Preventing a system from unauthorized access, modification, disruption, or destruction.

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What vulnerabilities does having a firewall prevent against, after enabling commonly used ports? [on hold]

Much advice on setting up a server includes configuring a firewall. Practical configurations recommended for that firewall often involve permitting outgoing connections and most commonly used incoming ...
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Monitor and alert when events have ended [on hold]

So I work for a private school, and we have only three I.T. Techs that take care of the entire campus/buildings, as well as the security systems and website. After trying to search google, I haven't ...
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Apache block all requests but my IP using the config file

I'm looking to upload the website that I've developed locally to my remote web server. However, so that I can test that the upload has gone fine and that all the basic security is in place, I want to ...
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Restrict Plesk user for external developer access

We are commissioning an external developer to develop part of our site and he will also need access to a MySQL database attached to the domain but I can't figure out how to create a user that has the ...
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How to set permissions for DooPHP?

I have downloaded and installed DooPHP according the Installation instructions. However, there is no statement on how to set permissions. Also not in INSTALL.TXT which comes with the product. The ...
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Can anyone buy my registered domain?

Is it possible for anyone to buy a domain that I have already registered? I registered a domain through Moniker and it has not expired yet. But it is displaying available through who.is I can not ...
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How risky is putting sensitive files up on webroot?

I understand that having anything sensitive under webroot is not smart; someone may be able to access it via url. However, I do not have a choice with my web host (iPage) as they limit my server space ...
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WordPress XML-RPC attack

Yesterday I suffered a DDoS attack on a WordPress site. I had 21,443 hits with HTTP Status code 404 and a Bandwidth of 711.85 MB. Also, CPU usage went to 100%. Logs show a lot of this entries: ... ...
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I would like to share how I configured my Web server for educational reasons. Should I worry that this is a security risk?

I just finished setting up a server to run a python pyramid application, and while I did not find any guidance on the Internet that helped me, I feel like I could contribute one myself. I'm ...
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Server flooded with Wordpress login requests. Need advice [closed]

Recently I was looking at the nginx access logs and found on 2 ocassions a large ammount of requests pointed towards my WP login page. There were over 50.000 requests coming from 2 different IP ...
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Does referrer header checking offer any real world security improvement?

At work we use a central portal that provides basic SSO functionality to other applications. In addition to verifying the SSO data sent, all of our existing in-house applications (used by the public) ...
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Web user authentication methods

Is there any method besides using a DB with username and password for authenticating a user?
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Why do I see requests from BOT/0.1 (BOT for JCE) in my server access log and what should I do about them?

My server keeps getting requests with user agent identified as BOT/0.1 (BOT for JCE). The first one arrived 2013-09-14 22:13:17 CEST, the last one yet about three days ago, 2014-08-12 06:05:39 CEST. ...
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My shared hosting account is sending spam emails

My webhost has deactivated my shared hosting account, since it was sending spam emails through my domain. I have all unrouted mail such as mailto:aasdasd@domain.com set to be forwarded to a specific ...
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Are there any disadvantages to Cloudflare’s “Flexible SSL”?

Cloudflare let you serve your site over SSL without having to purchase and install a security certificate, a product they call “Flexible SSL”. (They act as a proxy and serve your site over SSL from ...
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How much text does the average person generate per day?

I'm figuring out how to do comment rate limiting, and have decided that I'll keep track of the number of bytes each user (defined as IP address + port) generates on my drive (so, each comment adds a ...
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How do I prevent access to SPAM URLs and remove them from Google's index?

When I started managing my friends' website, I had found a folder in it with a bunch of garbage HTML files with names such as: free-nasscamd-server-31day, gorilla-quentin-trollip-pdf, etc... Assuming ...
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Using SSL Certificates with shared hosting/different domain provider

I need to add a HTTPS address to an existing domain. Unfortunately there two companies involved: One for shared web-hosting, and one for the domain. How do SSL Certificated domains work in such ...
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Restricting access using IP address / Network Redirection?

I have a situation where we have a web server (lets call it A) that is hosting a set of HTTP based services. Due to some client restrictions, this web server is not open to the outside world but ...
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Parallel website running a copy of my original website

We have been working on a gaming website. Recently while making note of the major traffic sources, I noticed a website that I found to be a carbon-copy of our website. It uses our logo, and everything ...
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Can forwarding https://example.com requests to https://www.example.com be a security risk?

I maintain a retail store's eCommerce website, provided by a 3rd party. The HTTPS links do not load ('ERR_CONNECTION_TIMED_OUT') unless you put in the WWW before the doman name. The HTTP links forward ...
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Nginx and Google Appengine Reverse Proxy Security

The scenario is that I have a Google compute node running Nginx as a reverse proxy to the google appengine. The appengine is used to service REST calls from an single page application (SPA). HTTPS ...
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How to clean PmWiki from JS:Includer-AWG and protect my site from future infections?

I'm hosting a site for an NGO for several years now. The site seems to be based on a PmWiki backend. I don't know much details because I'm just hosting the site and I'm not the guy who set it up. I ...
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What are the Pros and Cons for password recovery change links in email?

Although a lot of sites still send your password in plain text through email, there has been a push to send a web page url instead. But how can that be any more secure than the password in clear ...
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Concrete5-based site hacked

It seems my Concrete5-based site has been hacked - found this in my default and homepage templates footers: <div style="position:absolute;left:-6397px;"> <a ...
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Can Joomla have a different URL for backend management?

My site will be maintained mostly by myself, and maybe 1 or 2 others. I want to know if it's possible if the back end can be managed from a different folder structure? ie. www.example.com <- user ...
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Is Google App Engine secure enough for financial applications?

I am wondering whether Google App Engine is secure enough for financial applications? This would involve storing sensitive information, access to users' funds, etc. Are there any applications like ...
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Hacked Wordpress site - Mobile Users only [closed]

My site has been hacked for users of mobiles only. I searched for advice here and found some advice but I couldn't see that it applied to my site nor could I fully understand the concepts. Does anyone ...
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How to block entire IPs of a VPN server by IP

I have website that identifies users only by their IPs. That makes it very difficult to keep it secure against unwanted users/attackers. They can simply change their IP by using VPN services that ...
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How to change cPanel URL? Example: mydomain.com/cpanel

I want to change my website's cPanel URL/path for security reasons. I have a VPS with shell root access, running centOS 6.5 64-bit. I want to change cPanel path for my website on the VPS to be ...
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Preventing Unvalidated Redirects

I have a project I'm working on, and I recently decided to add a "login bounceback" to my site. The idea is simple, and very common: The user is browsing the site, and runs into something they need to ...
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Privacy concern to track every user actions in your website?

We are building a system that track every user (logged in) actions, e.g. click, pageview, duration etc and store into a database. So all the user activities will be known and we are using them to ...
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My Server is returning a 404 instead of 403 when access if forbidden - is it good or bad?

via .htaccess, I forbid access to folders that have no index page inside (domain.com/images for example), and also block my site completely for several user-agents (such as wget). When I test to see ...
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AVG says web site is not secure

Recently a co-worker viewed our site from a different location. He said that AVG came up and said the site was not secure and blocked the site. However, when I run the site through AVG it says the ...
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How to hide existence of a private blog?

I have a friend who would like to start a 'blog'. The problem is that she would like it to be private so that only people invited can read it. So I told her to use a private WordPress. But she said ...
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eCommerce checkout security

I'm developing an eCommerce site and using SagePay as a card processor. Customers will enter their delivery/invoice details into a form which is then submitted to a checkout page. This page encrypts ...
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WordPress keeps redirecting my users to install.php, Is it caused by an injection hack?

I don't really know how to express my problem, so bear with me. This is a bit hard to explain. I have a Wordpress installation, the latest, and often (once a day) my site redirects users to the ...
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Force Using SSL on Site now?

I am starting to see a majority of websites starting to use SSL as a standard practice for viewing the website securely now thanks to the revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA surveillance that ...
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How to block user agent from accessing my WordPress site with htaccess?

I have noticed large amount of traffic coming to my site from different IP's with user agent. Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; SiteExplorer/1.0b; +http://siteexplorer.info/) I don't have much experience ...
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Are there security considerations with choosing shared vs VPS vs dedicated hosting

Are there security disadvantages to using a shared hosting environment instead of a VPS or dedicated server? Could using a shared server or a VPS be considered negligence in the event of a security ...
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What was this hack-bot trying to achieve via directory traversal?

I was walking through my server logs and the following kinda stunned me: ACCESS ERROR 404 from IP 62.112.152.161: Path: /index.php?page=weblog&env=../../../../../../../../etc/passwd%00 ...
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Making HTML5 videos stored on AWS S3 **difficult** to download (because I cant make it impossible)

I am building a website that hosts video's stored on AWS's S3 service. The videos are played thru a HTML5 player we have built. Ive just been asked to make sure "nobody can steal our video's". Now I ...
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Filtering content from response body HTML (mod_security or other WAFs)

We have Apache on Linux with mod_security as the Web App Firewall (WAF) layer. To prevent content injections, we have some rules that basically disable a page containing some text patterns from ...
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Risk of Plaintext Email Addresses on Websites

What are the risks of putting a personal email address (Gmail, in case it matters) on a personal website? A glance around any forum will show many people using "address [at] domain.com" instead of ...
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Emails from joomla 2.5 being marked as “Phishing” mails for vendor and client

The Mails from Joomla to customer as well as vendor are being marked as "phishing" mails. As per solutions provided in the other posts, I checked the header and it is being marked as "Spf-Fail". What ...
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Introduce security for web-service

This questions is with respect to including security in our architecture.Let me give a brief over-view. We have REST based web-service (Let's call it A) which is used by our web application and the ...
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Why don't we see websites hashing passwords before sending them? [closed]

(Note about the question title: by "we" I mean myself) Everytime I log on to any website, I have this thought that website asking me for my password and sending it back to the server is just basic ...
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Hide website data for Chrome and FF addons: IP Whois & Flags Chrome & Norton

I've got this addon and want to hide the information they publish for our website. They show Popularity, IP address info, nameservers, etc. Plus the traffic levels they report, 'popularity' reflects ...
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Our Website is being blocked in critical areas - how do I get to the bottom of this?

I'm working with a UK-based contractor in the counter-terrorism industry. I've noticed that when I'm in Virginia Beach (near Norfolk and Washington DC), I cannot get a connection to the website ...
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Strange series of page visits to my web site

In my web log I see 5 hits (to the same web page) all about the same time but from different parts of the world: 180.247.114.192 /RelFinder?personId=17586 - From: null 2014-01-10 00:26:40.0 ...