Backups Will Save You The Day

At the end of January 2014, Kloxo Control Panel security flaw was posted on a popular forum. ISPs has been suspending servers using the control panel. I was one among the unlucky users got into lock down as I used Kloxo for its ease of installation and use. One of my large servers was suspended due to this reason. I lost a couple of days on trying to move data from one server to another.

Kloxo and it's fork Kloxo-MR is a very comprehensive control panel, lots of features, easy to install and use, unfortunately, the security hole was discovered and lots of servers has been compromised including some of my servers.

I have tried using some such ISPConfig, EHCP, Open Panel, etc but unfortunately, I may not even be able to install them. If I could, the GUI is not intuitive. I settled for a simplistic control panel called VestaCP. It lacks lots of features compared to Kloxo or Kloxo-MR but it does the job. I was able to install it over Kloxo-MR without much issues.

I followed the following steps.

  1.   Backup all databases and files
  2. Renamed lxlabs at /usr/locals/
  3. Removed the following as it conflicts with VestaCP applications.
    1. Courier-imap-toaster (conflicts with Dovecot)
    2. djbdns (conflicts with bind)
    3. qmail-toaster (conflicts with exim)
    4. php5.3 (php5.4 will be installed)
  4. Installed VestaCP
  5. Restored files and Databases

I knew that only time will say that this control panel will have also some security issues but until then, I will used it due to its simplicity of installation and use.

While my server was in lock down, I was able to restore some sites with my backups. My backups saved my day.

A Filipino Engineer, Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) - Australia and Professional Electrical Engineer (PEE) - Philippines with extensive experience in concept select, front-end engineering, HV & LV detail design, construction and commissioning of Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Area electrical installations in water and waste water pipeline and pumping facilities, offshore platforms, hydrocarbon process plants and pipelines including related facilities. Hazardous area classification and design certification (UEENEEM015B, UEENEEM016B, UEENEEM017B).