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Add the security checklist to applications created before 7.3.1

Valid from Pega Version 7.3.1

The security checklist is now automatically added to applications. You can manually add the security checklist to applications that were created in earlier versions.

You can improve the security of your application by completing the tasks on the checklist.

The following task reflects the procedure on how to manually add the security checklists to Designer Studio prior to 7.3.1:

  1. In the header of Designer Studio, click the name of the application, and then click Definition.
  2. Click the Documentation tab.
  3. In the Application guides section, click Add guide.
  4. In the Application guide& field, enter pxApplicationSecurityChecklist.
  5. Click the Configure icon in the Available in column and select the portals (App Studio and Dev Studio) that you want to add the security checklist to.
  6. Click Save.

Enabling security policies now requires current password

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

As part of Pega’s initiative to protect against malicious attacks, the change password dialog has been enhanced.  When Security Policies have been enabled for your system, new users or those with expired passwords will now be prompted for both their existing password as well as their desired new password.

For more details, review the Designer Studio > System > Settings > Security Policies landing page.

New hashing algorithm for Password property types

Valid from Pega Version 7.2.2

To provide extra protection against brute-force attacks, a new hashing algorithm has been added to the Pega 7 Platform. Bcrypt is used as a default hashing algorithm for Password property types. The bcrypt key setup algorithm takes a long time to process. This means that potential attackers would have to spend a substantial amount of time testing every possible key.

For more information, see Using the bcrypt hashing algorithm for Password property types.

Discovery features for access control policies

Valid from Pega Version 7.2.2

Access control policies now support discovery features that allow end users to view limited, customizable information about class instances that fail Read policies but satisfy Discover policies. Two types of Discovery gadgets are provided, and when discovery features are enabled, a Discovery gadget is included in the Report Viewer and in search results. Developers can customize these gadgets and include them in other parts of an application user interface.

For more information, see Discovery features for access control policies.

Update and delete actions available in access control policies

Valid from Pega Version 7.2.2

Access control policies support update and delete actions on objects. These actions control which specific instances of a class can be created, updated, or deleted by an end user in a case.

For more information, see Creating an access control policy.

Terminate sessions for operators from outside the Pega 7 Platform

Valid from Pega Version 7.2.2

The newly added Users REST API allows an authorized administrator to terminate sessions for one or more operator IDs from outside the Pega® 7 Platform. A typical use case for this API is to terminate a user’s session when the user's security credentials, which are stored externally, are known to have changed.

Access the Pega API by clicking Resources > Pega API.

Conditional filter logic supported in access control policy conditions

Valid from Pega Version 7.2.2

In the Access Control Policy Condition rule form, you can now add conditional logic that allows you to apply different access control policy conditions based on different situations, such as different types of users. The policy condition filters that are enforced  are based on the results of Access When rules. Conditional filters can be configured to allow certain highly privileged users to bypass access control security in certain situations. This is accomplished by entering an Access When but leaving the conditional logic field blank.  When such a filter is applied to a read access policy it also should be applied to the corresponding discover policy.

For more information, see Creating an access control policy condition.

Use Kerberos credentials in a Pega application to authenticate and access external systems

Valid from Pega Version 7.2.2

Authentication services now support Kerberos as an authentication type. When you connect from the Pega 7 Platform to external systems and services that require Kerberos authentication, the Pega 7 Platform stores the user Kerberos credentials and makes them available in Pega 7 Platform connectors.

For more information, see Using Kerberos credentials in a Pega application to authenticate and access external systems.

SAML 2.0 single sign-on authentication in multitenant environments

Valid from Pega Version 7.2.2

Multitenant application environments can now use SAML 2.0 for single sign-on (SSO) and single logout (SLO). Application users can access any authorized SSO multitenant applications without logging in to each application individually. SAML simplifies the login and logout process for users, mitigates security risks, and reduces the implementation costs that are associated with identity management.

For more information about configuring SAML 2.0 for single sign-on, see Web single sign-on (SSO) with SAML 2.0.

New PegaRULES:PegaAPISysAdmin​ role

Valid from Pega Version 7.2.2

The role PegaRULES:PegaAPISysAdmin​ has been added to the Pega 7 Platform. This required role gives system administrators access to the Pega API REST User Services and is not required for other services.

For more information, see Securing the Pega API.

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