Magento 2.4.2 is releasing on 09 Feb 2021.

Glad tidings for all the Magento merchants as well as Magento Developers, latest Magento 2.4.2 version emphasis all the platform improvements as well as the performance and security enhancement. 

Magento Open Source 2.4.2 release notes elaborates the security enhancements that involve the enlargement to support the SameSite attribute for all cookies. Magento 2.4.2 release notes clarify the support of elastic search 7.9.x and Redis 6.x. 

The 26 January 2021 is the pre-release of the Magento 2.4.2 version, particularly the general availability code which contains more than 280 new fixes to core code and 30+ security enhancements. 

Magento 2.4.2 release covers the resolution of approx 290 GitHub issues by the Magento community members. The Magento community contributions start from the cleaning of core code to substantial improvements in GraphQL.

All the Magento Store owners can provide a superior shopping experience to their buyers by upgrading their store to the latest Magento 2 version.

Magento 2.4.2 version release targets to provide an improved capability to all Magento 2 store merchants to transform their store in a better perspective and improve the online shopping experience of their customers.

Questions rising about the update? Let’s dig into the release of Magento 2.4.2

Magento 2.4.2 Release Highlights:

Major components of Magento 2.4.2 release

  • Magento 2.4.2 supports the SameSite attribute for cookies.
  • Support of elastic search 7.9.x and Redis 6.x. 
  • Magento 2.4.2 is now compatible with Composer 2.x.
  • Includes Adobe Stock Integration v2.1.1.
  • Supports use of Web-optimized images in the content.
  • Magento 2.4.2 release contains AWS (AMAZON S3) enhancements.
  • Many More Fixed Issues

Magento 2.4.2 Security-only patch 2.4.0.12

  • Enables the merchants to install time-sensitive security fixes without applying the hundreds of functional fixes.
  • The security-only patch 2.4.0.12 (Composer package 2.4.1-p1) is a security-only patch that provides fixes for vulnerabilities that were detected previously in Magento 2.4.1.
  • Contains all the hotfixes that were applied to the 2.4.1

What else can we presume from the latest Magento 2.4.2 Release:

Substantial security enhancements

  • The Magento 2.4.2 release contains more than 35 security fixes enhancements that include the support for close remote code execution (RCE) and cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities. 
  • Magento 2.4.2 supports all core cookies for the SameSite attribute
  • Core Content Security Policy (CSP) violations have been fixed.

Infrastructure improvements

The Magento 2.4.2 release includes significant enhancements to improve the Framework in:

  • Customer Account
  • Catalog
  • CMS
  • OMS
  • Import/Export
  • Promotions and Targeting
  • Cart and Checkout
  • Staging and Preview

Platform Enhancements

  • The platform enhancements in Magento 2.4.2 elaborates:
  • Support of elastic search 7.9.x and Redis 6.x.
  • Varnish 6.4 and Composer 2.x Compatibility  
  • We highly recommend all the Magento Merchants out there for migration to Composer 2.x.

Performance Enhancements

  • Magento 2.4.2 release contains the code enhancements to  boost API performance
  • Enhanced admin response time for deployments with large catalogs.
  • Enables natively support complex catalogs up to 20x larger than Magento 2.4.1

GraphQL

Magento 2.4.2 release includes the below GraphQL features:

  • GraphQL now honors catalog permissions.
  • Updated the Customer object to support remote purchasing assistance.
  • Included the localization support across stores.
  • Consists the optimization of product data retrieval for configurable products with many variants

PWA Studio

In Magento 2.4.2 release PWA Studio contains:

  • Internationalization and localization.
  • Venia offers support for multiple languages and currencies
  • Support for multiple stores.
  • Strengthened extensibility.
  • Includes enhanced customer perspective performance using Google Lighthouse.
  • Released My Account for Venia

Media Gallery

Magento 2.4.2 release includes New Role Resources for Media Gallery that makes the Magento merchants capable to restrict administrator access

  • Below actions can be controlled by Admin:
  • Insert media assets into content
  • Upload assets
  • Edit assets details
  • Delete assets from the Media Gallery
  • Manage folder structure.
  • Supports use of Web-optimized images in the content.

Magento Functional Testing Framework (MFTF)

Consists availability of MFTF 3.2.1. It involves all the error tolerance in the tests as well as in the test suit generation. Other than that it consists of the additional significant enhancements and bug fixes that are elaborated in Magento Functional Testing Framework Changelog.

AWS S3 support enhancements

The Magento 2.4.2 release includes enhanced Amazon Simple Storage Service (AWS S3) support:

  • Object storage and future extensibility
  • Storing media files on AWS S3
  • Added support for AWS S3 in all modules such as B2B, PageBuilder, and Adobe Stock Integration.

Magento Commerce 2.4.2 release notes contain:

  • Magento 2.4.2 introduces B2B v1.3.1. 
  • It consists of the support for online payment methods and fixed bugs.
  • This release consists of significant enhancements to Page Builder content migration as well as Page Builder CSS customization

Check Official Documents:

Over to You:

Expectedly all have gone a brief idea of the release of Magento 2.4.2 version. So act accordingly. Don’t waste any time overthinking, upgrade your Magento 2 store to the latest version now. 

We recommend hiring certified developers for the safe process of upgrading your Magento 2 store. Examine and dig into all the features of Magento 2.4.2 and let us know in the comment section if you find something interesting until July 2021 when Magento 2.4.3 will be released!

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