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Melapress Login Security changelog

This is the plugin’s changelog, which is mainly a detailed list of all the plugin changes and bug fixes introduced in every version update. Refer to the plugin release notes for a high level overview of what is new and improved with every plugin version update.

1.3.0 (2024-04-30)

New features

  • Limit failed login attempts feature now also available in the free edition.
  • Geo-blocking to restrict access to the login page to specific countries only, or to block traffic from specific countries.
  • User login IP restriction policy: limit every user’s login to a specific IP address or number of IP addresses to restrict account sharing.
  • Reports to see when users were last active on the website, their passwords’ age and whose password is expired.
  • Easily reset passwords of all users with a specific user role, a user, or a selective list of users.
  • Users import feature: import users to the site via a CSV file.

Improvements

  • Optimized and improved the plugin loading speed and data processing.
  • Enhanced email deliverability by adjusting the “From” email address used by the plugin – now the plugin uses an email address with the same domain of the website.
  • Made several UX improvements in the “Timed Login Policies” section of the plugin.
  • Enhanced plugin security by reviewing input sanitization and updating all libraries used by the plugin.
  • Made several minor UX/UI improvements and text updates across the plugin.
  • Included support for a legacy Premium plan to prevent potential issues.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed PHP warnings generated on multisite when the Summary Email was sent.
  • Resolved a redirection issue when using a custom login URL.
  • Resolved an error that could occur when resetting passwords for Professional plan users.
  • Fixed PHP errors and warnings that might appear when logging in with an incorrect password using the Ultimate Member login form.
  • Addressed a PHP error that could occur on the Ultimate Member login page when using non-existent users for login.
  • Fixed plugin text overlapping on small devices and resolved several UI/UX issues across the plugin.

1.2.2 (2024-03-01)

New feature

  • Added an editable message in the “User login time restrictions” section for when users try to log in during restricted times.

Plugin updates

  • Removed redundant code for an improved overall speed and performance.
  • Added logic check and notice for users in regards to the ‘From email address’ used by the plugin when using the “import settings” feature.
  • Users can now remove default policies over WordPress forms from the ‘Forms & Placements’ plugin page.
  • Tweaked how the “Run inactive check” button acts when it is manually run by the administrator (Locked Users table).
  • Applied a number of UX improvements to the User login time restrictions settings area.
  • Fixed a couple of broken URLs in the Free edition’s UI used for help text etc.
  • Updated the plugin’s branding.

Bug fixes

  • Updated a broken URL of an SVG used inside the plugin’s UI.
  • Fixed a potential crash that could occur when the plugin was running on sites running on PHP 7.2.
  • Fixed: user data and plugin settings was not removed upon uninstall in the Free edition, even when the setting is enabled.
  • Fixed an edge case that could cause a wizard to be prompted inside the plugin dashboard, in regards to missing Email Templates content.
  • Fixed: an edge case fatal error triggered when the “Remove all plugin data on uninstall” setting is enabled in the Free edition.

1.2.1 (2024-02-01)

Improvements

  • Updated the plugin’s branding (was still using old logo and artwork).
  • Upgraded the Freemius SDK to 2.6.2.
  • Added support for the upcoming new Premium plains.

1.2.0 (2023-10-03)

New features

  • User login time restrictions: restrict the time and days users can log in to the website
  • Settings importer & exporter: export the plugin’s settings for backup purposes and / or to import the settings to new plugin installs.
  • Setting to enable/disable individual emails the plugin sends to users to notify them about changes to their user account.

Plugin improvements

  • Support for the WooCommerce user registration form: add the login and password policies with just a click.
  • Failed login error messages by the plugin are now displayed correctly on Memberpress powered forms / websites.
  • The plugin admin notices only appear on appropriate admin pages.
  • Applied various styling and UX improvements to the admin settings and the plugin’s UI.
  • Improved the integration script so now the PW Strength JS can be triggered via custom JS.
  • The change the login page URL setting now available in own admin area.
  • Improved user-facing error messages for both Memberpress and Ultimate Member.
  • Users restricted from accessing front-end pages on Memberpress + WooCommerce pending a forced password update.

Bug fixes

  • The strings ‘wp-activate’ and ‘wp-signup’ are no longer blocked in the Custom Login URL settings.
  • Fixed bug in password history which would cause the initial user password to not be stored.
  • Exempt users setting no longer accepts duplicate entries.
  • Fixed: PHP 8.1 deprecation errors.
  • Fixed: Bulk Actions not working within Inactive Users page
  • Fixed: Error causing wrong email to be sent on user unblock due to failed logins.
  • Fixed an error on multisite networks which could cause some policies to be ignored when logging in via a child site.
  • Password hints are displayed correctly on Ultimate Member.
  • Fixed potential Fatal error when password reset requests are blocked on Memberpress.
  • Fixed JS to ensure PW hide/unhide buttons function as expected on Memberpress forms.
  • Ensure any password(s) updates adhere to all policies on third party forms.
  • Fixed JS bug on multisite networks bug which would cause an empty popup to appear when toggling ‘disable password reset’ checkbox.

Other improvement

  • Updated Freemius SDK to the latest version (addressing a security issue).

1.1.1 (2023-07-05)

Improvements

  • Improved contextual help text around the Login access settings page.
  • Added further help text to third-party forms area.
  • Renamed Failed login policies to Login limitation policies in settings.

Other improvement

  • Updated Freemius SDK to the latest version (addressing a security issue).

1.0.0 (20230302) – Plugin renamed

Release notes: Announcing Melapress Login Security 1.0.0

New Features:

  • Free edition of the plugin now available on the WordPress plugins repository.
  • One-click integration with WooCommerce, LearnDash, Ultimate Member, BuddyPress and bbPress: add password policy checks to forms from these plugins with just a click.
  • Editable email templates: the text of all the plugin\’s emails can be edited using the WordPress editor.

Improvements & other changes:

  • New plugin slug: melapress-login-security.
  • New plugin menu name: Melapress Login Security.
  • WordPress’ “Generate Password” button creates a password that matches the policies.
  • Added a configurable time limit users can configure to specify the time period required to reset the failed logins count in the [Failed Logins Policies]() feature.
  • In the Failed Logins Policies usrs can now specify minutes instead of hours, enuring no accounts are locked for a very long time.
  • Updated code to adhere to coding standards and formatting.
  • Improved support for running the plugin on wesites with custom file structure (WordPress core files are no longer called directly).
  • Beefed up security; added much more sanitization and validation, and escaping user input etc.
  • Reviewed and improved the text and help text in the plugin.
  • Improved the UI of the password suggestions in the password reset page.
  • Updated the Freemius SDK to version 2.5.3.
  • Consolidated the “Redirect user to password reset” code to one class.
  • Reviewed and improved all the text of the email templates.
  • Updated the password-strength-meter.js to avoid any potential conflicts.
  • Removed quite a bit of redundant code.
  • Better support for passwordless logins: plugin now completely bails out when a user is using a passwordless login.
  • UX improvement: mouse pointer only changes on checkmarks/hoverable/clickable elements.
  • Support for forms with multiple password placeholders; plugin adds the policy checks to both placeholders.
  • Improved support for running the plugin on PHP 8.

Fixed:

  • Fixed: Plugin not remembering the first used password when the Disallow Passwords policy is enabled.
  • Fixed: Missing var in ppm_handle_login_based_reset.
  • Disallow the use of previous passwords was not working properly on reset password page.
  • Fixed: reducing the number of disallowed passwords was not purging the passwords that are no longer needed.
  • Fixed an issue with the HTML in the Inactive users when the interface is translated.
  • Fixed the text in the settings page: in some places HTML code was showing up.
  • Fixed: fatal error when a user tries to reset a password while already logged in to the website.
  • Fixed a PHP fatal error in the class PPM_Failed_Logins.

2.6.1 (20220726)

Bug fixes:

* Fixed: Locked users always requested to reset password upon unlock (even when the setting is disabled).
* Fixed: Password expired email sent multiple times.
* Fixed: Inactive users still able to log in in some cases.
* Fixed a typo in reset password email.

2.6.0 (20220517)

Release notes: Announcing the release of WPassword 2.6.0

New feature:

Improvements:

  • Made some prompts\’ text available for translation.
  • Improved the formatting of the summary email.
  • Added the new plugin logo in the plugin’s UI.
  • Improved parsing of list of IDs and classes in the custom forms support script.
  • Updated the text of the Help & About us page.
  • Added the GNU license / updated the licensing details.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed: Plugin sending multiple “password expired” emails to users.
  • Fixed: The password expired check was running even on exempted users.
  • Fixed: Automatically unlocked users not removed from list of locked users.
  • Fixed: Unable to use the ‘ and ” characters in the special characters field.

2.5.1 (20220225)

Security Fix

  • Updated the Freemius SDK to 2.4.3 to address a security issue.

Improvement

  • Updated variable order for PHP8 support.

2.5.0 (20211103)

Release notes: Password Policy Manager renamed to WPassword

Update Highlight

  • Password Policy Manager has been renamed to WPassword.

Improvements

  • Settings and Locked Users moved to their own pages.
  • Better support for WooCommerce – plugin\’s login error notices can now be displayed in WooCommerce custom login pages.
  • Locked Users area now correctly uses the “lockout time” rather than the last activity time which could lead to inaccurate results.
  • Ensured all strings can be translated

Bug fixes

  • Fixed issue which was causing certain characters to not display in the password hints.
  • Fixed regex issue which was causing JS errors if certain characters are elected to the “must not contain” setting.
  • Fixed logic which caused “must contains special chars” to display an empty string.
  • Fixed bug with custom user roles priority setting which was causing some of the policies to be ignored for custom user roles.
  • Users who have been locked out due to failed login attempts are now self-removing from the Locked Users list upon successful login.
  • Exclude characters setting will now alert correctly if an invalid setting is provided.

2.4.1 (20210906)

Release notes: PPMWP 2.4.1: Weekly email summary and other UI/UX improvements

New Features

  • New shortcode to add password policy checks to custom login pages (more efficient way of adding the policies check to a page).
  • Custom form filter/shortcode no longer require all 3 arguments to work.
  • Weekly summary email highlighting a list of users which have been made dormant, locked due to failed logins or have reset their password during the last week.
  • New option to prioritise roles in cases where users can have multiple roles.
  • New policy to disable users from requesting a new password (meaning admins must send reset).
  • New hook “ppmwp_apply_forced_reset_usermeta” that can be used to “force password reset on login” when creating WordPress users via a custom workflow.

Improvements

  • The plugin settings, list of locked users, and help & contact pages are now available in their own admin pages.
  • Policies UI is now hidden unless policies are enabled.
  • The role tabs are now available via a dropdown rather than individual tabs (better UX & UI).
  • Failed login policy now detects failed email-based logins.
  • Standardized and improved the password reset form hints styling.
  • Improved the plugin\’s help-text and setting names.
  • Users last activity is now updated on login or logout, to improve performance.

Bug fixes

  • Double quotes were escaped when added as non-allowed special characters in plugin settings.
  • \”Update user\” button in user profile was not reset when the reset password dialogue is closed.
  • Custom password hints not reflected in non-admin facing forms.
  • Dormant user now uses correct value even if translated.
  • Failed login policies required error argument to always be provided.
  • The notice “A user must be excluded” no longer appears when the inactive users policy is disabled.
  • Network users now recieve relevant email when “Reset all passwords” is used.
  • Cancelling the “set new password” box within a user’s profile page no longer leaves the “Save profile settings” button disabled.
  • Password reset’s via a user’s profile page can no longer POST an empty password.

2.4.0 (20210331)

Release notes: PPMWP 2.4.0: New feature to block users with failed login attempts & other updates

New Features

  • Failed logins policy – block user log in attempts after a number of failed logins.
  • New filter hook to hide password strength suggestions on custom forms.

Improvements

  • Automatically generated passwords now match the configured policies.
  • Added more input validation in backend fields.
  • Plugin now uses timestamp() instead of time() so it is aware of the time zone configured in WordPress.
  • All plugin settings now use YES/NO instead of boolean values in the database (improving dev standards).
  • Refactored script data and styles that were printed manually (now using the function wp_localize_script).
  • Reduced code by deleting duplicate code and using central functions instead.
  • Improved the “User last active” check – plugin updates this more often for more accurate functionality.
  • More plugin text, especially text with links is now translatable.
  • Email with password reset notification is no longer sent when user has to reset password on next login.

Bug fixes

  • PHP fatal during plugin uninstall and data clean-up.
  • Excluded characters were not shown in the policies in user view
  • In some cases users were marked as inactive even though the inactive users check was not enabled.
  • Policies for logged-in user\’s role were applied when resetting the password of another user with a different role.
  • WordPress “Send password reset link” button was not working when the plugin was installed.
  • “Generate password” button in the password reset page was not working for users who had to change the password during login.
  • Password hints in password reset page were not being updated when changing password.
  • Users can bypass some policies and use easy passwords when manipulating the DOM in the user profile page.
  • Number of warnings were being generated when generating the POT file.
  • In some cases, unlocked inactive users were still marked as inactive users.

2.3.4 (2021-01-21)

Release notes: PPMWP 2.3.4: improved plugin interoperability & maintenance updates

Improvements

  • Improved the support for post-login redirect plugins (in some setups the \”reset password on first login\”was not working when a post-login redirect plugin was installed).
  • Moved a number of queries as background process, so users can navigate away from the plugin\’s settings page while the task is still running.
  • Improved a number of database queries for better performance.

Bug fixes

  • In some cases users with expired password could still access the dashboard.
  • The function “reset password on first login” was not working well with some redirect plugins.
  • The password reset link sent to unlock users was invalid in some cases.
  • Password policies were not being shown when a password reset page was refreshed.

2.3.3 (2020-12-04)

Improvement

Bug fix

  • Headers not sent errors were being reported when resetting passwords using the WooCommerce account form.

2.3.2 (2020-11-23)

Improvement

  • Updated the Freemius SDK to 2.4.1.

2.3.1 (2020-09-09)

Release notes: PPMWP 2.3.1: improved support for third party plugins

Breaking change

  • Removed option to disable WordPress’ automatic password generation.

Improvements

  • Better support for third party plugins – plugin works much better now with eCommerce, membership & subscription plugins.
  • The password reset module will require users to change the password even if they have not reset it within 24 hours.

Bug fixes

  • Password was not always automatically generated.
  • Generated password did not always meet the configured password policies.
  • UI was not showing the correct configured user role specific policies.
  • Password was not being generated automatically when user had to reset the password on next login.
  • Password policies not inherited properly when using custom roles in certain edge cases.
  • Password policies not displayed properly on custom pages with WooCommerce.

2.3.0 (2020-07-15)

Release notes: PPMWP 2.3.0: inactive users & other policies and performance updates

New features

  • User profile setting to require user to change the password during next login.
  • The password policies shown when creating a new user are are the policies that apply for the new user\’s role.
  • Setting to stop WordPress from automatically generating passwords.
  • Policy to require inactive users in WordPress to reset password once unlocked.

Improvements

  • Applied several core and performance updates. Plugin can now be used to enforce policies on sites with more than 100,000 users  without any performance drops.
  • The inactive WordPress users policy now works as a standalone policy. It is no longer dependent on the expiration policy.
  • When users are marked as inactive, their existing sessions are instantly terminated.
  • Standardized the plugin\’s settings prefix (code improvement).

Bug fixes

  • Plugin hangs when a user is automatically created by WooCommerce during checkout.
  • Users are not asked to reset their password during first login when using a specific custom login form.
  • Minor UI / placeholders alignment issues.
  • Password not reset properly when reset via Custom password reset form in Storefront.

2.2.0 (2020-04-22)

Release notes: WPassword 2.2.0: out of the box support for custom login pages & other updates.

New features

Improvements

  • Updated About us page – added reference to our new two-factor authentication plugin.
  • Standardized the UI and UX of the user exemption settings.
  • Improved validation / checking of all policy settings.

Bug fixes

  • Password policies inheritance not working properly in some edge cases.
  • Plugin loading translation files correctly.
  • Plugin settings & data deleted from database when relevant setting is enabled and plugin is uninstalled.
  • Plugin shows incorrect message to user when their account is locked (WordPress dormant users check).

2.1.0 (2020-03-05)

Release notes: WPassword 2.1.0: dormant users policy and support for post login redirect plugins.

New features

  • Dormant users policy.
  • Setting to specify special characters that cannot be used in passwords.
  • Support for post login redirect plugins.

Improvements

  • Reset all passwords functionality now resets all passwords and terminates sessions instantly.
  • Updated Freemius SDK to 2.3.2.
  • Removed old / obsolete code from the plugin.
  • Localized some strings that were hardcoded in js files.
  • Setting to exempt users from dormant users checks.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed some issues with localization and generated new POT file.

2.0.1 (2019-12-04)

Bug fix

  • Fixed an edge case issue in which the reset all function was not terminating the users\’ sessions.

2.0 (2019-11-06)

Release notes: WPassword 2.0: multisite networks support and first time login policy.

New Features

Improvements

  • Increased password history policy: plugin can now remember up to 100 passwords per user.
  • Improved the text of the email templates used in the plugin.
  • Improved the help and about pages (more links, help etc).
  • Improved plugin’s error messages.

Bug Fixes

  • Expired passwords can be reset with a wrong password.
  • Expired passwords cannot be reset by administrator.

1.4 (2019-08-13)

Release notes: WPassword 1.4: premium trials, advantageous pricing & plugin improvements.

New Feature

Improvements

  • Reset all passwords functionality works also when policies are disabled.
    Improved the plugin’s text and messages (better UX).

Bug Fix

  • Fixed an issue in which plugin prompts on login pages where incorrect.

1.2 (2019-06-05)

New Feature

1.1 (2019-01-10)

New Feature

  • Ability to configure different password policies for different user roles.

Improvements

  • Users can now configure the maximum password length to less than 6 characters (not recommended).
  • Generic plugin improvements

1.0.1 (2018-09-10)

  • Added Spanish language files.

1.0.0 (2018-08-17)

  • Initial Release.