Now Available: DSpace 6.3 release, providing bug fixes to 6.x

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Kim Shepherd

Jun 27, 2018, 9:42:51 AM6/27/18
to DSpace Community, DSpace Technical Support, DSpace Developers, DSpace Committers

Dear DSpace Community,

On behalf of the DSpace developers, I would like to formally announce that DSpace 6.3 is now available. DSpace 6.3 provides bug fixes and improvements to the DSpace 6.x platform.

DSpace 6.3 can be downloaded immediately from:

6.3 Release notes are available at:

DSpace 6.3 is a bug fix release to resolve several issues located in previous 6.x releases. As it only provides only bug fixes, DSpace 6.3 should constitute an easy upgrade from DSpace 6.x for most users. No database changes  should be necessary when upgrading from DSpace 6.x to 6.3. There is one (orcid.api.url) configuration addition for ORCID Authority Users.

DSpace 6.3 contains two security fixes for JSPUI users. If you use JSPUI we recommend that you test and upgrade this release as soon as possible.

JSPUI security fixes include

  • [HIGH SEVERITY] A user can inject malicious Javascript into the names of EPeople or Groups. This is most severe in sites which allow anyone to register for a new account. ( - requires a JIRA account to access.) 

    • Reported by Julio Brafman

  • [MEDIUM SEVERITY] Any user was able to export metadata to CSV format if they knew the correct JSPUI path/parameters. Additionally, the exported CSV included metadata fields which are flagged as hidden in configuration. ( - requires a JIRA account to access.) 

    • Reported by Eike Kleiner (ZHAW, Zurich University of Applied Sciences)

Major bug fixes include

  • Update DSpace ORCID Integration to use ORCID API v2 (instead of now obsolete ORCID v1): DS-3447
  • Update DSpace Statistics to use GeoIP API v2 (instead of now discontinued GeoIP API v1): DS-3832
  • Database specific fixes
    • Oracle database migration fix. Configurable Workflow migration threw errors: DS-3788
    • PostgreSQL JDBC driver upgraded to latest version (to allow for full compatibility with PostgreSQL v10): DS-3854
    • Fix issue where DSpace wasn't starting if it used a database connection pool supplied through JNDI: DS-3434
  • Bitstream deletion issues ("dspace cleanup" command)
    • Fixed issues where Bitstreams were not being flagged for deletion when an Item was deleted: DS-3729
    • Fixed issues where Bitstreams were not being removed from assetstore even when flagged as deleted: DS-3627 and DS-3461
      • Note: This issue was limited to 6.0, 6.1 or 6.2, and specifically occurred when Item Level Versioning was NOT enabled (which is the default setting) or when Item Level Versioning was first enabled on DSpace version 6.0, 6.1 or 6.2
    • Fixed issues where Bitstreams were removed from all versions of an Item (resulting in inaccurate versioning) when deleted from the latest version of an Item: DS-3627
      • Note: This issue was limited to 6.0, 6.1 or 6.2, and specifically ONLY occurred when Item Level Versioning was first enabled on DSpace version 4.x or 5.x (and that old versioning data had since been migrated to 6.x).
  • Other API-level fixes (affecting all UIs)
    • Fixed issues where Item Level Versioning accidentally duplicated both metadata (DS-3703) and bitstreams (DS-3702)
    • Fixed issue where Shibboleth authentication plugin appeared to login when no password provided: DS-3662
    • Fixed issues with Solr Search Query escaping in both UIs: DS-3507
    • Update last modified timestamp (on Item) when a new bitstream is added: DS-3734
    • Ensure ImageMagick thumbnails respect the orientation of original file: DS-3839
    • Fix MediaFilter "too many open files" issues (where it forgot to close an input stream): DS-3700
    • Fix PubMed Import submission step (StartSubmissionLookupStep) to use updated URL of PubMed API:  DS-3933
    • Cleanup EHCache configuration: DS-3694 and DS-3710
  • JSPUI fixes
    • Fixed issues with authority control popup: DS-3404
    • Fixed issues with pausing HTML5 uploads: DS-3865
  • XMLUI fixes
    • Fixed Mirage v2 build issues caused by Bower Registry URL change: DS-3936
    • Fixed performance issues for Items with 100+ bitstreams: DS-3883
    • Fixed occasional Hibernate LazyInitializationException when completing submissions: DS-3775
    • Fixed Unicode character issues in metadata: DS-3733
    • Fix issue where search results lose Community/Collection context when sorting: DS-3835
    • Fixed bitstream download issues which could leave AWS connections open when using S3 storage backendDS-3870
    • Update Mirage to use recommended MathJax inline delimiters (DS-3087) and to use new CDN location (DS-3560)
  • OAI-PMH Fixes
    • Ensure OAI-PMH updates harvestable items when an item is made private (DS-3707) or an embargo expires (DS-3715)
    • Fixed Unicode character issues in metadata: DS-3733 and DS-3556
    • Fix content type of OAI-PMH response: DS-3889
    • Enhanced "oai import" command to report on items that cause indexing issues: DS-3852
  • REST API fixes and minor improvements
    • Fixed issue where REST API was no longer able to return JSON responses: DS-3903
    • Fixed update bitstream data returning 500 response: DS-3511
    • Improvements to REST Based Quality Control Reports:
      • Enable login via Shibboleth: DS-3811
      • Add bitstream field data to item listing: DS-3704
      • Fix bug filtering for bitstream permissions: DS-3713
      • Improve ability to find withdrawn items: DS-3714

For more information, see the Changes section in the DuraSpace wiki.

6.3 Acknowledgments

The DSpace 6.3 release was led by Kim Shepherd with a lot of help from Tim Donohue, Terry Brady, Mark Wood and the DSpace Committers. A whopping 37 people (including 18 new contributors!) contributed to this release. Thanks to everybody who gave their time to improve DSpace.

The following individuals provided code, bug fixes, or reviews to the 6.3 release:

Saiful Amin, Pascal-Nicolas Becker, Ben Bosman, Terry Brady, Per Broman, Jacob Brown, James Creel, Tom Desair, Tim Donohue, Stefan Fritzsche, Hendrik Geßner, Werner Greßhoff, Marsa Haoua, Iris Hausmann, Chris Herron, Lotte Hofstede, Eike Kleiner, Ivan Masár, Dinesh Mendhe, Philip Münch, Sébastien Nadeau, Miika Nurminen, Alan Orth, Hardy Pottinger, Jakub Řihák, J. Savell, Christian Scheible, Kim Shepherd, Ilja Sidoroff, Sven Soliman, Eduardo Speroni, Alexander Sulfrian, Jonas Van Goolen, Philip Vissenaekens, Martin Walk, Andrew Wood, Mark Wood

A detailed listing of all known people/institutions who contributed directly to DSpace 6.x is available in the Release Notes. If you contributed and were not listed, please let us know so that we can correct it!

As always, we are happy to hear back from the community about DSpace. Please let us know what you think of 6.3!


Kim Shepherd (on behalf of the DSpace Committers)

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