Questions tagged [server]

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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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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Is my browsing history on the server hidden when I use a VPN?

I am a client within a server in a school. My computer has a static IP address to enable me to connect to the internet. We have a server that records the browsing history of the computers that are ...
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Is physical security less important with disks on a server being encrypted?

If you could get physical access to a server, you could change the root/admin password even if you did not know the current password. However with encrypted disks, I don't think this is possible (...
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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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Secure Software: How to ensure caller is authentic?

For multiplayer (competitive) games, there is often the issue of needing to detect illegitimate players so they can be denied service. On the other hand, legitimate players should of course be ...
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HTTPS Proxy Content Inspection [closed]

Is it possible for a proxy server to do content inspection on HTTPS traffic?
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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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How do hosting providers prevent the compromise of one website from causing the compromise of another one?

Could one create a vulnerable website on purpose to attack a server of a hosting provider? So in the question above which I recently asked we came to the conclusion that preventing one vulnerable ...
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Could a VPS provider have access to the content of their users?

Could a VPS provider like DigitalOcean have access to the content of their users? In their terms of service they do not mention anything related to this question, but could they theoretically have ...
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How is HTTP PUT and DELETE methods insecure, if they really are? [duplicate]

If I really need to use these methods, how do i make sure they are secure? Edit: Is there a link or source where I can see how to make sure that 'PUT' and 'DELETE' methods are not able to delete or ...
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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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Jump Servers for security

In my network, I have the clients directly connected to the server; but in the new PCI policies, they required to use jump servers. What is the advantage of using jump servers for security reasons? ...
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What Are Good Code Signing Environment Guidelines? [closed]

Take this scenario as an example: An organization has a few build servers that periodically check out source from a repository and builds everything. When a build finishes the binaries are code signed ...
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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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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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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: "LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL" Now, I'm pretty sure he's using ...
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Am I exposing myself to attacks when running my test server while connected to a commercial VPN?

I installed the Apache Web Server on my computer and I use it for developing a website locally, when it is finished I will move it to a paid host. The protections implemented against incoming ...
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Once established, are sockets on localhost secure?

Once a TCP socket has been established on localhost, and a connection made using accept, is it possible for a non-privileged user to intercept or modify bytes sent over this connection, or can this ...
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Could one create a vulnerable website on purpose to attack a server of a hosting provider?

Is it possible for a vulnerability in one application to be exploited to attack another application on the same server? So according to the answer to the question above it is possible that when one ...
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How to spare file server data from being held hostage by client ransomware?

Suppose in a network there is a file server which's storage is shared between all workstations and all users require full read/write access to this storage for their cooperation workflow. (Over samba, ...
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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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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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Learn about network and security for securing a server

I'm setting up an OpenBSD server that I want to connect to the Internet (it's going to be used to host a site - so, with Apache, SQLite and the like). I want it to be as secure as possible. Social ...
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Plausible way to hack website keeping [username / hashed password] pairs?

I was reading that a lot of authentication systems use cryptographic hash functions, whereby instead of keeping the username and password of their users they just keep the username and a hash of the ...
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Is an encrypted .dmg file decrypted on the dropbox server? [closed]

I'd like to use built in tools to create an encrypted drive in OS X that I can sync with Dropbox. To this end, I've created a 'sparse bundle' encrypted volume (.dmg) that remains in ~/Dropbox. My ...
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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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Would client side hashing provide security from a comprised server [duplicate]

I've been reading about hashing and encryption so I can make more informed decisions. I already know the benefits of ssl and password hashing serverside as best practises. However I was wondering, ...
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Connecting to a compromised server

There have been a number of threads lately about hacked websites where attackers are gaining control of the servers these sites are being hosted on. As such, these servers should be treated as ...
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Preventing outgoing Portscan/SYN/UDP Floods in the datacenter

We are a VPS hosting company that have servers housed in a datacenter in Germany. Currently we are receiving multiple take-down requests because customers are ports scanning or attacking servers ...
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TLS or IPsec protocol for client-server communication? [duplicate]

What is the best protocol for client-server communication? TLS or IPsec? I have a public channel where users communicate with each other using a digital certificate like X.509.
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Is it safe to use an Android Server Monitoring App, to login to a server with SSH?

Lately I have seen some Android Apps, (CPU Monitoring and things like that) that need access to your root account, ask you for username and pass, my questions are: Is it safe to give access to an ...
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Secure mount options in Ubuntu CIS benchmarks too narrow?

this is the first of a series of questions on hardening Linux servers at the filesystem level. At work I'm hardening an Ubuntu 18.04 Server following the CIS benchmark 2.0.1. Instead of just running ...
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how to determine the cipher suites supported by a SERVER?

I somehow was not able to find an answer. I can see the ciphersuits supported by the client/browser on the wire, but server does NOT appear to advertise the ciphersuites it supports during the ...