• Distributions Updated: Rebuilt Ubuntu Bionic 18.04 for SWAPGS Mitigations, Updated Alpine

    Thu, 29 Aug 2019 11:00:00 -0700 - Chris Brannon

    We rebuilt Ubuntu Bionic 18.04 with mitigations for the SWAPGS vulnerability disclosed in July. We also updated the Alpine Linux installer to version 3.10.2.

    Our distribution images and netboot installers are available from the management console of any Prgmr.com VPS.

  • Distributions Updated: Rebuilds for SWAPGS Mitigations; Added FreeBSD 11.3

    Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:00:00 -0700 - Chris Brannon

    We have rebuilt most of the tarballs and images for our supported distributions, to include in-kernel mitigations for the SWAPGS vulnerability disclosed at the end of July. The CentOS 7 kernel has not yet been patched, so CentOS 7 wasn’t updated in this release. We build our Ubuntu Bionic images with a 5.0 kernel, and Ubuntu’s 5.0 kernel package for Bionic has also not been patched. None of our BSD images or installers are patched for SWAPGS.

    We made the following additions:

    • FreeBSD 11.x was updated to FreeBSD 11.3.
    • Alpine Linux was updated to the 3.10.1 release.
    • The Arch Linux ISO is updated to 2019.08.01, and our tarball was rebuilt with updated packages.

    Finally we fixed an issue with our build of Debian Buster. A customer wrote us reporting that apt-get update was failing, due to a deb-src line in /etc/apt/sources.list pointing to mirror.prgmr.com. We don’t mirror Debian’s sources, so apt-get was failing when it tried to pull from a non-existent repository. We now remove these entries from /etc/apt/sources.list at build-time.

    Our distribution images and netboot installers are available from the management console of any Prgmr.com VPS.

  • Pending Network Maintenance this Weekend and Monday

    Fri, 02 Aug 2019 10:00:00 -0700 - Sarah Newman

    We are scheduling two maintenance windows this weekend for network testing. We do not expect any loss of connectivity. These windows are from 03:00 UTC to 07:00 UTC on August 3, and from 21:00 UTC on August 3 through 01:00 UTC on August 4.

    On August 5, between the hours of 18:00 and 22:00 UTC, our primary transit provider has scheduled a maintenance window to apply hardware and software upgrades to their router. During that window, we will be switching to our secondary transit provider.

  • Debian 10 (Buster) Added to Supported Distributions

    Thu, 25 Jul 2019 15:00:00 -0700 - Chris Brannon

    We have added Debian 10 (codename Buster) to our supported distributions. Our distribution images and netboot installers are available from the management console of any Prgmr.com VPS.

    Customers who want a fresh install of Buster onto an existing VPS using PV virtualization should contact support. You can determine if your VPS uses HVM or PV virtualization by logging into the management console and selecting “system details”. Here’s a link to Debian bug #932416 which contains more information.

  • Distributions Update: Alpine Linux 3.10.0, Arch Linux 2019.07.01, and rebuilds for SACK Panic

    Fri, 05 Jul 2019 15:00:00 -0700 - Chris Brannon

    We have rebuilt all of the tarballs and images for our supported distributions to include in-kernel fixes for the SACK Panic vulnerability disclosed by Netflix last month. For an in-depth discussion of SACK Panic, see this RedHat Security Advisory.

    In the process we made two version upgrades:

    • The Alpine Linux netboot installer was updated to version 3.10.0.
    • The Arch Linux netboot installer was updated to version 2019.07.01, and the installable tarball was rebuilt.

    Our distribution images and netboot installers are available from the management console of any Prgmr.com VPS.