RStudio Improves Security
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 28 May 2020

RStudio has been updated with improved security, a real-time spell checker, and big improvements for sight-impaired developers. The Pro version has also been updated so it can be used as a client for RStudio Server Pro.

RStudio is an integrated development environment (IDE) for R includes a code console, syntax-highlighting editor, and tools for plotting, history, debugging and workspace management.

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The changes to the IDE start with a number designed to improve accessibility for sight-impaired users. The RStudio team says the changes improve things for everyone, with better keyboard navigation, contrast ratios, and visibility. Support has been added for screen readers, and there are now focus indicators.

Many improvements to RStudio Server security, including idle timeouts and hardening against common types of attacks.You can now optionally validate HHTP Origin headers, and set HTTP header X-Content-Type-Options to discourage MIME type sniffing. Authentication cookies are now revoked after signout, and file-serving resource endpoints can now be made more restrictive. Finally, RStudio Server now uses 2048 bit RSA keys to provide secure communication of encrypted credentials between server / session and client.

A real-time spell-checking engine has been added that offers suggestions for misspelt words, has customizable dictionaries, and a built-in whitelist for common data science terms.

The paid-for Professional version of RStudio has been improved so that RStudio Desktop Pro can function as a client for RStudio Server Pro so you can run your R session on your server with the convenience of native desktop windows and menus. There's also a new user manager on the Admin Dashboard that can be used to to manage licensed users on RStudio Server Pro.

 

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More Information

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