Today we launch a set of security updates, primary targeting the SSH functionality around newly deployed server instances. As well as improved reliability around script execution when using
One major improvement is the switch from 16 random character passwords to 6 word passphrases, and the switch to a new default ssh user
admin, which will be used when logging in with a password/passphrase. The new
admin user will have sudo access and can easily switch to the root user after logging in for full root access.
SSH Key tutorial
Authentication by SSH Keys will however still default to the root user. And since SSH Keys is one of the more common questions we get. We've decided to write up a simple tutorial for how to create and use SSH Keys on any system, accessible from dashboard during deployment of new server instances. The tutorial can be found here: https://www.99stack.com/resources/generate-ssh-key-pair
Improved GUI security
On the management page in dashboard, the reinstall button has been moved to the bottom of the page just above the removal button. Both now provides a proper warning dialog with additional information before proceeding. With the SSH password overhaul reinstall now works on G1 and G2 instances again without losing the password. The original default passphrase will be reinstalled.
Upgrade from control panel
Yes, it is now possible to upgrade your server instantly from the graphical control panel with just one click. Do note that because upgrades increase the disk size, it will not be possible to downgrade.
New product pages on main page
On our main website, products are now sorted by category instead of by generation, which makes it a lot easier to browse available server types, and to learn more about their specifications, such as CPU Frequency, GDDR6 memory in a GPU instance, number of disk drives on a multi disk storage server etc.