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  Christmas Greetings from IET
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-12-20, 10:09 AM - Forum: IET News and Announcements - No Replies

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Instead of posting cards, we are making a donation to our wonderful local hospice Dorothy House.


  Apache log4j Remote Code Execution Zero Day - Active Exploit
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-12-14, 09:32 AM - Forum: IET News and Announcements - Replies (5)

A remote-code execution vulnerability has been found in the Apache log4j logging library. 

This library is widely used in java applications and is used within the Rapide runtime. 

Rapide has been updated to include the latest 2.15.0 version of log4j and this is included in the following updated releases of the software which are now available to download:

  • Rapide 3.0.2
  • GuardIEn web client 8.8.0 (updated to show 8.8.0a in the home page)
  • GuardIEn web client 8.7.5 (updated to show 8.7.5 in the home page)

Other platforms for example Windows clients or server software are not affected.

if you are using an earlier release of Rapide or the GuardIEn web client then it is highly recommended that you upgrade.

  Rapide 2.0.1 and 3.0.1
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-11-17, 12:27 PM - Forum: IET News and Announcements - No Replies

New releases are available for Rapide:

  • Rapide 2.0.1
  • Rapide 3.0.1

The new releases consolidate all of the interim updates provided since the initial availability of Rapide 2.0 and 3.0 and which were provided as a separate incremental update.

From now on updates to Rapide will be provided as new service packs rather than as incremental updates.

  Using WinSCP for CSE->MVS processing
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-11-12, 03:13 PM - Forum: Tips and Techniques - No Replies

The GuardIEn CSE->MVS build processes use FTP to transfer generated code & include files as well as submit jobs. 

The functions are developed in exits to enable customisation, and on the Windows platform, the sample exits use the standard Windows ftp.exe command line client. 

Increasingly customers are moving away from ftp to more secure versions like sftp, ftps or require features not offered by ftp.exe, for example passive mode.

One popular alternative to the windows command line utility is WinSCP. To make it easier for customers to use this instead of ftp.exe without needing to modify the exit source code, the sample exits (gdcsejcl, gdftpsrc and gdftpinc) have been amended to also support WinSCP, with the choice controlled by an environment variable.

These new exits will be available in Release 8.8.1, but should you have a need to replace ftp.exe before availability of 8.8.1, contact IET and we can send you the updated exit source code.

  Trace performance
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-11-03, 12:20 PM - Forum: Tips and Techniques - No Replies

A recent thread in the Gen knowledgebase (High z/OS CPU utilisation for Gen action blocks generated with trace) highlighted a general problem with the performance of code generated with trace related to passing view data to the trace runtime. [/url]

has a feature that overcomes this performance penalty. If you are not actively tracing an action block, the code that moves the data to and from the trace runtime is bypassed. 

As a result, the performance overhead of running the application that has been generated with trace whilst you are not actively tracing is significantly reduced.

If you would like to know more about xTrace and how it can improve the tracing and testing of your Gen z/OS applications, please visit our web site or get in touch to discuss a free trial.

  Release 8.8 Highlights
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-10-08, 10:42 AM - Forum: IET News and Announcements - Replies (1)

Release 8.8 of the IET DevOps Suite (includes GuardIEn and other products previously installed with GuardIEn) is now available.

Highlights of the new release are detailed below and full details are available in the Release Notes which can be downloaded from here: https://www.iet.uk/Download/RelNotes.htm

64 bit Windows Servers

  • The Windows servers are now 64-bit.

GuardIEn API
  • Release 8.7 introduced a new web service API for the CSE installations that allowed programmatic access to GuardIEn Change Requests, Release Pack and System Update functions. In this release, the range of APIs has been extended to provide an API for C, Java and .Net via standard CA Gen proxies. The GuardIEn API is a separate download that contains the proxy interfaces and web service WSDL.

Password length 
  • To accommodate longer passwords and passphrases, the length of the GuardIEn userid password, encyclopaedia connection password and encyclopaedia FTP password has been changed to 100 characters and spaces are now supported in the password.

Text Search Change
  • In previous releases, text searches that used a SQL LIKE (for example searching text or names in Object List+ or names in Deliverable List) automatically appended a trailing ‘%’ in the search string. This reduced flexibility in the searches, for example by not allowing a search for a specific end string. A trailing % is no longer appended to the search string if it already contains a ‘%’ or ‘&’, so if you want to search for a string that is in the middle of a value, you will need to add a trailing %, i.e. search for ‘%XXX%’ not ‘%XXX’

  Announcing the IET DevOps Suite
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-10-08, 10:41 AM - Forum: IET News and Announcements - No Replies

IET are pleased to announce the availabilty of the IET DevOps Suite.

IET DevOps Suite

[Image: DevOpsSuiteSmall.jpg]

To reflect the integrated nature of the IET products and the fact that multiple products are installed with GuardIEn (for example VerifIEr, pathvIEw, genIE and Object List+) plus the ability to integrate Studio Developer with other IET products, these products have been grouped together for installation purposes as the IET DevOps Suite where previously they were installed as part of GuardIEn.

DevOps Studio

The CA Gen Studio based plug-ins (Studio Developer and Studio GuardIEn) are now called DevOps Studio. 

The DevOps Studio clients are now installed as part of the IET DevOps Suite clients (previously the GuardIEn clients). The Eclipse based user interface provided in Studio offers a more productive and integrated user experience compared to the normal Windows GUI clients, especially when combined with Studio Developer. If the workstation has CA Gen Studio installed, all users of GuardIEn, VerifIEr, pathvIEw and other DevOps Suite products can (and are encouraged to) use the new Studio interface.

  Release 8.7 SP5
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-10-08, 10:40 AM - Forum: IET News and Announcements - No Replies

Release 8.7 Service Pack 5 is now available to download. You can view the release notes here: https://www.iet.uk/Download/RelNotes.htm

IET recommend that you install the service pack to obtain the latest fixes.

  CA Gen in DevOps: Panel Interview
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-05-05, 02:17 PM - Forum: IET News and Announcements - No Replies

IET will be participating in the forthcoming CA Gen in DevOps Panel Interview hosted by the CA Edge Community and Broadcom on 9th June.

Please join us as we discuss CA Gen in the enterprise DevOps lifecycle. This will be a continuation of conversations started by Broadcom with their CA Gen DevOps paper, based on an internal proof of concept of integrating CA Gen and Endevor.

Hosted by Kim Peelman, Product Owner, CA Gen,  the panel will share further insights about CA Gen and DevOps and also have an open discussion with attendees on DevOps requirements and seeking feedbakc to help with the direction of future initiatives around DevOps support.

The panellists are:

  • Darius Panahy: Director at IET with extensive experience enabling CA Gen customers to embrace DevOps using GuardIEn.
  • Dillon Harguess: Architect and Engineer for CA Gen who contributed to the recent proof-of-concept demonstrating building a z/OS CICS Blockmode Application with CA Endevor and Zowe.
  • Su Brude: Product Manager for CA Gen, guiding the vision to deliver value to customers.
  • Vaughn Marshall: Broadcom’s Product Manager for CA Endevor, an enterprise solution for source code and release management for z/OS.
For more information and registration details, please visit the CA Gen Edge Community.

  Product Roadmap Update
Posted by: Darius Panahy - 2021-04-19, 09:05 AM - Forum: IET News and Announcements - No Replies

In previous IET product releases our approach has been to provide a stable interface between client and server software so that customers could upgrade the servers to obtain the latest enhancements and fixes but did not also have to upgrade the clients. For example, a GuardIEn 8.7.0 release of the client could be used with any service pack release of the servers. The only pre-requisites were that the client release had to be at the same major version (i.e. 8.7) and also at the same level or lower than the server release.

This approach, created to reduce the upgrade impact of service packs for customers, inevitably resulted in some constraints on the nature of changes that could be made within a release: some enhancements required a change to both clients and servers and hence could only be delivered in the next major release.

Up until now we typically planned our major releases to coincide with a new release of CA Gen. However, with Broadcom moving to a Continuous Delivery (CD) approach for CA Gen, we have decided to also make some changes to our delivery approach.

IET will now support two concurrent releases with the following characteristics:

The ‘Maintenance’ Release

  • The maintenance release will only receive fixes to existing functionality.
  • A service pack upgrade will not require a client upgrade when the server is upgraded.
  • The current Maintenance release is 8.7.
The ‘Continuous Delivery (CD)’ Release
  • The CD release will receive new features and enhancements (as well as fixes to existing functionality).
  • A service pack upgrade may require a client upgrade (i.e. if upgrading from 8.8.0 to 8.8.1, it may be necessary to upgrade both clients and servers).
  • New CA Gen features requiring a corresponding enhancement in our products might only be supported in the CD release.
  • The first CD release will be 8.8, scheduled for launch in Q3 2021.
  • Third-party pre-requisite software will not be changed within a major release.
Customers can therefore choose whether to use the maintenance release to avoid the requirement to upgrade clients, or take advantage of new features in the CD release, albeit with the potential requirement that they will need to upgrade the clients as well as the servers.

This applies to the majority of IET products that use a common installation: GuardIEn, genIE, VerifIEr, IET-Assist, Object List+, pathvIEw and Studio Developer. Other products (Rapide and xTrace) already use a Continuous Delivery approach and have separate releases).

New major releases will still be delivered on a rolling schedule so, for example, when the next major release after 8.8 is available, 8.7 will be retired and 8.8 will then become the new ‘Maintenance Release’.

Note that Release 8.6 is being retired on 30th June 2021. At present there is no retirement date set for Release 8.7.

If you have any questions, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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