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Current release status

Current Upcoming
Production 2023.09.0 2023.09.1 Production release is scheduled to begin deployment on September 25
Preview 2023.09.1

2023.09.2 Preview release is scheduled to begin deployment on September 27

September 2023

2023.09.0: Monthly Preview release began deployment on September 13

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

Generally Available Features

Sign-In Widget, version 7.10.0

For details about this release, see the Sign-In Widget Release Notes.

For more information about the Widget, see the Okta Sign-In Widget Guide.

Okta LDAP agent, version 5.18.0

This version of the agent contains security enhancements.

Note: In Windows, the LDAP Agent auto-update feature isn't capable of deploying all security enhancements that are introduced in version 5.18. To completely deploy all security enhancements from this release, all LDAP agents running version 5.17 or earlier must be uninstalled, and version 5.18 must be manually installed. See Install the Okta LDAP Agent.

Okta MFA Credential Provider for Windows, version 1.3.9

This release includes bug fixes, security enhancements, and support for an additional top-level domain. See Okta MFA Credential Provider for Windows Version History.

Updates to profile enrollment policy

This feature delivers parity for upgraded orgs who used the Self-Service Registration (SSR) feature in Classic Engine. Previously in Identity Engine, SSR was combined with profile enrollment. Users were unable to sign in after the upgrade if their org used read-only or hidden attributes for SSR in Classic Engine. Identity Engine now separates SSR and profile enrollment, and turns off progressive profiling by default. This ensures that no admins are locked out and users can sign in to their orgs even if they have special attributes. See Collect profile information and register users.

Configure management attestation for mobile devices with pre-existing security key

You can now use a pre-existing secret key when you configure Device Management for mobile devices. If you upgrade from Classic Engine, you can reuse your secret key in Identity Engine. See Configure Device Management for mobile devices.

Desktop MFA

Desktop MFA allows you to secure users' desktops with MFA. With this solution, you can customize the sign-in flow so that users are prompted for MFA methods after they enter a Windows password. See Desktop MFA for Windows.

Desktop Password Sync for macOS

Desktop Password Sync for macOS allows users to access their macOS device with their Okta password. This solution lets users maintain a consistent password across devices and web resources. If strong password policies are set in Okta, Desktop Password Sync gives confidence that users also have a strong password for their macOS device. See Desktop Password Sync for macOS.

Lockout Prevention

This feature adds the ability to block suspicious sign-in attempts from unknown devices. Users who sign in to Okta with devices they’ve used before aren’t locked out when unknown devices cause lockouts.

Enhanced Okta LDAP integrations with Universal Directory

Okta LDAP integrations now feature custom mapping, schema discovery, and a fully extensible attribute schema that allows you to import or update any attribute stored in LDAP. With these enhancements, Okta LDAP matches the schema functionality already available to Active Directory integrations. See Profile Editor. This feature is being re-released.

Custom Identity Source app available

The Custom Identity Source app is now available in Okta Integration Network.

Count summary added to report

The User accounts report now displays the total number of records returned for the report.

Product Offers dashboard widget

A Product Offers widget now displays on the Admin Dashboard for super and org admins. The widget provides a cost- and commitment-free way for admins to explore and test the capabilities of various Okta products. When a new free trial is available, admins can click Get started to activate it, or Not interested to dismiss the widget.

Okta Verify requirements for self-service upgrades

Orgs with incorrect Okta Verify enrollment settings are now notified of configuration requirements before they upgrade to Identity Engine.

Automatically assign the super admin role to an app

Admins can now automatically assign the super admin role to all of their newly created public client apps. See Work with the admin component.

Device attributes label update

Some device attribute labels are renamed for clarity and to accommodate the new Chrome Device Trust connector.

Okta apps and plugin no longer available to certain users

Beta users of the PingFederate MFA plugin can no longer create Okta apps or download the plugin.

Early Access Features

Custom admin roles with device permissions

You can now create custom admin roles with permissions to view and manage devices. You can add the Devices to your resource set and then specify device permissions for your custom admin. See Create a resource set and Devices permissions.

Okta FastPass and Smart Card options on Sign-in page

Currently, if you configured both the Sign in with Okta FastPass option and Smart Card as an authenticator, users only see the Okta FastPass option when they sign in. With this feature, you can make both options available for your users during the sign-in process. See Configure the Smart Card authenticator.

Enhanced security of Okta Verify enrollments

To ensure users enroll in Okta Verify in a phishing-resistant manner, a Higher security methods option now appears on the authenticator configuration page. With this option, users can't enroll with QR code, email, or SMS link. See Configure Okta Verify options.

Fixes

  • OKTA-570804

    The RADIUS Server Agent installer for versions 1.3.7 and 1.3.8 didn't prompt users to install missing C++ runtime libraries on Microsoft Windows servers.

  • OKTA-574216

    Reconciling group memberships sometimes failed for large groups.

  • OKTA-578184

    The inbound delegated authentication endpoint didn't correctly handle errors when the authentication request wasn't associated with an org.

  • OKTA-592745

    Full and incremental imports of Workday users took longer than expected.

  • OKTA-605996

    A token inline hook secured by an OAuth 2.0 private key returned an error for all users except super admins.

  • OKTA-616604

    The password requirements list on the Sign-In Widget contained a grammatical error.

  • OKTA-616905

    Events weren't automatically triggered for Add assigned application to group, Remove assigned group from application, and Update Assign application group event hooks.

  • OKTA-618302

    Application users weren't created when a required application user attribute was missing.

  • OKTA-619102

    Invalid text sometimes appeared in attribute names.

  • OKTA-619179

    A timeout error occurred when accessing a custom report for UKG Pro (formerly UltiPro).

  • OKTA-619419

    Group admins could see their org’s app sign-in data.

  • OKTA-624387

    Sometimes attempting to change an app's username failed due to a timeout.

  • OKTA-627559

    Access policy evaluation for custom authorization servers was inconsistent when default scopes were used.

  • OKTA-628944

    Email notifications from Okta Verify were sent from the default domain address instead of the email address configured for the brand.

  • OKTA-631621

    Read-only admins couldn't review the details of IdP configurations.

  • OKTA-633431

    When an Okta Org2Org integration encountered an API failure, the resulting error message was displayed in Japanese.

  • OKTA-634308

    Group app assignment ordering for Office 365 apps couldn't be changed.

  • OKTA-636839

    Smart Card IdP users couldn't set a password after signing in for the first time.

  • OKTA-637259

    An error occurred when importing users from Solarwinds Service Desk.

  • OKTA-641062

    The link to Slack configuration documentation was invalid.

  • OKTA-641447

    Super admins couldn’t save new custom admin roles.

  • OKTA-648092

    New admins didn't get the Support app in their End-User Dashboard.

Okta Integration Network

App updates

  • The CoRise app integration has been rebranded as Cobalt.

New Okta Verified app integrations

App integration fixes

  • American Express Online (OKTA-637925)
  • hoovers_level3 (OKTA-637274)
  • MSCI ESG Manager (OKTA-637624)
  • PartnerXchange (OKTA-632251)
  • Staples Advantage (OKTA-639141)

Weekly Updates

New custom admin role permission

Super admins can now assign View delegated flow permission to their custom admin roles. See About role permissions.

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.

FastPass phishing resistance for unmanaged iOS devices

While Okta FastPass can protect users against most phishing attacks, it can’t secure authentication on unmanaged iOS devices. To close this gap, Okta is rolling out phishing resistance for Okta FastPass on unmanaged iOS devices. With this change, users who authenticate with Okta FastPass on their personal or unmanaged iOS devices are protected from phishing attacks. See About MFA authenticators.

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.

Assign admin roles to an app

Orgs can now assign admin roles to their custom API Service Integrations. Apps with assigned admin roles are constrained to the permissions and resources that are included in the role assignment. This helps ensure that apps only have access to the resources that are needed to perform their tasks, and improves orgs' overall security. See Work with the admin component.

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.

Improvements to the self-service registration experience

Earlier versions of the self-service registration (SSR) flow used a complicated array of templates to send activation emails to end users. The simplified SSR flow reduces this to only two email templates with customized welcome messages. If your application requires immediate verification of the end user’s email address, Okta uses the Registration - Activation template. This template includes a magic link for a smoother sign-in experience. If email verification isn't immediately required to sign in to the application, Okta uses the Registration - Email Verification template. This template includes a link for end users to complete email verification at any time after they successfully sign in to the application. See Customize email notifications and the Okta email (magic link/OTP) integration guide.

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.

Improvements to the self-service unlock process

Earlier versions of the self-service unlock (SSU) flow created unnecessary friction in the end user experience. The newly enhanced SSU feature introduces a seamless magic link experience in emails sent out to unlock accounts. Users no longer need to provide consent when using the same browser. In addition, after successfully unlocking their account, clicking the email magic link counts towards the application's assurance policy. After the assurance requirements are met, the user is signed directly in to the application. See Configure the Email authenticator.

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 a 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.