MQ Visual Edit V2.1.0 Released

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Visual Edit v2.1.0. This is a FREE upgrade for ALL licensed users of MQ Visual Edit V2. MQ Visual Edit allows users to view, manipulate and manage messages in a queue of a IBM MQ queue manager and presents the data in a simplified format similar to a database utility or spreadsheet program.

For more information about MQ Visual Edit go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqve_overview.html

    Changes for MQ Visual Edit v2.1.0:

  • Added support for 18 new languages
  • Added Send and Receive Exits on the Exits panel of the Queue Manager Access Profile window
  • Added colored topic messages on main window when a topic was opened using a wildcard
  • Added the ‘Reset View’ feature (under the View menu item) to reset the framework to its default values
  • Added back the ‘Get All Data’ button on the Message Edit window. To enable this feature, the ‘Automatically retrieve entire message’ checkbox on the ‘MQ Queue’ panel of the Preferences window must be de-selected.
  • Added more checks/verifications around the registration, so that users input the correct information
  • Fixed a variety of bugs related to the framework
  • Fixed several bugs related to internal message handling
  • Updated docs (English only)

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQ Visual Browse V2.1.0 Released

Capitalware Inc. would like to announce the official release of MQ Visual Browse v2.1.0. This is a FREE upgrade for ALL licensed users of MQ Visual Browse V2. MQ Visual Browse allows users to view messages in a queue of a IBM MQ queue manager and presents the data in a simplified format similar to a database utility or spreadsheet program.

For more information about MQ Visual Browse go to:
http://www.capitalware.com/mqvb_overview.html

    Changes for MQ Visual Browse v2.1.0:

  • Added support for 18 new languages
  • Added Send and Receive Exits on the Exits panel of the Queue Manager Access Profile window
  • Added colored topic messages on main window when a topic was opened using a wildcard
  • Added the ‘Reset View’ feature (under the View menu item) to reset the framework to its default values
  • Added back the ‘Get All Data’ button on the Message Edit window. To enable this feature, the ‘Automatically retrieve entire message’ checkbox on the ‘MQ Queue’ panel of the Preferences window must be de-selected.
  • Added more checks/verifications around the registration, so that users input the correct information
  • Fixed a variety of bugs related to the framework
  • Fixed several bugs related to internal message handling
  • Updated docs (English only)

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Fedora 25 Released

Fedora Project Contributors have just released Fedora v25.
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/25/ChangeSet

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system, a suite of software that makes your computer run. You can use the Fedora operating system to replace or to run alongside of other operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X. The Fedora operating system is 100% free of cost for you to enjoy and share.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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End of Service Date for MQ Visual Edit/Browse v1.6.5

MQ Visual Edit v1.6.5 and MQ Visual Browse v1.6.5 were released on May 5th, 2015.

MQ Visual Edit v2.0.0 and MQ Visual Browse v2.0.0 were released on October 3rd, 2016.

Therefore, support for MQ Visual Edit v1.6.5 and MQ Visual Browse v1.6.5 will end on December 31st, 2016 for individual licenses. If your company has a support contract then support will continue as per the support contract.

MQ Visual Edit V1 and MQ Visual Browse V1 were originally written for MQSeries v5.2 then ported to WebSphere MQ 5.3, 6.0., 7.0, 7.0.1 and 7.1.

MQ Visual Edit V2 and MQ Visual Browse V2 are a complete rewrite of the products designed to handle all of the new features that IBM introduced in MQ V7, V8 & V9.

WebSphere MQ v7.1.0 end of service date is April 30th, 2017 (earlier releases of MQ are long out of support). Hence, I choose an end of service date for MQ Visual Edit v1.6.5 and MQ Visual Browse v1.6.5 to be December 31st, 2016 for individual licenses, so that users would phase out MQ Visual Edit v1.6.5 and MQ Visual Browse v1.6.5 while migrating off WebSphere MQ v7.1.0.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Webinar: IBM MQ CONNAUTH/CHLAUTH Doesn’t Work Like You Think it Does

T.Rob Wyatt of IoPT Consulting will be giving a webinar on issues/problems with/using CONNAUTH and CHLAUTH:
https://www.imwuc.org/p/ca/vi/sid=435

Date: November 30, 2016 at 01:00 PM EST

Description:

Native MQ password authentication (CONNAUTH) introduced in IBM MQ v8.0 has gotten off to a rough start. As of Fix Pack 8.0.0.5, the interaction between CONNAUTH and CHLAUTH has exhibited 5 distinct behaviors. After applying Fix Packs some of these cause hard failures while others silently over-authorize client users, leaving the queue manager exposed. This webcast will present findings from our CONNAUTH/CHLAUTH security research as well as recommendations for MQ users and the audit community.

I STRONGLY recommend all MQAdmins attend this webinar.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Mozilla Firefox 50.0 Released

Mozilla Firefox has just released Mozilla Firefox v50.0.
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/

Mozilla Firefox is a free and open source web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite and managed by Mozilla Corporation. To display web pages, Firefox uses the Gecko layout engine, which implements most current web standards in addition to several features that are intended to anticipate likely additions to the standards

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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IBM MQ V9.0.1 Released

IBM has released IBM MQ V9.0.1:
http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/7/649/ENUSA16-0767/index.html

Highlights:
– More flexible connectivity
– Additional control for monitoring
– Improvements in managed file transfer
– Initial availability of the IBM MQ Console for administration and monitoring of IBM MQ
– Initial release of a new REST API to enable the creation of new http-based tools to perform IBM MQ administration functions
– Additional enhancement for the Managed File Transfer Protocol Bridge
– New packaging options for the Managed File Transfer Agent
– New platform support for Ubuntu on IBM z Systems™
– Updates to support Microsoft™ Visual Studio 2015 for C++ currency

Planned availability for IBM MQ V9.0.1 is November 18, 2016 for Electronic software delivery.

IBM MQ (aka WebSphere MQ) homepage
http://www.ibm.com/software/products/en/ibm-mq

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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MQ Visual Edit V2 Colored Topic Messages

After the noise from last night, I thought the world could use some color. 🙂

Opening (subscribing to) an MQ Topic can be done just like opening an MQ Queue but a user can also open (subscribe to) a topic with a wild card (either ‘#’ or ‘+’).

So, I decided that when the user opens (subscribes to) an MQ Topic with a wildcard, MQ Visual Edit (MQVE) will color match the related topic messages.

Example: We have 3 publishers, each publishing messages to 3 different topics but related in the hierarchical tree.
i.e.
– Publisher #1 is publishing messages to topic ‘test/ABC/one’
– Publisher #2 is publishing messages to topic ‘test/ABC/two’
– Publisher #3 is publishing messages to topic ‘test/ABC/three’

(1) If the user opens a specific topic in MQVE (i.e. test/ABC/one ) then it operates as it did before.

(2) If the user opens a topic in MQVE with a wildcard (i.e. test/ABC/# ) then MQVE will color match the topic messages (see screenshot).

– Yellow for messages in topic ‘test/ABC/one’
– White for messages in topic ‘test/ABC/two’
– Green for messages in topic ‘test/ABC/three’

This feature will be in the next release of MQ Visual Edit V2.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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T.Rob Wyatt’s MQ Password/CHLAUTH Research

T.Rob Wyatt of IoPT Consulting has published an extremely extensive blog posting on the use of UserID/Password and CHLAUTH rules with IBM MQ V8 and V9.

You can find it here: https://t-rob.net/2016/10/25/mq-idpwos-chlauth-exec-summary/

He did huge number and variety of tests against 9 different releases of MQ. A big thumbs up for the effort in creating and performing these tests. If you review the spreadsheet that T.Rob has put together you would think that MQ has multiple personalities. Its rather shocking.

Of course, as a vendor of security products for MQ, it has to make me ask, why don’t we let IBM MQ do what its best at ‘message and queuing’ and let MQAUSX (and/or z/MQAUSX) handle the authentication and filtering of UserIDs, IP address, hostnames, SSL values, etc..

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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Roger Lacroix’s MQTC Session Video

Here is the third video that my daughters, Courtney and Sarah, recorded at MQ Technical Conference v2.0.1.6.

Here’s Roger Lacroix’s MQ Visual Edit V2 – The Next Generation session:

The presentation for MQ Visual Edit V2 – The Next Generation session can be found at:
http://www.mqtechconference.com/sessions_v2016.html

Note: All the videos can be found on my new YouTube channel.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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