Symantec and Comodo revoke certs without proper private key

Just the latest example why the SSL certificate industry is widely regarded as shady and has such a bad reputation. Not the first time either that Symantec or Comodo are in the news because of their sloppy security practises. There are rumours that Symantec and other companies want to sell their SSL businesses as quickly as possible.

Good riddance!

Let’s hope that the awesome work of Let’s Encrypt will accelerate the extinction of these shady and insecure Certificate Authorities. I predict that the launch of wildcard certificates will be the last nail to the coffin of the CA business model. And with it, the begginning of the end for these dishonest and untrustworthy practices.

Windows Server 2016 VPS at VultR

I was very surprised to see VultR offering Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016. To my knowledge, it is the only VPS provider to do so. There is an additional monthly fee for the license, but the price is quie tolerable in my opinion.

You don’t have to buy the license yourself and the instance is almost instantly available. A great option especially when you only need the VPS for a limited amount of time. That being said, I would love to see an option to use your own license. But I guess this is a no-go, as Microsoft would need to open their internal systems to third parties and offer some kind of API to check for license validity.

If you are interested in VULTR and want to try it for yourself, I would like to ask you to use my referral code. Thank you very much!

VPS Provider VULTR

For the reasons of diversity and high availability I was looking for an alternative to DigitalOcean. Not that I was dissatisfied with their service, but it is always good to try new services and to spread your services between several providers.

People on the IRC channel and posts on social media mentioned VULTR. Their service is similar to DigitalOcean’s. They offer quick deployment of Virtual Private Servers (VPS) in 15 locations worldwide, hosted on SSD-only storage (with optional block storage). You can either choose out of a variety of operating systems or upload an ISO and install a custom OS yourself.

Other than DigitalOcean, they also provide dedicated VPS instances in the United States and Japan. Also their price scheme slightly differs. Their $5 instances provide 1GB virtual memory, 1 vCPU, 25 GB SSD storage and 1TB bandwidth — twice as much memory and 5 GB more storage than the matching Droplet at DigitalOcean. They also offer an even smaller instance for $2.50 per month, which includes 512 MB virtual memory, 1 vCPU, 20 GB SSD storage and 500 GB bandwidth. Enough for personal usage in my opinion.

I already deployed a few test instances and will keep a small 512 MB instance, mainly used as miscellaneous test and development VPS.

If you are interested in VULTR and want to try it for yourself, I would like to ask you to use my referral code. Thank you very much!