How do i secure my Centos Server?

Discussion in 'HOWTO-Related Questions' started by sposs, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. sposs

    sposs New Member

    Hi all, first post and linux noobie.

    I have a dedicated server running centos 4 , im using it to learn linux and server management mainly, i have a website up and running on the server.

    My hosting company contacted me the other day to tell me my server was being used to run a phishing site.I switched off apache and deleted the phishing files.Im worried about switching on apache again without knowing how to prevent future abuse.

    I patch the server regularly doing a YUM update.

    However i need to know how i can stop this happening again, what additional
    security can i put in place?
  2. martinfst

    martinfst ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    You need to find out how the pisher got access to your server. ssh? broken php application (and abused the apache user)? Any other ports open (like webmin ports)

    Still any open port as a backdoor open to the pisher? I got hacked once because of a faulty PHP app, and the hacker installed some backdoor listening on an obscure port.

    Start looking at /var/log and scan all log files. Try to identify something unusual.
    Then execute
    ps -ef
    to see if any strange program is running. And you might consider installing 'chkrootkit' and run a test. Also do
    netstat -tap
    and see if something strange on an unusual port is listening. HTH
  3. sposs

    sposs New Member

    Great thanks will start doing that now.

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