Php Upgrade Rollout

We would like to inform our shared hosting customers we are currently pushing upgrade across all servers.We currently run PHP 5.2.17, but with PHP 5.4 and then PHP 6 on the horizon, we feel the time has come to upgrade. PHP 5.3 offers many useful new features, such as the new namespace language construct, as well as performance and security updates.

There have been a number of changes and new features in PHP 5.3, and it is possible that some older PHP scripts may break or encounter problems with the new version of PHP. Most major scripts should have been updated over the past couple of years to handle the differences in PHP 5.3. We would strongly recommend that users ensure their scripts are up-to-date.

If you’ve used Fantastico  to install scripts in the past, you should be able to use Fantastico application in cPanel to seamlessly upgrade your scripts to the latest version. We do recommend taking a backup first, though, in the unlikely event anything goes wrong. If you have any queries, concerns or problems regarding upgrading old scripts, please submit a support ticket.

Hopefully the upgrade should result in few problems, but we would encourage you to check your scripts are up-to-date before we proceed with the upgrade, to ensure minimal disruption in the event you are running older software.

Security Vulnerabilities Php 5.2.17

More Caching Servers in Malaysia

Bandwidth is a commodity. High price of international bandwidth traffic surely will cut ISPs’ revenue. Consumers are switching from DSL to fiber-optic and now want to view rich media content like Youtube and live streaming.

Youtube
Youtube

To cope with bandwidth demand , TM already placed many Youtube caching server in Malaysia.  No matter how many times you press the play button and choose high definition streaming –  the caching server will supply you the cache.  During AAG cable downtime recently, popular Youtube videos streaming fast like always. This is because of local caching servers are placed locally in  Malaysia.

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TimThumb Vulnerability Fix

The recent Timthumb.php vulnerability has left scores of unsuspecting bloggers hacked. It’s the perfect combination of not so easy to fix for the technically disinclined, and easy to find and exploit for the malicious – resulting in a disastrous number of compromised sites.

About TimThumb:
TimThumb is a simple, flexible, PHP script that resizes images. You give it a bunch of parameters, and it spits out a thumbnail image that you can display on your site
1. Download the latest version of TimThumb.php ( TimThumb.php )
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TM 40G Traffic loss to North America since Monday

Currently TM experiencing a total of 40G loss to US  which is suspected due to cable fault occurred on Philippines and Hong Kong. TM REs are in the midst of troubleshooting (fine-tune) the affected path.

Links Down US:

1.            IGW01.JRC-IGW01.SJ – Backhaul (10G)

2.            IGW02.CBJ-IGW01.PA – Backhaul (10G)

3.            IGW01.JRC-SAVVIS – Transit (10G)

4.            IGW02.JRC-IGW01.LA – Backhaul (10G)

Total Loss: 40G/75G(53.33%)

Available Link : 35G(46.66%)

•             Observed high congestion at available links.

o             KLJ – PA 2.5G util (in/out) : (92/60)%

o             CBJ –SJ 2.5 G util (in/out) : (92/60)%

o             CBJ –SJ 2.5 G util (in/out) : (92/60)%

o             CBJ- LA 10G util (in/out) : (94/13)%

o             BRF- LA 2.5G util (in/out) : (84/54)%

Traffic shaping and prioritization now in effect , although users would not feel the slowdown when browsing but other protocols like video streaming, downloading, proxy browsing, SSH using non standard port experience high latency and delay.

 

Ref : Announcement by TM

Announcement Power Shutdown TM BRF 23rd September 2011

Dear DataKL Customers,

Please take note that TM VADS IDC, TM Property Division &  Tenaga Nasional  will perform power maintenance to add another source of power for redundancy in in event of power failure from a single source.

During this maintenance – all access Web, FTP, Email will be off line

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MYNIC 50% Discount Coupon – 1st Aug – 31st Aug 2011

MYNIC 50% Discount Coupon – 1st Aug – 31st Aug 2011

In conjunction with the Malaysia Merdeka Celebrations, National ICT Month (NIM 2011) and Breast Cancer Month, .my DOMAIN REGISTRY will be offering a 50% discount for all .my domain name registrations.

This promotion will start from 1 August 2011 until 31st August 2011.

DataKL Clients required to use coupon in order to get discount for these following extensions

mynic1 – for domain com.my, net.my and org.my – (Discounted price RM40)

mynic2 – for domain .my – (Discounted price RM60)

Prop .. Propagation What?

What is domain name propagation? For new domain name propagation is a period where you newly registered domain being sent to all name servers (or DNS servers) in the world.

Hosting Migration
Hosting Migration

DNS server caches of your domain name mapping to IP address. This mapping record normally stored for time period to prevent querying or lookups. For example www.datakl.com resolves to 210.48.148.207 and stores in DNS servers around the world for 6 hours.

DNS servers drop stale DNS record based on few factors such as DNS record timing setting and
the practice of flushing records every interval period (normally ISPs)

Your computer stores DNS record for faster browsing to eliminate frequent DNS query to DNS servers.
The caching is beneficial for faster browsing but if you are in the midst of change hosting company or server, this process could cause confusion or downtime. Why confusion? In hosting or computing everything is almost instantaneous – upload your html/php coded page you can view instantly but for DNS the only solution is to wait!

On and off explains (After changing name servers I could view my web site for a moment and later turns to page could not be found or referring me back to old hosting server why?)

Normally your computer or router/modem use two DNS servers or more. The first (on) probably responded by a DNS server which has your newly modified record and the (off) page could not be found now could cause by another DNS server that still keeping your old DNS record -(error page could not be found or returning you to your old hosting company)

Just wait for propagation period to compete – normally 48 hours and your web site will resolve properly. Try on your luck by rebooting your computer – normally rebooting will flush the old DNS record in your computer or use ipconfig/flush command if you are using Windows DOS prompt. To have less impact on your operation or visitors, change your DNS during non busy hours is recommended – after office hours.

SKMM – Block File Sharing Now!

SKMM or Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has released an official order to block access to file sharing web sites to all ISPs in Malaysia. The order given based copyright grounds.
P1 Wimax provider uploaded the official letter to its wall on social media site – Facebook.  The move is quite drastic and will surely enrage internet users in Malaysia.

Access Denied
Access Denied

The blocking will be done via DNS resolution query ;  null route the query to deny access.  To  bypass the restriction simply  using  this method.
Many users use file sharing to send huge files to be distributed to friends or clients abroad. Since email transmission is impractical (25MB attachment max) and Anonymous FTP is no longer provided by web hosting provider due to security and abuse, users may have to use other file sharing services not listed in the list.

 

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Asia Running Out Of IP Address

On April 15 – Apnic – The Asia-Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC), which is the organization responsible for distributing IP address (IP) in most of Asia, Australia, and the Pacific announced that they no longer have IP address to be distributed.  Chinanet Fujian Province Network apparently the last company to snatch half a million of IP addresses allocated for Internet Service Providers (ISP).

APNIC
APNIC

The only solution is to accelerate the implementation of IPV6 but many ISPs especially in Asia pacific region is still not IPV6 ready.  IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support 4.3 billion devices connected directly to the Internet. IPv6, on the other hand, uses 128-bit addresses and supports a virtually unlimited number of devices.

APNIC is holding 16.7 million IPv4 addresses, but the body still has reserves for other usage.  According to Apnic the exhaustion due to IPv4 the growth in fixed and mobile networks experienced in the region.