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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, ...
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Code Injection detection on Web Servers

Recently I found one of my web servers hacked with malicious code injected to websites hosted there. It wasn't exactly my fault, as I shared the server with other people and someone put some unsafe ...
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Protecting against DOS attacks

Our current site is easily DOS'd. I can perform an AB test against it from Apache and it disappears for about 5-10 minutes. We have been having problems with others DOSing the site - to the point ...
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What due diligence is required for HTTPModules that run within IIS?

I noticed some HTTP Handlers in my Web.config that appear to intercept HTTP traffic and manipulate it. Since there has already been an exploit with a similar component produced by Microsoft, what ...
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Something causing Sonicwall to throw Smurf Amplification Attack Warning?

I set up a new laptop recently and, after installing various developer tools, it started causing our Sonicwall firewalls to issue an alert email whenever the laptop connected to the network. The ...
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How can log poisoning be successful with a Local File Inclusion attack?

I just read a paper about Local File Inclusion on exploit-db.com, it can be found here. One technique with LFI is log poisoning as you may know already. You do an HTTP GET request that contains PHP ...
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Is Chinese great firewall white or black list based? [closed]

Is a new website blocked by default in China ? I just put online a new website dedicated to chinese people (a working days calculator in China, nothing subversive indeed). However a friend of a ...
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Is there a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads?

As mentioned in the title I'm looking for a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads? Maybe there is ...
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Where to find a fake hierarchy for a honeypot for double-dot/path traversal attacks?

I would like to provide content when a hacker tries something like GET /../../../etc/passwd, but they may choose something else, other than passwd. I will install notification of when somebody does ...
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is it worth to implement a firewall on a web server you control?

I see the main reasons for a firewall on a web server to be defense in depth and extra cushion for a possible admin error of running an unnecessary daemon. I'm trying to see if I am overlooking ...
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Killing IP connections who “spam” with requests

How can I go about killing IP connections that seem to be sending a lot of requests to the same url? Let's say I have someone who requests the same url for more than 10 times in 5 seconds, I want to ...
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Iframe hack / done through FTP?

On two websites which I host for a friend, I found that there is an iframe at the bottom of each site's index.htm file. <iframe src="http://www.kunstsalen.dk" width=1 height=1 style="visibility: ...
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How to secure a dedicated linux server running a LAMP stack for commercial E-commerce use

To be more specific, I would like to get some help, either through a tutorial or through a book, on how to configure an apache server to run securely and minimize the risks for commercial use. ...
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Creating a “key server” (HIPAA compliance with AWS)

I'm a part of a small company that is going to be implementing HIPAA compliance. We will be seeking legal counsel, etc so anything heard here will not be taken as legal advice, etc. I just want to ...
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Index page has been compromised, suspicious files are showing up

My website has been hacked lately and it has been defaced. Now I have weird files, don't know where they coming from. I just want to know, what of these files are harmful or can cause that I get ...
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Is .htaccess protection secure enough?

For the moment we protect a directory on our site with .htaccess and .htpasswd. But I was wondering how secure this is? Are there things I should watch for or can do make it more secure? I don't know ...