Preview release notes

September 2022

2022.09.0: Monthly Preview release began deployment on August 31

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

Generally Available Features

New Features

Okta ADFS plugin, version 1.7.11

This version of the plugin contains bug fixes, security enhancements, and support for an additional top-level domain. See Okta ADFS Plugin Version History.

Okta MFA Credential Provider for Windows, version 1.3.7

This version of the agent contains fixes, security enhancements, and support for an additional top-level domain. See Okta MFA Credential Provider for Windows Version History.

Improvements to the self-service password reset experience

Previously, the self-service password reset (SSPR) flow created unnecessary friction in the user experience. The newly enhanced SSPR feature introduces a seamless magic link experience for password reset emails. Users no longer need to provide consent when using the same browser. After a successful password reset where the password meets the application’s assurance policy, the user is signed directly to the app. See Configure the Email authenticator.

Non-deletable default authorization server

The default authorization server is a custom authorization server provided by Okta so that customers can quickly get started working with Okta. However, if a customer deletes the default authorization server, it can't be restored, causing confusion and disruption. This enhancement prevents you from deleting the default authorization server, although you can disable it if isn’t required. To aid in identification, Okta adds a Default label for the default authorization server in the Admin Console. See API Access Management.

Custom error message

Admins can now customize the error message that users receive when their access is denied. This allows admins to provide remediation steps and/or point users to documentation that helps resolve their access issues. See Customize the access denied error message.

Dynamic routing rules

Org admins can now consolidate multiple IdP routing rules into a single dynamic routing rule. Dynamic routing rules use expression language to match users to any IdP, based on attributes of their login object. This reduces the volume and complexity of routing rules and the manual effort of managing them. See Configure dynamic routing rules.

Clone authentication policies

Creating an authentication policy from scratch is a manual, error-prone task because you need to visually copy existing rules into the new policy. Okta now offers the ability to clone a policy. You can use either the Admin Console or the new Clone a Policy operation on the Policy API. See Clone an authentication policy.

App conditions in authentication policies

Admins can now apply an authentication enrollment policy rule to specific applications, to any application that supports MFA enrollment, or to Okta. This enables admins to configure their policies with more granularity, bringing even greater security and flexibility. This release brings this feature into parity with the functionality available in Classic Engine. See Configure an authentication enrollment policy rule.

Enhancements

Custom domain status

On Customizations > Domain, a new Status field indicates whether the Custom URL Domain configuration is active, pending, or certificate expired. See Customize the Okta URL Domain.

Clarified sign in widget text

The instructions on the Verify with your email page of the Sign-In Widget now specify that the end user must click the action button for Okta to generate and send the verification email.

OIN Manager user interface changes

The OIN Manager includes the following updates:

  • The UI has been updated to match the current Okta style.
  • The Okta logo has been updated.
  • A note that lists the time required to process new submissions is displayed.

403 error for rate limit violations

When an org reaches its operational rate limit for SMS requests, a 403 Forbidden error is now displayed instead of a 429 Too many requests error. See Configure client-based rate limiting

Early Access Features

New Features

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.

Enhancements

SAML app support added for email magic links

The Email Magic Link feature now supports SAML applications for self-service registration, self-service password reset, and self-service unlock operations.

Fixes

General Fixes

OKTA-482997

The Custom Authenticator sent push notifications even when the Send push automatically checkbox wasn’t selected.

OKTA-496347

The password field in the Add Person widget was incorrectly truncated.

OKTA-499408

The help link for Automatically update Okta Active Directory (AD) agents on the Early Access page pointed to an outdated help topic.

OKTA-506480

AD agent emails incorrectly indicated that agents already running the latest version had recently been auto-updated.

OKTA-515159

When an admin customized an email template not used for sign-in flows, the app.id, app.name, and app.label variables didn't resolve correctly.

OKTA-518347

Some Org2Org users had the same ExternalID on the target org.

OKTA-522912

The text in the Sign-In Widget implied that the verification code was sent in a email but Okta hadn’t generated that email yet.

OKTA-523033

Inline enrollment of additional authenticators asked users to enroll authenticators based on global session policy settings.

OKTA-523140

When Salesforce provisioning was configured using OAuth, Salesforce Community Profiles weren’t displayed.

OKTA-523607

Users could sign in with ADSSO after delegated authentication was disabled.

OKTA-524632

Searching for users on the Assign People page returned an Invalid Search Criteria error if the secondary email was marked as a sensitive attribute.

OKTA-529018

The catch-all rule in the default authentication policy required password only.

App Integration Fixes

The following SAML app was not working correctly and is now fixed

  • Salesforce (OKTA-516730)

Applications

Application Updates

Due to company re-branding we have deprecated the ParkOffice app and replaced it with the Wayleadr app.

New Integrations

SAML for the following Okta Verified applications

  • Grayscale (OKTA-508602)

  • ParkOffice (OKTA-522526)

  • Wayleadr (OKTA-522520)

Weekly Updates

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 Enable 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.

Shareable Authentication Policies

Admins can now manage authentication policies using a centralized view. While authentication policies allowed admins the ability to make application access decisions using user, device, and other contextual information, managing these policies across hundreds of applications became challenging and error-prone. On the new Authentication Policies page, admins can create new policies, apply those policies to multiple applications, and assess what application access decisions are impacted by each policy. Two policy name changes are included in this release: app sign-on policy is renamed authentication policy, and Okta sign-on policy is renamed Global Session Policy. See Authentication policies.

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.

User Verification options for admins

In the Admin Console, admins can now configure whether end users are required to provide biometrics for device enrollment. See Enable Okta FastPass

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 Enable 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 an individual user password.

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.