OpenSSL update breaks Parallels Plesk Panel


Latest update of the openssl package from CentOS breaks Parallels Panel 9.x. The following errors are displayed in the /var/log/sw-cp-server/error_log file when Panel is trying to start:

2010-03-29 11:21:22: (log.c.75) server started
2010-03-29 11:21:22: (network.c.336) SSL: error:00000000:lib(0):func(0):reason(0)

Resolution: It is necessary to update Parallels Panel web-engine.

Highlight Domain & Subdomain for SSL websites in Firefox


When you visit a Secure website in Firefox chances are that the FavIcon for the website is replaced with a Green bar with the details of the company. This is because of the default properties in Firefox to display detailed information of the website from the Extended Validation Certificate on the website. However, if the website doesn’t host a Extended Validation certificate then the website URL (link) in the address bar is not highlighted or in otherwords shows as a normal website URL.

STARTTLS and Sendmail


Sending user names and passwords across the Internet in plain text is bad. Fortunately, sendmail provides another method of encrypting not only the user name and password, but the entire mail transmission, using Transport Layer Security (TLS)--which is only slightly different from its predecessor, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) version 3. Sendmail uses the STARTTLS command within an SMTP conversation to signal the beginning of an encrypted TLS conversation...