Magento Open Source 2.4.0 introduces support for PHP 7.4, Elasticsearch 7.6.x, and MySQL 8.0. Substantial security changes include the enablement of two-factor authentication in the Admin by default. With this release, the Authorize.Net method integration has been removed from core code. Merchants should migrate to the official extension that is available on the Magento Marketplace.

Features and Benefits

• New and improved default search engine
• Improved Media Gallery
• New feature Seller-Assisted Shopping
• New feature Purchase Approval Workflows (only for Magento Commerce)
• Two-factor authentication for improved security
• Higher technical requirements overall

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Much, much better default search

Search everything, anywhere

Easily implement powerful, modern search experiences for your busy team. Quickly add pre-tuned search to your website, app, or ecommerce store. Search it all, simply. Elastic Search is incredibly fast, with proven, optimized relevance models designed for real-life, natural search. All of this is ready to go from the start, easy to tune and monitor as you go, and engineered to effortlessly scale.

Elasticsearch 7.6.x support. Elasticsearch 7.6.x is now the default catalog search engine for Magento Commerce and Open Source. You cannot install or upgrade to Magento 2.4.0 without also installing Elasticsearch 7.6.x.

New Media Gallery and Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication also adds to the security of your Magento Admin account. The procedure is basically the same as in most services that have 2FA. A system-generated code is sent to the user as the second layer of authentication.

This replacement for the former Media Gallery offers a new, searchable interface for Magento media assets. Administrators can now search, filter, and sort images up to 30x faster than they could in the earlier version of this feature. Merchants can use this tool to evaluate storefront image usage. Extension developers should be aware that extensions that were developed for the Media Gallery will not work as expected with the new Media Gallery.

Making it easier to work with images will translate to a more efficient sales process through your e-Commerce store. Additionally, the new Media Gallery is integrated with Adobe Stock in a way that lets you access stock image previews right from the Media Gallery. Yes, it’s basically Adobe up-selling its stock images business. But it’s good business and for some clients this feature is worth looking into.

General platform upgrades and security improvements

Other than the previously mentioned addition of Elasticsearch, Magento 2.4 comes with some more platform upgrades that developers should pay attention to. You can find them all among the Magento 2.4 technology stack requirements. Most importantly, Magento 2.4 now supports the latest versions of the PHP programming language (PHP 7.4) and the MySQL database (MySQL 8.0) because of their improved performance, security and reliability.

This also goes to show how Magento is optimising its platform towards the most advanced technological requirements. This release includes over 30 security fixes and platform security improvements. Over 30 security enhancements that help close remote code execution (RCE) and cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities

No confirmed attacks related to these issues have occurred to date. However, certain vulnerabilities can potentially be exploited to access customer information or take over administrator sessions. Most of these issues require that an attacker first obtains access to the Admin. As a result, we remind you to take all necessary steps to protect your Admin, including but not limited to these efforts: IP allowlisting, two-factor authentication, use of a VPN, the use of a unique location rather than /admin, and good password hygiene. See Security Updates Available for Magento for a discussion of these fixed issues. for a discussion of these fixed issues.

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