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Files deleted. What could have happened?

I'm having a weird issue today. I was writing and testing out some simple cgi scripts this morning when I realized that I couldn't run them from one of the other computers on the (windows) network. So ...
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PHP scripts owned by www-data

I use to have owned php scripts on a dedicated server by user "webroot". It would be easier for coding and administration if the scripts were owned by the apache2 user, "www-data" on my system. Also ...
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least privilege account for WinRM remote calls on Windows 2008 Server

ServerFault Windows experts: please consider the following use case: I have 2 Windows 2008 Server SP2 boxes let’s call them – SOURCE, CLIENT. On SOURCE: I create a new user called 'normal'. Just a ...
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Windows Server 2008 Web Edition can't change permissions

I'm used to using Windows Server 2003 but decided to get a Vista Web Edition for IIS7 and to run our MVC applications on. I have installed copSSH that I use for SFTP, and when I upload my files I am ...
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Oracle Ordcom and Wallet Coexistence Problem

We use Oracle's ORDCOM infrastructure on our 11.1.0.7 database to interact with a COM object. The COM object doesn't do anything with the database. This process has been working fine for several ...
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Tutorial on using Advanced Sharing (instead of Simple Sharing) on Windows XP and 7

We've always used Simple File Sharing. But I'm having some network difficulties with a new Windows 7 PC and I'm thinking we should be using Advanced Sharing. But as I got into it I realized it's far ...
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Securing portmap with multiple interfaces

I have an Ubuntu 9.10 server with a public and private interface. I'd like to run portmap only on the private interface for security, so in /etc/default/portmap I had set: OPTIONS="-i 192.168.122.1" ...
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Disable File Copy between VMs

When I access multiple virtual desktops via VMware View 4, I'm able to copy files between VMs. The VMs are located in different isolated networks. This is a security concern in my organization and how ...
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force security permission through the directory tree?

Currently, there is large directory tree with differnt security permissions. We need to add another Security permission for all of the folders, and files without changing all the inherited ...
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How useful is Bitlocker without a TPM?

When you install Bitlocker on a system without a TPM you need to put the startup key on a flash drive. Since you can hardly expect the user to store his notebook and flash drive separately, would ...
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XML Schema For MBSA Reports

I'm in the process of creating a script to run the command line version of Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (mbsacli.exe) against all of our servers. Since the MBSA reports are provided as XML ...
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.htaccess redirect - Is it secure?

This works; I'm not having trouble, but I want to be certain that this is bulletproof. I came up with a neat little .htaccess redirect, but I am not sure if it is secure; do you know? <IfModule ...
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IIS6, NETWORK SERVICE and IIS_WPG

Is it correct that IIS6, by default, runs under the NetworkService account (NETWORK SERVICE)? and that NetWorkService is a member of the IIS_WPG group? Reference: Microsoft TechNet page on IIS6 ...
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Give developers read-only access to schema

We have a staging server where we do final acceptance testing before we go live. It's a copy of Live where devs have no more privileges than regular users. I'm trying to give the devs read-only ...
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Script for checking the nologin accounts and then disable the account

"Could you please share the scripts which does the below ?" I have written a script that scans all the relevent logs daily, makes a list of people that have had any activity that day, and maintains ...
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Turn off “isolation mode” in Vista Task Scheduler?

In Windows Vista (and I assume Windows 7) Microsoft has improved the security of processes that are run through the Task Scheduler, namely http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/appcompat/aa906020.aspx: ...
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Security issues with Web Services and SSRS

I have a developer who would like to interact with the web services on the SSRS server. The way I understand it is that they would like to populate a list of reports in a folder so that the user can ...
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What user should an application pool bound to a Wordpress site use in IIS? [duplicate]

I've installed a wordpress site in a dedicated server with Windows 2008 server running IIS7 but I'm a little confused on what's the most secure way to set the appropriate file settings. The thing is ...
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Unknown Directory Shortcut File or Mount | VISTA [closed]

I have this weird mount icon after a trojan cleanup days ago for a client. The icon when clicked takes you to the My Computer guid. The file properties are Type: File, Location: C:\, Size: 6.76. If we ...
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How do I drop requests from dig?

Basically I'm getting tons of request to my named/bind service, basically those requests are being rejected by named, Those are the messages i get, from tons of ips., How extacly can I drop those ...
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AWS: network ACL blocks outbound traffic

I am implementing a REST service in Amazon AWS. The internal servlets listen on numerous ports like 8080 and 9000, and an Apache configured as a reverse proxy serves them with proper URL schema using ...
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Exchange Security Policy and Android

How does one go about changing the Exchange security policy to allow pins and other security options on Android devices?
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TCP forwarding over SSH with socat or any other tcp forwarder, on sshd with tcp forwarding disabled

What I am trying to do is have a user that can port forward, but only to a certain host and port. I've disabled TCP forwarding over ssh for that user, and according to the manpage for sshd_config I ...
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Card Reader and Software

I am looking for a card-reader solution that includes not only the physical card-reader but a method to read/program the cards. The end goal is have to give my end users a card-reader and then an ...
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How to use max_post_size and upload_max_filesize in an Apache <Location> directive?

My users want to upload large files (50-100MB) in the CMS backend of a PHP web application. I could adjust the upload_max_filesize and post_max_size settings for PHP globally in this virtual host, but ...
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Security and Protection for Win Server 2003

Is there any Security software recommendation for Windows Server 2003 as a Web Application/Website server? Or any particular settings I should adjust before making a website to be Live.
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What ports are least likely to be probed on the internet?

Suppose you've got a server that runs insecure software and you have to make it publicly accessible, what ports are "safest" for providing that service on the internet. By "safest" I mean least likely ...
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What are the minimal iptables rules to surf the internet? [closed]

I am trying to set minimal rules to my Linux iptables rules file to just be able to surf the internet. Here what I did: * filter -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT -A OUTPUT -p tcp --dport 443 ...
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Preventing programmer from copying information

Is there a way to block files, coding, etc. from being copied when giving a new programmer ftp access to do research prior to submitting a quote?
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Basic questions about running a web server

I'd like to run a web server to experiment with. I'm going to to use Mongoose because it looks lightweight and simple enough to understand everything that it is doing. I have a Debian box to run it ...
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How to protect myself from promiscuous mode?

I have read that some network adapters can switch to promiscuous mode and get all the packets sent by my router. We have multiple computers here connected to the same router. They all have the WEP ...
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Letting tenants host their own data [closed]

We are developing a web app and planning to deploy it in a multi-tenant model. However, some of our potential customers are having a great deal of discomfort with the idea of not having the control ...
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New system administrator - Any security suggestions? [closed]

We hired a new system administrator and this will be the first time delegating this sensitive task to a third person. He's a good guy but we are still wondering about security. What do you recommend ...
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What Linux server distro is best for a dedicated webserver and a file server? [closed]

I just wanted to know which Linux server distro is most compatible/stable for a dedicated Web Server and a separate dedicated File server. And also please suggest me for a file server what would be ...
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Security policy: servers without root/administrator password

I am considering running public web and application servers with blank root/Administrator passwords, and I'm wondering whether this might be a bad policy. I see several advantages of having no ...
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Is this script nefarious?

This is sitting in my web site's cgi-bin. Should I be concerned about it? #!/usr/bin/perl print <<HTML; Content-type: text/html <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 ...
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Is blocking all traffic to MySql port, EXCEPT from own server IP, a good security measure?

As the title says, would this help? Imagine a classifieds website, where users simply login, logout, post classifieds, delete classifieds etc... All with PHP and mysql. I have my own server, with ...
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Can databases alone host a hack?

I was hacked recently. The hack seems to redirect any site on my server to a fake virus site. So I deleted all my website files and the hack seemed to go away. About a week later, it's back -- the ...
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Can an attacker remotely abuse a Windows 2008 server if he knows the username/password of a user included into “Users” group only?

There's a Windows 2008 server where there's a local user account with a known password - let it be user "dummy" and password "dummy1". That local user only belongs to "Users" group. The attacker has ...
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last night, my server was doing something intensive with the hard drive

I have an ubuntu server running in my bedroom. It's connected to the internet. Last night, at 5am, it was doing some intensive i/o with the hard drive (I heard it) for like 20 minutes. I don't have ...
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Unexpected requests from an IP in San Antonio.. should I worry?

I've noticed on my server log that I receive unexpected requests from an IP in San Antonio. Is this spam ? They visit phpMyAdmin, admin.. etc is this spam ? 184.106.130.137 184.106.149.110 - ...
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One-App SSH Logins using login shell?

I want to run an application on a Linux machine which will be accessed by most users using PuTTY. I want to start that app and, when it's done, I want it to end the SSH session. Is it ...
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How can I use PAM to restrict telnet login by user?

Regrettably I need to enable telnet for a single user on a Linux machine. Everyone else will have to use ssh. How do I configure PAM to restrict which users may login via the telnet server?
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I think my server was hacked - how do i know what has been changed? [duplicate]

I have read the following posts which didn't answered my questions: - My linux server was hacked. How do I find out how and when it was done? - How do I know if my Linux server has been hacked? - and ...
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Have I just been under attack?

I have set up my Debian server on HP ProLiant 360 G4 yesterday. I started off with minimum services, running only SSH and Apache, all on standard ports with default configurations. About an hour ago, ...
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Detecting if a page has been requested more than a specified no. of times by the same IP and blocking the IP

I'm trying to detect bad bot activity. If the information.php, which is disallowed in robots.txt but is open for normal users, has been requested more than 500 times in a day by same IP address, I'd ...
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Managing /tmp and /var/tmp, and why not globally writeable?

Ive been trying to lock some security vulnerabilities at my server, and I got to the point of the tmp folders. Both of them will store files that are used by other resources, still, reading a little ...
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What is the risk of opening network port?

What can someone do if i write a program to open a TCP port and run, lets say an echo server? Can some one access data on my system? or any other risk of opening port?
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how to protect telnet access to smtp port 25?

Please consider the following: 192-168-1-106:~ michael$ telnet <remote_server_ip> 25 Trying <remote_server_ip>... Connected to li*****.linode.com. Escape character is '^]'. 220 ...
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Linux - Block ssh users from accessing other machines on the network

I have set up a virtual machine on my network for uni project development. I have 6 team members and I don't want them to SSH in and start sniffing my network traffic. I already have set the firewall ...