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taking a webserver public
    #4331579 - 06/24/05 10:21 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

What do i need to know before i put a webserver out for the world?
I have an old comp, I'm gonna put the latest debian stable on it.
I'm going to use apache 2
with phpbb, and all the necessaries, php, mysql, etc.

My main concern is security.
What should i do to protect myself from attacks?
What sort of precautions should i take?
Should I setup some intrusion detection? Tripwire?
Is the firewall on my linksys router enough?
Where do i find info on reading system logs?
I have the server and another comp behind my router, if something goes wrong am i putting the other comp at risk of being compromised also?

I don't really know where to start.
Any advice would be more that appreciated.
thanks alot

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Re: taking a webserver public [Re: sherm]
    #4333251 - 06/24/05 06:34 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

i would use apache 1.3.33 and php4. you need to learn iptables for all the firewall issues. learn snort for intrusion detection, get a good system logger such as syslog-ng.

if you are familiar with Windows or have never used linux before, check out WAMP5 at sourceforge.net . it will have your windows machine acting as a server in a matter of minutes. it will install apache, mysql, and php5. be sure you get the php4 module too.

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Re: taking a webserver public [Re: automan]
    #4340925 - 06/27/05 01:22 AM (12 years, 7 months ago)

just make sure to read the configs of the services you are running. i am sure a great percentige of attacks is due to default configs on default daemons

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Re: taking a webserver public [Re: sherm]
    #4344466 - 06/27/05 08:57 PM (12 years, 7 months ago)

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