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Is server hardening with GRSecurity really necessary on the CentOS 6.3 environment?

I consider myself to be reasonably good with IT, however I am relatively fresh at server and system administration. I am a web developer for my company and I have been charged with setting up and ...
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Building a secure server with CentOs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Hardening Linux Server I recently started to manage my own server with a cloud-based server. Recently I got hacked somehow and the server was used for phising. On the ...
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What are the go-to books on server security? [closed]

To learn how to keep things secured, and to do a good job at it, what books should one check out?
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Intrusion attempt? Host 'somedomain.org' is not allowed to connect to this MySQL server

We have a web site hosted on a shared server. The hosting company's MySQL servers are hosted on a different server. We collect certain kinds of requests through a web form, and write them to a ...
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What security concerns exist in running a glassfish app directly on port 443

I have installed Apache http server in front of glassfish based on recommendations i had in this question. I have been told that i will run into performance problems along with security issues. I was ...
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What was done to gain a list of home directory accounts?

Today some sites were defaced in our WHM/cpanel VPS. I understand that the common cause of this is outdated scripts/plugins/etc. However as I was checking the file manager of one of the accounts I saw ...
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Data Retention Laws for ISPs in North America

I was reading an article on TorrentFreak where Private Internet Access claims the United States "is one of the only countries without a mandatory data retention law." According to the linked article ...
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Should i use SSL for local access?

I have a web service which can be accessed only from websites hosted on the same server (i use 127.0.0.1 ip). Should i use SSL for the communications between the sites and the service, or would that ...
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Is it dangerous to allow user to view a file directory via web browser?

I have a URL which displays all of the pdf files at a given dir by visiting the following site location : http://www.mysite.com/allpdffiles/ Does this present any security vulnerabilities?
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HSTS extra security over HTTPS

Is HSTS good to use even if my servers are configured to use HTTPS (Even if HTTP is used, the rewrite rules in apache makes it to HTTPS) Also does HSTS make even the resources like CSS, images to be ...
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How to fix the audit failure in our web server

We noticed that we are getting the following audit failure logs in our web server. The workstation is not in our network. Can anybody help me how to isolate and prevent this from happening? An ...
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Is this approach of securing cookie secure?

I could not find writeups about secure cookies so I have done some thinking. (I already have a "secure" password database with bcrypt and salt) Steps: User logs in Save user IP + randomstring in ...
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Spider Attack from several search engines at once

Hello my server is getting hit by spiders from bingbot, google, yahoo, yandex, and some place in the UK all at the same time crashing it. While I have no reason to think any one person did this, it ...
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Impact of attack occured in Radius, DHCP and HTTP servers on VOIP?

Assume we can crash the RADIUS server in a VOIP system. What would be the impact on the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of VOIP service. What would be the impact if the same question if ...
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Determining the point of compromise on an infected web server?

Recently a friend of mine has had his web server compromised - all PHP files were injected with malicious code, in particular one that looks to be called "GetMama". If I look this up, it seems that ...
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Does concealing server software versions have a notable effect on security?

Web servers can add Server, X-Powered-By and similar headers into HTTP responses. Looks like the consensus is such headers should be removed so that automatic vulnerability scanners don't immediately ...
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Freebsd: Separating apache service and www-data(htdocs) with jails, is it worth it?

Is it worth separating www-data and apache service from each other, in jails? I currently have this setup: Freebsd 9 1x Public ip (jails are in private ip's, nat'ed) 2 separate domains, managed by ...
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Securing a script to prevent database from being exposed

We have an Ioncube encoded script running on an Apache web server which stores customer confidential information in a MySQL database. We have configured the script to run under its own account using ...
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Advantages of separating Web server from Database

What are the security advantages of installing the database of a web application on a server other than the one containing the web server?
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Would our company system be more secure using a VPN?

I'm currently building a back-office system for our company [for internal use] that will manage our customers, accounts etc (not interested in don't reinvent the wheel comments today, thank you!). I'm ...
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Online Government Elections System - Is it possible?

I am from Bulgaria and currently some groups here are promoting the idea of referendum among the people, about the possibility for establishing a system for ONLINE GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS. The idea is ...
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Securing firewalls for XAMPP on Mac OS X

I've recently installed XAMPP on my Mac OS X 10.6.8, and this has caused me to reevaluate how I have my firewall setup. Right now I am using the two firewalls that came pre-installed on my computer: ...
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I've just purchased a VPS to use for developing and managing my clients hosting packages. What necessary steps do I have to take?

The VPS is running CentOS and I have full access. I only looked around using the cPanel installation and already disabled anonymous FTP access. What other security risks are there with a default VPS ...
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How does IP tracking work?

Excuse the naive question (I'm more of a dev than a web-sec person) In the past I've had webservers hacked and usually i've traced it to some random machines which seem to have been compromised (i ...
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Where do I find more information about a given hacking attempt requests to my website?

Having a report which shows me to which requests my website responded with a 404, I often find hacking attempts like this: Some are recurrent and too explicit, like PHPMyAdmin-type requests ...
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Questionable request to /user/soapCaller.bs

My webserver logs revealed a request to /user/soapCaller.bs from 220.226.188.32, which maps to Mumbai, India. The HTTP user agent is called 'Morpheus * Scanner'. My server returned a 404 error. ...
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Danger of Path Traversal Attacks

I have setup a test application in Linux. I havent checked for paths in it, so if user enter /etc/passwd , then that file gets displayed to him. However, I want to understand what more can be done if ...
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Malware code added when site viewed externally

Please see second followup at the bottom! (Now with added real malicious code! ...ish) Prompted by this question, I've noticed that my university's student charity organisation has an interesting ...
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Prevent Users from Downloading Javascript, Images

A lot of times I see that resource XXXXX.gif or XXXXX.js can't be saved when I try to save a webpage in Firefox. So this made me think, can I implement a similar thing for my website as well? ...
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How to check if a website is sending out a virus?

I'm a webmaster at a company without much knowledge of IT Security. We are running 6 computers connected to a central server that also hosts our website. 3 out of 6 people in the office have gotten ...
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Integrity monitoring for a LAMP server

So I'm setting up a small e-commerce app, and am thinking what happens if the server is compromised. We are selling software so potentially an intruder could generate themselves some free serial ...
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When is it appropriate to SSL Encrypt Database connections?

Let's say I have a web server I setup, and then a database server. However, they are communicating locally and are behind firewall. In my opinion, no SSL is needed here right? The only time to use ...
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Hashcash, is this really used?

I just heard about this term, is it really used? The concept does not seem new, is it used and/or implemented in current technologies?
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Does site need SSL to resend info to a site that does use SSL?

Let's say I have a website isellchicken.com, this site needs to be able to collect sensitive user information like credit card details. This site will not process the information, but will send it to ...
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Ban MAC address from website? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I block based on Mac Address? I have a situation where I need to ban a MAC address from accessing my webserver. (Windows Web Server 2008 R2). Is this possible? P.S. ...
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Why is passing the session id as url parameter insecure?

I recently followed a discussion, where one person was stating that passing the session id as url parameter is insecure and that cookies should be used instead. The other person said the opposite and ...
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VPS Safety in the Cloud

Imagine you are running a web server on a Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosted in a datacenter. Could the people running the datacenter covertly read files from my VPS's hard disk? Could an attacker ...
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IIS password protected website

I have a website built upon windows IIS and to use password to protect the website and disable anonymous logon to that website, the ONLY way is to disable the anonymous logon in IIS and use a windows ...
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How could the hacker tamper with the 'configuration.php' file in my Joomla web server?

I have a web server hosting Joomla 1.5. I discovered that the Joomla configuration file configuration.php was modified by a hacker. How could he do so? Note that the file has 777 permission. Also, ...
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Why do DDoS attacks cost a fortune to stop?

I have read so many stories that a major DDoS attack is causing companies thousands of dollars to mitigate. I have two questions: Is this because they try to keep the servers accessible to real site ...
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I think I accidentally DoS'd a website. What should I do?

I was browsing a website, and stumbled across a sample scheme for password-protecting web pages. The owner of the website specifically had a page that invited people to attempt to hack it. I wanted ...
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What attacks use enabled Apache's PATH_INFO?

In Tangled Web Michal Zalewski says: If you are not using path-based parameter passing (such as PATH_INFO), consider disabling this feature. He gave only one example of this vulnerability. There ...
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Is it trivial to bypass IP blocking?

There is a site with IP blocking. When a client makes too many invalid attempts when guessing e.g. password, then their IP address becomes blocked. I've heard about IP spoofing and similar attacks. ...
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Would people object my website just because I use Google Analytics, +1, or FB Connect?

Are there people who will refuse to use a website just because that site sends browser information to Google Analytics? Could the +1 button be a red flag? Should I expect that there would be ...
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Compromised server redirecting only requests from Google

I found something very suspicious. When connecting to www.pulseexpress.com following a Google link, the server redirects you to some very dubious site that sends you a .exe file right away: # host ...
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What security standards should be implemented in a simple web application

I am creating a web application that basically reads/writes/updates information from and to a database on a server. I am knowledgeable in computer programming, but while seeking security standards, I ...
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Is there a good reason to turn off phpinfo()?

New server setup and the server admin decided phpinfo was too scary. I guess the fear is that a hacker could somehow get phpinfo() to run from injected php and find out all the extensions that are ...
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blocking direct access to files via url input while still allowing a script on server to access files

I am trying to accomplish the following and have been unsuccessful. I would appreciate any insight. Scenario: http://www.mydomain.com/filename.html is a webpage. On this webpage I am running a ...
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Installing Development Tools on Production Server? Security Risk?

I am using an Amazon Linux EC2 instance as a web server. My web app uses ImageMagick. Because the Amazon Linux (CentOS) repository doesn't include an up-to-date version of ImageMagick, I am compiling ...
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Security for home server, wiki

I recently set up my own home server, running Ubuntu linux. The intent I'm having for this is to have a private wiki for my family, so we can have a place to collect information like phone numbers, ...