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ImpressCMS 1.3.3 Final is released!

Published by Skenow on 2012/10/4 (3061 reads)
ImpressCMS 1.3.3 Final is released!

We are very happy to announce the availability of ImpressCMS 1.3.3 Final, the latest release in the next-generation ImpressCMS 1.3 branch. In addition to the updated core of ImpressCMS, 3 core modules also have been updated - Banners, Profile and Protector.

Download 1.3.3 Final

The new release is available for download on the ImpressCMS 1.3 product page.

Most Significant Changes

Password encryption

This release has a major change to our password encryption methods and also to some of our authentication methods. Recent news stories about major sites having their user database hacked and passwords leaked has left many administrators scrambling to patch their sites or find new solutions. ImpressCMS has and always will have security as a primary focus. When you upgrade an existing site with 1.3.3, all the current passwords will be expired and users will need to reset their passwords upon their next login.

This is not to say our previous versions were insecure, we have been using 2-part Salt Keys & offering multiple hashing algorhythms since ImpressCMS 1.1. But these improvements to the system are very significant & as such we we feel it is in your best interests to force the password expiry. When users reset their passwords they will all be protected by the newer system.

Authentication fixes 

  • LDAP and ADS authentication fixed
  • OpenID authentication fixed for some server configurations

Performance improvements

  • Addressed slow loading pages when gzip was enabled
  • Improved performance of the installer during data insertion
  • Initial changes for PHP 5.4 compliance

Other improvements and updates

  • Improvements in the rendering of scripts, css and meta links and tags
  • Updates to some external libraries
  • Dynamic extension of pagination styles 

Security improvements

  • Smarty Resizer now uses a more secure folder structure 
  • Filtering with HTMLPurifier
  • Password hashing routine

These are the most significant changes. For full details, please have a look at the milestone information you can find on Assembla.

Updated Modules


  • Handle the smarty plugin for banners on install and unistall of the module


  • The updates to the password encryption methods have been applied to the Profile, so you and your members are better protected.


  • We have applied stricter coding standards to portions of the Protector module to allow it to run on PHP 5.3+


About ImpressCMS

The goal of the ImpressCMS Project is to stimulate and promote the open source nature of the CMS in both the core and its modules and establish itself as the premiere CMS by expanding the system to meet the needs of their users now and well into the future.

ImpressCMS is -

Open Source
Open Development
Open Philosophy
Open Community

Want to get involved?

If you're looking to join the ImpressCMS project, then get on board! All you need to do is head on over and complete the ImpressCMS Team form.

We'd love to connect with you ...

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Contact: The ImpressCMS Project, Steve Kenow Spokesperson <>

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Posted: 2012/10/9 8:03  Updated: 2012/10/9 8:03
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 Re: ImpressCMS 1.3.3 Final is released!
After all my tests since Alpha version, let me say: This is the best update since ImpressCMS 1.0
Posted: 2012/10/9 15:39  Updated: 2012/10/9 15:39
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 Re: ImpressCMS 1.3.3 Final is released!
Just installed ICMS 1.3.3 and during the install process I get a white page with the following message when clicking Next on the Installation of modules page:

This page cannot be displayed due to an internal error.

You can provide the following information to the administrators of this site to help them solve the problem:

Error: Handler does not exist
Module: banners
Name: banner

After clicking the Back button of the browser and clicking Next in the Installation of modules page again, the installation of the modules and icms 1.3.3 is successful.
Posted: 2012/10/9 19:52  Updated: 2012/10/9 19:52
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 Re: ImpressCMS 1.3.3 Final is released!
Seems, fiammy changed the modname in icms_version.php for any reason. changing this back will fix the issue. See ... mpost47244
Posted: 2012/10/9 21:18  Updated: 2012/10/9 21:18
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 Re: ImpressCMS 1.3.3 Final is released!
can you please change this and repack the package. I am getting the same error and I just downloaded the new version. I think this is urgent!
Posted: 2012/10/9 22:30  Updated: 2012/10/9 22:30
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 Re: ImpressCMS 1.3.3 Final is released!
We'll update the package as soon as possible with the correction.

In the meanwhile, if you've not applied the fix as above, please see this post: ... mpost47245
Posted: 2012/10/9 22:53  Updated: 2012/10/9 22:53
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 Re: ImpressCMS 1.3.3 Final is released!
Both packages have been updated and uploaded to SourceForge - they should be propagating to the mirrors as I type this.