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How to setup Let’s Encrypt on CentOS

Let’s Encrypt is the new cool kid in town. What’s cooler than automated, free certificates that are as secure as commercial SSL certs, but come with none of the pain associated with having to validate and renew your certs? If you’ve just set up your new VPS server at VPSCheap, and want to find out how …

How to setup Python Anaconda in CentOS

This tutorial is part of our ongoing series on CentOS 7 help and tutorials. CentOS is a minimalistic distribution by nature. It was designed that way and there are countless benefits to not including things that certain users will not need or find useful. When it comes to Python, CentOS does come with a base …

AutoSSL for proxy subdomains now supported in cPanel

AutoSSL was launched as a cPanel feature last year. It allows for the automatic generation of domain-validated SSL certs in any accounts in which it has been enabled. More recently, the feature is also integrated with Let’s Encrypt. We will write a post about the caveats of using Let’s Encrypt later down the road, but …

Portmapper service abuse warning

The German CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) has published a warning about increased attacks and abuse attempts that use the Portmapper service in a server. This service is typically found on port 111 tcp/udp. In a standard CentOS 6 or 7 install, this port is used rpcbind. The CERT warns that they’re seeing an increased amount of DDoS reflection …

Q4 2016 internet security report

WatchGuard, an internet security firm, has released a report from the last quarter of 2016 with some interesting facts: Roughly 30% of malware analyzed was classed ‘zero day’, which means that legacy antivirus databases are not able to repeal it. In other words, criminals have severely outpaced security firms. Whether it is your desktop computer …

Update on CentOS 5 EOL

Last week we discussed how CentOS reached EOL on March 31st. If you’re running cPanel and still haven’t moved to CentOS 6 or 7, you’re in luck (for now). cPanel has announced an extension of their security updates for cPanel 56, the last version that supports 32-bit systems, including CentOS 5. cPanel 56 will go …

CentOS 5 reaches EOL today

A major event for one of the most popular server distros is taking place today. As of March 31st, 2017, CentOS 5 is EOL (end of life) and will no longer receive further security updates or support. If you’re still using CentOS 5 in any of your systems, we highly recommend you plan for upgrading …

Security update for cPanel 11.56.0.46 & greater

cPanel has released a new build to address recently-found security vulnerabilities. This is what we know so far: CVSSv3 severity scores: 2.4 to 8.8 Versions that address all vulnerabilities: 11.62.0.17 & Greater 11.60.0.39 & Greater 11.58.0.45 & Greater 11.56.0.46 & Greater Vulnerabilities addressed: 15 vulnerabilities in cPanel & WHM software versions 11.62, 11.60, 11.58, and …

How To Install and Use Docker on CentOS 7

Docker is software platform used to run applications in isolated containers, similar to virtual machines. It helps in the easy deployment, testing and shipping of applications or codes. Docker containers are resource-friendly, portable and secure. In this tutorial, we will show you how Docker can be installed and used on a server running CentOS 7. …

How to Monitor Network Bandwidth with vnstat

vnStat is a console-based network traffic monitor for Linux and BSD that keeps a log of network traffic for the selected interface(s). It uses the network interface statistics provided by the kernel as information source. This means that vnstat won’t actually be sniffing any traffic and also ensures light use of system resources. However, in …