How to Upgrade PHP on a FileMaker Server Running on MacOS

What’s happening and why is it important?

The default version of PHP that ships with FileMaker Server 17.0.4 up to 18.0.2 is 7.1.*. This particular version is no longer receiving active support and won’t receive any security updates starting on Dec 1st, 2019. Any version before FileMaker server 17.0.4 uses a version of PHP that is no longer supported. Running web apps on an unsupported version of PHP is not recommended, and will compromise the security of your application.

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Data Separation and Account Security

FileMaker’s built-in security features for accounts and privilege sets are flexible and robust enough to meet almost any need. There are times, however, when a particular scripted process needs to override an individual’s security access in order to complete its task. In most cases, the option to ‘Grant Full Access Privileges’ to individual scripts has met this need. (Note: this option should still be used sparingly and only when absolutely necessary.) There is, however, an instance where this doesn’t work as expected, and that’s with data separated apps.

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FileMaker 18 and Gmail Send Mail Bug

A new bug with FileMaker 18’s Send Mail script step has come up recently. This bug only occurs when sending email via SMTP server. It also only happens when using Gmail’s SMTP service. The bug is apparent when users attempting to Send Mail via SMTP encounter this pop-up:

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