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What's New in NetModem 3.xx


Version 3.98 (Released March 27 2013)

  • Bug fix: In rare cases NetModem Client 3.9x could stop due to a buffer overflow when a COM port is closed while data is still being received.
  • No changes made to NetModem Server (other then version number).


Version 3.97 (Released October 22 2012)

  • Bug fix: If a second instance of the NetModem Server Configuration screen was opened while the first instance was minimized. the TCP port field would be blank.
  • Minor SSL/TLS encryption optimization made to NetModem Client and Server.


Version 3.96 (Released August 13, 2012)

  • NetModem Client version 3.95's timing changes were further adjusted for optimal performance with both faxing applications and Dial-Up Networking.

  • No changes to NetModem Server (other then version number).


Version 3.95 (Released June 7, 2012)

  • NetModem Client resolved a fax timing issue under 64-bit versions of Windows, which previously could cause fax sending to fail with certain models of fax modems.

  • No changes to NetModem Server (other then version number).

  • Note: The OpenSSL Security Advisory "Invalid TLS/DTLS record attack (CVE-2012-2333)" dated May 10 2012 does not effect NetModem Server or Client.


Version 3.94 (Released May 1, 2012)

  • Fixed a log issue when NetModem Server sends activity logs to a Microsoft SQL 2008R2 database.

  • No changes to NetModem Client (other then version number).


Version 3.93 (Released March 23, 2012)

  • NetModem Server includes a workaround for newer MultiModem-ISI PCIe MT9234SMI modem modules which fail to set a default flow control at power-on.

  • NetModem Client Virtual COM port driver was updated for larger buffer support, increasing performance on very slow networks.

  • The OpenSSL Toolkit was updated to version 1.0.0h.   Encryption is not available in some countries.


Version 3.92 (Released February 10, 2012)

  • NetModem Client now prevents improperly configured networks from dropping connections due to idle timeouts, by sending queries to the server every few minutes while idle.

  • NetModem Client's Monitor now logs activity to the trace window even when the monitor window is not open.


  • NetModem Server's RoundRobin feature was enhanced to always select a higher value COM port in the current pool when this option is enabled.
  • The OpenSSL Toolkit was updated to version 1.0.0g.   Encryption is not available in some countries.

Version 3.91 (Released September 30, 2011)

  • NetModem Client 3.90 had a bug which could result in faxes failing to send with some fax-modems. This is fixed in 3.91.

  • Minor GUI enhancements to NetModem Server.

  • The OpenSSL Toolkit was updated to version 1.0.0e.   Encryption is not available in some countries.


Version 3.90 (Released July 5, 2011)

  • NetModem Server now supports authentication over Universal Groups using multiple domains.

  • NetModem Server now allows raw TCP connections. Previous versions required Telnet (Standard or RFC-2217 enhanced).

  • NetModem Server now limits DNS resolve time to 25ms or less while logging activity, to prevent the possibility of a timeout when using non NetModem clients.

  • NetModem Client's 'Unsynchronized Connection" manager was enhanced to perform faster when using the Perle PCI-RAS cards.

  • The AES Encryption cipher now supports the Intel AES-NI encryption hardware, found on most of Intel's 2010 CPU's including Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors. The OpenSSL Toolkit was updated to version 1.0.0d.   Encryption is not available in some countries.


Version 3.85
(Released June 13, 2011)

  • NetModem Server could fail to complete a fax transmission when a class 1 fax application sends several pages of data using certain models of controllerless soft-modems in some cases. This is fixed.

  • NetModem Server now provides stricter handshaking when connecting to specific non-NetModem clients..

  • No changes to NetModem Client (still at 3.84).


Version 3.84
(Released April 10, 2011)

  • The Credential Manager for NetModem Client was enhanced to avoid issues with some security suite software blocking the credentials (such as MS security essentials).

  • The NetModem Client Configuration's "Test Server Connection" was updated.

  • Minor maintenance updates to NetModem Server..


Version 3.83
(Released February 12, 2011)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8r, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on February 8, 2011. This new OpenSSL version is a security and bugfix release which addresses CVE-2011-0014. For a complete list of changes, please see http://openssl.org/news/secadv_20110208.txt.   Encryption is not available in some countries.
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Version 3.82
(Released November 20, 2010)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8p, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on November 16, 2010. This new OpenSSL version is a security and bugfix release which addresses CVE-2010-1116. For a complete list of changes, please see http://openssl.org/news/secadv_20101116.txt.   Encryption is not available in some countries.

  • Fixed an issue in NetModem Client in which new Multiple Server Failover lists would require admin privliges under Windows 7.



Version 3.81
(Released June 2, 2010)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8o, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on June 1, 2010. This new OpenSSL version is a security and bugfix release which addresses CVE-2010-0742. For a complete list of changes, please see http://openssl.org/news/secadv_20100601.txt.   Encryption is not available in some countries.

  • Fixed an issue in which NetModem Server 3.80 would sometimes fail to connect to a modem.



Version 3.80
(Released May 24, 2010)

  • NetModem Server has several major performance enhancments.

  • The NetModem Client Monitor can now be opened from the Start menu when it is already minimized in the system tray.

Version 3.76 (Released April 15, 2010)

  • Fixed an issue introduced in NetModem Client 3.75, which could result in an iowait condition under some CPUs.

  • No changes to NetModem Server.


Version 3.75 (Released March 25, 2010)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8N, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on March 24, 2010. This includes a fix for the OpenSSL "Record of Death" in which certain incorrectly formatted records could cause an OpenSSL client or server to crash due to a read attempt at NULL. For more information, see the Security Advisory at http://openssl.org/news/secadv_20100324.txt. Encryption is not available in some countries.

  • Minor optimizations to NetModem Client.


Version 3.74
(Released March 5, 2010)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8M, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on February 25, 2010. This includes important bug-fixes to OpenSSL's encryption. For a detailed list, see http://www.openssl.org/news/changelog.html    Encryption is not available in some countries.

  • NetModem Client now automatically brings up the configuration screen during a first time install under Windows 7.


Version 3.73
(Released December 14, 2009)

  • NetModem Server has minor cleanup to logging functions. When dial logging is disabled, NetModem Server no longer logs phone numbers to the activity logs in addition to the dialed phone numbers log.

  • NetModem Client now shares the same codebase as NetDialOut. The two products use identical COM port drivers and network provider. There are only minor differences to the configuration GUI, and the licensing model (Only NetDialOut Seat Edition requires a license key)..

Version 3.72 (Released November 8, 2009)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8L, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on November 5, 2009. This includes important bug-fixes to OpenSSL's encryption. For a detailed list, see http://www.openssl.org/news/changelog.html    Encryption is not available in some countries.
  • NetModem Server now logs invalid pool names requested by a client, and invalid COM port names requested by a client.

  • NetModem Server has minor optimizations.

  • No Changes to NetModem Client (other then OpenSSL encryption update).



Version 3.71
(Released October 1, 2009)

  • Changed NetModem Server's TCP KeepAlive function to prevent idle timeout disconnections under certain conditions on some networks.

  • Changed NetModem Client's Network Provider module to avoid possible conflict with the Citrix IMA service (Independent Management Architecture) when running under Citrix XenApp / Presentation Server.

  • Removed extra 3.70 debug comments from the NetModem Client trace log.



Version 3.70
(Released May 25, 2009)

  • NetModem Server's Active Directory User Authentication and browsing was further optimized.

  • Cosmetic changes were made to NetModem Server's "Edit Access List" GUI, and the ability was added to allow multiple users/groups to be added/removed from the allowed list at a time.

  • NetModem Server had optimizations made to it's thread management, to improve CPU usage when a large number of modems are being shared.

  • NetModem Server now enforces a write-timeout when sending data to the modem COM ports, to prevent defective or unplugged modems from hanging the session.

  • NetModem Client now allows selecting a specific remote COM port on the server to redirect to from any pool. Previous versions would only allow this on the default (first defined) pool.

  • Fixed issue in which NetModem Client could crash if the server fails to respond to a write-data command.



Version 3.61
(Released March 30, 2009)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8k, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on March 25, 2009. This includes important security bug-fixes to OpenSSL's encryption. For a detailed list, see http://openssl.org/news/secadv_20090325.txt   Encryption is not available in some countries.

  • The 64-bit version of NetModem Server no longer requires the Visual C++ 2008 x64 runtime library.

 

Version 3.60 (Released January 29, 2009)

  • NetModem Client provides better tolerance for slow connecting networks.

  • NetModem Server now rejects any unsoliceted network traffic.

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8j, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on January 7, 2009. This includes important security bug-fixes to OpenSSL's encryption. For a detailed list, see http://openssl.org/news/secadv_20090107.txtl    Encryption is not available in some countries.


Version 3.53 (Released November 5, 2008)

  • NetModem Server now provides faster AD user authentication under Windows Server 2008.

  • No changes where made to NetModem Client other then the updated version number.


Version 3.52 (Released September 24, 2008)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8i, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on September 15, 2008. This includes minor bug-fixes to OpenSSL, none of which are critical. For a detailed list, see http://www.openssl.org/news/changelog.html    Encryption is not available in some countries.

  • InstallShield no longer incorrectly warns that a reboot may be required when uninstalling under Vista. However, this warning may still be encountered when upgrading from a version prior to 3.52.


Version 3.51 (Released July 14, 2008)

  • NetModem Server has a new Pool Properties option,"Reset modem when opening port". When enabled, NetModem Server will send an ATZ command to the modem, and will wait for an OK response before assiging that modem to the client. If the modem fails to respond, NetModem Server will look for another modem to assign to the client instead, and will log the failure.

  • NetModem Server 3.50 had a permissions issue preventing the SSL Encryption password from being edited. This is now resolved.

  • NetModem Client has minor optimizations added.



Version 3.50
(Released June 3, 2008)

  • NetModem Client has several optimizations made to the driver and monitor.

  • NetModem Server has optimizations to the SSL Encryption feature and monitor.

  • The InstallShield 32-bit Installers were updated to no longer require a seperate installer for NT 4.0.

  • The OpenSSL encription library was updated to version 0.9.8h, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on May 28, 2008. This resolved two moderate severity security issues in OpenSSL, neither of which should effect NetModem.

 

Version 3.41 (Released April 22, 2008)

  • NetModem Server and Client now include seperate installers for the 32-bit, 64-bit, and NT 4.0 versions.

  • NetModem Client was optimized for faster single-byte reads while using SSL encryption.

  • NetModem Client uses a more advanced method for providing user credentials.

 

Version 3.40 beta3 (Public Beta-Released March 20, 2008)

  • NetModem Server no longer uses any 32-bit components in the x64 version.

  • NetModem Server is compatible with Windows Server 2008 x64 (all builds).

  • NetModem Server now stores its configuration file in the Windows Application Folder (Typically in \Users\All Users\NMServer\ ) to avoid permission issues under Server 2008. The installer will automatically move the configuration file to the new folder when performing an upgrade.

 

Version 3.40 beta1 (Public Beta-Released February 15, 2008)

  • After several months of internal testing, the 64-bit version of NetModem Client is now in available for external beta testing.

  • The NetModem Client virtual COM port driver now uses the Microsoft Server 2008 SDK.

  • The NetModem Client Configuration program no longer requires Administrator rights to run.

 

Version 3.35 (Released October 22, 2007)

  • The OpenSSL encription library was again updated to version 0.9.8g, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on October 19, 2007. This resolved some minor issues in the previous OpenSSL library, which had released just 8 days prior. None of these issues were critical.

  • NetModem Client no longer pre-reads the routing table at startup, allowing new or temporary network connections (such as a VPN connection) to be included in the routing analyzation process as each COM port is opened.

 

Version 3.34 (Released October 15, 2007)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8f, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on October 11, 2007. This resolves 2 OpenSSL Vulnerabilities and also includes a number of important SSL/TLS bugfixes and enhancments added to the OpenSSL library since the previous release dated February 23, 2007. For a detailed list, see http://openssl.org/news/secadv_20071012.txt.   Encryption is not available in some countries.

 

Version 3.33 (Released October 2, 2007)

  • The NetModem Installers were updated to InstallShield 2008. Installers no longer use VBScript to prevent compatibility issues when installing to a PC running older versions of Symantecs Security Suite software.

  • Resolved a compatiblity issue between NetModem Client and the Terra Term Pro software.

  • Minor optimizations to both NetModem Client and Server.

  • Alpha versions of the Vista 64-bit Clients are currently being tested.

 

Version 3.32 (Released April 23, 2007)

  • Under certain conditions, the NetModem Client Monitor could uses 5% CPU while idle. This is now resolved.

  • The NetModem Server "Round Robin" feature would sometimes not select the next numeric modem number when all modems are available. This is now resolved.

  • Added several new messages to the NetModem Client trace log to aid in application troubleshooting.

  • Several minor client-side optimizations were added, during the process of preparing for a 64-bit version.

  • The NetModem installers were updated to InstallShield 12 Service Pack 2, which was released by Macrovision on April 12, 2007. This provides several minor fixes since the InstallShield 12 Service Pack 1 release.

  • All executables (including the installers) are now signed.

 

Version 3.31 (Released February 28, 2007)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8e, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on February 23, 2007. This includes a number of important SSL/TLS bugfixes and enhancments added to the OpenSSL library since the previous release dated September 28, 2006. For a detailed list, see http://www.openssl.org/news/changelog.html    Encryption is not available in some countries.

  • Added additional support for the upcoming features in OpenSSL 0.9.9.

  • The NetModem Installers were updated to InstallShield 12 Service Pack 1 which was released by Macrovision on January 29, 2007. This provides several minor enhancements and fixes when installing under Windows Vista.

 

Version 3.30 (Released December 16, 2006)

  • NetModem now supports applications using wireless GSM or Satellitte modems.

  • The installers have been upgraded to InstallShield 12.0, to provide better support for Windows Vista. This also improves remote deployment of the clients, allowing pre-configured snapshots of the virtual COM port settings to be deployed during the install.

  • Resolved a compatibility issue between NetModem Server and the ActiveXperts server monitor.

 

Version 3.21 (Released November November 16, 2006)

  • Resolved an issue that could cause NetModem Client to fail authenticate using Active Directory under certain conditions.

 

Version 3.20 (Released November 1, 2006)

  • NetModem Server now has a Virtual Phone Book feature, allowing administrators to assign pseudo phone numbers to clients, which are translated to the actual phone number when dialing out. This simplifies management, allowing phone numbers for specific services to be changed without needing to globally reconfigure every dialout user's terminal with the new phone number(s).

  • NetModem Server now has configurable usage hours, definable for each pool. This allows an administrator to limit access to modems and devices to specific hours and days of the week.

  • NetModem Server now has a checkbox option to open ports using Round Robin, cycling each shared COM port rather then selecting the first COM port available.

  • NetModem Server now has a checkbox option to open COM ports using TAPI instead of the standard method. The alternative method supports certain USB modems with poorly designed COM port drivers.

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8d, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on September 28, 2006.
    This includes a number of important SSL/TLS bugfixes added to the OpenSSL library since the previous release dated September 5, 2006. For a detailed list, see http://openssl.org/news/secadv_20060928.txt.  Encryption is not available in some countries.

 

Version 3.10 (Released September 20, 2006)

  • NetModem Client now has a Server Failover feature, allowing easy access to backup modem servers if a primary server is unavailable. Lists of Modem Servers the client should attempt to use can be defined. If a client is unable to establish a connection with the first server on the list, or if a server reports that all the shared modems are in use, the client will automatically attempt to contact the next server in the list. This allows backup modem servers to be defined in mission critical environments.

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8c, which was offically released by the OpenSSL development team on September 5, 2006.
    This includes a number of important SSL/TLS bugfixes added to the OpenSSL library since the previous release For a detailed list, see http://openssl.org/news/secadv_20060905.txtl    Encryption is not available in some countries.

  • The NetModem Client Configurations "Server Connection Test" interface has been enhanced. Checking for modems is now optional, and the test will allow most configuration issues to be corrected automatically. Support was also added to test the new Server Failover feature.

  • Several minor GUI enhancments were made to NetModem Server, such as allowing the Status Tab window to be resized independently from the other windows, and allowing ranges of ports to be moved to/from the pool lists.

 

Version 3.07 (Released July 15, 2006)

  • NetModem Server now issues a TAPI reset each time a COM port is opened in TAPI mode. TAPI is enabled by default only if a modem driver is installed on the COM port.

  • Several minor enhancments were made to the OpenSSL interface, to take advantage of features in the OpenSSL version 0.9.8b library.

 

Version 3.06 (Released June 17, 2006)

  • NetModem Server's "User Access List" now displays only user/group objects in one domain at a time on the left select list. A domain pulldown list above this allows selecting any other domains. This was done to accomidate networks with a large number of domains.

  • During User Authentication, if an allowed group contained other groups, those other groups were not being allowed to authenticate unless they were also added to the allowed list seperatly. Groups containing groups are now recursivly authenticated.

  • NetModem Client's SSL Certificate Authorities file now include an Intermediate CA certificate for Starfield Technologies, a subsidiary of Godaddy.com.

 

Version 3.05 (Released May 10, 2006)

  • The OpenSSL encryption library was updated to version 0.9.8b, which was released by the OpenSSL development team on May 4, 2006.
    This includes a number of important SSL/TLS bugfixes added to the OpenSSL library since the previous release dated October 11, 2005. For a detailed list, see http://www.openssl.org/news/changelog.html    Encryption is not available in some countries.

  • The NetModem Client Configurations "Server Connection Test" could unexpectedly abort if the IP address of the defined server was on another subnet which was unreachable. This issue was introduced in version 3.0. Fixed.

  • Minor enhancements were made to the NetModem Client virtual COM driver.

 

Version 3.04 (Released April 17, 2006)

  • When a client opens a COM port, NetModem Server now waits a maximum of 1 second for a clients IP address to resolve before logging the hostname to the logfile. If it takes longer then 1 second to resolve, then the hostname will be logged as "unknown" until the IP has sucessfully been resolved.

  • NetModem Server now has a "Default Flow Control" setting under the Pool Options. This setting is useful only if there are non-NetModem clients connecting to NetModem Server via telnet which are unable to make flow control settings on their own.

 

Version 3.03 (Released April 3, 2006)

  • NetModem v3 is offically released , replacing v2.


Version 3.02
(Pre-Released March 23, 2006)

  • NetModem Client now improves the speed of applications using Software (Xon/Xoff) Flow Control, by allowing Xon/Xoff commands to be transparently converted to hardware based flow control on the server.

  • NetModem Server now communicates with the hardware using the TAPI interface instead of the COM port. This improves compatibility with certain software modems that have faulty COM port emulation or slow sleep response.

  • Added timing fix for older versions of Reflection software due to changes in NetModem 3.0

  • Fixed compatibility issue with AT&T global Network Client caused by changes in 3.0

 

Version 3.01 (Pre-Released March 14, 2006)

  • The allpools.log is no longer created if there is only one modem pool defined.

  • Resolved a minor issue with the OpenSSL certificate interface.

  • NetModem Clients "Server Connection Test" will ask if it should automatically fix any SSL encryption mismatch errors when it encounters such an error, by adjusting itself to what the server demands.

 

Version 3.00 (Pre-Released February 28, 2006)

  • This is a preview of a major update to NetModem Server and client, only made available to select customers and the beta team.

  • NetModem Server's logging now supports MySQL, Microsoft-SQL, Access, Excel, FoxPro, and all other ODBC compatible database formats. Standard ASCII textfile logging is also supported. Many other enhancements have been made to the logging format, providing more detailed information. This allows scripts and third party report generators such as Crystal Reports to generate complex reports of the modem pool usage and security settings.

  • NetModem now uses the OpenSSL 0.9.8 Encryption library, which provides a secure connection between the clients and the server, even over an insecure environment such as the Internet. Encryption ciphers supported include RC2, RC4, DES, 3DES, and AES up to 256 bits. SSL Authentication allows the client to confirm that the the NetModem Server's certificate is valid. Note: Encryption is not available in all countries subject to cryptography export laws.

  • Improved support for USB modems has been added, allowing virtually any USB modem to be used.

  • Updating the routing table is now optional, defined in the NetModem Client Configuration under Advanced.

  • Improved Active Directory support, which now supports user authentication in environments with multiple Domain Controllers.



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