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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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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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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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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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Allow any arguments for a given command with sudo [closed]

I have the following sudo config entry which I added via sudo visudo: mark ALL = NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/lxc-ls* I can run lxc-ls with my user fine but I can't append any parameters without it demanding ...
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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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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 ...
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What is the rules of ports?

I mean the port to connecting.. just like SSH port, nginx port, etc. Im not clear about the port. So far I can see port running not more than 5 characters (port xxxxx). So, when choosing port ...
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What firewall rules should be used for a home based system [closed]

I'm just setting up a home wireless network with connection to the internet. The router has settings to configure the firewall rules. Currently it's set to INBOUND ALL ANY and OUTBOUND ALL ANY. ...
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Permissions set to 555. How can another user modify the files? [duplicate]

I run an Ubuntu 12.04 x64 VPS with Vesta, and a site in PHP. It has been hacked several times with injected code that looks like this: <?php ...
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Why do we really need apache + php if php can run as web server?

A few months ago i did an experiment that kinda went out very well, today we have an intranet portal using the following technologies: JeasyUI phpgrid Kibana So, based on our tests why do we need ...
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Should I change the SSH port to < 1024? [duplicate]

Many server configuration guides recommend that the SSH port should be changed to something > 1024, for obscurity and to avoid conflicts. This is interesting, because it recommends using a port < ...
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Company server setup - security and ssh

I currently manage a server at RackSpace for my company, and am planing on switching to Linode in the next month or so, for a better server and to save some money. In the process of switching, I am ...
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What could be using an HTTP request method of “-”

Got an apache log entry that looks like this, actually I have a bunch of them spread out over time. XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX - - [27/Apr/2012:14:39:52 -0500] "-" 408 - "-" "-" It wasn't a GET or POST, the ...
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SSH: what is the best way to achieve secure connection with dynamic IP?

I'd like to have my own distant server, and to connect to it through SSH. But I'd like to do it through many PCs (i.e. many different IPs), do you have any advice / secure solution for doing this?
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Connecting to a malicious VPN

I am connecting to a VPN that is known to be malicious. Numerous machines on the network including the VPN server its self are all compromised. What precautions should I take to protect myself?
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Have opened a port. Is my server vulnerable?

I have two dedicated servers. One which stores all the files (scripting) and the other hosts just the db. In order to connect to the other server I have enabled port 2335 on TCP/IP and added the ...
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IP Masquerading - is it just for email?

For some reason I thought it was a security feature of Ubuntu. Is there anything security related pertaining to it?
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Is it dangerous to allow every user to run nmap as root?

At our university we have some computers in the "networking lab", that are configured to allow everybody to run nmap as root via /etc/sudoers. Could this be a security vulnerability?
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Is it possible for large ISPs to give you the range of IPs you can be assigned?

My company is trying to sign up for LexisNexis services. LexisNexis (or more specifically, a service offered by LexisNexis) restricts logins to either a handful of IPs, or a range of IPs. We just have ...
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How do I tell if my mail system has been compromised?

My webmaster catch-all email address started receiving a lot of "Delivery Status Notification (Failure)" replies from various email systems. In the order of 1 per hour. It's obviously Spam being ...
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Port 22 is closed even with Firewall turned off [closed]

I'm trying to open port 22 on my local machine (Windows 7 32 bit). I'm using a web tool to check if my port is open. It says that port 22 is closed. So I disabled firewall to see if it causes port to ...
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Help on securing WIndows

I have 2 systems running MSWindows Server 2003 and 2008 respectively. I have done all the updates. I am interested in securing them e.g. close all unneeded services. For example my concern is that if ...
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How do proxy servers filter https websites?

With my limited knowledge of HTTPS I started wondering: How do proxy servers filter HTTPS websites? I mean adding a proxy server is essentially a MITM attack which is what HTTPS was explicitly ...
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How to protect a local NTFS folder so only it's owner can access (i.e. not a local / domain admin)

What i'd like to do is to set up such folder permissions so the folder can be accessed only by a user who created it (or one, who knows his password). Is it possible? Is it secure? I tried to set ...
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Security holes in in PHP 5.2.5

My shared hosting provider uses PHP 5.2.5, which was released at the end of 2007. I would like to know the security holes of PHP 5.2.5. Where I can get them? phpinfo
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Secure data transfer from a RHEL 5 box

I have been researching this for a while but cant find and conclusive answeres. FTP - Very insecure. FTP over SSl - Not fully supported everywhere, only a few clients support it? SFTP - This is the ...
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Better way to stop/start Webmin and SSH

it would be a good idea to not have webmin running all the time... just start it via ssh when I need it... so, I just stop webmin,and leaving SSH always running... when I need to access webmin, I ...
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Why are some big corporations still worried about cloud security? [closed]

My company sells an app subscription, which is hosted as SAAS on Amazon Cloud. I have had a few clients who weren't very keen on uploading their documents to my product because my product is hosted ...
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What IP address should I use for a device that I want to break network access to?

I have an IPMI server on a super micro motherboard that I am unable to disable. There is not even a jumper to disable this either. After seeing all of the security issues that the IPMI server they ...
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Are department-wide shares a bad idea?

Let's say an organization has a department with 10-15 users who sometimes need to share files between each other. They currently have an open share, where anyone read read / write to the share. If ...
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Helpful linux command for do some forensic on compromised linux web server [duplicate]

What are helpful linux command for do some forensic on compromised linux web server for giving out sort of information/evidence/backtrace? for example checking log, checking last file edit, suspicious ...
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Retrieve malicious IP addresses from Apache logs and block them with iptables

Im trying to keep away some attackers that try to exploit XSS vulnerabilities from my website, I have found that most of the malicious attempts start with a classic "alert(document.cookie);\" test. ...
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Can a datacenter read my passwords if I'm using KVM over IP? [closed]

Is it truth that datacenters can read my passwords over KVN over IP interface when I ask them to connect it and I'am forced to enter ssh pass/encryption pass (OS install,etc) ? I colocated the server ...
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Safely transfer files from pc with internet connection to lan without allowing any other form of communication

In the company that I work there are computers that are connected to the Internet and computers that are connected to a Local Area Network. The LAN is considered a "safe zone" and the files that ...
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Security best practice when running process as non-root user

So I'm trying to run Supervisor (http://supervisord.org/) as a non-root user. However the process outputs logs to the /var/log directory which is owned by root and has 755 permissions. Therefore ...
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How do I secure my SSH access?

I'm one of those guys who climbs up the ladder to the high dive and jumps off, then realizes he doesn't know how to swim. So I have a VPS, and I have no idea how to administer it. I understand one of ...
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The more secure iptables script imaginable. Does one exist? [closed]

I plan on buying a server soon. I'd like the server to be as secure as possible, only having POP3, SMTP, SSH and HTTP open. I know how to write an iptables script to only allow those connections and ...
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Windows 2008 Critical Vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop Could Allow Remote Code Execution

A windows server 2008 web edition that hosts some personal blogs of mine have been hacked with all my php files injected whereas the blog wasn't even active. The password is very lengthy about 50 ...
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How to give user root access without giving him root password

The scenario is this: I have a development machine I want (need) to have root access to Our admin setups the machines using his own credentials for the root user. The explanation being that if ...
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How to use a shared key and certificate for all users with OpenVPN?

I have an OpenVPN server which authenticates to an Active Directory and asks therefore each user for a username and passphrase. On top of that it also requires each user to have a client certificate ...
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Encrypting an ODBC connection

Situation: We have a SQL Server 2008 R2 database sitting in a data centre We would like to allow analysts to connect to the database and query the data using desktop based tools (e.g. Tableau) via ...
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Web Server sercurity (used only for web services)

I am using a Virtual Private Server for accessing Web-Services used only on the Mobile devices, there are many entries in the access and error log, even there is nothing on the web server. I am ...