Monday, December 23, 2013

Holliday Greetings from OSG Operations

Dear OSG Collaborators,

OSG Operations would like to wish you a happy holiday season and joyous new year!

OSG Operations will continue to provide round the clock holiday coverage in case of operational emergencies over the holiday season. You can continue to open tickets at, send us mail at, or call us at +1 (317)-274-9699. However, we will be operating on holiday procedures beginning on Tuesday the 24th and resuming regular operations on Thursday, January 2nd. During this time non-emergency issues will be handled on a best-effort basis.

Thanks to everyone for another successful year! We look forward to working with everyone in 2014!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Emergency Release of OSG Software Versions 3.1.28 and 3.2.2

With the recent release of Enterprise Linux 6.5 (Red Hat, Scientific Linux,
CentOS), GRAM and GridFTP from the OSG Software Stack have stopped working
on those systems. Sites running version 6.4 will automatically update to
version 6.5 with a yum update. We are releasing updated Globus packages
that work around the problems. Sites running Enterprise Linux 6 are strongly
encouraged to update to the latest version of the OSG Software Stack, before
updating to version 6.5. Alternatively, sites can just update the Globus
packages from the OSG software repositories.

This addresses the OpenSSL issue previously reported at

The updated packages are:
* globus-gatekeeper-9.6-1.12
* globus-xio-gsi-driver-8.1-4.1
* globus-gss-assist-2.1-4.1

Release notes and pointers to more documentation can be found at:

Need help? Let us know:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Announcing OSG Software version 3.1.27 and 3.2.1

We are pleased to announce OSG Software versions 3.1.27 and 3.2.1!

Both 3.1.27 and 3.2.1 versions contain the following changes:

* Resolve install failures recently introduced by an OpenJDK update on EL6
* Add Cooperative Computing Lab's cctools (Parrot, Chirp, Makeflow, etc.)
* Update osg-info-services to version 1.0 with mostly minor bug fixes
* Update RSV with many small fixes
* Update CA packages to reflect IGTF 1.55
* Change grid-proxy-init and RSV to use 1024-bit RSA certificates

In addition, the 3.2.1 version contains the following change:

* Update glideinWMS to version 3.2.2

The OSG Software is distributed via RPMs for:

* Scientific Linux 5 and 6
* CentOS 5 and 6
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6

Release notes and pointers to more documentation can be found at:

Need help? Let us know:

We welcome feedback on this release!

Friday, December 6, 2013

OpenSSL 1.0.1e linked to GSI failures

In the last week or so, the RHEL 6, CentOS 6, Scientific Linux 6 (collectively, “EL6”) OS repositories have updated to the 6.5 release. One significant change is that OpenSSL was updated from version 1.0.0 to 1.0.1e. The OSG Software team has found that the Globus security layer (GSI) does not seem to work with this new OpenSSL release. Thus, common commands including globus-job-run and globus-url-copy fail. The failure occurs with the Globus Toolkit available from the OSG as well as the newer release available in EPEL.

The OSG team has not found the root cause of the problem yet and are still investigating. The Globus Toolkit team has been notified, as well. In the meantime, we suggest that OSG sites do NOT update to OpenSSL 1.0.1e, in case doing so causes site-wide authentication failures. The easiest way to avoid OpenSSL 1.0.1e is to avoid upgrading to version 6.5 of the operating system.

We will send out more information as soon as it is available.