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Free Software Magazine: Hardening Linux Web Servers

Jun 29, 2006, 12:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Yousef Ourabi)

"Security is a process, not a result. It is a process which is difficult to adopt under normal conditions; the problem is compounded when it spans several job descriptions. All the system level security in the world is rendered useless by insecure web-applications. The converse is also true--programming best practices, such as always verifying user input, are useless when the code is running on a server which hasn't been properly hardened. Securing forward facing GNU/Linux web servers can seem like a daunting task, but it can be made much easier by breaking the process into manageable portions.

"This article will cover installing, configuring and hardening free software web servers and associated software including Apache 2.2.0, MySQL 5.0.18, PHP 5.1.2, Apache-Tomcat 5.5.16 and common Apache modules such as mod_security, mod_ssl, mod_rewrite, mod_proxy and mod_jk..."

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