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SecureCRT History

             SecureCRT(R) 9.0 (Beta) -- October 20, 2020

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This file contains the SecureCRT product history.  It includes lists 
of new features, changes, and bug fixes sorted by release.  For a 
product description, installation notes, registration information,
and contact information, please refer to SecureCRT_README.txt
(downloaded with this installation).

Changes in SecureCRT 9.0 (Beta 2) -- October 20, 2020


  - On the right-click terminal menu, changed "Google Selection" to
    "Lookup Selection".  The search engine to use for the lookup can
    be specified in a global INI-file-only option.

  - Each tabbed session now has it's own font, character encoding,
    and zoom level.  Note: This change was inadvertently omitted
    from the Beta 1 release notes.

  - A local shell session can be specified on the command line and
    in a script by using the /LOCALSHELL command-line parameter.

  - Windows: Added the ability to rename a scratchpad tab or tile.

  - Windows: When more than one scratchpad is opened, a number "(n)"
    is appended to the "scratchpad" tab/tile name.

Bug Fixes:

  - When exporting the configuration to a file, if a folder name was
    specified instead of a filename, the export file was created using
    the folder name and the folder itself was renamed with a ".bak"

  - Dragging a terminal session tab to another SecureCRT window failed
    if a scratchpad tab had focus in the other window.

  - When the Xterm "True Color" color mode was enabled, colors were
    not displayed correctly for certain remote applications (e.g.,

  - The Command window height was not retained if the Command window
    titlebar was disabled.

  - When starting SecureCRT from the command line, if the /I option
    was used to specify the public-key file to use for authentication,
    it was ignored.

  - When tab completing an SFTP tab path that contained a backslash
    character, the path components preceding the backslash were

  - Windows: When JAWS screen reader was running, SecureCRT failed
    to start.

  - Windows: SecureCRT was not able to load the Anaconda Python 3.8
    script engine.

  - Windows: When multiple tabs had been opened and the first tab was
    then closed, the window could no longer be resized.

  - Windows: On high DPI monitors with certain scaling factors set,
    the toolbar icons and certain dialog text appeared blurry.

  - Windows: On systems with a large display scaling factor set
    (i.e., 300% or greater), the toolbar icons were not displayed

  - Windows: When using the "New Session Wizard" to create an RDP
    session, if the domain was specified as part of the username
    (i.e., domain\username), the resulting session duplicated the
    domain (i.e., domain\domain\username).

  - Windows: When an RDP session was connected to xrdp with "Fit to
    panel" and "Scaling" options enabled, the reconnect operation
    that happens when the window is resized failed.

  - Windows: When RDP was specified as the terminal protocol for the
    Default session, the RDP options were grayed out and could not be

  - Windows: When a scratchpad or script editor tab was active, the 
    application titlebar was not updated.

  - Windows: After saving the contents of a scratchpad tab or tile
    to a file, the file could not be opened in another application.

  - Windows: In the "Save As" dialog for the scratchpad, the default
    filename "scratchpad.txt " contained an extra space.

  - Windows: Connecting to a session while the main window was
    maximized and the session window was set to open in cascaded
    tile mode could have resulted in a blank session window being

  - Windows: If the default.mnu file was specified as a custom .MNU
    file, pressing CTRL+INSERT caused the terminal view to zoom in
    instead of copying the selected text.

  - Windows: Under rare circumstances, text in the scrollback was
    only visible when selected.

Changes in SecureCRT 9.0 (Beta 1) -- September 24, 2020

New Features:

  - Windows: Added support for RDP.

  - Windows: Added support for Python 3.  Python 3.8 (available
    at must be installed and the script's first line
    must be: # $language = "python3".  Since support for Python 3
    is provided through an external module, Python 3 libraries
    can be used in SecureCRT scripts.

  - Windows: Added a scratchpad, which has basic editing
    capabilities, allowing notes to be taken in a tab (or tile).

  - Windows: Added a script editor with syntax highlighting, which
    allows local scripts to be edited in a tab (or tile).

  - Added the ability to specify public/private keys to load into
    SSH2 agent when SecureCRT starts.

  - The status bar has been enhanced so that items can be rearranged
    and items that aren't being shown do not take up space on the
    status bar.

  - Added the ability to show the local system time in the status

  - When a selection is being made, the number of lines currently
    selected is shown in the status bar.  Because only whole lines
    are counted, the selection must start at the beginning or end
    of a line.

  - Added a global option that allows the status bar to be shown
    in full-screen mode.

  - Added support for the rsa-sha2-256 and rsa-sha2-512 public-key
    algorithms (RFC 8332).

  - Added the ability to do a Google search on text selected in a

  - Added the ability to use wildcard characters "*" and "?" in the
    Session Manager filter box.

  - The multi-line paste option now allows the number of lines to
    be specified, providing additional control over when the Paste
    Confirmation dialog is shown.

  - Added an option that allows the Xterm escape sequence to copy to
    the clipboard (OSC 52).

  - SSH2: The host-key algorithms can now be specified and ordered
    in the Session Options dialog.

  - Windows: Added an administrative option that disallows a blank
    configuration passphrase.


  - SSH2: Removed support for several weak ciphers (Blowfish and RC4)
    and MACs (SHA1-96, MD5, and MD5-96).

  - In the multi-line paste confirmation dialog, the line-send delay
    value can be specified for the paste operation.

  - For TN3270 emulation, the default mapping of the Enter key was

  - Added the ability to reorder sessions in the Auto Session list.

  - When connecting to a ProFTPD mod_sftp server, SFTP version 3
    is used by default.

  - When IPv6 hostnames are displayed in tabs or the application
    title bar, the colons (":") are no longer replaced with
    underscores ("_").

  - In the Manage Agent Keys dialog, the fingerprint is displayed
    as SHA-2.

  - For new keyword lists, the default Highlight style is "Color"
    instead of "Reverse video".

  - Added a session INI-file-only option "Alternate Screen Output
    Added To Scrollback" which allows alternate screen (e.g., tmux)
    output to be put in the scrollback buffer.

  - In the Global Options dialog, in the SSH Host Keys category,
    the Hostname and Port columns now sort logically instead of

Bug Fixes:

  - If the "Display logon prompts in terminal window" option was
    enabled and the remote password contained a Unicode character,
    authentication may have failed to certain servers.

  - When attempting to connect to an ownCloud WebDav server, the
    initial connection and/or traversing the file system could have

  - When connected to a remote host using the Raw protocol, data
    displayed on the screen could have been corrupted.

  - When connected to a Telnet server that did not respond to Kermit
    binary mode transition requests correctly, the Kermit transfer may
    have failed.

  - The display of certain Unicode characters (e.g., emojis) in
    the terminal could have caused other characters to appear as

  - Some global options did not take effect immediately after being
    set and saved in a script.

  - When using a mapped key configured to launch an application with
    an argument, the application failed to launch.

  - When using tab completion within an SFTP tab, filenames that
    contain spaces may not have autocompleted as expected.

  - When connected to certain remote systems and running applications
    (e.g., Aptitude) that support menu interaction using the mouse,
    clicking on a top level menu item may not have correctly displayed
    the dropdown menu.

  - When the title bar and/or tab naming options (/TITLEBAR and /N)
    were specified as part of a scripting connect call, neither the
    title bar or tab was named as expected.

  - When a log file was created in a location that contained a "."
    character somewhere in the path, the ".log" extension was not
    automatically appended to the filename.

  - If a session's log file path included the %F session folder
    replacement parameter and the "Start new log at midnight"
    logging option was enabled, the log file path used on the new
    day excluded the %F folder.

  - When the same session was connected multiple times
    simultaneously, the Session.LogFileName script function did
    not return the correct log filename for any of the secondary

  - When editing multiple sessions simultaneously, and the state of
    the Logon Action "Hide" option was changed, only the first session
    was updated with the new value.

  - When the ImportArbitraryData example script was used to create
    thousands of sessions, and the session database already contained
    thousands of sessions, the session creation became very slow.

  - If a script was launched from a Button Bar button or keymap
    shortcut, and the script file could not be located, a misleading
    error was reported.

  - With certain network configurations, the TFTP server's listen
    address was incorrectly displayed on the status bar as a
    169.254.*.* IP address, which is reserved for Automatic Private
    IP Addressing (APIPA).

  - Windows: If the internet connection was disconnected while
    downloading an available update via "Update Now...", the
    VanDykeUpdate application could have crashed.

  - Windows: When using CAPI to access a certificate located on a
    smart card, if the CAPI store contained multiple certificates,
    there could have be a delay before being prompted for the smart
    card pin.

  - Windows: If the Session Manager and Command Manager were
    docked in stacked layout, the size of the individual manager
    windows was not retained between instances of SecureCRT.

  - Windows: When the Command Window was displayed, the height of
    the window increased by one pixel each time SecureCRT was

  - Windows: If the Session Manager and Command Manager were docked
    within the same pane and configured to be auto-hidden, the
    expanded size of the managers could change when SecureCRT was

  - Windows: After upgrading from SecureCRT 6.5 or earlier,
    previously mapped keys that were configured to launch an
    application with arguments may have failed to work.

  - Windows: On high DPI monitors with a large scaling factor set,
    text displayed on the Keyboard Interactive authentication prompt
    could have been cut off.

  - Windows: When opening the "Script->Run..." dialog, the script
    name that was pre-populated in the filename field was partially
    scrolled out of view.