Okta Classic Engine release notes (Preview)

Version: 2024.04.0

April 2024

Generally Available

Okta MFA Provider for ADFS, version 1.8.0

This release includes vulnerability fixes and a .NET Framework version upgrade.

Okta Personal for Workforce

Okta Personal for Workforce is a set of features that allows admins to separate their users' work data from non-work data. Admins can now offer their end users a free Okta Personal account to store personal data, allow them to switch between accounts, and migrate personal apps from Okta enterprise tenant to Okta Personal. When Okta Personal for Workforce is enabled, personalized comms will be sent to the end users encouraging them to use Okta Personal for personal data and Okta enterprise for work data. See Okta Personal for Workforce User Experience.

Improved password reset process for Active Directory-sourced users

Okta now updates user profiles when externaId, DN, or managerDn is updated in AppUser profiles during provisioning. Only attributes that have relevant mappings are affected.

Permissions for custom admins to manage agents

Custom admins can now view, register, and manage agents. See Agent permissions.

New maximum number of connected AWS accounts

Admins can now connect a maximum of 1000 Amazon Web Services accounts to the AWS Account Federation app in Okta. This change helps avoid timeouts when testing API credentials on AWS.

Improved date filter display in reports

The date filter is now standardized and appears inline for the following reports: Telephony usage, Continuous access violation, Entity risk, At-risk user, and MFA events.

Improved Admin Dashboard and Administrators page

The appearance of several UI components (like buttons and dropdown menus) have been improved across the Admin Dashboard and the Administrators page.

Updated documentation links

Documentation links under the Security, Applications, and Customizations menus now redirect to the correct documentation.

End-User Dashboard and unsupported browsers

The End-User Dashboard no longer loads in unsupported browsers, including Internet Explorer 11 or Edge in Internet Explorer mode. This change enhances security by preventing access from browsers that no longer receive updates.

End-User Dashboard branding and accessibility enhancements

The End-User Dashboard now features design changes that provide a consistent brand experience across Okta's app and enhance accessibility for users.

New target added to a System Log event

A new target was added to the user.authentication.auth_via_mfa System Log event. The target shows the type of MFA app that was used to authenticate.

Authentication context System Log event

The new AuthenticationContext System Log event shows who accessed the configuration secrets for ADFS, Windows Credential Provider (RDP), Epic Hyperspace, and Epic Hyperdrive apps.

New DSSO user impersonation System Log event

A System Log event is now logged when a user attempts Desktop Single Sign-On (DSSO) authentication using a profile source that wasn't the highest priority.


  • Some Microsoft Windows 365 Enterprise license names weren't displayed correctly on the Edit Assignment page. (OKTA-679276)

  • Admins could delete active network zones. (OKTA-691904)

  • No GovSlack attributes appeared for new app instances. (OKTA-693162)

  • Google Workspace default user schema attributes weren't imported into Okta. (OKTA-697236)

  • When an end user enrolled in Okta Verify from an OIDC app, they received the email notification from noreply@okta.com instead of the custom email domain. (OKTA-701658)

  • When an admin enabled a self-service Early Access feature and an error occurred, a success message appeared. (OKTA-701707)

  • App admins could initiate the refresh app data process for apps to which they didn't have permission. (OKTA-711670)

Okta Integration Network

  • Alohi (SAML) is now available. Learn more.
  • Alohi (SCIM) is now available. Learn more.
  • Better Stack (SAML) has a new logo.
  • Candor (OIDC) is now available. Learn more.
  • FAX.PLUS (SAML) has a new logo, description, and display name.
  • Humi (OIDC) is now available. Learn more.
  • Jurnee (SCIM) is now available. Learn more.
  • UMA (OIDC) is now available. Learn more.

Weekly Updates

New HealthInsight task

HealthInsight now includes a recommendation to apply MFA for access to the Admin Console.

Support for multiple Okta Verify enrollments

You can now send push notifications to all of a user's devices enrolled in Okta Verify using the Authentication and Factors APIs.

IME support for international characters

Admins can now use an Input Method Editor (IME) to type international characters into the Admin Console.

Content security policy enforcement on end-user pages

Content Security Policy is now enforced for end-user pages in orgs with custom domains. Content Security Policy headers help detect attacks such as cross-site scripting and data injection by ensuring browsers know what kind of actions the webpage can execute. Future iterations of the Content Security Policy enforcement for end-user pages will become stricter than this first release. This feature will be gradually made available to all orgs.

Okta ThreatInsight coverage on core Okta API endpoints

Okta ThreatInsight coverage is now available for core Okta API endpoints (OpenID Connect & OAuth 2.0, Okta Management, and MyAccount API). Based on heuristics and machine learning models, Okta ThreatInsight maintains an evolving list of IP addresses that consistently show malicious activity across Okta's customer base. Requests from these bad IP addresses can be blocked or elevated for further analysis when Okta ThreatInsight is enabled for an Okta org.

Previously, Okta ThreatInsight coverage only applied to Okta authentication endpoints (including enrollment and recovery endpoints). With this release, enhanced attack patterns are detected for authentication endpoints and limited attack patterns are also detected for non-authentication endpoints.

There are no changes to the existing Okta ThreatInsight configuration. You can still enable Okta ThreatInsight with log and block mode, log mode, and exempt network zones. A new Negative IP Reputation reason is available for high security.threat.detected events. See System Log events for Okta ThreatInsight.

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

Descriptive System Log events

When Okta identifies a security threat, the resulting security.threat.detected entry now provides a descriptive reason for the event. See System Log.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.