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New for 1.0.0:

  • Change default password strategy to BCrypt.
  • Speed up test suites using ::BCrypt::Engine::MIN_COST.
  • Speed up integration suites with Clearance::BackDoor.
  • Replace email regular expression with EmailValidator gem.
  • Provide BCryptMigrationFromSHA1 password strategy to help people migrate from SHA1 (the old default password strategy) to BCrypt (the new default).
  • Require > Ruby 1.9.
  • More extension points in more controllers.
  • The email, encrypted_password, and remember_token fields of the users table are NOT NULL in the default migration.
  • Add SignedIn and SignedOut routing constraints.
  • Add a fake password strategy, which is useful when writing tests.
  • Improve security when changing password.
  • Replace Cucumber feature generator with RSpec + Capybara.
  • Remove Diesel dependency.
  • Remove deprecated methods on User: remember_me!, generate_random_code, password_required?.
  • PasswordsController params[:user] has changed to params[:password_reset] to avoid locale conflicts.
  • Prepare for Rails 4.
  • Prepare for Ruby 2.
  • Remove unloadable from controllers (Rails 4 bug fix in development environment).
  • Add redirect_url configuration option.
  • Add secure_cookie configuration option.
  • Unauthorized API requests return HTTP status 401 rather than a redirect to the sign in page.
  • Remove support for supplying return_to value via request parameter.

New for 0.16.2 (May 11, 2012):

  • Change default email sender to

New for 0.16.1 (April 16, 2012):

  • Behave correctly when Rails whitelist attributes mass assignment protection is turned on.
  • Fix for Rails 3.2.x modifying the HTTP cookie headers in rack requests.

New for 0.16.0 (March 16, 2012):

  • Blowfish password encryption strategy.

New for 0.15.0 (February 3, 2012):

  • The User model can be swapped out using the Clearance.configure method.
  • Remove User::InstanceMethods to silence a Rails 3.2 deprecation warning.
  • Bump development dependency of cucumber-rails to 1.1.1.

New for 0.14.0 (January 13, 2012):

  • Support clearance session management from the Rack environment.

New for 0.13.2 (January 13, 2012):

  • Fixed the deny_access matcher.

New for 0.13.0 (October 11, 2011):

  • In Clearance's optional generated features, use pure Capybara instead of depending on Cucumber's removed web_steps, paths, and selectors.
  • Extract SHA-1-specific code out of User into PasswordStrategies module.
  • Extract sign in form so that other methods can be added easily.
  • Test against Rails 3.1. Required upgrades to Diesel and Appraisal.
  • Improved README documentation for overrides.

New for 0.12.0 (June 30, 2011):

  • Denying access redirects to root_url when signed in, sign_in_url when signed out.
  • Using flash :notice key everywhere now instead of :success and :failure. More in line with Rails conventions.
  • redirect_back_or on sign up.
  • Resetting password no longer redirects to sign in page. It displays a message telling them to look for an email.
  • Removed redundant flash messages. ("Signed in.", "Signed out.", and "You are now signed up.")

New for 0.11.2 (June 29, 2011):

  • Rails 3.1.rc compatible.
  • Cucumber features no longer require password.
  • No more Clearance shoulda_macros. Instead providing RSpec- and Test::Unit-compliant test matchers (should deny_access, etc).

New for 0.11.1 (April 30, 2011):

  • Redirect to home page after sign up.
  • Remove dependency on dynamic_form. Replaced with flashes due to limited number of failure cases.
  • Moving ClearanceMailer to app/mailers. Moving spec to spec/mailers.
  • Removing :case_sensitive option from validates_uniqueness_of. It was unnecessary and causes a small performance problem on some apps.
  • Only development dependency in gemspec should be bundler. All others are derived by bundling.

New for 0.11.0 (April 24, 2011):

  • Removing password confirmation.
  • Use ActiveSupport::Concern and ActiveSupport::SecureRandom to clean up code.
  • New controller#authenticate(params) method. Redefine username & password or other styles of authentication.
  • before_filter :authenticate API replaced with more aptly-named before_filter :authorize.

New for 0.10.5 (April 19, 2011):

  • Closing CSRF hole for Rails >= 3.0.4 apps.

New for 0.10.4 (April 16, 2011):

  • Formtastic views generator removed.
  • Emails forced to be downcased (particularly for iPhone user case).
  • Suite converted from test/unit to RSpec.
  • Password reset requires a password.
  • Use HTML5 email fields.

New for (March 6, 2011):

  • Fix gemspec to include all necessary files.

New for (February 20, 2011):

  • Ensure everything within features inside any engine directory is included in the gemspec.

New for 0.10.3 (February 19, 2011):

  • Include features/engines in gemspec file list so generator works as expected.

New for 0.10.2 (February 18, 2011):

  • Replaced test/rails_root & general testing strategy with Diesel.
  • Conveniences in factories for password/confirmation.
  • New generator command: rails generate clearance:install.
  • Step definitions are now prefixed with visitor_ to use thoughtbot convention.
  • When Clearance installed in an app that already has users, allow old users to sign in by resetting their password.

New for 0.10.1 (February 9, 2011):

  • Replaced ActionController::Forbidden with a user-friendly flash message.
  • Improved language of Cucumber steps by allowing a little more flexibility.

New for 0.10.0 (June 29, 2010):

  • Better email validation regular expression.
  • Removed email confirmation step, was mostly a hassle and can always be added back in at the application level (instead of engine level) if necessary.
  • Removed disable_with on forms since it does not allow IE users to submit forms. Read more.

New for 0.9.1 (June 29, 2010):

  • This release supports Rails 3, capybara, and shoulda 2.10+.

New for 0.9.0 (June 11, 2010):

  • Removed unnecessary db index.
  • Allow customization of cookie duration.
  • rake generator:cleanup needed to be... cleaned up.

New for 0.8.8 (February 25, 2010):

  • Fixed sign_in and sign_out not setting current_user.

New for 0.8.7 (February 21, 2010):

  • Fixed global sign out bug.
  • Allow Rails apps to before_filter :authenticate the entire app in ApplicationController and still have password recovery work without overriding any controllers.
  • Rails 3 fix for ActionController/ActionDispatch change.

New for 0.8.6 (February 17, 2010):

  • Clearance features capitalization should match view text.
  • Skip :authenticate before_filter in controllers so apps can easily authenticate a whole site without subclassing.
  • Added randomness to token and salt generation,
  • Reset the remember_token on sign out instead of sign in. Allows for the same user to sign in from two locations at once.
  • Append the version number to generated update migrations.
  • Allow overridden user models to skip email/password validations conditionally. This makes username/facebook integration easier.

New for 0.8.5 (January 20, 2010):

  • Replaced routing hack with Clearance::Routes.draw(map) to give more control to the application developer.
  • Removed attr_accessible from Clearance::User.
  • Fixed bug in password reset feature.
  • Use Jeweler for gemming.
  • Remove dependency on root_path, use '/' instead.
  • Use Clearance.configure block to set mailer sender instead of DO_NOT_REPLY constant.

New for 0.8.4 (December 08, 2009):

  • Remove unnecessary require 'factory_girl' in generator.
  • Reference gemcutter (not github) as the gem source in README.
  • Add IRC, links to README.
  • Move user confirmation email trigger into model.

New for 0.8.3 (September 21, 2009):

  • Remove class_eval in Clearance::Authentication.
  • Avoid possible collisions in the remember me token.

New for 0.8.2 (September 01, 2009):

  • current_user= accessor method.
  • Set current_user in sign_in.

New for 0.8.1 (August 31, 2009):

  • Removed unnecessary remember_token_expires_at column and the remember? and forget_me! user instance methods.

New for 0.8.0 (August 31, 2009):

  • Always remember me. Replaced session-and-remember-me authentication with always using a cookie with a long timeout.
  • Documented Clearance::Authentication with YARD.
  • Documented Clearance::User with YARD.

New for 0.7.0 (August 4, 2009):

  • Redirect signed in user who clicks confirmation link again.
  • Redirect signed out user who clicks confirmation link again.
  • Added signed_out? convenience method for controllers, helpers, views.
  • Added clearance_views generator. By default, creates formtastic views which pass all tests and features.

New for 0.6.9 (July 4, 2009):

  • Added timestamps to create users migration.
  • Ready for Ruby 1.9.

New for 0.6.8 (June 24, 2009):

  • Added defined? checks for various Rails constants such as ActionController for easier unit testing of Clearance extensions... particularly ActiveRecord extensions... particularly strong_password.

New for 0.6.7 (June 13, 2009):

  • Added sign_up, sign_in, sign_out named routes.
  • Minimizing Reek smell: Duplication in redirect_back_or.
  • Deprecated sign_user_in. Told developers to use sign_in instead.
  • flash_success_after_create, flash_notice_after_create, flash_failure_after_create, flash_sucess_after_update, flash_success_after_destroy, etc.
  • Added #create to forbidden before_filters on confirmations controller.
  • should_be_signed_in_as shouldn't look in the session.
  • README improvements.
  • Move routes loading to separate file.

New for 0.6.6 (May 18, 2009):

  • replaced class_eval in Clearance::User with modules. This was needed so we could write our own validations.

New for 0.6.5 (May 17, 2009):

  • Make Clearance i18n aware.

New for 0.6.4 (May 12, 2009):

  • Moved issue tracking to Github from Lighthouse.
  • Asking higher-level questions of controllers in webrat steps, such as signed_in? instead of what's in the session. same for accessors.
  • Replacing sign_in_as & sign_out shoulda macros with a stubbing (requires no dependency) approach. this will avoid dealing with the internals of current_user, such as session & cookies. Added sign_in macro which signs in an email confirmed user from clearance's factories.
  • Move private methods on sessions controller into Clearance::Authentication module.
  • Audited flash keys.

New for 0.6.3 (April 23, 2009):

  • Scoping ClearanceMailer properly within controllers so it works in production environments.

New for 0.6.2 (April 22, 2009):

  • Insert Clearance::User into User model if it exists.
  • World(NavigationHelpers) Cucumber 3.0 style.

New for 0.6.1 (April 21, 2009):

  • Scope operators are necessary to keep Rails happy. Reverting the original revert so they're back in the library now for constants referenced inside of the gem.

New for 0.6.0 (April 21, 2009):

  • Converted Clearance to a Rails engine.
  • Include Clearance::User in User model in app.
  • Include Clearance::Authentication in ApplicationController.
  • Namespace controllers under Clearance module.
  • Routes move to engine, use namespaced controllers but publicly the same.
  • If you want to override a controller, subclass it like SessionsController < Clearance::SessionsController. This gives you access to usual hooks such as url_after_create.
  • Controllers, mailer, model, routes all unit tested inside engine. Use script/generate clearance_features to test integration of Clearance with your Rails app. No longer including modules in your app's test files.
  • Moved views to engine.
  • Converted generated test/factories/clearance.rb to use inheritence for email_confirmed_user.
  • Corrected some spelling errors with methods.
  • Converted "I should see error messages" to use a regex in the features.
  • Loading clearance routes after rails routes via some monkeypatching.
  • Made the clearance controllers unloadable to stop constant loading errors in development mode.

New for 0.5.6 (April 11, 2009):

  • Step definition changed for "User should see error messages" so features won't fail for certain validations.

New for 0.5.5 (March 23, 2009):

  • Removing duplicate test to get rid of warning.

New for 0.5.4 (March 21, 2009):

  • When users fail logging in, redirect them instead of rendering.

New for 0.5.3 (March 5, 2009):

  • Clearance now works with (and requires) Shoulda 2.10.0.
  • Prefer flat over nested contexts in sessions_controller_test.

New for 0.5.2 (March 2, 2009):

  • Fixed last remaining errors in Rails 2.3 tests. Now fully compatible.

New for 0.5.1 (February 27, 2009):

  • A user with unconfirmed email who resets password now confirms email.
  • Refactored user_from_cookie, user_from_session, User#authenticate to use more direct return code instead of ugly, harder to read ternary.
  • Switch order of cookies and sessions to take advantage of Rails 2.3's "Rack-based lazy-loaded sessions",
  • Altered generator to interact with application_controller.rb instead of application.rb in Rails 2.3 apps.
  • Bug fix. Rack-based session change altered how to test remember me cookie.

New for 0.5.0 (February 27, 2009):

  • Fixed problem with Cucumber features.
  • Fixed mising HTTP fluency use case.
  • Refactored User#update_password to take just parameters it needs.
  • Refactored User unit tests to be more readable.

New for 0.4.9 (February 20, 2009):

  • Protect passwords & confirmations actions with forbidden filters.
  • Return 403 Forbidden status code in those cases.
  • Test 403 Forbidden status code in Cucumber feature.
  • Raise custom ActionController::Forbidden error internally.
  • Test ActionController::Forbidden error is raised in functional test.
  • Fixed bug that allowed anyone to edit another user's password.
  • Required Factory Girl >= 1.2.0.

New for 0.4.8 (February 16, 2009):

  • Added support paths for Cucumber.
  • Added documentation for the flash.
  • Generators require 'test_helper' instead of File.join for RR compatibility.
  • Removed interpolated email address from flash message to make i18n easier.
  • Standardized flash messages that refer to email delivery.

New for 0.4.7 (February 12, 2009):

  • Removed Clearance::Test::TestHelper so there is one less setup step.
  • All test helpers now in shoulda_macros.

New for 0.4.6 (February 11, 2009):

  • Made the modules behave like mixins again.
  • Created Actions and PrivateMethods modules on controllers for future RDoc reasons.

New for 0.4.5 (February 9, 2009):

  • Removed email downcasing because local-part is case sensitive per RFC5321.
  • Removed dependency on Mocha.
  • Required Shoulda >= 2.9.1.
  • Added password reset feature to clearance_features generator.
  • Removed unnecessary session[:salt].
  • Only store location for session[:return_to] for GET requests.
  • Audited "sign up" naming convention. "Register" had slipped in a few places.
  • Switched to SHA1 encryption. Cypher doesn't matter much for email confirmation, password reset. Better to have shorter hashes in the emails for clients who line break on 72 chars.

New for 0.4.4 (February 2, 2009):

  • Added a generator for Cucumber features.
  • Standardized naming for "Sign up," "Sign in," and "Sign out".
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