Strange comodoca text files in your hosting account

I recently found that a number of strange text files had turned up in various shared hosting accounts that I manage.

[me@host public_html]$ ls | egrep '.{32}.txt'

The contents of these files contained an md5 hash and ‘’:

[me@host public_html]$ cat 029951C23F605A18X3368D97F94D62E6.txt 

This got me worried that the server had been compromised.

However, it turns out that cPanel have added Auto SSL by Comodo to WHM v.60 and it is enabled by default. The files are Auto SSL check logs that are created when the Auto SSL’s cron job runs and they can be ignored.

In my case the hosting provider had forgotten to turn off Auto SSL. I deleted the files when they did so.

Last modified: 27/11/2016 Tags:

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