Web server hardening: eliminate flaws and secure servers

Web Server forms the point of contact for businesses and customers, as it delivers web pages to clients upon request, hosts websites and web-based applications. Since its an internet facing device, it may also become an entry point for attackers if not configured properly.

The crucial need to secure servers:

Web server attacks can range from denial of service to data theft. Infiltrating web servers can lead to modification of user information available in the machine on which the web server is hosted. Having default configurations can reveal sensitive information, exposing the enterprise's inability to keep confidential data secure. Exploiting authentication loopholes, poorly configured proxies and session identifiers allows attackers to retrieve source code, cause website defacement and even disrupt the operations of a website. These are the consequences of leaving web servers with default and insecure configurations. Therefore, web server hardening is essential for an enterprise to secure servers from cyber criminals while they carry out critical business operations.

How can Vulnerability Manager plus help you?

Enterprises need to constantly make changes in their server configurations to keep up with industry demands. These changes are made manually which makes configuration drifts unavoidable. Vulnerability Manager Plus continuously monitors your web servers for default and insecure configurations and displays them in the console. Besides, you can identify servers whose communications are not secured via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate for data encryption and decryption to protect them from unauthorized interception.

Enhance server security with web server hardening:

With Vulnerability Manager Plus, you can analyse the detected web server misconfigurations based on its context such as logging, SSL management or the type of attack associated with it. Most importantly, you can gain detailed description of cause, impact and remediation for each server misconfiguration that helps you in setting up a secure server that is protected against many attack variants such as:

  • URL manipulation attacks
  • Input validation attacks
  • Denial of service attacks
  • Brute force attacks
  • Session hijacking
  • Clickjacking
  • Source code disclosure

Note: Vulnerability Manager Plus supports web server hardening for widely deployed web server vendors: Apache, Tomcat, IIS, nginx.