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LinuxPlanet: Security and Apache: An Essential Primer

Feb 24, 2000, 16:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Coar)

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"Chances are that your Web site has at least a few pages that you really don't want published to the Internet at large. How do you keep the Black Hats from seeing them, whilst not impeding the access of the White Hats who need the pages?"

"At the time I'm writing this (February 2000), there's a lot of current-events news about major Web sites being taken down temporarily by denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. The specific attack type in question cannot be stopped by Apache, even though it may be aimed at the Web site. Apache is just a software application running on the system; these attacks are aimed at the systems themselves. As someone has pointed out, "If you have 1GB/s heading for your server then the pipe is going to saturate before Apache even gets a chance to see the packets."

"But for less extreme cases, Apache's implementation of the Web security mechanisms, when properly implemented, should be more than adequate to protect your sensitive pages from exposure."

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