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Please take special attention to our installation and upgrading manuals to make sure your installation is in working order.

Wed May 20 2020 - v2.7.0

This release brings major improvements in our Timeline search module. It now enables greater search condition customization capabilities, the same as our Events search module. The search forms are almost identical, which provides users ability to quickly jump from one results page to another with same search conditions. We have also improved search performance of the Timeline module by performing data aggregations and calculations in database instead of in the application. Sadly, not all of the previous aggregation calculations are now supported, because the data were not available directly in our database model. We might bring them back in the future.

This release also lays the groundwork for future abandonment of including report data as email attachments. In the future email reports will contain only links, which can be used to obtain full data, or the users will have the option to use web version of our reports (link is also included in the email). We are encountering issues with misconfigured mailers or too aggressive email filters, which prevent our reports from being successfully delivered. Also the email format is very restrictive and we are unable to present all necessary information in clear form. You should, after all, use only 80 characters per line, and that is not much. Also the use of CSV format for data attachments is now deprecated and will be removed in one of the future releases.

We have also focused on squishing some annoying bugs and a lot of invisible man hours went into writing better tests for our web interface codebase, so that we can have some peace of mind and produce better releases.

Please visit our ticket tracking system for more in-depth information about this release:

https://homeproj.cesnet.cz/versions/97

Release statistics: 184 commits, 31.397 additions, 18.237 deletions

Mon Feb 3 2020 - v2.6.0

This release brings in further improvements to our reporting component. Reports are now templated according to the classification of each reported event to provide recipients with most important information relevant to that event class. This new feature is fully configurable for administrators of Mentat system, soon user manual will be provided.

Additionally lot of work went into database optimizations. First the PostgreSQL was upgraded to latest version 12. Next we have increased the amount of possible paralel queries by separating stored IDEA BSON to different table. We have implemented basic DoS prevention mechanism by limiting number of queries each user may execute at any given time. We have also increased the speed in which IDEA events are stored into database by using bulk inserts.

The MaxMind IP geolocation service recently changed its policies for accessing their free databases, so we have addressed this issue as well as the change with access policies to CESNET PassiveDNS service.

Please visit our ticket tracking system for more in-depth information about this release:

https://homeproj.cesnet.cz/versions/93

Release statistics: 92 commits, 8.494 additions, 4.476 deletions

Tue Sep 3 2019 - v2.5.0

We have just released Mentat version 2.5.0. This release brings in major improvements in reporting component. Online reports are now more interactive and integrated into other parts of the system, there are context actions available for each node. On top of that there is a simple feedback button available for each address in each report section, so that users may provide their feedback more comfortably. System Mentat is now capable of enriching displayed information with data from third party services like DNS, PassiveDNS, NERD, WHOIS and GeoIP. There is a new module available currently for system administrators that attempts to display all available information for single IP address. Group membership management was simplified to enable group managers to more easily add or remove members and even activate new user accounts. Additionally we have also managed to squash quite a few bugs.

It is also worth noting, that this version also attempts to speed up the database searching by using aggregated IP ranges to narrow down the number of searched rows even more.

Please visit our ticket tracking system for more in-depth information about this release:

https://homeproj.cesnet.cz/versions/86

Release statistics: 85 commits, 17.480 additions, 7.706 deletions

Fri May 24 2019 - v2.4.0

We have just released Mentat version 2.4.0. This release completely changes the installation procedures when installing from Debian packages and also attempts to simplify the necessary bootstrap procedures for novice developers. The Debian packages now preconfigure custom Python virtual environment and the whole Mentat system is then installed into that environment using native Python package management. This approach greatly simplifies the installation procedure, we can now install more recent Python packages for you without breaking your system. Additionally lot of work went into making the whole project executable from within the cloned git repository, which should simplify the development process for novice developers. Additionally we have also managed to squash quite a few bugs.

Please take special attention to our installation manual to make yourself familiar with new environment and to make sure your installation is in working order.

Please visit our ticket tracking system for more in-depth information about this release:

https://homeproj.cesnet.cz/versions/85

In this version of Mentat system support for migration from MongoDB to PostgreSQL was dropped.

Release statistics: 150 commits, 10.912 additions, 19.405 deletions

Mon Feb 4 2019 - v2.3.0

We have just released Mentat version 2.3.0. After quite long gestation period this release brings brand new timeline visualisations for event and reporting dashboards. For system administrators there is now a new module available called Timeline, which provides results similar to that of event dashboards with the difference that the result is calculated directly from event database. These calculations are very expensive, so this feature should be considered as experimental for now and that is the reason why it is currently accessible only to the administrators. Depending on the size of the selected network, time window and result set the calculations may take minutes.

There are also some improvements under the hood. The event database migration mechanism was implemented to enable further database schema improvements. Also the JavaScript charting library underwent first part of major design overhaul.

Please visit our ticket tracking system for more in-depth information about this release:

https://homeproj.cesnet.cz/versions/83

In the next version of Mentat system a support for migration from MongoDB to PostgreSQL will be dropped. If you have not yet upgraded from version 1.x to 2.x, please do so now.

Release statistics: 110 commits, 16.114 additions, 13.074 deletions

Thu Nov 28 2018 - v2.2.0

We have just released Mentat version 2.2.0. This release brings two major improvements. First there is the much better integration of changelogs into the Hawat web interface components, which enables administrators better monitoring of user changes. The other major improvement is the grunt work for implementing API interface has been done and the event search form is the first part of the interface that provides the JSON API. To enable access to the API from arbitrary scripts and applications a new authentication mechanism based on API keys was implemented. Currently the administrator must generate the API key for the user.

Please visit our ticket tracking system for more in-depth information about this release:

https://homeproj.cesnet.cz/versions/82

Release statistics: 52 commits, 6.746 additions, 4.723 deletions

Thu Sep 27 2018 - v2.1.0

We have just released Mentat version 2.1.0. This release focuses on resolving most important bugs and issues, that were discovered after production deployment. There are some database query performance optimizations and couple of new features were implemented as well, the most visible being the web interface dashboard for system administrators and better integration of item changelog within the web interface.

Please visit our ticket tracking system for more in-depth information about this release:

https://homeproj.cesnet.cz/versions/81

Release statistics: 87 commits, 21.196 additions, 5.532 deletions

Fri Aug 31 2018 - v2.0.7

We have just released Mentat version 2.0.7. This version contains mostly bugfixes and stability improvements, we recommend upgrading ASAP.

Fri Jul 27 2018 - v2.0.0

We have just released Mentat version 2.0.0. Please read the documentation on how to perform migration from previous production release.

Please visit our ticket tracking system for more in-depth information about this release:

https://homeproj.cesnet.cz/versions/74

Last modified: 20.05.2020 13:25