monkey Shapeblue Security Advisory For CVE-2016-3085: Apache CloudStack Authentication Bypass Vulnerability

Overview Apache CloudStack contains an authentication module providing “single sign-on” functionality via the SAML data format. Under certain conditions, a user could manage to access the user interface without providing proper credentials. As the SAML plugin is disabled by default, this issue only affects installations that have enabled and use SAML-based authentication. Mitigation: Users of […]

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Cloud Security Granular Access Controls in CloudStack

An oft-cited limitation in Apache CloudStack is the lack of granular access controls.  Historically, when creating an account, there have been four built-in roles to choose from: Root Admin, Resource Admin, Domain Admin, and User.  Unfortunately, these built-in roles have been insufficient for the needs of many organizations, who have resorted to various workarounds.  Thankfully, this will change in […]

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CCS347300 Webinars: Delivering Containers as a Service with CloudStack Container Service

The CloudStack Container Service allows service providers and enterprises  to create a Container as a Service offering quickly and easily in their existing IaaS environments. ShapeBlue in conjunction with Skippbox are delighted to announce a series of educational webinars to explore this new technology and introduce the tools and techniques used to allow your users […]

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CCS347300 Shapeblue harness the power of Kubernetes and CloudStack to give Cloud Service providers a seamless Container as a Service offering

Shapeblue, The CloudStack Company, and Skippbox today announced the first release of the CloudStack Container Service: software that gives Cloud Service Providers a Container as a Service (CaaS) offering within their existing IaaS environments. The software gives end-users the ability to use multiple container engines such as Docker and rkt, and hosted container registries like […]

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illustration of blue and red arrows for recovery Recovering From a vCenter Failure

While, in my opinion VMware’s vSphere is the best performing and most stable hypervisor available, vCenter obstinately remains a single point of failure when using vSphere and it’s no different when leveraging vCenter in a CloudStack environment.  Therefore, very occasionally there is a requirement to rebuild a vCentre server which was previously running in your […]

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exit sign Taxi for Citrix, now time for CloudStack to shine

Today, Citrix announced that it was selling off two product lines: Citrix CloudPlatform and Citrix CloudPortal. For once, many Cloud commentators are right: this absolutely IS Citrix picking up its ball and going home. They’ve thrown this business line over the fence to Accelerite from Persistent Systems. However the sale tells us more about Citrix […]

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Cloud computing concept CloudStack 4.7 Metrics View

CloudStack 4.7 (which is due in the coming weeks) will introduce a new metrics view feature throughout the familiar CloudStack interface. We built this functionality to help system architects and admins comprehend resource utilisation and drill into the data to find performance hotspots. Whilst metrics have always been available via the CloudStack API a lot of information hasn’t been […]

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Cloud computing concept Recovery of VMs to new CloudStack instance

We recently came across a very unusual issue where a client had a major security breach on their network. As well as lots of other damage their CloudStack infrastructure was maliciously damaged beyond recovery. Luckily the hackers hadn’t manage to damage the backend XenServer hypervisors so they were quite happily still running user VMs and Virtual Routers, […]

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USP2015 ShapeBlue enables the University of Sao Paulo to deliver federated cloud services

The University of São Paulo (USP) is Latin America’s largest university and Brazil’s most prestigious academic institution. It produces more doctorate degrees annually than any other university in the world and ranks fifth in the number of scientific articles published. It is one of the world’s leading research institutions, with 100,000 students, 6,000 professors and […]

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