An update on IBM Connections and the POODLE vulnerability

*** UPDATE: 10:53GMT, 3 November 2014 *** As reader Oliver Regelmann has commented below, these fixes are sadly not for the POODLE issue at all, but to fix an altogether different vulnerability in Connections, caused by a issue in Apache Commons FileUpload. My fellow contributor, Sjaak Ursinus, created a detailed post a couple of weeks back detailing […]

POODLE bug hits IBM Connections hard

Last Monday there is again found a big hole in the SSL Version 3 (SSLv3) technology. We call this bug POODLE which stands for Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption. So with this bug found and you as admin for your IBM Connections your first reaction would be lets disable SSLV3 on my front end […]

Big news for security in IBM Connections

IBM Connections has a strong representation in the market of collaboration. As IBM Notes & IBM Domino have a long history in the collaboration market you can also imagine that lots of customers who are already using IBM Notes and/or IBM Domino also have IBM Connections in their infrastructure. IBM Domino can also act as […]

IBM Connections Mobile app for android

One of the best parts of IBM Connections is the fabulous mobile application for android and iOS. But as all software in the world out there has bugs also this one consists of bugs. Last week with close working with IBM Support we have eliminated one more. So I wanted to share with you guys […]

Introduction of Sjaak Ursinus

Hi to all of you. I have been asked to blog here on ibmconnections.com by Stuart McIntyre. So first lets do an introduction of myself here. My name is Sjaak Ursinus and I live in the Netherlands. I am working in the ICS market (IBM Collaboration Solutions formerly known as Lotus) my whole professional career. […]

Using IBM Connections? Please complete this research survey!

My good friend and esteemed analyst and author, Michael Sampson, is asking for feedback on your usage of IBM Connections: I am running a research survey on how organizations are using IBM Connections. The survey has 17 questions, spread across four pages: Demographics and Current State of Connections Current and Forecasted Use of IBM Connections […]

IBM Connections 4.5 CR5 is now available

When IBM Connections was first released, all patches to the on-premises code were released as iFixes – individual fix packages that could be installed and deinstalled individually. This was really flexible and allowed issues to be patched very quickly but also lead to very time-consuming patching processes and almost every system I visited had a […]

Apache Struts security issues ‐ time to patch your IBM Connections install

I’ve just come across an IBM technote from May 2014 that has been updated over the last few days, listing details of a number of vulnerabilities in Apache Struts: [titled_box title=”Vulnerability Details”]Several security vulnerabilities have been reported against Apache Struts through April 2014. IBM Connections uses Struts. A version of the package that is vulnerable to […]

Ephox EditLive for IBM Connections updated

The powerful enhanced rich text editor for IBM Connections, Ephox EditLive, has just been updated to version 2.5.2.45 and is available from IBM FixCentral: 1. interim fix: EditLive-for-IBM-Connections-4.5 Ephox EditLive 2.5.2.45 for IBM Connections 4.5. Platforms: AIX, Linux, Windows Applies to versions: 4.5.0.0 Upgrades to: Severity: 30 – Moderate Impact/High Probability of Occurrence Categories: Function Abstract: […]

IBM Connections QuickSearch for Chrome updated

I first blogged about the IBM Connections QuickSearch plugin for Google Chrome three weeks ago. Back then it was at version 1.8. Remarkably since then the author, Romain Lienard, has released four updated versions: [titled_box title=”Changelog for IBM Connections QuickSearch”] V.2.2: – New group feature !!! – Can now post a message to the user’s board […]

IBM Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5

A new and very neat IBM tool has been added to the IBM Collaboration Solutions Catalog in the last week or so: [titled_box title = “The Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5”]The Sanity Validation Tool for IBM Connections 4.5 release was developed to help developers, system administrators, support engineers and eventually customers during their deployment of […]

TemboSocial Ideas for IBM Connections

I’ve long felt that ideation is a prime use case for IBM Connections and other social collaboration platforms. Others clearly feel the same way, and whilst standalone tools such as Yambla, BrightIdea and even Elguji’s IdeaJam have been very successful, in my experience it is when ideation is at the centre of a well-designed ESN […]

Watch out for quotes!

Just a reminder to be watchful of non-standard characters in IBM Connections user names, and also to thoroughly review your IBM Connections TDI logs on a regular basis.  This is a current APAR (IBM ID required): [titled_box title = “IBM APAR LO81076”]LO81076: USERS WHO ARE REGISTED WITH QUOTATION MARKS IN THEIR NAMES CANNOT USE CONNECTIONS PROPERLY […]

Greenhouse now running IBM Connections 5.0

This was a pleasant surprise this morning: Yes, the IBM Greenhouse has been upgraded to IBM Connections 5.0.0.0. New features including External Collaboration (which isn’t strictly relevant to the Greenhouse), improvements to Files and file-sync (using the new mobile apps and desktop plugins), plus significant significant enhancements to the activity stream and @mentions should all […]

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32 slots

Mark McCormack: 1440 minutes per day … 480 minutes of sleep – 480 minutes of family time – 480 minutes of work … which gives 32 x 15 minute bites. What’s the best and most profitable use of these 32 slots? I’m going to start to plan my day in this way – allocating work […]

Are you asking users to ‘mingle’?

PCWorld have published an interesting perspective on the adoption of Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs), entitled ‘Many employees won’t mingle with enterprise social software‘ (and yes, that’s the first time I’ve used the word ‘mingle’ on this site!): Carol Rozwell, a Gartner analyst, estimates that between 70 percent and 80 percent of companies she talks to […]

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Terrific article by Jeff Haden, posting tips from Belle Beth Cooper: Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, “Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.” But we can all work smarter, […]

Open Business: A new manifesto of trust in the workplace

As those who know me well would vouch, I’ve never been in this business for the technology.  Yes I love my gadgets and shiny objects of desire as much as the next person, but neither they nor speeds’n’feeds nor software feature lists get me out of bed in the morning.  It’s the possibilities for empowering […]

IBM Connections 5.0 Reviewer’s Guide published

To aid understanding of the features and abilities of the Connections product, IBM offers a Reviewer’s Guide – a document that details all the new features available in the latest release plus a comprehensive review of all the existing features. Compiled by the IBM Connections product management team, this guide is a fantastic resource for […]

Lotus lives on… (in a Toyota)

Interesting IBM press release on Toyota using IBM technologies to build ‘advanced in-car services’: ARMONK, N.Y., June 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has been selected by Toyota Motor Corporation to build and design a new application development platform that will foster the creation of in-car services to improve the driver […]

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Good Design is Good Business

I’m an art director in NYC at Ogilvy for IBM. I’m also a design nerd and into the importance of archiving. This is a little spot where I’m saving some beautiful IBM work I come across in the form of hi-res posters. More >

Influence made with social. Made with IBM

IBM has just released a new series of video spots under the ‘Made with IBM‘ line: What’s the world making today? We live on a Smarter Planet, where data, mobile, social and cloud are transforming industries and allowing us to create value in new ways. The evidence is abundant and it is everywhere. Watch it […]