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

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How safe is it to install XAMPP on my home computer to test PHP code?

I want to test some PHP code and I figure the best way is to install XAMPP - but I'm nervous about installing server software on my home computer. Is it generally safe to install XAMPP (given that I ...
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Exclude file names from mod_security patterns

I have a question regarding mod_security. I have installed mod_security on my server and OWASP core rule set. However, now people are having trouble when accessing my page. For example, one problem ...
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What security concerns exist in running a glassfish app directly on port 443

I have installed Apache http server in front of glassfish based on recommendations i had in this question. I have been told that i will run into performance problems along with security issues. I was ...
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HTTP daemon and Webroot permissions

We have a contracted web developer that uses deployment scripts to update and deploy web sites. In order for them to work they require write access to the whole webroot through the httpd user. I have ...
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How to filter POST requests before they reach PHP on Apache?

I have done URL filtering with .htaccess (using learning and generator), however I am still concerned that any POST request can be submitted to the PHP even there is only one POST form on the website, ...
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If Xampp is not secure enough for a production environment what should I use?

I am not even sure if this is the right place to ask this but here goes: I am thinking of running my own small website from a home server. I have been using Ubuntu 12.04 with xampp as my server ...
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Securely Store Credentials for Web Application Services in Apache

We are running a web application in python using wsgi with apache2, and must submit to a penetration test. The testers will be exploring the potential for damage if the attackers gain shell access as ...
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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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How to mitigate SSL/TLS Protocol Initialization Vector Implementation Information Disclosure Vulnerability?

Disclaimer: I'm not a sysadmin, please try to give your answers in developer friendly language ;) I'm test scanning a fresh VPS image with Nessus and I'm getting plugin 58751. I tried figuring out ...
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What on earth is this log entry in Apache?

error.log - Apache/2.2.17 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.17 OpenSSL/0.9.8g mod_fastcgi/2.4.6 mod_fcgid/2.3.4 [Mon Oct 10 22:35:18 2011] [error] [client 91.212.226.95] (36)File name too long: access to ...
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How bad of a practice is it to mount tomcat's manager to Apache2?

If we take into account only security concerns, how bad of a practice is it to mount tomcat's manager to Apache2. E.g.,: JkMount /manager/html* ajp13_worker I'm doing this because my company has ...
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Can .htaccess and .htpasswd really protect me?

I want to set up a kind of personal wiki where I can store various sensitive information. However to make it 100% portable and and just plain convineant, I want to put it on the Internet. I'm sure at ...
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Checking if Mod_Rewrite is Enabled Remotely

When pentesting it is useful to know when apache mod_rewrite is enabled. But when one comes across a web server that does not utilize PHP it is difficult to tell if mod_rewrite is enabled considering ...
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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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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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Mod_security rules-updater.pl fails to pull new release

Mod_security has a rules updater distributed with their release packages on sourceforge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/mod-security/files/modsecurity-crs/0-CURRENT/ Usually, you can run the script ...
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What attacks use enabled Apache's PATH_INFO?

In Tangled Web Michal Zalewski says: If you are not using path-based parameter passing (such as PATH_INFO), consider disabling this feature. He gave only one example of this vulnerability. There ...
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How do I figure out how malware infected my server, and the subsequent sites on the server?

I recently was in charge of fixing our server at work, and cleaning the sites on it. We were infected with some malware that injected some code into some of our clients websites. Apparently, there was ...
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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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How to get site's 'real' URL (before being rewritten)

If a site uses .htaccess file to rewrite the URL for e.g. better SEO. Is it possible to find out what is the "real" URL?
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How Do I Secure Apache Web Server [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Apache Server Hardening I'm going to make a web server on Apache 2. What are the security issue I will be looking at? And how do I secure it? I have been reading news ...
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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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Blacklist IP addresses based on number of 404s in Apache

I'm getting a lot of hackers spamming my domain with requests for files that just don't exist. This is eating up a lot of my allotted bandwidth and I'd like to blacklist these IP addresses. Is there ...
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Server wide javascript injection

UPDATE: The server was rooted, php.ini was replaced that cause the injection to appear. Still haven't figured out which directive is injecting the javascript. I'm troubleshooting a hacked website ...
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How to secure test/dev environments from outside world?

I would like to set up a security barrier to my test/dev environments. I'm under a more or less typical LAMP on dedicated servers. Thing is, I have some facebook apps, a widget for other devices, and ...
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Implications of Trace/Track Methods on Apache

When performing vulnerability scans using Nessus, against a host running Apache, one expected result is always "HTTP TRACE / TRACK Methods Allowed". While this result only has a base CVSS of 4.3, I ...
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Combat Apache Killer

Three days ago, KingCope released a simple Perl script to DoS Apache, aptly named Apache Killer. This script launches about 50 threads to request Partial Content from the server with optional GZIP ...
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Securing my web-server / website [closed]

Does anyone know of a comprehensive security guide about important basics / fundamentals which should be done to secure a web-server / website? A web link would do.
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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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Master thesis topic - mod_security

I've been playing with mod_security for some time and I'd like somehow to use it in my master thesis. I don't know exactly how this work could be more interesting than describing what mod_security ...