MyBB 1.8.27 Released — Maintenance Release

MyBB 1.8.27 is now available, and is a maintenance release.

This version i.a. enhances the attachments UX, brings pagination to more ACP pages, adds better thread view counting options, and improves performance and stability.

Check the Release Notes for more information.

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MyBB Team

Looking to the Future

As we near the release of MyBB 1.8.27, we’re starting to look towards the future of the Project and where we’re headed. In this post, we’ll lay out our plans going forward.

1.8.27 Is a Big Release

The upcoming 1.8 maintenance release is shaping up to be the second biggest in the series, with over a hundred Issues already resolved.

Among others, we have changes to how the mail queue is processed, the addition of some new PDO based database drivers for MySQL and PostgreSQL, some additional plugin hooks, pagination added to some ACP modules, an alteration to exclude bots and spiders from increasing thread view counts, enhanced the attachments upload user experience, and much more!

We’ve also added some other quality of life enhancements behind the scenes, such as some automated tools to check PHP syntax for all Pull Requests and Commits to the GitHub repository and some improvements to our support for PHP 8.0.

The release has been a long time coming, but it’s now just around the corner. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful contributors, and to ask a favour: if you can, please test the current code as much as you can! We want to make sure that 1.8.27 is a rock solid release. As usual, once the final Pull Requests are merged, you will find a pre-release thread in the 1.8 Development forum.

The Future of 1.8

With 1.8.27 being such a large release, we’ve been thinking about the future of where MyBB is headed.

As such, we’ve decided that MyBB 1.8.27 will be the last major release of MyBB 1.8.

From this point forwards, the 1.8 series shall only receive security fixes and bug fixes for critical bugs that break core functionality.

The reasoning for this change is simple: we need to focus all of our limited resources on one single task – namely, getting MyBB 1.9 released.

MyBB 1.9

MyBB 1.9 is something we’ve been talking about for a long time (too long, a lot of us would say).

We’ve been working on it side-by-side along with supporting the MyBB 1.8 series, which has unfortunately meant the new release has only had limited attention paid to it.

With 1.8.27 being the last big 1.8 series version, all attention will now be turned to 1.9. There will be a freeze made to the merging of any Pull Requests to the project for a period of roughly two weeks in order to finalise the rebase of MyBB 1.9 to incorporate all of the changes present in 1.8.27.

Once this is complete, attention will turn to the following tasks:

  • Scrutinising all new templates to ensure that all changes made to 1.8 in recent releases are reflected in the new templates.
  • Tracking down any remaining usages of the old $templates based code for templates.
  • Writing the ACP management module for the new template system.

Once these tasks are complete, we’ll be at the stage of beginning testing the release in full. At that point, we’ll put a demo install online for everybody to play with, which will reset every day at midnight. This should give everybody a chance to help us debug the release and polish it up.

An Apology and a Thanks

On a final personal note, I’d like to apologise to the Community for the severe lack of progress with the Project and communication from us.

When I joined, forums were booming and MyBB in particular was abuzz with activity. We had a large bustling Team with members from all over the world contributing many changes and improvements. I’ve watched the Project go from MyBB 1.2 to 1.4; from 1.4 to 1.6 and 1.6 to 1.8. Over that time, things have changed a lot! The rise of social media and smartphones have changed the landscape of internet communities significantly.

Unfortunately, with these changes we’ve seen quite a decline in the progress we’ve made with the Project recently. I wish we had an easy fix to this and we could go back to the activity levels that we’ve seen before, and if anybody has any concrete ideas we’d be very happy to hear them in a constructive manner.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everybody who has stuck with us over the years and contributed in any way — be it via financial support on OpenCollective; via bug reports; via Pull Requests; via providing support to other members of the Community; or via any other means. Without you, MyBB simply would not exist.

MyBB 1.8.26 Released — Security Release

MyBB 1.8.26 is now available, and is a security release.

  • 6 security vulnerabilities addressed:

    • High risk: Nested Auto URL persistent XSS (advisory) — reported by Simon Scannell & Carl Smith
    • Medium risk: Theme properties SQL injection (advisory) — reported by Simon Scannell & Carl Smith
    • Medium risk: Poll vote count SQL injection (advisory) — reported by Devilshakerz (MyBB Team)
    • Medium risk: Forum Management SQL injection (advisory) — reported by Devilshakerz (MyBB Team)
    • Medium risk: Usergroups SQL injection (advisory) — reported by Devilshakerz (MyBB Team)
    • Low risk: Custom moderator tools reflected XSS (advisory) — reported by Devilshakerz (MyBB Team)

Check the Release Notes for more information.

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The MyBB Project extends thanks to reporters and researchers following responsible disclosure.
Go to mybb.com/security to report possible security concerns or to learn more about security research at MyBB.
If you would like to contribute to the Project, Get Involved.

Thanks,
MyBB Team

MyBB 1.8.25 Released — Security Release

MyBB 1.8.25 is now available, and is a security release.

  • 1 security vulnerability addressed:

    • High risk: Nested Email MyCode Persistent XSS (advisory) — reported by Igor Sak-Sakovskiy

Check the Release Notes for more information.

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The MyBB Project extends thanks to reporters and researchers following responsible disclosure.
Go to mybb.com/security to report possible security concerns or to learn more about security research at MyBB.
If you would like to contribute to the Project, Get Involved.

Thanks,
MyBB Team

MyBB 1.8.24 Released — Security Release

MyBB 1.8.24 is now available, and is a security release.

After running the upgrade, make sure to update the version attribute in the codebuttons template for non-default themes.

  • 1 security vulnerability addressed:

    • High risk: MyCode message formatting XSS in visual editor (advisory) — reported by Murphy

Check the Release Notes for more information.

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The MyBB Project extends thanks to reporters and researchers following responsible disclosure.
Go to mybb.com/security to report possible security concerns or to learn more about security research at MyBB.
If you would like to contribute to the Project, Get Involved.

Thanks,
MyBB Team

MyBB 1.8.23 Released — Security & Maintenance Release

MyBB 1.8.23 is now available, and is a security & maintenance release.

This release includes added support for hCaptcha, reCAPTCHA v3, APCu, Redis, improvements related to ACP’s Thread Prefixes management, UTF-8 search, performance, and updates jQuery to 3.5.1.

Themes: content of global.css stylesheet may need updating (#3977).

Extension developers: always use verify_post_check() for my_post_key token verification (#4022); positions of some hooks were changed (#3648); the banned datacache was removed (#3878).

  • 1 security vulnerability addressed:

    • Medium risk: Anti-CSRF token disclosure in online status location — reported by Mipher
  • 101 issues resolved

Check Release Notes for a list of changes to language files, templates and unresolved issues.

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The MyBB Project extends thanks to reporters and researchers following responsible disclosure.
Go to mybb.com/security to report possible security concerns or to learn more about security research at MyBB.
If you would like to contribute to the Project, Get Involved.

Thanks,
MyBB Team

A Close Look at 100+ Patched Vulnerabilities

With the release of MyBB 1.8.22, over one hundred vulnerabilities have been addressed in the 1.8 branch. In this post we look into what the numbers can tell us so far, and how the trends are expected to change in the future.

Since the announcement of the first stable package in 2005, over 270 security flaws were fixed in the 87 versions starting with MyBB 1.0 (some of which overlapped when two supported branches received security updates simultaneously), making 88% of all releases related to security fixes. Additional information tracked within the 1.8.x branch surfaces the most common means of reporting, types, and practical impact of 103 vulnerabilities that have been addressed five years in.

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MyBB Merge System Support Update

Some of you may be aware back in October 2016 with the release of MyBB 1.8.8 & Merge System 1.8.8 we ended the support for the current MyBB Merge System. The plan at that time was to rebuild the system from the ground up alongside the release of MyBB 2.0. As MyBB 2.0 has been put on hold indefinitely and a growing number of users are experiencing problems using the Merge System, I am pleased to confirm we are planning to reverse that decision and continue supporting the existing Merge System for the foreseeable future.

The current repository remains on GitHub and we will be using Git as normal to track issues and releases. The current plan is to release the next version with MyBB 1.8.23. A number of PR’s have already been merged since the official end of support in 2016 including bug fixes for PHP 7.2’s compatibility and support added for XenForo 2 . Please bear with us while we try to get on top of the issues reported some time ago and re-familiarising ourselves with the system again.

On a side note, Happy New Year to you all and we hope 2020 is a success.

 

Thanks,

MyBB Team

MyBB 1.8.22 Released — Security & Maintenance Release

MyBB 1.8.22 is now available, and is a security & maintenance release.

Note: this version removes the discontinued Yahoo profile field, which may have been customized for other purposes.

  • 5 security vulnerabilities addressed:

    • High risk: Installer RCE on settings file write — reported by yelang123 of Stealien
    • Medium risk: Arbitrary upload paths & Local File Inclusion RCE — reported by CNCERT
    • Medium risk: XSS via insufficient HTML sanitization of Blog feed & Extend data — reported by Devilshakerz of MyBB Team
    • Low risk: Open redirect on login — reported by Jyoti Raval of Qualys
    • Low risk: SCEditor reflected XSS — reported by Cillian Collins, bl4ckh4ck5
  • 36 issues resolved

Check Release Notes for a list of changes to language files, templates and unresolved issues.

Get latest MyBB Full & Upgrade Packages →

The MyBB Project extends thanks to reporters and researchers following responsible disclosure.
Go to mybb.com/security to report possible security concerns or to learn more about security research at MyBB.
If you would like to contribute to the Project, Get Involved.

Thanks,
MyBB Team

MyBB 1.9 Development Update

With the continuous Community effort to improve the quality of our stable branch in the background, the work on remaining features of MyBB 1.9 moves on.

One of the completed changes that will make its way into MyBB 1.9’s highlights — other than the theme system — is the introduction of modern password hashing. The md5-based hash function, used in MyBB since its very beginning, will be replaced by bcrypt, making it much more difficult to obtain original passwords basing on new hash values in case of a data breach.

The current blocking task for other areas is rebasing the 1.9 branch on top of the 1.8 branch. Due to the way that Git (the tool we use to manage development) works, 1.9 is worked on in a separate branch whilst 1.8 development progresses. As the 1.8 branch moves forward, the 1.9 branch slowly goes out of sync, missing the recent changes from 1.8.

At the current moment, the 1.9 branch is in line with MyBB 1.8.17, leaving us with 4 versions’ worth of changes that we need to merge into 1.9. This, unfortunately, is not an easy process due to the nature of code changes in 1.9 and there are a lot of conflicts which need to be resolved manually. To ease this process we have decided to rebase one version at a time. Some MyBB 1.8 releases contain a smaller amount of changes than others, and these are considerably easier to rebase too.

Once the re-base is complete, there are still a couple of other tasks for 1.9 before we can release our first Alpha and Beta releases. Some of these issues include:

  • Implementing a new email system. The current MyBB email system causes no end of support threads due to its limited support for slight variations in the way email servers “speak” the SMTP protocol. We’re proposing that we adopt an existing well tested and support email sending library to manage the sending of emails. From a core point of view, this should be relatively simple since almost every email sent uses a single standard function (my_mail()).

    We’re proposing that we adopt the new symfony/mailer library which provides easy ways to send email via SMTP as well as various email APIs such as Postmark.

  • Reviewing any missed templates from the Twig conversion. During the rebase effort, we’ve noticed some lingering uses of the old template system within the core. These need to be rounded up and eliminated to ensure the template system usage throughout is consistent.

  • Updating the ACP to allow editing of Twig template files. So far, the Team have all been editing Twig templates directly through their respective files. While this is a great way to work (who doesn’t want to use their own editor of choice?), being able to edit templates easily within the Admin Control Panel is a useful feature that needs updating to work with the new template system. There is some discussion about looking at the JavaScript code editor that we use when editing templates to see if there are any better options on the market. An often requested feature has been the ability to edit multiple templates within tabs at the same time, an enhancement which would be very handy when working with new templates.

    We’re also looking at the possibility of leaving certain level of support for the old template format to reduce the number of changes required in MyBB 1.8-based plugins to work with MyBB 1.9.

    Open the 1.9 Theme System Issue issue to see what design problems we’ll be aiming to solve, and to participate in the discussion, whether you’re an Extension guru or have previously noticed friction when dealing with themes in MyBB.

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We will also be starting to update and introduce documentation for 1.9. If there are any documentation pages that you would like to see updated or improved, now would be a great time to bring them to our attention!