Adobe discontinues Support for the 2.4.0-2.4.3 Release Line

09 Dec 2022
Mike Patel
Mike Patel
Adobe discontinues Support for the 2.4.0-2.4.3 Release Line

With releasing new versions of its eCommerce platform, Adobe discontinued support for Adobe Commerce and Magento open-source 2.4.0-2.4.3 release line. The end-of-support is for streamlining their lifecycle policy better and providing quality fixes to the current and upcoming 2.4 versions.

Adobe offers security fixes only via security patch releases, even if a customer’s version is eligible for quality support. Adobe releases hotfixes for critical security issues, such as zero-day vulnerabilities, for all customers on the supported version. 

However, it’s significant to note that a hotfix doesn’t address all the security issues that can be fixed only by upgrading to the latest Adobe Commerce or Magento release.

Why should you upgrade? Adobe 2.4.4 and 2.4.5 Highlights

Platform Enhancements

2.4.4 support PHP 8.1 with all project libraries and dependencies updated for compatibility with PHP 8.1. Support for Elasticsearch 7.16 and OpenSearch 1.2. Adobe Commerce 2.4.5 has been tested and confirmed to be compatible with Elasticsearch 7.17 (~7.17.0 with constraint). Merchants hosting Adobe Commerce on-premises can use either Elasticsearch or OpenSearch 1.2.

Adobe Commerce and Magento 2.4.5 supports

  • Composer 2.2
  • TinyMCE (5.10.2). Earlier versions of TinyMCE (v5.9.2 or earlier) allowed arbitrary JavaScript execution when a specially crafted URL or an image with a specially crafted URL was updated.
  • jQueryUI (1.13.1)
  • PHPStan (^1.5.7 with constraint) GitHub-35315

Security Enhancements

20 security fixes and platform security improvements. With the 2.4.5 release, Adobe reminded merchants to take all necessary steps to protect the Admin, including but not limited to the following:

  • IP allowlisting
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Use of a VPN
  • Use of a unique location rather than /admin
  • Good password hygiene

In the 2.4.4 release, the security fix and platform security improvements were backported to 2.4.3-p2 and 2.3.7-p3. Additional features include:

  • Integration tokens can no longer be used for API Bearer token authentication.
  • Added reCAPTCHA support to coupon codes.
  • Validation strengthened to prevent the upload of non-alpha-numeric file extensions.
  • Swagger is now disabled by default in production mode.

Payments Enhancements

Apple Pay is now available to all merchants running deployments with Payment Services enabled. This payment method does not require shoppers to enter their credit or debit card details. Apple Pay is available on the product details page, mini cart, shopping cart, and checkout workflow. Merchants can toggle on this feature.

PayPal Enhancements

  • Venmo payment option 
  • Pay Later was added as an option for shoppers based on the shopper’s location, not the merchant’s.
  • Merchants can now set the shopper’s country
  • Messaging on the checkout page now displays accurate messaging

Google Analytics

Adobe Commerce has a set of built-in modules, including Google AdWords, Analytics, Optimizer, and TagManager, that leverage the former API for integration with Google services. While Google has updated the tracking and integration mechanisms of AdWords and Analytics in web applications through GTag integration, Adobe re-implemented this integration using the GTag approach in the 2.4.5 release.

B2B

Adobe has optimized the normalized database data needed to implement the Shared Catalogs feature. This reduction in eSKU multiplication results in a performance boost as fewer database rows must be stored. Adobe Commerce now creates unique eSKUs for those directly assigned to a Shared Catalog. 

Enabling the new Enabled Shared Catalog direct product price assigning configuration option improves product price indexer performance.

To conclude, 

With all these performance improvements and bug fixes, Magento Open Source and Adobe Commerce 2.4.5 should be your go-to platform for B2B and B2C eCommerce. Upgrade to 2.4.5 for better customer experience and increased sales.

Adobe ended support for 2.3.x in September 2022 and 2.4.0-2.4.3 on November 28, 2022. Connect with Adobe certified developers at ioVista to learn more.

Mike Patel
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Mike Patel is a digital marketing enthusiast, innovator and President of a leading Digital and E-commerce Development Agency in Dallas, Texas. Mike holds a BS, Computer Science degree from Wayne State University and is a key player in the E-commerce development and digital marketing industry since 2004. The scope of technology in his extensive experience of more than 15 years ranges from Magento, Shopify, BigCommerce SEO (Search Engine Optimization), PPC (Pay Per Click) management, E-commerce SEO, Google Shopping Ads and more.

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