Joomla GoogleMap Proxy Vulnerability

Google Map proxy

If you are using Joomla and have the Googlemaps plugin, your webserver may be under attack and being used to attack others via cross site scripting.

The problem with the Joomla! Googlemaps plugin lies in the fact anyone can request the/plugins/system/plugin_googlemap2_proxy.php in their browser or script, to execute cURL HTTP requests to remote websites. The url parameter is vulnerable for Cross Site Scripting (XSS) attacks, and allows the retrieval of remote website content. When this happens a lot, a website becomes overloaded and unresponsive, making a Denial-of-Service attack succesfully executed. This is not only a problem for the website owner on the remote end, or its hosting company. Your web servers transmit a lot of HTTP traffic to remote ends, increasing server load, usage and network bandwidth (for which you pay). Therefor it’s important to stop this abuse.

To remedy this, you can remove the plugin or restrict access to the file via your .htaccess.

More info here:

Google Map proxy

Plesk 12 Editions

The four new Plesk 12 editions are designed to help infrastructure providers create targeted solutions for web administrators, application developers, web professionals, and hosting service providers.

Each edition simplifies core web management activities to align with the way infrastructure is being used for hosting websites and web applications today.

Plesk 12 also includes a tightly integrated set of mass-management and security tools that can be used to profit from the growing demand for WordPress hosting.

All editions have added built-in server-to-site security, leading to more reliable infrastructure and reduced support costs.

Use the table below to compare what’s included in each Plesk 12 edition.


Bitstop Network Services now Supports IPv6

The Bitstop Network Services now supports the latest version of Internet Protocol(IP) – IPv6.

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the latest version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet. IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the long-anticipated problem of IPv4 address exhaustion. – wikipedia

With IPv6, everything from appliances to automobiles can be interconnected. But an increased number of IT addresses isn’t the only advantage of IPv6 over IPv4. In honor of World IPv6 Day, here are six more good reasons to make sure your hardware, software, and services support IPv6.

  1. More Efficient Routing
    IPv6 reduces the size of routing tables and makes routing more efficient and hierarchical. IPv6 allows ISPs to aggregate the prefixes of their customers’ networks into a single prefix and announce this one prefix to the IPv6 Internet. In addition, in IPv6 networks, fragmentation is handled by the source device, rather than the router, using a protocol for discovery of the path’s maximum transmission unit (MTU).
  2. More Efficient Packet Processing
    IPv6’s simplified packet header makes packet processing more efficient. Compared with IPv4, IPv6 contains no IP-level checksum, so the checksum does not need to be recalculated at every router hop. Getting rid of the IP-level checksum was possible because most link-layer technologies already contain checksum and error-control capabilities. In addition, most transport layers, which handle end-to-end connectivity, have a checksum that enables error detection.
  3. Directed Data Flows
    IPv6 supports multicast rather than broadcast. Multicast allows bandwidth-intensive packet flows (like multimedia streams) to be sent to multiple destinations simultaneously, saving network bandwidth. Disinterested hosts no longer must process broadcast packets. In addition, the IPv6 header has a new field, named Flow Label, that can identify packets belonging to the same flow.
  4. Simplified Network Configuration
    Address auto-configuration (address assignment) is built in to IPv6. A router will send the prefix of the local link in its router advertisements. A host can generate its own IP address by appending its link-layer (MAC) address, converted into Extended Universal Identifier (EUI) 64-bit format, to the 64 bits of the local link prefix.
  5. Support For New Services
    By eliminating Network Address Translation (NAT), true end-to-end connectivity at the IP layer is restored, enabling new and valuable services. Peer-to-peer networks are easier to create and maintain, and services such as VoIP and Quality of Service (QoS) become more robust.
  6. Security
    IPSec, which provides confidentiality, authentication and data integrity, is baked into in IPv6. Because of their potential to carry malware, IPv4 ICMP packets are often blocked by corporate firewalls, but ICMPv6, the implementation of the Internet Control Message Protocol for IPv6, may be permitted because IPSec can be applied to the ICMPv6 packets.

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“To Peer or Not to Peer”

Last month, the Philippine Senate conducted a hearing to investigate the reason behind the country’s slow and expensive internet connection. What prompted the probe was an infographic posted by ASEAN DNA on Facebook showing the Philippines in the bottom three Southeast Asian countries with the slowest average internet speed, based on an Ookla speed test. That post has since gone viral, especially among disgruntled Filipino netizens.

Local IP peering was one of the possible solutions mentioned at the hearing by no less than the regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).  Soon after, a number of articles on IP peering began making the rounds on social media. There was even a petition urging PLDT, the incumbent telco and largest ISP, to do local IP peering.

Now what does this tell us? The demand for better internet service has reached such a critical point that even the ordinary customer is becoming interested in something as technical as IP peering.

How and why is peering important to getting faster and more affordable internet connection?

To help answer this, I had a chat with Wilson Chua, managing director and co-founder at Bitstop Network Services, Inc. Starting out in computer distribution, Bitstop next ventured into operating a franchise of paging service EasyCall and promoting Mozcom in the province of Pangasinan before branching out to call centers and data-center operations via Bitstop was the first local ISP to peer via the Philippine Open Internet Exchange (PHOpenIX), the only publicly funded, neutral, and non-profit internet exchange point in the country. Below, Chua responds to my questions on peering and how it is benefiting Philippine internet.

TA: Can you explain what local IP peering is and how it benefits an ISP like Bitstop?

Local peering happens when two or more network operators decide to “meet” each other at a common point (the internet exchange or IX). When peering, an operator agrees to let others use the interconnection link to pass traffic from its own network to another operator’s network, and vice versa. By doing so, both parties benefit from a reduction of bandwidth by using the cheaper direct links instead of the costly international circuits. Operators who peer also agree to not charge the other party for the traffic, so neither party pays for the exchanged traffic.

Local peering has several benefits:

  1. Faster access times. Our hosted clients benefit from having their sites connected directly to the local internet community in the Philippines via the shortest distance possible. This improved network performance is one of the main reasons for connecting to the IXP. In an illustration (below) from a reportby Analysys Mason and Internet Society, you can see that users of ISP1 can get to ISP2 via direct peering links (red line with arrow). Without this peering, ISP1 users will have to go out of the country, use the expensive international links, pass via another carrier, and then on to another ISP3, before getting back to the country to reach ISP2. The same process happens vice versa. This is inefficient and slow, and can burden international bandwidth resources.


  1. Resiliency. As the Philippines is located in the Ring of Fire and the Typhoon belt, we see that most carriers’ links are affected by earthquakes and storms from time to time. When some of these links go down, the IX can provide an alternative path for the traffic of various operators to pass to get to each other’s local network. Going back to the illustration, suppose ISP1’s link to International Carrier 1 (purple line) goes down (like in the case of the Taiwan earthquake). Without the peered links (red line), ISP1 users will not be able to talk to ISP2 users.
  2. Community relationships. Since the exchange puts system admins in regular contact with each other, we find it easier to form communities of interest and help each other out with common issues like security (e.g., hacking and cyber-attacks).
  3. Efficient marketplace for bandwidth. Some of the IXPs have evolved into a universal market place to buy bandwidth from other peered partners. Peered partners can buy from other peers with excess bandwidth capacity, for the former to fill up spikes in their traffic. This effectively provides a market-based mechanism for internet pricing—one that is not subject to “lockdowns” by current providers.        

TA: When did you start peering? How did you find out about the PHOpenIX?

I was influenced by APNIC and Dr. William Norton, both of whom have been highlighting the power and benefits of peering exchanges since the 1990s. So from the early days, we were peered with PLDT’s PHIX. However, they price their local loop (last mile) so high such that all the other peered partners could only put in small links. This wasn’t enough to sustain the local community. Imagine a peering point with 2mbps links only. Later on, the Manila Internet eXchange (MIX) and BayanTel’s NIGX offered us a connection. We connected to these as well, but since they were telcos, I couldn’t see other telcos and ISPs connecting to these exchanges.

When I heard that the government was developing a neutral peering point, the PHOpenIX, I immediately signed up from day one. Since then, we have grown our link from a measly 512kbps to 50mbps today. 

TA: What considerations did you take before deciding to peer via the PHOpenIX?

It had to be sustainable and had to have the potential of getting a critical mass of operators using it. Peering has what we call Network Efforts. As more networks are connected, the value of the peering point increases. As the Metcalf Law states, “The value of the telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system.” I think the PHOpenIX is about to reach that critical mass of users with news of more operators coming in and peering.


“gDayx Dagupan” Seminar in Ricafort Tee Pavillion

BNS is a co organizing the seminar gDayx Dagupan in Ricafort Tee Pavillion  on April 30, 2014 that aims to provide the venue to educate the ICT Stakeholders and enthusiasts regarding the prospects of entrepreneurship in ICT and the creation of a startup business.

The Startup workshops will be a one-day event and will be targeting participants from the different stakeholders of the startup and ICT industries in the regions. This will include students who are in fields of computer studies and business management courses, professors and school administrators and representatives from the private business partners and local government units.

The main goal of the Program is to have 50 local startups based in the Philippines with a company valuation of 10 Million Pesos or more by the end of 2016.

And here are the program activities on that day:




8:00 to 9:00 AM Registration of Participants
9:01 to 9:30 AM Opening Ceremonies (Philippine National Anthem and Invocation)Welcome Remarks by the Host LGU / ICT Council
9:31 to 9:50 AM Opening Message by DOST-ICT Office
9:51 to 10:10 AM Startup Innovations and TrendsThe discussion will include an overview of the local and global landscape of the Startup community. The speaker will also discuss the relevance of this initiative and the major players that contribute to the developments of the industry in the country. This topic will also include:

  • What are the global trends in startup and business innovation? What ideas are booming? And why?
  • What are the local innovations that we should look out for?
  • What major areas of business or general concern can startups go into? Are there any untapped markets or innovation areas that may be covered?
  • Are there any areas that should be avoided or are have less success rate especially in new startup companies?
  • Are there similar factors and/or traits you have seen that may bring about success or failure in startups
10:11 to 11:15 AM Startup 101Startup 101 will tackle basic concepts and methods discussing the ff:

  • What is a startup? What are examples of startup (ICT) companies? Can i do it alone?
  • What do we need to get started?
  • How does technology come into play in building a startup?
  • If I have a business/ tech idea? What are the general steps in building my startup company?
  • Who can I contact in my early stages of idea development? Who can help?
  • What activities can I participate in to get my ideas going?
  • What does it take to be a successful startup founder?
  • What business/ tech ideas are making it big in the industry?
11:16 to 12:15 PM Startup TalkStartup talk speakers will share their experiences in creating their own startups. Specifically:

  • How did you get into building your own startup?
  • What is your startup about and how did you come up with the idea? Why is it relevant? Marketable? Worth pursuing?
  •  How did you develop your company? What are the difficulties you’ve encountered and how did you address them?
  • What are the benefits of building your own startups? What are your recent success milestones?
  • What do you think are the qualities that make a successful startup founder? To make a successful team/ company?
12:16 to 1:30 PM Lunch
1:31 to 2:30 PM Pitching Basics and Fire PitchesThe discussion will cover pitching tips and tricks for beginners who have not experienced joining startup competitions. The talk will provide tips on what areas to consider when developing tech ideas and pitches and how to effectively convey their ideas through short-time pitches or for networking purposes. If Possible a select number of participants will be given the chance to do mock pitching to get and actual feel of the experience.
2:31 to 3:30 PM Startup Ecosystem and SupportSpeakers for this topic will involve representatives from national or local startup organizations and communities who contribute greatly in strengthening and providing appropriate support for startups. Their talk will include:

  • Based on their organization’s activities and experiences, a description of the Philippine startup community today
  • Common issues that startups are facing – How does your organization address such issues?
  • Observed qualities that individuals may possess to survive the process of building and running a startup
  • Organization’s activities and programs – what does the organization do to support startups and potential technopreneurs?
3:31 to 4:00PM Intellectual Property Concepts / Startup Support from GovernmentStartups should be proactive in developing and protecting their intellectual property. Intellectual property is a business asset and has commercial value.  This will also protect the startup’s competitive advantage and also use this as a marketing edge. Speakers should be able to present:

  • Why should A Startup take steps to protect Intellectual Property?
  • How to apply, what are the necessary requirements?
  • What are the benefits/advantages?
4:01 to 4:15 Break
4:16 to 5:45 PM Open Forum/Panel Discussion and Break Out Sessions
5:46 to 6:00 PM Closing Remarks from LGU / ICT Council

For further information and coordination, please contact Karla Legaspi of the ICT Industry Development Team at (02) 920-0101 loc. 1101 or email at

BNS team joined the Iglesia ni Cristo – WORLD WIDE WALK (for Haiyan/Yolanda victims) on February 15, 2014

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ (Deuteronomy 15:11)

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35)