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Message from PayPal. "ACTION MAY BE REQUIRED". Do we need to change anything in eCart?

Thread began 3/23/2015 12:19 pm by TroyD | Last modified 5/04/2015 1:31 pm by TroyD | 1666 views | 9 replies

TroyD

Sure thing. I wasn't sure if I could just copy/paste them here but here you go.

The alert found in the manager login, which takes affect if just a couple of days. (no additional information or links with this one)

  Changes to the PNREF in Production environment March 25th 2015
Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:04:54

On the evening of March 25th, 2015 we will be making changes to the PNREF/transaction ID"s in our production/live environment.  PNREF/transaction ID"s will begin with either the letter "A" or "B".  The PNREF value will continue to be a 12 character string of printable characters, however the first character will be changing to either an "A" or "B".  In an effort to allow merchants to test their integrations with the new PNREF values we changed the PNREF vaules to reflect this new formatting in July, 2013 in our Pilot/Test environment. Should you need to test the new PNREF values before these changes are released into the production/live environment, please use our pilot/test environment.  Please continue to monitor the alert section within the PayPal Manager for any additional updates.  



And here is the contents of the email sent today. (I also pasted the link that was used in this email where it mentions more details.)

  Because we support our merchants in helping them grow their business, we continue to make significant investments and improvements to our infrastructure. These improvements sometimes require us to perform necessary service upgrades.
Please read below as we explain what the change is, and what action may be required by you.*
What’s happening?
Over the course of 2015 and 2016, PayPal will be working towards upgrading various SSL certificates. The changes include upgrading the following:
1. The version of the VeriSign Trusted Root Certificate used to establish secure connections to PayPal.
2. The signing algorithm of certificates (from SHA-1 to SHA-256).
Why is this happening?
We’re taking measures to address industry-wide security concerns which aren’t unique to PayPal. When implemented, these measures can help us improve the security and reliability of our PayPal integrations and help guard against current and future security threats.
When is this happening?
We’ve published the schedule of our service upgrade plan. Please check our 2015-2016 SSL Certificate Change microsite ( https://ppmts.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1236 ) for the most recent updates as published schedules may change. Our efforts to upgrade SSL certificates for our production endpoints are scheduled to start in May 2015, and will continue into next year.
Please note – Testing in the Sandbox environment is one of the best ways to make sure your integration works.  Sandbox endpoints have been upgraded to accept secure connections signed by the G5 Root Certificate.  Please review the microsite for information when SHA-256 testing is available for your integration.
What do I need to do?
For information regarding the important details of these upgrades, how it may impact your integration, and what you must do to future-proof your integration, please refer to the Merchant Security System Upgrade Guide on the microsite.
*Please note – If you’re impacted by this upgrade, you may be required to implement these changes prior to the dates listed on the microsite. Otherwise, you may not be able to process payments through your current integration with PayPal. In addition, if you’re integrated with a third party, please check with them on any additional steps you may need to take.
Questions can be directed to our Merchant Technical Services team on our Technical Support website. Click here ( https://ppmts.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1236 ) for more information.
Thanks for your patience as we continue to improve our services  

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