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Current versions of Safe Exam Browser for »Windows and for »Mac OS X.
Software extensions for supported Learning Management Systems: »Moodle

Windows

Safe Exam Browser 2.0.3 for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1
SHA1: bda6a033b4c1665888a2416b76d0fa2db2f88989
MD5: 6b5421a06026910f8594d02f8e74a539

Safe Exam Browser 2.0 is a completely re-engineered, modern .NET application, including new features, superior usability and improved stability.

Version 2.0.3:

  • Improves general stability and compatibility with some exam systems.
  • Allows current versions of Flash to run with SEB in both kiosk modes correctly.
  • Updated browser engine to XULRunner/Gecko (Firefox) 36.
  • Now Flash, Java and JavaScript can be enabled/disabled.
  • Bug fixes include a rare keyboard bug, another bug which sometimes caused options in the Windows Security Screen (Ctrl-Alt-Delete) missing after quitting SEB and an exception error message when using the WiFi control in the task bar and the WiFi connection drops.
  • SEB 2.0.3 can be used with the (currently experimental) fault-tolerant mode Moodle quiz plugin, which allows to continue quizzes even if the internet connection to the Moodle server fails.

Main features:

  • Adds support for encrypted .seb setting files which allow to individually configure SEB per exam. The configuration is compatible with both the Windows and Mac version of SEB. Use the separate SEB Windows configuration tool to create .seb settings.
  • Easier installation and initial configuration of a SEB client, which facilitates to use SEB for secure exams especially on unmanaged computers like students' own laptops, in BYOD scenarios.
  • New feature to quit SEB after the exam is submitted by specifying a quit link and placing this on the summary page displayed by your LMS after submitting the exam.
  • The Browser Exam Key allows an exam module to authenticate the connecting SEB version and its settings. Plug-ins offering this functionality have been released for the learning management systems Moodle and ILIAS.
  • New options in the user interface: Size and positioning of browser windows (main window with the quiz and additional browser windows) can be preset. The SEB main browser window can be displayed full screen or as a sizable and movable window.
  • Permitted third party applications are easier to start up (autostart together with SEB and by clicking on its icon in the new SEB task bar).
  • Prohibited processes and applications can be preset which are stopped when SEB starts up and if they start up while SEB is running.
  • Screen saver, idle sleep and Windows Update are paused while SEB is running.
  • PrintScreen can be blocked, the clipboard is cleaned when SEB is started and stopped. The Flash plugin is working again without workarounds.
  • Added optional WLAN control to the SEB task bar which allows to reconnect to WiFi networks which have previously been connected to (before using SEB), see settings pane Security -> Allow WLAN Control.
  • SEB now pauses Windows Update and therefore prevents slowing down and sudden restarting of a machine during an exam.
  • SEB now disables screen saver and idle sleep while SEB is running and hides the desktop wallpaper (in Windows 8).
  • Java applications (like OpenOffice) can now be used as permitted processes, but require specific settings (see manual).
  • Added new kiosk mode 'Disable Explorer Shell' (Security settings pane -> Kiosk Mode: Disable Explorer Shell) which doesn't rely on the 'Create new Desktop' method and increases compatibility with screen recording proctoring software like ObserveIT.
  • Added process monitoring for prohibited processes: Those will be closed when SEB is started up or when they start up while SEB is running.
  • Improved stability and performance when starting, reconfiguring and quitting SEB and the build-in XULRunner seb browser component, which should reduce problems with the XULRunner seb profile folder being locked and producing error message that 'seb is already running'.

SEB configuration editor for creating and modifiying .seb settings files for Safe Exam Browser 2.0:

  • Allows to define all options for the Windows and Mac versions of SEB 2.0.
  • Can save .seb files for individual configuration per exam and per exam client, which are protected by strong encryption against manipulation.
  • Configuration files can configure a SEB exam client to show for example a portal page with the current exams.
  • Configuration files can be used to start an exam with individual configuration (like specific security and user interface options, permitted third party applications, Browser Exam Key for authenticating these settings and the SEB application to an exam server, Quit Link to close SEB automatically when an exam is submitted etc.).
  • Supports .seb files encrypted with password or X.509 (public/private key cryptography) certificates. For debugging purposes .seb configuration files can be saved unencrypted in an human readable XML format.

See release notes for complete list of new features and changes.

Mac OS X

Safe Exam Browser 2.0 for Mac OS X 10.7 - OS X 10.10 Yosemite
SHA1: 5c2e2f21805c75976d7a3b5496760e9b92bffb0f
MD5: 43e993668f7eeba868317885ad2933af

Safe Exam Browser 2.0 for Mac OS X is a re-engineered, major update, including new features, superior usability and strongly improved security.

Main features:

  • Support for encrypted SEB setting files (file type .seb) which allow to individually configure SEB per exam. You can use the same .seb files for starting exams on SEB 2.0.x Windows clients and SEB 2.0 Mac OS X clients.
  • Comfortable built-in editor for the platform-independent SEB configuration files, which can also set all additional individual settings for the Windows version.
  • Note: Local client settings in the Preferences folder of the system (created with SEB version 2.0pre3 or earlier) are cleared when this new SEB version is started first time, you will have to configure SEB freshly. You can although save settings with SEB 2.0pre3 (before running SEB 2.0 first time) and reconfigure the SEB 2.0 client with these.
  • SEB 2.0 also blocks the screenshot feature of OS X.
  • SEB 2.0 features an optional dock/task bar displaying an icon for the SEB browser with controls for its open browser windows and a quit button.
  • New feature to quit SEB after the exam is submitted by specifying a quit link and placing this on the summary page displayed by your LMS after submitting the exam.
  • The Browser Exam Key allows an exam module to authenticate the connecting SEB version and its settings. Plug-ins offering this functionality have been released for the learning management systems Moodle and ILIAS.
  • New options in the user interface: Size and positioning of browser windows (main window with the quiz and additional browser windows) can be preset. Main window can be displayed full screen. An indicator shows network activity.
  • SEB can optionally display the standard OS X menu bar and a tool bar in browser windows, functions like 'About SEB', quit, open preferences, reload page, zoom text and browsing back/forward are therefore easier accessible (if desired).
  • New URL filter including teaching mode to control access of the SEB browser to web links and resources. Saved settings files contain URL filter rules which also work in SEB 2.0.2 for Windows.
  • Improved security and performance.

See release notes for complete list of new features and changes.

Learning Management Systems

Quiz mode patch for Moodle 2.3.x
SHA1: 6d43851950e7e7d029d2320f5641d9cb85c9ff16
MD5: d0575b4ba1ba6125dc8a5ed1e957b713

This patch fixes the exam mode in Moodle 2.3.x used with Safe Exam Browser: The navigation links to other parts of the LMS are not displayed during an exam. The fix will be included in Moodle 2.4, below you can find short instructions (for Moodle administrators) how to apply the fix on Moodle 2.3 versions:

  • Unpack the zip file.
  • The additional patch code passages are starting with // Voma add start and ending with // Voma add end, they are situated almost at the end of the files.
  • Since the attempt.php and summary.php files can slightly differ in varying Moodle 2.3.x versions, you should copy only the code between // Voma add start/end to the right spot into the two according files of a Moodle 2.3.x installation.

 

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