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

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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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Block http HEAD, TRACE, DELETE OR TRACK requests is a valid security feature? [duplicate]

Block http HEAD requests helps us to solidify the safety rules for a Apache webserver or this restriction would be an exaggerated? What kind of vulnerability can be exploited by HEAD method? Tests: ...
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Is this slowloris attack or not?

IP is hidden in apache log for privacy, except last octet. /billing is our application start page. But it doesn't make sense that it sends POST requests, and get 500 response. Or maybe this is ...
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Why are OSX users of my TLS-only site being asked to supply a client certificate?

I purchased a Comodo SSL certificate (OV), and set up the Apache vhost config so that all traffic is forwarded to 443. Intermittently some users are being prompted to supply a client certificate; ...
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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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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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Securely send password to script as parameter

I have an expect script on my server which opens a WebDAV connection to another server, expects a username and password, and then sends $arg1 and $arg2 as the username and password respectively. ...
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Strange bug in ModSecurity with the rule 950901

I have a classic ModSecurity configuration (apt-get...) SecRuleEngine Off SecPcreMatchLimit 1000 SecPcreMatchLimitRecursion 1000 SecAction "phase:1,t:none,nolog,pass, \ ...
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Strange logs in apache from bing/facebook

I am used to finding some random probing from script bots in my apache log files, but today I found some strange entries: 65.55.24.247 - - [25/Apr/2014:01:52:36 +0000] "GET ...
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VPN Client - Addtional Security Layer or a Useless Feature

I have a corporate web portal which is used for staff collaboration including a web-based mail interface connected to MySQL Database, corporate calendar, file storage, customer contacts data with ...
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How to manage security for multiple PC and VM?

I have a firewall VM which creates I have used to setup subnet for different purposes. For example: (fake ips, of course) 1.1.2.1/24 DMZ 1.1.3.1/24 Internal 1.1.5.1/24 security/logging I use ...
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Nessus scanner and Red Hat backport security updates

I have asked this question: False positive Apache version in scanner results on Centos I need additional clarification: Do you know if it is possible to configure Nessus to adopt Red Hat backport ...
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How to Minimize Apache Loadable Modules (serving MediaWiki)

According to Guide to the Secure Configuration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, there is this policy: "In certain scenarios, it is beneficial to remove certain httpd modules to limit the functionality ...
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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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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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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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How to prevent Cookie-Bombs?

Egor Homakov made a nice writeup (Cookie Bomb or let's break the Internet) on how to crash CDNs and other websites with cookies. Although this is a user/browser-side DOS, I'm wondering how one would ...
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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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Clarifying MITM attacks and Digital Certificate requirement

We are running a Portal application for our client with Payment Gateway integrated. Payment gateway uses SSL as it is suppose to be . The concern for me is that our Portal application does not use ...
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Dangers of PHP uploading word docs into a quarantine

I plan to write a PHP script which will allow web users to upload MS Word formatted docs. Here are the precautions I am taking: Filenames will be created by me (something like YYYY-MM-DD.doc) Files ...
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Prevent a server side script from a direct URL access

There is a server side script written in php(say backend_file.php) or coldfusion(say backend_file.cfm). Lets say, i am using Apache and I have a sample web folder (on my Localhost) like: ...
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501 Not Implemented ServerInfo.jsp

I looked at my logs from amazon ec2 instance and found the following lines: 94.177.121.102 - - [29/Mar/2014:08:50:52 +0000] "XGET /web-console/ServerInfo.jsp HTTP/1.0" 501 418 "-" "-" 94.177.121.102 ...
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Lots of bot hits, referer seems to be the variable

I've recently (over the last 15 minutes) had quite a few hits from the same IP, it's in a country on our blacklist so they just up up on our "Access Denied" page, but I was just interested in what ...
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“Must have” and “Preferred Cipher” suites terminology

I have received the following advise to set cipher suites to suitably mitigate Beast attack on a newly setup Apache HTTPD server. Preferred ciphers: RC4-SHA, RC4-MD5 Must Have Ciphers: ...
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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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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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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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Apache Server Maintains HTTPS Connection To Mysterious Server (Hijacking?)

I've been on a shared webhosting plan for 10 years and I recently moved all of my sites (various WordPress sites and associated plugins, all in PHP, a MediaWiki site, and a lot of static stuff) to my ...
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Securing apache by IP with .htaccess

I have a folder that I don't want to be accessible from outside my network's LAN. It seems like all traffic from the outside world goes through my firewall (192.168.1.39). So I made my .htaccess as ...
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how to block ip from head or ping or get or post to webserver (using apache and windows)?

am using apache 2.4.9 latest with windows 7 i am using some modules like limitipconn_module security2_module but using wireshark i get unlimited request to busy my webserver (DOS) from some ip ...
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Apache redirecting to unsecure port

I have setup a test website in order to play around setting up SSL. The website is setup on a Windows host with Apache 2.2.20 with OpenSSL 0.9.8r, MySQL 5.5.37, PHP 5.3.28. The URL to the home page ...
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Are there any exploits in Movable Type that allow the attacker to delete the movable type files?

I'm a developer for a web site; we have a small blog powered by Movable Type that we added a few years ago. The blog doesn't get a lot of traffic or attention; we just noticed a couple of days ago ...
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Apache 2.2 mod_ssl configuration Forward Secrecy/BREACH/BEAST/CRIME

I am looking for mod_ssl configuration which protects against common attacks like Breach, Beast and Crime. I already disabled gzip to avoid Crime but I'm unsure about the others. RC4 should only be ...
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Does the Heartbleed vulnerability affect signed java applets [closed]

I have a Windows based server that serves a signed JAVA applet. The website isn't secured (HTTP), but all JAVA applets have to be signed now, so the site serves a signed JAVA applet as part of a web ...
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Security implications of putting virtual hosts source code in /var/www/[domain]

A friend pointed out that putting virtual hosts as sub folders of the default /var/www was a bad idea. (linux example path; this applies to all OS) I see that it's possible to reach the virtual hosts ...
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How does a website get pass my server firewall and attempt to hotlink to my server resources?

I was stumped when I saw the following lines on my Apache server error log this morning: [authz_core:error] [client ::1:37317] AH01630: client denied by server configuration: ...
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Installed new Wildcard certificates on my server, but still appear as expired on browser [closed]

I have bought new WILDCARD certificates (*.mydomain.com) for my servers. I was able to install successfully on one server. So, I know the files are correct and I was able to verify their validity. ...
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Force https, complex implementation

I have a website running on a dedicated server (single IP) on apache. Multiple domains are pointed to the website . For ex: sub.abc.com, sub.bcdaf.com I have now purchased a single SSL certificate ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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HTTPS enable for proxy server or web server

Say I have 2 separated servers which are one web server (apache) and one proxy server (nginx), I want to use HTTPS for the website running on the Apache. Do I enable SSL on apache or nginx or both? ...
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Which OWASP modsecurity crs version to install on apache 2.2.22

Hello I am considering installing owasp mod_security crs on an ubuntu 12.04.4 which comes with apache 2.2.22. On the github page I have seen many version's but all tutorials were using 2.2.7 First I ...
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Current State of BREACH (GZIP SSL Attack)?

It has been one year since BREACH made our way into our hearts, and there does not seem to be any articles or posts or patches since then, is my Google-fu weakening? Has BREACH been mitigated or ...
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Mysql Virtual IP and timeout

What are the risk that I encounter when increasing the timeout of a vip between a web server (apache) and mysql cluster (two servers). Actually it is set to 5 minutes. If time_out was 1hour, knowing ...
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trackback spotted in multple http errors

[Sun May 11 12:24:46 2014] [error] [client private ip] [X_FORWARDED_FOR 27.159.207.165] Path not found: /contact_us_public.php/trackback/, referer: http://www.mydomain.net/contact_us_public.php Does ...