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Kong is the world’s most popular open source API gateway and microservices management layer. Built on top of NGINX, it delivers high performance with easy installation and administration.  Recently we published a release candidate 0.11 for Kong API Gateway. This release features a host of changes, large and small, that dramatically improve the performance, flexibility, and security of Kong. In this blog post, we’ll examine a seemingly innocuous change – an update to how Kong generates random data – and discuss how this change improves the security and flexibility of Kong moving forward. A quick note on random data:…
Marco Palladino
Kong 0.10.3 has been released with a few security fixes and performance improvements, and we recommend to upgrade:

Updates

    Performance has been improved when using the rate-limiting plugin, also reducing the load on the counter datastore. Kong now supports Mutual SSL security between Kong and the final APIs with the “proxy_ssl_certificate” and “proxy_ssl_certificate_key” configuration properties. Fixed a bug (introduced in 0.10.0) that prevented Key Authentication credentials to be sent in the request body. OAuth 2.0 Client Application is checked when refreshing an Access Token. DNS resolution performance has been improved under certain conditions. And much more in the changelog.
Morgan Davies
Mashape, the creator of Kong, is expanding its global reach. The partnership with XLsoft, a leading value added reseller in Japan, will further Kong’s awareness to leading APAC technology companies. With offices in Tokyo and Irvine, CA, XLsoft offers clients strategic planning, software and infrastructure support. The collaboration of Kong and XLsoft will engage and deliver advanced API management solutions to Japanese customers. With nearly 10,000 stars on Github and over 2.5 million downloads, Kong is the most popular open-source API gateway and microservices management layer. Built on top of NGINX, a high-performance web server, Kong is designed to sit…
Morgan Davies
Mashape, the creator of Kong, is now a proud Silver Member of the Linux Foundation’s Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). T​he CNCF is sustaining and integrating open source technologies to orchestrate containers as part of a microservices architecture. With nearly 10,000 stars on Github and over 2.5 million downloads, Kong is the most popular open-source API gateway and microservices management layer. Built on top of NGINX, a high-performance web server, Kong is designed to sit in front of highly performant APIs and microservices to protect, extend and orchestrate distributed systems. CNCF is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the development…
Marco Palladino
Kong 0.10.2 has been released and we highly recommend to upgrade. We’d like to highlight a few important features and fixes it introduces.

Updates

    A new request-termination plugin, which comes handy when you need to temporarily disable an API or block a Consumer. This plugin was generously contributed by Paul Austin. Plugins can now implement a new ‘rewrite()’ handler function, which is a hook in the Nginx phase bearing the same name. Kong does not unconditionally append a trailing slash to the URL of your upstream services anymore. Ability to hide Kong headers in responses. And much more in
Morgan Davies
Mashape is excited to partner with IBM and announce the OpenWhisk plugin for Kong’s API Gateway, available both to the open source community via Apache OpenWhisk and as a commercial offering on Bluemix, IBM’s cloud platform. OpenWhisk is a cloud-first distributed event-based programming service, whose serverless architecture accelerates development of small, distinct, and independent actions. By eliminating infrastructure limitations, OpenWhisk enables teams to efficiently work on different pieces of code simultaneously. It provides a programming model to upload event handlers and register the handlers to respond to various events. Now developers can use Kong to invoke Apache OpenWhisk serverless functions…
Morgan Davies
Mashape, the creator of Kong, is proud to announce a relationship with the OSS Group as its first VAR partner to support New Zealand and Australia. Based in Auckland, the OSS Group offers clients strategic planning, software and infrastructure support. Together we aim to engage and deliver advanced API management solutions to customers based in APAC. With nearly 10,000 stars on Github and over 2.5 million downloads, Kong is the most popular open-source API gateway and microservices management platform. Built on top of NGINX, Kong is designed for high availability and distributed systems. Founded in 1995, the OSS Group specialized…
Morgan Davies
Mashape is working with Wallarm to provide Kong Enterprise users the ultimate protection for their APIs. Wallarm is a next generation web security solution designed to protect businesses from application-level attacks, which organically combines vulnerability detection with next generation web application firewall (WAF). With over 9,400 stars on Github, Kong is the most popular open-source API gateway and microservices management layer. Built on NGINX, a high-performance web server and load balancer, Kong is designed for high availability and distributed systems. Wallarm is a web security solution designed for modern web applications and APIs. Like Kong’s development structure, Wallarm is developed…
Morgan Davies
Mashape and Kong now offer an official Kubernetes distribution, an open-source platform for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications. In today’s fast paced world users expect applications to be available around the clock without any downtime; as such, to ensure the best performance developers deploy new application versions multiple times a day. Kubernetes groups containers that make up an application into logical units for easy management and discovery. To achieve continuous uptime developers utilize containers to package software, which enables applications to be released and updated efficiently. Kubernetes is an open source platform designed with Google’s accumulated experience…
Marco Palladino
We recommend to update to the latest update of Kong (0.10.1) that ships with many bug-fixes an improvements, especially if you had problems with Serf.

Updates

    Serf has been downgraded to 0.7 in our release packages. This fixes some issues when advertising the first non-loopback IP address of the node to the other nodes. The Admin API has been updated to easily retrieve active upstream targets and to delete an upstream target. CORS Plugin now supports a list of allowed origins. Improvements in the internal datastore cache to avoid memory exhaustion and prevent unexpected errors. And much more.
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