Sun Nov 30 23:19:29 PST 1997 — We’re planning to migrate our listserve traffic to a new system on Monday morning. The new system should speed delivery of list traffic as well as regular email. If you see any odd behavior of locally hosted lists, let us know. -Dane and Scott
Fri Nov 28 22:35:20 PST 1997 — Our news server was offline for about 5 minutes after a crash. We’re not sure what happened, but we suspect the multiprocessor support in the latest kernel version. Scott was on site, and downtime was minimal.
Wed Nov 26 17:15:19 PST 1997 — Sonic’s offices will be closed on Thursday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll be back on our usual schedule on Friday the 28th. Have a nice holiday and enjoy the food!
Sat Nov 22 01:09:58 PST 1997 — We’ll be working on systems throughout the weekend, mostly during the ‘wee’ hours of the morning. Some systems may experience temporary outages as we perform the following planned tasks: Mail: System reboot with kernel change, mailing list migration ISDN: Router reboot (completing backbone transition to OSPF) Ftp: Change to ftp server daemon
As always, if you see difficulties, please mail email@example.com or post to news:sonic.help. Thanks.
Sat Nov 15 20:21:37 PST 1997 — Our shell server was offline twice this evening in what looks like an IP fragmentation denial of service attack. We are currently building a new kernel which was released about 30 minutes ago to fix this trouble. We will be rebooting once in a few minutes to put this kernel online. -Dane and Scott
Thu Nov 13 17:59:33 PST 1997 — At 10am on Tuesday, we re-activated the circuit to MCI. Our new mailing list processor, Afterburner.sonic.net, is ready for action. We’re working out how to move mailing lists to the new box with minimal disruption of service. -Scott
Tue Nov 11 05:21:41 PST 1997 — Just before 5am, UUNet security blocked the attack at their network’s border. Currently, we’re running with our MCI circuit shut down, leaving us with the UUNet and Sprint circuits. (Please note that we do have connectivity to MCI customers via the alternate circuits.) -Scott
Tue Nov 11 03:56:58 PST 1997 — Our network is currently receiving a denial of service attack — specifically, a UDP flood. Some sites will be unreachable while we track down the Bad Guy. -Scott
Sun Nov 9 21:11:23 PST 1997 — Dane and I have been looking at the new Pentium bug this weekend. Since all of our user-accessible servers are now Pentium-Pro or better, Sonic isn’t vulnerable to Denial of Service attacks resulting from this bug. The bug only affects P5 and P5mmx processors. CNet has been most informative in the early stages of this story. For more information, please visit www.news.com/News/Item/0,4,16173,00.html For ‘raw footage’, you might want to see news:comp.sys.intel -Scott