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Report of visit at datacenter on 2021-04-19

After a new member was added to the access engineers team it was possible to visit the datacenter following the corona-guidelines as well as our own security guidelines.

During this visit we applied the long-awaited patch for bug 1438 by adding the serial number to certificate revocation lists.

We installed a new infrastructure-server sponsored from Abilit. Many thanks again!

… and …

We did the Class-3-resigning during this visit. Currently we’re testing this new Class-3-certificate and will publish it real soon.

A new visit in summer will be necessary to replace hardware (any maybe apply further patches on the signer).

Engineers nominated

The free certificate authority CAcert is making progress in increasing the number of its working groups. In the past few days, the committee approved the appointment of Jan to the post of Critical Engineer.

The appointment of Michaela as Access Engineer was also approved. Both have a broad range of experience and are distinguished by their specialist knowledge and sense of responsibility. We wish both engineers much success and fulfilment in their voluntary work for the CAcert community. These are challenging tasks and come with great responsibility. CAcert offers interested volunteers a variety of tasks, the opportunity to gain exciting experience and stimulating career opportunities.

Signer is working again

Today we were able to investigate the signer machine at the datacenter.

As previously assumed, the signer machine was powered off. It was not possible to power it on again, so either both PSUs or other components died.

As we ordered a replacement-machine of the same type we were able to use the existing harddrives to power up the signer again.

Currently the signer is catching up, which will take some hours. As soon as your certificate was processed, you’ll get an email from our server.

The certificate of www.cacert.org is in the queue (together with your certificates and revocations), so we need to wait until it’s ready. It will get updated as soon as possible.

Update 2020-05-05: All pending certificates requests are processed now, new requests should now processed on the fly again.

Dirk Astrath
CAcert critical admin

scheduled systems downtime – 15th June

Wytze reports on a planned outage for CAcert main systems, as the systems are moved from one rack to another:

“The move has been scheduled for Tuesday June 15, starting at 10:00 CEST, and hopefully ending before 18:00 CEST.

During a significant part of that period, all systems will be down. We will take care of providing a backup during the outage for ocsp.cacert.org (to avoid inconveniencing browser users which have OCSP enabled for CAcert, as they should!), and a placeholder for www.cacert.org which report the downtime and the reason for it.”