CMS and Blogs

Just 10 minutes ago, the latest vBulletin version is released. Its a maintenance release that provides compatibility required for vBulletin Blog add-on. Bug fixes from the previous versions are also included. So if you’re a vBulletin user, it is recommended that you do the upgrade to enjoy the stabilty improvements of this latest version.

vBulletin 3.6.8

vBulletin 3.6.8 is a maintenance release to improve the stability of vBulletin as well as providing required compatibility for the vBulletin Blog addon. The Blog therefore will require 3.6.8 as a minimum to function.

Changed files and mandatory template changes are listed below.

We have also fixed various bugs since vBulletin 3.6.7 was released, these fixes include:

Upgrading from Previous Versions

3.6.8 is a maintenance release and we recommend that all customers upgrade to benefit from many bug fixes and stability improvements.

No patch or plugin is available to bring previous versions up to 3.6.8 without a full upgrade, as the various changes to implement all the bug fixes represent a large number of changes. To get the fixes from 3.6.8 onto your own board, you must perform a full upgrade.

Full instructions for upgrading vBulletin are available here.

PHP and MySQL Requirements

Please note that vBulletin 3.6.x requires at least PHP 4.3.3 and MySQL 4.0.16 or later.

End of Life for PHP 4 announced

The PHP group recently announced that support for PHP 4 will end on December 31st, this means there will be no security updates or bug fixes for PHP 4 after this point. We seriously recommend that you consider upgrading to the latest version of PHP (5.2.3) and MySQL (5.0.45). vBulletin 3.6.8 supports both of these without any problems, though you may need to disable strict mode for MySQL, see here on how to enable ‘force_sql_mode’.

Note: We will continue to support PHP 4 in our currently released versions.

Download vBulletin 3.6.8

As usual, vBulletin 3.6.8 is available for all customers with valid, active licenses to download from the vBulletin Members’ Area.
vBulletin Members Area

You can read the full announcement at vBulletin 3.6.8 Released

vBulletin released its latest product version, 3.6.6. If some of you still didnt know, vbulletin develops new add-on products namely vBulletin Blog and Product Tools which is expected be out soon. These products will require a minimum vBulletin version of 3.6.6.

The update also features numerous fixes and tweaks to the system in general. It also introduces a new javascript framework. Here’s what Kier, the vBulletin Product Manager, said regarding that…

“With the use of AJAX and other client-side scripting systems increasing all the time, version 3.6.6 debuts various new methods of working with Javascript in vBulletin, many of which assist in the effort to remove as much Javascript from the templates as possible.

In order to facilitate this switch and to provide a solid framework on which to build, we have decided to employ the Yahoo! User Interface javascript library (YUI) for much of our DOM, event and XML-HTTP features, and in future versions you will see much greater use of this excellent library as we migrate some of our older Javascript code to a YUI base.

Included by default in vBulletin is the DOM/Event library (yahoo-dom-event.js) and the XML-HTTP connection handler (connection.js).”

Read the complete announcement of the update here.

Four days later, vBulletin identified an XSS flaw which poses a security risk to older versions of vBulletin 3.6 (3.5.x and 3.0.x are not affected). So, right there and then, they released the vBulletin 3.6.7 and patches to older versions to fix the problem. But unlike any other version update, it doesn’t require template and/or database schema changes. In fact you may just opt to install a plugin and there’s no need for you to upload any files via FTP. So the upgrade should be a breeze.

Read the full announcement here.