Update: Thursday, January 11th, 2018
Acceleration completed patching of our VMware cloud services platform which run all guest virtual servers in the early hours of January 10th, but we continue to wait for hardware firmware updates to be released to finalize the mitigation of the Spectre and Meltdown exploits. As soon as these patches become available we will have them deployed and will provide a final update, so please check back for updates regarding this matter.
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Due to the recently discovered exploits by Google’s Project Zero team known as Spectre and Meltdown, which affect nearly all modern CPUs, and due to the fact that these vulnerabilities have the potential to allow an attacker to gather sensitive data from a host, Acceleration decided late on Monday (January 8th) to take immediate action to deploy a patch available to us at that time to our cloud computing environment ahead of traditional patching schedules and without a notice provided to our clients. We apologize for any service interruptions that may have occurred as a result, but felt it was absolutely necessary in order to keep client data safe and secure.
Additional patches were released today (January 9th), which means we will need to deploy these new patches during the late evening hours, after midnight Eastern Time. Service interruption should be minimal (15-30 minutes).
Acceleration is committed to the safe-keeping of client data and will continue to monitor for vulnerabilities that may affect our clients. If you have any questions that you would like to ask Acceleration, please feel free to contact us, or if you are interested in learning more about the Spectre and Meltdown exploits, here are a few articles that explain the exploits in detail:
Thank you, Acceleration
We are excited to announce that Accelerated Data Works (dba Acceleration) has been awarded a phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. The grant is to support Acceleration’s work with network management systems.
Acceleration submitted a grant proposal for an Holistic Operations Planning System (HOPS):
Large-scale computer network planning is a difficult task with limited management-tool support. This software integrates with existing network management systems to provide operators the tools and high-level reports needed to reduce costs, make better decisions, and communicate the status of their network with stakeholders.
The Gainesville Sun posted an article just yesterday – Local firms get grants for new energy technologies
The voting system we are currently completing for the University of Florida Student Government elections was viewed and tested by current Senators yesterday evening. The test went well and elections are scheduled to proceed with the new system next week.
Both the Gainesville Sun and the Independent Florida Alligator sent representatives to observe and interview the participants, as well as our Director of Programming, Ryan Davis. Though not necessarily intentional on his part, Ryan’ choice of test data seems to be incredibly newsworthy, which is fun.
Alligator article: Senators test electronic voting system before elections
Gainesville Sun article: Student senators try out new electronic voting system
On Friday, September 17, Microsoft announced the discovery of a major security problem in any website using ASP.NET. Acceleration takes security very seriously, and pro-actively took steps to ensure the safety and privacy of our client sites and data.
To be clear, this security flaw is not a problem or error with individual websites. It is a deeper issue with ASP.NET decryption error handling, in code developed and deployed by Microsoft.
Normally security updates of this sort are included in hosting fees, as they are provided by Microsoft as a server-wide updates. Computer security researchers discover these flaws routinely, and whoever discovers the security holes usually gives Microsoft advanced notice so server-wide updates can be developed and deployed before the vulnerability is published. In this case however, the flaw was announced prematurely, and Microsoft did not have time to provide a server-wide fix. Microsoft did offer a per-website manual workaround that we applied and tested, going server-by-server and site-by-site.
For shared hosting and managed co-location clients, we have modified your web.config and added a error.aspx or error.html file (following Microsoft’s workaround).
For clients who develop their own website, please read through the changes we made to the web.config file(s). To keep your site safe, you’ll need to adjust your source code accordingly so you don’t overwrite the fix when you next deploy your website.
For un-managed co-location clients, please read Microsoft Security Advisory (2416728): Vulnerability in ASP.NET Could Allow Information Disclosure and apply the fix to your affected sites.
To clear the transaction log of a SQL2000 database:
BACKUP LOG [databasename] WITH NO_LOG
This will break the log, and reduce the size of the log file. This is a dangerous operation, and should not be part of a maintenance routine. SQL Server has better mechanisms to manage log file size in almost every case.
For more detail, see:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Accelerated Data Works Awarded DOE Grant
Gainesville, FL – April 30, 2010 – Accelerated Data Works (dba Acceleration) has been awarded a phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. The grant is to support Acceleration’s work with energy visualization on www.Gainesville-Green.com, under the topic of “Collaboration, Scientific Visualization, and Data Understanding.”
Acceleration submitted a grant proposal for an Energy Tracking Software Platform:
This project will create an interactive energy tracking and visualization platform that supports decreasing electric, water, and gas usage. Homeowners will be able to track their improvement as they make home efficiency upgrades and compete within social groups to lower utility bills while reducing their environmental footprint.
This platform has been in development for over 2 years, and is publicly available at http://www.Gainesville-Green.com.
Acceleration would also like to congratulate other Gainesville, FL awardees Sinmat Inc and UltraHiNet LLC. The DOE received 1,863 proposals for SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants, and awarded 268 SBIR and 45 STTR grants.
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