You won’t like their infrastructure the more you discover. I do not believe the people that designed and built the systems are still around, the methods and processes are pretty dated. What one hobbyist can do in in a few weekends, they haven’t given the resources for years. They appear to just be keeping the boat afloat and focusing on eyeball-facing stuff like the web UIs. However the post about nortek pitching in a 25% stake in the company does make me hopeful they’ll hire some sys and software engineers. If they really want people to make plugins they need a community advocate that can help the devs and take over the maintenance of plugins that were once working, but need minor changes to work with their new UI of the month.
It has the potential to be great, but the focus hasn’t been there. If you look around the dev archives of why earlier plugin devs gave up on the platform, those points are all still valid. Hopefully those product concerns will be on the list of things to do with the new funding.
If you haven’t invested too much time in the vera, you may be better off with a zwave dongle and openLuup or openHab. If I could go back in time I’d tell myself to go the DIY route. I purchased a product because I just wanted it to work, but the amount of time I put into vera I would’ve been better off going an open route in the first place.
The only way I know to check if they changed anything is a diff -ur of /etc, I don’t recall ever seeing anything about web authentications/usage in the logs and their remote access is an established ssh tunnel (obfuscated via the telnet port you saw).
lsof -ito find it and ps to see the full command and args.
There’s a forum member that will try to sell you a plugin scripting language, take a look at the free altui and it should be able to handle the logic you’re looking for.
fyi, if you use their energy monitoring and reporting, all of that unencrypted personal data goes to a 3rd party - which has had plenty of reliability issues for me.