At Cloudflare we're dedicated to constantly improving our product. Read below to find out the latest updates.
Tue, January 4, 2022
Magic Firewall customers now have early access to an API to collect packet captures from Cloudflare's edge, which can be used for debugging network issues and gaining greater visibility into malicious traffic patterns. This early access API allows customers to capture the first 160 bytes of packets, sampled at a default rate of 1/100. More functionality including full, encrypted packet captures and control in the Cloudflare dashboard is coming soon.
Please contact your account team to get early access for this feature.
Fri, December 10, 2021
Cloudflare's enterprise device client (WARP) now support API and Terraform based controls. This provides even more options to roll out the client to your organization's workforce. See [API documentation](https://api.cloudflare.com/?cf_target_id=1581E801F854FDF99FD5E45F70F84DF7#devices-set-split-tunnel-include-list) and the [Terraform documentation](https://registry.terraform.io/providers/cloudflare/cloudflare/latest/docs/resources/split_tunnel).
Also, Cloudflare's enterprise device client (WARP) now fully supports the major operating systems, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 11; macOS Mojave, Catalina, Big Sur, Monterey; Including M1 support; ChromeBooks (Manufactured after 2019) (New); Linux CentOS 8, RHEL, Ubuntu, Debian (New); iOS; and Android.
New integrations with mobile device management vendors Microsoft Intune, Ivanti, JumpCloud, Kandji, and Hexnode make it even easier to deploy and install Cloudflare's device client on user devices. We are partnering with leading MDM organizations that organizations already rely on to ensure Cloudflare's software is compatible and has purpose-built documentation to protect users across all devices.
Wed, December 8, 2021
Thousands of organizations have already started building a private network on top of Cloudflare’s network, and now we’re making it easier than ever. Coming soon, we’re eliminating the need to migrate thousands of private hostnames manually to override DNS rules. Now you can route traffic to a private DNS resolver from Cloudflare's network. To learn more, check out the recent announcement.
Granular, identity based policies help build a Zero Trust posture, and now you can enforce session rules to the resources made available in your private network model. Until now, you could build Zero Trust rules around who could reach certain IPs and destinations, however when a user authenticated once, they could keep connecting indefinitely unless fully revoked. Whether you need to force a login every 24 hours or set a timeout after one week, you can now configure specific session durations for your policies and require a user re-authenticates with multi-factor authentication.
By isolating specific URLs, Cloudflare's web isolation can apply Zero Trust threat and data protection for contractor devices or devices managed by third parties without the overhead of deploying additional software to endpoints. Cloudflare’s clientless web isolation leverages our Browser Isolation solution, which runs all web code remotely on our global network far away from any user endpoint.
Tue, December 7, 2021
Earlier this year, Cloudflare Browser Isolation introduced data protection controls that take advantage of the remote browser’s ability to manage all input and outputs between a user and any website. We’re excited to extend that functionality to apply more controls such as prohibiting keyboard input and file uploads to avert phishing attacks and credential theft on high risk and unknown websites.
Mon, December 6, 2021
Cloudlare expands its Zero Trust firewall capabilities to help companies secure their entire corporate network across all of their branch offices, data centers, and clouds—no matter where their employees are working from.
Cloudflare also launched the Oahu program today to help orgranizations migrate from hardware firewalls to Zero Trust. Eligible customers who deprecate hardware firewalls may qualify for discounts and be entered for a chance to win a trip to Oahu, Hawaii.
After initially providing our customers control over the HTTP-layer DDoS protection settings earlier this year, we’re now excited to extend the control our customers have to the packet layer. Using these new controls, Cloudflare Enterprise customers using the Magic Transit and Spectrum services can now tune and tweak their L3/4 DDoS protection settings directly from the Cloudflare dashboard or via Cloudflare API.
Network-layer DDoS Protection ruleset - This ruleset includes rules to detect and mitigate DDoS attacks on layer 3/4 of the OSI model such as UDP floods, SYN-ACK reflection attacks, SYN Floods, and DNS floods. This ruleset is available for customers using Cloudflare Spectrum and Magic Transit on the Enterprise plan.
Advanced TCP Protection ruleset - This ruleset includes rules to detect and mitigate sophisticated out-of-state TCP attacks such as spoofed ACK Floods, Randomized SYN Floods, and distributed SYN-ACK Reflection attacks. This ruleset is available for Cloudflare Magic Transit customers only.
In the past, customers had to contact Cloudflare Support to customize these rulesets. With this feature, customers can tailor and fine-tune the settings to further improve the accuracy of the protection for their specific network needs.
Wed, November 17, 2021
Developers can turn static sites into a fully dynamic application by executing code at the edge with help from the powerful Cloudflare Workers platform. We are announcing this as an open beta and have some exciting things planned for the coming weeks and months.
Mon, November 15, 2021
Cloudflare offers database connectors (early access), enabling developers to directly connect to classic relational databases like Postgres and MySQL. Customers can also leverage our partnerships with MongoDB, Prisma.
Durable Objects are now generally available and production-ready. Customers can now implement complex applications, like collaborative whiteboarding, game servers, or global queues, in just a few lines of code.
Mon, October 18, 2021
With the new UI in the Cloudflare for Teams Dashboard, users who deploy and manage Cloudflare Tunnel at scale now have easier visibility into their tunnels’ status, routes, uptime, connectors, cloudflared version, and much more. On the Teams Dashboard you will also find an interactive guide that walks you through setting up your first tunnel. Our new onboarding guide walks through each command required to create, route, and run your tunnel successfully while also highlighting relevant validation commands to serve as guardrails along the way. Once completed, you’ll be able to view and manage your newly established tunnels.
Fri, October 15, 2021
Customers will be able to apply new rules that stop users from inputting text in Browser Isolation, as well prevent users from downloading or uploading inside of an isolated browser session.
Mon, October 4, 2021
With Cloudflare Access, you can require that users obtain approval before they can access a specific application. For any temporary authentication policy, a user will need to request access at the start of each session and every time their temporary session expires. This allows administrators to define which users should have persistent access and those that must request temporary access.
Fri, October 1, 2021
Magic Transit and Magic WAN customers can now view and update their static route and GRE tunnel configuration with a new section in the Cloudflare dashboard. This new UI allows customers to view and edit existing route and tunnel information, as well as validate changes, with updates propagated globally within minutes.
Thu, September 30, 2021
We’re excited to introduce the open beta of Stream Live, an end-to-end scalable live-streaming platform that allows you to focus on growing your live video apps, not your codebase. With Stream Live, you can painlessly grow your streaming app to scale to millions of concurrent broadcasters and millions of concurrent users.
Tue, September 28, 2021
Magic Transit and Magic WAN customers can now view and update their GRE tunnel configuration via API. This new API allows customers to view existing tunnel information and add/delete tunnels, as well as validate changes, with updates propagated globally within minutes.
All Cloudflare customers now have full Registrar access, including the ability to register new domains. Starting today — and over the course of the next few weeks — we will be introducing over 40 new top-level domains (TLDs).
Mon, September 20, 2021
We’re excited to announce the availability of the HTTP DDoS Managed Ruleset. This feature allows Cloudflare customers to independently tailor their HTTP DDoS protection settings.
Customers on all plans, including the Free plan, can now tweak and optimize the settings directly from within the Cloudflare dashboard or via API.
Wed, September 15, 2021
Cloudflare Images provides a straightforward, end-to-end solution to cost-effectively build and maintain your image infrastructure. Store, resize, and optimize images at scale using one unified product.
Tue, September 14, 2021
Starting today, you will be able to generate Signed Exchanges (SXG) for Google Search with just one click. Automatic Signed Exchanges will be free for all Cloudflare Pro, Business and Enterprise customers as well as for customers using our Advanced Platform Optimization product. To sign up for the waitlist go to the Speed page on the Cloudflare dashboard and click on “Join Waitlist” on the Automatic Signed Exchanges (SXGs) card.
Fri, August 20, 2021
Cloudflare for Teams offers IT administrators a way to ensure users have access to SaaS applications for corporate use, while at the same time blocking access to their personal accounts. This helps prevent the loss of sensitive or confidential data from a corporate network.
You can create Gateway HTTP policies to control access to your corporate SaaS applications. When creating an HTTP policy with an Allow action, you will have the option to configure custom headers. The policy will use these headers to grant access to an application if a user’s request is headed to your organization’s account for the SaaS application, and to deny access if the request is headed to an account that does not match the information in the header.
Cloudflare Browser Isolation executes all website code (including HTML) in the remote browser. Since page content remains on the remote browser and draw instructions are only sent to the browser, Cloudflare Browser Isolation is in a powerful position to protect sensitive data on any website or SaaS application.
Administrators can now control copy-paste, and printing functionality with per-rule granularity with one click in the Cloudflare for Teams Dashboard. For example, now administrators can build rules that prevent users from copying information from your CRM or that stop team members from printing data from your ERP—without blocking their attempts to print from external websites where printing does not present a data loss risk.
Wed, August 18, 2021
Within Cloudflare's Zero Trust platform (Cloudflare for Teams), administrators can prompt users to enter a justification for accessing an application prior to login. Administrators can add this prompt to any existing or new Access application with just two clicks, giving them the ability to log and review employee justifications for accessing sensitive applications; add additional layers of security to applications they deem sensitive; and customize modal text to communicate data use & sharing principles.
Cloudflare's Zero Trust platform has guided integrations with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) management console, Zendesk, and Salesforce. In just a few minutes, your team can apply a Zero Trust layer over every resource you use and ensure your logs never miss a request. With Cloudflare in front of your SaaS applications, you can build Zero Trust rules that determine who can reach your SaaS applications in the same place where your rules for self-hosted applications and network access live.
Tue, August 17, 2021
New device posture checks enabled for policy creation in Cloudflare's Zero Trust platform: (1) Application Check — Verify any program of your choice is running on the device; (2) File Check — Ensure a particular file is present on the device (such as an updated signature, OS patch, etc.); (3) Disk Encryption — Ensure all physical disks on the device are encrypted; (4) OS Version — Confirm users have upgraded to a specific operating system version; (5) Firewall — Check that a firewall is configured on the device; (6) Domain Joined — Verify that your Windows devices must be joined to the corporate directory
Mon, August 16, 2021
Shadow IT Discovery gives you visibility over which SaaS applications your end users are visiting. This information enables you to create the appropriate Zero Trust access or Secure Web Gateway policies in Cloudflare's Zero Trust Platform, so that you can have control over the security of your users and data. Within the Shadow IT Discovery user interface, you can gather information on the application status and application type of the applications visited by your users. You can also change an application's status according to your organization's preferences.
Thu, June 24, 2021
Cloudflare can render a Virtual Network Computer (VNC) terminal in your browser without any client software or configuration required.
Administrators can connect a VNC host to Cloudflare’s network. Using Cloudflare's ZNTA solution (Cloudflare Access), you can apply Zero Trust policies to determine who can access your VNC server. Cloudflare’s network will then enforce the Zero Trust policies and, when a user is allowed, render the client in the browser.
Thu, June 17, 2021
Cloudflare's device client (WARP) is available on Linux
When Cloudflare's device client (WARP) is configured as a local proxy, only the applications that you configure to use the proxy (HTTPS or SOCKS5) will have their traffic sent through WARP. This allows you to pick and choose which traffic is encrypted (for instance, your web browser or a specific app), and everything else will be left open over the Internet.
Magic Transit customers can now view and update the static routes used to direct traffic over their GRE tunnels with a REST API. This API allows customers to control the routes for each prefix/tunnel as well as some properties of each route including priority, region scope, and weight for ECMP balancing.
Thu, June 10, 2021
Administrators can build identity-aware, Zero Trust network policies using Cloudflare's Zero Trust platform. You can apply these rules to connections bound for the public Internet or for traffic inside a private network running on Cloudflare.
Network-level policies will allow you to match traffic that arrives from (or is destined to) data centers, branch offices, and remote users based on the following traffic criteria:
- Source IP address or CIDR in the header
- Destination IP address or CIDR in the header
- Source port or port range in the header
- Destination port or port range in the header
Fri, June 4, 2021
Cloudlare's Zero Trust platform allows you can configure policies to control network-level traffic leaving your endpoints. Using network selectors like IP addresses and ports, your policies will control access to any network origin. Because Cloudflare integrates with your identity provider, it also gives you the ability to create identity-based network policies. This means you can now control access to non-HTTP resources on a per-user basis regardless of where they are or what device they’re accessing that resource from.
Thu, May 27, 2021
The cf-request-id header has been deprecated and is slated for removal on July 1, 2021. Cloudflare will be temporarily removing it on June 15th as a test-run. If you are dependent on cf-request-id for any reason, we suggest you use cf-ray instead. More info can be found at https://api.cloudflare.com/deprecations
Wed, April 21, 2021
Load Balancing is used to keep our customers' infrastructures reliable, resilient, and available to their end-users day-in and day-out. Proximity steering allows customers to input longitude/latitude coordinates of their own data centers on a given pool to route requests from the CF PoP or external resolver the eyeball request arrived at to the closest geographical pool within the customers network.
Fri, April 16, 2021
Cloudflare Stream has been helping creators publish their videos online without having to think about video quality, device compatibility, storage buckets or digging through FFmpeg documentation. We believe creators should have the freedom to choose how they make money from their work instead of being restricted to three sided ad marketplaces and unfair algorithms. Today, we’re introducing a new API that takes a ERC-721 token ID and contact address and sets it on a video so every video on Stream can be represented with an NFT.
Thu, April 15, 2021
Before today, SSL for SaaS was only available to Enterprise customers. Today, we are excited to announce that our SaaS solution is available to everyone. And to reflect the evolution of the product since it was first released, we’re changing the name: Cloudflare for SaaS.
Cloudflare for SaaS is a one-stop-shop for SaaS providers looking to provide fast load times, unparalleled redundancy, and the strongest security to their customers. It allows SaaS businesses to keep their teams focused on building out the solution, while we take care of the underlying infrastructure.
Cloudflare for Teams gives organizations of any size the ability to add Zero Trust controls to resources and data while also improving performance with Cloudflare’s network. Starting today, your team can use that same platform to seamlessly connect to non-HTTP resources from inside of a browser with the same level of audit control available in web applications.
Cloudflare’s browser-based terminal renders a fully functional console that a user can launch with a single click. Users authenticate with their organization’s SSO and Cloudflare’s edge checks that they meet the team’s Zero Trust rules for the resource being accessed. Once approved, users can run commands over SSH as if they were using their native command line without any client side configuration or agent. Cloudflare’s network will accelerate their connection, apply rules about what data transfers can take place, and record the session for administrators to audit as needed.
Wed, April 14, 2021
Workers Unbound is intended for applications that need longer execution times. Today, we are extending our CPU limits up to 30s for HTTP Workers and offering a private beta for Cron Workers up to 15 minutes. HTTP Workers are triggered by HTTP requests as part of the Fetch API, whereas Cron Workers are scheduled jobs invoked by Cron Triggers. Our aim with this release is to allow customers to bring all of their intensive workloads to Workers and access the benefits of our edge network, without having to worry about computation limits.
We heard your feedback on the cost of egress and know that these costs are top of mind for developers who need to do intensive storage and transfer operations. In response to that, we decided to cut our egress costs in half from 9c per GB to 4.5c per GB. Furthermore, we increased the usage that is included in our $5 a month cost, enumerated below. Now, as a part of the Workers Paid Plan, we will give you more usage for the same rate. Read more about our pricing in these docs.
Tue, April 13, 2021
Cloudflare is now announcing a new partnership with NVIDIA to bring AI to the edge at scale. We're bringing developers powerful AI tools to build the applications that will power the future. The combination of NVIDIA’s GPU technology and Cloudflare’s edge network creates a massive platform on which developers can deploy applications that use pre-trained or custom machine learning models in seconds. By leveraging the TensorFlow platform developers can use familiar tools to build and test machine learning models, and then deploy them globally onto Cloudflare’s edge network.
Mon, April 12, 2021
Cloudflare Pages is now available for anyone and ready for your production needs. Cloudflare Pages radically simplifies the process of developing and deploying sites by taking care of all the tedious parts of web development. Now, developers can focus on the fun and creative parts instead. New and improved features include: web analytics, built in redirects, protected previews, live previews, and optimized images.
Mon, March 29, 2021
The new Web Application Firewall (WAF) brings better rule browsing and configuration, a new matching engine, updated rulesets, and global configuration. Starting today, 10% of newly created accounts on Cloudflare will be given access to the new WAF whenever a Pro plan zone or above is added. This percentage will increase to 100% of new accounts over the month of April, after which migration efforts will commence for existing customers. Enterprise customers may migrate early by contacting their account team.
Sat, March 27, 2021
Private encryption keys stored in hardware security module offerings from all major cloud providers can now be used to secure HTTPS connections at Cloudflare’s global edge.
Fri, March 26, 2021
Today, we are announcing early access to API Abuse Detection. This technology will identify, secure, and protect API endpoints with unsupervised learning.
Business users can access a new version of Bot Analytics; where users can view traffic by type, adjust the time frame, and filter by different attributes like IP address or user agent.
For those with more advanced security needs, Enterprise Bot Management remains the gold standard. And it’s only getting better.
Thu, March 25, 2021
Route Leak Detection is a new network alerting feature that tells you when a prefix you own that is onboarded to Cloudflare is being leaked, i.e., advertised by an unauthorized party. Route Leak Detection helps protect your routes on the Internet: it tells you when your traffic is going places it’s not supposed to go, which is an indicator of a possible attack, and reduces time to mitigate leaks by arming you with timely information. Cloudflare Magic Transit or BYOIP customers can configure route leak alerts in the dashboard today.
Wed, March 24, 2021
Schema Validation is now available for all Enterprise customers. We're launching four features to help reduce the impact of exfiltration attacks: a managed IP List allowing you to block traffic from Open Proxies, more control over the certificate lifecycle, and a Data Loss Prevention solution. You can now navigate to the ‘API Shield’ tab where you can deploy API security products directly from the UI.
Cloudflare's Zero Trust platform announces new controls over data in your enterprise.
We are excited to announce that Cloudflare Browser Isolation is now available within the Cloudflare for Teams suite of zero trust security and secure web browsing services as an add-on. Teams of any size, from startups to large enterprises, can benefit from reliable and safe browsing without changing their preferred web browser or setting up complex network topologies. To get started, add Browser Isolation to a Teams Standard, Gateway, or Teams Enterprise plan as an add-on.
Tue, March 23, 2021
Cloudflare for Teams customers can configure policies that rely on device security signals provided by their endpoint security vendor to allow or deny connections to their applications. This includes signals and attributes like version of the operating system, date of the last patch, disk encryption status, inventory of installed applications, status of anti-malware or endpoint security provider, and date of the last malware scan.
Cloudflare for Teams customers can now integrate device posture signals from Carbon Black, Sentinel One, Crowdstrike and Azure AD.
Cloudflare's Zero Trust platform enables device posture checks with new integrations with Mware Carbon Black, CrowdStrike, and SentinelOne to pair with an existing Tanium integration.
Cloudflare's Secure Web Gateway solution (Gateway) protects users as they navigate the Internet. When users download or upload a file to an origin on the Internet, that file could potentially contain malicious code that may cause their device to perform undesired behavior.
To prevent this, Cloudflare Gateway allows admins to enable Anti-Virus (AV) scanning of files that are uploaded or downloaded by users as the file passes through Gateway.
AV scanning of files requires organizations to enable Proxy mode under Settings > Network > Layer 7 Firewall.
Mon, March 22, 2021
We are excited to announce Magic WAN with Magic Firewall - two of the most foundational aspects in our vision for the future of corporate networking and security with Cloudflare One.
Magic WAN provides secure, performant connectivity and routing for your entire corporate network, reducing cost and operational complexity. Magic Firewall integrates smoothly with Magic WAN, enabling you to enforce network firewall policies at the edge, across traffic from any entity within your network.
Mon, December 14, 2020
We are excited to announce updates to the Network Analytics dashboard.
First, a new Trends & Insights section has been added at the top of the dashboard and provides insights into DDoS attack analytics and their trends over time. Read more on our blog.
Additionally, the time-range filter in the Network Analytics dashboard has been expanded to display trends for up to 3 months at a time, allowing customers to view an entire quarter together.
The Network Analytics dashboard also includes a CSV export option that now allows customers to see up to 500 events in one file.
Finally, the new Monitor action allows customers to review traffic flagged by Cloudflare’s mitigation systems, before being mitigated. It allows you to identify the traffic type and decide if this is traffic you'd like to receive or have it blocked at the edge.
Thu, October 29, 2020
Bot Analytics helps you understand, analyze, and learn from automated traffic in the dashboard. It works seamlessly with Cloudflare's Bot Management solution. Customers can use Bot Analytics to view up to one week of traffic at a time, and even to filter on particular attributes like IP address or ASN.
Enterprise customers who do not have Bot Management now have access to a Bot Report. This tool — available in the Firewall tab — provides an exciting new breakdown of your site traffic.
Wed, October 14, 2020
Cloudflare Gateway now protects roaming users and remote devices via integration with the Cloudflare WARP desktop client. Gateway can apply L7 filtering to inspect traffic for threats that hide below the surface.
Tue, October 13, 2020
Cloudflare Access now can be used to protect both internal and SaaS applications, allowing organizations to extend Zero Trust access capabilities to any application in use in their organization.
With Cloudflare Access, every request to applications is evaluated for user identity and device context. Access allows customers to use multiple sources of identity to grant different groups of users access to the same application. This gives customers the flexibility to extend access to external users (3rd parties, contractors, vendors) without having to onboard them onto your centralized Identity Provider.
Thu, October 1, 2020
We're excited to announce native support for gRPC, a next-generation protocol that allows you to build APIs at scale. With gRPC on Cloudflare, you get access to the security, reliability, and performance features that you're used to having at your fingertips for traditional APIs.
When you put your gRPC APIs on Cloudflare, you immediately gain the benefits that come with Cloudflare. Nervous about exposing your APIs to bad actors? Add security features such as WAF and Bot Management. Need more performance? Turn on Argo Smart Routing to decrease time to first byte (TTFB). You can also increase reliability by adding a Load Balancer.
Support for gRPC is currently in beta mode. You can join the beta program from the Network tab on the Cloudflare dashboard.
Mon, September 28, 2020
Within Load Balancing, we have a feature called Health Monitors. As a refresher, a health monitor actively probes an origin within a pool to see if they are available and the results directly influence steering and failover decisions within the overall Load Balancer.
When our customers make changes to their Health Monitors, sometimes mistakes are made. This presents the possibility for missing critical health notifications across potentially many pools and origins! These missed notifications can result in the larger infrastructure being affected and serving large amounts of errors to end-users, in turn, tarnishing the user experience.
To solve this, we introduced Monitor Preview. With Preview, users can make changes to their monitor details and preview the results across all the pools the particular monitor is attached to, all before deploying the changes. This means as our customers continue to build more complex infrastructure on Cloudflare, they have the tools to drive confidence around any edits/changes they make to their monitor configurations ahead of deploying those changes. This not only ensures users configurations are correct across their varying pools, but protects them from any unwanted surprises and makes sure that application reliability is maximised.
Mon, September 14, 2020
Cloudflare Spectrum users can now view detailed traffic reports on DDoS attacks to their configured TCP/UDP applications that include:
Cloudflare Spectrum is a reverse proxy product that offers DDoS protection and traffic acceleration for user-specified applications. Users can easily proxy their TCP/ UDP services behind Spectrum from the Cloudflare dashboard by specifying the hostname/ IP address and port number of the application. With support for Network Analytics, Spectrum users can now get detailed insights into DDoS attacks detected and mitigated at Cloudflare's edge on their Internet property.
To learn more about Network Analytics, read the blog post below.
Tue, September 1, 2020
We're introducing a series of features to the Network Analytics dashboard that allows our Magic Transit & BYOIP customers to investigate layer 3/4 DDoS attacks and analyze traffic more easily and effectively.
Network Analytics provides near real-time visibility into network- and transport-layer traffic patterns and DDoS attacks for a customizable timeframe ranging from 30 minutes up to the last 60 days. The Network Analytics dashboard view is available to Enterprise customers that use Cloudflare Magic Transit or Bring-Your-Own-IP for Cloudflare Spectrum.
First, the new increased range of Top Ns allows users to expand their view to lower-tier variables. Users can adjust the Top Ns using a drop-down menu to either top 5, 10, or 15.
Second, the time series chart has an added tooltip to the “Allowed” legend, allowing users to include traffic triggered by Firewall Rules, flowtrackd, and L7 rules, which might not already be reflected in the Block or Rate Limited traffic for the time being.
Third, users can now view the attack distribution in a stacked bar chart that allows for easier comparison of the various attack vectors on your network.
We've also added a link to Network Analytics Knowledge Base (right next to the 'Packer summary' in the 'Packets' view) for users to learn more about the Network Analytics dashboard.
Mon, August 31, 2020
Debugging network issues can be difficult. Tools like ping can help you understand the health of a network path from one point to another, but it can be hard to diagnose problems in other parts of the network that you don't have a direct presence in. That's why we're excited to announce the availability of the Cloudflare traceroute API, allowing customers to run traceroutes from Cloudflare's edge data centers to any target and narrow in on root causes of network issues regarding latency and packet loss.
The traceroute tool is generally available to all Cloudflare ENT customers and is available via our API at the link below.
Thu, July 30, 2020
Under certain circumstances, Customers may want Cloudflare to announce their IP prefixes on their behalf, a feature known as Bring your own IP, or BYOIP. It may be that these IPs are already allow-listed in important places, or end users are already pointing to these IPs.
Cloudflare can now announce an IP prefix on your behalf for use with our Layer 7 products (e.g. CDN/WAF/Rate Limiting/etc), as well as Spectrum and Magic Transit. It's worth noting that BYOIP is already a requirement for Magic Transit.
Whether you use our ASN or your own (BYOASN), Cloudflare will announce your IPs as Anycast IPs from all of our 250 data centers, just as we would our own. Check out the blog on the release or take a peek at the developer docs, both linked below.
We’re excited to launch flowtrackd — a software-defined DDoS protection system that significantly improves Cloudflare’s ability to automatically detect and mitigate even the most complex TCP-based DDoS attacks.
Using only the ingress traffic that routes through Cloudflare, flowtrackd determines whether to forward or drop each received TCP packet based on the state of its related connection. The state machine that determines the state of the flows was developed in-house and complements Gatebot and dosd, our existing DDoS protection systems. Together Gatebot, dosd, and flowtrackd provide comprehensive multi-layer DDoS protection.
Flowtrackd is now generally available to all customers using Magic Transit.
Tue, July 28, 2020
Cloudflare customers can now easily and quickly drill into their analytics to better understand the traffic patterns on their Internet property. With the introduction of the zoom and group-by features, customers can see in more detail any variations in their traffic patterns right from the dashboard. For example, a spike in traffic can be investigated by zooming into the relevant time range and then grouped by either a single IP address or the URL that may have caused the spike.
These features are now generally available to all Cloudflare customers using Firewall, Cache, Load Balancing, or Network analytics on our paid plans.
Wed, July 22, 2020
Cloudflare Spectrum is a reverse proxy product that offers DDoS protection and traffic acceleration for user-specified applications. Users can easily proxy their TCP/ UDP services behind Spectrum from the Cloudflare dashboard by specifying the hostname/ IP address and port number of the application.
Many services, however, (such as FTP, WebRTC, VoIP) run on multiple TCP ports requiring users to configure a separate Spectrum application for each port. This can be cumbersome to configure and maintain.
With the introduction of support for port ranges, users can now configure a single Spectrum application for a service that runs on multiple ports, making it significantly easier to configure and maintain.
Tue, June 16, 2020
Customers can now get deeper insights into the caching of their websites. See what resources are and aren't cached, so you can optimize your cache settings for a higher cache-hit ratio. You can filter by hostnames and see a list of top URLs that aren't cached, or images that might have short cache TTLs—so you can tune your cache settings to improve the performance of your website and save more on bandwidth costs.
Cache analytics is now generally available to all customers on the Pro, Business, and Enterprise plans, just navigate to the 'caching' tab in your dashboard.
Thu, June 11, 2020
We're introducing a new page rule that allows customers to set cache TTL (time-to-live) based on the status codes received from their origin server. This functionality gives you more granular control over a cached response based on the resource availability determined from the origin server responses.
This feature announcement is part of our continued effort to turn more "Workers required" functionality into first-class Cloudflare features that you can easily enable and set right from the dashboard.
Thu, June 4, 2020
Cloudflare Standalone Healthcheck Analytics is now generally available to all Pro, Business, and Enterprise customers. With Standalone Healthcheck Analytics, you can now see the availability of your origins, latency metrics, and top offending origins or error types over time. You get detailed insight into errors that are taking place across origins, empowering you to take targeted action(s) to remedy the issue and ensure your uptime is maximized. You can find the new analytics in the Healthcheck Analytics Tab of the Traffic App in the Cloudflare dashboard.
Wed, June 3, 2020
Many customers want to maintain local control over their traffic while getting the security benefits that come with a global network. In the era of decentralized cloud services, this can be a massive challenge.
With the launch of Regional Services, you can leverage the power of our global network to increase the security, speed, and reliability of Internet properties—and retain full control over exactly where their traffic is serviced.
Fri, May 29, 2020
Cloudflare Access now integrates with Tanium for Zero Trust access to internal apps. Today, Cloudflare and Tanium customers can ensure any connection to their corporate resources is protected with two layers of assurance: number one, the user’s corporate credentials, and number two, their managed device.
In the new Cloudflare for Teams UI, you can add Tanium as an authentication mechanism. The UI will prompt you to add your Tanium public certificate and the endpoint used to validate the connecting device. With that information, Cloudflare Access can query the device’s health when evaluating a connection without the risk that the device could be impersonated. All Cloudflare for Teams customers who have a Tanium deployment can begin integrating device posture into their Access policies today at no additional cost.
Wed, May 13, 2020
We’re happy to announce that we're rolling out a new Secondary DNS onboarding UI for our Enterprise customers (who have the secondary DNS entitlement enabled).
Until now, you could only onboard to our Secondary DNS via API. This meant multiple, manual API calls – resulting in a complicated onboarding experience, especially for those with multiple domains.
With the new UI, you can onboard your zones end-to-end and manage your DNS masters and TSIGs entirely through the Cloudflare dashboard. If you're an enterprise customer who is interested in Cloudflare Secondary DNS, please ask your account team to enable it for you.
Mon, April 20, 2020
The Cloudflare dashboard now supports security keys as a two-factor authentication method for all users. Hardware security keys are the most secure method of two-factor authentication. They also prevent phishing by verifying that a website is legitimate.
Cloudflare will support multiple hardware security keys, one TOTP seed, and one set of backup codes. We've also added a Management page for your two-factor authentication methods. This means that you can safely add, update, and remove methods while leaving 2FA enabled on your account. You can easily set up your security keys in the 2FA Management menu, found under "My Profile >> Authentication".
Tue, March 31, 2020
Cloudflare's automatic DDoS detection and mitigation systems are now synchronized with your origin servers and leverage your origin’s error response codes as an additional detection signal.
When your origin begins to respond to Cloudflare with an increasing rate of 5xx errors, Cloudflare's DDoS detection systems initiate automatically and will analyze traffic to identify floods faster than ever. Once a flood is detected, dynamically generated mitigation rules are propagated to Cloudflare’s edge data-center(s) to mitigate the flood.
These events will be visible in your Firewall Analytics Dashboard as part of the existing “HTTP DDoS” events. This capability is now enabled by default to all Cloudflare customers at no additional charge.
Wed, March 18, 2020
We've added Cloudflare Fallback Pools to our UI, making it easier for our customers to designate a fallback pool or check if a fallback pool was set at all. The feature is generally available to all Load Balancing customers. Previously, customers could only designate a fallback pool in a given Load Balancer through an API. Now, customers can view, edit, and designate Fallback Pools directly in the Load Balancing UI. This lowers the barrier to utilize Fallback Pools and provides a better understanding of which pool is the fallback at any given time.
Customers can access the new Fallback Pool UI in the Load Balancer creation or edit flow, or within Manage Pools Table.
Tue, March 17, 2020
We are thrilled to expand our alerting capabilities by launching Usage Based Billing Alerts. This new feature will give customers peace of mind about exceeding high bills by letting them know when their usage-based product – such as Cloudflare Argo or Cloudflare Access – exceeds the defined value set by the customer. This Usage Based Billing Alerts feature is now available as a beta and can be accessed via the Alert Notification Center in the Cloudflare Dashboard.
Thu, March 12, 2020
Cloudflare Gateway is now in general availability to all Cloudflare customers. Gateway is a secure web gateway that protects and accelerates outbound Internet traffic. Gateway protects offices, homes and guest wi-fi networks with secure DNS filtering. With 100+ content and security filters, you can use it to protect protects users from malicious and inappropriate content on the Internet, and stop malware, phishing and ransomware attacks before they impact users.
Tue, March 3, 2020
Cloudflare's Advanced Configuration options for Standalone Healthchecks are now generally available to all Pro, Business, and Enterprise customers. With Advanced Configurations, you can preview your Healthcheck(s) prior to deployment, ensuring no unforeseen breakages take place across your origins.
You can also take advantage of threshold-based checks to better target your health reporting, and also choose to be notified for fail, pass, or all health event types. We've also added TCP as a supported protocol for Healthchecks and added more detail for code mismatch errors, along with supporting PATCH and a new Search API. Customers can take advantage of this new functionality through our updated API's found here.
Fri, February 21, 2020
Secondary DNS Analytics are now available to all our secondary DNS customers. This feature provides in-depth insights and visibility into DNS queries. Customers can explore DNS queries based on response code, record type, as well as records that return NXDOMAIN response. Customers can also view DNS query distribution across Cloudflare's data centers. This feature is accessible in the Analytics Tab of the Cloudflare Dashboard or through the DNS Analytics API.
Thu, January 16, 2020
We are announcing Network Analytics for Magic Transit and Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP) enterprise customers. Security professionals are always exploring avenues for better visibility, analytics and reporting. Network Analytics provides actionable insights into the network-layer and transport-layer traffic and attacks. The analytical data enables customers to explore attack events including source, destination, rate, size and duration, in real-time to assess and mitigate DDoS attacks.
Security professionals regularly create customized reports to share with peers, managers and executives. This feature empowers customers with an easy way of creating customized reports for L3/4 DoS attack events. Reports can be created based on select parameters, for example, top events by source or destination and more.
Wed, January 8, 2020
You can now initiate or withdraw BGP advertisements of your Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP) prefixes using Cloudflare’s RESTful APIs.
With Dynamic Advertisements, customers can onboard with Cloudflare in an "on-demand” deployment model, where Cloudflare is not typically in a customer’s flow of traffic but can be inserted when the customer network is under attack. Dynamic Advertisement works with Magic Transit (L3), Spectrum (L4), or the HTTP CDN.
It is important to note that BYOIP prefixes must be explicitly configured for dynamic advertisement support. Existing BYOIP deployments on Cloudflare must go through a migration process before they can use this new functionality.
Thu, December 12, 2019
A new account-focused analytics dashboard is now available in open beta for all Cloudflare users. This dashboard helps you understand what's happening across all of your domains at a glance by providing information on metrics such as requests, bandwidth, cache rate, and error rate. You can also see your traffic broken down by country, view trends over the course of the year, and easily compare each period to the preceding one.
The GraphQL Analytics API, a powerful and flexible new way to explore your Cloudflare metrics and logs, is now generally available for all users. This API offers access to data regarding your HTTP requests, Firewall events, Load Balancing requests, and much more, all from one endpoint. You can select exactly what you need, whether it's one metric for one domain or multiple metrics aggregated for all of your domains. This functionality makes the API ideal for both data exploration and building your own analytics dashboards – it's the same technology we use for the Cloudflare dashboard.
Zero-Downtime Origin Failover is a new capability of our network that improves reliability for all Cloudflare customers. It reduces the number of 52x errors Cloudflare serves to end-users by 20%.
A 52x error occurs when Cloudflare has trouble reaching a customer's origin. Currently, our Load Balancer uses data from our global network to pick the best origin server that we think will be online. However, if Cloudflare ultimately encounters an error, we just return the error to end-users. Zero-Downtime Failover builds on this capability by allowing us to try a new server in real-time before we return an error to the end-user.
Customers who enable Cloudflare Load Balancing and/or add multiple 'A' records for a given domain in their DNS settings will see the most benefit from our Zero-Downtime Origin Failover.
Wed, December 11, 2019
We now support Proxy Protocol v2 for Spectrum customers. When a client connects to your service through Spectrum, your origin sees that connection coming in from one of the Cloudflare IPs – this is how reverse proxies work. But some of our customers would like to see the IP address of the original client.
In HTTP land, we passed that information along using the X-Forwarded-For header.For TCP or UDP applications, however, Cloudflare has used PROXY Protocol (for TCP applications) and Simple Proxy Protocol (for UDP applications) to pass that information along. Both these protocols have certain limitations:
PROXY Protocol v2 solves both of these problems by offering a binary format that is compatible with both UDP and TCP. Cloudflare will now support Proxy Protocol v2 for both TCP and UDP applications on our network.
For related API deprecations, see the API docs.
Tue, December 10, 2019
Cloudflare Load Balancing Analytics is now generally available to all Load Balancing customers. With LB Analytics, you get a granular view of traffic — identify which origins and pools are being selected for your traffic and why, so you can gather insights to optimize your infrastructure.
LB Analytics lets you graphically view traffic demands on load balancers, pools, and origins over variable time ranges. You can also see all of your current health check information on a new map, letting you see which pools and origins are either down or have higher latency than you would like. You can find Load Balancing Analytics in the Traffic tab of the Cloudflare Dashboard.
Mon, December 9, 2019
We’re making Firewall Analytics available to all paid plans so that more customers can easily understand how their attack mitigation is working.
Previously, Enterprise customers could view 14 days of Firewall Analytics for their domains. Today we’re increasing that retention to 30 days. Business and Professional plan zones will get 30 and 3 days of retention, respectively.
In addition, we’re adding several new enhancements to improve your workflow and productivity. These include:
Read this blog post for more information.
Mon, December 2, 2019
'SSL for SaaS' customers now have the option to enable their domain Apex to be proxied to Cloudflare. This is an improvement to our previous offering that required a subdomain.
To illustrate: Previously, to enable 'SSL for SaaS' you had to use a subdomain as your vanity domain, e.g. subdomain.example.com. Now you can use your domain apex (aka root domain), e.g. example.com.
For more on how 'SSL for SaaS' works, please see the blog post.
Fri, November 22, 2019
'Origin cache-control' is the cache-control header sent from the origin server that tells Cloudflare what assets to cache. Previously, a page-rule was made available for customers to enable advanced cache control directives from the origin server.
We are now making this the default behavior of the cache to be compliant with RFC7234.
Note that Cloudflare always respects origin-server cache-control headers, unless explicitly overridden. This change should not result in additional content getting cached. You must still set a "Cache Everything" rule for Cloudflare to treat all types of files as cacheable.
We've added a new action to Firewall Rules called Bypass. The new feature allows you to write a Firewall Rule expression, and select any of the 7 supported features to bypass:
With this new capability, you can write complex expressions to bypass, based on any of the supported Request headers. Use cases include capability to bypass Rate Limiting based on trusted cookies, or being able to bypass specific features like WAF Managed Rules for penetration testing.
This new capability is available to all Cloudflare customers and is available within the Rule Builder and Editor, as well as via our API.
Fri, November 1, 2019
Enterprise customers now have the ability to print or download a PDF snapshot of their Firewall Analytics based on the filters that they have applied. This has been extremely helpful for customers to include analytical insights into reports that can be shared with executive management, engineering teams and other cross-functional stakeholders, or used as a snapshot as part of compliance/security reviews.
Wed, October 23, 2019
Any Cloudflare customer can now see all upcoming API changes in one place. Cloudflare's API exposes the entire Cloudflare infrastructure via a standardized programmatic interface. Using Cloudflare's API, you can do just about anything you can do on cloudflare.com in the customer dashboard. With the new API Deprecation Page, you will be able to see all changes to your APIs, which will simplify the workflow for your teams.
Mon, September 30, 2019
Cloudflare Enterprise customers can now use Logpush to have their HTTP request logs automatically uploaded to Microsoft Azure Blob Storage. Logpush makes it easy to get comprehensive metadata on the requests served by Cloudflare's network, in order to investigate and debug errors and security mitigations or build customized analytics. Simply select a cloud destination–Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Sumo Logic, and now, Microsoft Azure–provide secure access to Logpush's service, and then receive logs every five minutes.
You can set up Logpush under the Analytics tab in the dashboard for any of your domains. A Logpush API is also available.
Cloudflare's WAF team regularly updates our Managed Rulesets to introduce new protections, update rules to decrease false positives, or to deprecate older rules which have been superseded by other, more effective rules or solutions. To help customers stay up to speed with the changes we are providing a public changelog with an RSS feed, which will provide key details regarding:
Thu, September 26, 2019
HTTP/3 is the next generation of the protocol that powers the web. Instead of using TCP as the transport layer, HTTP/3 uses QUIC, a new Internet transport protocol which is encrypted by default and helps accelerate traffic.
Customers with HTTP/3 enabled on their dashboard for their zones will now be able to deliver their websites and APIs over HTTP/3 to visitors who use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browsers.
The Cloudflare SSL/TLS tab has a new look! The tab is now organized into sections for overview, edge certificates, origin certificates, and SSL for SaaS. Driven by customer feedback, these features present you with all the relevant information and controls you need to configure SSL/TLS with confidence. This tab is available to all customers in the dashboard.
Cloudflare provides a number of solutions for SSL/TLS including Universal SSL, Dedicated Certificates, User uploaded custom certificates, and SSL for SaaS.
Wed, September 25, 2019
WARP is a new feature for the 22.214.171.124 mobile app that uses encryption to protect all of your data while it’s in transit over the Internet. This feature was designed to improve your mobile Internet security without draining your battery life or slowing you down. In fact, when network performance is poor, 126.96.36.199. with WARP has been shown to improve Internet speeds on your mobile device.
188.8.131.52. with WARP is free to download and use from Google Play and the iOS app store; you do NOT need to be a Cloudflare customer to use it. For those who want a faster experience, WARP Plus is a subscription-based add-on that uses ARGO routing to send your requests along the fastest path. See the blog post for more details.
Tue, September 24, 2019
Browser Insights is currently only available in Early Access. Customers can request access to this feature by clicking on the Speed Page in the Dashboard.
Mon, September 23, 2019
Bot Fight Mode is now available for all customers in the Firewall settings of the Dashboard. With Bot Fight Mode enabled, requests from traffic that matches malicious bot patterns will be challenged and/or blocked. The goal is to make it more computationally demanding and therefore more expensive to proliferate malicious bot traffic, disincentivizing attackers.
Since making bots consume more CPU resources may have the side effect of increasing carbon emissions, Cloudflare will be planting trees at a much greater rate than would be needed to offset this increase. See the blog post for more details.
We have successfully completed the rollout of DDoS mitigation enhancements to all of our data centers worldwide. These new improvements enable each data center to make localized decisions that will result in the automatic detection and mitigation of UDP and TCP-based DDoS attacks in under 10 seconds.
This faster mitigation has been automatically enabled for all Cloudflare customers.
Wed, September 11, 2019
Cloudflare API tokens are now available to all Cloudflare customers. API tokens allow you to authorize access to specific Cloudflare apps, accounts, and zones with limited permissions by API.
With API Tokens, you can minimize your security risk by leveraging the practice of least privilege - only granting that token access to exactly what it needs. You can access API Tokens in the ‘My Profile’ section of your Cloudflare account. For more details on how it works, review our blog post and support guide.
Fri, August 30, 2019
Spectrum connection logs are now accessible to Spectrum users through Logpush. You can create Logpush jobs to push event logs to your cloud service using the Logpush API or the Cloudflare Dashboard.
Connection logs help you to debug, generate reports and monitor service usage. Logs help shape a complete picture of the lifecycle of a connection, giving insight into:
Logpush for Spectrum supports Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Sumo Logic and Microsoft Azure Blob Storage.
Mon, August 26, 2019
Cloudflare AMP Real URL is now in general availability to all Cloudflare customers. It uses signed exchanges to guarantee the authenticity of your AMP pages when they are served from a supporting AMP cache. Web visitors will not only experience fast mobile page loads, but the website URL will now be shown natively when served from AMP cache.
Thu, August 22, 2019
Cloudflare's new Firewall Event Log for Self-Serve provides a new smoother user experience and advanced functionality giving you more granularity when you search and filter your Firewall Events. With these extra capabilities, Firewall Events allows you to more accurately identify new or repeated threat attempts against your application.
Cloudflare customers are now able to:
The next time you load up the Firewall rules or Rate Limiting rules tab in the dashboard, you will see a new sparkline for each rule showing activity over the last 24 hours. This can be a very useful indicator of whether or not your rules are working as expected. You can also click on any sparkline to see a filtered view of your Analytics or Event Log (for self-serve) for that specific rule. This feature is available for all customers.
Cloudflare's new Firewall Event Log for Free, Pro, and Business customers provides a new smoother user experience and advanced functionality giving you more granularity when you search and filter your Firewall Events. With these extra capabilities, Firewall Events allows you to more accurately identify new or repeated threat attempts against your application.
Cloudflare customers are now able to:
Tue, August 13, 2019
Cloudflare Magic Transit is now available for Enterprise customers. Magic Transit provides secure, performant, and reliable IP connectivity to the Internet. Out-of-the-box, Magic Transit deployed in front of your on-premises network protects it from DDoS attack and enables provisioning of a full suite of virtual network functions, including advanced packet filtering, load balancing, and traffic management tools.
Enterprises are often forced to pick between performance and security when deploying IP network services. Magic Transit is designed from the ground up to minimize these trade-offs: performance and security are better together. Magic Transit deploys IP security services across our entire global network. This means no more diverting traffic to small numbers of distant “scrubbing centers” or relying on on-premise hardware to mitigate attacks on your infrastructure. Visit the product page to learn more.
Thu, August 8, 2019
CT Monitoring is now in beta for all customers. This is an opt-in service that crawls the public logs of certificate authorities and sends you an email whenever a certificate is issued for one of your domains. This information is important because a suspicious certificate issued to your domain could mean that a certificate authority made an error or that someone is perpetrating an attack on your service. With CT monitoring, you can spot bad certificates as they arise and quickly alert the certificate authority to minimize any harm.
Thu, August 1, 2019
Enterprise customers now have Subdomain Support enabled by default. Cloudflare Subdomain Support simplifies management of Cloudflare performance and security for subdomains and provides several additional benefits.
Subdomain Support allows designated teams within your organization to control Cloudflare settings for a specific subdomain, while your central IT team maintains control of your root or parent domain. For example, Cloudflare settings for support.example.com can be managed completely separately from example.com. For more information and instructions, see the support document.
Tue, July 2, 2019
The IP Firewall for Spectrum apps now supports whitelisting. Previously, you could only use the IP Firewall to block a specific set of IPs (blacklisting). Starting today, you also have the option to effectively block everyone on the Internet outside of a list of approved IPs (whitelisting).
Additionally, we’ve added filtering for IPv4 and IPv6 on Spectrum apps. Several customers have indicated that they only want to enable IPv4 or IPv6 on their apps, so now you can indicate whether you want your app to use IPv4, IPv6, or both.
Thu, June 27, 2019
Thanks to some recent engineering and operational improvements, we have updated our default size limits for cached files. The new limits are as follows:
Wed, June 26, 2019
We have rolled out the beta of AMP Real URL to all users. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) is a Google feature that allows you to serve your mobile site from Google’s cache. Not only does this speed up the delivery of your site, but it is also viewed favorably by Google’s search algorithm. One side effect of using AMP is that users will see a path that starts with ‘google.com/amp' in the URL bar. This can confuse your users and hurt your brand.
Cloudflare’s AMP Real URL lets you retain your URL attribution on AMP pages by digitally signing content submitted to Google’s web crawler, proving that the content belongs to you. You can access AMP Real URL in the ‘speed’ tab of your dashboard; for more details on how it works please see the blog post.
Tue, June 18, 2019
Firewall events can now be seen in Cloudflare Logs, which is available for all Enterprise customers. Previously, customers using Cloudflare Logs had to decode our pathingStatus and pathingOps to understand what was happening during a request; the only way to get more details was by manually checking Firewall Events. But now you can see a breakdown of every service and rule that touched a request directly from Cloudflare Logs, providing you with better and clearer insights.
Fri, June 14, 2019
We now have our report on SOC 2 Type 2 compliance. We previously received our SOC 2 Type 1 compliance, indicating that we designed and implemented strong controls around security, confidentiality, and availability. The new Type 2 compliance confirms that those controls have been tested over a period of time to demonstrate that they are operating effectively. These reports give our customers higher assurance that our internal controls are meeting security best practices/industry standards. Contact your customer representative to see the full report.
Thu, June 13, 2019
A new read-only role is now available for all Enterprise accounts. This will enable you to grant read-only access to users in your organization. This role will have all-access read privileges, but a persistent icon in the top-bar will confirm that a user is in read-only mode. This feature is already live; when you add a new user you can now select “Administrator Read Only” as their role.
Thu, June 6, 2019
We’ve made some great new additions to Firewall Analytics, Rules, and Managed Rulesets. These updates are all live and available to use today. The complete list is as follows:
Firewall Rules and Managed Rulesets:
Bring Your Own IP (BYOIP) with Spectrum is now in beta for Enterprise customers. When creating a Spectrum application, Cloudflare normally assigns an arbitrary IP from Cloudflare’s IP pool to your application. This may not always be what you want: you may want to be explicit in your network setup or use your own IP addresses. BYOIP with Spectrum allows you to do just that.
If you own an IP prefix, you can migrate it to Cloudflare. Once the migration is complete, Cloudflare will start broadcasting your IP prefix and traffic will get routed to the global Cloudflare network. Without configuration, however, Cloudflare will not know how to handle this traffic. You’ll need to add Spectrum applications for all applications that you wish to protect, making sure to use the IP addresses you want associated with each application. See the docs or contact your customer representative to learn more.
Sat, June 1, 2019
We have some major announcements for Workers customers and Workers developers. Workers now has an open-source CLI (command-line interface) called Wrangler, which will enable devs to build Workers in a way that is more native to their workflow. In addition, we are introducing a free tier for Workers as well as the ability to deploy to workers.dev. This means you can try Workers for free, and you won’t need to deploy to a domain. We are also enabling multi-scripting for Free, Pro, and Business plans so you can enjoy the benefit of having multiple scripts per zone. Previously, this feature was only available for Enterprise customers.
On top of all that, we have created a new UI, new documentation, and a new landing page for Workers (workers.cloudflare.com). Our goal is to eliminate barriers and make it easier to get started and build things with Workers. See the new docs for more details.
Thu, May 23, 2019
We are constantly working on improvements to our API so that all Cloudflare customers can have easy access to their data. Previously, Audit Logs API only supported querying by "day". It now supports down to the minute resolution for the since and before fields. The Audit Logs API will also be modified to return records with a maximum age of 18 months. Previously, queries were unbounded and this had a detrimental performance impact.
In addition, ALL Cloudflare APIs now include a standard response envelope, which includes an errors field. Previously, Audit Logs would return null for errors, instead of an empty array, which is the standard.
Fri, May 17, 2019
Workers KV is now out of beta and in GA for all Cloudflare customers. Workers KV is a highly distributed, eventually consistent, key-value store that spans Cloudflare's global edge. It allows you to store billions of key-value pairs and read them with ultra-low latency anywhere in the world so you can build entire applications with the performance of a CDN static cache.
Workers KV enables you to store persistent data on the edge and quickly access that data with an API call. Some examples of functionality you can build with Workers KV include mass redirects and user authentication for apps. You can try Workers KV today by accessing it in the Workers tab in your dashboard.
Wed, May 1, 2019
A new feature in Firewall Rules called “Functions” is now available to customers on all plans. Functions will allow a customer to have better control and flexibility to evaluate attributes. Our first two transformations are an "upper" and "lower" function.
One of the biggest challenges with Wordpress and other applications, is that they automatically sanitize URLs to improve user-experience. The negative impact of this is it makes security more challenging. These functions will disable case sensitivity for that field, and you can now evaluate in either UPPER case or lower case. This does not change the actual request, it purely changes the case during the evaluation of the attribute. For examples and documentation please see the developer docs.
Fri, April 26, 2019
ISO 27001 is a security certification that is used as an international standard for managing risks to information security. It is published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Receiving this certification means that an organization has met a set of strict requirements in the implementation of their Information Security Risk Management System (ISMS).
To maintain this certification, an organization must be regularly audited by a certifying body who will ensure that the proper standards are being met. This means that Cloudflare customers can have peace of mind knowing that we are preserving the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your information. You can see the full list of our security certifications on our Compliance page.
Tue, April 16, 2019
We’ve exposed HTTP flood analytics in the Firewall Analytics dashboard. Now you can leverage the filters, toggle time periods, and view topN insights for HTTP floods.
We’ve also upgraded our UDP protection. In addition to the existing UDP protocol violation protection, we’ve added more protection against UDP floods. This fortification is intended to support Spectrum UDP applications, BYOIP, NTP/NTS and QUIC (by Q3). TCP/UDP analytics is planned for later this year as well.
Tue, April 9, 2019
We’ve launched a major performance enhancement for all Cloudflare customers who use CNAME DNS records to point to their origin. For example, customers may configure "origin.customer.com" to reach their origin instead of an A record like 184.108.40.206.
Before this change, every single request to our edge would trigger a DNS lookup for an origin IP. This behavior is particularly problematic if a CNAME is configured as the origin. In this case, we could add 100s of milliseconds in latency, since we may need multiple Internet requests to fetch the origin IP. Now, we only look up the origin IP when we need it. This cuts the total number of DNS requests in half and reduces the total time we spent looking up DNS records by about 1/3rd globally.
Tue, March 26, 2019
We have improved the way we deliver large file downloads for all of our customers. Concurrent Streaming Acceleration is a new way of delivering large, uncached files to multiple clients simultaneously. Previously, when several users requested an uncached file, the first user to ask for the file would have to finish downloading for the file to be cached and delivered to the other users. With Concurrent Streaming Acceleration, several users can simultaneously download the file while it is being added to the Cloudflare CDN cache.
This change is live across all of Cloudflare, and will be particularly helpful for streaming live video to multiple users via Cloudflare Stream. Several users have noticed a drop in “cache lock wait time,” i.e. how long a request must wait for other requests – since we rolled out this change.
Thu, March 14, 2019
This week we received our SOC 2 Type 1 compliance report. This report evaluates Cloudflare on three trust service principles of SOC 2: Security, Availability, and Confidentiality. SOC 2 is a compliance certification that focuses on internal controls of an organization related to five trust principles: Security, Confidentiality, Processing Integrity, Availability, and Privacy.
To maintain this certification, an organization must be regularly audited by a certifying body who will ensure that the proper standards are being met. This certification means Cloudflare customers can rest assured that their data is being kept private and protected. Enterprise customers can get in touch if they want to see a copy of the report.
Wed, March 6, 2019
This week we release Layer 4 DoS analytics in the dashboard for Enterprise customers. Enterprise users will now be able to see both Layer 7 analytics in the form of dropped HTTP requests per second as well as Layer 4 analytics in the form of dropped TCP packets per second.
Layer 4 (transport layer) attacks exploit a vulnerability in the TCP handshake in an attempt to max out the maximum number of TCP connections. Meanwhile layer 7 (application layer) attacks attempt to overwhelm a service with HTTP requests. Seeing analytics for both can help you understand what kind of attacks you are facing and what type of protection you need.
Mon, March 4, 2019
Some services you run may require knowledge of the true client IP. However, since Cloudflare intercepts packets before forwarding them to your server, you may see Cloudflare’s IP rather than the true client IP. In these cases, you can use a proxy protocol for Cloudflare to pass on the client IP to your service.
Previously, we enabled Proxy Protocol support for Spectrum TCP packets. Since Proxy Protocol doesn’t support UDP, we have now created our own Simple Proxy Protocol to allow IP preservation for Spectrum UDP packets; this feature is available for all customers. To enable, simply flip the switch in the Spectrum dashboard. See the docs for more details.
Fri, March 1, 2019
Insights into security events are critical for monitoring the health of web applications. Today, Cloudflare announced new Firewall Analytics which will help our Enterprise customers get detailed insights into firewall events, helping them to tailor their security configurations more effectively.
Mon, February 25, 2019
Improve your application’s performance and security by tuning your Cloudflare configuration. Investigate and debug errors and security mitigations reported by your end users. Build customized analytics in the tools you already use.
Thu, February 7, 2019
Access improves the security of service-to-service connections by adding service token authentication to the protections offered by Cloudflare. With service tokens, customers can now extend access control to automated tools, scripts, and bots.
Fri, January 25, 2019
Cache API now works with Workers to give customers greater, more fine grained control over Cloudflare's caching behavior. This API will now allow customers to cache objects that were traditionally uncacheable, for example caching POST requests.
Fri, January 18, 2019
Customers on Free, Pro and Business plans can now purchase load balancing support for up to 20 origins. This increased support allows customers to build a more resilient global infrastructure that ensures their customers are served content from locations closest to them, with the lowest latency.
Fri, December 21, 2018
Access improves the security of service-to-service connections by adding service token authentication to the protections offered by Cloudflare.
Fri, December 7, 2018
Access now supports mutual TLS (mTLS) authentication. Mutual TLS authentication ensures that the traffic is secure and trusted in both directions between a client and server. This type of authentication can be used for allowing requests such as Internet of Things devices, that do not login with an identity provider, to demonstrate that they have permissions to reach a given resource.
Organizations will be able to use mutual TLS authentication as a second layer of authentication for users or as the primary method of authentication for connected devices.
Fri, November 16, 2018
Access can authenticate users who want to use SSH (Secure Shell). This removes the need for a VPN by developers, IT, and support to use this service while providing secure authentication and integration with major identity providers.
Fri, October 5, 2018
Increase performance for users using APIs over CLI by authenticating near them, not in a far away VPN server. Simplify and reduce costs for deployment, configuration, and maintenance. Tightly control authorization through granular policies based on attributes such as users, IP ranges, and application URLs.
Wed, October 3, 2018
The Cloudflare dashboard now supports Single Sign On (SSO) for ease of centralized identity and access management. Reduce user provisioning times and avoid password sprawl, with a seamless SSO experience that supports your existing identity providers.
Tue, October 2, 2018
Customers have secure SSO access to Confluence or JIRA. Instead of entering credentials twice, users authenticate only once through Access.
Mon, October 1, 2018
Cloudflare Workers now support the inclusion of WebAssembly modules. WebAssembly support allows developers to run code inside of Cloudflare Workers written in almost any language including: Rust, Go, C, C++, and others.
Fri, September 28, 2018
Cloudflare Workers KV provides access to a secure low latency key-value store at all 154 Cloudflare data centers. Developers can use Cloudflare Workers and Workers KV to augment existing applications or to build entirely new applications on top of Cloudflare's global cloud network. Workers KV scales seamlessly to support applications serving dozens or millions of users.
Thu, September 27, 2018
Cloudflare Registrar lets you securely register and manage your domain names with transparent, no-markup pricing that eliminates surprise renewal fees and hidden add-on charges. Be one of the first to transfer your domains to Cloudflare. Sign up today for the Cloudflare Registrar Early Access.
Mon, September 24, 2018
Server Name Indication (SNI) does not conceal the requested hostname in the ClientHello message during TLS negotiation. This allows intermediaries to have visibility into the hostnames of websites visited by users. Exposing the hostname means that the privacy of users can be compromised, content can be censored, or traffic can be served with discriminatory quality-of-service.
Encrypted SNI keeps the hostname private when a user is visiting an ESNI-enabled site on Cloudflare by concealing the browser’s requested hostname from anyone listening on the Internet.
All domains on Cloudflare using our authoritative name servers get Encrypted SNI enabled as default.
Fri, September 21, 2018
Cloudflare improves the accuracy of time for TLS handshakes through a rough, authenticated time-synchronization based on Google’s Roughtime protocol. By running a Roughtime service, we enable clients to securely keep approximately correct time, which reduces erroneous authentication from 'clock skew' and increases security through wider adoption of short-lived HTTPS certificates.
Thu, September 20, 2018
Cloudflare will run an Onion Service on its network. Tor users visiting sites that have enabled this feature will be scored for reputation differently from general Tor traffic. This will result in fewer CAPTCHAs for human Tor users while protecting the site from malicious actors and reducing exit node tampering.
Cloudflare now supports load balancing for non-HTTP/S traffic across multiple origins for increased availability and performance when deployed with Spectrum.
Wed, September 19, 2018
Cloudflare supports the RPKI-framework for two important parts of Internet transit: signing BGP routes it announces for all Cloudflare domains, and validating announced IP addresses when routing traffic through its global network. Authenticating BGP routes with public key signing helps prevents visitors or origins on RPKI compliant ISP's from being hijacked.
Tue, September 18, 2018
Provision and manage DNSSEC from within the Cloudflare dashboard instead of logging into the supported registrar.
Mon, September 17, 2018
Simplify, speed up, and secure read-only access to files stored on the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a peer-to-peer protocol for storing content.
Thu, September 13, 2018
The Cloudflare Provider for Terraform now supports deployment and configuration of Cloudflare Workers. Users of Terraform can now include Cloudflare Workers as another part of their configuration as code approach to infrastructure.
Tue, September 11, 2018
Deploy projects to Cloudflare Workers quickly and consistently using the Serverless Framework.
Thu, August 23, 2018
Spectrum allows TCP applications to support proxying multiple ports on the same hostname. A single application with multiple ports, (e.g. SMTP, which uses ports 25, 465, and 587) can be proxied through Cloudflare using the same hostname to protect it from DDoS attacks.
Tue, August 7, 2018
Cloudflare Stream makes streaming high quality video at a global scale easy and affordable. Eliminate the effort of delivering high quality video with a massive, globally distributed video delivery network. Use a single, integrated workflow through a robust API or drag and drop UI that includes video encoding, global delivery, and customizable player.
Tue, July 24, 2018
Cloudflare Access now provides more granular control by supporting reusable nested user groups and bypass policies that include IP address whitelisting. Access policies based on user groups automatically apply rules to all users in the defined group, simplifying the creation and management of policies. Access rules can also enable traffic to bypass authentication. You can whitelist specific IP addresses, address ranges, or open up specified endpoints to the public internet.
No VPN required. Cloudflare Access enables easy, secure, and fast access to internal applications wherever they are, from whatever device. Leverage a Zero Trust security framework with existing identity providers like Google™, Facebook™, Okta™, Github™, and more. Get your first 5 users per month for free.
Tue, July 10, 2018
Dynamic steering is a load balancing feature that automates traffic steering across origins in multiple geographic regions. Round-trip time (RTT) for health checks is calculated across multiple pools of load balanced servers and origins to determine the fastest server pools. This RTT data enables the load balancers to identify the fastest pools, and to direct user requests to the most responsive origins.
Thu, July 5, 2018
Cloudflare's DNS now supports the following record types: CERT, DNSKEY, DS, NAPTR, SMIMEA, SSHFP, TLSA, and URI via the web and API.
Thu, June 28, 2018
Cloudflare now resolves fully qualified domain name (FQDN) origins at the edge rather than centrally. This allows load balancers to better support origins that utilize geo-DNS or other dynamic responses.
Mon, June 11, 2018
The Developer Portal has been updated in Q2 to include improved search, documentation for new products, and listings of upcoming Cloudflare community events.
Fri, June 1, 2018
Thu, May 31, 2018
Cloudflare’s Stream Delivery solution offers fast caching and delivery of video content across our network of 150+ global data centers.
Tue, May 29, 2018
On June 4, Cloudflare will be dropping support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 on api.cloudflare.com. Additionally, the dashboard will be moved from www.cloudflare.com/a to dash.cloudflare.com and will require a browser that supports TLS 1.2 or higher.
Mon, May 21, 2018
Rate Limiting has two new features: challenges (CAPTCHA and JS Challenge) as an Action; and matching Header attributes in the response (from either origin or the cache) as the Trigger. These features give more control over how Cloudflare Rate Limiting responds to threshold violations, giving customers granularity over the types of requests to "count" to fit their different applications.
To learn more, go to the blog post.
Thu, May 10, 2018
The Cache-Tag header now supports up to 1000 tags and a total header length of 16kb. This update simplifies file purges for customers who deploy websites with Drupal.
Wed, May 2, 2018
Starting May 2 2018, users can go to the new home of Cloudflare’s Dashboard at dash.cloudflare.com and share account access. This has been supported at our Enterprise level of service, but is now being extended to all customers.
Thu, April 12, 2018
Cloudflare is now able to validate origin certificates that use a hostname's CNAME target in Full SSL (Strict) mode. Previously, Cloudflare would not validate any certificate without a direct match of the HTTP hostname and the certificate's Common Name or SAN. This update allows SSL for SaaS customers to more easily enable end-to-end security.
Spectrum protects TCP applications and ports from volumetric DDoS attacks and data theft by proxying non-web traffic through Cloudflare’s Anycast network.
Wed, April 11, 2018
Cloudflare workers can now control cache TTL by response code. This provides greater control over cached assets with Cloudflare Workers.
Thu, April 5, 2018
Argo Tunnel ensures that no visitor or attacker can reach your web server unless they first pass through Cloudflare.
Using a lightweight agent installed on origin infrastructure, including containers or virtual machines, Cloudflare creates an encrypted tunnel between its nearest data center and an application’s origin server without opening a public inbound port.
Fri, March 23, 2018
Cloudflare is strengthening the Certificate Transparency (CT) ecosystem with our introduction of Nimbus, a free and open CT log. Certificate Transparency improves security online by bringing accountability to the system that protects HTTPs. Additionally, we have published Merkle Town, a dashboard for exploring and monitoring the certificate transparency ecosystem.
Thu, March 8, 2018
Configurable weighting allows for user defined weighting for how much traffic an origin server receives.
Fri, March 2, 2018
Cloudflare can easily be setup as a secondary DNS provider. When records are edited with the primary DNS provider, the corresponding records at Cloudflare are automatically updated.
Wed, February 28, 2018
Zone Lockdown allows for the whitelisting of specific IP addresses and IP ranges, whereby all other IPs are effectively blacklisted. This supports specific sub-domains and URLs and is useful to protect an administrative area from non-specified IP addresses.
Create a rule to block or challenge a specific User Agent from accessing your domain. This works similarly to Zone Lockdown, except the block examines incoming User-Agent strings rather than IPs. User Agent blocking applies to an entire zone, and sub-domains cannot not be specified.
Thu, February 1, 2018
Fri, January 19, 2018
In light of cache deception attacks, we have released a tool called Cache Deception Armor to help our customers make sure only assets that should be cached are being cached.
Wed, January 17, 2018
Cloudflare Access offers secure application access without a VPN. Users can secure, authenticate, and monitor user access to any domain, application, or path on Cloudflare.
Tue, January 16, 2018
Load Balancing event logs allow for the review and filtering of status changes of your Load Balancing Origins and Pools.
Thu, December 14, 2017
Cloudflare now supports additional HTTP cache-control directives. These headers allow more control over content caching behavior and enable our cache to handle more complex instructions for handling online assets.
Tue, December 5, 2017
Cloudflare now supports Certification Authority Authorization (CAA). CAA records allow domain owners to specify which CAs are authorized to issue certificates for their domain (or subdomain, as CAAs can be defined at any level of the hierarchy).
Mon, November 27, 2017
Cloudflare's Nginx response header will change from 'cloudflare-nginx' to 'cloudflare'. This migration will begin on 11/29 and will take 1-2 months for all customers.
Fri, November 17, 2017
Cloudflare's newly released Audit Logs offer the ability to view and download the most recent changes made to domains or account settings. It is provided in both the dashboard and via API.
Thu, November 9, 2017
When people use anonymity services or shared IPs, it makes it more difficult for website protection services like Cloudflare to identify their requests as coming from legitimate users and not bots. The Privacy Pass browser extension reduces the number of challenge pages presented by Cloudflare by letting users prove their identity across multiple sites anonymously. The Privacy Pass extension is available for both Chrome and Firefox.
Thu, October 5, 2017
Cloudflare Load Balancing now supports session affinity, using automatically generated cookies. If session affinity is enabled, the same target receives the request and can use the automated cookie to recover an existing session with the origin server.
Tue, October 3, 2017
Customers with Argo Smart Routing enabled can now get an in-depth look at dynamic content performance statistics across both requests and geographies.
Tue, September 26, 2017
Geo Key Manager provides the ability to choose which Cloudflare data centers have access to private keys in order to establish HTTPS connections. Cloudflare has preconfigured options to select from either US or EU data centers as well as the highest security data centers in the Cloudflare network. Data centers without access to private keys can still terminate TLS, but they will experience a slight initial delay when contacting the nearest Cloudflare data center storing the private key.