Apr 022014


Article by: Kerry Blake

Apache is the most widely used Web server on the Internet. It was developed to work in Unix environment, but was ported to other server operating system like Windows. The Apache web server serves millions of websites and web-applications. A wide range of authentication schemes and a lot of language interfaces support and security features makes it the favorite Web server of millions of users all over the globe.

The stardom and popularity also makes websites that are backed by Apache favorite target among hackers. Websites that are backed by Apache often fall prey for hack attacks not because of security risks and holes in Apache, but mainly because of poorly written code and other security issues associated with Database. Apache and Linux combination provides good security, but things might go wrong if you don’t take the measures. There are several things one need to do to secure Apache. We have compiled a list of simple things you should perform to make you Web server secure.
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Nov 022013



Apache Hadoop is an open source software project based on JAVA. Basically it is a framework that is used to run applications on large clustered hardware (servers). It is designed to scale up from a single server to thousands of machines, with a very high degree of fault tolerance. Rather than relying on high-end hardware, the reliability of these clusters comes from the software’s ability to detect and handle failures of its own.

Credit for creating Hadoop goes to Doug Cutting and Michael J. Cafarella. Doug a Yahoo employee found it apt to rename it after his son’s toy elephant “Hadoop”. Originally it was developed to support distribution for the Nutch search engine project to sort out large amount of indexes.

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Sep 132013

This is an article of mine first published on Wazi.

Apache is still by far the most widely deployed HTTP server, according to the latest Netcraft web server survey, but nginx has been slowly, steadily gaining market share, thanks to its blazing speed. If you want to try a faster web server and move from Apache to nginx, you’ll probably have to change some of your websites’ configurations, starting with rewrite directives. To migrate rewrite rules from Apache to nginx, start with these tips and tricks.

The Apache mod_rewrite module provides powerful and sophisticated tools for nearly all types of URL rewriting. It is, however, somewhat complex, and may be intimidating to beginners. In fact, however, rewrite rules are not magical incantations, though to understand them you need some understanding of regular expressions.

Even if you have never heard of mod_rewrite, you may still be using it. Popular applications such as WordPress, Drupal, and Magento are shipped with .htaccess files that contain standard configurations that make these applications work properly, and these usually include one or more rewrites, so to properly move your website to an nginx web server you have to “translate” the Apache mod_rewrite directives into equivalent rules for nginx’s HttpRewriteModule.

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How to protect Apache with Fail2ban

Around 2 years ago I wrote an article about fail2ban. Fail2ban is an intrusion prevention framework written in the Python programming language. It is able to run on POSIX systems that have an interface to a packet-control system or firewall installed locally (such as, iptables or TCP Wrapper). Fail2ban’s main function is to block selected […]

The Importance of Securing a Linux Web Server

Today I present a really interesting article by  Scott Miller first published on Infosecinstitute.com. With the significant prevalence of Linux web servers globally, security is often touted as a strength of the platform for such a purpose. However, a Linux based web server is only as secure as its configuration and very often many are quite vulnerable […]