The Atlassian Crowd team is proud to release Crowd 1.4! Highlights of this release include nested groups, a self-service console, a plugin framework that allows developers to write their own plugins for Crowd and lots and lots of other goodies that help ease the administrators’ role and bring back “power to the people” 😀

New features found in Crowd 1.4 include:

Nested Groups

Crowd 1.4 supports nested groups in LDAP directories. This means a group can now be a member of another group, making management of permissions much easier. For example, a Crowd-integrated Confluence or Jira site will see users in sub-groups as members of the parent group. This diagram gives a great example of how nested groups can work in Confluence:

Self-Service Console

The new Self-Service Console gives you the option to allow any authorised Crowd user to update their own user profile and password and to view their authorisation details.

Novell eDirectory Connector

There’s a new directory connector for Novell eDirectory. Crowd also supports read-only connections to an LDAP directory using the Posix schema. This is useful if you have a Unix installation and want to integrate it with an LDAP directory.

Plugin Framework

For the development community, a new plugin framework supports customised event listeners and password encoders.
For more details or to try a free, fully-functional 30-day evaluation of Crowd, check out this page.
To read more about this release, check out the release notes or read our press release below:

Atlassian Crowd 1.4 Brings Power to the People!

Latest release of single sign-on solution includes Nested Groups and Self-Service Console

San Francisco, CA (Business Wire) May 20, 2008
– Atlassian today announced the release of Crowd 1.4, the latest version of their centralized authentication, single sign-on and OpenID application. This release includes nested groups and a self-service console, making user management easier for administrators.
Crowd 1.4 now supports nested groups in LDAP directories. This feature makes the management of permissions much easier by allowing for two or more LDAP groups to be made into sub-groups within parent groups.
“Confluence and Jira customers are going to love this release,” notes David O’Flynn, lead developer for Crowd. “Nested groups makes it dead easy to unite groups like ‘payroll’ and ‘engineering’ into one ‘confluence-users’ group to provide access to Confluence.”
Other features of Crowd 1.4 include:
Self-Service Console: Crowd users, including non-administrators, can log in to Crowd, change passwords, update profiles and view group and role memberships.
New Directories Supported: Crowd 1.4 provides built-in directory connectors for Novell eDirectory and Posix.
Plugin Framework Supported: Developers can now create their own plug-ins for Crowd!
Nearly 300 organizations around the world rely on Crowd for identity management, authentication, and single sign-on. Pricing for Crowd starts at US$600 per license. A fully functional 30-day evaluation of Crowd is available at

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