Elliptics hosted Webcrossing Servers are not vulnerable to the Shellshock/Bashdoor Bug

September 30, 2014

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You may have heard about a widespread, recently publicized vulnerability called Shellshock or Bashdoor in the media which could affect millions ofservers. You can read the technical details of this vulnerability at the National Vulnerability Database.

In cooperation with our data centers we have conducted vulnerability tests for Shellshock, as well as subsequently discovered related bugs, and have confirmed that our servers are not vulnerable.

We take all security alerts seriously and so we wanted to let our customers know.

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Important Webcrossing Server Upgrade

September 8, 2014

We have upgraded the Webcrossing server with the following important changes:

Attachments and deleted posts.

We fixed an issue where, in some cases, when a post containing attachments is deleted, the attachment itself is neither removed from the enclosures directory where all post attachments are stored, nor marked as deleted (depending on your site settings).

Clusters and propagation of attachments.

We fixed an issue where in some cases, attachments added to one node in a manager/node cluster would not propagate to other nodes even when they properly synced to the manager.
The latest release version is now Webcrossing 6.4 source: 1673 2014-08-31.

We will be upgrading all hosted customers, and coordinate the upgrade timing as needed. The upgrade itself only requires a few minutes of site downtime.

All self-hosted customers with valid support and maintenance contracts can download this new version at no cost.

We highly recommend upgrading to the new version. If you are a self-hosted customer and have a valid support and maintenance contract, please contact support for access to the new server. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.

Also a reminder about our previous upgrade, 1670 2014-04-25 released on May 7, 2014. That version fixed an important stability issue which, under certain circumstances, could cause your Webcrossing server process to silently quit, leaving your site unresponsive. In addition to the important stability fix, that version also allowed guest users to visit sites licensed for a limited number of users (a so-called “seat license”). This feature lets private sites optionally host certain areas which guest visitors can read. Previously seat licenses did not allow guest visitors.

Of course the latest release includes all those fixes and enhancements.

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Staff spotlight – Niaja Farve

August 20, 2014

We thought this was definitely worth a mention. Niaja Farve, who we are fortunate to have working with us while she pursues her Ph.D. at MIT, is currently featured on the MIT home page!

You can read the entire article at http://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/mit-student-niaja-farve-profile-0819.

We feel very lucky to have Niaja working with us while she completes her doctorate and wanted to share this staff spotlight with all our customers and friends.

Niaja-at-MIT

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Webcrossing servers not affected by CyberVor Hacking

August 7, 2014

You may have read the news about the huge password hacking recently uncovered, in which an estimated 1.2 billion username/password pairs on over 420,000 sites around the world have been stolen by hacking teams operating out of central Russia since 2011.

The security breaches made use of a technique known as “SQL injection.”

All our Webcrossing servers are immune to this kind of attack because we do not use SQL. Instead, Webcrossing servers use a special NoSQL object-oriented database.

So we wanted to reassure our hosted and self-hosted customers who use Webcrossing native authentication that their login information is secure.

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Webcrossing server – important stability release and other changes.

May 7, 2014

We have updated the Webcrossing server to fix an important stability issue which, under certain circumstances, could cause your Webcrossing server process to silently quit, leaving your site unresponsive.

The latest release version is now Webcrossing 6.4 source: 1670 2014-04-25.

In addition to the important stability fix, this new version also allows guest users to visit sites licensed for a limited number of users (a so-called “seat license”). This feature lets private sites optionally host certain areas which guest visitors can read. Previously seat licenses did not allow guest visitors.

Webcrossing sites we host will be upgraded as needed.

All customers with valid support and maintenance contracts can download this new version at no cost.

We highly recommend upgrading to the new version. If you have a valid support and maintenance contract, please contact support for access to the new server. If your support and maintenance contract has expired, please contact us to renew so we can provide you with this important update.

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Upgrading all our hosted Webcrossing servers to SSD!

April 19, 2014

All our data center servers are being greatly enhanced. Soon all our Webcrossing servers will be running on an SSD (Solid State Drives) instead of a “spinning disk on a spindle” hard drives (HDD).

This should make a huge  improvement in all disk access performance and is an enhancement we are really excited about.

It will require migration to new server machines, so we will coordinate with all customers about the timing.

The overall Internet connectivity, cpus and RAM are also being enhanced. It is a big thing, and we are really excited about it!

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Your Webcrossing server is not affected by the “Heartbleed” bug.

April 14, 2014

We want to reassure all our customers that your Webcrossing server is unaffected by the recent “Heartbleed” bug you’ve heard so much about. If you are using SSL in your server, the version of OpenSSL we use is not a version affected by the recently publicized bug.

Our secure credit card processing site is likewise unaffected by the Heartbleed bug. In fact your credit card information is not kept at all; it is encrypted as it goes into our secure merchant system.

In general you should use different passwords at all your sites of course. That is just good, basic practice.

If you ever have questions about security for your Webcrossing server, please contact us.

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Why NoSQL databases are gaining fans

February 4, 2014

The Webcrossing database is a NoSQL object-oriented database. Please see http://elliptics.com/why-webcrossing-is-so-great-for-web-development/. Also this recent article might be of interest:

http://www.informationweek.com/software/information-management/why-nosql-databases-are-gaining-fans/d/d-id/1111845?

As mentioned in the article, the great advantage of NoSQL, we believe, is the scalability and flexible, agile development possibilities. You can add new objects and modify existing objects directly, as your customization requests have come in. Or as it says in the article above, instead of developing for a year and spending $1 million you can build  a working prototype  for $20,000 in two weeks.

Ask us what we can create for you!

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Webcrossing Neighbors – Your Private-labeled Complete Social Network

January 27, 2014

Webcrossing Neighbors is a complete private-labeled social network with personal home pages, groups and friends relationships (first, 2nd and 3rd degree friend support is included).

We’d like to showcase some of the features of Neighbors in upcoming blog posts. Neighbors is a perfect, affordable social network solution for your school, company, religious community, non-profit organization, educational group, neighborhood association, hobby group and other niche groups. We will help you set it up, support you and make it affordable.

And remember, as with all Webcrossing sites, members can participate via the web, or post by email.

In Neighbors, members can have their own personal blogs, photo albums and file store areas – you decide. Groups have additional loads of tools to choose from. Even live chats!

Profiles and groups are linked so people can easily find groups of interest to them, and make new friends with shared interests.

Neighbors Group Nav Menu

Neighbors Group Nav Menu

Here we see a typical Neighbors Group nav menu.

Each group has a picture. There is a link to the group home. The Activity Stream shows current activity in the group.

Groups can have Blogs, Discussion areas, a group Calendar, a Files area for sharing resources and a group Wiki. And you can also generate RSS feeds from group.

Each group decides which tools they need.

Also, each group can set any of these tools as their default landing page. Some groups might want to concentrate on their news, so maybe they want their blog to be the first thing people see. Other groups may want to concentrate on discussions, so have people come there first.

Groups can also design their own custom landing pages, and modify their CSS. Even add group chat rooms for live chat!

You can have open groups, where anybody can post; public groups where anybody can join and post; approved membership groups where people can request to join and completely hidden groups, which don’t appear in listings, and to which you must be invited.

 

We’ll be showing you more snapshots and features in upcoming newsletters, so keep posted. Or ask us for a demo!

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Bloomberg TV interview with Lisa Schmucki, CEO of edWeb.net

October 31, 2013

Please check out Lisa Schmucki’s interview on Bloomberg TV about edWeb.net. Lisa is the CEO of  edWeb, one of our strategic partners, and we are as excited and enthusiastic as Lisa is.

http://www.bloomberg.com/video/social-networking-for-the-education-industry-PsxdMEkuTR2RZaEzdbH56Q.html

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