What's New in WS_FTP Server 2020.0.0 (8.7.0)

The WS_FTP Server 2020.0.0 (8.7.0) release focused on security vulnerabilities and customer issues to ensure that all security updates were applied to provide users with a secure and quality product.

The following are the main security enhancements and bug fix highlights that were applied to the 2020 release:

  • Database passwords containing special characters are accepted
  • Updated third party components to versions that address known security vulnerabilities.
  • Log viewer filters are applied to exported log data
  • Email addresses of users with a top level domain longer than 5 characters are accepted by WS_FTP Server
  • The WS_FTP Server admin log on page renders correctly
  • The installation documentation was updated to include the following important information:
    Installing WS_FTP Server on a domain controller is not supported

For details of all of the fixed vulnerabilities and issues, see Fixed Issues.

The WS_FTP Server UI and documentation were rebranded as Progress WS_FTP Server.

Support for WS_FTP Web Server will be deprecated in future releases.

Fixed Issues in 2020.0.0 (8.7.0)

The following issues were fixed in WS_FTP Server 2020.0.0 (8.7.0).



Fixed Issue



The installation documentation was updated to include the following important information:
Installing WS_FTP Server on a domain controller is not supported.

6208, 6219, 6222, 6256

Install, SSH, Database

There is support for special characters in database passwords during installation and database configuration.



The AngularJS version used for the WTM and AHT modules was upgraded to version 1.8 to prevent vulnerabilities.



WS_FTP Server's cookies now have secure and HTTP only attributes.



The prototype.js version used in WS_FTP Server was upgraded to version 1.7.3 to prevent vulnerabilities.

6342, 6345, 6346


Fixed a directory traversal vulnerability on WS_FTP Server's WTM interface.


Logging Server

Filters that were applied to the log viewer are now also applied to the .XML export option.



Email addresses of users with a top level domain longer than 5 characters are now accepted by WS_FTP Server.


Web Admin

The WS_FTP Server admin log on and home pages now render correctly.


Server Admin

Updates were applied to the LogServer login page to protect against cross site scripting (xss).



Error messages were sanitized to prevent the disclosure of potentially sensitive data.



The FTP server (and SSH server) do not reveal the product version to unauthenticated users.



Sessions time out after the specified time, the default is 600 seconds, or when a client disconnects.

Fixed Issues in 2020.0.1 (8.7.1)

The following issues were fixed in WS_FTP Server 2020.0.1 (8.7.1).



Fixed Issue



Fixed an issue which caused an error connecting to SSH/FTP after database migration from PostgreSQL to MSSQL.


Web Transfer Module

Web Transfer Module now successfully opens as part of application pool creation.

Fixed Issues in 2020.0.2 (8.7.2)

The following issues were fixed in WS_FTP Server 2020.0.2 (8.7.2).



Fixed Issue



The PostgreSQL version used in WS_FTP Server was upgraded from version 10.14 to 10.20 to prevent vulnerabilities.

Fixed Issues in 2020.0.3 (8.7.3)

The following issues were fixed in WS_FTP Server 2020.0.3 (8.7.3).



Fixed Issue

6315, 6332, 12240, 15175, 15178, 15179, 15184, 15185

Server, Security

Addressed Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) issues in WS_FTP Server Administrative interface.

15168, 15181, 15182, 15183, 15186, 15187, 15188

Server, Security

Addressed cross-site scripting (XSS) issues in WS_FTP Server Administrative interface.

Known Issues

This section details known issues and workarounds in all WS_FTP Server 2020.0 (8.7) releases.



Known Issue Description



A repair installation issue with WS_FTP Server 2020.0.0 or later, prevents users from upgrading to the next available version.

Note: This issue only affects all WS_FTP Server 2020 releases (2020.0.0, 2020.0.1, and 2020.0.2) where a repair has been applied to an upgraded installation.
For upgrade information and next steps, see this knowledge base article.

System Requirements

These requirements apply to the supporting environment and operating system where you install WS_FTP Server.

Software Requirements

Supported Operating Systems for WS_FTP Server

The Operating Systems are supported for the following WS_FTP Server configurations:

  • Standalone
  • Failover cluster using Microsoft Clustering Services
  • Failover cluster using Microsoft Network Load Balancing

Operating System

  • Windows Server 2019 Standard/Datacenter (standalone only)
  • Windows Server 2016 Standard/Datacenter (standalone only)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard/Datacenter (standalone only)

Windows Server Components Activated Automatically

The WS_FTP Server installer automatically activates certain components in your Windows Server installation. This is necessary because after installation Windows Server does not turn on non-core operating system components. However, before installing WS_FTP Server, you should ensure these changes conform to your organization’s security policies.

When you install WS_FTP Server, the install activates the following Windows Server roles:

  • ISAPI Extensions
  • Windows Authentication
  • ASP

Supported Web Browsers

The following browsers are supported for WS_FTP Server Manager and the Web Transfer and Ad-Hoc Transfer client interfaces:

  • Chrome
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge

Database Platform

WS_FTP Server requires one of the database platforms listed in the following table.

The default database platform is PostgreSQL, however during installation, you can select Microsoft SQL Server as your database for configuration data.

  • PostgreSQL 10.20
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Enterprise/Standard
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Enterprise/Standard

Framework and Accessibility

WS_FTP Server requires the Microsoft .NET Framework and other Microsoft packages for scripting and software accessibility. Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 is included in the installation program.


Minimum requirements

  • 4-core server-class CPU (For example: Intel Xeon 4-core 2+GHz)
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 250 GB or larger free disk space, depending on estimated data to be stored
  • 100/1000 MB Ethernet interface (for TCP/IP traffic)

Ad Hoc Transfer Plug-in Requirements

The following software must be installed on the machine on which you install the Ad Hoc Transfer Plug-in for Outlook.

  • Microsoft Outlook 2016, 2013, or 2010
  • Supported on Windows Operating Systems only.

Note: If you are running the installer live (not doing a silent install), the installer automatically installs the Microsoft Visual Studio redistributable programs. You do not need to download anything from Microsoft. If running a silent install, you must download and install these redistributable programs before running the install. See the Requirements in the Silent Install section.

Note: For silent installation instructions for the Ad Hoc Transfer Plug-in for Outlook, see Silent install of the Ad Hoc Transfer Plug-in for Outlook .


Upgrading to the latest version of WS_FTP Server ensures that you have access to the latest features, fixes, security updates, and usability improvements.

WS_FTP Server 2020.0.0 (8.7.0) supports direct upgrades from WS_FTP Server 2017 Plus (8.5) and later. For more information, see Upgrade Paths.

Upgrading information and considerations

Latest features and improvements

For the most up-to-date information about the latest supported features and improvements, see What's New.

Hardware Requirements

Review the current WS_FTP Server System Requirements.

Activation code

The activation code is automatically applied when you run the WS_FTP Server installer to upgrade.

  • Your upgrade activation code is embedded in the installer file.
  • The activation code is also stored in the Product Downloads section of the Progress Community.
  • The activation code differs from your serial number. The code begins with your serial number and contains an additional eight characters.

Support for older WS_FTP Server Versions

For information about support for previous versions of WS_FTP Server, see the Product Lifecycle page on the Progress Community website. Customers running EOL or soon to be EOL versions should upgrade to WS_FTP Server 2020.

Upgrade Paths

To upgrade from an earlier version of WS_FTP Server to WS_FTP Server 2020, you must download the installer file.

  1. Login to the Progress Community.
  2. Select Product Downloads.
  3. Locate and download your product. Your activation code is embedded in the download file, and is automatically applied during installation.

Upgrade paths

WS_FTP Server 2020 supports direct upgrade installations from the following versions:

  • WS_FTP Server 2018 (8.6)
  • WS_FTP Server 2017 Plus (8.5)

Note: The upgrade paths are valid only on supported Operating Systems. For more information, see WS_FTP Server System Requirements.

For detailed installation and configuration instructions, or activating a new or upgraded license, see the WS_FTP Server Installation and Configuration Guide.

Note: If you upgrade from a version earlier than 2020, the default installation folders do not change. For example, the WS_FTP Server installation folder will be C:\Program Files (x86)\Ipswitch\WS_FTP Server.

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This document was published on 10 August 2022 at 13:25