Keeping WordPress secure

According to Wikipedia, "WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, at more than 60 million websites."  It's also the most commonly installed blogging system on our customers' servers, and we use it to run the blog you're reading right now. One factor that has contributed to WordPress 's popularity is… Continue reading Keeping WordPress secure

Debian Squeeze (6) ends support – time to upgrade

February 29th, 2016 marks the end of LTS Support for Debian Squeeze, which is still used by many of our customers.  This means that updates for known security issues will no longer be produced and over time, a server running this version will become vulnerable to being exploited. Squeeze was released in 2011 and was… Continue reading Debian Squeeze (6) ends support – time to upgrade

Don’t let the OOM killer stop MySQL

Many of our customers are successfully using MySQL (or MariaDB) databases on their servers, and they usually run fine as installed and do not need any special attention. However, occasionally problems can occur with MySQL, and this may indicate that some manual tuning is required. One scenario is when the system is short of memory,… Continue reading Don’t let the OOM killer stop MySQL

Using Vagrant to Manage Rimu VPS systems

Vagrant is high level wrapper around virtualization and configuration management software. It simplifies the creation and management of easily reproduceable environments. It is particularly suited for development and test enviroments where servers are brought up and down frequently. It can also be used to bootstrap production systems. It can be used with configuration management software… Continue reading Using Vagrant to Manage Rimu VPS systems

Running Vagrant in your VPS

Vagrant is often used to set up development environments in a standardized way, so that your software project deployed via vagrant has a standard environment with all the operating system components and set-up it needs to work properly. It creates a virtual machine to provide this environment, so that different developers can work on it… Continue reading Running Vagrant in your VPS

Restoring an Exploited WordPress files

I previously had a 10 step process to replace all the files in a wordpress, this got rid of most file based exploits. Since then i have written a shell script that pretty much incorperates that wget http://blog.rimuhosting.com/files/restorewordpress.sh chmod +x restorewordpress.sh ./restorewordpress.sh /full/path/to/documentrootwget http://blog.rimuhosting.com/files/restorewordpress.sh chmod +x restorewordpress.sh ./restorewordpress.sh /full/path/to/documentroot Note: This does not do custom… Continue reading Restoring an Exploited WordPress files