Release 5502: More PHP extension updates for PHP 7.2

As mentioned yesterday, we’re currently in the process of adding PHP 7.2 support to the Hypernode platform. In this release we have updated some more PHP extensions to add PHP 7.2 compatibility. We have compiled php-ext-snappy for PHP 7.2 and will be updating it from 0.1.9-1 to 0.1.9-2 on all Hypernodes. Snappy is the default […]

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Release 5498: Preparations for PHP 7.2

Now that Magento 2.3 is on the horizon we are preparing our platform for PHP 7.2. In Magento 2.3 support for PHP 7.0 will be dropped and support for 7.2 will be added. As described in our changelog for PHP 7.1, upgrading to PHP 7.2 will be a bit more involved than upgrading to the […]

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[MageReport] Release 20180719.1 – Updated checks and new look & feel

Updated Brute Force Attacks check We have expanded the Brute Force Attacks check to scan additional paths for publicly available admin login pages. Please refer to our updated article for more information on how to protect your Magento installation from brute-force attacks. Updated Creditcard Hijack check We have updated the Creditcard Hijack check to identify several different […]

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Release 5481: More efficient fail2ban, sftp logs readable by app user

In this release we have backported a new version of fail2ban from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) onto our (Xenial) platform. We noticed that on some nodes the fail2ban database would grow to a disproportional size over time. This was because of a bug in the Xenial 0.9.3 version of fail2ban where the purging of […]

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Release 5469: Log rotation and improved memory management

We’ve made several changes to our log rotation setup in this release. Here is a summary of the most important changes. Log rotation for SFTP We have noticed several Hypernodes gradually filling up their disk because the SFTP logs grew out of proportions. We prevent this by enabling log rotation on the SFTP logs. When […]

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Release 5419: Reconfigured worker_processes count for NGINX

In this release we have increased the NGINX worker process count for larger nodes. We used to have a hard-coded value of 4 for all Hypernodes, which was based on early benchmarks from long ago when we didn’t offer large nodes like those in the Excellence line yet. But for nodes with more than a […]

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Release 5385: Behind the scenes improvements and other changes

This week we’ve been quite busy working on some behind the scenes improvements for the platform. Although there won’t be any noticeable impact for users, these type of changes are important because they make it so that Hypernode and its peripheral systems remain stable and can keep scaling as our user base grows. Summary of […]

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Release 5340: Block FTP access if only SFTP is used and other systems tweaks

Over the past two weeks we have deployed a range of performance based system tweaks as well as two new opt-in features that can be enabled and disabled per Hypernode. Blocking FTP access for when only SFTP is used For security reasons it might be desirable to block FTP access completely if only SFTP is […]

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Release 5299: hypernode-docker for Magento deployment and development

Today we deliver a feature that has been requested many times in the past couple of years: a hypernode-docker for local Magento development and deployment automation. Lately with the proliferation of continuous integration and automated deployments in the Magento space, partly because of improvements in the deployment lifecycle in Magento 2.2, but also because of […]

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Release 5292: Stricter NGINX config and bz2 enabled for PHP 7.0 and PHP 7.1

In this release we have changed our NGINX configuration to handle urls that contain /app/ more strictly. Previously all URLS that started with /app/ would be automatically blocked (403), but now any URL that contains /app/ will be automatically blocked as well. This will make it less easy to accidentally expose Magento configuration files that […]

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Release 5285: Phasing out PHP 5.5

As announced in the newsletter and via personal communication, today we are phasing out PHP 5.5 on the Hypernode platform. All Hypernodes that were on PHP 5.5 have been upgraded to PHP 5.6. If your shop was still running PHP 5.5 you will have received an email with prior notice. It is still possible to […]

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Release 5278: New product range “Professional” with new DigitalOcean droplets, increased storage on Start and Grow

With this release, we’ve replaced the old “Magento Professional” product range with brand new “Magento Professional” products, in response to DigitalOcean changing their pricing and droplet structure. The new plans are very different from the old ones: the Magento Professional XL for instance has 16G memory, 8 cores and 128G disk, whereas the Magento Professional […]

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Release 5275: The hypernode-importer now supports recursive symlinks

In this release we have updated the hypernode-importer so that it now can handle recursive symlinks. Previously when a recursive symlink was detected the importer would fail like so: # Recursive symlink on source app@3nlhvj-appname-magweb-do:~/public/app$ ls -stlhra | grep loop 0 lrwxrwxrwx 1 app app 3 May 28 14:04 loop -> ../ # Import on […]

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Release 5264: Whitelist Facebook user agent

This release contains a change to the default Nginx whitelist that makes Facebook requests for displaying certain images or details related to web content, such as the title of the webpage or the embed tag of a video exempt from the standard bot ratelimit. The FPM slot limit still applies. Users can further configure their […]

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Release 5245: Smart request handling bugfix and other changes

Smart request handling bugfix In this release we have made a small change to our PHP configuration to fix a problem with the smart request handling and the livefpm command on Hypernode. We discovered that since the latest PHP update it was not possible anymore to view the connection status of FPM requests as the […]

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Release 5239: Web Application Firewall whitelist management now available in the Service Panel

Managing the fail2ban whitelist We’ve had a few cases where customers banned their own IP through fail2ban because of extensive testing. In the past you needed to contact support to get your IP unblocked. Recently we have enabled the Web Application Firewall (WAF) whitelist on the Service Panel, so customers can manage their own whitelist […]

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Release 5235: New orders now have Magento 2 and PHP 7.1 as the default configuration

Today we changed the standard configuration for new direct Hypernode orders to Magento 2 on PHP 7.1. Previously the default was Magento 1 on PHP 5.6. Like before you can still select a Magento 1 with PHP 5.6 pre-installation on the trial page. It is also possible to choose for an empty Hypernode in case […]

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Release 5226: DigitalOcean nodes route outbound port 25 and 587 through dedicated IP, fixed long running processes MageReport check

SMTP traffic on default ports via the non-dedicated IP Recently it came to our attention that in contrast to their normal IPs, DigitalOcean was blocking outbound traffic on ports 25 and 587 on the floating IPs we use to provide the newly introduced dedicated IP feature on Hypernode. This is generally not an issue since […]

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Release 5213: New 96 core, 384GB memory Hypernode: Excellence 5XL, updated malware scanner

New Excellence 5XL plan with 96 cores and 384GB of RAM Today we have added yet another new plan to the Excellence product-line. With its 96 cores and whopping 384 gigabytes of RAM this new Amazon based Excellence node is even larger than the 4XL we launched in January. When you order this Hypernode make […]

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Release 5190: PHP 7.0.30, 7.1.17 and 5.6.36

In this release we’ve updated PHP to the latest versions. PHP 7.0 has been updated from 7.0.28 to 7.0.30, PHP 7.1 from 7.1.15 to 7.1.17 and PHP 5.6 from 5.6.34 to 5.6.36. The complete changelog can be reviewed here for PHP 7 and here for PHP 5. Among other things, this update fixes the CVE-2018-10549 […]

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Release 5172: SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) enabled by default

In this release we have converted the opt in SFTP feature into a default setting to make it easier to securely exchange data with external parties like suppliers. Previously if you’d want to enable SFTP on a Hypernode this would need to be requested through support at support@byte.nl. From now on this won’t be longer […]

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Release 5153: Performance tuning for Amazon nodes

Previously we enabled a performance tweak for AWS EC2 on a select number of Hypernodes. This setting will now be enabled on all Excellence Hypernodes in the coming week. This change will decrease the time it takes to perform a gettimeofday syscall by up to 77%. By changing the kernel clocksource from xen to tsc […]

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Release 5150: Upscaling without IP change, dedicated IPs for Hypernodes

In the past couple of months we have been very busy with overhauling our cloud provisioning automation and migration processes behind the scenes to provide a better experience when changing between Hypernode plans. While always being able to anticipate when you need to upgrade to a Hypernode with more resources to facilitate the growth of […]

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Release 5139: Stricter SSH Encryption Algorithms

In this release we have made it possible to configure a stricter set of encryption ciphers for SSH. SSH can use a wide collection of algorithms to secure the connection between your client and the server. Over time some of those ciphers have become outdated and could be regarded as weak. Especially CBC ciphers have […]

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