Release date: January 2021
These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in Orion Platform 2020.2.4. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.
- For information on latest hotfixes, see Orion Platform Hotfixes.
- For release notes for previous Orion Platform versions, see Previous Version documentation.
- For information about requirements, see Orion Platform 2020.2 system requirements.
- For information about working with the Orion Platform, see Orion Platform 2020.2 Administrator Guide.
New features and improvements in Orion Platform
Orion Platform 2020.2.4 offers new features and improvements compared to previous releases of Orion Platform.
Orion Platform products are signed with a new digital code-signing certificate.
New customer installation
For information about installing Orion Platform, see the SolarWinds Orion Installer.
How to upgrade
If you are upgrading from Orion Platform 2015.1.3 or later, use the SolarWinds Orion Installer to simultaneously upgrade your entire Orion deployment (all Orion Platform products and any scalability engines) to the current versions.
If you are upgrading from Orion Platform 2019.2 or later, you can upgrade your entire Orion deployment from the My Orion Deployment page. Click Settings > My Orion Deployment > Updates & Evaluations. Downloading the Orion Installer is no longer necessary.
If you are upgrading from an earlier Orion Platform version, use this topic to plan and implement an upgrade to the current version of Orion Platform.
After the upgrade to Orion Platform 2020.2.4, MSVC v14 is deployed automatically to all Orion Agents for Windows as a prerequisite for the installation of plugins. This operation may occasionally require reboot of the Orion Agent server.
Orion Platform 2020.2.4 fixes the following issues.
|346321, 442757, 484875, 492195, 504183, 564207, 574774, 581221, 584681, 601796, 615204, 622851, 628217, 633590, 636738, 639679, 641535, 643288, 647339, 652345, 654076, 655684, 668976||The issue where active Orion Agents were spamming Agent Management with connections was addressed. The consequences of this included High CPU usage, agents down, in incorrect states, or not being able to connect to the Orion Platform.|
|640028||The issue where volume status on WMI nodes was not updated when WMI polls timed out was addressed.|
|685480||The issue where alert and report actions that require writing to files stopped working after the upgrade was addressed.|
SolarWinds would like to thank our Security Researchers below for reporting on the issue in a responsible manner and working with our security, product, and engineering teams to fix the vulnerability.
|CVE-2021-27258||Improper Access Control Privilege Escalation||Critical||chudy working with Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative||Yes|
|CVE-2021-25274||MSMQ Remote Code Execution||Critical||Martin Rakhmanov, Trustwave||No|
|CVE-2021-25275||Unprivileged Users can get DBO owner Access||High||Martin Rakhmanov, Trustwave||Yes|
|718521, 752040, 765220 / After the upgrade, the number of security-related Windows auditing events increases.|
Issue: After upgrading to Orion Platform 2020.2.4, you might see an increased number of the following Windows events in logs:
These events are a consequence of code fixes relating to CVE-2021-25274.
In Orion Platform 2020.2, the following platforms and features are deprecated.
Deprecated platforms and features are still supported in the current release. However, they will be unsupported in a future release. Plan on upgrading deprecated platforms, and avoid using deprecated features. Customizations applied to a deprecated feature might not be migrated if a new feature replaces the deprecated one.
For information about supported version of SolarWinds products, see Currently supported software versions.
|Legacy Orion Report Writer||
Starting with Orion Platform 2019.4, all out-of-the-box reports are web-based.
In Orion Platform 2020.2, the Report Writer is only available in the ReadOnly mode. Migrate your custom reports to the web.
You can no longer add new Report from Orion Report Writer widgets to your views. Existing Orion Report Writer widgets in views will remain in place.
Network Atlas is deprecated as of Orion Platform 2020.2. It is still available and supported in the current release, but will be removed in a future release. Deprecation is an indication that you should avoid expanded use of this feature and formulate a plan to discontinue using the feature. SolarWinds recommends that you start using Intelligent Maps in the SolarWinds Platform Web Console to display maps of physical and logical relationships between entities monitored by the SolarWinds Platform products you have installed.
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