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Avast Business Hub Release Notes 2024

This Article Applies to:

  • Avast Business Hub

 

Avast Business Hub and AVG Business Cloud Console run the same versions and release in the same cycle, usually every two weeks. Changes to the release cycle can be due to availability, planning, company shutdowns, etc.

For services offered inside the Hub such as Patch Management, Cloud Backup, USB Protection, and PRC, there is no specific release cycle. However, we attempt to release alongside the console releases (if there are some issues, hotfixes will be released outside of the usual two-week cycle). The same applies to the other backend services like DM, Alerts, etc.

This article provides information on the Business Hub 2024 releases and is updated throughout the year.

March 2024

Console Version 8.86 (March 20)

Release Summary

The platform's design has been improved for a more user-friendly experience, and we have fixed several reported issues.

New Features & Enhancements

  • Fresh look: We have made the design of the Hub more accessible with clearer visual hierarchy while being more consistent in using the design components. Improving the look is directly tied to improving usability.
  • Several minor enhancements have been implemented.

Resolved Issues

  • We have addressed an issue where the number of devices requiring a certain patch did not match the actual patch device status. This discrepancy across multiple patches has been resolved for accurate patch management.
  • Under Account / Customer profile, a problem displaying the customer information has been fixed, addressing issues such as empty profiles, incorrect data population, and 404 errors, ensuring accurate and consistent customer information.
  • Fixed Japanese localization inaccuracies.
  • Numerous minor bugs have been successfully resolved.

Known Issues

  • Exclusions containing wildcards are currently not functioning correctly on macOS.

Console Version 8.85 (March 6)

Release Summary

This release includes minor improvements for a smoother user experience. Additionally, various issues related to policy deletion, console closure, and Antivirus component states have been resolved.

New Features & Enhancements

  • Ignoring APIPA (Automatic Private IP Addressing) addresses in the device details ensures that addresses such as 169.254 and 127.0.0.1 (localhost) are disregarded, including the removal of existing records.
  • Several minor enhancements have been implemented for a smoother user experience.

Resolved Issues

  • Multiple issues related to policy deletion and console closure have been addressed.
  • Fixed an issue with Antivirus component state where the component states (ON/OFF/Uninstall) in the Hub may not have been correctly reflected on the endpoint.
  • Numerous minor bugs have been successfully resolved.

Known Issues

  • Exclusions containing wildcards are currently not functioning correctly on macOS.

February 2024

Console Version 8.84 (February 21)

Release Summary

In this release, we've streamlined VPN firewall rules for clarity and usability, enhanced device status notification performance, and improved policy operation confirmation dialogue. Additionally, we've updated the support phone list for Japan and optimized Avast Business Hub operations for smoother functionality, reducing timeouts when resolving alerts.

New Features & Enhancements

  • Simplified VPN Firewall system rules settings: We've streamlined VPN Firewall system rules settings by merging Allow VPN over PPTP and Allow VPN over L2TP-IPSec into a unified option: Allow VPN connections for both private and public profiles. This update preserves compatibility with older AV clients while also catering to newer versions, ensuring a seamless transition experience for all users.
  • Policy Confirmation Dialog Improvement: Policy Confirmation Dialog now displays policy names for clarity during operations. Additionally, the delete policy modal prompts users to choose a replacement policy before deletion.
  • Support phone list update for Japan: We've updated the support phone list for Japan with two key improvements. Firstly, operating hours are now displayed in Japan Standard Time (JST), from 10:00 to 19:00, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays. Secondly, we've removed the country code +81 from the support phone number, simplifying it to 0120 300 582 for easier access.

Resolved Issues

  • Numerous minor bugs have been successfully addressed.

Known Issues

  • Exclusions containing wildcards are currently not functioning correctly on macOS.

Console Version 8.83 (February 7)

Release Summary

In this release, we've upgraded Java to its latest version and fixed several bugs, ensuring better console performance. Also, it is now possible to generate and send support packages from macOS devices. Moreover, we improved trial to paid conversion.

New Features & Enhancements

  • Java has been updated to its latest version: This enhancement ensures improved performance, security, and compatibility with the latest technologies.
  • Send Support Package for macOS Devices: The "Send support package" option for macOS devices will be enabled with the upcoming release of Agent for macOS 7.14. Users can collect and send diagnostic packages by navigating to Devices > Device three-dot menu > Send support package, enhancing issue resolution capabilities.
  • Trial to paid conversion: Customers converting from trial to paid now enjoy the flexibility of choosing from all available product editions instead of being redirected exclusively to Ultimate Business Security.
  • Several minor improvements have been implemented.

Resolved Issues

  • We've addressed a bug where the Patch name filter on the Device Patches tab only allowed an exact match. Now, users can search using a Patch name substring, providing a more flexible and user-friendly experience.
  • Addressed an issue where customers converting from trial to paid were not offered a discounted price, aligning the experience with online website purchases. This ensures consistency and fairness in pricing for all users.
  • Numerous minor bugs have been successfully resolved.

Known Issues

  • Exclusions containing wildcards are currently not functioning correctly on macOS.

January 2024

Console Version 8.82 (January 24)

Release Summary

In this release, our focus has been on two key aspects. Firstly, we've enhanced the visibility of our release notes, ensuring users can easily access and stay informed about the latest changes. Secondly, significant efforts have been made towards stabilizing the product, addressing various bugs and issues for an improved and reliable user experience.

New Features & Enhancements

  • Enhanced Release Notes Visibility: We've introduced a feature to highlight the release of a new Hub version along with its release notes. Now, after a new version is released, the "Help & Resources" menu is marked by an orange badge, and within its submenu, the link to the latest release notes is also highlighted with an orange badge for improved visibility.
  • Several minor enhancements have been implemented for a smoother user experience.

Resolved Issues

  • We've addressed a bug where the Patch Report widget for "Patches" was displaying only up to 10,000 items, causing discrepancies in the displayed values compared to the actual number of patches found and installed. Now, the widget accurately reflects the correct number of patches, providing a more reliable representation.
  • Numerous minor bugs have been successfully addressed and resolved.

Known Issues

  • Exclusions containing wildcards are currently not functioning correctly on macOS.

Console Version 8.81 (January 10)

Release Summary

This release introduces significant enhancements, including a new "Payment history" section in Subscriptions, providing admins with an overview of invoice history. Additionally, the Webcam Shield policy has been extended to include Microphone settings, enhancing default device security. Furthermore, the Web Shield policy now encompasses DNS/Doh Scanning for malicious pattern detection in domain resolutions and WebSocket protocol scanning for web application traffic. Various minor improvements contribute to a smoother overall user experience.

New Features & Enhancements

  • Payment history in Subscriptions: A new section, "Payment history" has been introduced in Subscriptions. Exclusive to admins, this section provides a comprehensive overview of invoice history.
  • Webcam Shield Policy Extension: The Webcam Shield policy has been expanded to include Microphone settings. Users can now find the option to protect the microphone under Settings > Antivirus > Webcam Shield. This setting is enabled by default, enhancing overall device security including eavesdropping. This setting is for Windows users only.
  • Web Shield Policy Extension: The Web Shield policy has been expanded to include DNS/Doh Scanning, enabling the scanning of network traffic for malicious patterns in domain resolutions. This feature is enabled by default. Additionally, WebSocket protocol scanning has been introduced, allowing the scanning of network traffic commonly used by web applications. This setting is disabled by default. Both new settings can be found under Settings > Antivirus > Web Shield. This setting is for Windows users only.
  • Several minor improvements have been implemented for a smoother user experience.

Resolved Issues

  • The issue where customers encountered an error when attempting to clear Network Discovery scan results in the Hub has been successfully addressed. Users can now clear scan results without experiencing the previously reported error.
  • The issue where incorrect IP addresses were visible in Audit log reports has been successfully addressed. Reports now accurately display the correct IP addresses.
  • Numerous bugs related to Cloud Backup have been successfully addressed and resolved, contributing to a more stable and reliable Cloud Backup functionality.

Known Issues

  • Exclusions containing wildcards are currently not functioning correctly on macOS. We are actively working on resolving this issue and apologize for any inconvenience caused.

 

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