Brixly Domain Reseller - Module Update

We have received a number of reports in relation to issues with the extraction of our Domain Reseller module, which we have narrowed down to an issue with the naming convention used in the module itself. 

As such, the Domain Reseller module has now been updated to 'Brixly', rather than the previous 'Brixly Domain Reseller v2'.

Anyone using the previous version of the module will not need to update, and the previous version will continue to work as expected. 

Domain Auto Renewals - Important Update

Please note, that until now all domains purchased through us have had the default status for Auto Renewals set to 'Enabled', meaning that we would automatically invoice for domains before expiry.

We have now changed this setting so that the default is now 'Disabled'. This means that by default, all domains purchased from this point forward, will not automatically be set to auto-renew. 

You are still able to enable the auto-renewal for any domain from within our client area. You are also still able to see an overview of the domains 'auto renewal' status from within the 'Domains -> My Domains' screen, similar to the following...

To manage the auto-renewal status for a domain, simply select the domain, then go to 'Auto-Renew' from the right-hand menu...

From here, you can manage the auto-renewal status for a particular domain...

If the flag is set to 'On', then an invoice will be raised automatically prior to renewal. 

What was the reason for the change?

Many of the domains sold through our systems are resold through our 'Domain Reseller' module for WHMCS. 

However, a number of clients have quite rightly raised that regardless of whether a domain is renewed via the API, we still raise a renewal for the domain automatically due to the above setting, rather than 'selectively' based on whether we receive a renewal request via the API. 

As such, the change ensures that you have far greater control over the renewal status of domains, with a more explicit action to set the flag. 

How does this affect the domain reseller module?

As mentioned above, before this change we would automatically raise invoices for all domains, rather than those explicitly renewed through the API. 

Now, the domain renewals take place only at the point your clients opt to renew via your own WHMCS, rather than us 'presuming' all should renew automatically. 

You can also provide your clients with the ability to manage their domain auto-renewal status from within your own client area using WHMCS. 

Does this affect existing domains registered with Brixly?

No. Existing domains have not been affected by the change. Any domains which previously had the auto-renewal set to Enabled will remain enabled (and vice-versa). 

The change is only applicable to new registrations from the point of this post. 

Apache Log4J/CVE-2021-44228

As you may know a zero-day exploit was recently announced for the Apache Log4J Library which allows the execution of arbitrary code (CVE-2021-44228).

After reviewing our services we've determined the only service affected by this is the Dovecot-Solr service used on a couple of our cPanel servers, this service was patched immediately as we became aware of the vulnerability.

Our DirectAdmin services don't make use of any services that are affected by this and our VPS infrastructure runs through Proxmox which is not written in Java.

BitNinja OptinMonster Update

Patched OptinMontster Vulnerability

BitNinja’s WAF has patched a serious vulnerability within a WordPress plugin named OptinMonster, affecting over 1,000,000 websites.

With a carefully crafted request, an unauthorized party could bypass authentication when calling some endpoints provided by the plugin.

The team has patched it with a WAF rule (Rule ID 406002) that is available for every BitNinja user worldwide, preventing a possible exploit of this vulnerability.

Germany - New DNS Cluster / Nameservers

For the last few years, our cPanel servers located in Germany have shared DNS Clusters with the servers in the UK. 

However, due to the latency between the two locations, and the potential for DNS conflicts for those with services in both the UK and Germany, we have now released a new set of nameservers specifically for our cPanel servers in Germany.

The following article has now been updated to include the new nameservers...

https://support.brixly.uk/en/knowledgebase/article/which-nameservers-should-i-use-with-brixly-hosting

cPanel - Germanyns1.germany.hostns.io (116.202.97.64)
ns2.germany.hostns.io (116.203.92.101)

Please note, that all of our Germany cPanel servers now synchronize DNS records to the above nameservers. However, for those using ns1 / ns2.cloudns.io they are currently being synced also.

As such, no DNS changes are required, however, it is advised that you instead switch your nameservers and glue records to those above. 

Reseller Elite - Module Update and SSO Fix

We have now published a new version of our Elite module, which fixes an issue with the cPanel 'SSO' appearing within the client area of your WHMCS for reseller products. 

We have also added translation capability to the SSO option, along with integration to the Lagom theme. 

You can download the new version of the module from the following link under the 'Integrations' section...

https://client.brixly.uk/index.php?m=ProductsReseller&mg-page=Configuration

Steps on how to install the Elite module can be found here...

https://brixly.help/en/articles/4469793-brixly-elite-module-how-to-sell-reseller-hosting-vps-and-our-premium-hosting-with-whmcs

PHP Mail - now disabled on all shared

Over the past few months, we have noticed a large increase in outbound SPAM activity, which has unfortunately led to a number of our IP addresses and subnets getting listed on RBL's.

As such, we have made the decision to disable PHPMail() entirely across our network, restricting relays via SMTP only.

Please note, that all PHP scripts, or applications should be relaying through the SMTP protocol, and not PHPMail().

This ensures that your messages are relayed through our premium delivery solution, MailChannels without additional cost. This ensures your mail reaches the recipient, without risk of the messages being rejected on the basis of the RBL listings / IP blacklists.

This change has been made effective immediately, and was essential for us to improve our overall network IP reputation.

Client Area - Reseller Quotas Resolved

Previously, our client area was showing limits for those plans which didn't have any defined limitations. This was a bug in WHMCS, which we have now patched. The client area should now reflect the correct usage / available bandwidth and storage quotas.

Email Delivery Limits

Due to a number of abuse cases, we have been forced to revise our current configuration, limits and policies in terms of outbound mail.

As part of that revision, we will be decreasing our sending limit per account to 75/hour.

On checking through our service delivery statistics, for genuine usage, we anticipate less than 2% of accounts to be affected by the change globally.

The new limits ensure that we are able to continue to provide MailChannels, which we know remains ever-popular within our hosting solutions.

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