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    44 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have serious doubts this function can really increase server security:
    1) Plesk has built-in protection against brute-force on login – it will lock the login form. So no one can try multiple attempts
    2) Arbitrary login name adds very little guess-complexity to a proper password. If you have concerns for your login brute-forced – add another 5-7 characters into your password and feel safe.

    As changed login name is still very likely to be some sort of vocabulary word or derived from your other account name – this function would only give a false sense of better security. Your security strength is in complex password, not in a complex login name. If you have one good password, you don’t need to treat login as your “second password” – one good password is enough.

    As for concerns that default password requirement is set in “weak”, that fail2ban module is not…

    Thanks Mikhail,
    That's actually very good point about distinguishing blind brute force attack from a targeted one. Much appreciated!

    @abc Good catch about root password. If you file that as a separate request, we are likely to improve it

    Curtis,

    I am afraid you are misinformed about locking admin or perhaps have much outdated information.

    In case someone is trying to bruteforce your password, you remain safe:

    - Plesk won't lock you if someone will try to bruteforce your password. Instead Plesk will add small delay on every false attempt, which doesn't make much difference for legitimate user (you), but makes any bruteforce nearly impossible as it would take too long.

    - The Fail2ban module will lock a particular IP. So intruder will be locked, but you will be able to login safely. Except (of course), when intruder works from the same computer as you are, which could be the case when you decide to test your Plesk for bruteforce resistance (so you were the "intruder"). But in the real world it is much unlikely scenario

    Some may also complain that bruteforcing itself can be considered DDoS attack, however different login name doesn't help here either - whether login is "admin" or not, the system will consume roughly the same resources on validating the attempt.

    So the summary is:
    - alternative login just cannot add more security than password already does. Adding extra symbol in password is equally effective as adding extra symbol in login name.
    - intruders cannot lock you from logging in. They can only lock themselves

    I can understand the fear when people see their servers are scanned, however looks like many people are looking for a false cure - scans won't disappear just because of the login changed. It doesn't take too much effort to try different login names in those bruteforce scripts.

    Many internet services would use emails as login names. As those emails are often publicly known it should have been considered as a huge security threat, but of course everyone recognizes that it is not a weak login that compromises security - but a weak password does.

    If you don't feel safe about your server, make sure you
    1) have fail2ban module fully enabled. it will lock any bruteforce intruder quickly
    2) have 2-factor auth extension installed. i.e. Clef. Here is an overview of available solutions: http://devblog.plesk.com/2015/02/passwords-in-plesk-just-say-no/
    3) enable strong passwords in settings or just make sure your password is strong enough - not a dictionary word, not derived from a dictionary word, and includes digits and special characters.
    Those things really improve security.

    Hope it helps

    Andrea, you have to watch your language here.

    It cannot be really critical whether hacker has as login as a starting point or not - anyway they know your server IP. If your password is secure, you are safe. Add dp12kln88d as a prefix to your password and you will have those extra "497....eee..." combinations. No difference. You can add much more into your password actually.

    Security is obtained via password, not via login.

    For those concerned for brutefocring - just enable fail2ban in Plesk and an intruder will be blocked after first few attempts.

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    4 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Docker  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    @ Daniel Hendricks, @Denver Prophit Jr.,

    The Uservoice link is actually available right in your Plesk control panel, just scroll down to the bottom of any page and see "Suggest an idea" link in the footer. We believe that's how most people discovered it.

    Lets us know if you still cannot see it

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    open discussion  ·  148 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi, we are updating status when there is some new information or status update from our end. Status updates are not frequent, but always meaningful.

    Unfortunately we cannot report to you any major change as of now:
    - this request is in remaining top5 (after higher priorities were delivered) and we fully recognize its priority for our customers
    - for quite a while we were seeing ClamAV as an alternative to already provided Dr.Web and Kaspersky antiviruses and honestly we considered that 2 available options should be already enough, while there were many other requests to work on. Especially given relatively easy manual integration of ClamAV by a server admin (guidelines are available online)
    - thanks to later posts of ClamAV supporters we re-evaluated ClamAV as a file scanner for web files, rather than for email. And in this context it definitely deserves more attention

    As of now we have a bunch of tasks assigned for the next release, but once we deliver the next version, we will seriously consider this item. Should there be any update on actual status, we will post it here

    We are thankful for everyones' votes and involvement

    @Anon: very good points, much appreciated!

    @Jake

    Thanks! Very good points

    @Jake,

    Well, your FTP users indeed can upload trojans or malicious code embedded in PDF files and images. But it cannot harm your server security, it will harm their site visitors, who will download those files. So I wonder how is your server impacted with these uploads?

    From server security standpoint, server admin shall probably be much more concerned for malicious HTTP uploads (not FTP), which are performed normally via a vulnerability in a hosted site and potentially can take over that site in a hidden manner or can take over a server (only in a combination with some other vulnerability, of course). mod_security shall be good solution against that, when accompanied by quality ruleset (such as the one from AtomicCorp). I don't fully understand how ClamAV is efficient here, given that it is very far from 100% efficiency and regular complete scans would likely cause huge load on a server.

    We observed a number of complains on high load from antiviruses scanning servers, but we have no positive data on their efficience. What is your experience about ClamAV file scan?

    @Jake

    How scan of ftp uploads would improve your server security?

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    39 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi @dieta,
    If you are willing to hire developers and make an extension, we can suggest a developing company that already delivered some extensions to us. If you are looking to build extension by yourself, feel free to start with https://ext.plesk.com/help
    We have a number of individuals already contributing extensions by themselves

    It might be considered in future, but for now we have 20+ requests here so we will focus on them for now.

    However Sogo Webmail can be integrated via Plesk SDK https://ext.plesk.com/help and we will be happy to publish this integration in our Extension Catalog

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    4 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank for raising it. We have merged that other request in here for easy of tracking.

  6. 23 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Docker  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    While we wish it as much as you do, this is not possible to deliver Docker at customer level at the moment as customers can gain root-level access through the Docker CT and it will be an ultimate security breach.

    The only generic way to deliver such function is wrapping all containers of a customer into a sort of VM similarly to Kubernetes “pods”, but Plesk itself runs in VM commonly and cannot produce extra tier of VMs. So we are very much limited by Docker itself and we are exploring how we can overcome it.
    If you wish to continue conversation, please join talk.plesk.com
    Thank you

    Hello, containers don’t really need limiting by cgroups for resources, but there is no way to limit containers from security perspective once ssh access to container is granted. So it is not available to customers for security reasons

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    9 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Web / HTTP functions  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you @Gab T for explaining the usage. It really helps to understand the reason behind a request to evaluate its priority

    We will consider this, but cannot promise quick delivery. PHP version is tightly connected to website concept.
    However, did you consider placing scripts in different site and configuring virtual directories in .htaccess for SEO needs? Can that help?

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    22 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Mail  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello, we might do this function later, but it is not planned yet due large number of higher rated requests in our voting system. IF there is an urgent need, the best would be to apply workaround from @Tozz below or another alternative

  9. 220 votes
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    85 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Databases  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi, the actual status is always in the top right corner.
    This is an interesting to us, though votes are real low yet

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    open discussion  ·  8 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » DNS  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi, the original poster most likely meant the solution described in here
    https://ext.plesk.com/packages/f58eac32-6fda-4886-8d44-d3cb7b98933e-slave-dns-manager

    Let us know if it is not what you were looking for

  11. 4 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Feature Suggestions » Web Applications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    It might be impossible or dangerous technically. Home folder of each account has privileges configured in a way to prevent others from accessing them. We understand extra convenience of a global account, but wouldn't like to undermine security.

    But let us know if we are missing something...

  12. 197 votes
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    25 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Web / PHP  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    @Andreas,

    Good point! PHP7 in many tests is almost same good as HHVM and in some tests even outperforms HHVM. We will keep the suggestion open for a while to explore whether demand for HHVM remains or perhaps HHVM might get additional performance boost

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    8 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Plesk (general)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    No, cPanel doesn't support Phalcon, that would be quite an overstatement

    cPanel only provides guidelines how to download and install custom modules including Phalcon because cPanel requires PHP built right at a server. But at the same page (https://documentation.cpanel.net/display/EA/Custom+Modules) there is a clear statement saying
    "Warning: cPanel does not provide _support_ for custom modules."

    Equally you can build your own PHP with Phalcon for Plesk and then use Plesk guidelines of connecting your own PHP.

    There are no news yet. At some point we will explore how much it is beneficial to our web dev users, but no certain date yet.

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    5 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Plesk (general)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I cannot disclose all details, however we ourselves can see lots of sites hosted on Plesk. ColdFusion has always had small share, but last few years it had become extremely small.

    Practically I doubt you can find anywhere an evidence of the opposite. All sources indicate very small usage of ColdFusion.

    So at the moment we are not interested in supporting it.

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    4 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Plesk (general)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Shyam,

    We do consider splitting services and enabling high availability eventually. But discounted mail-only Plesk server doesn't seem fitting our plans.

    However we remain open to the proposal - I will reformat the initial request so that others can support if they have similar need

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    29 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Plesk (general)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    @Mike
    There is already a reliable way to transfer or copy service plans with quite easy CLI and you can find some examples below. Delivering this request will add some convenience, surely, but it doesn't seem to be in the top - perhaps because quite many hosters already utilize CLI and thus are not disturbed too much with this problem. On the other end, they might want one of 30+ higher voted functions first and we are taking those votes quite seriously. i hope it explains why this request isn't delivered yet

    If that is critical for you, wouldn't it be more productive to start using CLI now?

    As a temporary workaround, we would second the proposal to use XML API (aka API RPC). It will supply you an xml export of data.

    As of built in capability for .xml/.csv export, we are not working on it yet due to higher priority requests to handle. Once we start - you will see status "Started".

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    31 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Web Applications  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thanks for your opinion Madalin,
    it is very interesting information!

    Could you tell a little more about this solution? What makes it preferred option for you? What are advantages over AWstats and Webalizer?

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    open discussion  ·  107 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Plesk (general)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Yes, we have some thoughts in this regards, but frankly it is not our top priority yet.

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    open discussion  ·  10 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Usability and UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Timothy,

    Got your point about extensions. Which exactly extensions you would like to shortcut?

    Extensions are actually capable to make shortcuts for themselves in practically every spot of user interface. Maybe some extensions need to add entrypoints for them

    Hi David, when you need a shortcut for email or phpmyadmin - would it be a shortcut to "managing email for subscription abc.com" or "managing email for <select> subscription"? Same question about phpmyadmin

    Any other examples maybe? Examples are important, because if we will do shortcuts, they will be available for suggested operations only and surly not for every screen.

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    open discussion  ·  5 comments  ·  Feature Suggestions » Security  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Mike, that is your decision whether to enable SELinux or not. If you enable it, then Plesk works with SELinux

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