xMatters 4.1 patch 016 Release Notes

Contents

Document Overview

Release Overview

Installing This Patch

Appendices

Document Overview

These release notes are for the following xMatters patch release: 

Patch version: PATCH-410-016

Build: 1252

Revision: 57996 

Release date: December 17, 2012 

DEPRECATED: This patch has been deprecated due to a known issue that has been addressed in 4.1 patch 018. It is recommended that you install the latest available patch instead. 

If you choose to install this patch, it is MANDATORY that you follow the steps outlined in this knowledge base article.

Release Overview

This is a cumulative patch for version 4.1.0 features and issues, and should be applied to all xMatters Application Nodes, Notification Nodes and Web Servers (and to the DataSync Server, if applicable). Before applying this patch, you must upgrade to xMatters 4.1.0. 

Because this is a cumulative patch, you should install the patch with the highest version number. For an overview of features and fixes included in previous patch releases, see the 4.1 patch 015 release notes.

It is strongly recommended that you review the Patch Release Notes for all patch levels between your current patch level and this latest release before applying the upgrade. Some patches may require specific configuration changes not included in these release notes. 

Feature Added in this Patch Release

Improvements to FindGroups web service

Based on customer feedback, the FindGroups web service now supports the use of optional wildcards, specifically percent (%) and underscores (_), to search for Group names. You can also now limit the returned Groups to only those that are currently active. For details, see the FindGroups.pdf file attached to these release notes, below. 

Issues Fixed in This Patch Release

To see details about an issue, refer to the Appendix 1 at the bottom of this page.  

xMatters ReferenceIssue Fixed
XFO-3334 IA is vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks (XSS)
XFO-3443 Data Synchronization does not update target name of Devices when owner's user_id is changed
XFO-3447 Inconsistent foreign key constraint when patching from 5.0 patch 003 to patch 005
XFO-3520 Users logging in via SSO cannot see their Devices
XFO-3530 Device not found: UNKNOWN_APPLICATION_ERROR when accessing Find Device web service

Installing This Patch

Apply this patch to all xMatters Application Nodes, Notification Nodes and Web Servers (and any DataSync installations, if applicable).

Files Included With This Patch

  • PATCH-410-016.tar.gz
  • PATCH-410-016.zip 
  • PATCH-410-016-DataSync.tar.gz
  • PATCH-410-016-DataSync.zip 

WebSphere Files

You can find the following archive files listed with their associated patches here:

  • PATCH-410-016-websphere.tar.gz
  • PATCH-410-016-websphere.zip 

These archive files contain the following WAR files for use with IBM WebSphere 7:

  • PATCH-410-016-axis2-websphere7.war: Contains xMatters Web Services files.
  • PATCH-410-016-cocoon-websphere7.war: Contains web user interface files.

If you have already deployed these files on a previous xMatters deployment, you must uninstall the existing files and then reinstall the new files based on the instructions in the "Advanced xMatters Administration" chapter of the xMatters Installation and Administration Guide.

Warning: Existing Integrations

When applying an xMatters patch to an existing; installation, the patch may overwrite some files that were already modified for an integration. This may cause the integration to stop working. If this occurs, using the integration documentation, re-apply the configuration changes and validate the integration. (See also Integration stops working after applying patch.) 

In particular, note that the following xMatters integrations may edit pre-existing xMatters Node or Web User Interface files:

  • HP NNMI: Updates web.xml in webserver\webapps\axis2\WEB-INF (see the section "Initialize the Incident Subscription Manager" in the integration guide)
  • HP Service Manager (Adv): Updates classpath on node-start.conf on Windows and node.sh on Unix (see the section "Initialize the Web Services Library" in the integration guide)
  • HP Service Center (Adv): Updates classpath on node-start.conf on Windows and node.sh on Unix (see the section "Initialize the Web Services Library" in the integration guide)

Warning: Spring Configuration Changes

When applying an xMatters patch, any changes you have made to the parameters in spring configuration files may not be retained. The patch may overwrite modifications to some or all of the following files:

node\assets\resources\spring\integration\*.xml

webserver\webapps\cocoon\WEB-INF\classes\resources\spring\integration\*.xml

webserver\webapps\axis2\WEB-INF\classes\resources\spring\integration\*.xml

webserver\webapps\mobilegateway\WEB-INF\classes\resources\spring\integration\*.xml 

Warning: c3p0.properties file

It is recommended that you backup the c3p0.properties file for each of the Nodes in your deployment as this file may also be affected by the patch process. Once the patch process is complete, you can use any text editor to compare your back up copy with the one installed by the patch and copy over any customization or other configuration changes. 

Warning: Database Changes

Be aware that this patch includes the following database changes that may impact your replication mechanism (consult with your database administrator for further details):

DDL

On all supported databases (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2)
  • Adds table DATABASECHANGELOG
  • Adds column CUS_FIELDS to table NTFN_EVS
  • Creates index IDX_DISPATCH on table LIVE_NTFN
  • Adds Procedure DISPATCH_QUERY 

On DB2 Only

  • Adds Type NTFN_IDS BIGINT ARRAY[]

DML

On all supported databases (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2):

  • Updates table PROV_PROTS setting SESSION_MAX_SIZE
  • Adds Node Component: Notification Response Processor
  • If missing, re-add permission 18210 (view.menuitem.AddCustomPage) to function 100 (Super/Company Administrator)
  • If missing, re-add permission 18211 (view.screen.AddCustomPage) to function 100 (Super/Company Administrator)

Pre-Installation Steps

Before installing this patch:

  1. Shut down all Node processes.
  2. Shut down all Webserver processes.
  3. Back up the xMatters Database. 
Note:This patch includes path names longer than 100 characters. As a result, you must use a GNU-compatible version of tar to extract the tar archives.

Installation Steps

To install this patch:

  1. Back up the xMatters installation directory (<xMHOME>).
    • On Windows, default install directory is: C:\Program Files\AlarmPointSystems\AlarmPoint
    • On Unix, default install directory is: /opt/alarmpointsystems/alarmpoint
  2. Save the PATCH-410-016.zip or PATCH-410-016.tar.gz file to the xMatters installation directory.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • On Windows, extract (i.e., unzip) the PATCH-410-016.zip file to the installation directory and overwrite the existing files.
    • On Unix, run the following commands on the PATCH-410-016.tar.gz file and overwrite the existing files:

gunzip PATCH-410-016.tar.gz

tar -xvf PATCH-410-016.tar

  1. If you are applying this patch on:
  • Windows 32-bit, delete the following files from the Windows\system32 folder (if the files are present):
    • alarmpoint_sapi_tts.dll
    • alarmpoint_mapi.dll
  • Windows 64-bit, delete the following files from the Windows\system32\sysWOW64 folder (if the files are present):
    • alarmpoint_sapi_tts.dll
    • alarmpoint_mapi.dll
  • AIX, move the libjspAixPpc.so file from /AIX (located in the extracted patch directory) to <xMHOME>/jre/bin
    • Navigate to the <xMHOME>/jre/bin directory and set the proper permissions by executing the following command line:

chmod 755 libjspAixPpc.so

  • HP-UX Itanium, move the libjspHpxIa64.so file from /HPUX (located in the extracted patch directory) to <xMHOME>/jre/bin                                                              
    • Navigate to the <xMHOME>/jre/bin directory and set the proper permissions by executing the following command line:

chmod 755 libjspHpxIa64.so

  • HP-UX PA-RISC, move the libjspHpxPaRisc.sl file from /HPUX (located in the extracted patch directory) to <xMHOME>/jre/bin                                                              
    • Navigate to the <xMHOME>/jre/bin directory and set the proper permissions by executing the following command line:

chmod 755 libjspHpxPaRisc.sl

  • Linux 32-bit, move the libjspLux86.so file from /Linux (located in the extracted patch directory) to <xMHOME>/jre/bin                                                              
    • Navigate to the <xMHOME>/jre/bin directory and set the proper permissions by executing the following command line:

chmod 755 libjspLux86.so

  • Linux AMD 64-bit, move the libjspLux86_64bit.so file from /Linux (located in the extracted patch directory) to <xMHOME>/jre/bin                                                              
    • Navigate to the <xMHOME>/jre/bin directory and set the proper permissions by executing the following command line:

chmod 755 libjspLux86_64bit.so

  1. Do one of the following:
    • If you have not installed the DataSync component, skip to "Post-Installation Steps", below.
    • If you have installed the DataSync component, complete the remaining steps.
  2. Back up the xMatters DataSync installation directory.
    • On Windows, default DataSync install directory is: C:\Program Files\AlarmPointSystems\AlarmPoint_DataSync
    • On Unix, default DataSync install directory is:/opt/alarmpointsystems/alarmpoint_datasync
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Extract (i.e., unzip) the PATCH-410-016-DataSync.zip file to the installation directory and overwrite the existing files.
    • Run the following commands on the PATCH-410-016-DataSync.tar.gz file and overwrite the existing files:

gunzip PATCH-410-016-DataSync.tar.gz

tar -xvf PATCH-410-016-DataSync.tar 

Post-Installation Steps

After installing this patch:

  1. Restart the Node processes.
  2. Restart the web server processes. 

Important:

  • Database upgrades may take place after this patch is applied (i.e., during startup of xMatters components). The first component to be started will cause the database upgrades to be applied. This means that the subsequent startup of web servers and nodes may be delayed while they wait for the database updates to be completed. To monitor the progress of the updates, see "Determining the status of database updates", below.
  • Due to a relative paths issue, the database cannot be patched when the webserver is running on IBM WebSphere.

Determining the status of database updates

To determine the current status of database updates, open the log file(s) associated with the first xMatters component being restarted. The default locations are shown; only one log will include the MUTEX entries. Note also the log level indicated in the messages below; if your logging level is not detailed enough, you will not see the log messages. 

Node

<xMHOME>/logs/AlarmPoint.txt 

Web Server

<xMHOME>/webserver/webapps/axis2/WEB-INF/logs/AlarmPoint_WebApp.log

<xMHOME>/webserver/webapps/cocoon/WEB-INF/logs/AlarmPoint_WebApp.log

<xMHOME>/webserver/webapps/mobilegateway/WEB-INF/logs/AlarmPoint_WebApp.log 

During component restart, you will see log entries similar to the following:

2009-01-21 22:07:02,251 [AlarmPoint Node-main] WARN - - Acquiring patch update MUTEX.
2009-01-21 22:07:21,685 [AlarmPoint Node-main] WARN - - Acquired patch update MUTEX.
2009-01-21 22:07:22,356 [AlarmPoint Node-main] WARN - - Package 1 of 8 (4.1.x/oracle/01.xml)
2009-01-21 22:07:22,356 [AlarmPoint Node-main] WARN - - Statement 1 of 2: Executing SQL Statement.
2009-01-21 22:07:22,506 [AlarmPoint Node-main] WARN - - Statement 2 of 2: Executing SQL Statement.
2009-01-21 22:07:22,516 [AlarmPoint Node-main] WARN - - Package 2 of 8 (4.1.x/oracle/02.xml)
.
.
.
2009-01-21 22:07:22,847 [AlarmPoint Node-main] WARN - - Package 8 of 8 (4.1.x/oracle/finalize.sql)
2009-01-21 22:07:22,936 [AlarmPoint Node-main] WARN - - The database update scripts have been successfully processed and deleted.
2009-01-21 22:07:22,936 [AlarmPoint Node-main] WARN - - Patch update MUTEX released.

After the message "Patch update MUTEX released" appears in the log, the database update has completed. 

Note: If the log shows that the process has not proceeded from "Acquiring patch update MUTEX" to "Acquired patch update MUTEX" in a timely manner, ensure that there are no locks on the ORGS database table. 

Appendices 

Appendix 1: Details For Issues Fixed In This Release

IA is vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks (XSS)

To help guard against cross-site scripting attacks, any scripting code that is reflected back to a user is encoded to prevent it from being executed. This will prevent any malicious code appended onto a URL targeting the integration agent from being executed in a user's environment.

Data Synchronization does not update target name of Devices when owner's user_id is changed

When a User's user_id was changed, the Data Synchronization tool was not updating the target name of the User's Devices to use the new parameter. (A Device's target name consists of "|") This could result in notifications not reaching the Device, as the notification would be sent to an incorrect target name. This issue has been addressed.

Inconsistent foreign key constraint when patching from 5.0 patch 003 to patch 005

On some xMatters version 5.0 patch 003 systems, a foreign key constraint violation was preventing the system from starting after it had been patched to 5.0 patch 005. This issue has been addressed.

Users logging in via SSO cannot see their Devices

Users logging into the web user interface using the SSO feature were unable to view the My Devices table on their home page. This was due to a missing session attribute in one of the methods used by the web authentication process; this issue has been addressed.

Device not found: UNKNOWN_APPLICATION_ERROR when accessing Find Device web service

Some integrations were reporting an issue with synchronizations; this issue was due to a Find Device web service call that did not specify a Company. The internal web service helper has been updated to check the Company; the Find Device web service should now work as intended.

Appendix 2: Notice of Name Change

AlarmPoint Systems, Inc. is now xMatters, inc. This change extends to how we name our products: the AlarmPoint Integration Agent is now the xMatters integration agent; AlarmPoint Enterprise is now xMatters enterprise; and so on. 

During the ongoing transition to the new naming conventions, legacy corporate and product names will still appear in some parts of our products, such as directory paths, logs, and messages. This document reflects the new names whenever possible, while respecting the need for clarity when referring to older products, legacy issues, existing knowledge base articles, etc. 

For more information (including instructions on how to switch between the AlarmPoint and xMatters interfaces), see Common questions about rebranding from AlarmPoint to xMatters

Appendix 3: Known Issues

On Linux, serial modem Device Engines (TAP, GSM, etc.) that have experienced a connection failure due to a modem power failure (or deliberate power down) do not recover after the modem is powered on. Instead, to resolve the problem the node must be restarted. NOTE: this issue occurs only when Flow Control is set to "hardware".

(xMatters Reference: PRE-4832) 

xMatters (alarmpoint) engine version 4.0 patch 10 and version 4.1 patch 2 introduced an upgrade script that added Oracle function-based indices to improve performance. However, these indices will not become effective and used by the Oracle Cost Based Optimizer (CBO) until the statistics are gathered for the related tables and the indices themselves. For more information, see Why isn't Oracle using available indices?.

(xMatters Reference: PRE-68) 

Even when the xMatters integration agent submits a message to a Company other than the Default Company, the integration agent log indicates that the message was submitted to the Default Company.

(xMatters Reference: APE-13596)

Appendix 4: DDL Changes in This Release

No changes for this patch release.

xMatters Reference

JDN-3503 Originally created by Don Clark

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