API Gateway and API Manager 7.7 January 2021 Release Notes

API Gateway and API Manager updates are cumulative, comprising new features and changes delivered in previous updates, unless specifically indicated otherwise in the Release notes.

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Update a container deployment

Any custom fed files deployed to a container must be upgraded using upgradeconfig or projupgrade. They must be upgraded the same way, regardless of whether they are API Manager enabled or not.

The .fed files contain the updates for the API Manager configuration and can be used to build containers.

New features and enhancements

The following new features and enhancements are available in this update.

Option to disable SSL renegotiation is added for HTTPS listeners and Connection filters

We have added a new option, Disable renegotiation in TLSv1.2 and earlier, in Policy Studio to allow you to disable SSL renegotiation when configuring HTTPS interfaces or connecting to URL filters. This option is enabled by default, meaning that renegotiation is not allowed, and listeners do not send HelloRequest messages, and they ignore renegotiation requests via ClientHello.

For more information, see:

Backup passphrase parameter to restore operation in kpsadmin

We have added a new --passphrase parameter to the restore operation in kpsadmin. If the parameter is not specified the script will prompt for a passphrase. The passphrase parameter is provided to allow data that may be encrypted at rest, be decrypted when being restored into the target API Gateway environment. For more info, see Manage KPS using kpsadmin.

Content Security Policy header to improve security

The Content Security Policy (CSP) header sets a policy that instructs the browser to only fetch resources, such as scripts, images, or objects, from the specified locations. A compliant browser will deny loading any resources from locations not listed in the policy. The CSP header reduces an attacker’s ability to inject malicious content and helps to protect a web page from attacks like Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), dynamic code execution, and clickjacking.

For more information, see Define a restrictive content security policy.

YAML configuration store (Technical preview capability)

This update includes bug fixes and enhanced functionality for YAML configuration as follows:

  • Support for certificates and keys in standard PEM files.
  • Enhanced support for managing more configuration content in externalized files.
  • Restructured entity type information into separate files to enable custom type support.
  • Enhanced policy readability.
  • Enhanced support for environmentalization with encryption.
  • Fix issue of reordering fields in YAML files after configuration edits via tooling.
  • Support for ${env.CERT} environmentalization of certificates in the YAML configuration.

See the September 2020 release notes for an overview of this technical preview, and the YAML configuration documentation for more detailed information.

Important changes

There are no major changes in this update.

Deprecated features

In the January 2020 update, we have announced the deprecation of all the Antivirus filters in API Gateway. This is a reminder that in July 2021 we will remove the Antivirus filters from API Gateway. So, we recommend you to use the API Gateway’s ICAP capability, which allows the gateway to integrate with ICAP capable external virus scanners.

Removed features

No capabilities have been removed in this update.

Fixed issues

This version of API Gateway and API Manager includes:

  • Fixes from all 7.5.3, 7.6.2, and 7.7 service packs released prior to this version. For details of all the service pack fixes included, see the corresponding SP Readme attached to each service pack on Axway Support.
  • Fixes from all 7.7 updates released prior to this version. For details of all the update fixes included, see the corresponding Release note for each 7.7 update.

Fixed security vulnerabilities

Internal ID Case ID Cve Identifier Description
RDAPI-19851 01155164 CVE-2018-10237 CVE-2018-1324 CVE-2018-11771 Issue: API Gateway included commons-compress-1.14.jar, which contains vulnerabilities CVE-2018-1324 and CVE-2018-11771, and guava-20.jar, which contains vulnerability CVE-2018-10237. Resolution: API Gateway now includes commons-compress-1.20.jar and guava-30.0-jre.jar, and it is no longer vulnerable.
RDAPI-22021 01184311 01184328 CVE-2019-13118 CVE-2019-13117 CVE-2019-11068 Issue: API Gateway includes libxlst library that has known vulnerabilities. Resolution: API Gateway is update to use libxslt 1.1.34 that addresses known vulnerabilities.
RDAPI-22685 01218205 CVE-2020-1971 Issue: API Gateway was including OpenSSL 1.1.1g version which has known vulnerabilities. Resolution: API Gateway is updated to include OpenSSL 1.1.1i addressing CVE-2020-1971.For more details, see OpenSSL Security Advisory 08 December 2020
RDAPI-22716 01216866 01216225 Issue: There was a security vulnerability of Persistent Cross Site Scripting attack (XSS) in the API Gateway Manager UI. It interprets the data written in Key Property Store (KPS) as code and thus executes what is stored inside a KPS entry. Resolution: Security vulnerability has been fixed.

Other fixed issues

Internal ID Case ID Description
RDAPI-15981 01111041 Issue: Scope fields are visible for API Keys in API Manager when Application Scopes are disabled. Resolution: Scope fields are now only visible when Application Scopes are enabled.
RDAPI-18198 01094525 01098372 Issue: In API Manager, OPTIONS requests for POST on a WSDL API would fail if trailing slash was absent from the path. Resolution: API Manager can now produce correct OPTIONS responses on WSDL APIs no matter if trailing slash is present or not.
RDAPI-19354 01142425 Issue: Importing a swagger with duplicate consumes or produces entries into API Manager succeeds and the duplicates are persisted. Resolution: Duplicates are now removed on import.
RDAPI-19580 01140662 Issue: In API Manager, trials were not started if, on login, a password change is required. Resolution: API Manager has been updated so that the trials will be started before the user is directed to change their password.
RDAPI-19586 01135092 Issue: API Catalog was not displaying the correct state for APIs in the API Manager UI. Resolution: API Catalog now displays the correct state for APIs.
RDAPI-19702 01144547 Issue: A valid sequence of actions resulted in an error popup “entity could not be found” being displayed in the API Manager UI. Resolution: This popup no longer appears following this sequence of actions.
RDAPI-19788 01139823 Issue: The “page size” drop down field was sometimes inconsistent with the number of objects actually being displayed in API Manager UI. Resolution: The “page size” drop down field now correctly reflects the amount of objects on each page.
RDAPI-20480 01155158 Issue: Enum query parameters were not being validated by API Manager at runtime. Resolution: Enum query parameters are now validated at runtime.
RDAPI-20550 01168067 01164507 Issue: In Policy Studio, the entity store was breaking whenever a KPS Collection was renamed due to broken links caused by entity changes being overriden. Resolution: Updated the entity store to ensure that, when an entity requires two updates, the second update will not override the first update.
RDAPI-20793 01169981 Issue: API Manager was duplicating the resource path for 1.2 swagger in some cases. Resolution: API Manager no longer duplicates the resource path in any case.
RDAPI-21113 01156840 01164189 Issue: API Manager responds with “500 Internal Server Error” when an API uses Outbound authentication and a method query-string parameter contains %25 (valid encoding for a percent sign: %). Resolution: API Manager behaves as expected when an API uses Outbound authentication and a method query-string parameter contains a valid encoding for a percent sign.
RDAPI-21337 01183703 Issue: Axway Open Documentation Database support only shows SQL Server version which are past end of life. Resolution: Newer SQL Server versions added to the documentation.
RDAPI-21444 01184175 Issue: Policy Studio cannot add, delete or rename scripts from Resources > Scripts navigation tree node. Resolution: Scripts can be added, renamed, or deleted from Resources > Scripts navigation tree. node.
RDAPI-21589 01189546 01215714 Issue: The ICAP Filter will set the attribute http.request.verb to REQMOD after receiving a “No Content” response. Resolution: The ICAP Filter now keep the attribute http.request.verb from the original request after receiving a “No Content” response.
RDAPI-21681 01183925 01189487 Issue: Swagger API blob not updated after updated API import that uses a modified Swagger document located at the same URL as original import. Resolution: Swagger API blob is updated to the latest version of the Swagger document.
RDAPI-21916 01193100 01198428 Issue: WAF cannot access JSON payload using OWASP_CRS 3.2.0. Resolution: JSON payloads are properly parsed when using WAF.
RDAPI-22258 01206856 Issue: Incorrect status messages were being logged due to the misidentification of the response status returned by a request. Resolution: Response processing has been updated so that the response status is correctly identified.
RDAPI-22362 01208320 Issue: Library platform/lib/engines/chil.so is missing. Resolution: The Chil library no longer exists for OpenSSL 1.1. Security engines requiring it are incompatible with this new version. References to nfast and chil engines have been removed from the vpkcs11 template.
RDAPI-22424 01202329 Issue: SameSite attribute is not present in API Gateway cookies. Resolution: SameSite attribute is now set in API Gateway server cookies.
RDAPI-22652 01211524 Issue: When selecting traffic monitoring records with a threat protection status of blocked, returned list is always empty. Resolution: Threat protection filter ‘Exception’ has been removed, and filter ‘Block’ has been updated to correctly match blocked requests.
RDAPI-22676 01217234 01217207 Issue: API Manager fails to validate API requests if an optional query parameter is not sent. Resolution: API Manager validation of optional query parameters with allowEmptyValue set to True has been corrected.
RDAPI-22709 01217571 01216689 Issue: Breaking change made connection to the embedded SFTP server impossible by remote part using weak ciphers. Resolution: Use of weak ciphers for the embedded SFTP server can now be re-enabled by setting system property ‘com.axway.apigw.sftp.knowninsecure.allow=true’.
RDAPI-22874 01216051 Issue: Configuring Raw Redactor or Trace Redactor to redact groups that are not part of the regular expression output causes a product crash. Resolution: Redacted groups that do not match when a regular expression is executed, are now ignored.
RDAPI-22903 01220687 Issue: ProjPack utility generates potentially different configuration values for encrypted fields with passphrase none. Resolution: ProjPack preserves configuration values for none project and target passphrases.
RDAPI-22955 01223877 01225742 01226996 01226982 01226992 01227000 Issue: API Manager Runtime is incorrectly validating header parameters case-sensitively. Resolution: Header parameters are now validated case-insensitively according to RFC7230.

Known issues

The following are known issues for this update.

Internal ID Description
RDAPI-22573 Service pack update fails with the following message when passphrases are in use: "Problem connecting to store: Invalid passphrase for configuration".
RDAPI-16486 Changes in the mapper always require a reload in the Execute Data Maps filter and once reloaded then providing values for the required parameters must be repeated
RDAPI-17282 Connector for Salesforce APIs in API Manager doesn’t work or is impossible to configure
RDAPI-18332 “Try-it” for API-Method is not working
RDAPI-18523 Inconsistent application search behavior relating to application sharing
RDAPI-18601 EMT environmentalization issue
RDAPI-18986 projpack is unable to merge projects after projupgrade; likely due to Default APIManager policies
RDAPI-18990 “Failed to delete undefined” window pops up unexpectedly when attempting to delete application
RDAPI-19292 When an APIM admin user’s login name is changed, the user is directed to a blank page
RDAPI-19293 API Catalog Try It shows only the first security device of a security profile
RDAPI-19442 Saving Mode Stuck for the Application Creation in different session
RDAPI-19601 Sharing section of Application issue when Organization of application changed
RDAPI-20527 xml2json filter, unable to use xml with valid namespace syntax
RDAPI-20593 Issue with Authentication profiles related to permethod override
RDAPI-20726 How to get attribute value for apimgmt.application.id
RDAPI-20742 Inconsistent deletion of Environmentalized Settings
RDAPI-20952 NullPointerException when opening a project with dependencies
RDAPI-21009 Issue after updating API Manager settings through rest api if lockUserAccount is missing
RDAPI-21061 updated error message, OAS3 file import without servers section url
RDAPI-21171 Minor UI issue affecting pagination in API keys and Oauth client credentials
RDAPI-21275 Application default quota in days produces “Cannot instantiate API constraint” error
RDAPI-21295 XSD files are not downloaded when Use client registry is enabled
RDAPI-21384 Webservice (WSDL-based) responds with 500 instead of 405 when an invalid HTTP method is used
RDAPI-21411 Inconsistent treatment of multiple scopes in Oauth request
RDAPI-21423 Quota values getting re-initialized just after clicking quota text box
RDAPI-21434 “Expect to Retrieve X rows” setting on database query filter
RDAPI-21438 Search box for Applications will not accept certain Unicode characters
RDAPI-21456 Application export doesn’t include external credential
RDAPI-21653 Custom Property Maximum Size
RDAPI-21675 API Gateway Manager > Messaging > {Queue}: display issue long name queue
RDAPI-21680 Method PATCH not visible api gateway - traffic monitor http filter
RDAPI-21697 problems with recent change to multipart form-data RDAPI-20461
RDAPI-21770 Incorrect semantics of negated match types like IS_NOT in Compare Attribute filter
RDAPI-21875 User creation failing under small load
RDAPI-22087 API Manager - Duplicate header if header is overwritten in inbound security policy
RDAPI-22147 API Manager GUI - API sorting issue
RDAPI-22197 Report display issue
RDAPI-22204 Wrong documentation on API Manager Swagger/OAS for corsOrigins
RDAPI-22221 libxml Error while importing WSDL
RDAPI-22247 CWE-548 - Static Content Providers default to “Allow directory listings”
RDAPI-22331 automated submission form protection for forgottenpassword
RDAPI-22333 OAS 3 import implicitly requires a “servers” object, which should not be mandatory
RDAPI-22430 Issues removing custom policies from API Manager
RDAPI-22442 Error when saving ENV file in Configuration Studio-Linux
RDAPI-22452 On APIMgr monitoring, application id is displayed instead of application name
RDAPI-22455 Self crosssite scripting vulnerability in API Manager
RDAPI-22459 Accept header in per-method override is not replacing header
RDAPI-22599 APIM does accept colon (:) in query parameter name
RDAPI-22624 API GW audit.log cannot handle UTF-8, unlike trace log.
RDAPI-22671 XPath wizard - Unexpected behavior of ‘Evaluate’ button
RDAPI-22679 KPS REST API - Stack trace disclosed in error message
RDAPI-22756 No longer able to search applications by ID on API Manager 7.7
RDAPI-22760 setting for EMT offload of audit.log files
RDAPI-22763 Need Support for McAfee Scan Engine 6200
RDAPI-22954 swagger imports fine, but comes out with error from catalog 2.0 link
RDAPI-22573 Service pack update fails with the following message when passphrases are in use: "Problem connecting to store: Invalid passphrase for configuration". As a workaround, you can wait for the purge task, which runs every 10 minutes on the NodeManager process, to remove old gateway configurations before starting the update process.

Scripting filter whiteboard attributes not preloaded for Jython scripts

The Scripting filter now uses a Jython 2.7 scripting environment (previously, Jython 2.5) to execute Jython scripts. As a result of this version change, the whiteboard attributes, such as http.request.uri and http.request.verb, are no longer preloaded for use by Jython scripts. However, you can run a Jython script to load these attributes before they are accessed as follows:

from com.vordel.trace import Trace

def invoke(msg):
    Trace.info("This trace statement was generated in script filter!  [" + str(msg.get("http.request.verb")) + "] [" + str(msg.get("http.request.uri")) + "]")
    return True

Related Issue: RDAPI-21363

When an API Gateway instance is started, Xerces SAXParserImpl writes warnings to the error console

At API Gateway instance startup, the following warnings are logged to the error console, as opposed to the trace log:

Warning: org.apache.xerces.jaxp.SAXParserImpl$JAXPSAXParser: Property 'http://javax.xml.XMLConstants/property/accessExternalDTD' is not recognized.
Warning: org.apache.xerces.jaxp.SAXParserImpl$JAXPSAXParser: Property 'http://www.oracle.com/xml/jaxp/properties/entityExpansionLimit' is not recognized.

These new properties were added in JAXP 1.5 specification, which is supported by the embedded implementation in the JRE but not supported yet in Xerces-J Apache implementation. These are harmless warning messages, which are written to the error console instead of throwing an exception if a property is not supported by the Apache Xerces-J implementation.

Related Issue: RDAPI-22218


There are no major changes in this update.

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