aaPanel is one of my favorite free hosting panels because it is lightweight and simple to use.
The panel gets regular updates, and it offers several unique features that you only get in premium panels like cPanel, but I believe the greatest obstacle to it getting more popular is that it is still just an English version of the Pagoda panel.
The Aaapanel would gain popularity among Western and European hosting businesses if it were completely separated from the Pagoda panel.
Recently, an XSS vulnerability in the Aapanel was discovered and is being exploited in the wild: A stored XSS vulnerability exists in the aaPanel security log.
Aapanel has a Security log that records all bruteforce attempts and failed logins, however, if an attacker changes sections of the request header with malicious code, that code will be saved in the log file. The code will be executed the next time a website owner accesses the security log.
The problem was initially reported on the Aapanel forums on April 8th, and I’ll keep a watch on the changelog to see when it’s fixed.
Until the issue is fixed and an update is available to the public, the following workaround can be done
Step 1. Rename the site’s log directory /www/wwwlogs
Step 2. Restart webserver after making changes
Step 3. Delete the now renamed directory /www/wwwlogs