Hosting Provider Antagonist Automatically Detects and Fixes Vulnerabilities


If you have chosen the Dutch company Antagonist as your hosting provider, here’s a reason to be merry: it has just announced a unique technology that automatically detects and fixes vulnerabilities in their customers’ websites. This makes Antagonist the first company to offer this service.

With launch of this in-house technology, Antagonist is helping fight vulnerabilities found in popular and widely used software, such as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. And the best part is that it automatically detects and fixes vulnerabilities, while regularly scanning them for detecting security loopholes. And in case the website is compromised, in spite of the security measures, the software automatically cleans up any uploaded malware.

“As soon as a vulnerability is detected, we inform the customer. We also explain how the customer can resolve the issue. In case the customer does not respond to our first notice within the next two weeks, we automatically patch the vulnerability. For the webmasters as well as the visitors of our customers’ websites, this is a huge step forward in making the Internet a safer place”, states Wouter de Vries, CEO and founder of Antagonist.

This service will be directly available to customers and will remain free of charge until first quarter of 2013.

Website vulnerabilities like SQL injections and malware remain a common problem these days. SQL injection is mostly used to attack database, a resting place that is hardly monitored. And this is what makes website more prone and vulnerable to SQL injection attacks. In fact, we saw several incidents of SQL injection attacks this year, such as Yahoo Voice breach that exposed over 400K passwords. Another prominent example is of LinkedIn, the professional networking site that suffered a lawsuit from one of its premium members, who claimed that the company failed to safeguard its users’ digitally stored personally identifiable information including email addresses, passwords, and login credentials.

And how can we forget talking about malware attacks that jeopardize the security system of any website. A prominent incident this year was the massive infection of numerous WordPress installations by a wave of malware distributing fake antivirus software. Around 200,000 infected web pages were discovered and close to 30,000 unique hosts were identified. The installed Trojan hijacked the browsing session and redirects users to the site where it tricked users into downloading and installing the fake antivirus software.