Security Upgrades

The server has been upgraded to Gentoo Hardended using Linux 2.6.11. All security measures (except ACLs) are in use.

Additionally, Apache now uses mod_security to sanitize requests, filter referer spam, and other niceties.

These changes may have broken some existing functionality. If you spot anything not working as before, please leave a comment or send us an email.

Blog software upgrade

The software used to run the mertner.com blogs – WordPress – has been upgraded from an arbitrary daily build of v1.3 to the newly released v1.5. Getting the upgrade to work required changes in quite a few places, and chances are that something somewhere does not work quite right as a result of the upgrade.

If you find something of this kind, please send an email or add a comment to this post. (Assuming comment posting works, of course. If not, please yell loudly until we hear you or find the problem ourselves.)

Additional Hiccups

We had another power outage yesterday at 22:13, causing a sudden reboot. It was repeated this morning at 4:14, and this time the server decided to halt with a BIOS message, leaving it unavailable until 13:01. Sigh!

Apologies for any inconvenience caused by these incidents.

Server Downtime

A router was fried on sunday (20/3 at 9:30) in connection with a power outage, and could not be replaced until today. This caused mertner.com to be unavailable for a record period of roughly 50 hours, completely ruining any hopes of a nice uptime this year. The current uptime is around 99.2%, which is decent enough for a DSL-hosted site. But, it could be better ;-)