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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 2.0RC5 for Windows 7 and Windows 8
Release candidate version 5
SHA1: 631ddb446997bebf27f2f5fee0a9e903da972f45
MD5: d9b27794341d760045ac6a6542d1ee8a

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

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.
  • PrintScreen can be blocked, the clipboard is cleaned when SEB is started and stopped. The Flash plugin is working again without workarounds.

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.

Release Candidate 5:

  • Completely re-engineered SEB Windows Service with improved stability for setting and resetting options in the Windows Security Screen (invoked by Ctrl-Alt-Del) like Task Manager. In case of a SEB crash or enforced reset of the machine, the options are reset to the values which were active before SEB was used when rebooting the computer or uninstalling SEB. Added a new command line tool which can be used to reset those values in case the SEB Windows Service was damaged and can't be run anymore.
  • SEB 2.0 RC5 now only needs the current .NET 4.5 framework (.NET 3.5 and 4.0 Full Profile don't need to be installed/activated anymore).
  • Changed the SEB profile directory to \Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\SafeExamBrowser\
    Settings saved in the old profile directory in AppData\Local\ need to be moved manually or SEB reconfigured with a .seb settings file for configuring the client.
  • Various bug fixes especially when dealing with allowed processes/third party applications, in the SEB Config Tool, in the SEB application chooser (Alt-Tab).

Documentation for SEB 2.0 is currently being finalized. Please test this release candidate version and provide us with feedback.

Safe Exam Browser SEB 1.9.1 for Windows XP, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Bugfix for Final Release version
MD5: e4a03d9d667ad65f32f585202842e5c9

Main features:

  • New installation program:
    Due to problems when installing or uninstalling SEB using the Windows installer (SebWindowsInstall.msi), a new installer was created, which is more reliable and stable (e.g. Rollback in case there is a problem during the installation). The new installer has fewer input dialogs and is digitally signed.
  • Improved configuration program:
    The graphical editor SebWindowsConfig.exe was reworked thoroughly and now offers better comfort and better look. After starting, the default configuration files SebStarter.ini and MsgHook.ini are automatically loaded into the editor. Different fonts for better readability. Buttons for restoring loaded and accidentally modified settings, for simultaneously saving both configuration files and for quitting the editor. Security settings (e.g. for the Task Manager) can now be defined for inside and outside SEB.
  • New browser component:
    with improved, updated XulRunner which can open additional browser windows now and popup windows are opening correctly. File downloading should now work, too.
  • Bugfix for XULRunner browser component:
    The User Agent String in the file config.json has been changed from "SEB" to "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; rv:19.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/19.0 SEB" because some web pages checked it and complained.

Mac OS X

Safe Exam Browser 2.0pre3 for Mac OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9
Stable preview version
SHA1: b8309775edc6a5c4e55ffe806e13c1eae145d58c
MD5: d3203eba648092bc4fc6c779fb16fed0

Main features:

  • Adds support for encrypted .seb setting files which allow to individually configure SEB per exam. You can now use the same .seb files for starting exams on SEB 2.0RC Windows clients and SEB 2.0pre3 Mac OS X clients. Note: SEB settings files written with SEB 2.0pre1 or 2.0pre2 cannot be read with this version. The outdated local client settings from the Preferences folder of the system are cleared when this new SEB version is started first, you will have to configure SEB freshly.
  • 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. A new 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).
  • Improved error handling when loading settings which are manipulated, corrupted or created by an older, incompatible version of SEB.

In this preview version some features of the final 2.0 release are still disabled and will be activated only after extensive testing in upcoming releases. Please test it and provide us with feedback. This version runs on OS X 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 only.

Safe Exam Browser 1.5.2 for Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8
SHA1: f0f921d3e4f59582d9826bc38597e33d1f6b5cbd
MD5: 9e163ab593ed0a5245c5f6af0b1c52ac

Main features:

  • SEB can open additional browser windows now.
  • New browser preferences pane where the policy for opening hyperlinks in a new browser window can be set: Block those links generally, open in same window or open in new window. Separate settings are available for normal links and links in JavaScript/plug-ins.
  • In addition SEB can optionally ignore links requesting to open in a new window which direct to a different host than the one of the current page.
  • Improved integrity of the SEB environment by elevating all SEB windows (including the background covering windows) on a higher window level than regular windows and enhanced suppression of other applications opening alert windows, requesting to become active and switching to foreground.
  • New option to enable or disable browsing back/forward (with cmd + cursor right/left keys). This can prevent users to browse back out of an exam to an unprotected start page.
  • New options to enable/disable plug-ins, Java, JavaScript and pop-up windows.
  • The clipboard is now cleared when SEB starts and before it quits. But the content of the clipboard (if it's a text string) is saved before SEB clears it, and by pressing a new link button in general preferences pane you can paste that saved string to the Start URL field.
  • Added option to prevent full screen invoked by Flash (usually used in Flash video players) when third party applications are allowed. When switching to third party applications is disabled, Flash fullscreen mode is deactivated generally now for security reasons.
  • New option in advanced preferences pane to download a PDF file and open it in a third party application instead of viewing it inline.
  • Added an option to choose the name and path of a file to be uploaded automatically: If users download a file, edit it in a third party application and save it with the same name at the same path, pressing the "chose file" button in the browser window doesn't present a file requester, instead the file is automatically chosen.
  • It is possible to generate a pre-configured copy of SEB by writing the settings into the application bundle. Then this copy of SEB can be copied to all exam computers without having to distribute a separate preferences file.
  • VM detector refuses to start up SEB on a virtual machine.
  • In the Advanced preferences pane it can be chosen if SEB should allow down- and uploading files and if downloaded files should be opened automatically. This is useful when running additional applications during an exam in an managed OS X user account.
  • SEB MacOSX allows to run additional applications during an exam in an account managed by OS X parental controls
  • SEB MacOSX is localized in English, German and French.
  • SEB is OS X code signed, so changes of the binary are prevented and the identity of its publisher can be verified.
  • Context menu (activated by right mouse click) is also disabled in plugin web content.
  • Display and system idle sleep is switched off while SEB is running.
  • Normal shutdown and restart invoked by keyboard or other applications is canceled.
  • Sleep mode invoked by keyboard is delayed to hinder possible tricking with fast user switching.

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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