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Bonus TIPS for Successful Posting

Try a Search First
It is highly recommended that a Search be done on your topic before posting, as many questions have been answered in prior posts. As with any search engine, the shorter the search term, the more "hits" will be returned, but the more specific the search term is, the greater the relevance of those "hits". Searching for "table" might well return every message on the board while "tablesum" would greatly restrict the number of messages returned.

When you do post
First, make sure you are posting your question in the correct forum. For example, if you post an issue regarding Desktop applications on the Mobile & Browser Applications board , not only will your question not be seen by the appropriate audience, it may also be removed or relocated.

The more detail you provide about your problem or question, the more likely someone is to understand your request and be able to help. A sample database with a minimum of records (and its support files, zipped together) will make it much easier to diagnose issues with your application. Screen shots of error messages are especially helpful.

When explaining how to reproduce your problem, please be as detailed as possible. Describe every step, click-by-click and keypress-by-keypress. Otherwise when others try to duplicate your problem, they may do something slightly different and end up with different results.

A note about attachments
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When attaching screen shots, it is best to attach an image file (.BMP, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG, etc.) or a zip file of several images, as opposed to a Word document containing the screen shots. Because Word documents are prone to viruses, many message board users will not open your Word file, therefore limiting their ability to help you.

Similarly, if you are uploading a zipped archive, you should simply create a .ZIP file and not a self-extracting .EXE as many users will not run your EXE file.
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Apache Log4j Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228)

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  • Apache Log4j Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228)

    Apache Log4j Vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228)

    Summary

    A zero-day vulnerability was disclosed on December 9, 2021 in the Apache Log4j logging utility. This tool is included in, and leveraged by, many other software products, and as such other systems need to be evaluated for this vulnerability. Alpha Software has analyzed our software products, services, and internal systems and detailed the results below.

    Alpha Software Analysis

    Affected Supported Alpha Software Products: None
    Remediation Required: None

    Alpha Anywhere, Alpha Anywhere Application Server, and Alpha Anywhere Application Server for IIS do not use or include Apache Log4j in any way. As such, none of these software products are impacted by the recently discovered vulnerability and no remediation is necessary.

    Affected Alpha Software Services: Alpha Cloud, TransForm
    Remediation Required: None

    Alpha Cloud uses Alpha Anywhere Application Server for IIS, which as discussed above has no vulnerability related to Apache Log4j. However, Alpha Cloud is hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and AWS in turn does use Apache Log4 j in various ways. AWS has already addressed these issues, as detailed at https://aws.amazon.com/security/secu.../AWS-2021-006/

    TransForm is built using Alpha Anywhere and is hosted on Alpha Cloud. By way of being hosted on Alpha Cloud, TransForm too is dependent on AWS, which has already completed remediation as detailed above.

    Affected Unsupported Alpha Software Products: Unknown
    Remediation Required: Unknown

    All versions of Alpha Software products prior to Alpha Anywhere (e.g. Alpha Five, Alpha Four, etc.) have had official support discontinued. As such, these products have not been evaluated for any vulnerabilities. No guarantee can be made regarding this vulnerability or any other vulnerabilities in these products. All users of these older versions are strongly encouraged to update to a current release of Alpha Anywhere which is officially supported by Alpha Software.

    Additional Customer Action
    As Apache Log4j is so widely used in many systems, Alpha Software urges all customers to fully evaluate all systems in use in their environment and update any use of Log4j to the latest version as soon as possible. While Alpha Software's products and services are not directly impacted by this vulnerability, other software running on customer systems may be, which could lead to the potential compromise of a system on which Alpha Software products are running.

    Additional Alpha Software Action
    Security is a top concern at Alpha Software and as such we continue to monitor developments related to this vulnerability and will reevaluate software and systems as needed based on any new information.

    Lenny Forziati
    Vice President, Internet Products and Technical Services
    Alpha Software Corporation
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