New features added to EZproxy 5.7 increase the system’s flexibility for additional local control, including the following:
- In the admin server status screen, a checkbox for location has been added. If checked and geolocation is configured, the display includes relevant geolocation information for all session on the status screen. By including location, library staff can now see where their users are located when accessing e-content.
- When using LDAP authentication, expressions are now accepted for the BindUser and BindPassword directives. This change allows EZproxy administrators to use more complex expressions to derive bind usernames and bind passwords, enabling the use of LDAP without requiring a separate account for the EZproxy server. For example, the following LDAP authentication example is now supported.
BindUser -expr login:user . "@library.com"
BindPassword -expr login:pass
IfUser doe; Admin
- EZproxy now supports the range of cipher options using the SSLCipherSuite syntax and options supported in the Apache Web server, giving you more control over security settings with EZproxy. Use the configuration statement SSLCipherSuite to specify the cipher options, or note the previous cipher-related options can still be used. For example:
- Many general bug fixes and additional security issues were also addressed in this release.
EZproxy Hosted service is available
A hosted version of EZproxy is available. Libraries that subscribe to the hosted version are automatically and seamlessly upgraded with each new release of the service. They also enjoy 24 x 7 x 365 support for off-site authentication of electronic content with no servers or IT infrastructure required.
We encourage you to upgrade to EZproxy 5.7 or move to the hosted version to stay current with the latest features. Please review the enhancements page and upgrade at your earliest convenience.