• Finding and auto updating wordpress / themes / plugins with wp-cli

    For many years I have maintained a shell script that checks and can update wordpress. Its great, it needs nearly nothing and is handy for basic diagnosis, however its not good as something that can update things on a cron so well which multiple people have asked about.


  • Exploits on Webmin 1.8xx and earlier

    Developers have just announced the release of Webmin 1.930. This includes some important security fixes. If you have an older Webmin version please update urgently to insure your server remains secure. In particular they described an exploit that is fairly major. Should your install be too old to update, you can fix the bug by […]


  • “Sad SACK” network protection

    “Sad SACK” network protection

    Netflix has identified several vulnerabilities in the TCP networking stack that affects all Linux users with un-patched kernels. The vulnerabilities have been assigned CVE-2019-11477, CVE-2019-11478 and CVE-2019-11479. All three issues have already been mitigated for all our VPS customers. The original advisory says… The vulnerabilities specifically relate to the minimum segment size (MSS) and TCP […]


  • Running WordPress as a Docker Stack

    In the advent of containerized applications it can be quite daunting to get started with docker and multiple containers in a cluster. In this post we will go through some of the terminology and how to get started in a simplified case for a single host, multiple containers application stack, with containers for wordpress, mysql […]


  • LCA2019 round up

    Every year the staff at Rimu look forward to the latest Linux.conf.au conference. Some of us go in person, some watch online, but we all love it, and love to catch up with whats going on. This year it was in Christchurch and Juan and I (Liz) went down to attend in person. CULTURE Christchurch […]


  • Your Let’s Encrypt client used ACME TLS-SNI-01 domain validation to issue

    Are you seeing this message about your server ? Action may be required to prevent your Let’s Encrypt certificate renewalsfrom breaking.If you already received a similar e-mail, this one contains updatedinformation.Your Let’s Encrypt client used ACME TLS-SNI-01 domain validation to issuea certificate in the past 60 days This is an issue caused by the certbot binary being out […]


  • Solve Letsencrypt (including Certbot) problems caused by rogue .htaccess files

    At RimuHosting we’re enthusiastic about how Let’s Encrypt gives website owners a great way to secure their websites. And certbot is the tool we usually recommend to get a Let’s Encrypt certificate. We find it’s easy to use and works well on recent distributions. However, sometimes issuing or renewing a certificate fails. A common reason […]


  • New Zealand-Based RimuHosting — Striving to Help Tech-Savvy Businesses Across the Globe Put Down Their Roots for Strong Online Growth

    At RimuHosting it is our mission to help take the hassle out of our customer’s hosting. In a recent Hosting Advice article Christine Preusler touches on our 24×7 support, our global network of data centres and our customer focussed attention to detail.             A top-10 website hosting review focuses on our […]


  • Certbot/Letsencrypt with Apache and Tomcat using proxypass

    LetsEncrypt/Certbot is a wonderful cheap way to have an SSL cert to secure things. It works out of the box and no issues for the most part until you have things like proxy pass or other things. The fix is fairly easy however, and this works well in particular with those running tomcat behind apache […]


  • Debian Stretch and old installs

    We have had Debian 9 images available since shortly after it became available. But missed announcing it. So here it is, Debian 9 is code named “Stretch” and is available as a setup option on all our plans. As with other newer images, there is only a 64 bit image for new setups or re-installs. […]