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2020-02-10

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-1062.12.1 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2020:0374 for more details.

As this update does not include any fixes for remote exploits, we are only updating managed servers with less trusted local users. As most of our clients only have more trusted users within their virtual servers, this means we will only reboot a small minority of the servers we manage.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2020-01-21

We now support PHP 7.4. We have compiled PHP against PostgreSQL 12.

We have made the following changes to our build between PHP 7.3 and PHP 7.4:

  1. We no longer build the WDDX extension, as it has been deprecated and unbundled. This extension is not installed on any of our managed servers. Please contact us if you still require the WDDX extension for your applications.

  2. We no longer build PEAR because it is no longer enabled by default, and this option is deprecated and may be removed in the future.

  3. There are new library dependencies, which may be obtained from common CentOS Yum repositories. We will enable these repositories as-needed on managed servers, but please note the following repositories for servers you managed yourself:

    1. libzip5 is available from Remi's Enterprise Linux 7 Repository
    2. oniguruma is available from EPEL Repository
2019-12-04

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-1062.7.1 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2019:3979 for more details.

Although this update does not contain any fixes for remote exploits, we will be updating all managed servers as we migrate servers for underlying virtualization platform updates.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2019-12-03

Tomcat 9.0.29 has an issue where it builds-up open files until a gargage collection pass. On Tomcat instances with large heap sizes and/or a lot of JSP includes, this can result in exceptions with Too many open files. This, in turn, will cause some requests to fail along with intermittent Java VM restarts.

We have:

  1. Determined the problem is related to Tomcat checking for updated JSP files
  2. Experimented with Jasper "development" setting as a possible workaround (no help)
  3. Confirmed this issue is resolved by reverting to Tomcat 9.0.27
  4. Reported the bug
  5. Removed the Tomcat 9.0.29 package from our CentOS 7 Yum repository
  6. Reverted all sites on Managed Servers to Tomcat 9.0.27
2019-11-26

We now support Python 3.8.

Python 3.8 may be used for any existing user or application by updating your profile script to include /opt/python-3.8/profile.sh (for Bourne shells) or /opt/python-3.8/profile.csh (for C shells).

The 3.8.0 build is without --enable-optimizations due to "Could not import runpy module". This had also happened on the initial releases of the 3.7 series. If this issue persists, we will look into building with a newer version of GCC, instead of the aging version of GCC that comes with CentOS 7.

2019-11-26

We now support PostgreSQL 12. We have included the following modules in our build:

  1. cube - Used by the earthdistance module.
  2. earthdistance - Allows spatial indexing of geographical coordinates - (latitude, longitude) pairs.
2019-11-19

We now support WordPress 5.3 “Kirk”.

This release comes with the new Twenty Twenty theme. We generally leave two stock themes installed on each Managed WordPress installation. This has been Twenty Seventeen and Twenty Nineteen. With this update, Twenty Seventeen will be removed from any site where it is inactive.

We will be updating all Managed WordPress Hosting accounts this week following our usual four-round release cycle, with development sites being updated today (Tuesday).

Please thoroughly test your development sites early before updates make it to production update rounds on Thursday and Friday.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times.

2019-10-30

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-1062.4.1 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2019:3055 for more details.

As this update does not include any fixes for remote exploits, we are only updating managed servers with less trusted local users. As most of our clients only have more trusted users within their virtual servers, this means we will only reboot a small minority of the servers we manage.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2019-10-15

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-1062.1.2 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2019:2829 for more details.

This update does include fixes for remote exploits, so we are updating all managed servers.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2019-10-15

We now support WordPress 5.2.4.

We will be updating all Managed WordPress Hosting accounts this week following our usual four-round release cycle, with development sites being updated today (Tuesday).

Please thoroughly test your development sites early before updates make it to production update rounds on Thursday and Friday.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times.

2019-09-26

Java 12 is now end-of-life.

A supported version of Java must be used for any existing application by updating your profile script. See this FAQ for more details on how to change Java versions:

/clientarea/FAQ.ao?category=jvms&page=profile

Any uses of /opt/jdk-12/profile.* must be updated to either /opt/jdk-lts/profile.* or /opt/jdk-current/profile.* (or a specific newer version), depending on your choice of stability versus features.

Applications that use /opt/jdk-current/profile.* will switch from Java 12 to Java 13 on their next restart.

For all managed servers, we are replacing /opt/jdk-12/profile.* with /opt/jdk-current/profile.*, as Java 12 was a non-LTS version. We are also restarting all applications currently running Java 12, so their profile scripts can select a newer version of Java. We will communicate with you individually and perform these updates during your usual scheduled maintenance times.

2019-09-25

We now support Java 13.

Java 13 may be used for any existing application by updating your profile script to include /opt/jdk-13/profile.sh (for Bourne shells) or /opt/jdk-13/profile.csh (for C shells). See this FAQ for more details on how to change Java versions:

/clientarea/FAQ.ao?category=jvms&page=profile

As this is a non-LTS version, Java 13 will be supported until Java 14 is available. At that time, all uses of Java 13 will be automatically updated to Java 14.

2019-09-24

We are updating all managed servers from CentOS 7.6 to CentOS 7.7 this week.

We have not experienced any compatibility issues during our packaging and testing. However, the following guides may assist you in evaluating compatibility:

This update includes an updated kernel, so each server will be rebooted as part of the update process. As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2019-09-10

We now support WordPress 5.2.3.

We will be updating all Managed WordPress Hosting accounts this week following our usual four-round release cycle, with development sites being updated today (Tuesday).

Please thoroughly test your development sites early before updates make it to production update rounds on Thursday and Friday.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times.

2019-08-06

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-957.27.2 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2019:1873 for more details.

As this update does not include any fixes for remote exploits, we are only updating managed servers with less trusted local users. As most of our clients only have more trusted users within their virtual servers, this means we will only reboot a small minority of the servers we manage.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2019-06-25

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-957.21.3 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2019:1481 for more details.

This update does include fixes for remote exploits, so we are updating all managed servers.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2019-06-25

We now support WordPress 5.2.2.

We will be updating all Managed WordPress Hosting accounts this week following our usual four-round release cycle, with development sites being updated today (Tuesday).

Please thoroughly test your development sites early before updates make it to production update rounds on Thursday and Friday.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times.

2019-05-21

We now support WordPress 5.2.1.

We will be updating all Managed WordPress Hosting accounts this week following our usual four-round release cycle, with development sites being updated today (Tuesday).

Please thoroughly test your development sites early before updates make it to production update rounds on Thursday and Friday.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times.

2019-05-21

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-957.12.2 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2019:1168 for more details.

As this update does not include any fixes for remote exploits, we are only updating managed servers with less trusted local users. As most of our clients only have more trusted users within their virtual servers, this means we will only reboot a small minority of the servers we manage.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2019-05-14

We now support WordPress 5.2 “Jaco”.

We will be updating all Managed WordPress Hosting accounts this week following our usual four-round release cycle, with development sites being updated today (Tuesday).

Please thoroughly test your development sites early before updates make it to production update rounds on Thursday and Friday.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times.

2019-05-05

For Long-Term Support (LTS) versions of Java, we have switched from Oracle's release of OpenJDK to RedHat's releases of OpenJDK (via CentOS).

Oracle does not support the full LTS lifecycle for OpenJDK, whereas RedHat does.

We will continue to use the Oracle OpenJDK for non-LTS versions of Java.

With this change, we have also restored our support of Java 7 (LTS) through its scheduled end-of-life in June 2020.

We have maintained compatibility with existing profile scripts in /opt/jdk-*/profile.sh (for Bourne shells) or /opt/jdk-*/profile.csh (for C shells). The primary difference is the scripts will pick-up the JVM from /usr/lib/jvm/java-*-openjdk-*/ instead of /opt/jdk-*/, but this should be transparent to applications.

For managed servers, we continue to install newer Java releases, work with clients to restart all applications on their schedule, then remove old Java releases once they are no longer used. We never remove a Java release out from under a running application.

2019-05-02

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-957.12.1 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2019:0818 for more details.

As this update does not include any fixes for remote exploits, we are only updating managed servers with less trusted local users. As most of our clients only have more trusted users within their virtual servers, this means we will only reboot a small minority of the servers we manage.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2019-04-08

We now support Java 12.

Java 12 may be used for any existing application by updating your profile script to include /opt/jdk-12/profile.sh (for Bourne shells) or /opt/jdk-12/profile.csh (for C shells). See this FAQ for more details on how to change Java versions:

/clientarea/FAQ.ao?category=jvms&page=profile

As this is a non-LTS version, Java 12 will be supported until Java 13 is available. At that time, all uses of Java 12 will be automatically updated to Java 13.

2019-04-02

We now support MoinMoin Wiki 1.9.10.

We will be updating all Managed MoinMoin Wiki Hosting accounts this week following our usual four-round release cycle, with development sites being updated today (Tuesday).

Please thoroughly test your development sites early before updates make it to production update rounds on Thursday and Friday.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times.

2019-04-02

We now support Managed MoinMoin Wiki Hosting.

We will install MoinMoin Wiki, then keep MoinMoin Wiki up-to-date on your behalf.

You have full administrative control over your MoinMoin Wiki installation.

We read the changelogs and published version compatibility, but will tend to install all available updates. We will perform a basic test of your site before and after updates, but we cannot accept responsibility for any site breaking due to these updates. We will resolve site problems on billable time, should the client not want to do this themselves.

We support four rounds of updates, nominally with round 1 on Tuesday through round 4 on Friday, but the precise schedule depends on both our workload and the schedule and urgency of the updates. The expected use-case of the four-round cycle is you may choose to have a dev site updated in round 1, then the production site updated in round 3 or 4, giving you a few days to test updates for compatibility during the weekly roll-out cycle.

We backup your MoinMoin Wiki installation (both files and database dump) before and after applying updates. Backup files are available at /var/www/site_name/var/backups/. These backup files are then replicated to additional servers both on-site and off-site per the server's configured file backup policy.

2019-03-30

We now support WordPress 5.1.1.

We will be updating all Managed WordPress Hosting accounts this week following our usual four-round release cycle, with development sites being updated today (Saturday).

Please thoroughly test your development sites early before updates make it to production update rounds on Thursday and Friday.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times.

2019-03-30

We now support Managed WordPress Hosting.

We will install WordPress, then keep WordPress, and all installed themes and plugins, up-to-date on your behalf.

You have full administrative control over your WordPress installation and may install any desired plugins and themes, including commercial premium themes. For premium themes, we may need to communicate with you regarding where to find changelogs and how to download updates.

We read the changelogs and published version compatibility, but will tend to install all available updates. We will perform a basic test of your site before and after updates, but we cannot accept responsibility for any site breaking due to these updates. We will resolve site problems on billable time, should the client not want to do this themselves.

We support four rounds of updates, nominally with round 1 on Tuesday through round 4 on Friday, but the precise schedule depends on both our workload and the schedule and urgency of the updates. The expected use-case of the four-round cycle is you may choose to have a dev site updated in round 1, then the production site updated in round 3 or 4, giving you a few days to test updates for compatibility during the weekly roll-out cycle.

We backup your WordPress installation (both files and database dump) before and after applying updates. Backup files are available at /var/www/site_name/var/backups/. These backup files are then replicated to additional servers both on-site and off-site per the server's configured file backup policy.

2019-03-18

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-957.10.1 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2019:0512 for more details.

As this update does not include any fixes for remote exploits, we are only updating managed servers with less trusted local users. As most of our clients only have more trusted users within their virtual servers, this means we will only reboot a small minority of the servers we manage.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.

2019-02-04

CentOS 7 kernel 3.10.0-957.5.1 is now available. Please see RedHat Security Advisory 2019:0163 for more details.

As this update does not include any fixes for remote exploits, we are only updating managed servers with less trusted local users. As most of our clients only have more trusted users within their virtual servers, this means we will only reboot a small minority of the servers we manage.

As usual, we will perform these updates during your scheduled maintenance times while performing any documented per-server custom procedures before and after the reboot.


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