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Apache: Reducing Information Leaked Through The Headers

Apache by default announces all sorts of information about itself when you make a connection to it :- $ lynx -head http://some-server-fqdn/ HTTP/1.1 302 Found Date: Thu, 31 May 2018 12:18:22 GMT Server: Apache/2.2.15 (CentOS) Location: https://t-oala-idp-01.iso.port.ac.uk/ Connection: close Content-Type: … Continue reading

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Apache: Disabling Directory Indexes

One of the features of Apache that can cause security issues (or at least those who audit security issues may complain about it) is the ability to produce a file listing of a directory if there is no index page … Continue reading

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Apache: Disable the ETag Header

By default, the Apache web server has an information disclosure vulnerability where the ETag header shows information about the file containing the object in question. This can contain an “i-node” value which in combination with the use of NFS can permit … Continue reading

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Apache: Disabling TRACK and TRACE Methods

By default Apache supports a number of HTTP methods in addition to the ones we normally use – GET (to get objects) and PUSH (to push form data although you can send form data with GET too). These additional methods … Continue reading

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Apache: Blocking “Dangerous” Files

There are all sorts of “dangerous” files that can appear within a web server’s document root; some are merely potentially dangerous but some can be genuinely dangerous. For example, if someone uses an editor to change a .php file, it is … Continue reading

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Processor Bugs: Meltdown and Spectre

There has been lots of stories relating to two new severe security vulnerabilities (one of which is in every Intel processor for over a decade); the trail of stories starts here. The details of the vulnerability are very highly technical … Continue reading

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The New Mirai

According to one news report, a new version of Mirai has recently been released causing an increase in the number of scans against port 2323 and port 23. According to our firewall logs, the number of scans against tcp/2323 has … Continue reading

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KRACKing Wireless

The latest big security exploit is a mechanism by which WPA2 secured wireless networks can be compromised to disclose previously encrypted traffic in the clear, and to insert malicious traffic. The original web site announcing the vulnerability can be found … Continue reading

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Patching Your Mouse? Yes, Really!

Strange as it may seem, if you have a certain type of wireless mouse you may be vulnerable to an attacker being able to inject keyboard keystrokes into your computer; with this they are able to do just about anything … Continue reading

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Updating Windows Servers

You might think it is easy to update Windows servers, but apparently that is not always the case. It is easy to simply “check for updates” when you first install a server, and then forget about it. Which is the wrong … Continue reading

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