Announcing the Cloudflare Apps Platform and Developer Fund

Published on by Matthew Prince.

When we started Cloudflare we had no idea if anyone would validate our core idea. Our idea was what that everyone should have the ability to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. Six years later, it's incredible how far that core idea has taken us. CC BY-SA 2.0 image by Mobilus In Mobili Today, Cloudflare runs one of the…

Announcing the New Cloudflare Apps

Published on by Renan Dincer.

Today we’re excited to announce the next generation of Cloudflare Apps. Cloudflare Apps is an open platform of tools to build a high quality website. It’s a place where every website owner can select from a vast catalog of Apps which can improve their websites and internet properties in every way imaginable. Selected apps can be previewed and installed instantly with just a few clicks, giving…

Project Jengo: Explaining Challenges to Patent Validity (and a looming threat)

Published on by Doug Kramer.

We’ve written a couple times about the problem of patent trolls, and what we are doing in response to the first case a troll filed against Cloudflare. We set a goal to find prior art on all 38 Blackbird Tech patents and applications and then obtain a legal determination that Blackbird Tech’s patents are invalid. Such a determination will end Blackbird’s ability to file or…

When the Internet (Officially) Became the Public Square

Published on by Alissa Starzak.

Sometimes, well-intended efforts to prevent unacceptable behavior run into the reality of what it means to have an open and free society. That is what happened at the Supreme Court on Monday. Souvenir Postcard by unknown The Supreme Court issued an opinion confirming something we at Cloudflare have long believed -- that the First Amendment protects access to the Internet. Using sweeping language, Justice Kennedy compared internet access…

How we built rate limiting capable of scaling to millions of domains

Published on by Julien Desgats.

Back in April we announced Rate Limiting of requests for every Cloudflare customer. Being able to rate limit at the edge of the network has many advantages: it’s easier for customers to set up and operate, their origin servers are not bothered by excessive traffic or layer 7 attacks, the performance and memory cost of rate limiting is offloaded to the edge, and more. In a nutshell,…

Less Is More - Why The IPv6 Switch Is Missing

Published on by Dani Grant.

At Cloudflare we believe in being good to the Internet and good to our customers. By moving on from the legacy world of IPv4-only to the modern-day world where IPv4 and IPv6 are treated equally, we believe we are doing exactly that. "No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind." - Taylor Swift (whose website…

Patent Troll Battle Update: Doubling Down on Project Jengo

Published on by Matthew Prince.

Jengo Fett by Brickset (Flickr) We knew the case against patent trolls was the right one, but we have been overwhelmed by the response to our blog posts on patent trolls and our program for finding prior art on the patents held by Blackbird Tech, which we’ve dubbed Project Jengo. As we discuss in this post, your comments and contributions have allowed us to expand and intensify…

Reflections on reflection (attacks)

Published on by Marek Majkowski.

Recently Akamai published an article about CLDAP reflection attacks. This got us thinking. We saw attacks from Connectionless LDAP servers back in November 2016 but totally ignored them because our systems were automatically dropping the attack traffic without any impact. CC BY 2.0 image by RageZ We decided to take a second look through our logs and share some statistics about reflection attacks we see regularly. In…