Shared Server Security Patch (Resolved)

Affecting System - All Shared Servers | Priority - High

All shared servers are being updated to patch the vulnerability CVE-2015-1805. This will be a very quick process, as the update has already been applied, the servers will require a rebooot to finalize the kernel updates.

This kernel update was to patch the following vulnerability -

We expect the total downtime to be between 5 and 15 minutes at most.

We appreciate your patience, and understanding in this matter.

Date - 06/15/2015 12:00 - 08/27/2015 13:46
Last Updated - 06/15/2015 12:04

Hostwinds Patches Zero Day Exploit VENOM (Resolved)

Affecting System - KVM Based Services | Priority - Critical

A security flaw has been found in QEMU's Floppy Disk Controller (FDC) emulation code, this flaw is being labeled as VENOM (Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation), CVE-2015-3456. This affects all KVM servers (Premium VPS, Windows VPS, SSD VPS).


An out-of-bounds memory access flaw was found in the way QEMU's virtual Floppy Disk Controller (FDC) handled FIFO buffer access while processing certain FDC commands. A privileged guest user could use this flaw to crash the guest or, potentially, execute arbitrary code on the host with the privileges of the host's QEMU process corresponding to the guest.


The flaw affects all versions of QEMU going back to 2004, when the virtual floppy controller was first introduced. Fortunately there is no known exploit that can successfully attack the flaw so far. Yet VENOM is risky enough to be considered high-priority vulnerability. In order to mount an exploit attempt, a user on the guest machine would need sufficient permissions to access the floppy disk controller I/O ports. On Linux guests, that means the user would need to have root access or otherwise elevated privilege. But on Windows guests, practically any user would have sufficient permissions.


Hostwinds is patching this vulnerability, however in order to successfully patch the servers, a power cycle will be required.


The total downtime will be less than 15 minutes. After which normal services will continue. We apologize for the inconvenience, however server security and integrity is of the utmost importance.


If you have any questions or concerns, please submit a ticket, or visit our website to speak with one of our live chat operators.


We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.???

Date - 05/14/2015 09:45 - 05/14/2015 10:00
Last Updated - 05/14/2015 10:24

Hostwinds Datacenter Power Issues (Resolved)

Affecting System - ALL services | Priority - Medium

Today, around 13:20 CDT our Data Center experienced a power event failure. The UPS for the facility had failed unexpectedly.

Service downtime was minimal, under 15 minutes reported.

Presently, we are being updated that the Data Center has their UPS tech onsite, and they believe that parts are needed to be replaced. The parts are expected to arrive on-site around 21:30 CDT to 22:00 CDT.


There should be no impact to services, given that repairs go as planned, to roll back from the bypass mode that services are presently in.

There is no need for concern as long as the Utility power remains constant as repairs are made.

We will provide continual updates here, as they become available.


** UPDATE ***
Repairs have been completed and all customers transferred back onto UPS power

-- The Hostwinds Support Team

Date - 03/10/2015 23:30 - 03/11/2015 00:00
Last Updated - 03/10/2015 23:24

Scheduled Maintenance (Resolved)

Affecting System - KVM-49, KVM-50, Shared 12 through Shared 20, SSD-1 through SSD-8 | Priority - Critical

We will be performing emergency maintenance at, or around 19:30 CST on 03/04/2015, this will be to replace the switch for one of our server cabinets, to prevent future potential networking issues or downtime.

The estimated downtime will be between 15 minutes to 30 minutes, with the potential of up to 45 minutes, however we are fairly confident it will be under 30 minutes.

We do sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and we do appreciate your understanding in the matter.

If you have ANY questions at all, please feel free to contact us via phone, chat, or through our ticketing system.

-- The Hostwinds Networking Team

Date - 03/04/2015 19:30 - 03/04/2015 20:00
Last Updated - 03/05/2015 07:20


Affecting System - ALL Shared / Business / Reseller Servers | Priority - Medium

We will be performing a Global Maintenance on ALL Shared / Business / Reseller servers.


The Maintenance will begin at approximately 10:00 A.M CST. The expected downtime will be minimal, at the most 15 minutes of downtime are expected.


We appreciate your business, and your patience in this matter.


--The Hostwinds Networking Team

Date - 02/20/2015 09:49
Last Updated - 02/20/2015 14:37

Global Shared Scheduled Maintenance (Resolved)

Affecting System - Affecting System - ALL Shared / Business / Reseller Servers | Priority - Critical

We will be performing a Global Maintenance on ALL Shared / Business / Reseller servers.


The Maintenance will begin at approximately 2:30 P.M CST. The expected downtime will be minimal, at the most 2 hours of downtime are expected.


After the maintenance has completed, users will notice a signifigant increase of speed on their hosted services. These servers are undergoing a complete upgrade of server resources.


We appreciate your business, and your patience in this matter.


--The Hostwinds Networking Team

Date - 01/02/2015 13:56 - 01/05/2015 00:00
Last Updated - 01/22/2015 13:31

Global Network Maintenance (Resolved)

Affecting System - Global Network Maintenance | Priority - Critical

We will be performing a Global Network Maintenance.

The Maintenance will begin at approximately 12:00 (Midnight CST), The total outage time is not expected to exceed 15 minutes. There will be 3 separate outages of approximately 3-4 Minutes Each. These upgrades to our core routing infrastructure will ensure we are able to perform maintenance in the future without affecting customers. It will also add additional layers of redundancy as well as to allow for us to add additional network capacity. Tomorrow we will be brining on 20Gbps of additional connectivity, to help sustain our continued growth.

We appreciate your business, and your patience during this Maintenance window.

--The Hostwinds Networking Team

Date - 06/30/2014 23:59 - 06/30/2014 23:23
Last Updated - 06/30/2014 23:19

Business 3 DDOS (Resolved)

Affecting Server - Business3 | Priority - Critical

Shared 4 under a large scale DDOS we are working to mitigate this as quickly as possible. Please be aware that all your data is safe and be assured that we are doing everything that we can to heep the down time to a minimum. Date - 01/28/2014 22:45 - 02/01/2014 12:07
Last Updated - 01/28/2014 22:48

Node Reboots (Resolved)

Affecting System - Global Node Reboots | Priority - Critical

We are rebooting all nodes to upgrade the kernel firmware after a 0 day exploit was released publicly today.

There should be nomore than 10-15 minutes of total downtime.

This will affected all clients not on Dedicated Servers

This has been completed! Total Downtime was 14 minutes at most, with most clients only experiencing 5-9 minutes Date - 07/01/2013 20:50
Last Updated - 07/01/2013 21:04

Test Network Issue (Resolved)

Affecting Server - Reseller1 | Priority - Medium

This is a test of the Network Issue system. Date - 03/18/2013 14:09 - 03/18/2013 14:14
Last Updated - 03/18/2013 14:10

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