Fighting Petya: our experience with retrieving data from the Firebird database files encrypted by ransomware crypto-viruses

As you know, recently several crypto viruses have attacked many companies – most well-known are Wannacry and Petya. Usually, as reported by many companies, it is necessary to pay a ransom, or, in the case of Petya, all encrypted files will be lost.

Read how we can defeat Petya:
https://ib-aid.com/en/articles/fighting-petya-our-experience-with-retrieving-data-from-the-firebird-database-files-encrypted-by-ransomware-crypto-viruses/

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HQbird 2017R2

HQbird 2017R2 is a major upgrade of advanced Firebird distributive (versions 2.5 and 3.0) with high-availability, replication, optimization, monitoring and recovery tools. Please upgrade the previous version of HQbird with 2017R2 (this upgrade is free for all users of HQbird).

This release includes a lot of improvements in replication, monitoring, and optimization, as well as many bugfixes. Windows installer now supports an automatic upgrade of the existing HQbird installation, Linux support for auto-upgrade will be released later.

The main goal of HQbird 2017R2 is to provide administrators and developers of big Firebird databases with effective management, maintenance, recovery, and optimization tools, in order to keep databases always healthy and available.

More details about HQbird: https://ib-aid.com/hqbird

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FirstAID 5.0: Firebird 3.0 and InterBase XE7 and support of 100+Gb databases

We are proud to present IBSurgeon FirstAID 5.0 – the new version of the recovery software with the highest rate of successful repairs. FirstAID 5.0 is a major improvement: now it supports Firebird 3.0, InterBase XE7, and big databases (100Gb+).

Download IBSurgeon FirstAID 5.0

If you are a user of FirstAID version 3.x or 4.x, you can log into IBSurgeon Deploy Center and see that you were automatically upgraded to version 5.0. All your licenses were transferred to 5.0.

IBSurgeon FirstAID 5.0 -50% upgrade offer till May 15
If you have the license for FirstAID version 1.x or 2.x (including Pack 3.x), or if you have used all licenses for 3.x/4.x, we would like to offer you 50% discount to upgrade to FirstAID 5.0 Tech Support (for 50 databases) for the special price: USD$99. This is a limited offer till May 15 only!
Upgrade Now!

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Firebird encryption plugin and sources of client application

IBSurgeon has released the complete trial kit for Firebird encryption, which includes fully functional time-limited AES256 encryption plugin and demo application (in Delphi) to demonstrate how to connect to the encrypted database.

The trial kit is designed for the following:
1) Easy performance testing of the existing databases with the encryption: you can encrypt database on the server and test your existing applications without changing them.
2) Implement client-side security: there is a simple example of Delphi application (sources included) which demonstrates how to send the key from the client to the server.
Download Firebird encryption plugin and example of a client application.

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How to protect Firebird databases from ransomware?

Ransomware attacks became the serious problem for many companies: during the last week, we had 3 incidents from different customers which had their Firebird databases encrypted by ransomware viruses. Luckily we were able to help all of them, but the scale of the problem definitely increases.

Read new article: https://ib-aid.com/en/articles/how-to-protect-firebird-databases-from-ransomware/

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Read “Firebird Hardware Guide” to effectively choose hardware

You can often see the following question in Firebird technical support groups: “What is the hardware of choice for the Firebird DBMS?”. This topic remains permanently popular because hardware requirements differ by tasks and hardware itself changes with time.

We in IBSurgeon decided to write Firebird Hardware guide in order to provide the necessary knowledge to anyone who wants to choose truly effective hardware for their Firebird database. To do it, you will have to learn some basic details on how Firebird, the operating system and, of course, hardware functions.
http://ib-aid.com/en/articles/firebird-hardware-guide/

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Unofficial installer of Firebird 3.0 Release Candidate 1 is available for download!

Are you looking forward to try Firebird 3.0 Release Candidate, and can’t wait for the official release? Download Firebird 3 Unofficial Installer and get Firebird 3.0 RC1 now.
http://firebird3.com/en/download-firebird-3/
If you want to install Firebird 3 as the second instance (and keep existing installation of Firebird 2.5 intact), you can specify another port and instance name for Firebird 3, and use both instances simultenaously.
Watch this video to and follow its steps to install Firebird 3 together with your Firebird 2.x:

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IBSurgeon FirstAID 4: new version of FirebirdSQL recovery tool

IBFirstAID 4.0IBSurgeon is glad to announce version 4 of FirstAID: an ultimate recovery tool for Firebird and InterBase databases.

FirstAID 4.0 introduces the new level of recovery rate – up to 95% of corrupted databases can be fixed. Also, as usual, FirstAID 4.0 allows free and full preview of data in the corrupted database. And, FirstAID highlights problematic tables with corrupted metadata and suggest when to use external metadata mechanism to achieve better results.

We recommend users of previous versions (1.x-2.x) upgrade to FirstAID 4, and offer special discounted upgrade to FirstAID for 100 databases for the price of 50 databases upgrade:

Get FirstAID 100 databases for the price of 50 now!

More details and download of FirstAID 4.0: http://ib-aid.com/en/ibsurgeon-firstaid/

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