Spectre Variants 3a and 4 (Spectre-NG) and Linode: What you need to know

May 22, 2018 4:03 pm

Intel announced details and mitigation information for Spectre variant 4 known as “Speculative Store Bypass” on May 21, 2018. The details and mitigation notes describe a microcode update which also addresses variant 3a named “Rogue System Register Read.”

Variants 3a and 4 are considered “Side-Channel Vulnerability Variants.” Variant 4 is focused around speculative store bypass, and could potentially impact processes local to your Linode. Based on our current understanding of this issue, we do not believe it’s possible to exploit this vulnerability to gain access to the host hypervisor or other Linodes. We have not seen exploit code in the wild yet. However, we highly recommend that you update the packages on your Linode to the latest version as a preventative measure.

So far it’s looking like we will need to apply microcode and software updates to achieve full mitigation for this vulnerability. The microcode is currently in beta, and our security and engineering teams will be working with Intel to evaluate this and its impact on our host fleet.

Depending on the effectiveness of the microcode and software updates, we may be required to reboot the fleet. In the event that reboots are necessary, we’re committed to providing at least two full weeks of notice to all customers. At a high level, we are not anticipating any actions for a few months. The security of our customers is of critical importance to us, and we will continue providing information here as it becomes available.

Updated Linode Plans / New Larger Linodes

May 17, 2018 12:26 pm

We’ve updated the Linode lineup!

All plans have received a resource increase. All standard instances now come with more disk space, with the larger standard plans getting a RAM, vCPU, and storage increase. The High Memory plans got a RAM boost. We’ve also introduced a new large standard instance: the Linode 192GB, complimenting our largest High Memory Linode: the Highmem 300GB. Check out the full lineup on our pricing page.

All new plans are available now – new Linodes will get the new specs. And, as always, these upgrades are available to your existing Linodes, too – you’ll see a “pending upgrade” banner in the Linode Manager.

We’d love to know what other instances types or sizes you’d find useful. Let us know in the comments.

Enjoy!

Linode’s New Bug Bounty Program – Now on HackerOne

May 16, 2018 11:23 am

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Bug Bounty program on HackerOne! This new program will allow us to continue to receive security findings from key security researchers around the world as well as improve our overall process: reduction in cycle time, visibility into workflow process, and more.

We are starting invite-only for the next 90 days and then will open the program up to the public. Please log in to HackerOne to view the full policy and program guidelines. We also have some complementary information available on linode.com/security.

Block Storage Now Available in Frankfurt

April 19, 2018 11:23 am

Block Storage is now available in eu-central (Frankfurt)! Here is our current matrix of availability along with ETAs:

Data Center Availability
us-east (Newark) Available Now
us-central (Dallas) Available Now
us-west (Fremont) Available Now
eu-central (Frankfurt) Available Now
ap-south (Singapore) Q2 2018
ap-northeast (Tokyo2) Q2 2018
eu-west (London) Q2 2018

 

To get started with Block Storage today, feel free to take a look at the Block Storage product page as well as the getting started guide.

2018 Spring Events

April 3, 2018 11:02 am

Spring has sprung! We’re ready for warmer weather, sunshine and of course, attending conferences. Once again, we’ll be all over the US this season. Check out the list below to find out if we’ll be in your area.

DrupalCon
Nashville, TN | April 9-13 
For the 4th year in a row, we’ll be attending DrupalCon. Where is it this year? Music City- the country music capital of the world! Linode will be down in Nashville for the week giving out new Linode swag and credit. Be sure to check out our lounge to see what’s new. Need a charge? Our lounge will feature charging stations, come recharge with us.

PostgresConf
Jersey City, NJ | April 16-20

The 7th annual PostgresConf is in Jersey City, NJ. We’ve sponsored in the past, but this is our first time attending. The team will be there giving out credit to new users and swag for all. See you there!

Cloud Foundry Summit
Boston, MA | April 18-20 

Next stop, Bean Town. Join Linode and thousands of developers in New England to learn how to run apps at scale – using a platform or containers on multiple clouds. We’ll be there to answer any questions you may have about Linode.

LinuxFest Northwest
Bellingham, WA | April 28-29 

After spending a few days in the North East of the country, we’re off to the North West. April 28-29 we’ll be in Bellingham, WA. There’s a little something for everyone with presentations and exhibits on free and open source topics, Linux distributions & applications, InfoSec, and privacy. Be sure to stop by with any questions.

Philly Tech Week
Philadelphia, PA | April 27- May 5 

We’re excited about PTW this year. Why? It’s no longer in our backyard but at our front doorstep. Our new HQ is in the heart of Old City, and we’re getting involved more than ever. Join us and the greater Philadelphia region for a week-long celebration of technology and innovation. We’re sponsoring DevDay and hosting the after party. Make sure you check the full calendar of events, you don’t want to miss a thing!

Penguicon
Southfield, MI | May 4-6 

Next stop, Southfield, Michigan for Penguicon. This convention is run by a non-profit community for open source software and hardware, science fiction, gaming, DIY, cosplay and more! Excited? So are we. We’ll be there giving away swag, and credit. Hope to see you there.

Codeland
New York, NY | May 4-5 

We’re sponsoring Codeland for a second year. This time we’ll have a booth and will be giving out credit and of course, swag. You’ll have to stop by to grab a t-shirt and see what other fun things we decide to bring with us. Join us for this interactive, two-day conference filled with talks, panels, and workshops. See you in the Big Apple!

Red Hat Summit
San Francisco, CA | May 8-10 

We’re checking out Red Hat Summit for the first time this year. What is it? It’s an open source technology event to showcase the latest and greatest in cloud computing, platform, virtualization, and so much more! The team will be at booth #437, stop by and say hi.

PyCon
Cleveland, OH | May 10-12 

For the 4th year, Linode is heading to PyCon, but this year it’s in Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is calling our name and so is the Python community! We’ll be at the conference from the 10-12 at booth #421. Be sure to check out the full list of tutorials, talks, and sprints. PyCon is a 9-day celebration.

SELF
Charlotte, NC | June 8-10 

SouthEast LinuxFest is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and we’re proud to say this is our 5th year attending. The team will be in Charlotte giving out credit to new users and answering any questions you may have. Join in on the fun with us!

Texas LinuxFest
Austin, TX | June 8-9 

While some of the team will be Charlotte, others will be in Austin for TXLF. We’ll be sure to compare notes on which area had the better BBQ! On June 8-9, you can stop by to talk Linux, get some credit and pick up some swag. See you in Texas.

Velocity
San Jose, CA | June 12-14 

We’re bringing back connect four! Be sure to stop by booth #609 to challenge us to a game. You win, you get a prize… you lose, you get a prize. Either way, you need to stop by to grab some credit. Join us for a conference that tackles systems performance from every angle. See you in San Jose.

DockerCon
San Francisco, CA | June 12-15 

DockerCon18 is heading to the home of the Golden Gate bridge, and we’re excited to be a part of this event for the second year in a row. The team will be there to answer any questions you may have, and they’ll be giving away credit. We have a new color shirt too! You’ll have to stop by to grab one.

Developer Week NYC
Brooklyn, NY | June 18-20 

This year’s New York DeveloperWeek is on the other side of the East River. Join us and 3,000+ developers for the city’s largest developer conference and expo. Discover the latest in App development, DevOps, Dev Management and FinTech Dev a block from one of the nicest views of Manhattan. See you there!

Block Storage Now Available in Newark and Dallas

March 29, 2018 10:05 am

We are happy to announce Block Storage is now available in us-east/Newark and us-central/Dallas! We will have availability in eu-central/Frankfurt within a few weeks. eu-west/London, ap-south/Singapore, and ap-northeast/Tokyo2 remain on schedule for Q2 2018.

As noted in our prior post, Block Storage Volumes appear to Linodes as block devices and can be formatted and mounted just like any block device. There are plenty of use cases for this, and we’re excited to see how you leverage the service.

To get started with Block Storage today, feel free to take a look at the Block Storage product page as well as the getting started guide. Stay tuned for updates on the remaining deployments.

New Linode Community Site

March 16, 2018 11:33 am

We are pleased to announce the new Linode Community Questions site!

It’s a great place to ask questions, to share ideas and knowledge, to discuss Linode, Linux, the cloud, and everything else in the Linode ecosystem with peers and Linode team members. You’ll be able to start conversations, get help, give advice, and offer solutions.

Community environments get better the more people use them. We hope this will become a great resource for everyone.

There is also a new community user profile that currently lists your questions and reply activity. Your profile will eventually include additional interactions such as your comments on Linode guides and things you’ve starred. We’ve been prioritizing community and team focused functionality in the designs of upcoming stuff.

In the next few weeks we will be sunsetting the phpBB community forum. Don’t worry – we’ll be migrating all 15 years of posts (!) into the new Linode Community, and you’ll be able to easily reclaim your old forum user and posts.

Thank you so much for your participation over the years. You are, quite literally, the community and have made it what it is.

We welcome any and all feedback to help us improve the Linode Community and make it more useful and enjoyable. Thanks!

Announcing Linode Block Storage Volumes

February 1, 2018 12:39 pm

The Linode Block Storage service allows you to create and attach additional storage volumes to your Linode instances. These storage volumes persist independently of Linode instances, but can easily be attached from one Linode to another without the need to reboot. Volumes attached to Linodes appear as block devices and can be formatted and mounted just like any other block device. Think of them as an external drive – in the cloud.

Block Storage Volumes are highly available with 3x synchronous replication. They’re fast – built on great engineering, NVMe/HDD hardware, and a fast network. They’re affordable – $0.10 per GiB/month and no usage fees. They’re cloud – elastic, scalable, expandable, resizable, etc. You can create volumes from 10 GiB to 10,000 GiB (~10TB). You can hot-plug them into and out of running Linodes. Oh, and you can boot off of them, too.

The Block Storage service is available now in us-west/Fremont region only. us-east/Newark will be online in the next few weeks, with us-central/Dallas online shortly after. We’re aiming to have eu-west/London, eu-central/Frankfurt, ap-south/Singapore, and ap-northeast/Tokyo2 online in Q2, 2018.

For more information, take a peek at the Block Storage product page as well as the getting started guide.

Enjoy!

An Update to Meltdown: Mitigation Deployed

January 24, 2018 9:58 am

Per our last post, we wanted to provide a brief follow up on the status of the Meltdown mitigation at Linode. We are happy to announce that we have successfully mitigated Meltdown across our entire KVM fleet. There are a small number of Xen Linodes that will be migrated to KVM over the coming weeks. We’ll reach out to these customers shortly in order to let them know about their migration window.

We strongly felt and still feel that taking steps to mitigate known vulnerabilities sooner rather than later was the appropriate course of action. We want to ensure that our customers are always safe and secure rather than wait for uncertain mitigations to come to market in the future without a firm timeline.

We are now evaluating mitigation opportunities for the two known Spectre variants. This will be done via a number of channels – kernel updates, microcode updates, a cloud hosting industry best practice sharing community, and others. We anticipate this will take a few additional weeks of investigation and thorough testing. Once a Spectre mitigation is established, we will publish another blog post outlining our plan to address it.


Update: February 8, 2018

As a reminder, all of our KVM hosts are now properly mitigated for Meltdown. We are continuing to work towards a proper mitigation for the Spectre vulnerability and will be providing an updated plan on our blog once one is available.

For more information on these vulnerabilities, the status of our fleet, and how to protect your Linode; please refer to the Meltdown & Spectre guide.

2018 Winter Events

January 22, 2018 10:55 am

With the holidays over, we’ll be back on the road attending conferences, hackathons, and meetups. Our team will be scattered across the West Coast, East Coast, and Midwest. If you see us at an event you’re attending then stop by and say hello!

PennApps XVII
Philadelphia, PA | January 19-21
We’re not heading far for our first event of the year, just over the bridge for PennAppsXVII. Did you know that PennApps is the original college hackathon? We’ll be there helping out teams, giving out credit & swag, and awarding a prize! Join the fun the weekend of the 19th. Best of luck to everyone participating.

Developer Week
San Francisco, CA | February 3-7

Our first West Coast venture finds us in SanFran’s Bay Area for DeveloperWeek. Join Linode and 8,000 devs for the world’s largest developer expo and conference series. We’ll be there all week giving out free Linode credit. Stop by the booth to talk to the team, grab swag & credit, and learn more about Linode’s cloud.

LaraCon Online
Virtual | February 7

Not everyone can find time amid a busy schedule to attend a conference. But Laravel’s LaraCon Online is a great solution to that problem. And Linode supports this online conference – giving out credit to “virtual” attendees. All “conference” presentations will be recorded and available online for you to view whenever it’s convenient. Sign up today! Tickets are $12 for a full day of sharp-minded talks accessible from the comfort of your own desk.

PyTennessee
Nashville, TN | February 10-11

We next head back east and join PyTennessee to help promote and progress the Python language and its users. More than 30 talks and tutorials and another 4 keynotes will grace the event over a brief 2 days. How many can you take in and still have time to sign up for Linode credit? The count is on!

Net/Work Philly
Philadelphia, PA | February 27
For the 3rd year in a row, we head to Technical.ly’s Net/Work Philly. It’s the only place to be if you’re looking for an IT job, so what are you waiting for? Our team will be recruiting for positions we need filled – and we’ll have a few giveaways too!

SCaLE 16x
Pasadena, CA | March 8-11

We’re going back to California, but this time we bypass SanFran and head to Pasadena for the Southern California Linux Expo. Linode loves SCaLE! For the 4th straight year, we trek to L.A. to plant the Linode flag at the largest community-run, free-and-open-source software conference. The BIGGEST question? What color T-shirts will we give out this year? You’ll have to stop by to find out. See you there!

 

We are proudly supporting:
SwampHacks IV | Gainesville, FL | January 19-21
SpartaHacks IV | East Lansing, MI | January 19-21
HackDavis | Davis, CA | January 20-21
PixelHacks II | San Mateo, CA | January 27-28
LaraHack | Online | February 3-5
SLOHacks | San Luis Obispo, CA | February 3-5
DerbyHacks | Louisville, KY | February 10-11
TreeHacks | Stanford, CA | February 16-18
HackTCNJ | Ewing, NJ | February 24-25
SisterHacks | Bryn Mawr, PA | March 24-25