Wednesday, 14 December 2016 09:46

Nextcloud beefs up security in new release

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Open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud has announced the release of version 11 which is now available for download.

The release includes significant security improvements, the company said.

The new security capabilities include:

  • support for cutting edge browser security features CSP 3.0 and same-site cookies;
  • support for Kerberos authentication and two-factor authentication providers based on universal 2nd factor and time-based one-time passwords;
  • expanded brute force protection to all API access points;
  • more secure Federation through use of SSL/TLS;
  • access rights on app-specific login tokens; and
  • automatic checking of apps and enforcing of signatures in new app store.

Nextcloud spokesman Jos Poortvliet said: "With scalability a prime concern among Nextcloud's large enterprise customers, this release decreases the database load and lowers resource usage up to 60% for common server operations.

"Multi-bucket Object Store support, improved handling of previews and Collabora Online speed improvements enable scaling to greater numbers of users and files, decrease the server load and improve user experience."

Nextcloud managing director Frank Karlitschek said: "Nextcloud GmbH has become a fast growing company while the Nextcloud project is the largest and most active in its space.

"This shows the trust customers place in a business offering a sustainable solution to real business needs"

Poortvliet added that to satisfy strong customer demand, Nextcloud 11 introduced Apache Solr powered Full Text Search, enabling users to find words or phrases in text, pdf and common office documents on internal, external, shared and encrypted storage.

"The Next Generation Federation technology introduces a central lookup server, enabling Nextcloud users to find each other irrespective of the server their account resides on. The experimental Spreed app integrates secure, peer-to-peer audio and video chat in Nextcloud."

Nextcloud, which is based in Stuttgart, was formed in June after forking from ownCloud.

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