PHP update: 5.3.2 to 5.3.3

Just a notice to all users that the server’s PHP version has been updated from version 5.3.2 to version 5.3.3.

Changes include:

Security Enhancements and Fixes in PHP 5.3.3:

  • Rewrote var_export() to use smart_str rather than output buffering, prevents data disclosure if a fatal error occurs (CVE-2010-2531).
  • Fixed a possible resource destruction issues in shm_put_var().
  • Fixed a possible information leak because of interruption of XOR operator.
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption because of unexpected call-time pass by refernce and following memory clobbering through callbacks.
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in ArrayObject::uasort().
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in parse_str().
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in pack().
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in substr_replace().
  • Fixed a possible memory corruption in addcslashes().
  • Fixed a possible stack exhaustion inside fnmatch().
  • Fixed a possible dechunking filter buffer overflow.
  • Fixed a possible arbitrary memory access inside sqlite extension.
  • Fixed string format validation inside phar extension.
  • Fixed handling of session variable serialization on certain prefix characters.
  • Fixed a NULL pointer dereference when processing invalid XML-RPC requests (Fixes CVE-2010-0397, bug #51288).
  • Fixed SplObjectStorage unserialization problems (CVE-2010-2225).
  • Fixed possible buffer overflows in mysqlnd_list_fields, mysqlnd_change_user.
  • Fixed possible buffer overflows when handling error packets in mysqlnd.

Key enhancements in PHP 5.3.3 include:

  • Upgraded bundled sqlite to version
  • Upgraded bundled PCRE to version 8.02.
  • Added FastCGI Process Manager (FPM) SAPI.
  • Added stream filter support to mcrypt extension.
  • Added full_special_chars filter to ext/filter.
  • Fixed a possible crash because of recursive GC invocation.
  • Fixed bug #52238 (Crash when an Exception occured in iterator_to_array).
  • Fixed bug #52041 (Memory leak when writing on uninitialized variable returned from function).
  • Fixed bug #52060 (Memory leak when passing a closure to method_exists()).
  • Fixed bug #52001 (Memory allocation problems after using variable variables).
  • Fixed bug #51723 (Content-length header is limited to 32bit integer with Apache2 on Windows).
  • Fixed bug #48930 (__COMPILER_HALT_OFFSET__ incorrect in PHP >= 5.3).

For a full list of changes in PHP 5.3.3, see the ChangeLog.

New cPanel login theme!

cPanel Login Theme

New cPanel Login theme

Take a look for this is your new VlexoFree cPanel Login theme. 😀

It took me a little while to finish this as I had to wait on cPanel staff for almost 2 weeks just to be told that they are not 100% themer friendly. I worked around the problem and finished it all up today.

I think I tested everything pretty well. The theme works alright on IE8 or above but works the best on Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera (basically anything but IE).

What do you think, Like it or hate it? Cast your vote people!

Remember, you can access cPanel at

Mail Server Issue

About an hour ago I realized that I was not receiving any emails from our server. So I did a few tests and found that no mail was coming out of the server.

Oddly I could not figure out where the exact problem was located so I did a server reboot hoping it would fix it and that did the trick.

All emails that should have been sent were not deleted and were just waiting in our mail queue for the problem to be fixed so they could be sent. And once the server was rebooted all emails in the queue were sent out. They were just late.

I’m really sorry for the inconvenience and hopefully this doesn’t happen again.

Plan addon domain typo

Nothing big here but I have just realized that on the plans page I had the number of addon domains listed ad “2” for the Personal 300 plan when accounts were actually being created with only one.

I have fixed this problem by adding an one more addon domain to everyone on the P300 plan.

Enjoy your extra addon domain slot 🙂