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Apache: Disable TRACE and TRACK methods

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Lots of PCI Compliance and vulnerability scan vendors will complain about TRACE and TRACK methods being enabled on your server.

Enable SSL support in Postfix

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If you have postfix installed with OpenSSL support compiled in, you can enable SSL connections by editing two configuration files.

500 OOPS error from vsftpd

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If you find yourself with the ever-so-peculiar 500 OOPS error from vsftpd when you attempt to login over SSH, there could be a few different things at play.

FreeBSD: Limiting closed port RST response

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One of the nifty things about FreeBSD’s kernel is that it will limit closed port RST responses, which, in layman’s terms, just means that if someone repeatedly hits a port that’s closed, the kernel won’t respond to all of the requests.

Install snort and BASE on FreeBSD

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Installing snort from ports on FreeBSD is pretty straightforward, but there are some ‘gotchas’ that you need to be aware of.

Changing the default SSL certificate in Plesk

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When Plesk is installed, the default certificate for the Plesk interface itself is a self-signed certificate that is generated during the installation.

Joomla and Plesk permissions

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Thanks to a highly awesome technician on my team, we’ve discovered the perfect permissions setup for Joomla and Plesk:

Relay access denied

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If you’re checking through your mail logs, or you catch a bounced e-mail with “554 relay access denied” in the bounce, the issue can be related to a few different things:

SSL connection to a non-secure port

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If you have weird SSL errors and this one appears, you are trying to speak SSL to a daemon that doesn’t understand it:

Disable SSH timeouts

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To pretty much completely disable SSH timeouts, simply adjust the following directives in /etc/ssh/sshd_config:

Disable SSLv2 in Lighttpd

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As with most things, turning off SSLv2 in Lighttpd is much easier than in Apache.

Reset MySQL root password

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If you’ve forgotten the root password for a MySQL server, but you know the system root, you can reset the MySQL root password pretty easily.

Forcing HTTPS with PHP

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To force HTTPS with a PHP script, just put this snippet near the top:

Disabling SSLv2 in Plesk

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To disable SSLv2 server-wide on a Plesk server, add this in your /etc/httpd/conf.

Hide Apache Version

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If you want to hide the current version of Apache and your OS, just replace

Finding compromised mail accounts in Plesk

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If odd bounced e-mails are coming back to the server or the server is listed in a blacklist, some accounts may be compromised on the server.

Cisco Logging to RHEL

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If you have a Cisco device logging to RHEL, here’s all that’s necessary:

Verify that SSLv2 is disabled

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If you’re looking to get PCI/CISP compliance, or you just like better security, disable SSL version 2.

Plesk admin user can’t login

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Okay, so you’ve verified that the correct admin password is being used, but you still can’t login?

Securing MySQL

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If you work on enough servers, you discover that a lot of people put the security of their MySQL server on the back burner.


About Sticky Bits

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Sticky bits help you take file permissions to the next level.

Rootkit Checks on RHEL

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If you think you have a rooted RHEL box, you’ll want to run the usual rkhunter, chkrootkit, and you will want to inspect for rogue processes.