New SSL Certificates for fedarch.org

A quick public service announcement: use the massive impact of the heartbleed bug as impetus to

  1. change all your passwords (used in the last few weeks) to distinct, very strong, random passwords, and;
  2. use a password manager like lastpass or KeePass to manage them with a very strong (and never reused) master password and two-factor authentication.

Due to the recent heartbleed bug (good summary of the impact on half a million web sites here), we’ve had to regenerate our SSL keys and patch our servers, just like the rest of the internet. (Quick summary: it’s a very very no good just awful bug impacting ssl security.)

Happily, we’ve gone through all of the necessary heartache to patch our primary web server, our wiki, and infrastructure servers and are currently patching our repository. We have also regenerated our SSL private keys and certificates, so we’ve mitigated the bug’s impact, but it’s still a very very scary bug and thousands of major websites are still unpatched.

Call for Repository Testers

Dear FAIMS community,

After much delay we are getting ready for the testing of the FAIMS Repository production release. As this is the final release, we are looking for feedback from a wide variety of users. If you can spare 1 – 2 hours during the next week and wish to become a tester, please contact leadership@fedarch.org and we will send you the script. To be a tester you need the following:

  • Internet connection
  • Software to unzip compressed files (eg. 7zip at http://www.7-zip.org/download.html)
  • Software to play video and audio files (optional)
  • Patience and ability to follow instructions

Just to peak your interest, you would be testing the following functionalities:

  • import of data from the FAIMS mobile application
  • ingest of external spatial data
  • map obfuscation
  • ingest of audio and video files
  • assignment of DOIs at the Resource-level in the Repository

This is a great opportunity to get your hands on the Repository.

We really appreciate everybody’s help with this final user acceptance testing for the NeCTAR-funded phase of the FAIMS project!