Automation Suite 2014 Release 3.1 for VMware

Automation Suite for VMware has been updated to address a major flaw in SSLv3 (secure sockets layer version 3), a cryptographic protocol used for secure Internet connections.

  • Exclusive Use of TLS to address the SSLv3 POODLE Vulnerability

TLS (transport layer security) is now used exclusively for all secure Internet connections. This strict change of cryptographic protocols is in response to the recently discovered POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3.

Visit our Downloads page for the latest versions of vmCLIpboard, vmProcessStrobe and vmProcessStrobeWeb for Windows, OS X and Linux.

xProDDNS 2014 Release 2

We are excited to announce the rapid release of xProDDNS 2014 Release 2. It introduces a great new feature and addresses a major flaw in SSLv3 (secure sockets layer version 3), a cryptographic protocol used for secure Internet connections.

  • Free IP Monitor with Realtime Email and Text Message Alerts
  • Exclusive Use of TLS to address the SSLv3 POODLE Vulnerability

Email and text message alerts are now sent whenever a public IP address changes. The realtime notifications are completely independent of any Dynamic DNS service provider accounts. This new feature makes xProDDNS a free IP monitor and a Dynamic DNS client.

TLS (transport layer security) is now used exclusively for all secure Internet connections. This strict change of cryptographic protocols is in response to the recently discovered POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3.

Visit our Downloads page for the latest version of xProDDNS for Windows, OS X and Linux.

POODLE Vulnerability in SSLv3

If you have not already read about the POODLE vulnerability in SSLv3 (secure sockets layer version 3), visit the Google Online Security Blog for the details.

xProDDNS, vmCLIpboard, vmProcessStrobe and vmProcessStrobeWeb are negatively impacted by this cryptographic protocol flaw so we are working hard to release new versions that do not rely on SSL. We will use TLS (transport layer security) exclusively for all secure Internet connections.

Please check back here or our Downloads page for the updates!

Automation Suite 2014 Release 3 for VMware

We have updated our Automation Suite for VMware with support for VMware Fusion 7, the upcoming VMware Workstation 11 and the soon to be released Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Security has been improved with better obfuscation, encryption and salted hashing of sensitive data. Some of the algorithms in vmCLIpboard, vmProcessStrobe and vmProcessStrobeWeb have been refactored to increase performance and decrease resource utilization. Finally, vmProcessStrobeWeb has been repackaged for incredibly easy installation and local launching on Windows, OS X and Linux.

Visit our Downloads page to get the latest versions of our products for VMware.

xProDDNS 2014 Release 1

We are proud to announce our first release of xProDDNS!

xProDDNS

“The Professional Dynamic DNS Client”

  • Native cross-platform
  • Web user interface
  • Encrypted database
  • Hashed passphrase with obfuscated salt
  • Multiple providers, accounts, hosts and NICs
  • Secure checks and updates
  • Realtime email and text message alerts
  • Dynamic detailed log display
  • Context-sensitive help

xProDDNS runs natively on Windows, OS X and Linux. It is fast and efficient. Workstations and headless servers are equally easy to manage thanks to local and remote access via a web user interface powered by a built-in web server.

Security is paramount so all data is encrypted and the login passphrase is stored as a hash derived from an obfuscated salt. Outbound connections for checking public IP addresses, updating Dynamic DNS service providers and sending email and text messages are all made securely using SSL (secure sockets layer).

Versatile configurations are delivered through the simultaneous use of multiple Dynamic DNS service providers, multiple accounts per provider, multiple hosts per account and the choice of assigning a unique public, private or static IP address of any NIC (network interface controller) to each host. The frequency of checks for IP address changes and the period of time that the activity log data is maintained are both configurable.

Notifications of Dynamic DNS service provider updates and related errors are sent in realtime as email and text messages.

Activity log data is displayed dynamically and can be filtered with a wide variety of criteria so live monitoring of specific event types is accomplished with ease. That activity log data can then be exported as a file in CSV (comma-separated values) and XML (extensible markup language) formats.

Throughout xProDDNS, relevant guidance is provided using a context-sensitive help system.

xProDDNS is available now from our Downloads page.

VMware and OpenSSL Heartbleed Security Bug

HeartbleedVMware is releasing product updates and patches to address the OpenSSL Heartbleed security bug. Visit VMware Security Advisories for the latest information on which VMware products are vulnerable and the update or patch needed to address the OpenSSL Heartbleed security bug.

Here are some relevant links:
VMware vCenter Server 5.5 Update 1a
VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1 Patch ESXi550-201404001
VMware Open Virtualization Format Tool 3.5.1
VMware Workstation 10.0.2
VMware Fusion 6.0.3
VMware Player 6.0.2

Automation Suite 2014 Release 2 for VMware

vmCLIpboard, vmProcessStrobe and vmProcessStrobeWeb limit scanning for virtual machines to the default folders used by VMware Workstation and Fusion. Host, encryption and guest passwords are quoted to eliminate VMware command line interface parsing errors. A few other refinements have been included that improve security and performance.

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