SSL 3.0 is nearly 18 years old, and was seen as relatively secure until yesterday when a vulnerability was found in the protocol. POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) is a vulnerability allowing a man-in-the-middle attacker to cause connection failures, then triggering the use of SSL 3.0 for exploitation.
To address this issue, HostDime is adjusting SSL on our shared and reseller servers by disabling SSL 2.0 and SSL 3.0, as well as ensuring only secure ciphers are allowed. Please be aware this will cause some compatibility issues for older browsers, such as Internet Explorer 6.
If you are a managed VPS, dedicated, or colocation client, contact us and we can reconfigure your server. If your server is basic management or would like to handle this yourself quickly, add the following to the premain include in Apache (/usr/local/apache/conf/includes/pre_main_global.conf) to disable SSLv2 and SSLv3 and honor cipher order:
SSLProtocol all -SSLv2 -SSLv3
Then Restart Apache:
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