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Nextcloud 10 to have dual-factor authentication

A beta version of Nextcloud 10, the open-source file syncing and sharing software, with improvements in security, federation and features was announced last week.

The release will have brute force protection and support for two-factor authentication. It will also include more seamless federation, and external storage updates including SMB scalability improvements and usability improvements.

Brute force protection means that Nextcloud 10 will slow down login attempts from potential attackers across IPv4 and IPv6 networks. The new plugin-based authentication system supports two-factor authentication and device-specific passwords. These can be managed by users and sysadmins who can revoke active user sessions, a feature compatible with LDAP installations.

In the new beta, shared links mounted in a Nextcloud server will be treated as federated shares. This means users can control, change permissions or disable shares even if the shared link itself is not available.

Reshared federated shares now create direct connections between servers and the permission support of federated shares is now the same as for normal shares.

Nextcloud's Frank Karlitschek and Niels Mach.

Nextcloud's Frank Karlitschek and Niels Mach.

The beta also has improvements in the user interface, including support for permanent links in the URL bar which enables sharing URLs between users who have access to the same file or folder even if they moved the data to a different location.

External storage now has faster and more reliable Dropbox and Google Drive support and can handle SMB change notifications used in enterprise environments, enabling Nextcloud to be aware of changes on Windows Network Drives without a big performance impact.

The stable release of Nextcloud 10 is planned for the second half of August.

Frank Karlitschek, managing director of Nextcloud, said: "The Nextcloud 10 release is coming together very well and I'm proud of the work the community and company did together. In the coming weeks, we will finalise and stabilise the server and make it ready for home and enterprise users alike."

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