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

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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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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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Server Certification Processes

We are considering a certification process for new internal server builds before they are allowed to be placed into production. That is, the system administration team will send the server up to the ...
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Is VM per service a reasonable server security model?

Let's say I am hosting several services on my server, for instance, email and a web page. I am concerned that the web server software may have unknown vulnerabilities in it, which will allow an ...
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Updating stored, encrypted containers on a server

My scenario is this -- I want to store an encrypted container on a network server. This encrypted container should be accessible to others to download and decrypt/mount locally provided they have the ...
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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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Are there any logic-bombs that execute when the file is deleted?

I want to delete a suspected malicious file from a server. For the purposes of this question assume that the infected machine is Windows Server 2003 or later. Is there any risk in deleting such a ...
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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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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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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 to regain access to the server?

I have a Debian server with KVM available 24/7. It was recently broken into and its root password changed. My hosting provider has restored my access and helped me change the password. But in the ...
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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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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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Security on dedicated lines

Is it safe for a company not to use any encryption on customer's data when it is transferred between data centers on dedicated lines? By customer data I don't mean passowrds/credit card info. Just ...
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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 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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SSL: How to send generated client certificate from server to avoid MITM?

The question I have is simply how do I prevent a MiTM attack on a certificate once the server side creates a new one and tries to send it to a client? Does the certificate get encrypted by rsa and ...
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What does this attack string do? How do I mitigate it?

Today I decided to run the apache-scalp script and it found a few issues. One was ranked as Impact 5, and I'd like to know if someone could explain what this does, and how to disable it? The request ...
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Where to start , secure an AWS Ubuntu 14.04 [closed]

Ok so this is probably a basic question but I would like to expand my knowledge. I have created an AWS Ubuntu EC2 server. I am running software on the server that provides 2 services , firstly a ...
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Stop POODLE vulnerability in Oracle Application Server

Our Enterprise is using Oracle Application Server in front of Oracle database. We are using Oracle wallet manager(Installed with Oracle client 10) to create self-signed certificates. As you may know ...
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How to deal with misbehaving clients on an authoritative server?

My coworker and I are developing an authoritative server for an MMO. We can't agree on how to handle "misbehaving" clients. Misbehaving, in this case, means clients who send "odd" requests that might ...
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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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“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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I think my server is under attack, what can I do to stop it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Invalid users trying to log in to my server I have a small ssh server mostly used for file sharing. A couple of other people and I use it and there are only 3 users. ...
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Redeploying multiple Secure sites on a single server

This may not be a great site for this question. I basically have approximately 10 VPS instances running a secured website each, each with their own SSH connection to a hosted Database. What I'm ...
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OpenVPN: Storage location and creation of keys/certificates?

I am re-setting up some OpenVPN infrastructure to be more secure than the original and wanted some guidance. It's noted that the best security policy is to keep the Certificate Authority (CA) offline ...
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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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Forefront Identity Management Server Hardening

Is there a good document for hardening FIM? I've tried CIS and NIST, but I couldn't find anything. If there is no such document, what would I have to look out for in the configuration?
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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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Solutions to decrypt data on access

I want to store sensitive data on on my (public) linux server. Also, I want to be able to access the data from different locations and different OS without much hassle. I thought about using a ...
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Is it possible to upgrade the SSL version of a connection from the server's side only?

I am trying to find out if there's a way to upgrade the SSL version from SSLv3 to TLSv1 of a connection by only making server-side changes. In my case, both the client application and server are ...
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How do I start securing a virtual appliance to avoid manipulation? [closed]

We have created an amateur software product related with monitoring and management of specific services. It has been made in Python and runs a web service as frontend to show the data in a nice way ...
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Ubuntu server seems compromised for a DDOS attack [duplicate]

So 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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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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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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Is nc -l unexploitable?

Suppose I want to set up a server as a test, and I want it exposed to the Internet, giving any IP access. It could be for any reason or no reason. I don't want it to be at risk of a buffer ...
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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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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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Client vs Server security for business critical application (crossplatform)

We have the option to develop a software either based on Java (but then it is only available for desktop clients using Java SE and can run maybe also as tomcat app can be multithreaded, stable, ...
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security concern of user submitted bash command

Recently I am building a web service that user input will be used to run a bash command on the server side. What are the security problem I need to take care? Right now I find one that user could ...
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best place to store backup encryption key [closed]

I have a server on which I keep an encrypted backup of some data. The server updates the backup once a day if the data has been changed and is physically accessible to many people. Further, I would ...
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Is it safe to use flex and bison as a protocol parser?

I started writing a a simple protocol lexer and parser for STOMP using flex and bison. Does anyone know of any security issues that might result from this? Edit: Added code. %{ /* Tokenizer for ...
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Good Practices to secure a Gaming Web Server, Memcached Server & MySQL Server

We have developed Game for Facebook platform. We have several Gaming Web Server, Memcached Server & MySQL Server. Here we have to work with facebook Payment API. We need to secure enough our ...
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Is a server absolutely safe if the attacker don't know unknown bug?

If a server installed all patches for known bugs and the attacker can't do a 0-day attack, then is the server absolutely safe?
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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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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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What is attacker trying to do with my server?

Some is trying to access this link (and similar ones) frequently in my site: http://example.com/upload/RS=%5EADAJVxZ5NB.GMTgFV3EMEJX3sN22Jw- Note that my server doesn't have an upload folder inside ...
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Multiple SSL server certificates

I am sort of new to SSL. During a SSL connection establishment, I see that the server is sending multiple certificates. Can someone help me to understand why the server is sending multiple ...
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Is forwarding a port(s) a security risk to all computers on the network or just one?

I know forwarding ports can add some security risk, but if I forward a port to a computer, say running linux, would it add a security risk to all computers on my network or just the one?
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What security does an ISP provide for its customers?

I've heard that ISPs provide some kind of protection; using NAT and firewalls, to prevent hackers from using tools such as nmap to attack customers from over the Internet. What other technologies are ...