Cloud Platform Release v23.2.0

Posted on February 20, 2023

Today we released three notable updates that more customers have requested recently, so we’ve expedited their development and release. Below are the details of these exciting enhancements.

  • IP-to-Country Classification: Since the exhaustion of IPv4 Addresses several years ago, IP address blocks have been changing hands at an increasing rate. Not only have they been moving between organizations in the United States, but all over the globe. Often we’ll see a block move from the APAC (RIPE) region to the North American (ARIN) region and vice-versa every week.

    Naturally, this creates a significant issue for customers who use country-based blocking in the ADC-as-a-Service solution (Load Balancing, Failover, WAF etc.) because an incorrectly categorized IP address may either allow malicious traffic through or potentially block a valid customer.

    Today we’re pleased to announce that our back-end systems have been significantly updated to automatically categorize IP addresses as we see them for the first time. Additionally, every IP address is recategorized once every two weeks to ensure their country assignment remains accurate.
    We have already seen a substantial improvement to the accuracy this new system provides, and we sincerely hope that this will be noticed by the customers that use country-based blocking as well.

  • Rate Limiting: Attack traffic never decreases, it only increases! Because of that, we’re happy to announce that after working with one of our customers who has been receiving more login page attacks than we’ve seen in years, we released quite a number of new rate-limiters for use in the panel. Some of the most effective ones are directed specifically at login page attacks. So if your login page has “login” or “signin” in the URL, then these may work quite well for you. Go ahead and give them a try!

    rate limit control

  • Country Blocking: For customers who tend to block all countries but the USA and perhaps Canada and Mexico, we added two new controls that incorporate them all into one rule. Since each country block is a rule, customers who tend to block them all can use one of these new rules instead to drastically reduce the number of applied rules which will in turn reduce the time to deploy or update a config.

    Country blocking enhancement

Please send us your feedback! As we continue to evolve our solution to be the leading ADC-as-a-Service platform, we want to know what you think. Tell us the good and the bad. Let us know what features you think we should have and which ones are a waste of time, buggy, or don’t make sense. The more feedback you give us, the better our product becomes because we really do listen! Please contact us! We love hearing from our customers.