Category Archives: General

Important Security Updates to the ArcGIS Platform

January, 2019

Esri have recently announced upcoming improvements to ArcGIS Online in order to maintain the highest industry standards for data integrity and network security. Starting on 16 April 2019, ArcGIS Online will only accept TLS 1.2 connections for ArcGIS Online services. Some software, like ArcGIS Pro, are already TLS 1.2 enabled. Other Esri software, such as ArcGIS Desktop, uses TLS 1.0—this software requires a patch or configuration change to support TLS 1.2 connections. Esri is releasing patches and instructions to update existing software to support these connections.

What is TLS?
TLS or  “Transport Layer Security” is a widely deployed network security protocol. It provides privacy and data integrity between communicating applications over a network. You use TLS whenever accessing ArcGIS Online services, such as basemaps, geoprocessing services, and the Living Atlas, from ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Enterprise, and other applications.

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Understanding GDA2020 and it’s relationship with Web GIS

Background

Australia sits on one of the Earth’s fastest moving tectonic plates which has been moving 70 millimetres per year. By 2020, Australia will have moved 1.8 metres north east of it’s location in 1994. To effectively map the earth, representations, known as datums are used to model and identify locations. Australia’s national datum; Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GDA94) will soon be replaced by a new datum Geodetic Datum of Australia (GDA2020). GDA2020 will align with current positioning technology.

Geoscience Australia and the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) have released a new Geodetic datum GDA2020. The datum provides higher positional accuracy and will be able to represent locations dynamically rather than the stationary GDA94. .

In the coming two to three years most organisations will be transforming their spatial data from the GDA94 datum to the new GDA2020 datum. Esri’s, ArcGIS Software has been updated to accommodate these new datums across Australia and will support all of our customers rigorous requirements for locational and positional accuracy.

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Important Portal for ArcGIS Security Alert

17 December 2018

Esri has announced that they have discovered a critical security vulnerability in Portal for ArcGIS when specially constructed steps are taken by authenticated users. This results in a privilege escalation issue where the user can elevate themselves to become administrators of the portal.

This issue is present in all supported versions of Portal for ArcGIS, on both Windows and Linux operating systems. Esri has released patches for all versions of Portal for ArcGIS, from version 10.3 through 10.6.1.

Esri have published the following Knowledge Base article relating to this issue: Problem: Warning of security vulnerability in Portal for ArcGIS

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Site Scan – Esri Edition app provides drone flight planning using your GIS content

Esri business partner 3DR has released a free app for iOS that interfaces with ArcGIS Online, allowing Esri users to view GIS content from ArcGIS Online to assist with the drone flight planning. 

The Site Scan – Esri Edition app provides mission planning and flight control for a number of leading drones to optimize drone collections for use in Drone2Map or Ortho Mapping in ArcGIS Pro.  This release is compatible with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI M200, DJI M210, DJI Inspire 2, DJI Mavic Pro, or Yuneec H520-G, as well as the 3DR Solo.

The Site Scan – Esri Edition app allows users to take advantage of substantial amounts of publicly accessible data, as well as custom data layers from the user’s ArcGIS Online account, as base and reference data for mission planning.

Site Scan – Esri Edition is free to everyone with an ArcGIS Online account. The app is available on iTunes at http://esriurl.com/SSEE, and will be available soon in the Esri Marketplace.   

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FAQ: Unable to register an SQL Server database with ArcGIS Server

Problem

When registering a SQL Server database connection in ArcGIS Server the following error appears:

“The connection property set was missing a required property or the property value was unrecognized.”

OR

“The connection property set was missing a required property or the property value was unrecognized. Connection was attempted with an older version of SQL Server client communications software that is not compatible with the SQL Server database server.”

It is known that the SQL Server client communications software is up to date and compatible with the SQL Server database server.

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Problem: Severe issue with ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Patch 2

Description

Esri has discovered a severe issue with an editing workflow in ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Patch 2 (2.2.2) that may incorrectly set feature attribute field values to ‘Null’ when using the Attributes pane.

Cause

This problem occurs when multiple features are selected in the tree view of the Attributes pane. If the Tab key is used to navigate between cells in the data grid, tabbing through a cell that displays “(Different values)” sets the field to ‘Null’.

Solution or Workaround

Esri strongly recommends to uninstall the patch.

  1. On Windows, open the Control Panel.
  2. Search for View installed updates. Click this option.
  3. Right-click ‘ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Patch 2 (2.2.2)’ and select Uninstall.

If the previous patch—ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Patch 1 (2.2.1)—is not installed, it can be downloaded from My Esri.

How will Esri correct the issue?

ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Patch 3 (2.2.3) becomes available in early October 2018 and includes a fix for this issue, as well as the other software improvements included with Patches 1 and 2. ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Patch 2 (2.2.2) is no longer available for download.

For continued updates and information regarding this problem, refer to the ArcGIS Pro 2.2.2 announcement on GeoNet.

Esri have also published the following technical article relating to this issue:  https://support.esri.com/en/technical-article/000019162

Update 05 Oct 2018: ArcGIS Pro 2.2 Patch 3 (2.2.3) is available for download from My Esri.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local Esri distributors support team (for Esri Australia clients, use My Esrisupport@esriaustralia.com.au or 1800 447 111)