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Upgrading MySQL or MariaDB

cPanel & WHM Version 80 will not support MySQL 5.5, and updates to cPanel & WHM Version 80 will be blocked for any server still running MySQL 5.5. We are also blocking updates for any cPanel & WHM servers that connect to servers running MySQL 5.5. The MySQL/MariaDB Upgrade interface inside WHM makes upgrading safe and easy.  Why the block? On December 31st, 2018, MySQL version 5.5 entered End of Life status. Any server currently running MySQL …

Introducing cPanel Analytics

As a part of an ongoing initiative to improve user experience in our product, in cPanel & WHM Version 78 we introduced cPanel Analytics. This functionality is intentionally built with ease of use and privacy in mind. It provides us with deeper insight into how our customers utilize cPanel, WHM, and Webmail without compromising the privacy of those users. We tested the feature directly with a few customers on cPanel & WHM Version 74, made some adjustments in …

Securing Exim for your Hosting Environment

Exim (Experimental Internal Mailer) is a mail transfer agent known for being a general and flexible mailer, with many tools for checking incoming email. Created in 1995 by Philip Hazel, an estimated 57% of publicly reachable mail servers on the internet use Exim. Using the Sendmail design model, Exim has defined stages where it gains or loses privileges on a server, to help increase the security of mail delivery overall. Many of the benefits that Exim provides …

WordPress/Joomla!/Drupal- A Security Comparison

One of the more popular methods of publishing content on a website is a CMS (Content Management System). A CMS generally has a graphic user interface where a user can log in, create or upload content, update existing content, design how they would want their website to appear, and other related tasks. The three most popular CMS choices by usage are WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. A cursory glance at these three different pieces of software shows …

#JDayFL19 Presentation: After Install of cPanel & WHM

Strengthening connections with our users is a huge part of the work that we do on the Community Team here at cPanel, and conferences like JoomlaDay Florida are perfect for that. Even on years that it sells out (like this one), it’s only around 150 of our best friends with great chances to interact, and still intimate enough that we get a chance to really talk to some of the best folks there. I …

Let’s Talk MultiPHP

Many hosting providers have a large customer base with varying needs for their online projects. Available for systems running EasyApache 4, the MultiPHP Manager interface allows you to easily manage the PHP and PHP-FPM configurations of your cPanel accounts and domains. Hosting providers can switch between a number of different PHP versions with the click of a button, or allow more advanced users to upgrade to a newer version of PHP more quickly than others. There are …

When PHP Went Pear Shaped- The PHP PEAR Compromise

As you may or may not be aware, on January 19th, 2019, a security announcement was published confirming the compromise of the PHP Extension and Application Repository (PEAR) installation script. The PEAR project had the following statement to announce: “A security breach has been found on the http://pear.php.net webserver, with a tainted go-pear.phar discovered. The PEAR website itself has been disabled until a known clean site can be rebuilt. A more detailed announcement will be on the …

Moving Your WordPress.com site to a cPanel Server

WordPress is the most commonly used CMS (Content Management Software) on the internet, with a market share of 59.5% of websites built on the internet. There are numerous ways to get a WordPress blog up and running for the public to see. One of the more popular ways to publish a blog is WordPress’ official site- WordPress.com. This site offers the opportunities for its users to build and maintain a free WordPress blog. There are downsides to a …

Security Advisor 101

Inside the Security Center section of WHM lies a feature that some cPanel & WHM users may not be familiar with. Security Advisor is a feature that when selected, displays possible security concerns that hosting providers will want to address, as well as a solution to that warning message. The settings that are flagged may be problematic in some configurations but are not something that would be addressed through a cPanel & WHM version …

Reseller’s Guide to ACLs and API Tokens

Several versions ago, we made some monumental changes to the way that the ACLs (access control lists) and APIs behave and the level of access they grant. These improvements allow webhosts to provide more access to resellers while maintaining security for root users and server owners. We want to take this opportunity to highlight the numerous changes that these updates bring. New Reseller Privileges Granted If you are a webhosting provider, you likely sell hosting …