Release Notes: IBM Aspera Shares 1.9.9

Product Release: 
Release Notes Updated: June 30, 2017

This release of IBM Aspera Shares provides the new features, fixes, and other changes listed below. These release notes also list system requirements, including supported platforms, and known problems.


  • The Purge event feed items background job (System Settings > Background) is now enabled by default.
  • Shares now supports signed SAML authentication requests.
  • Shares addresses accessibility support improvements including an updated design for High Contrast mode.


SHARES1-120 - In some cases, Shares cannot send emails due to a database integrity violation in the stats collector. (CIM-674)

SHARES1-80 - Stats collector can fail due to daylight savings time change. (CIM-503)

SHARES1-67 - Stats collector in Shares deadlocks after an exception in the MySQL database.

SHARES1-64 - When Shares is added as a directory service to Console, Console is not able to find DS users from Shares.

SHARES1-61 - (Windows) Nginx logs are not being rotated.

SHARES1-51 - Users can create a share with a name containing '/'.

SHARES1-19 - A user that has an expired password can browse Shares using Point-to-Point.


Windows 64-bit 2008 R2. 2012 R2, 2016
.NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, or 4.0.
Linux 64-bit: RedHat 6-7, CentOS 6-7, Fedora 16-20, Ubuntu 12-14, Debian 6-7, SLES 11-12 Kernel 2.4 or higher and libc version GLIB 2.3.4-2.40.
Browsers: Internet Explorer 9-11, Firefox 27-53, Safari 6-10, Google Chrome 40-59


Linux 64-bit (rpm): aspera-shares-
md5: fb31e6a60de07a0dd7c9381e528133b4
sha1: c1ab1a22830a12a10455f7e5a3ff054542aee843
Windows: AsperaShares-
md5: 94bf25d7eca470a1014f43cf4e1d8757
sha1: 3ae18cacd6955be5a1cf06501d9be17603fdcc75


#36123 - SCP GUI transfers to and from Shares have float values instead of integer values for 'user_id' and 'share_id' in tags.

#29575 - If a share's name has a forward slash ("/") in it, this share cannot sync with Aspera Drive. The sync action fails, with a "Path not found" error. Transfers between these shares using the API also fail with a "Path not found" error.

#28359 - SSLv3 is disabled by default to address a security threat. If you are using a pre-1.2.0 version of Aspera Drive, upgrade Drive to the latest version.

#28143 - The Disabled checkbox (Admin > Directories > SAML > Security) for a SAML directory is not functional.

#27371 - ADFS SAML users running Chrome on a Windows machine are currently unable to log in. Workaround: Turn off "Extended Protection" in ADFS SAML IdP. Doing so at first produces random ADFS SAML user login failures with an "Invalid SAML response" error and infinite redirects upon login; but in the longer term, this does fix the problem.

#27228 - If the node is set to use EAR, downloading multiple encrypted files/folders or a single folder with encrypted files does not prompt for a password.

#27218 - If Shares is set to use EAR, HTTP fallback download of unencrypted content fails with numerous errors. Common errors include: "Insufficient permissions", "Server refused request", and "Connection Lost" errors.

#27188 - If Shares is set to use EAR, downloading a file that was not encrypted will ask for a passphrase.

#27187 - If the node is set to use Encryption-at-Rest (EAR) but Shares is not set to use EAR, downloading content that is a mix of encrypted files, unencrypted files, and files encrypted with a different password does not prompt the user for a password.

#26342 - When a local node is added to shares twice, one with host and one with host localhost, the node with host displays a stats collector error.

#25139 - For Shares servers that are installed on Windows, performing a share-to-share drag-and-drop transfer from a share that does not support share-to-share will trigger an "Internal error".

#25041 - Due to changes made by Google to its mail server’s handling of images in email (Dec 2013), the Aspera Shares logo is not displayed in email notifications. Customers not using a gmail server do not encounter this problem.

#18579 - If you perform a search for remote groups that start with backslash (\) or asterisk (*), Shares cannot find them.

#15396 - The transfer fails when you attempt to download special files like symlinks, block and character device files, socket, and so on.

#14532 - The transfer rate and encryption settings in Shares can be circumvented by users if they manually change the FASP URL before submitting. Workaround: In order to enforce the settings, set the desired values in the aspera.conf file on the node.

#12883 - When searching (browsing) recursively, the sort parameter is ignored.


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