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Our Moodle demonstration site is now using Moodle 1.9.7 (thanks to Moodle HQ sys admin Jordan for upgrading) and has demo account passwords FunMood1ing! which fulfil the default password policy i.e. at least 8 characters and including at least one number, one lowercase letter, one uppercase letter and one non-alphanumeric character.

The security overview report (in Site Administration > Reports > Security overview) includes a report of any roles, permissions overrides and users who are allowed to backup user data. It is recommended that the capability to backup user data is only allowed for people who really need it, and their accounts should be protected by strong passwords. Note that glossary and database activity entries can easily be moved to a different course using the export and import entries feature without needing to backup user data.

Backup of user data report screenshot

The security overview report also reports that a password salt has been set.

Of course these demo site security improvements aren’t strictly necessary, since the database and files are erased and restored to a clean state every hour, however hopefully they serve to set a good example.

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If Moodle interoperability matters to you, you’ll be pleased to hear that Moodle 1.9.7 onwards supports IMS Common Cartridge import. Congratulations and a big thank you to Moodle Partner UVCMS and Eloy Lafuente for their development work (MDL-20591).

In case you’re wondering why IMS CC has been added to 1.9.7 rather than 1.9.6, this is because there’s currently a code freeze on the 1.9 stable branch. However, you’ll be able to obtain this new feature in the first 1.9.6+ weekly build following the 1.9.6 release!

IMS CC import has been added as an experimental feature in 1.9, as it requires additional testing and bug-fixing. Help with testing is always appreciated! As for other experimental features, it may be enabled via Site Administration > Miscellaneous > Experimental.

Further IMS CC support is planned for Moodle 2.0. Please see Development:IMS common cartridge for details.

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