CVE-2016-5195 “Dirty COW” – You’re Protected And Secured!

As many of you have likely seen a serious Linux kernel vulnerability, aka Dirty COW, (CVE-2016-5195) was disclosed earlier this morning. This vulnerability impacts nearly every major Linux based OS, including RHEL and therefore our operating system CloudLinux. The vulnerability allows for an attacker to trigger a race condition in the memory management code which can then lead to a local privilege escalation.

Your websites, hosting accounts, and VPS plans are fully protected from this vulnerability. While most major vendors and systems are still being patched against Dirty COW we’ve already protected ourselves against this vulnerability thanks for our friends are KernelCare. Within hours of this vulnerability being disclosed we’ve applied a hotfix to protect our systems and your websites against this exploit. This patch was applied without requiring a system reboot, a unique feature that allows us to patch serious kernel level vulnerabilities without requiring downtime.

If you’re looking for additional resources regarding this vulnerability consider the following:

Details about the Dirty COW vulnerability

Official CVE designation and National Vulnerability Database entry

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Client Area Two Factor Authentication Now Available

We recently introduced two factor authentication to our cPanel and we’re now happy to announce you’ll be able to utilize two factor authentication in our client area as well.  Two factor authentication (2FA) adds an additional level of security where in not only your password is required but an additional code typically retrieved from another device such as a phone. Continue reading

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Hawk Host October Hosting and Domain Promotions

Over at Hawk Host we can’t believe it’s already the month of October.  We’re constantly running promotions on our site.  We thought though it be a great time to highlight some of the great discounts we’re offering for the month of October.  We’re currently offering anywhere between 25% and 30% depending on the hosting package.  We also have many domain extensions for sale at as low as $1.50 for the first year.

Domain Discount Spotlight

For domains just click the coupon link and once you reach the checkout page the promotion price will be used.

Extension Regular Price Promotion Price Coupon Code
top $10.95 $1.50 tldtopoct
xyz $14.95 $2.00 tldxyzoct
space $10.95 $3.30 tldspaceoct
link $10.95 $3.30 tdllinkoct
download $26.95 $3.30 tlddownloadoct

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Improve Performance with Litespeed Cache WordPress Plugin

In a previous post on our blog we discussed the idea of using the LiteSpeed page caching feature to improve performance of WordPress.  The caching drastically improved the performance of a WordPress installation.  You were able to go from just over 200 requests/sec to 1800 requests/sec with just a simple htaccess line.  The LiteSpeed team have however worked on making it even easier to accomplish this with the introduction of their LiteSpeed Cache plugin for WordPress.  With this plugin you have further control over your caching policies and can utilize a simplified htaccess mod_rewrite rule.  I’m going to quickly go through how you install and configure the WordPress LiteSpeed cache plugin.

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Surprise September Flash Sale! Save 40% on Your New Order!

It’s a mid-September surprise sale! As summer comes to a close and everyone returns to school we’re going to celebrate one last time in style. We’re offering a 40% recurring discount on any new order for any shared, reseller, semi-dedicated, or VPS plan! Check out the details below to get started!

Oh no! Not the school bus!

Oh no! Not the school bus!

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cPanel Two Factor Authentication Now Available

We’re happy to announce that all our servers now support the ability to utilize two-factor authentication within cPanel.  Two factor authentication (2FA) adds an additional level of security where in not only your password is required but an additional code typically retrieved from another device such as a phone.

Two factor in your cPanel is completely optional and is by no means required.  If you however have a phone with you at all times it can be quickly setup.  This means if someone were to ever retrieve your password they would still be unable to login to your cPanel.  To set it up all you need to do is login to cPanel go to the security category then Two-Factor Authentication:

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Installing OctoberCMS at Hawk Host

OctoberCMS is an exciting new CMS software developed using the Laravel framework.  It’s always been possible to run Laravel on our cPanel hosting and we’ve even written a post about how to install it on our shared web hosting.  OctoberCMS however is not currently available in our auto installers but it’s still very easy to install.

Key Features of the OctoberCMS include:

  • Built on Laravel framework
  • Modern template engine. Web designer friendly
  • Extensible platform with full plugin support
  • Fully compatible with cPanel / shared hosting
  • AJAX friendly
  • CDN integration, multi-language support, and much more

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Shared Hosting Now Available in Hong Kong

Our sixth hosting location is now officially online! Hong Kong is our newest datacenter for shared hosting plans and it’s our first location in China.

Welcome to Hong Kong!

Welcome to Hong Kong!

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VPS Hosting Launched in Los Angeles!

Our Los Angeles datacenter is now accepting VPS orders! This is our fourth location offering VPS hosting and our first US West coast datacenter with VPS plans. Not only does our Los Angeles location offer great connectivity for North American traffic, we also peer directly with major Asia/Pacific ISPs to provide a solid network for international customers.

Welcome to LA!

Welcome to LA!

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Low Budget Marketing For New Web Stores

So you just opened your shiny new Magento or Opencart store.  It looks great, it’s fast and it’s on a great host (Hint #1 use Hawk Host).  But where are all the sales?

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Unfortunately your work isn’t done.  Here are some things you can do to get over the hump and start getting your first few sales.
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