Category Archives: Security

Security related things, scripts, firewalls, updates and other goodness

Identifying exploits and exploited websites

I have made posts before regarding how to find exploits, and what to do about those previously, however it has come to my attention that some people are not even realizing what the basics are to look for. In this … Continue reading

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Finding Exploits and Trojan php hacks on a website

Its always unfortunate when you are exploited, and the best method to fix a site is to wipe and restore from a known backup as well as track down the entry point they gained access and fix it. Sometimes you … Continue reading

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WordPress mass update script 3.4.2

This script will search /var/www (changeable in a variable) for any wordpress installs and make sure its upgraded to the latest version. It will run a backup to /root/wp_upgrade/ of all files and database before doing anything with the site … Continue reading

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Keeping your hosting panel updated

From time to time hosting control panels (Such as Plesk) get updated by their creators. Those updates may often include patches to critical vulnerabilities, so its a good idea to keep track of those. We try to keep our customers … Continue reading

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Distrubution release support (CentOS4/Debian 5)

Linux distributions keep moving forwards, and as they progress older releases stop receiving security patches or updates. As part of our commitment to maintaining reliable and safe services, we would like to highlight the following announcements... CentOS-4 End Of Life … Continue reading

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Plesk updates and server security

Recently we were advised of a significant vulnerability in all older versions of the Plesk Panel. If you have not done so recently, we strongly recommend you schedule some time to update. Extended details about that are available. You can … Continue reading

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WordPress mass update script 3.3.1

This script will search /var/www (changeable in a variable) for any wordpress installs and make sure its upgraded to the latest version. It will run a backup to /root/wp_upgrade/ of all files and database before doing anything with the site … Continue reading

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Checking a potentially hacked machine and reinstalling packages when you break things

Sometimes you may see something odd go past in the logs, on the screen, or something might just seem a bit 'off' somehow. Its a good idea when this happens to just double check that things are as they should … Continue reading

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DigiNotar and SSL certificates

Great news! We were pretty sure, but a recent notification from our certificate supplier told us that none of the certificates ordered on behalf of our customers are signed by DigiNotar. For those of you not aware, DigiNotar is a … Continue reading

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Why is your server sending spam? why does it keep crashing with high load?

We get asked these questions regularly, and 9 out of 10 times it may be because your server may have been hacked, either on a user level, web application, or more. Here are some ways to quickly check for the … Continue reading

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