Perl scripting language upgraded to 5.14

We’ve upgraded the default version of the Perl scripting language on all our servers to the 5.14 series (specifically, to version 5.14.2 plus Debian security patches).

Most of our customers don’t use Perl, but those who do should not notice any problems. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.

Python scripting language upgraded to 2.7

We’ve upgraded the default version of the Python scripting language on all our servers to the Python 2.7 series (specifically, to version 2.7.3 plus Debian security patches).

The older version 2.6 series of Python was also updated from 2.6.6 to 2.6.8 (plus Debian security patches).

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Seeing more bounces for yahoo.com addresses? It’s not just you.

Over the last couple of days, mail from yahoo.com addresses has been “bouncing” a lot more than usual, often with error messages about “policy” or “DMARC” problems. This is especially true for messages involving mailing lists or forwarding from other addresses.

If you see this happening, it isn’t because of anything wrong on your end, or our end. It’s happening all over the Internet.

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Our servers are not vulnerable to the “Heartbleed” SSL security bug

Yesterday, Internet security researchers announced discovery of the Heartbleed SSL security bug. This bug allows attackers to bypass SSL encryption on servers that use certain versions of software called “OpenSSL”.

Our servers are not, and never have been, vulnerable to this bug, because we’ve never used the affected versions of the OpenSSL software. Our customers are not affected by it in any way.

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Brief scheduled maintenance on web07 server April 5, 2014 (completed)

At approximately 10:00 PM Pacific time Saturday April 5, 2014, the “web07” server will be restarted. This will cause a short interruption of service for Web sites on that server lasting less than 8 minutes.

Other servers will not be affected. Mail for customers on this server will be queued and delivered after a short delay.

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Brief MySQL problem on web12 server (resolved)

Between 10:41 and 10:49 AM Pacific time today (March 25, 2014), some MySQL database queries on the web12 server ran very slowly and caused “timeouts” for scripts. (No other servers were affected.)

The problem is fixed, and we’ve added an automated check to prevent it from recurring.

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PHP 5.4.26 and 5.5.10

The PHP developers recently released versions 5.4.26 and 5.5.10 that fix several bugs. We’ve updated PHP 5.4 and 5.5 on our servers as a result.

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Brief scheduled maintenance on web05, web07 & web08 servers March 1, 2014 (completed)

Update: The maintenance described below was completed with less than 10 minutes downtime per server.

Between 10:00 PM and 11:59 PM Pacific time on Saturday March 1 2014, the “web05“, “web07” and “web08” servers will be restarted. This will cause a short interruption of service on each of these three servers, lasting less than 10 minutes, at some point during this two hour period.

Other servers will not be affected. Incoming mail for customers on these servers will not be lost, but will be queued and delivered after the maintenance.

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PHP 5.4.25 and 5.5.9

The PHP developers recently released versions 5.4.25 and 5.5.9 that fix several bugs. We’ve updated PHP 5.4 and 5.5 on our servers as a result.

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phpMyAdmin updated to version 4.1.8

We’ve updated phpMyAdmin to the latest version, 4.1.8.

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