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Jun
22
Blancco 5 version 5.10.1 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 22.06.2016 15:16

Blancco 5.10.1 - Release Notes

Bug fixes:

  • Fix for a bug where the erasure of remapped sectors failed systematically (and it should have succeeded).
    • This bug occurred with standards doing mere overwriting and under certain conditions only.
  • Fix for a bug where canceling the erasure of a Blancco 5 client being remotely controlled from the Management Console did break the remote control.
    • A side effect of this bug is that on some occasions, the erasure would not start on some locally controlled systems.

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Jun
22

There will be a scheduled service maintenance break for Blancco Cloud on the 2nd of July 2016, between 6:00 - 9:00 GMT.

 

The cloud reporting and erasure services and the https://cloud.blancco.com/ site will be unavailable during this time.


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Jun
21
Blancco 5 Mobile version 2.4.2 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 21.06.2016 15:22

Blancco 5 Mobile 2.4.2 - Release Notes

Features:

  • Find My iPhone for activated devices.
    • The status of Activation Lock (Find My iPhone) is available after connecting an iOS device.
    • The status of Find My iPhone can be seen in the user interface and in erasure/diagnostics report. Find My iPhone status is supported in reports in Management Console 3.7.0. The information can also be used in label printing.
    • Find My iPhone status is available if the device is activated and screen is not locked with passcode.
    • Find My iPhone status is NOT available if device is not activated (in ‘Hello’ screen), in DFU/recovery mode (iTunes and cable symbol are shown on the screen) or screen is locked with passcode.
  • Improvements in BlackBerry erasure. Two erasure methods are available:
    • BlackBerry OS erasure: Removes apps and performs Security Wipe.
    • BlackBerry OS advanced erasure: Removes apps, requires user to enable encryption and performs Security Wipe (including scrubbing). Please note that scrubbing phase can take a lot of time.
  • New diagnostics test for LCD color and screen. LCD color test and Screen test have been modified:
    • LCD color test: Tests different colors of the device screen. Note: this test was earlier called the Screen test.
    • Screen test: Tests if dead pixels can be seen on the device screen.

Bug Fixes:

  • If Android erasure gets stuck in finalizing phase, there is now an option for the user to complete the erasure. This should be used if the user sees that the final factory reset has already completed successfully on the device, but the device in B5M is still in finalizing phase.
    • The options given to the user are: continue waiting, complete and stop.
  • Placement of ‘HMG Infosec Standard 5, Lower Standard’ has been changed in the list of erasure standards. It now appears after ‘HMG Infosec Standard 5, Higher Standard’ in the list.
  • The user is now given an option to download the latest version information from Apple if erasure fails because too old iOS firmware is used.
  • Fixed B5M sometime freezing sometimes during BlackBerry erasure.
  • Fixed iOS erasure failing for a failed device after updating version information.
  • Several smaller fixes for label layout editor, for example:
    • When creating new layout, 'Use matching paper size' will attempt to create exactly matching label size. If selected, page size selection of printer will be ignored. If the paper size defined cannot be used by the printer, printing will fail. If not selected, then the layout will be scaled to selected page size.
    • Added custom texts for diagnostics result and device status.
    • Fixed Cancel button not working correctly in label layout definition.
    • Fixed problems in layout preview: inconsistent barcode test alignment and underline not showing correctly.

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Jun
8
Blancco 5 version 5.10.0 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 08.06.2016 12:51

Blancco 5.10.0 release notes:

Features:

  • Hotplug support for SAS/SCSI/SATA/USB/FC drives. Refreshing the user interface will display the newly plugged drives or remove the drives unplugged.
  • NIST purge for SSDs and HDDs. Full NIST compliance based on the guidelines of December 2014. To securely purge ATA/SCSI HDDs and SSDs.
  • Detection of hybrid drives. Implementation of a programmatic detection of hybrid drives. Those hybrid drives that cannot be detected programmatically can be added to a lookup table also used in the detection process.
  • Adding all erasure options in the Blancco 5 user interface. The settings to remove the hidden areas of the drive, to preserve the Windows recovery partition on GPT drives and to enforce the Blancco SSD standard on SSDs are available from the erasure options of the Blancco 5 user interface.
  • Custom fields using dropdown lists with multiselection.
  • Process enhancement on remapped sectors erasure. If the erasure of remapped sectors is enabled, there is a new setting that allows to prevent/continue the erasure process if there are drives that do not support this erasure.
  • Improved verification of firmware based erasures. The verification of the output of the drives' firmware erasure commands has been updated to cover more cases and increase the erasure success rate.
  • Dynamic firmware and driver loading from a USB stick. For users that want to load dynamically firmwares and drivers into Blancco 5 to improve the hardware detection and support. Using this feature requires being capable of
    recompiling drivers or knowing what firmware must be loaded.
  • Support for Korean language.

Improvements/Changes:

  • Change in the default configuration: the hardware tests are disabled by default on Blancco 5 images. This also encompasses the memory test.
  • Change in the image checksum: the Blancco 5 images will be delivered with a new SHA256 checksum.
  • Improvement in the reporting of errors and exceptions: whenever removing/erasing a hidden area fails, the cause of the failure will be detailed.
  • Improvement in the reporting of errors and exceptions: whenever a firmware erasure command fails, it will be reported.
  • Improvement in the reporting of errors and exceptions: whenever a firmware erasure command is executed but is not supported, it will be reported.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix for a problem when booting Blancco 5 on HP zBook 15.
  • Fix for a bug on external USB drives where Blancco 5 collected the serial number of the USB-to-SATA adapter instead of the serial number of the attached drive.
  • Fix for a detection problem with the WD Black2 Dual Drive.
  • Fix for an erasure (overwriting) problem on Lenovo Thinkpad 10 20E3 (eMMC inside).
  • Fix for a problem where SATA SSD erasure did not work on HP DL360 Gen9 with HP Smart Array P440ar RAID bus controller.
  • Fix for a problem where SATA SSD erasure did not work on Dell Precision T7600 with PERC H310 MegaRAID SAS controller.
  • Fix for an erasure (overwriting) problem on HP Elitepad 1000 G2 (eMMC inside).
  • Fix for an erasure (overwriting) problem on "Backup Plus for Mac" USB external drives.
  • Fix for a verification problem that failed the erasure on Apple Mac Books with Samsung SSDs (models SM0128F, SM0256F, SM0512F).
  • Fix for an issue where enabling the setting to preserve the Windows recovery partition did disable the setting to erase the remapped sectors.
  • Fix for a problem where the software hanged at 99% or 100% of the erasure.
  • Fix for an issue where the communication with the Management Console was reset in case asset licenses were not available.
  • Fix for a bug where the hardware details of the reports being sent/saved automatically by Blancco 5 only contained the information of the drives.
  • Fix for a bug where the automatic report sending/saving generated two different reports (asset and erasure).
  • Fix for a bug where the report was sent to the Management Console 3 with empty mandatory custom fields.

Other:

  • The time estimation and progress bar on some standards (NIST Clear/Purge, Blancco SSD Erasure, BSI-GS/E) may change during the erasure or when the erasure is reaching 100%.
    • Ex: Reaching 100% then jumping back to 80% and continuing. This is due to the nature of these complex standards which erasure and verification steps may change during the erasure process, depending on the drive interfaces, the supported firmware commands or their output.
  • Use the latest Blancco USB Creator v.2.2.0 or higher with the "Format" option when creating bootable USB sticks.

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Jun
2
Blancco 5 Mobile version 2.4.1 has been released!
Posted by Sami Purho on 02.06.2016 08:06

Release notes - Blancco 5 Mobile 2.4.1

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed Android erasure stopping at 4%.
    • This problem was seen with newer Android devices (5.x and newer).
  • Fixed Blancco 5 Mobile crashing after cleaning iOS firmware images.
  • Fixed the problem that in some cases it was not possible to move the device icon in Free
    mode.

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