Preview release notes

January 2023

2023.01.0: Monthly Preview release began deployment on January 11

* Features may not be available in all Okta Product SKUs.

Generally Available Features

New Features

Custom links for personal information and password management on End-User Dashboard

If you manage end users' personal information and passwords in an external application, you can configure that application as the User Identity Source in Customizations. Using this setting, you can provide a link to the application in the End-User Dashboard. When end users click the link, they're taken to the third-party page to update their information and password.

This setting is only applicable to the end users whose personal information and password are managed outside of Okta (for example, Active Directory). See Customize personal information and password management.

User Accounts

Full Featured Code Editor for error pages

Full Featured Code Editor integrates Monaco code editing library into the Admin Console to make editing code for error pages more efficient and less reliant on documentation. Developers can write, test, and publish code faster with the better syntax highlighting, autocomplete, autosave, diff view, and a Revert changes button. See Customize the Okta-hosted error pages.

Smart Card IdP with Agentless DSSO

Okta can now be configured to allow users to use Agentless DSSO without being prompted when Smart Card IdP is configured.

Custom app login deprecated

The custom app login feature is deprecated. This functionality is unchanged for orgs that actively use custom app login. Orgs that don't use custom app login should continue to use the Okta-hosted sign-in experience or configure IdP routing rules that redirect users to the appropriate app to sign in.

Non-associated RADIUS agents deprecated

Access for RADIUS agents that have not been associated with an application has now been disabled. See RADIUS integrations.

Unusual telephony requests blocked by machine-learning measures

SMS and voice requests are now blocked if an internal machine-learning-based toll fraud and abuse-detection model considers the requests unusual. Telephony requests that are blocked by the machine-learning model have a DENY status in the System Log.

Enhancements

New System Log events

New events are added to the System Log when custom sign-in or error pages are deleted or reset.

System Log

Policy details added to sign-on events

The System Log now displays policy details for user.authentication.auth_via_mfa events.

System Log

View last update info for app integrations and AD/LDAP directories

Admins can view the date an app integration was last updated by going to Applications > Applications and selecting the integration. They can view the date an AD/LDAP directory integration was last updated by going to Directory > Directory Integrations and selecting the integration.

Early Access Features

New Features

Enhanced Admin Console search

The Admin Console search now displays your search results in a user-friendly drop-down list. The list provides Top results, People, Apps, and Groups filters so you can quickly and easily find what you’re looking for. See Admin Console search.

Optional consent settings for OAuth 2.0 scopes

OAuth 2.0 Optional Consent provides an Optional setting that enables a user to opt in or out of an app's requested OAuth scopes. When Optional is set to true, the user can skip consent for that scope. See Create API access scopes .

Enhancements

AWS region support for EventBridge Log Streaming

EventBridge Log Streaming now supports all commercial AWS regions.

Fixes

General Fixes

OKTA-437264

The HEC Token field wasn't displayed correctly in the Splunk Cloud Log Stream settings.

OKTA-511057

Push Group to Azure Active Directory failed when the group description property was empty.

OKTA-519198

Groups and apps counts displayed on the Admin Dashboard weren't always correct.

OKTA-543969

Accented characters were replaced with question marks in log streams to Splunk Cloud.

OKTA-548780

Custom domain settings were deleted during editing if the admin chose the option Bring your own certificate.

OKTA-559571

The Help link on the Administrators page directed users to the wrong URL.

OKTA-561119

Some users were redirected to the End-User Dashboard when they clicked an app embed link. This occurred in orgs that enabled State Token All Flows and used a custom sign-in page.

OKTA-561259

On the Edit role page, the previously selected permission types weren’t retained.

OKTA-564264

Notifications for adding or renewing fingerprint authentication were sometimes not managed correctly.

Applications

Application Update

New GitHub Teams API URL: In response to GitHub's plan to sunset deprecated Teams API endpoints over the coming months, our GitHub integration has been updated to use the new /organizations/:org_id/team/:team_id path. No action needed for Okta admins.

New Integrations

OIDC for the following Okta Verified applications:

Weekly Updates

New App Drawer

The updated app settings panel on the Okta End-User Dashboard allows end users to see all app details in a single view without having to expand multiple sections. End users can quickly differentiate between SWA apps where they have set a username and password and SAML / OIDC apps that are admin-managed with no additional user settings. The updated app settings panel also provides accessibility improvements with better screen reader support and color contrast. See View the app settings page.

Run delegated flows from the Admin Console

With delegated flows, admins can be assigned the ability to run Okta Workflows directly from the Admin Console. Flows that are delegated to an admin appear on the Delegated Flows page where they can be invoked without signing in to the Workflows Console. This gives super admins more granular control over their admin assignments. See Delegated flows.

SSO apps dashboard widget

The new SSO apps widget displays the number of user sign-in events across each of your org’s apps over a selected period of time. You can use it to see which apps are used most frequently and to easily monitor the authentication activity across your org. See Monitor your SSO apps.

Toggle password visibility on the Okta Sign-In page

End users can now toggle visibility of their password on the Sign-In Widget, allowing them to check their password before they click Sign In. Note that passwords are visible for 30 seconds and then hidden automatically. See Authentication. See Delegated authentication.

Email failure events in the System Log

Admins can now view email delivery failure events in the System Log. This helps admins better monitor the email event activity in their org. See System Log.

Federation Broker Mode

The new Federation Broker Mode allows Okta SSO without the need to pre-assign apps to specific users. Access is managed only by the authentication policy and the authorization rules of each app. This mode can improve import performance and can be helpful for larger-scale orgs that manage many users and apps. See Manage Federation Broker Mode.

Application Entitlement Policy

Administrators can now override attribute mapping when assigning apps to individuals or groups. Attributes can also be reverted to their default mappings. See Override application attribute mapping.

User Import Scheduling

When importing users from an app to Okta, you can now schedule imports to occur at hourly, daily, or weekly intervals. Scheduling imports at a time that is convenient for your org reduces the likelihood of service disruptions and eliminates the need to start imports manually. If an application allows incremental imports, you can create both full and incremental import schedules. This is a self-service feature. See Edit app provisioning settings.

Choose additional filters for Office 365 sign-on policy

Filters have been added to enable admins to distinguish between web browsers and Modern Authentication clients when creating an app sign-on policy. See Office 365 sign-on rules options.

Device Authorization grant type

Advancements in internet technology have seen an explosion of smart devices and the Internet of Things. Consumers need to sign in to applications that run on these devices, but the devices either lack support for a web browser or have limited ability for input, such as smart TVs, car consoles, and thermostats. As a result, users resort to insecure authentication solutions that are error-prone and time-consuming.

The Device Authorization grant feature is an OAuth 2.0 grant type that allows users to sign in to input-constrained devices and also to devices that lack web browsers. This feature enables users to use a secondary device, such as a laptop or mobile phone, to complete sign-in to applications that run on such devices. See Configure Device Authorization.

Null values for SCIM provisioning

Null values for any attribute type can now be submitted to Okta when using SCIM provisioning. This change reduces the error messages customers receive and simplifies end user identity management. See Manage profiles.

Manage admin email notification subscriptions using API endpoints

Admins can manage email subscriptions using the Admin Email Subscription API endpoints.

  • Super admins can configure default subscription settings by admin type.

  • All admins can manage their own admin email notification subscriptions.

End-User Dashboard and Plugin redesign

The Okta End-User Dashboard and Okta Browser Plugin have been redesigned with a modern look and feel that includes new sidebar navigation, fuzzy search, and sections that replaces tabs.

Okta End-User Dashboard redesign

Okta End-User Dashboard redesign

Admins can enable this new design all at once or by groups. The new experience is 50% faster, more intuitive to use, and more responsive to smaller screens. Design changes also improve accessibility and app discovery for end users.

See Create sign-on policies with Okta Applications.

This feature will gradually be made available to all Preview orgs.

Workflows Templates available

Workflows Templates is now available, providing users with access to a searchable catalog of installable Flows that address many common use cases. See Get started with Workflows Templates.

LDAP password reset option

LDAP delegated authentication settings can now be configured to allow users to reset their passwords. This change reduces the time needed for password management and allows users to reset their passwords quickly and easily. See Delegated authentication.

LDAP admin password reset

For orgs integrated with LDAP, admins can now perform password resets for an active individual end user. See Reset a user password.

Windows Device Registration Task, version 1.4.1

This release fixed the following issues:

  • If there was a space in the sAMAccountName, an error appeared when installing the Okta Device Registration task and the installation completed but didn't function.
  • An unknown publisher warning appeared after double-clicking the Okta Device Registration MSI file.

Affected customers should uninstall the registration task and install 1.4.1 or later.

See Enforce Okta Device Trust for managed Windows computers and Device Trust for Windows Desktop Registration Task Version History.

Incremental Imports for CSV

Incremental imports improve performance by importing only users who were created, updated, or deleted since your last import. See Manage your CSV directory integration. Note that this feature is being re-released having previously been released to Production in 2020.09.0.

Password changed notification email

To eliminate unnecessary email notifications, the Password changed notification email setting is no longer enabled by default on new preview orgs. See Password changed notification for end users.

Office 365 Silent Activation

Using Okta as the Identity Provider, Okta Office 365 Silent Activation allows for a seamless experience for your Microsoft Office 365 end users accessing Office 365 apps on domain joined shared Workstations or VDI environments. Once your end users have logged into a domain-joined Windows machine, no further activation steps are required. See Office 365 Silent Activation: New Implementations.

End-user Welcome emails localized

The ability to localize the Welcome email that Okta sends to new end users by referencing the users' default locale property is now Generally Available. See Configure general customization settings.

People page improvements

The People page has been improved so the people list can be filtered by user type. See Universal Directory custom user types known issues.

Mobile tab available for mobile-capable apps

The Mobile tab available in the Okta Admin Console for mobile-capable OIN apps allows you to publish mobile applications to an App Store and deploy them to your end users.

See Enable access to managed mobile apps

Provisioning page UI element change

Drop-down menus on the Provisioning page (General Settings) were standardized.

UI element change

Drop-down menus on the Provisioning page (General Settings) are standardized. See Provision applications.

Early Access features, auto-enroll

You can now opt to auto-enroll in all Early Access features, instead of having to enable them as they become available. For more information, see Manage Early Access features.

Connecting Apps to Okta using the LDAP Interface

The LDAP Interface allows you to authenticate legacy LDAP apps to Universal Directory in the cloud. With the LDAP Interface, authentication is done directly against Okta via LDAP, without the need for an on-premise LDAP server. In addition, the LDAP interface supports other LDAP functions like search. See Set up and manage the LDAP Interface.