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Review Board 1.6.18 and 1.7.12 released

We're happy to announce a couple new releases of Review Board tonight.

Both 1.6.18 and 1.7.12 focus on further security lockdowns and fixes. We've had some great testing and reports from a couple of our very security-savvy users, and we'll be continuing to put out new releases as they find more.

Those running public installs should update, and should also read our guide on securing file attachments.

None of the issues found have been seen in the wild. We've also been in contact with administrators of some of the larger public Review Board installations about our findings. If you run a public install and would like to be kept informed of any new security updates, please let us know.

Now, that's not all that 1.7.12 brings. We also have some new improvements for extension writers that are helpful to those writing larger extensions. This is all in preparation for some major improvements coming in 1.8. There's also a few bug fixes, such as a much-requested fix to the "Show Whitespace Changes" toggle.

See the 1.6.18 and 1.7.12 release notes for more details.

Review Board 1.7.11 released

Review Board 1.7.11 is released. It's a small release that just fixes a visual issue with the drop-down menus on IE9, and a compatibility issue with Python 2.5.

If you're primarily using non-IE browsers, and using something newer than Python 2.5, you don't need to upgrade to 1.7.11.

For those using Python 2.5, we recommend planning an upgrade to Python 2.7 soon. Review Board 1.8 will stop supporting Python 2.5, and 2.7 is your best bet for longer-term compatibility.

Release notes are available.

Review Board 1.6.17 and 1.7.10 released

We have a pair of releases today for users of Review Board 1.6.x and 1.7.x. Both contain important security updates, and we recommend updating immediately.

This security vulnerability allows attackers to execute JavaScript under certain conditions. There are no known vulnerabilities in the wild. The latest 1.6.x and 1.7.x releases are susceptible to the flaw. We have released 1.6.x and 1.7.x updates. We recommend that all users upgrade their install to a modern release, particularly if you are running a version prior to 1.6.

Along with the security updates, Review Board 1.7.10 provides some new bug fixes, API enhancements (for comments and screenshots), and UI refinement.

See the 1.6.17 and 1.7.10 releases for more info.

Review Board 1.7.9 released

Some of our wonderful early adopters found a couple bugs in 1.7.8 and some missing API for the new Depends On feature. We decided to get these out before everyone else upgraded.

Thanks early adopters!

Review Board 1.7.9 has an installation fix for some MySQL configurations, new API for Depends On and Blocks fields on review requests, and fixes to the recommended cgit URL for Git repositories.

Release notes are available.

Review Board 1.7.8 released

Review Board 1.7.8 is out, and it's chock full of goodies.

Review requests have two new fields: Blocks and Depends On. Developers can mark that a review request depends on another review request, helping reviewers prioritize what to review first. This goes both ways. A review request depending on another will be shown as being blocked on the other.

We've increased performance across the board. Every page's load times should be reduced. Upload times for diffs will, in many cases, also be reduced, as we won't hammer your repository as hard. This will also help with those using GitHub who may worry about API limits. The dashboard's reloading is smoother and less prone to problems when the connection or server goes down.

Clicking "Get Support" now goes to an all-new support page with some helpful links. If you have a support contract with us, the support page will give you an easy way to contact us with a problem.

You can even change the page that "Get Support" points to, which is handy if you have your own support page in your company.

That's not all. There's several improvements to the extension framework, improved logging for error resolution, and several bug fixes.

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

RBTools 0.5.1 released

RBTools 0.5.1 is out, with many important bug fixes, some new features, and improvements to our API.

We've addressed the bulk of the problems people hit with the new commands in RBTools 0.5.0. In particular, several crashes with Perforce, Subversion and Bazaar have been addressed.

Most of the RBTools commands now have a --repository-type option, which can be used to specify the type of repository, instead of RBTools having to guess. This can also be set in .reviewboardrc by setting the REPOSITORY_TYPE setting. Setting this will dramatically speed up creating and updating review requests, and prevent problems with nested repositories.

You can use post-review --list-repo-types or rbt list-repo-types to see the valid values for this new setting.

To upgrade your copy of RBTools, just run:

easy_install -U RBTools

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

Private beta for Review Board Enterprise

We've been working toward a set of enhancements to Review Board for larger installations that we're currently calling Review Board Enterprise. The functionality we're targeting initially includes:

  • Support for repositories on GitHub Enterprise.
  • Ability to scale across multiple servers, to handle larger numbers of consecutive users.
  • Faster diff viewer rendering. Diffs will begin generating immediately upon upload, outside the Apache process, and this can be scaled out as well.
  • Pre-built Review Board VMs for quick installation and scale-out.

Depending on interest, future versions may include:

  • Enhanced diff features. Due to the new way we can process diffs, we can start enhancing what the users see, speeding up their review process, and thus saving companies time and money.
  • Multiple SSH keys. Associate different SSH keys to different repositories.
  • Single sign-on. Integrate with existing SAML-based services.

These are changes we've been using on our hosting service, RBCommons, and are working to make available to a larger audience.

We're collecting sign-ups from anyone interested in giving this a try. We'll send out an announcement with a beta download once it's ready.

If you're interested, you can sign up here.

This will be a for-pay addition to Review Board, and will help directly fund the continued development of Review Board itself.

PDF Review Beta Released!

We're proud to announce that we've released an initial version of the PDF Review extension. This extension allows viewing PDF attachments directly in your browser, and you can add comments on the content.

If you're curious about how this works, we have an overview of the functionality over on our blog. If you'd like to get access to the beta, please fill out the signup form and we'll be in touch.

Review Board 1.7.7.1 releassed

1.7.7 introduced a crash during new site installations for some users. We apologize for anyone who hit this. The new release, 1.7.7.1, should take care of this and get you back on track!

Release notes are available.

Review Board 1.7.7 released

Review Board 1.7.7 is out. It has a couple new features for admins, a series of bug fixes, and some worthwhile performance improvements that you shouldn't miss.

We did some profiling and found a couple common cases we were able to speed up considerably. The Dashboard and All Review Requests pages should be faster, as should any changes involving parent diffs.

There's also some additions in here that set things up for the upcoming PDF review extension. If you're interested in giving that a try, sign up for the beta..

Release notes are available.

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