Crowd 1.4 Release Notes

8 May 2008

The Atlassian Crowd team is proud to release Crowd 1.4.

Crowd 1.4 supports nested groups in LDAP directories. This means a group can now be a member of another group, making management of permissions much easier. For example, a Crowd-integrated Confluence or JIRA site will see users in sub-groups as members of the parent group.

The new Self-Service Console gives you the option to allow any authorized Crowd user to update their own user profile and password and to view their authorization details.

There's a new directory connector for Novell eDirectory. Crowd also supports read-only connections to an LDAP directory using the Posix schema. This is useful if you have a Unix installation and want to integrate it with an LDAP directory.

For the development community, a new plugin framework supports customized event listeners and password encoders.


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Upgrading to Crowd 1.4

You can download Crowd from the Atlassian website. If upgrading from a previous version, please read the Crowd 1.4 Upgrade Notes.

Highlights of Crowd 1.4

Nested Groups

  • In your LDAP directory, you can assign a group as a member of another group.
  • In Crowd, you can map any group to an application, including a group which contains other groups. Currently, nested groups are supported for LDAP directory connectors only.
  • For example, you might have two LDAP groups: 'engineering-group' and 'payroll-group'. Now you want to allow all members of those groups to access your Confluence wiki. You can create a group called 'confluence-users', mapped to the Confluence application, with members 'engineering-group', 'payroll-group' and any other groups and users. Crowd will allow members of those groups and sub-groups to log in to Confluence. When Confluence requests a list of the users in the 'confluence-users' group, Crowd will present all users in the group plus all users in its sub-groups.
  • Good news for our Confluence, JIRA and other Atlassian customers — this feature satisfies your requests for nested groups in those products too.
  • Take a look at our documentation.

Self-Service Console

  • Crowd users, including non-administrators, can log in to Crowd.
  • Change or reset your own password.
  • Update your user profile.
  • View your group and role membership.
  • See a list of the applications you can log in to.
  • The new Crowd User Guide explains the ins and outs.

Novell eDirectory Connector

Posix Support for LDAP Directories

  • Crowd supports read-only connections to an LDAP directory using the Posix/NIS schema.
  • Initially, our support is targeted at OpenLDAP directories.
  • This is useful if you have a Unix installation and want to integrate with an LDAP directory.
  • Here's our documentation on connecting your LDAP directory using the Posix/NIS schema.

Plugin Framework

  • For our development community, the new plugin framework supports customized event listeners and password encoders.
  • For example, you might decide to write your own event listener to audit failed Crowd authentication requests. Within Crowd itself, the reset password listener uses the new event framework.
  • You can create your own plugin to use a specific password encryption algorithm that Crowd does not support out of the box. Crowd's own password encoders provide examples of such plugins.

More than 30 Improvements and Bug-Fixes

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