Hardening Apache

Hardening Apache

by Tony Mobily
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Hardening Apache by Tony Mobily

A must-read for any system administrator installing or currently using Apache, Hardening Apache shows you exactly what to do to make Apache more secure. Throughout this book, renowned author Tony Mobily introduces you to many of the security problems youll inevitably stumble across when using Apache—and most important, youll learn how to protect yourself and your server.

Mobily provides in-depth instruction on the safe installation and configuration of Apache and gives detailed guidance on tightening the security of your existing Apache installation. This comprehensive book covers a wide variety of the most important issues, including common attacks, logging, downloading, administration, cross-site scripting attacks, and web-related RFC details. The book also delves into many of the more advanced system administration techniques including “jailing” Apache and securing third-party modules.

Table of Contents

  1. Secure Installation and Configuration
  2. Common Attacks
  3. Logging
  4. Cross-Site Scripting Attacks
  5. Apache Security Modules
  6. Apache in Jail
  7. Automating Security

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590593783
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed.
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

When he is not talking about himself in the third person, Tony Mobily is an ordinary human being, enjoying his life in the best city in the world: Perth (western Australia). He is a senior system administrator and security expert, and manages the Italian computer magazine Login, working daily with many Internet technologies. (He loves Linux, Apache, Perl, C, and Bash.)

Tony is also trained in classical ballet (ISTD, RAD), jazz (ISDT), and singing. He is working to obtain format teaching qualifications in these disciplines. He also writes short and long stories, and practices Buddhism (Karma Kagyu lineage) and meditation. His website is http://www.mobily.com.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's quite rare that I get to review a book by a fellow Sandgroper (ie. person from Western Australia). The last time was for 'Man Kzin Wars X' by Larry Niven and Hal Colepatch, with Colepatch being from WA. So what is there to say about this book? Well, Mobily has brought under one cover various methods to strengthen Apache against incursions. There are several excellent books on computer security, but as a rule, they tend to survey the entire field. So if they mention Apache, space considerations if nothing else preclude extensive coverage. Here Mobily has made that a non issue. Why Apache? It is probably the most common web server in use, edging out all proprietary rivals. Linux boxes run it by default. But it has also been ported to every other major operating system. So certainly Mobily has chosen a vital application to support. How useful is this book? If you are a systems administrator and have been managing Apache for several years, you probably already know, or should know, the bulk of this book. But a lot of your Apache security experience may have been garnered in bits and pieces over this period, using information from disparate sources. Suppose instead you are installing it for the first time. The actual installation should be trivial. It is the multiple security issues that you have to get right. Which is this book's virtue. It centralises the issues into an easily accessible form. PLus it is not dependent on the latest version of Apache. Barring a fundamental rewrite, which is unlikely because it is stable and well tested, Mobily's suggestions should stay fresh for several years.