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SolarWinds Platform 2023.1 release notes

Release date: February 15, 2023

These release notes were last updated on November 1, 2023.

These release notes describe the new features, improvements, and fixed issues in SolarWinds Platform 2023.1. They also provide information about upgrades and describe workarounds for known issues.

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New features and improvements in SolarWinds Platform

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SolarWinds Platform 2023.1 offers the following improvements compared to previous releases of SolarWinds Platform.

AlertStack

AlertStack is a new feature that can help reduce alert noise and assist in possible root cause analysis to give you a quicker MTTR (mean time to resolution). AlertStack is an opt-in feature that must be turned on in AlertStack settings. AlertStack continually monitors alerts and change events and correlates these using SolarWinds Platform topological information, pulling associated events and alerts together into a single alert cluster. The alert cluster stays activated, and correlated alerts will continue to be added to the cluster, for as long as any associated alerts remain active.

AlertStack is disabled by default and can be enabled after upgrading by navigating to All Settings > Product Specific Settings > AlertStack Settings.

Other improvements

  • SolarWinds Platform Agent installer packages and Linux/AIX repositories are signed.

  • SWIS REST Endpoint is now available on port 17774. You can use a custom HTTPS certificate for this port and disable SWIS REST endpoint on 17778. See Disable port 17778 for SWIS Endpoint.

    In 2023.1, you can continue using port 17778. However, please note that it is being deprecated and will not be supported in a future version.

  • SolarWinds Platform 2023.1 improves the Kerberos protocol for WMI authentication by adding support for the SAM module. See Configure Kerberos for WMI authentication in the SolarWinds Platform.

New customer installation

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For information about installing SolarWinds Platform, see SolarWinds Installer.

How to upgrade

Use the SolarWinds Installer to upgrade your entire SolarWinds Platform deployment (all SolarWinds Platform products and any scalability engines) to the current versions.

You must be on Orion Platform 2020.2.1 or later to upgrade to SolarWinds Platform 2023.1. If you are on Orion Platform 2020.2 or earlier, first upgrade to 2020.2.6 and then upgrade to 2023.1.

Before you upgrade from 2020.2.x

  • Before upgrading from Orion Platform 2020.2.6 and earlier to SolarWinds Platform 2022.3 or later, make sure the database user you use to connect to your SQL Server has the db create privilege. Without this privilege, the upgrade will not complete.

  • The legacy syslog and traps functionality has been retired and replaced with new functionality called SolarWinds Log Viewer, which can be upgraded to Log Analyzer for additional capabilities. Current rules and history will automatically be migrated to the new logging functionality (SolarWinds Log Viewer or Log Analyzer). The functionality of SolarWinds Log Viewer and Log Analyzer has been improved to more closely match legacy functionality. See LA 2022.3 release notes for details.

    If you built syslog and trap alerts using custom SQL queries, they will not function after upgrading to 2022.3 or later. SolarWinds recommends you rewrite the alerts using SWQL (Orion.OLM entities) or using the alerting functionality built into Log Viewer/Log Analyzer.

  • Some upgrade situations from the Orion Platform to the SolarWinds Platform are not supported and the installer will stop the upgrade automatically.
    • If you have a SQL Server older than 2016.
    • If you have an Orion Platform product version 2020.2 or earlier.

Fixed issues

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SolarWinds Platform 2023.1 fixes the following issues.

Case Number Description
1227289, 1236663, 1236783, 1241870, 1242442, 1244793, 1245886, 1249353, 1257864, 1267299, 1268906, 1274633, 1288868 Issues with adding Windows user accounts in the SolarWinds Platform Web Console were addressed.
938365, 987784, 1049100, 1084320, 1120320, 1183057 The issue where the Database Maintenance failed to execute 'Finalize Maintenance' was addressed. Fixed in the GA version.
1268655, 1268939, 1270366, 1273013, 1275253 The SQL Script issue preventing the Configuration Wizard from completing was addressed. Fixed in the GA version.
1253873, 1254055, 1254256, 1254257, 1254265, 1254276, 1254278, 1254303, 1254316, 1254326, 1254333, 1254339, 1254372, 1254403, 1254405, 1254414, 1254435, 1254499, 1254502, 1254523 Auto-geolocation issues in the Worldwide Map were addressed. Fixed in the GA version.
1229888, 1235682 The issue where HTML reports layout was broken when using the MailBee SMTP client was addressed.
1208950, 1226555, 1234992 The issue where upgrading Scalability Engines failed when the SolarWinds Administration service on the main polling engine had been updated was addressed.
1230025 The issue where pre-staging of upgrade files failed was addressed.
1204779, 1206691, 1233017, 1243901 The issue where the Configuration wizard failed to connect to RabbitMQ because of a timeout was addressed.
1241585 Offline help instructions were updated.

1211020, 1214429

The issue where new SolarWinds Platform Agent installations were not using FQDN was addressed.
1197599, 1248066 The issue where a new SolarWinds Platform databasecould not be installed on Azure SQL due to incorrectly detected SQL version was addressed.
1212089 The issue where a table widget did not update vendor icon properly was addressed.
1105407, 1192112, 1201507, 1213144 The issue where the Custom Properties for Nodes widget didn’t show data was addressed.
1197642 The issue where shared actions are not re-created during alert import when the original shared action doesn’t exist were addressed.
1201173 The issue where the Configuration Wizard enabled Windows Authentication even if the user did not select the option was addressed.
1198432 The issue where the Maintenance Expiration pre-installation check did not work for old bundle licenses was addressed.
1195664 The issue where a group added on a Intelligent Map was not shown an All Groups was addressed.
1162734 The issue where a 2020.2.* installer could not be used on an environment where a 2022.* installer was run was addressed.
1237949 The HTTP 500 Internal Server Error caused by blank StyleSheet setting was addressed.
636868 The issue where the Database Maintenance failed was addressed.
1132904 The issue where SolarWinds Platform Agent installed in the root folder ended non-SolarWinds Platform Agent processes was addressed.
1190747 The issue where canceling an upgrade stuck on Active Diagnostics tests was addressed.
1185124 The issue where PDF reports generated by alert or report actions were blurred by a Pendo popup was addressed.
444472, 479695 The issue where topology polling timeout was not retained after the upgrade was addressed.
1218043 The issue when running a simple task in the Unmanage Utility was addressed.
561899, 1120328 The issue where special characters in the preview blocked creating a report was addressed.
732106, 1120328 The issue where reports failed due to a 'hexadecimal value 0x01 is an invalid character' message was addressed.
809693 The issue where the SNMPv3 credentials set was updated unexpectedly on the Edit Node view was addressed.
1151608, 1193149, 1202770, 1205056, 1216386, 1231980, 1235579, 1242067, 1252490 The issue where groups based on node custom properties are unsorted in widgets was addressed.
1162222 The issue where a LogAdjuster record for SAML and Account Management was missing was addressed.
615600, 947219, 947737, 989480 The issue where unmanaged status was incorrectly used for group availability was addressed.
46302, 213954, 255637, 691325, 777333 The issue where List Resources cannot proceed a big number of resources thus preventing the user to add a node was addressed.
1094013 The issue with filters in the Worldwide Map widget was addressed.
915697

The issue where Linux agent deployment methods were not working with FIPS was addressed.

938027 The issue where the Discovery job keeps WMI attempts when WMI credentials are deleted was addressed.

CVEs

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-ID Vulnerability Title Description Severity Credit
CVE-2022-38111 SolarWinds Platform Deserialization of Untrusted Data Vulnerability The SolarWinds Platform was susceptible to the Deserialization of Untrusted Data vulnerability. This vulnerability allows a remote adversary with SolarWinds admin-level account access to messaging service to execute arbitrary commands. 7.2 Medium Piotr Bazydlo (@chudypb) of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative
CVE-2022-47504 SolarWinds Platform Deserialization of Untrusted Data Vulnerability The SolarWinds Platform was susceptible to the Deserialization of Untrusted Data vulnerability. This vulnerability allows a remote adversary with SolarWinds admin-level account access to messaging service to execute arbitrary commands. 8.8 High Piotr Bazydlo (@chudypb) of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative
CVE-2022-47503 SolarWinds Platform Deserialization of Untrusted Data Vulnerability The SolarWinds Platform was susceptible to the Deserialization of Untrusted Data vulnerability. This vulnerability allows a remote adversary with SolarWinds admin-level account access to messaging service to execute arbitrary commands. 8.8 High Piotr Bazydlo (@chudypb) of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative
CVE-2022-47506 SolarWinds Platform Directory Traversal Vulnerability The SolarWinds Platform was susceptible to the Directory Traversal vulnerability. This vulnerability allows a local adversary with authenticated account access to edit the default configuration, enabling the execution of arbitrary commands. 8.8 High Piotr Bazydlo (@chudypb) of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative
CVE-2022-47507 SolarWinds Platform Deserialization of Untrusted Data Vulnerability The SolarWinds Platform was susceptible to the Deserialization of Untrusted Data vulnerability. This vulnerability allows a remote adversary with SolarWinds admin-level account access to messaging service to execute arbitrary commands. 8.8 High Piotr Bazydlo (@chudypb) of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative
CVE-2023-23836 SolarWinds Platform Deserialization of Untrusted Data Vulnerability The SolarWinds Platform was susceptible to the Deserialization of Untrusted Data vulnerability. This vulnerability allows a remote adversary with SolarWinds admin-level account access to messaging service to execute arbitrary commands. 8.8 High Piotr Bazydlo (@chudypb) of Trend Micro Zero Day Initiative

Known issues

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1299411, 1304414, 1315417

Database login fails for Windows accounts after the upgrade

Issue: When you use Windows authentication to connect to the HCO database and the database SQL server, you can find Database: Login failed for user 'DOMAIN\MACHINENAME$' in the Website log. This can cause intermittent user logouts from the SolarWinds Web Console.
Workaround: Change the database account. See Database login failing for Windows account users after upgrading to 2023.1 and above.
N/A

2023.1 RC displayed as the GA version in Centralized Upgrades

Issue: When you upgrade SolarWinds Platform from 2023.1 RC1 to the GA version, the UI displays upgrade from 2023.1 to 2023.1.
Workaround: Not available. Functionality is not impacted.
1202271, 1246753 Remanaging nodes triggers the Node Reboot alert
Issue: When you unmanage a remanage node, the Node Reboot alert gets triggered.
Workaround: Before unmanaging nodes, disable the Node Reboot alert. See Mute alerts.
1203621, 1225932, 1234310, 1234575, 1239208, 1241208, 1251663

Database maintenance errors related to CMAN_Containers

 

Issue: When you run Database Maintenance, errors including CMAN_Container errors are available in the logs.
Workaround: Not available. Functionality is not impacted.
1052957, 1240424, 1245960, 1256606, 1257671, 1266763, 1276328, 1267382, 1280926 SolarWinds Information Service performance issues when users without admin rights use PerfStack
Issue: If users without administrator rights open PerfStack views after the upgrade to 2023.1, SolarWinds Information Service (SWIS) performance issues might occur. SWIS log includes error messages and the SolarWinds Platform Web Console displays warnings about long-running queries.
Workaround: Restart the SWIS service.

End of life

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For modules based on Orion Platform 2020.2.6 and earlier, SolarWinds has announced end-of-life plans. As always, SolarWinds recommends you upgrade to the latest version of your products at your earliest convenience.

Version EOL Announcements EOE Effective Dates EOL Effective Dates
2020.2.6 April 18, 2023: End-of-Life (EoL) announcement – Customers on Orion Platform 2020.2.6 should begin transitioning to the latest version of SolarWinds Platform. May 18, 2023: End-of-Engineering (EoE) – Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for Orion Platform 2020.2.6 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds. May 18, 2024: End-of-Life (EoL) – SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for Orion Platform 2020.2.6
2020.2.5 January 18, 2023: End-of-Life (EoL) announcement – Customers on Orion Platform 2020.2.5 should begin transitioning to the latest version of SolarWinds Platform. February 17, 2023: End-of-Engineering (EoE) – Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for Orion Platform 2020.2.5 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds. February 17, 2024: End-of-Life (EoL) – SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for Orion Platform 2020.2.5.
2020.2.4 October 19, 2022: End-of-Life (EoL) announcement – Customers on Orion Platform 2020.2.4 should begin transitioning to the latest version of SolarWinds Platform. November 18, 2022: End-of-Engineering (EoE) – Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for Orion Platform 2020.2.4 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds. November 18, 2023: End-of-Life (EoL) – SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for Orion Platform 2020.2.4.
2020.2.1 October 19, 2022: End-of-Life (EoL) announcement – Customers on Orion Platform 2020.2.1 should begin transitioning to the latest version of SolarWinds Platform. November 18, 2022: End-of-Engineering (EoE) – Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for Orion Platform 2020.2.1 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds. November 18, 2023: End-of-Life (EoL) – SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for Orion Platform 2020.2.1.
2020.2 October 19, 2022: End-of-Life (EoL) announcement – Customers on Orion Platform 2020.2 should begin transitioning to the latest version of SolarWinds Platform. November 18, 2022: End-of-Engineering (EoE) – Service releases, bug fixes, workarounds, and service packs for Orion Platform 2020.2 will no longer be actively supported by SolarWinds. November 18, 2023: End-of-Life (EoL) – SolarWinds will no longer provide technical support for Orion Platform 2020.2.

See the End of Life Policy for information about SolarWinds product life cycle phases. To see EoL dates for earlier SolarWinds Platform versions, see SolarWinds Platform release history.

Deprecation notices

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This version of SolarWinds Platform deprecates the following platforms and features.

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. 

Type Details
Network Atlas

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.

Port 17778 SWIS REST Endpoint on port 17778 is deprecated as of 2023.1 and will be replaced with port 17774 in a future release. SolarWinds recommends that you start migrating SWIS REST Endpoint to port 17774.
Browser support All versions of Internet Explorer will become unsupported in a future release. Some pages are not compatible with IE 11. Do not enable Enterprise Mode in IE 11. It is not supported.

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