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Changelog

2022

September

Management console dashboard

We added a dashboard screen to the management console. If you click Dashboard on the sidebar, you can now see visualized metrics about your Authentication Cloud instance.

May

Updated Figma templates

At Nevis, we use Figma templates to customize the design of the Access Apps. We updated the Figma templates for a simpler and more streamlined experience on your side.

With the update, we included all your previously uploaded logos and color settings so you can continue where you left off.

On the Managament Console, you can find the updated templates under Graphics & Branding.

April

Java and Spring vulnerability fixes

Based on our analysis, Authentication Cloud is not affected by the recent Java and Spring vulnerability issues. To mitigate risks, we delivered fixes for CVE-2022-21449 and CVE-2022-22968. We keep monitoring the situation, and apply further updates if needed.

March

Escape characters in error messages

Unescaped HTML special characters in JSON error messages can lead to a security vulnerability. MSIE11 on Windows 7 and Windows 8 can be tricked into rendering application/json as text/html. However, the attack is only possible if an adversary can frame the affected response using an iframe, concurrently to the initial request being an HTTP GET.

We made sure that JSON responses do not contain unescaped HTML special characters. For characters such as < or >, we now use the JavaScript unicode escapes \u003c and \u003e. With this change, there is no further potential for triggering XSS attacks using HTML special characters inside JSON responses.

Spring4Shell

Regarding the Spring framework remote code exploit, our current understanding is that Authentication Cloud is not affected. To be on the safe side, we proactively applied the official Spring upgrades.

February

Usernameless authentication

Usernameless means you can start the authentication flow without supplying the username. Once the user has successfully authenticated, you can connect the approved transaction, such as a login, to the particular user.

  • This feature only works with the a branded or an SDK-based Access App, with a QR code or a link.
  • The supported SDK & Access App version is 2.2.0 or higher.
  • The approval endpoint no longer requires a username or userId if the channel is set to app.
  • Intermittent polls on the status endpoint will not have the userId in the response. Only if the user successfully authenticated will the status API endpoint return the userId so it can be bound to the transaction session.

Visit Usernameless authentication for more details.

Authenticator ID Wildcard

If your setup supports the use of multiple authenticators, for example two mobile phones with the branded Access App belonging to the same user, you can now use the * wildcard to allow for either of those to be used for transaction approval.

The payload sent to the approval endpoint would also need to set the channel to app. See example below:

curl "https://$instance.mauth.nevis.cloud/api/v1/approval" \
-XPOST \
-H "Authorization: Bearer $access_key" \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-d '{ "channel": "app", "username": "Userxyz123", "authenticatorId": "*" }'

January

FIDO2: Web Authentication (WebAuthn)

  • Register with a compulsory username that uniquely identifies your user.
  • Set the channel to fido2.
  • You also need to add a human-friendly displayName.
  • The WebAuthn feature requires specific configuration changes to your instance. For more information, see WebAuthn overview.

Independent security audit

The Auth Cloud underwent an 8-day security audit by an independent third party that specializes in penetration testing. The scope included blackbox testing of all production infrastructure, the newly released public functionality and features, and whitebox testing on the code-base. Smaller risks were discovered, all of which have been fixed and verified. Additional recommendations were also implemented.

2021

November

My Customer Portal

All our demos are now available under our brand-new My Customer Portal (MCP). Sign up, enroll a device see how biometric approvals can help you improve security and boost customer retention on your own portal.

October

Widget Integration

The widget is a ready-made, light-weight, secure JS client, which provides a graphical user interface that can be embedded into your webpage. It can manage your user registrations and authentications for you. Read the widget docs to understand the prerequisites and the flows. Read the details about the intent token management in the API docs.

August

method deprecation

⚠️ The method member has been deprecated in the API. Going forward it is replaced by channel. This was necessary to consolidate new features such as SMS OTP and recovery codes.

Deprecated means that going forward, method will still work for existing integrations until further notice, but its use should be replaced by channel in existing integrations. Only channel is to be used for new integrations.

May

SMS OTP

Hot off the press, the new SMS OTP-based second factor for authentication is now available for Auth Cloud. If you want to roll this out to your customers, get in touch with us so we can configure your SMS provider in your instance.

For technical details, see the API guide on how to authenticate with SMS

Recovery Codes

Auth Cloud can now provide one-time recovery codes for your customers. These 16-digit codes with 75+ bit entropy enable your customers to recover their accounts even when all their authenticators are lost or damaged. This feature can be tested on the test app of your instance under Test & Debug. See the API Documentation for details.

March

Auth Cloud Trial

The Nevis Authentication Cloud, nicked Auth Cloud, is now publicly available. You can sign up here for a free trial.

2020

December

Independent security audit

The Auth cloud underwent a 10-day security audit by an independent third party that specializes in penetration testing. The scope included blackbox and whitebox testing of all production infrastructure, and public functionality and features. No major risk was discovered, all recommendations were implemented and verified.

November

Management console improvements

Several small improvements were implemented on the console for the user and device search functionality.

October

API version 1 is available

The API is now public so you can start the integration of your front-end and back-end applications using our APIs directly. Visit the API documentation for more.

September

Management console is now available

The Nevis Authentication Cloud management console is now available. The current functionality includes user and device management, and the creation and deletion of access key for server access.