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What are the pros and cons of site wide SSL (https)?

What are the pros and cons of encrypting all HTTP traffic for the whole site through SSL, as opposed to SSL on just the login page?
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What should end-users do about Heartbleed?

What should one do about the Heartbleed OpenSSL exploit? mainly talks about what people running websites should do about Heartbleed. What should end-users of websites be doing? Do they need to ...
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Apache Server Hardening

What are some best practices, recommendations, required reading for securing an Apache Server?
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What ciphers should I use in my web server after I configure my SSL certificate?

There are many great questions that ask what is the best certificate to use for a website; but once the certificate is purchased, there is also the possibility to choose or edit the Cipher list. ...
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How can I protect a WordPress installation?

How do you go about protecting a default WordPress installation? What checklist do you use, best practices, tips and tricks, etc? Any recommendations on plugins, third-party tools are welcome.
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Webserver logs show someone is trying to hack my site, what should I do?

It looks like someone is trying to hack my site. The following comes from my IIS log files: #Software: Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.5 #Version: 1.0 #Date: 2011-07-03 00:02:39 #Fields: ...
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Where to report malicious URLs, phishing, and malicious web sites?

I recently discovered that my web site was hacked: there was a HTML hidden div selling about shoes... I Googled the text in question and voila: thousands of sites have been hacked. Check this out: ...
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Besides IP addresses, how else could one be identified? [closed]

OP: I'm curious how else an actor seeking to identify someone online could accomplish this task besides just using an IP address. What methods would they employ? What knowledge must they have of the ...
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Does the practice of blocking an off-site “Referer:” HTTP requests improve website security?

Is there any benefit for a security-paranoid website to disallow HTTP requests that have a Referer: from 3rd party sites? The pitch is that if such a HTTP request were to come in, then certain XSS ...
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Is it possible to execute a php script in an image file? [duplicate]

I have an image upload php website. Users can upload images to my website. A user claims he can hack my website using an uploaded image. I opened all the images that he uploaded to my server with ...
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What risks should I be aware of before allowing advertisements being placed on my website?

The thought of having a 3rd party send javascript, and images to end users seems to be a scary thought, but that is exactly what we are doing when I place advertisements onto my site. Does serving ...
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Is displaying what server I am running on the error pages a security risk?

I just noticed that my 403 Forbidden (the default, not a custom one) page displays some server info: Apache/2.2.3 (Red Hat) Server at ... Port 80 Is revealing this information a security risk?
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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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folder and file permission shared host advice

I have a website with a webhost company. I wrote a little php/mysql application - no file uploads, just administering data from the DB and creating pdf with TCPDF. There are folders like css and js ...
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“Optimal” Web Server SSL Cipher Suite Configuration

Over the last couple of years there have been a number of changes in what would be considered an optimal SSL cipher suite configuration (e.g. the BEAST and CRIME attacks, the weaknesses in RC4) My ...
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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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Server compromised for 2nd time, cannot locate source of attack

I need some help tracing a vulnerability on my server. For the second time, my server has been compromised with files being replaced with virus-ridden downloads. According to the filesystem dates, ...
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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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Are there any statistics about webservers and browsers TLS support?

From Hackers break SSL encryption used by millions of sites: The vulnerability resides in versions 1.0 and earlier of TLS, or transport layer security, the successor to the secure sockets layer ...
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What is the best option for setting up a several sites supporting SSL on the same IP?

If multiple hostnames are hosted on the same IP, it's not straight forward to allow them to support https. What are the best options in terms of browser support and/or web server support?
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How to detect “forged” SSL certificates from the webserver end

The company I work for sometimes intercepts employees ssl connections to https websites by making the ssl connection on their behalf from a proxy, and then using the own generated certificate to send ...
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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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Should I disable http HEAD requests?

I have seen increased 'HEAD' requests in my webserver access.log. What are these requests for? Should I disable this method in my webserver configs?
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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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Can I block based on Mac Address?

Incase of dynamic IP's the hacker can work around by taking a new IP or use a Proxy, is it possible to make a ban based on Mac Address ? I want to block at the Webserver level so that unwanted users ...
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Inconsistencies found in OpenID Provider's HTTP Headers. Which one is the most secure that I should imitate in my STS, and Relying Party?

I'm comparing the HTTP headers of the various providers (LiveID, Google, Yahoo, etc) and notice a broad inconsistency in implementation on the sign in page, sign out page, and subsequent pages. ...
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Appropriate defense for 404s in my logs - persistent web scans from one region

This seems to be a fairly easy question to figure out, but I wanted to make sure. I've got about a thousand entries on one of my web servers with phpmyadmin in the connection criterion, but as I ...
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Server attack attempts, what are they trying to achieve?

Recently, I have got a few 404 errors where the user has requested PHP pages. The URLs are range around the cgi-bin and php versions, eg, /cgi-bin/php4. There is also some query string as part of ...
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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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Google App Engine Security

I am writing a master thesis concerning security of certain applications, and as a part of it I want to write a web app on Google App Engine and test how secure it is. Does anyone know if there was ...
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Is it possible to list folder from my web server if i have an empty index.html in the root folder?

I have a small mongoose web server installed on my machine. I have a empty index.html in the root directory. I want to be able to share link with people i know, by creating a folder that look like ...
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Can my customer's ISP trace who visited my business website?

I own a private business and a web site with a domain name hosted with Godaddy US. I live in Europe. I want to know if the various ISP of my customers in my country can find out who visited my web ...
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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 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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What are the most important security checks for new web applications?

I'm wondering what are the top priority security checks you should make befor launching a new webapp? I'm guessing brute force vulnerabilities and cross-site scripting. What are the other things you ...
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What is the best practice for placing DataBase servers in secure network topologies

I have a classic DMZ architecture: My webserver is placed in the DMZ. The webserver needs to communicate with a database server. This database server is the most critical component of my network ...
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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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Strange requests to web server

I have a Linode VPS running Nginx, which currently serves only static content. Once I was looking at the log and noticed some strange requests: XXX.193.171.202 - - [07/Aug/2013:14:04:36 +0400] "GET ...
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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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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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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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Configuring election website to prevent MITM attacks

Consider an election web site that will be used for voting over the Internet. What steps should the administrator of such a web site take to provide adequate security against man-in-the-middle attacks ...
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What's involved in taking over someone else's domain name?

I'm asking this for purely academic reasons. I know that there are domain record lists and whatnot, but I'm trying to understand the exact structure of how DNS works and where someone can potentially ...
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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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What are the risks of using a CDN to speed up my website? How do I avoid them?

Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) are well known to speed up the performance of a website, but they create the obvious security risks if someone were to change the code that resides on the CDN. What ...
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If a website allows another person to get a list of the site's users passwords, how likely is it that the passwords are stored in cleartext?

We had an incident where some of our managers were given passwords for the people they supervise using a particular company website. Ostensibly it was done so the managers could check in on the users ...
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CloudFlare benefits or drawbacks

Anyone running a webserver would agree, security can be a hustle and tedious job. Recently I came across a service claiming to help with that -- CloudFlare.com. There's plenty of benefits listed on ...
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Can I improve website security by storing SSL Keys in DNS? Is DNSSec required? Are threat models available?

In light of recent attacks on SSL/TLS communication, people have been asking about ways to improve the security of SSL webserver communication. Several great solutions have been mentioned in the ...
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Popularity of Anomaly based IDSes

I've been reading quite some time about anomaly/behavior based IDSes for Web servers. I understand the downsides: possible high false positives, learning phase, constant training. My question is how ...
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How helpful is rkhunter?

I have a software firewall implemented on my server, and I have closed all unnecessary ports. I have strong passwords, and I validate user input on my website. With these things already in place, do ...