A server is a machine running a software daemon that is generally accessed over a network by other machines.

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DDoS - Impossible to stop?

Is it possible - in theory - to stop1 a DDoS attack of any size? Many people claim it's impossible to stop DDoS attacks and tell me I just shouldn't mess with the wrong people on the internet. But ...
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Is there a way for someone to block an email from reaching its recipient?

I don't know if this can be done with people who can email spoof your contacts but I've been noticing that my emails just aren't getting to where it needs to go. In the same vein, I also don't get ...
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Usefulness of Server's Work Load given Timing Attack Resistance of Responses

I've read articles in the past discussing the importance of having timing attack resistant responses for information where knowing the time for evaluation would leak information about the data being ...
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Meeting HIPAA standards in a server-to-domain-client application?

Similar, inconclusive question by someone else found here: HIPAA requirements for local server The requirements are that the application runs on a Windows server and can be expected to connect to up ...
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DDOS Server Attacks & Domain Names

I'm currently with a web hosting account whose servers seem to be constantly down due to DDOS attacks. I check my analytics daily and I'm seeing a major surge in fake traffic for several of my URLs ...
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Encrypting the System Infrastructure

The requirements are to Encrypt the data in our servers 'at rest' and the 'database' - in short the whole infrastructure. Threat Model - to protect a possible data-breach by an adversary (or from ...
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Is physical security less important with disks on a server being encrypted?

If you could get physical access to a server, you could change the root/admin password even if you did not know the current password. However with encrypted disks, I don't think this is possible ...
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Mobile Phone Client -> Server Authentication based on device

I have a mobile application (Android, iOS) and a server, which handles requests from the application. It is easy to perform standard authentication using SSL, password and random token to ...
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Physical protection of your servers?

Here is a scenario. You are a small startup company that makes a video game. In your video game, you can exchange money for items. You are not dealing with the credit card/debit card directly but ...
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Investigating a possible rogue DNS Server (maybe DNSChanger)

One of the users of our RouterCheck tool was complaining about random popups containing ads in Spanish and Russian. Upon investigation, we found that the DNS settings on his router were changed to ...
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Once established, are sockets on localhost secure?

Once a TCP socket has been established on localhost, and a connection made using accept, is it possible for a non-privileged user to intercept or modify bytes sent over this connection, or can this ...
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Distinct databases with the same Kerberos Authentication server

Should two deployed applications within a private network requiring distinct databases (for storing their own users credentials) require distinct Authentication servers (implementing Kerberos)? Or is ...
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Don’t use a web browser on a server?

After pulling up a Windows Server 2012 instance, I learned that google.com is riskier than I thought: It does the same for microsoft.com. There are instructions to disable "Enhanced Security ...
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Prevent snapshots of VPS

Pretend I have a server. Is there anyway to prevent (or make more difficult) the administrator from taking snapshots? Feel free to give me a software way, or suggest if I should change server types; ...
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Dealing with a malware infected server

I have a web server which is heavily infected by malware. That is, around 12 websites (Outdated CMS) are infected by PHP shells and XSS. My websites are banned and are not accessible anymore. I have ...
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Man in the middle attack on loopback

We made a client/server program that runs at localhost. Is it possible to execute a man in the middle attack on the loopback between the client and server?
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Secure Software: How to ensure caller is authentic?

For multiplayer (competitive) games, there is often the issue of needing to detect illegitimate players so they can be denied service. On the other hand, legitimate players should of course be ...
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What Are Good Code Signing Environment Guidelines? [closed]

Take this scenario as an example: An organization has a few build servers that periodically check out source from a repository and builds everything. When a build finishes the binaries are code signed ...
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Is it okay to have a blank root password for MySQL if port 3306 is not forwarded?

I'm running a PHP server that will use the root account to access the database. However, the server is behind a router and port 3306 is not port forwarded. Is it okay to have a blank password for the ...
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Proxied server requests + forwarding authentication info in a secure fashion

We are using PassportJS with a couple of Node.js servers - Passport is just a library that is popular for Node.js server authentication - but we have some questions about how to use Passport with ...
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Browsers and HTTP Public Key Pinning

The strength of HTTP Public Key Pinning (HPKP) is that the browsers are saving the keys from the HTTP header and can check in the future if the certificate from the website is valid. I have two ...
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How do I protect the stored clients' public keys on a server?

I'm learning about security at the moment, and I want to store my clients' public keys on the server to facilitate distributing and managing those keys, my question is what are the possible ways to ...
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How to prevent a hacker from accessing other user's web dir

My website got hacked today :) The hacker accessed a website hosted by another user on the same server, then he got access to my /home/website-dir/ ! it's my server and I use it to host some websites ...
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Secure protocol for a backup server? [closed]

I want to make a back up system in my home, but I don't know I should use a FTP server or a TPC-based cloud server or a SSH-based server. Which method is best in security? I just want to upload and ...
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Could a VPS provider have access to the content of their users?

Could a VPS provider like DigitalOcean have access to the content of their users? In their terms of service they do not mention anything related to this question, but could they theoretically have ...
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Client/server communication keystore and tls

I want to establish a client-server communication using TLS protocol. The point is I dont understand a few things since I don't know many oner security. I have created certificates for my server and a ...
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How do hackers get into servers? [closed]

I am a web developer. I've checked How does hacking work? and I know all of the things described in the most upvoted post. However, I can't understand how do hackers get into servers when the website ...
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TLS or IPsec protocol for client-server communication? [duplicate]

What is the best protocol for client-server communication? TLS or IPsec? I have a public channel where users communicate with each other using a digital certificate like X.509.
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Has my server been compromised? [duplicate]

--thanks everyone this has been resolved, see my answer below-- I created an Debian/OpenVPN server several months ago for private use but in the last two days I've noticed something extremely ...
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How does a firewall help to protect a server?

Since a potential attacker will exploit the services that are already open to public by firewall rules, how will a firewall help to protect my server from attackers?
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“Fix” man in the middle

I've just tried to ssh connect to a server (auth via ssh key), and get the well-known message WARNING: REMOTE HOST IDENTIFICATION HAS CHANGED!. I'm the server administrator (but I'm not really a good ...
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How to keep home hosted webserver safe [closed]

I've got a raspberry pi I used as a web server. It's not for any sort of commercial traffic I just have it as a machine on my network so I can SSH/FTP in. I recently setup a page linked to a domain ...
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Preventing outgoing Portscan/SYN/UDP Floods in the datacenter

We are a VPS hosting company that have servers housed in a datacenter in Germany. Currently we are receiving multiple take-down requests because customers are ports scanning or attacking servers ...
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Remote Administrative Access to a server, KVM over IP or HP iLo?

We have a situation. We want to grant remote administrative access to one of our servers for clients. As I know, there are two possible ways: 1- KVM-over-IP and 2-HP iLO. The most important thing for ...
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How is HTTP PUT and DELETE methods insecure, if they really are? [duplicate]

If I really need to use these methods, how do i make sure they are secure? Edit: Is there a link or source where I can see how to make sure that 'PUT' and 'DELETE' methods are not able to delete or ...
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Prevent CryptoLocker on Server

A quick question, which may have a not-so-quick answer - Are there any ways to prevent files associated with CryptoLocker, to be propagated to a data server, by means of a back up? We use Cobian as ...
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Is using a sqlite with random name file secure?

As you know, SQLite have no security mechanism. My question is if i change the database file into some random name like '22OYIz23tmpyesTcMVFmw1tquFxzCIQD.sqlite' can someone exploit my database and ...
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MITM Attacks with Web GUI

I'm thinking of writing an application that communicates sensitive information (using Python, if that's relevant). Instead of using the standard GUI libraries (like GTK, Qt or wxWidgets), I was ...
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Server is Sending Spam

I have determined that my server is compromised because it is sending spam (from one of my legitimate addresses). How can I determine what's compromised? Does the attacker know my SSH password? ...
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Can clients visit my site, and spam socket.emit(something); to my server, or is there some security behind socket.io?

I'm using Socket.IO and the client side looks like this. <script src="/socket.io/socket.io.js"></script> <script> var socket = io(); socket.emit("sendData", "hello!"); ...
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Security Setting up personal web server [closed]

I'm sure something like this has been asked many many times over the Internet. I'm asking again because I need situation-specific response. I've already set up a home web server. My setup is like ...
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Is a server infrastructure fundamentally possible which the smartest person can't breach?

TL;DR: Perhaps I've gone overboard with my question's detail, but I wanted to be sure the question was clear since the topic seems very broad. But here it is. The word "smartest" is meant ...
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Should I restrict Core Networking firewall rules in Windows server?

I have a server that I want to restrict access to by allowing only one IP address to be able to connect to it through desktop and make http request through port 80. Now in my firewall I only have ...
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Is it secure to have an iPad app run a webDAV server on localhost without authentication?

I have two iPad apps running on the same device. One is hosting a webDAV server on http://localhost:8080 without any authentication (the server is active whilst the app is foregrounded, and for a few ...
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Communicate through gpg

I need to frequently communicate with a server in the manner do stuff related to x or send me info of x My thoughts are to directly put the task I want to be executed into the package I want to send, ...
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Command & Control Server List [duplicate]

I recently got an email from my ISP saying that they'd detected traffic to a known Command & Control server from my home. Boo. I'm sure this probably means one of our computers has some awful ...
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Authentication on client server

I have following requirements for system: My admins authenticate on client servers Over http Central authorization server My solution is based on O-Auth: user is redirected to authentication ...
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Does using NAT-T for L2TP / IPsec VPN pose a realistic security risk?

I'm working on upgrading an old Windows RAS server that hosts PPTP VPN. I want to move to a L2TP/IPsec VPN. Due to the firewall appliance we use, the VPN server has to be behind a NAT. This means ...
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Ubuntu server seems compromised for a DDOS attack [duplicate]

I have this VPS Ubuntu v12.04 Server running with DigitalOcean. Zpanel/Apache/PHP stack was installed on the Server. For the past few days it was occasionally down. Initially, I didn't know what ...
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How secure is loging into internet banking via an https library?

My bank does not have an API so I want my server to log in and check incoming payments to notify me if a client has paid or not. I would like the server to log in and scrape using Beautifulsoup and ...