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Java injection vulnerability check

Valid from Pega Version 8.3

Pega Platform™ now notifies you of Java injection vulnerabilities in activities, functions, and stream rules at design time and at run time.  You can customize Pega Platform to check for additional vulnerabilities to ensure that your application runs without problems.

For more information, see Configuring the Java injection check.

Usability improvements to Admin Studio

Valid from Pega Version 8.3

Admin Studio offers a variety of usability enhancements, including:

  • New access groups to differentiate between full and read-only access to Admin Studio
  • A Java class lookup utility
  • A requestor list for the logged-on operator
  • The ability to display system node type in the logs

Also, if your environment uses Predictive Diagnostic Cloud (PDC), the Admin Studio overview page now includes a link to PDC.

For more information, see Managing requestors.

Application Express and the Content Security Policy

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

Application Express copies (if defined) the Content Security Policy (CSP) name (pyContentSecurityPolicyName) from the built-on application in a new application. It also sets the CSP mode (pyContentSecurityPolicyMode) to report. The values appear in the Content Security area on the application rule's Integration & Security tab.

When checking an application in the DCO Compatibility tool, a warning appears if the CSP name is missing.

Password hashing using SHA-256/SHA-512

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.7

Password hashing using the SHA-256 and SHA-512 hash functions is available for use during the the Pega 7 authentication process with operator, ruleset, and update lock passwords. The SHA-256/SHA-512 hash functions join the previously available MD5 and SHA-1 hash functions.

Using SHA-256/SHA-512 hashing when creating or upgrading a password hash results in increased complexity of the hash, making it extremely difficult and time-consuming to determine hashed password values stored in a database.

Note that once you have updated your system to Pega 7.1.7 and have applied password hashing using the SHA-256/SHA-512 hash functions, reverting back to a previous version of Pega 7 is not advised as this causes hashed passwords using SHA-256/SHA-512 to fail.

See About password hashing for more information.

Support for OAuth 2.0 authorization code grant type

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

Pega Platform™ now supports the OAuth 2.0 authorization code grant type, which allows Pega Platform to act as an OAuth 2.0 access token provider for native applications on mobile and other devices. By using the authorization code grant type for mobile clients, you no longer need to implement a variety of standards for various authentication providers. The authorization code grant type also supports the Proof Key for Code Exchange standard (PKCE) for securing public clients.

For more information, see Creating and configuring an OAuth 2.0 client registration.

Use client-based access control to support EU GDPR requirements

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

You can use client-based access control (CBAC) to satisfy the data privacy requirements of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and similar regulations. By using client-based access control, you can identify the personal data of clients and automatically process requests to view, update, or remove the data in a secure manner. You can also enforce restrictions on the use of this data in application functions.

For more information, see Client-based access control.

Data encryption support for system data

Valid from Pega Version 8.1

You can now control system-level data security by using data encryption in Pega Platform™. Encryption of system-level data improves the overall security of your system.

For more information, see Configuring the platform cipher and Configuring a keystore for a master key from a custom source.

Token credentials authentication service

Valid from Pega Version 8.3

You can create a new type of authentication service for token credentials authentication, which is useful for offline mobile applications. With token credentials authentication, users need to enter their credentials only once in a session. Subsequent access to the server is authenticated with a token. The token can be generated by the Pega Platform™ authorization layer (OAuth 2.0) or issued by an external identity provider.

For more information, see Configuring a token credentials authentication service.

Platform truststore for validating certificates

Valid from Pega Version 8.3

Pega Platform™ now includes a platform truststore, to which you can import X.509 certificates that are common across platform applications. When a certificate needs to be validated, Pega Platform looks for the certificate at the connector level, then in the platform truststore, and finally in the application server (JVM) truststore. You can add, update, and delete certificates in the platform truststore without having to restart the server, which is useful when TLS certificates are changed for reasons such as key rotation.

For more information, see Importing an X.509 certificate.

Support for additional key management services

Valid from Pega Version 8.3

By supporting additional key management services, Pega Platform™ offers you increased flexibility when defining keys that are used for encryption of application and internal system data. You can now create keystores that reference keys from key management services such as Microsoft Azure Key Vault, HashiCorp Vault, and Google Cloud KMS, in addition to Amazon KMS. You can also create a keystore that references other key management services through the use of a data page.

For more information, see Configuring a Microsoft Azure Key Vault keystore, Configuring a HashiCorp Vault keystore, and Configuring a Google Cloud KMS keystore.

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