PayPal Authentication System updates and bug fixes

It's the shortest day of the year, and we pushed out some bug fixes before 2016. Here's the changelog:

PayPal Authentication System
  • PayPal authentication process no longer generates superfluous DNS requests
  • Optional customer-requested email address now overrides default PayPal account email
  • Old admin-created accounts work properly
  • Admin-created accounts that don't include an active PayPal product work properly
  • User limits are correctly enforced if allow duplicate logins is checked
Miscellaneous Fixes
  • Session Monitor Window properly displays all types of client sessions
  • Session accounting works on all supported customer-provisioned routers
  • Intermittent CRM (customer survey) display error fixed
  • Session search field works properly in MANAGE > Sessions
  • User Authentication System properly displays group membership checkboxes
  • Device Authentication System displays all registered MAC addresses

SputnikNet Updates: Guest Authentication and Time Zone Support

Here are the latest SputnikNet updates.

Guest Authentication System
  • Guest Authentication now offers ratable (periodic) bandwidth limits; you can limit accounts to a defined amount of bandwidth per day (or any other time interval). In any Guest Authentication System, see Settings > Limits: Bandwidth Limit.
Timezone Updates
  • We rewrote the underlying timezone support system. Please see our changelog for details.

Facebook Authentication System Updates


We've made some changes to the Facebook authentication system to reflect policy updates at Facebook.

Please review our changelog for specific information.

New SputnikNet Usage Reports

We've added a number of reports that can send information to customers periodically (e.g. hourly/daily/weekly/monthly/yearly).

  • Session operating system and browser breakdown
  • Usage report (summary number of sessions, unique clients, and bandwidth usage)
  • Detailed session report (all SputnikNet session data in given time period)
Reports can be sent as HTML, CSV and JSON. To sign up for SputnikNet reports please open a case.

SputnikNet Updates: New Maps, Authentication System Enhancements

We have scheduled maintenance for the SputnikNet servers between 12AM and 3AM PST on Tuesday, May 20th. Please read on to see what’s being changed and how this will affect your account.

  • Replaced CloudMade maps with MapBox maps for faster page loads
PayPal Authentication System
  • Account sharing: ability to control the number of simultaneous logins per account
  • Customizable welcome email with username and password for new signups (optional recovery password can be sent to protect customer privacy)
  • Customizable fields for localizing text during account signup and login
  • Updated code to work with PayPal mobile device payments (e.g. smartphones, iPads)
  • Fixed bug that prevented users from logging in with passwords fewer than 8 characters
Prepaid Authentication System
  • Account sharing: ability to control the number of simultaneous logins per account
Facebook Authentication System
  • Added the ability to selectively bypass a survey if access to the user's Facebook profile is enabled

Although the maintenance window is scheduled for three hours, the impact to your account will be a small fraction of that time. We are working hard to ensure that the upgrades happen transparently and with minimal impact to service.