Guide to Software Release 7.6.512

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This document describes features that are new or changed since release 7.6.360.

Google Search Appliance release 7.6.512 updates are available for the G100 and G500. For a list of new, fixed, previous, and closed issues for software release 7.6.512, refer to the release notes. Both the software updates and the release notes are available at the Google Cloud Support site, (login required).

New and changed features

The following sections describe new and changed features in software release 7.6.512:

Canonical URLs now crawled and indexed

In release 7.6.512, when canonical link detection is enabled, the search appliance now crawls and indexes canonical URLs that are discovered through the canonical tag (<link rel="canonical" />). Previously, the canonical URL was not crawled. When canonical link detection is disabled, the search appliance does not crawl and index canonical URLs.

Hide or retain IP addresses in user activity logging

In release 7.6.512, you can configure the search appliance to either retain or anonymize the IP addresses stored in report logs of user search queries. This feature may impact your compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation

You set logging options for a front end on the Search > Search Features > Front Ends > Logging Settings page.

Host load patterns now accept IPv6 addresses

Release 7.6.512 supports IPv6 addresses for host load patterns. Previously, the search appliance couldn't detect an IPv6 address as a IP address. It tried to match the IPv6 address as a host name which resulted in the "Host must be fully qualified" error.

Set the host load pattern on the Content Sources > Web Crawl > Host Load Schedule page, under Exceptions to Web Server Host Load.

Secure search now works for HTTPs through a proxy

In release 7.6.512, you can perform a secure search of HTTPs content through a configured proxy. Previously, secure search didn't fetch HTTPs content through a proxy server.

Support for Linux security updates

Release 7.6.512 integrates these security fixes: CVE-2019-3855, CVE-2019-3856, CVE-2019-3857, CVE-2019-3863, CVE-2018-5742, and CVE-2018-12384.

URLs with question mark (?) can now be manually recrawled

In release 7.6.512, you can successfully initiate a recrawl of a URL that contains a ? in the file name. Previously, documents with a ? couldn't be recrawled.

Request a recrawl on the Index > Diagnostics > Index Diagnostics page, by clicking Recrawl this pattern next to the URL.

Deprecated features

Features marked as “Deprecated” will be removed in a future release. In release 7.6.512, “Deprecated” features are still supported.


In GSA release 7.6.50, support for SSLv3 was deprecated. It continues to be deprecated in release 7.6.512 and will be removed in a future release.

GSA Unification

In GSA release 7.6, GSA Unification was deprecated. It continues to be deprecated in release 7.6.512 and will be removed in a future release.

Release 7.6.512 documentation

Google Search Appliance documentation is available from the GSA help center. Search appliance troubleshooting and deployment documentation, as well as copies of Admin Console help, are also available from the GSA help center.

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Supported browsers and third-party software

Google has certified the browsers and third-party products in the following table for use with software release 7.6.512.

Category Product Name and Version
Browsers Google Chrome (which automatically updates whenever it detects that a new version of the browser is available)
Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 8 and above in standard mode
Mozilla Firefox current and previous major releases
The Admin Console supports Safari 5.1 only; search supports Safari 5.1 and later
Network infrastructure HTTP 1.1
Network Time Protocol (NTP) servers 3.0 and higher
(Single sign-on)
Computer Associates SiteMinder 6.0, Policy Server and Web Agent
Oracle Access Manager 7.0.4 (formerly Oblix)
Cams by Cafesoft, version 3.0
Web servers Apache
Netscape Enterprise
Microsoft Internet Information Server
XSLT EXtensible Stylesheet Language Transformations: XSLT 2.0
XML Path Language: XPath 1.0

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