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Foswiki 2.1.3 ready to download
Recommended release for security fixes

13 Feb 2017 | GeorgeClark | Development, Release, Security

Mostly it's been a quiet year 2016, as Foswiki 2.1.2 has been running very reliably. But while the project has been quiet, much work has been going on preparing for the next release. And here it is, tada: 2.1.3

In fact, everybody is urged to upgrade as this one comes with a few important fixes, not only cleaning up the code, improving performance, but also addressing a couple of security bugs. We have been working together with Intel who performed dynamic site scans to detect common cross-site scripting attacks as well as static scans of the perl and javascript code base itself. A big “Thank You” from the Foswiki Community to Intel who continue to run security audits on a regular base.

We also thank the many Foswiki users who have taken the time to report issues in our Tasks web, and in many cases also suggest fixes. We also welcome users to fork Foswiki on Github and contribute fixes using pull requests. We are grateful to everyone who's contributions have made this release possible.

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How to get the release?

Installation instructions

For installation information, see the System Requirements and the Installation Guide.

Please report issues in the Task Tracker.

We are looking forward to an interesting 2017 in the Foswiki space. There are several feature proposals under review which could be quite transforming for the next major Foswiki release.

Highlights of this release

  • Contains 96 fixes relative to 2.1.0 (42 of which are enhancements)
  • New release of JQuery
  • Fixes several performance issues
  • Fixed a few minor security issues.
  • An updated Virtual Machine has been built, using the latest Ubuntu LTS release.

See ReleaseNotes02x01 for complete release notes.

Release Statistics

  • 272 commits (code changes) since 2.1.2
  • 18 Developers and Translators worked on this release
  • 98 Tasks had commits in this release
  • 7 Security tasks were closed in 2.1.3

Foswiki 2.1.2 Available

06 May 2016 | George Clark | 1 | Development, Release

Some of you may wonder, “hey wait, last release was 2.1.0 and now we are at 2.1.2?” Yes right, we had to skip one patch release. At the moment we were about to publish 2.1.1 we just realized one other last urgent bug in the page cache code that we don’t want to leave you alone with. So there were are at 2.1.2.

Download it here.

blob.png This release contains about 58 fixes relative to 2.1.0, 13 of them marked urgent, and 21 regular enhancements. There is a new JQueryPlugin bundling upgrades to the 3rd party javascript libraries part of it. Fontawesome icons have been made available via %JQICON next to the already large famfamfam icons.

There is good news for public facing Foswiki systems: you can now safely disable CGI sessions for guest users to gain a noticeable performance improvement. While previous releases already had that switch, user registration and password maintenance were negatively affected. Starting with this release it is safe now to deactivate CGI sessions for guests.

There have been a couple of changes in how the “refresh” url parameter is used to force a new page to be generated: first, it has been removed from guest views to prevent crawlers from following the link and thus invalidating the cache. Second, only admin users are allowed to nuke all of the site’s page cache using refresh=all.

Foswiki 2.1 has been released

04 Feb 2016 | George Clark | Development, Release


Highlights of this release

  • Contains 37 fixes and 14 enhancements
  • Implements 7 new features.
    • New “concatenate” feature allows incremental building of complex macros.
    • Attachment names allow embedded spaces without renaming.
  • Improved international character set support.
See ReleaseNotes02x01 for complete release notes.

For administrators

  • New user registration topic features:
    • Simplified tailoring
    • Support for multiple custom registration topics with custom new user topic templates.
Foswiki 2.1.0 has an upgrade package available which can be used to upgrade in-place from a Foswiki 2.0.x system.

Translation status

As of this release,
  • French, German, Italian, Traditional Chinese and Ukrainian are 100% complete.
  • Czech, Danish are >95% complete.
For more details on translation status, see Foswiki:Community.TranslationTeam and Foswiki’s Weblate translation server. Foswiki is now using continuous translation, so contributions at any time are very helpful. Foswiki thanks the Translators for their Herculean efforts. If you are interesting in helping with the translation, please contact

Foswiki Patch Release 1.1.10

24 Nov 2015 | George Clark | Development, Release, Support
Hello Foswiki Community,

We are very pleased to announce that Foswiki 1.1.10 is available for download.

This is a maintenance release for those of you that are still running a 1.1.x Foswiki engine and are unable to proceed with an upgrade to Foswiki 2.0 at this time. Our latest & greatest and recommended release still is Foswiki 2.0.3, which we released on November 16th.

However, as things move forward, we thought you might enjoy some of the features and benefits backported to the 1.1.x platform in the form of this release. This is especially important if you are facing plugin upgrades for a Foswiki-1.1.x engine. Extensions that take advantage of the new features introduced during the 2.0 development cycle will be incompatible with Foswiki-1.1.9 and older. This release will help you keep them running on the Foswiki-1.1.x engine.

This release is also critical for any sites facing a server platform upgrade. Several Perl features and CPAN module changes released over the past couple of years are completely incompatible with Foswiki-1.1.x releases. Foswiki-1.1.10. Foswiki should be upgraded to Foswiki-1.1.10 or Foswiki-2.0.3 before any updates to Perl or CPAN modules.

Note that Foswiki 1.1.10 will be the last maintenance release of this series. The community is now focusing on future features for the upcoming Foswiki 2.1.0 release, while still bug-fixing the 2.0.x branch.

Highlights of this release

  • Compatibility with Foswiki 2.0 extensions
  • Compatibility with new Perl and CPAN releases.
Foswiki 1.1.10 is a compatibility release for sites unable to upgrade to Foswiki 2.0. It contains fixes for Perl and CPAN compatibility issues that can arise after a system upgrade. It has been tested with perl versions 5.8.8 thru 5.23. It also contains backports of a small number of important Foswiki 2.0 features necessary for compatibility with extensions released for Foswiki 2.0. This release refreshes all default extensions to the version shipped with Foswiki 2.0, with the exception of TopicUserMappingContrib and PatternSkin. The new version of these extensions are not compatible with Foswiki 1.1.

Foswiki 1.1.10 does not contain fixes for most of the security issues fixed in the Foswiki 2.0.x releases. Upgrade to the latest Foswiki 2.0 release is strongly recommended.

Here are the complete release notes.

ACL Changes

Foswiki 1.1.10 backports the new wildcard ACL. ALLOW and DENY rules can now be set to “*” asterisk, which means always match. In Foswiki 2.0, this is used to deprecate the old “Empty” deny rule. Foswiki 1.1.10 still supports the empty deny rules, but also supports the “ALLOW *” for allow all.

Including this feature in the Foswiki 1.1 engine allows sites to begin migration activity on Foswiki 1.1 before the actual migration to Foswiki 2.0. It allows new extensions to ship with the new style ACLs and remain Foswiki 1.1 compatible.

SpreadSheetPlugin changes

The CALC and CALCULATE macros now encode < and > as entities, which prevents some paths used to insert script tags. If your user’s topics require CALC or CALCULATE to generate HTML, then you must enable the following setting:


This setting can be set in the topic, web, user or site preferences.

Translation status

As of this release,
  • Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Ukrainian are 99%+ complete.
  • Swedish, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil) are 70-90% complete.
  • Other languages are 60% complete or lower.
Special thanks to all the developers, translators and testers who have worked to make this release possible.

George Clark
Release Manager, Foswiki 1.1.10

Foswiki 2.0.3 is released

16 Nov 2015 | George Clark | Development, Release, Security
Hello Foswiki Community,

We are very pleased to announce that Foswiki 2.0.3 is available for download.

Highlights of this release

  • 17 fixes and 1 enhancement
  • major performance bug fixed in EditRowPlugin and in Foswiki rendering
  • several “Severity 3” security issues fixed, documented in tasks per the Foswiki security process.
  • the Ukrainian translation has been greatly improved.
Read the complete release notes here.

See the Release02x00x03 for complete release notes. See the FoswikiRelease02x00x00 for highlights of the 2.0 release.

Security fixes

Item13796: SpreadSheet CALC/CALCULATE macro can insert unencoded < and >. This fix may require setting changes in topics or Web Preferences.

Translation status

As of this release,
  • Traditional Chinese, Danish, French, German and Italian are >99% complete.
  • Czech is >96% complete.
  • Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil) and Ukrainian are 70-88% complete.
  • Other languages are 60% complete or lower.
Special thanks to all the developers, translators and testers who have worked to make this release possible.

George Clark
Release Manager, Foswiki 2.0

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