Faster DNS Query with 1.1.1.1

1.1.1.1 is the new public DNS resolver created by  Cloulflare and Apnic

Cloudflare runs one of the world’s largest, fastest networks.
APNIC is a non-profit organization managing IP address allocation for the Asia Pacific and Oceania regions.

What is a DNS resolver?

When a user requests to visit a web application like facebook.com, the user’s computer needs to know what server to connect to so that it can load the application. Computers don’t initially have the necessary information to do this ”name to address” translation, so they ask a specialized server to do it for them.

This specialized server is called a DNS recursive resolver. The resolver’s job is to find the address for a given name, like 2400:cb00:2048:1::c629:d7a2 for cloudflare.com, and return it to the computer that asked for it.

How to Set Up on Your PC

  1. Click on the Start menu, then click on Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click on Change Adapter Settings.
  4. Right click on the Wi-Fi network you are connected to, then click Properties.
  5. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (or Version 6 if desired).
  6. Click Properties.
  7. Write down any existing DNS server entries for future reference.
  8. Click Use The Following DNS Server Addresses.
  9. Replace those addresses with the 1.1.1.1 DNS addresses:
    • For IPv4: 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1
    • For IPv6: 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001
  10. Click OK, then Close.
  11. Restart your browser.
  12. You’re all set! Your device now has faster, more private DNS servers

For me I would like to mix 1.1.1.1 and Google’s 8.8.8.8  for better reliability, in the case my our ISP could not reach 1.1.1.1 (Clouldflare’s network)

1.1.1.1 Comparison with other resolvers

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Mynic Domains (.MY) New Selfcare Portal

Mynic – Malaysian registrar of .my domains has recently updated their domain control panel to enable user changing nameservers and contact info without using assigning contact code which was confusing for most.  The new selfcare portal is located at https://selfcare.ichoose.my/

If you need to access the old url in order to change invoicing party – Biller Code – Please login as Administrator of your domain name at
http://manage.mynic.my/ or  Domain Manager Panel

 

 

Mynic Selfcare Portal

 

Goodbye SquirrelMail

As of cPanel & WHM version 74, cPanel  will begin to deprecate  support of SquirrelMail. The reason is that Squirrelmail is no longer updated since last update  May 30th, 2013. It could no longer be patched to prevent security flaws.  Due to this reason cPanel have decided to deprecate SquirrelMail. Customers are being left with two bundled webmail applications – Horde or Roundcube.

Cpanel Webmail

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Let’s Encrypt – Now Providing SSL for 70 Million Domains

Yes, that is correct. Let’s Encrypt is now growing at an exponential rate – providing free SSL to 70 Million domain.

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).
Let’s Encrypt provide two types of certificates. The standard single domain SSL and the Wildcard SSL, which covers not only a single domain, but all of its subdomains too. Both types of SSL certificates are issued for a period of 90 days. It can be renewed automatically or manually in your cPanel.

 

Country Domain .MY Report August 2013

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Since May 2013, the number of active domain names dip below 2012 period.  The  high domain price contributed to the slow adoption of  .my country level extensions. For example domain name  yourname.my cost RM 120.00  –  three times higher than top level yourname.com. Other factors highlighted by by our customers is privacy protection.  .MY extension WHOIS  query is publicly available.  Many domain owners complained that they often  targeted with unsolicited email. Spammers often collect information from WHOIS from newly registered .my domains.  My extension domains also lack of DNS management interface. Top level domain providers often bundled this feature as complimentary or add on with minor charges.

Despite of the issues highlighted above, good names are still available for .my country domains. DataKL also can assist you to use your .my domains to help you to point to blogspot, Google Aps, tumbler and any other services without additional cost. It is advisable to use non primary email for domain registration if you are concern being a target of unsolicited email.  DataKL will inform you via text messaging service if your domain is about to expire.  DataKL also would offer assistance if you prefer to renew .my domain extensions and to appoint as billing invoicing party. Contact us is regards of .My domains.

 

100Gbps The Bay of Bengal Cable Will be Ready in 2014

After Cahaya Malaysia cable-  a two-fibre pair cable system linking Malaysia direct to Japan as well as to Hong Kong, Malaysia will be involved in Bay of Bengal  Cable system.

A consortium consist of ISPs  including Telekom Malaysia, Vodafone, Omantel, Etisalat and Dialog Axiata working together to construct 8,000-km undersea cable system across the Indian Ocean to connect Southeast Asia. The cable which will have capacity  of 100Gbps  expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014.

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WordPress Plugin Upgrade Timeout Issue

If you experiencing failure to update plugins bigger than 2mb i.e Jetpack, you may want to look at Core Control plugin

Core control plugin allows you to select and disable problematic HTTP transport control.
In our case, we prefer cURL method because its is more reliable than PHP Streams.  Here is how to configure.

Core Control

Then Select External HTTP  Access

Then you can try update your plugins again.

 

Php upgrade 5.3.13

We have upgraded all Php versions to 5.3.13.

PHP 5.3.12/5.4.2 do not fix all variations of the CGI issues described in CVE-2012-1823. It has also come to our attention that some sites use an insecure cgiwrapper script to run PHP. These scripts will use $* instead of “$@” to pass parameters to php-cgi which causes a number of issues. Again, people using mod_php or php-fpm are not affected.

One way to address these CGI issues is to reject the request if the query string contains a ‘-‘ and no ‘=’. It can be done using Apache’s mod_rewrite like this:

    RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^[^=]*$
    RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} %2d|\- [NC]
    RewriteRule .? - [F,L]

Note that this will block otherwise safe requests like ?top-40 so if you have query parameters that look like that, adjust your regex accordingly.Another set of releases are planned for Tuesday, May, 8th. These releases will fix the CGI flaw and another CGI-related issue in apache_request_header (5.4 only).

 

TM Network Capacity (End 2011)

Last year Malaysia  Internet access  penetration was 61% percent of the population or equivalent to 17,723,000 users.
Telekom Malaysia Berhad is now expanding its network and peering to cater this huge growth of traffic.

General Network Information
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Network Name         : Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM)
Name Aliases         : TM Global IP Network
Primary ASN          : 4788
Website              : www.tm.com.my
IRR AS-SET           : TMNET-MY
Network Type         : Cable/DSL/ISP
Approx BGP Prefixes  : 3000
Traffic Levels       : 100+ Gbps
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Who will acquire Jaring?

JARING (Jaring Communications Sdn Bhd)  was the first ISP in Malaysia. Jaring core business are  Wired Broadband, Wireless Broadband, Telephony and Internet Data Center.  After turning down acquisition from TM and Time dot com a while back, Jaring is now up for sale.
The bidders are ;

Optinet Technology Sdn Bhd
Melaka ICT Holdings,
Ersatech Sdn Bhd,  and
Dignity First Sdn Bhd

Jaring is operated by 350 staffs and MOF is estimated to gain RM 50 million from the sale.