If you read this and own an openHABian powered system, please execute the Update function in the openHABian Configuration Tool now.
It was brought to our attention that openHABian systems cause requests spikes on remote package update servers. This is a serious problem we were not previously aware of. This unwanted behavior is related to a simple cronjob configuration mistake and the fact that the openHABian user base has grown quite big over the last couple of months.
Every openHABian installation is currently requesting package update information from update servers at 3:03am local time. With hundreds of openHABian installations in certain time zones, these individual requests reach the update servers at nearly the same time, resulting in a DDoS like bombardment of their service.
I have implemented a fix for this issue but have to rely on you, the end users, to apply it.
What to do
- Connect to your openHABian system via SSH/console
- Select “Update”
- Wait for the update to finish
- You’ll be asked to apply the fix.
These steps are otherwise harmless to your openHAB/openHABian system.
Because the described problem effects other parties we want to resolve it as soon as possible and urge you to update and apply the patch as soon as possible!