Questions about the security of Apache open source software, especially Apache HTTP Server

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172.16.33.197, 127.0.0.1 IP addresses in visitor logs

I have a website running Apache and PHP. I see that there are visitors with IP addresses 172.16.33.197 and 127.0.0.1. These addresses do not belong to our network. I get the visitor IP addresses with ...
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Server root attack?

Someone in Hungary tried something odd recently: /?_SERVER[DOCUMENT_ROOT]=http://94.199.51.7/readme.txt? This is the partial URL from my log, showing the page they went to. They gave my site's URL ...
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Does installing Apache on my local machine create new security risks?

I am developing a small LAMP online app, and so far I have been doing all the development online. I am considering installing Apache/PHP/MySQL on my Ubuntu machine to be able to develop locally as ...
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Are we under hacker control?

We have a Web Server that mount Centos. Onto that WS there is an Apache (version 2.2.3) and some sites. You can log on only if you have a certificate (for root user) or via ftp (a restricted ...
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If Apache is configured to parse PHP can users see PHP source code?

If Apache is configured to parse PHP and not allow to index files, are there other ways users can see PHP source code, either with or without intention?
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Security benefits by loading modules statically in Apache server

In Apache httpd webserver there are two ways to load modules into the server, static and dynamic. There are some modules which must be loaded static, e.q. mod_so and core. The mod_so must be ...
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Logging out of Basic HTTP Authentication

As seen on https://stackoverflow.com/questions/233507/how-to-log-out-user-from-web-site-using-basic-authentication, there are some interesting ways of logging out a user from Basic HTTP ...
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Security implications of storing email attachments on Centos Server

There is an application I am working on which requires processing the incoming mails to cs@company.com. The company.com mail accounts are being run via Google Apps for Business. So I fetch the ...
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Safari downloaded my php source once. Should I worry?

I uploaded via ftp, then typed in the URL of the script to Safari; Safari downloaded the source!! This hosting site has never done that before - .php scripts have always executed. I can't duplicate ...
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Strange GET requests to my Apache Web Server?

A few days ago, my Apache web server was hit with get requests, many of which had strange escape sequences. Can someone read the following sample log entries and explain what the person tried to do, ...
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Is it dangerous for apache error_log to be writable?

I was reading an article about log files and referring to apache error log it mentioned that the logfiles should not be writeable by other users. How can this be dangerous? Is there a certain type of ...
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Setup a quick web site vulnerable to Shellshock bash bug

Can anyone let me know the steps to setup a simple Hello World Apache (or other GNU/Linux) website that i can hit over 80 or 443 and exploit any bash CVE vuln; assuming I have a vulnerable bash. I ...
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What kind of requests are those?

I receive a lot of requests like this: ip-10-80-XXX-XXX.eu-west-1.compute.internal:80 110.249.208.XXX - - [11/Dec/2013:10:27:17 +0000] "GET ...
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Is web app safe in not public folder?

I'am wondering if it's really safe to use this structure of my web application. WEBAPP Application Controllers Models Views ... Framework ... ...
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Securing Java web services called by web site in DMZ using web services for communication

Suppose you have an application running Java web services in Apache Axis 2. Specifically, these are JAX-WS (Java API for XML-Based Web Services). Currently these web services are on the same Windows ...
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How to counter or fix banner grabbing vulnerability

During an audit i came across banner grabbing findings,and would like to know how to mitigate that on IIS and apache server.
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Shared hosting mail server, Thunderbird and encryption

In spite of much searching on the internet, I can't really get an adequate understanding of this topic, perhaps because it combines multiple elements. As a result, I'm really worried about the state ...
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Techniques for enumerating enabled apache modules

A common issue noted by security testers is that the Apache web server is reporting a version in headers which is older than the latest available one. This usually leads to CVE listings detailing the ...
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Odd requests from Apache logs

I've been monitoring some weird activity in the access logs for my site and I've noticed a couple of weird attempts against the server. I'm wondering if anyone has seen these before. It's an Apache ...
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HTTPS Apache2 Information Leakage

Hello IT Security! I have Apache2 vhost with HTTPS listening on port 443, ie. https:// securesecret.com. I have another vhosts with HTTP listening on port 80, ie. http:// one.com, http:// two.com. ...
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How can I block bots that consistently hit the same URLs?

I am getting slammed hard by bots, and I am not sure how to stop them without blocking my legitimate traffic. I created some iptables rules that say, if X connections in X seconds, block, but that ...
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Best Approach for removing XSS Vulnerability

I have been developing a Webobjects application, and I found that my application is vulnerable to XSS through URL, but not when malicious input like <script>alert("hi")</script> is input ...
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Allow apache to write to users' .ssh dir's

I know the title is just baiting the "your setup is insecure", but allow me to explain. I'm working on an application which aims to allow clients to rsync over SSH to our server. We need a web ...
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Does this htaccess snippet provide sufficient security?

I've downloaded a part of .htaccess to prevent from using base64_encode or <script> or _REQUEST within URL. Is this secure enough to help me out for partial security, or is it just a waste of ...
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Why protect files with sensative information with .htacces?

I was taught that an important step to securing a website (primarily with PHP) was to store all sensitive information such as database connection info, salt generation, etc. in a separate ...
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Load balancer and two machines - how many SSL certificates do I need?

We have a load balancer facing the Internet. It's balancing load towards two systems behind it in the back-end running apache. How many SSL certificates do I need to buy? - One for the load-balancer ...
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Writing files in a sub folder of the web folder (apache security)

I need to save session data for a dynamic web page script by writing to file. I have two questions: Are there any security preferences as to whether to save the data UNDER the web folder, or OUTSIDE ...
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Is it important to use a slow hash in htpasswd?

It's my understanding that the purpose of .htpasswd files is to restrict access to some files in the server filesystem. If an attacker gains access to it, he probably has access to everything else ...
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Strange Apache access logs

A site of ours has been targeted by some kind of strange attack and I am trying to work out exactly how it has happening. Basically, the strangest thing is that the logs seem to correspond to entirely ...
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Generic defense againt SQL injection

This is a little bit of a rant, but there's a real question at the end. I recently installed a new perl script on a site (which will remain nameless) which failed mysteriously with an error 403. ...
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Was I a victim of an “Apache PHP Remote Exploit” attack?

I have a server in my computer for testing purposes, accessible from the outside. I was reviewing the access.log file, and I saw 89.187.33.50 - - [29/Mar/2014:03:39:01 +0100] "HEAD / HTTP/1.0" 200 - ...
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SqlMap bypasses OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set for SQL Injection

I am trying to perform a simple penetration test on the DVWA (the web application that has been specifically designed to be vulnerable to some of the most common web application attacks). I want to ...
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Does reverse proxy between two web servers impact security of both?

Situation: Consider the site: example.com, hosted at web server A. A WordPress blog is to be installed on a different web server, B. In order to route a WordPress installation to a subdirectory on ...
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How to properly secure OO PHP CMS?

I have OO PHP application which serves pages as well it does payment card processing via external RBS payment gateway. There is also reporting database. The problem is when somebody exploits this PHP, ...
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Upload a file into directory with public write access

I know it is not right to set a permission for the folder as 777, but if it is done so will it be possible to upload a file into that directory without ftp access ? Here is what I mean Lets say the ...
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Why Shellshock works in useragent string?

I was wondering why Shellshock works when put in the useragent. Based on what I could find it is because a web server (e.g Apache) uses the useragent string in its internal working. Why would a ...
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Writing errors to Apache's log file from PHP - are there any pitfalls?

I'm updating an application to write slightly more verbose errors to the system log file (in this case, /var/log/apache2/mysite_error_log). I hope that I'm not asking the proverbial stupid question ...
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securing /var/www with .htaccess

So I have a web directory running on a server and I want only people with the password to be able to get in. Is it possible to secure the web root with .htaccess? Is there any extra steps I need to ...
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Apache, DocumentRoot and path traversal - /manual/ query

A PCI scanner of a client is current showing a potential path traversal exploit. The document root is set to /home/somefolder/somewebfoldername/ YET, visiting ourwebsite.com/manual shows the Apache ...
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Visitors logs show \x80w\x01\x03\x01 the HNAP1

Can anyone tell me what this means? I'm on Bluehost with a shared server. [ip]71.63.199.72 [url]HNAP1 [size] 134 [status] 401 [method]GET [protocol] HTTP/1.1 [referring url] My server address ...
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www-data is sending rogue mails through sendmail. How do I find the source?

So I have a Ubuntu server hosting a PHP-based web site for me. Some of the services rely on sendmail being configured. I have set it up to send through my GMail account. As of yesterday ~19:00 CET, ...
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Is htaccess secure enought to whitelist clients IPs?

I'm using .htaccess to control source IP of connections to my web application. My configuration looks more or less like this: order deny,allow deny from all allow from X.Y.Z.Q These ...
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How force that all connections to my Apache use TLSv1.1 or TLSv1.2?

I tested on Ubuntu 12.04 (apache 2.2.22-1ubuntu1.4 and openssl 1.0.1-4ubuntu5.10) and Ubuntu 13.04 (apache 2.2.22-6ubuntu5.1 and openssl 1.0.1c-4ubuntu8.1). here explain how to do so, but I have the ...
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mod_spamhaus whitelist example to allow a range of ips

How would an example whitelist look like, that would whitelist a range of all IPs from 123.123.0.0 - 123.123.255.255 ? I have the whitelistfile in /etc/spamhaus.wl
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Mod Security for apache2 blocks curl!

I'm trying to get my users lat and lng from their address using google's geocoding api but when mod security is enabled it prevents it and the script timesout. How can I add an exception by ip or ...
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HTTP Host Header redirect traffic

Recently, I've seen periodic floods of traffic to my web servers with various Host headers that do not belong to us. The traffic appears to come primarily from China and a decent number seem to think ...
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What is this strange GET request (GET /A0A32579-2767) DoSed my apache?

I have apache behind nginx on my webserver. Today my apache stops answering to requests. Investigations shows this situation: 1) Number of apache processes grows more that 500 but MaxChildren=256 in ...
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Ping Input box on web server vulnerable to piped commands?

Scenario is this. I have logged into a web server as admin through the Login page in browser. it has displayed me with a home page of sorts that has an input box with a button next to it saying ...
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“global” OCSP with Apache mod_ssl / Alternative to -VAfile option Openssl

Context I'm developping my own OCSP responder which signed its ocsp responses with its own self signed certificate caOcspBC.crt. You can find it here : https://github.com/Dinou/ocspResponder I want ...
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unix malicious scripts/ksh execution

I'm wondering whether my architecture poses a security risk. Details: The whole website is not ROOT owned but still, the APACHE user used instead has some pretty advanced permissions. I have a ...