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tedster - 7:34 pm on May 9, 2009 (gmt 0)HostGator says hackers compromised its servers using a previously unknown security hole in cPanel [news.netcraft.com] Secunia's Vulnerability Report for Plesk [secunia.com] StopBadware's vulnerability report on Vdeck [stopbadware.org], which is Ipower's offering for automated web hosting.This thread should not turn into a review of various hosting services. But because questions have been raised in this area, here's the documentation about some vulnerabilities involved with these applications. They are in wide use by hosting services for small to medium enterprises, so do not be naive. ALL SERVER SOFTWARE CAN BE HACKED!
There has been some question about whether various hosting automation apps -- cPanel, Vdeck, Plesk and the like -- are a source of vulnerability. The answer is YES, hosting automation is a major target used by various botnets to increase their "member" domains, as a couple quick searches will show you.
As with any server software, these applications need continual patching and upgrading. Here's some recent documentation:
If you use any third party services at all (and who doesn't?) then be an informed consumer. There is no such thing as a 100% secure server.
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