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How to convince my Administrator that Java ON A SERVER is not insecure per se?

The Application We have a small Java application which uses some Camel routes to pick up uploaded files from a webserver, process them and send out some e-mails with the results. The server on which ...
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Chinese Hacker-Bots attempting to exploit our systems 24/7

Our sites our constantly under attack from bots with IP addresses resolving to China, attempting to exploit our systems. While their attacks are proving unsuccessful, they are a constant drain on our ...
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Does my Oracle DBA need root access?

My Oracle DBA Colleague is requesting root access on our production servers. He is arguing that he need it to perform some operations like rebooting the server and some other tasks. I do not not ...
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Which bots and spiders should I block in robots.txt?

In order to: Increase security of my website Reduce bandwidth requirements Prevent email address harvesting
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Encrypted offsite backups - where to store the encryption key?

In addition to regular onsite backups (kept in a fire resistant safe), we also send tapes offsite once a month, encrypted with AES. So if our site is one day vaporised by an alien heat ray, we should ...
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How to disable swap files in ESXi?

We are running a few Solaris / Linux VMs on ESXi that contain very sensitive encrypted data that eventually get decrypted as required in memory. Everything is fine, except for the ESXi swap files ...
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Automatically check for Security Updates on CentOS or Scientific Linux?

We have machines running RedHat-based distros such as CentOS or Scientific Linux. We want the systems to automatically notify us if there are any known vulnerabilities to the installed packages. ...
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Auto-booting and Securing a Linux Server with an Encrypted Filesystem

I'm setting up some new Ubuntu servers, and I'd like to secure the data on them against theft. The threat model is attackers desiring the hardware or rather naïve attackers desiring the data. ...
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Has anyone got billed for malicious activities (DDoS) on a cloud server?

I would like to know if anyone got billed beyond expectation on a cloud service because of malicious activities (DDoS, etc)? How does EC2 and/or Rackspace Cloud handle these issues? Thank you!
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Reliable software keylogger detection?

I may be dreaming here, But is there a reliable method for keylogger software detection? I'm primarily a developer but I run a couple servers and the thing that worries me most is a software ...
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What are the arguments for and against a network policy where the sys admin knows users passwords? [closed]

I'd like to know pros and cons.. reasons for and against the idea of sys admin’s maintaining user account lists with passwords.. and additionally not allowing those users to change their passwords. I ...
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Is being paranoid a required 'quality' for Sys/Net administrators?

Is being Paranoid considered an (unspoken) 'requirement' for a Sys/Net admin to have (obviously for security reasons)? Is there such a thing as being overly paranoid?, or should we be trustful of ...
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Enable SSH shell access but disable SFTP access

I've searched for a viable answer to this question, and most of the answers include advice on why to not do it. However, here's the scenario, and what makes it necessary: I have a console app, and in ...
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How would you send syslog *securely* over the public Internet?

So I've got a few servers which I'd like to log centrally but obviously I don't want to pass the data insecurely over the internet. I've tried syslog-ng but can't make it work in a secure way, a ...
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is this a hack attempt?

Looking through my 404 logs I noticed the following two URLs, both of which occurred once: /library.php=../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../../proc/self/environ and ...
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Password expiration policies [closed]

Having just received an email from a supplier informing us that they would be forcing us to change our password every six months, I'm curious to see what password expiration policies people use and ...
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Git commit auditing

I have a git server running over ssh and each user has a unix account on the system. Given that two users have access to a repo, how can I be sure which user performed which commit, since the commit ...
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How do I deal with the removal/eradication of an unknown worm on our network?

TL;DR I'm pretty sure our small network has been infected by some sort of worm/virus. It seems to only be afflicting our Windows XP machines, however. Windows 7 machines and Linux (well, yea) ...
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Iptables: How to allow only one ip through specific port?

How can I on my ubuntu server, in Iptables only allow one IP adress on a specific port? Thanks
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What is the difference between securing a linux box using hosts.[allow|deny] vs iptables?

As the title states, I have a linux box. As far as I can tell I can use hosts.allow / hosts.deny or iptables to secure. What's the difference? Is there another mechanism that can be used?
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How to enable TLS 1.1 and 1.2 with OpenSSL and Apache

In light of a growing number of security issues, such as the newly announced Browser Exploit Against SSL/TLS (BEAST), I was curious how we could go about enabling TLS 1.1 and 1.2 with OpenSSL and ...
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How to Isolate PCI Compliance

We currently process, but do not store, credit card data. We authorize the cards via a self developed application using the authorize.net API. If possible, we would like to limit all requirements of ...
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Server credential management for Linux and Windows

We are a relatively small shop (as far as number of sysadmins) with a mix of RHEL, Solaris, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 servers; about 200 servers in all. For our administrator accounts (root in ...
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Anything Close to an NSA Guide for Securing RHEL 6

Some in our infrastructure group want to upgrade to start taking advantage of the new features in RHEL 6. In the past, I have relied on the NSA Guide ...
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Reviewing firewall rules

I need to review firewall rules of a CheckPoint firewall for a customer (with 200+ rules). I have used FWDoc in the past to extract the rules and convert them to other formats but there was some ...
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Access control: Windows vs Linux

I'm reading MIT 6.893 lectures on which it says protection in Unix is a mess, no underlying principle, and it also points out that Windows has better alternatives, which can pass privileges from one ...
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The Story of secure user-authentication in squid

once upon a time, there was a beautiful warm virtual-jungle in south america, and a squid server lived there. here is an perceptual image of the network: <the Internet> ...
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SELinux vs. AppArmor vs. grsecurity

I have to set up a server that should be as secure as possible. Which security enhancement would you use and why, SELinux, AppArmor or grsecurity? Can you give me some tips, hints, pros/cons for those ...
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Site hacked, looking for security advice [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My server's been hacked EMERGENCY Last weekend my company's site was hacked. They did the nicest thing of doing that on a Friday evening so we only noticed the ...
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Does Linux really need Anti-Virus (other than hosted file scanning)

A large company is doing a review of our software before they will use the web software built by our start-up company. We are using Linux to host, which is properly secured and hardened. The ...
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what's a secure way to send passwords over the internet?

I'm looking for the best way to send passwords over the internet safely. Options I've looked at are PGP and encrypted RAR files. There are no real parameters other than getting from point a to point ...
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Can a virtual machine (VM) “hack” another VM running on the same physical machine?

Questions: if a VM is corrupted (hacked), what do I risk on others VMs running on the same physical machine? What kind of security issues is there between VMs running on the same physical host? Is ...
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Hacking prevention, forensics, auditing and counter measures

Recently (but it is also a recurrent question) we saw 3 interesting threads about hacking and security: My server's been hacked EMERGENCY. Finding how a hacked server was hacked File ...
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How can I download an executable file inside the company network when it's been locked down?

This might seem like a silly (or nefarious) question at first glance, but allow me to elaborate... We have implemented all sorts of measures on the company network and proxy to prevent the download ...
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How to secure a public facing Remote Desktop Server?

I am looking at needing to expose my Remote Desktop Server (Terminal Services) to be accessed from outside our network. Right now, it can only be accessed from inside our network. I know it's easy ...
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Security of PPTP vs IPSec

Is PPTP or IPSEC VPN more secure than the other for 'dial in' VPN, if so, why?
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Any reason not to enable DoS Defense in my router?

I recently found a DoS Defense setting in my DrayTek Vigor 2830 router, which is disabled as default. I'm running a very small server on this network and I take it very serious to have the server up ...
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Are there any good reasons for disabling hardware-assisted virtualization?

We've had a number of servers from Dell recently, all of which have had hardware-assisted virtualization disabled in the BIOS. As far as I know hardware-assisted virtualization is a good thing - so ...
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Suspected server or data vulnerability and reporting a fraud site

Our business is YouGotaGift.com, an online store for gift cards, two days ago someone created a website that's called YoGotaGift.com (You is missing the u), and sent a mail campaign to many people ...
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Does disabling root login enhance security?

I have recently found an argument against disabling a root user login in Linux at http://archives.neohapsis.com/archives/openbsd/2005-03/2878.html I assume that, if everybody uses a public key ...
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What to do when someone logged as root on my server

I have a server running Debian 6.0 with logcheck installed. Yesterday ago, I received this message: Jan 19 19:15:10 hostname sshd[28397]: Authentication tried for root with correct key but not from a ...
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Penetration Testing [closed]

We're deploying a new website, hosted ourselves. Short of getting in white hats how would you go about penetration testing from outside the network?
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Storing rarely used single-purpose passwords

How do you handle the storage of passwords that, by nature of their usage, you can't expect administrators to memorize? Such as: Administrator/root password when everyone logs on using their own ...
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What is the first thing you do if your website was hacked?

What would you do as first thing if your website was hacked? Taking the site from net? or rollback a backup? not realy or? Did you made any experiences in this way?
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How can I tell if my website is vulnerable to CVE-2014-3566 (POODLE)?

Google announced a vulnerability in the SSLv3 protocol that ... allows the plaintext of secure connections to be calculated by a network attacker. This vulnerability has been given the ...
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How does the updated Shellshock vulnerability test for CVE-2014-7169 work?

I understand the original test for CVE-2014-6271, which was: $ env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test" But I'm confused by the updated test and corresponding output for ...
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Finding how a hacked server was hacked

I was just browsing through the site and found this question: My server's been hacked EMERGENCY. Basically the question says: My server has been hacked. What should I do? The best answer is ...
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Automatically Applying Security Updates for AWS Elastic Beanstalk

I've been a fan of Heroku since it's earliest days. But I like the fact that AWS Elastic Beanstalk gives you more control over the characteristics of the instances. One thing I love about Heroku is ...
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Is there a windows equivalent to chroot?

On a *nix system I can use a chroot to isolate 2 processes from each other and from the rest of the system. Is there any similar security system under windows? Or is there any way to prevent 2 ...
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Enable blowfish-based hash support for crypt

How do I enable crypt_blowfish support for shadowed passwords and PHP on a Linux (Debian) server? I'm referring to the OpenBSD-style Blowfish-based bcrypt, known in PHP as CRYPT_BLOWFISH. As far as ...