Server admin in Internet time

Over the weekend one of our web servers was hacked…fortunately it wasn’t our main e-commerce server. The server is in fact in the middle of being de-commissioned. The hack happened around a day after our software vendor reported a vulnerability and provided a patch.

You sure don’t get much time to fix things. You either fix it immediately or bang too late.

Thankfully, our system was locked down enough to prevent a root level penetration, only Apache got nailed. Everything is ok now, the software has been patched and fingers crossed 🙂

Just goes to show what a wild west show the Internet really is.

Author: Jack Hughes

An experienced software engineer with 20+ years experience writing products for Microsoft Windows based operating systems as well as 12+ years experience hosting websites on Linux and Windows including e-commerce and CMS systems.