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On the ActiveState Platform

Identify & Resolve Security Vulnerabilities Faster

Update – June 2021

Shorten the lengthy remediation process of investigating, rebuilding, retesting and updating runtime environments. The ActiveState Platform lets you find, fix and automatically rebuild a secure version of your Python, Perl and Tcl environments in minutes, decreasing Mean Time To Remediation (MTTR) from days to hours.

Read How To Remediate Your Open Source Vulnerabilities Quicker or watch a demonstration.

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Python 3.9 – Beta

Update – March 2021

We’re introducing a whole new way to work with Python from ActiveState. Rather than a monolithic ActivePython distribution, our Python 3.9 release lets you:

  • Manage packages with a single toolchain for both Windows and Linux — reduce tool maintenance overhead
  • Deploy into a virtual environment by default (simpler than venv) — run multiple versions of Python without dependency conflicts
  • Automatically build dependencies from source in parallel, including linked C libraries — faster, more secure Python builds

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Unlike ActivePython, our Python 3.9 provides:

  • A much smaller footprint — just the language and the packages you need to get started
  • Standard licensing — all the packages you install have just their original licensing
  • Command line installation — automated installation with a single line of code

Ready to try it out?

Problems? Questions? Create a post in the ActiveState Community Forums and let us know.

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CLI-Enabled Security/CVE Reports – Beta

Update – March 2021

View the number and severity of vulnerabilities in your Python or Perl projects at a glance, or access a detailed report using the State Tool by running state cve. See how it works. (Requires a paid subscription to the ActiveState Platform.)

Don’t have a paid account? You can still request access to give it a try.

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Project Branching

Update – February 2021

Similar to a git branch, those on paid tiers can now create branches of their projects in order to make different configurations for debug, test, production, etc. For example, the main configuration of a runtime environment might be for development and test purposes, but you can create a child configuration for production purposes that doesn’t include test harnesses.

In this way, you need only centrally maintain one main runtime that all children inherit. See how it works.

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Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

Update – February 2021

You can now add users to your organization on the ActiveState Platform and assign them a role: 

  • Read Only – user can only install and work with your runtime environments
  • Editor – user can edit existing runtime environments, as well as create new ones
  • Admin – user can edit and create runtime environments, as well as invite others to your organization

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In this way you can provide greater control over how your users interact with your runtime environments. For example, you may want your lead developer to be the only person to be able to create and modify the runtime environment used by their team.


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