Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

Looks like Redmond forgot to renew a security certificate...


Updated Microsoft's Windows Azure storage cloud is having worldwide problems with secure SSL storage, probably because Redmond let the HTTPS certificate expire.

Being 'in the pink' is not good news for Windows
Azure, as this screenshot from the Windows Azure
Service Dashboard attests (click to enlarge)

The problems were first reported by Microsoft on Friday at 12:44pm Pacific Time on the Windows Azure Service Dashboard. An update at 1:30pm identified a problem with SSL transactions.

The company reported worldwide problems with Storage, with every sub-region reporting service degradation.

It looks like Microsoft made the basic error of letting its HTTPS certificate for Azure Storage expire, according to a post on the MSDN forum.

The fault appears to be affecting both blob and table storage.

Users of the Microsoft forums reacted with fury at the apparent schoolboy error.

"This is unacceptable, I'm supposed to release an enterprise app on this platform?" poster MJFara wrote.

The storage problems follow repeated glitches with Azure compute in both Asia and America over the past couple of days, and come on the heels of a week-long outage for SQL Reporting.

At the time of writing Microsoft had not responded to questions from the Vulture

It is the opinion of The Register that to have a core service fail in every data center across the world simultaneously is an extremely bad thing to happen to a cloud provider.

Update: 3pm

It appears that Azure is in the grip of a global cascading fail.

The storage problems have severely impacted other key components of the Azure cloud, including some of the services Microsoft has previously used to differentiate itself from arch-rival Amazon Web services.

The Windows Azure Service Bus, which helps pass information between different parts of the megacloud; Azure Web Sites, which offers easy-peasy hosting; Access Control 2.0; and the windowsazure.com website itself have all been hit by “service degradation.”

Compute has also been affected, with virtual machine deployment taking a tumble, though core compute remains viable.

There are anecdotal reports on Twitter that some components of XBOX Live have failed, as well.

Microsoft is frantically working to fix the problems.

"We are currently validating the repair steps in our test environment," Microsoft wrote at 2:15pm, Pacific time.

Update: 5:52pm

Microsoft has started recovery on "some" of the impacted storage clusters, Redmond wrote in an update to the Status Dashboard at 4:15pm PST.

The company said this could take a few hours and it was "validating faster recovery options."

A further update is promised within two hours, but given the scale of the outage The Register thinks the lights will be burning well past midnight in Redmond tonight. ®


Other stories you might like

  • Stolen university credentials up for sale by Russian crooks, FBI warns
    Forget dark-web souks, thousands of these are already being traded on public bazaars

    Russian crooks are selling network credentials and virtual private network access for a "multitude" of US universities and colleges on criminal marketplaces, according to the FBI.

    According to a warning issued on Thursday, these stolen credentials sell for thousands of dollars on both dark web and public internet forums, and could lead to subsequent cyberattacks against individual employees or the schools themselves.

    "The exposure of usernames and passwords can lead to brute force credential stuffing computer network attacks, whereby attackers attempt logins across various internet sites or exploit them for subsequent cyber attacks as criminal actors take advantage of users recycling the same credentials across multiple accounts, internet sites, and services," the Feds' alert [PDF] said.

    Continue reading
  • Big Tech loves talking up privacy – while trying to kill privacy legislation
    Study claims Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, Microsoft work to derail data rules

    Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft often support privacy in public statements, but behind the scenes they've been working through some common organizations to weaken or kill privacy legislation in US states.

    That's according to a report this week from news non-profit The Markup, which said the corporations hire lobbyists from the same few groups and law firms to defang or drown state privacy bills.

    The report examined 31 states when state legislatures were considering privacy legislation and identified 445 lobbyists and lobbying firms working on behalf of Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft, along with industry groups like TechNet and the State Privacy and Security Coalition.

    Continue reading
  • SEC probes Musk for not properly disclosing Twitter stake
    Meanwhile, social network's board rejects resignation of one its directors

    America's financial watchdog is investigating whether Elon Musk adequately disclosed his purchase of Twitter shares last month, just as his bid to take over the social media company hangs in the balance. 

    A letter [PDF] from the SEC addressed to the tech billionaire said he "[did] not appear" to have filed the proper form detailing his 9.2 percent stake in Twitter "required 10 days from the date of acquisition," and asked him to provide more information. Musk's shares made him one of Twitter's largest shareholders. The letter is dated April 4, and was shared this week by the regulator.

    Musk quickly moved to try and buy the whole company outright in a deal initially worth over $44 billion. Musk sold a chunk of his shares in Tesla worth $8.4 billion and bagged another $7.14 billion from investors to help finance the $21 billion he promised to put forward for the deal. The remaining $25.5 billion bill was secured via debt financing by Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, Barclays, and others. But the takeover is not going smoothly.

    Continue reading

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2022