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

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Hardware-restricted root login

I was thinking about how security on my Linux server can be increased and came up with this question: If most intrusions are performed by gaining remote access to machines, would it be possible and ...
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How do I prove for my client that unused ports are closed and unused services are disabled?

I have seen advice that I need to close all unused ports, and disable any unused services in order to secure my servers. How can I prove, beyond any doubt, to my client that I have done this? I need ...
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Using “Dynamic Hash Technique” to protect cookies from XSS?

This paper appears to describe a solution in which XSS attacks stealing cookies are made pointless by having the server send clients a cookie with a hashed name. Whenever the user sends the cookie ...
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Why should web applications use multiple gatekeepers?

I have been reading a security checklist for web application design which can be found on: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff648647.aspx One of the recommendations is to "use multiple ...
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What is the difference between HSM and Key server?

As per PCI-DSS requirements, we have to use either HSM (Hardware Security Module), or Key Server to store the KEK (Key Encryption Key). If I'm storing encrypted DEK (Data Encryption Key) in an App ...
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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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Will sabotaging a shared web hosting account threaten the security of sibling accounts being that they are shared on the same server?

Will sabotaging a shared web hosting account threaten the security of sibling accounts being that they are shared on the same server? Whether it it be through htaccess setups, posting login ...
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How to find out the email host of a vanity email address?

Assuming a person gets his own domain address, say, theperson.com. He then goes on to create a vanity email address with that domain. e.g. me@theperson.com. me@theperson.com may be hosted by the ...
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What are the arguments for and against having anti-virus on domain servers

I have been hired at a start-up where I seem to have become the de-facto admin despite being hired to do application support (to be fair I do have a background as an all-rounder). Amongst the ...
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How can it be possible to have encrypted communication between a server and a client if the server has only a public key [duplicate]

If only the server has an electronic certificate (User ID, Version, Public key), how can be possible the encrypted communication between the client and the server?
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What's the best way to secure inter-server communication for cloud servers?

I'm looking for best-practices or suggestions to secure inter-server communications between VPSs. Should I just run all traffic through SSH? What about HTTP Traffic via something like mongo? ...
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Is IP whitelist sufficient to protect a server? [closed]

I am currently using a server 1 managing incoming traffic from users and a server 2 managing database requests from server 2. Both servers are accesible via Internet. Would IP whitelisting be a ...
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How should IPSec be configured to provide a protection at least as good as my current Stunnel configuration?

In private network (as in using a private IP address space) at a cloud provider, other customers have access to the same private network. I have secured the communication between many hosts and ...
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What influences the speed of rendered php page using encryption [closed]

I've built a web app which uses the openssl_private_decrypt() functions. The rendering of a page with 15 messages encrypted with these functions takes remarkely longer as the ones without. (3-4 ...
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Disable local/KVM access on a Linux VPS (allow only SSH)

Friends of mine have previously had issues with VPS security. The security was no fault of the operating system/services themselves, but mainly due to the "Control Panel" that gets forced upon you ...
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After having confirmed a computer is infected by a Botnet.

And having found a server IP that is controlling it. How can I find out the log-in credentials this client uses to log in to a IRC channel / server webpage / control panel. I have found out a python ...
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“holding open” encrypted home with local ssh

I have a couple of machines that I use for purely automated stuff, with home directories encrypted using ecryptfs. So even if the machine is powered on, those directories aren't decrypted unless that ...
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Renting a remote server with IPMI: is one vulnerable?

It has been reported in the media and some security conscious mailing lists that some IPMI-enabled servers, implementations and brands suffer serious security issues. When you go to a dedicated ...
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Subdomain-only SSL security/availability

CAcert and StartSSL both only validate domains whose TLD is owned by the requester. I have a few subdomains that come from places like freeDNS that I would like to run an SSL-secured server on. Are ...
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Server security experiment? [closed]

Okay, so I am in a university class where we are using a server. Each student in the class has access to the server. We all share it. I can see their files and open them, and they likewise can see ...
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Restricting locations for unzipping a zip file

I hope that I have found the correct place to ask my question regarding unzipping files. I would like to see if there is a way to restrict the locations available to the user to unzip a password ...
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Does Ubuntu Server have a “phone home” feature?

I've heard that Ubuntu has some sort of "phone home" system that is enabled by default. The kind of stuff that passes along performance information and that type of things to Canonical. I don't know ...
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Transmission of messages

I am currently developing a game which will be run in a client, they will sign up for this game online and create their account there, their information will be stored into a MySQL database. I am ...
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Should I do science of computing or systems analyst? [closed]

I want to become a federal analyst of cyber crimes and I dont't know what's the right university course for me, I would like to know what's the cons and pros of choosing one or another course and ...
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question on rooting

Rooting a server is done through uploading a shell on a target website and running a root exploit to gain root privileges on a server thus gaining access to sites that are hosted on that shared ...
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Cryptolocker: can servers be protected?

I'm IT in a small company. The network is about as ancient as most of the staff (at 30, I'm the company's youngest), and the staff also is notorious for spreading viruses around the network despite ...
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Is this accidental incident considered hacking(illegal)? [closed]

I was doing research for a college research paper and I got bored and opened up CMD. I don't really know more than the next guy about computers, so i figured id just play around. I googled the ...
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Main requirements to secure my Application in any database related features

I have an application which is hosted on a windows server on which an SQL DB exists. This server communicates with the clients and agents installed on host PCs through TCP/IP and SSL connections. I'm ...
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Web Service Security Checklist - Tracing and Debugging

I have been reading this security checklist about web service design: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff648304.aspx One of the suggestions is that you should disable the following in ...
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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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Why should I log successful log-ins to my server?

I was arguing with a friend about logs in user logins. I think that logs means a big audit source for IT audit professionals. Why should I log successful log-ins to my server? It's so important log ...
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how much of a security threat would this be?

If I set up a Domain Controller server to be accessible from the internet via Remote Desktop Connection (through port forwarding in the router), how much of a threat would that be? and if I have a ...
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Are duplicate SSH server host keys a problem?

I'm doing an assessment of a small network that is using a good bit of virtualization. They have cloned some of their linux machines after generating their SSH server host keys. So the servers all ...
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Is there any reason to allow Python fetches of my Web server's pages?

I keep seeing "python-requests/1.1.0 CPython/2.7.4 Linux/3.8.0-19-generic" requests e.g. from Amazon's servers of my website. It's kind of creepy. Who would set up an Amazon server to scan websites? ...
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What are the pros and cons of using fail2ban when using SSH key auth? [closed]

I've just bought a new dedicated server. Should I install fail2ban if I am only using SSH keys to login? What else does fail2ban protect? What are the advantages and disadvantages of fail2ban? Is ...
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Is server-side cryptography with user-only access possible for email services?

I came across the Lavabit High Scalability Writeup and got curious. Do you use any particularly cool technologies or algorithms? The way we encrypt messages before storing them is relatively ...
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Preparing for a stolen physical server

What would be the best ways to protect sensitive data stored on a server/drive that gets stolen? The confidentiality of the data is what is important, not retrieving it. Obviously, physical means are ...
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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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Disabling SSL v2 and weak ciphers on client PC's

Is it a requirement to also disable SSL v2 and weak ciphers on client PC's? I have seen quite a few posts for disabling them on servers, but nothing about a regular client PC, say, running Windows XP ...
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What are the risks of uploading and downloading data in binary (non-encoded) format to servers and browsers?

I admit up-front that this question may be the result of unfounded paranoia. But I am concerned that uploading and downloading data in binary form opens the door to exploits that might not be ...
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Protecting IP on a remote server

Apologies in advance if this question is a bit vague. I just joined a stock trading group. A guy set up a server for me, and it's racked in their building. I ssh into it, and run my algo remotely ...
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What are the privacy pros and cons of using a public DNS server vs. your own?

Whether I'm using a normal internet connection setup, or tunnelling it through an anonymizing VPN or through TOR, what information of mine is revealed to whatever DNS server that I choose (e.g. Google ...
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Security of JVM for Server

Using type- and memory-safe languages like Java and Scala for server applications gave me the confidence of having a basic level of security (e.g. compared to C). Now with the recent wave of Oracle ...
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Storing config securely in a semi trusted shared hosting environment

I'm looking for a pattern to store a config file containing sensitive information in a semi trusted hosting environment. Semi trusted in this case meaning I trust them in general, but not with this ...
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How to set up a user-friendly NAS encryption?

We recently installed one NAS drive (Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo, LS-WVL, running the most recent Firmware version 1.6 to be precise) in our (small) company network. Currently, there is no encryption ...
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Hacker problems - They stole my backups [closed]

I am facing an issue where hackers are seeking to compromise two of my servers. They succeeded in wiping out both and stealing my backups. I had off-site backups and I am back online. Nonetheless, I ...
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Per-transfer authorization of file transfers on a per transaction basis

In my organization, users have the rights to transfer files to and from servers using SSH File Transfer protocol for a variety of reasons; e.g. application troubleshooting, BAU, etc. Although our ...
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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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How to encrypt data on the server?

I have some data on the server (running Linux) which needs to be encrypted (company policy). This data is being served by an application running on this machine. Now I consider a few possibilities: ...
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Spoofed DDoS mitigation / DNS amplification mitigation [duplicate]

Recently my server has been attacked multiple times, after looking at my firewall I've come to the conclusion that the IP's are spoofed. (10,000+ IP's connect at once) I'm running Win server 2012 x64 ...