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Hosting multiple websites on the same server - Prevention from DoS

I have an server which contains around 4 instances hosted on it. I am aware that if a DoS attack happens on one of the instances it will take down all the other instances too. How to prevent such a ...
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Using free subdomains to circumvent web filtering systems

(I was told that this was the place to ask this by someone from Webmasters, if I've got it wrong again please give me a chance!) I'm running a personal proxy service for the use of myself and some of ...
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How private is RAM from other users on a VPS?

Can I safely assume that my RAM never can be accessed by another user on e.g. EC2 or Digital Ocean, if we suppose that I trust my provider and we don't consider possible bugs (such as Heartbleed) in ...
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Looking for advice on storing sensitive information - Rails, Postgres, https, pg_crypto, Digital Ocean

A potential contract requires the following sensitive information to be persisted in a postgres database: Bank Account type (Uk/Int) Bank Account Number Bank Sort Code Passport Number Passport ...
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How to keep a shared web hosting server secure?

What are the ways of keeping a shared LAMP server secure, assuming SSH access is available for every user? Edit: I am mainly thinking of securing the server from the users themselves and between ...
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Someone or something tried to login to my Gmail using IP address of my shared hosting

My Gmail told me someone tried to login with the correct password. But Gmail blocked it because the IP address used is different from my IP address. When I looked up the IP address that tried to login ...
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Is there any security concern to host Wordpress on the main web server?

We have been hosting our Wordpress blog on a Linux virtual box, and our main web application on an IIS server. Our website is www.mainsite.com and the wordpress is on www.blog.mainsite.com. Now there ...
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Compromised Wordpress Admin account risk

I am wondering what are the risks of a compromised Wordpress Admin account. Can the Wordpress Admin user cause any risk to the platform running the wordpress? For example, can the admin gain access ...
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SAQ A-EP Requirements for VPS Hosting

We are hosting a site on a self-managed Digital Ocean VPS ("Droplet") that will be taking payments via Stripe using their stripe.js API. According to PCI, we have determined that we fall under the SAQ ...
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How to identify if my site is vulnerable to DOS/DDOS attacks? [closed]

I am hosting a site on a hosting server. How to identify whether my site is vulnerable to DOS/DDOS attacks?
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Shared hosting mail server, Thunderbird and encryption

In spite of much searching on the internet, I can't really get an adequate understanding of this topic, perhaps because it combines multiple elements. As a result, I'm really worried about the state ...
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Visitors logs show \x80w\x01\x03\x01 the HNAP1

Can anyone tell me what this means? I'm on Bluehost with a shared server. [ip]71.63.199.72 [url]HNAP1 [size] 134 [status] 401 [method]GET [protocol] HTTP/1.1 [referring url] My server address ...
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Shared hosting hacked. Should I report this to someone?

A malware file appeared on a friend's server as described in this question. It's a file called "images.php" that is designed to look like nothing important, whose sole function is to wait for an ...
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Is storing plaintext passwords for email accounts any less bad? [duplicate]

I recently found out that the company I use for shared hosting stores passwords for email accounts in plaintext (they mentioned this to me incidentally, while troubleshooting another issue). They're a ...
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Open ports and SSH Tunneling to shared hosting

I know your time is valuable so I'm not waiting for specific answers to my situation. I don't mind reading documentation, so pointers to something that converges would be greatly appreciated. I don't ...
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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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Preventing interaction among web application on a shared hosting account

I have multiple web application installed in separeted directories in a shared hosting account. My worry is if one application get hacked, attacker can use it to attack other applications too. So, My ...
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Is it really secure to store API keys in environment variables?

This site says it is best to keep API keys in environment variable out of the code. And here Storing Credentials Securely You should take great care to ensure your credentials are stored ...
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How to minimise risk to sensitive data in temp files in shared hosting environment before encryption?

openssl_pkcs7_encrypt() requires the data to be encrypted to be read from a file and so unfortunately it requires sensitive data to be written to temporary file before being encrypted. In a shared ...
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Am I a Hosting service provider in a sense of PCI-DSS SAQ D Appendix A?

My company provides web applications to third parties. We develop, host and manage the applications ourselves. All access that third parties get is the application itself and a separate ...
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Shared hosting vs VPS

I have an Asp.net site. Which hosting system do I need to secure it adequately* against anyone reading private information that's on the server? This is assuming I'm not worried about the sysadmins ...
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SQL Server of my hosting provider allows me to see all databases. How secure is my mine?

My hosting provider allows access to its SQL Server. When I connected to it by SQL Management Studio, all hosted databases were visible. I can't get the details on these databases, I get this ...
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Evaluating hosting providers for CC development environment

An organization that develops software that may be subject to security evaluations such as Common Criteria is looking to externalize part of its IT infrastructure, including critical components such ...
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Should we protect web application source code from being stolen by web hosts through obfuscation?

Is it worth to obfuscate a java web app source code so that the web host cannot make wrong use of the code or even steal your business? If so, how should this be dealt with? How should we obfuscate? ...
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FOUO on hosted sharepoint

I and few of my fellow employees were asking if it was okay to put FOUO (NSA issued) documents on SharePoint. The main justification was that its password protected (which is correct). But its a ...
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Using Old version of mysql connector's security issue [closed]

I'm using asp.net 4.0 and MySQL. Last week my hosting firm changed security level of from full to medium. MySQL connector doesn't work correctly anymore. For this reason I'm using old version of ...
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MySQL database access prevention

I am doing a PHP website for a client who deals with third party financial information, and he is concerned about the developmers (me) having access to all the information, which is obviously a valid ...
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Defense against same origin attacks?

The Question: How do I, as the victim, protect my site from being manipulated into doing something it's not supposed to, on a shared host? Same-Origin policy looks the other way. Most convenient ...
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Can other customers on shared hosting see requests from/to my site?

I installed a wiki on my shared webhosting (using Apache) account. This wiki is set to private (no read/edit/create rights for unauthorized users) and I'm the only one with an account. The wiki ...
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How to forward an specific FTP User to a Honeypot?

What I'm trying to do is to forward a specific FTP-User to a Honeypot, because the main server is for Shared Hosting and there's a lot of traffic, and I don't want to spend all the resources in ...
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Can the `system` function pose severe security threats on a shared hosting server?

I recently bought an account from a shared hosting company and I needed the php system function to be enabled for one of my projects. So I created a ticket and asked them to enable it. This is what ...
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Can /etc/passwd file be accessed on a cpanel shared hosting account?

Given standard server hardening was performed, can the /etc/passwd be accessed by a shared hosting account by using PHP or Perl scripts which is executed from the public_html of the shared account?