Archive for August, 2015

UPS Web Service Security Updates

Posted by: Genevieve Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

UPS has announced they are moving to more updated security protocols on their web services. They will be moving from VeriSign SHA-1 to VeriSign SHA-2 256 certificate as SHA-2 256 provides a more secure digital authentication for UPS customers.

The changes will not require you to apply any patches to core Magento code or any WebShopApps shipping extensions. You may have to make configuration changes to your hosting environments, or ask your hosting provider to verify if changes are required.

  • UPS Customer Integration Environment will support SHA-2 256 URL from August 11th 2015
  • As yet, UPS have not released an official date when their live URLs will no longer support SHA-1
  • You can determine which protocol the certificate on your site is using at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/.
  • If your certificate is SHA-1 you will need to update this on your site.
These changes could affect anyone using the standard UPS carrier in Magento, WebShopApps Dimensional Shipping, UPS Calendar extension, Delivery Options for UPS extension, UPS Freight and our Address Validation extension.

 

FedEx’s Web Service Updates

Posted by: Genevieve Thursday, August 6th, 2015

FedEx is moving to more updated security protocols on their web services to increase the security level and remove known issues with the existing protocols used. There are a number of phases to these changes across their test and live environments.

The changes will not require you to apply any patches to core Magento code or any WebShopApps shipping extensions. You may have to make configuration changes to your hosting environments, or ask your hosting provider to verify if changes are required.

  • SSL3 support is being removed from FedEx web services. SSL3 is a common protocol used to support secure communication between web service providers and clients
  • Since July 20 2015, SSL3 has been disabled on FedEx’s development environment. Starting September 5 2015, it will be disabled on their production web services.
  • The protocol used for the secure communication between Fedex and Magento is determined by your web server hosting your Magento site.
  • You should contact your host to determine which protocol is currently used. If SSL3 is being used, ask your host to disable it
  • FedEx is also migrating from SHA-1 certifcates to SHA-256 (SHA-2).
  • You can determine which protocol the certificate on your site is using at https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/.
  • If your certificate is SHA-1 you will need to update this on your site.
  • SHA-1 certificates are no longer supported on FedEx development environment from August 3 2015, and on production from September 19 2015.
These changes could affect anyone using the standard FedEx carrier in Magento, WebShopApps Dimensional Shipping and our legacy Address Validation extension, using FedEx.

Under the Hood of Matt MacDougall

Posted by: Ashley Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Matt MacDougall owns Rocket Web (@rocketweb), an award-winning Magento Solution partner and is the Founder and CEO of Xtension Galaxy (@xtensiongalaxy). Xtension Galaxy is a marketplace that provides its users with what they need to discover, test and purchase Magento extensions.

Within our interview with Matt, we got a sense of what his work life and personal life entail. He keeps a healthy work/life balance, with some help from his kids, by keeping the two separate even while working from home. Matt goes into detail on his thoughts of the future of Magento, how he would spend his time if money was no object and much more!

Can you describe what you really do at work?

I do a little bit of everything. If I touch the code though, I get yelled at.

If money was no object, what would you spend your days doing?

I’d putter around the house doing random stuff for a few weeks. Hopefully I’d get better on the piano/keyboard. And then, inevitably, I’d come up with some crazy web project to build.

In your spare time what do you get up to, and how do you balance this with your workload?

We just bought a new house north of Indianapolis, so my spare time is devoted to home improvement and family. I work from home most of the time now. The kids have been good about staying out of the office during working hours. Fortunately I’ve been able to stay out of the office outside of business hours.

How do you see the future evolving for Magento and the eCommerce space in general?

The potential of Magento standing on its own again is exciting. I’m also excited to see what becomes of OroCommerce for B2B. B2B is an exciting space to break into with a slick open source product. Both Magento and Oro are making strides in this direction. I anticipate an exciting future.

What is usually your last thought before falling asleep?

Yes, the cat is inside.

Who is your role model, and why?

I look up to qualities in a bunch of different folks. Professionally, I appreciate anyone who contributes to open source, particularly the one person shops where time is more valuable. I look up to my wife who manages our three kids every day. If I had to do it I’d probably end up building cages after the first couple weeks.

Whats the worst thing you have to do as part of your job role?

Fire someone.

What motivates you?

Insecurity. I think it’s an important quality of an entrepreneur, never feeling that things are good enough.

What is the most played song on your MP3 player or phone?

Ugh, it looks like iTunes is aggregating plays across devices now, Take You to Rio by Ester Dean. And now it’s in my head. Great. Thanks.

Would you like to plug anything?

xtensiongalaxy.com is our marketplace where you can test out and buy extensions from nearly any version of Magento, both Community and Enterprise. We also have versions of Nucleus from the Nucleus Commerce guys, and in the future, if it makes sense we can pretty easily add other platforms and extensions like OroCommerce.