cPanel X3 Template deprecation schedule

As some of our clients and resellers may use the X3 Theme in cPanel, we are reposting this from http://blog.cpanel.com/its-time-to-say-goodbye-to-x3/

Over the past year, we’ve talked prominently about the impending deprecation of X3, the previous generation user interface for cPanel. Today’s the day we are officially announcing a deprecation schedule and its eventual removal from the product.

Here’s the schedule:

In 11.52…

  • Brand new installations of cPanel & WHM will consider Paper Lantern to be the default theme for all new accounts. Already existing installations of cPanel & WHM will not be affected. If you are using a third-party theme, you will also not be affected.

In 11.54…

  • Non-emergency and non-security related maintenance for X3 will wind down. cPanel’s development and release teams will retarget all upcoming development to Paper Lantern only.
  • As a result of updating from any previous version of cPanel & WHM to 11.54, pre-existing accounts and packages/plans which are found to still be using X3 will be updated to use Paper Lantern with the Retro style applied. There are a couple of important exceptions to this rule:
    • Accounts using third-party themes like RVSkins, CleanPanel, or CPSkins will not be migrated to Paper Lantern.
    • Accounts using a forked copy of X3 (a folder within /usr/local/cpanel/base/frontend) will not be migrated to Paper Lantern.
    • Accounts using a customized brand of X3 will not be affected. If you have created a branding package for X3, your accounts will not be migrated.
    • Accounts which are using one of the default styles like “Black Ice”, “Blue Lagoon” or “Mobile” shipped with X3 WILL be migrated to Paper Lantern with the Retro Style applied.
  • cPanel and WHM’s public documentation for 11.54 will assume the Paper Lantern interface. Public documentation for previous versions of cPanel & WHM will be unaffected.

In 11.56…

  • We are intentionally leaving 11.56 empty in the deprecation schedule to accommodate any unforeseen schedule changes as well as customers and third party plugin developers requiring time to perform any manual migrations.

In 11.58…

  • X3 will no longer be shipped in cPanel & WHM.
  • Customization features inside WHM which operate only on X3 will be removed.

A couple of things you need to keep in mind going forward:

  • X3 will not be removed from pre-existing installations of cPanel & WHM during the update process to 11.58. If you are using a branded X3 interface, you may continue to do so. We will simply be halting all updates to X3.
  • For those of you who have forked X3 and are maintaining your own theme, you will be unaffected by this change.
  • It is the responsibility of third-party developers to update their plugins to run within Paper Lantern. If you think that an important plugin you use is not Paper Lantern ready, please contact its developers and let them know.
  • The legacy LANG system which was deprecated in cPanel & WHM 11.46 will be removed entirely with the removal of X3. If your third party plugin relies on this deprecated localization system, it will begin to error at this point.
  • We will not be releasing X3 in the form of a plugin or any other distribution. Customers who choose to continue to use X3 from previous installations will do so at their own risk.
  • While the Retro Style for Paper Lantern will approximate the appearance of X3, it will not be a perfect implementation. We are providing the Retro Style to ease the transition for users, not as a final destination for users. We may chose to disable new user interface features in the Retro Style rather than forcibly adapt them into this holdover style. A separate deprecation schedule for the Retro Style will be announced in the future.

Roughly speaking, this schedule will take about 1 calendar year to complete. We will be updating this schedule from time to time so that everyone will know what can be expected. During this time, all general maintenance and ongoing bug fixes for any previous version of cPanel we have shipped will continue according to our Long Term Support Policy. Once 11.58 reaches ‘End of Life’ status, X3 will no longer be maintained by cPanel for all versions 11.58 and newer.

 

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Cloudflare; China Datacenters

Cloudflare took a large step towards China, however due to regulation reasons currently only Enterprise customers of Cloudflare will be able to activate this region, this will be changed in the coming time according to Cloudflare, however you will still need an Internet Content Provider (ICP) license number to be allowed to serve your content in this region.

If your company is relying heavily on China and you must have a local presence there, you may want to check out the cloudflare page about this subject at the Cloudflare website

Cloudflare starts out in the following 17 Datacenter Locations: Qingdao, Fuzhou, Hengyang, Dongguan, Shenyang, Luoyang, Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Langfang, Xian, Nanning, Zhengzhou, Shijiazhuang, and Foshan.

In the months ahead, they will continue to expand their footprint in the country, and expect that by the end of 2016 there will be more locations in mainland China than exist across all the rest of CloudFlare’s network today.

 

 

WordPress 4.3.1 security release

WordPress 4.3.1 is now available. This is a security release for all previous versions and we strongly encourage you to update your sites immediately.

This release addresses three issues, including two cross-site scripting vulnerabilities and a potential privilege escalation.

  • WordPress versions 4.3 and earlier are vulnerable to a cross-site scripting vulnerability when processing shortcode tags (CVE-2015-5714). Reported by Shahar Tal and Netanel Rubin of Check Point.
  • A separate cross-site scripting vulnerability was found in the user list table. Reported by Ben Bidner of the WordPress security team.
  • Finally, in certain cases, users without proper permissions could publish private posts and make them sticky (CVE-2015-5715). Reported by Shahar Tal and Netanel Rubin of Check Point.

More information about this update can be found on the wordpress website.

PHP Version Selection & Hardened PHP

Most of our clients already know for a long time they could select the PHP version of their choice, we always have warned those clients that the best course of action is to upgrade to a supported version, and that advise stays the same. But for those who have no other choice as using the old version for whatever reason, we now have now HardenedPHP on all Cloudlinux servers.

Hardened PHP is a feature of CloudLinux OS that secures old and unsupported versions of PHP. In those old versions, including widely used 5.2, 5.3, and, as of September 14th, 2015 also 5.4, vulnerabilities, even if discovered, are not patched by the PHP.net community.

About 85% of all PHP sites use highly popular PHP versions like PHP 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4. Yet, versions 5.2 & 5.3 and, as of 9/14/2015 also version 5.4, are unsupported by the PHP.net community.

Web developers write their scripts to accommodate for a particular PHP version, but just because a version becomes obsolete, companies are not able to update and change programs to accommodate for newer versions.

HardenedPHP patches old PHP versions so that you do not have to force your customers to re-write scripts written for an older PHP version or, even worse, risk breaking their sites.

One important note, HardenedPHP does not make your insecure website secure ! there is no magic which can fix a security issue within the PHP script itself; HardenedPHP only fixes known security issues within the PHP code itself; not the scripts.

Over 100 vulnerabilities, of which many were critical, have been discovered for the unsupported versions of PHP and all have been patched by CloudLinux.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: CloudFlare’s 45th data center

Kuala Lumpur joins the CloudFlare network as the 45th global point of presence (PoP).  It’s been a long three years since we last crossed a new border in Asia. Kuala Lumpur expands our presence in the Asia-Pacific region to nine PoPs: Kuala Lumpur,Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

So as from today if you are in Wonderful Malaysia and you want fast hosting you can now just search for a Cloudflare Partner or even better a Cloudflare or better an Optimized Partner as 040Hosting  and not pay for the extreme hardware/hosting prices in Malaysia itself; but still keep your visitors connecting locally over the best networks in your country. Or if you have a global audience of visitors, you now can welcome Malaysian customers with for them fantastic local speeds, want to know more about this check out the blog post at Cloudflare on this new PoP.

Berlin, Germany: CloudFlare’s 44th data center

Cloudflare did add another data center this time in Berlin it is their 3rd in Germany following Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, 14th in Europe, and 44th globally. Berlin is of considerable importance not just because it is the capital of Europe’s most populous country, but also because it is the 2nd largest city in the European Union by population (within city limits) trailing only London. As of this moment, CloudFlare has a point of presence (PoP) in 7 out of Europe’s 10 most populous cities, and we’re headed for a perfect 10-for-10.

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