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forum & website upgrades during weekend

Postby cryptostorm_team » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:20 pm

This should have been posted beforehand, but here goes:

We're doing some major upgrades to the server infrastructure behind our websites, including this forum & cryptostorm.is. Upgrades are intended to bring all backend packages current with project builds, and in general harden things against automated attacks. We're also looking to finally bring our Apache engine up to full 1.0.1(e) OpenSSL support.

Note that none of this impacts production network infrastructure; these are "merely" website updates. Our site hosting is done on physically distinct hardware, in Iceland, relative to our exitnode clusters and other session-supporting infrastructure.

These upgrades are expected to result in short downtimes for the forum and main cryptostorm.is website... but we now know that wasn't exactly how things worked out, eh? :wtf:

If there's interest in discussing the guts of the upgrade, we hope a thread will be opened so it can be discussed in detail.

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Re: forum & website upgrades during weekend

Postby Pattern_Juggled » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:43 pm

Also we've expanded our external website monitoring, via Pingdom's tools, as well as our internal staff-notification cascades for website outages. That's all been in place for network-level outages, but it makes sense to stripe it across website resources, as well.

We ended up doing several more Apache recompiles this morning, as we're working to fix a longstanding bug in the CAPTCHA support here at the forum. Hopefully, we've nailed that particular bug - finally. If not, it'll have to wait for our next maintenance window, as we've shut off any further iterations on this one.

Finally, we did - eventually - put up a "upgrade in progress" page here. For archival purposes, a screenshot if anyone's curious & didn't get to see it firsthand. It's not quite the legendary "fail whale," with its Melville-esque overtimes, but hey it is what it is...

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