are sync’d using the base DN specified.
  • Improved reporting of errors when group name, user name, and user email duplication occurs during sync.
  • Fixed issues where groups were not synchronized due to missing SID. [BNWSS-9351] 

BCS Dynamic IP Address Updater Tool 1.2.0.1 (September 22, 2020)

  • Updated the DDNS executable to provide the ability to specify the DNS server, removing the requirement for the workstation to proxy traffic to the Barracuda DNS Server. See Dynamic IP Address Updater Tool.

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  1.9.7.14 (August 26, 2020)

What's New in Version   1.9.7.14

  • 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 1.9.7.14 (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  1.9.7.14

  • 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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