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Old 05-10-2008, 12:11 AM   #1
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Question is SSL necessary for ubuntu 8.04 desktop if one just use firestarter?


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I can't for the love of God setup SSL for self-signed certificate, now I don't even know if it is necessary. I want to setup a webserver using LAMP, will the firestarter (iptables) be enough to secure my apache server?

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ssl isn't about securing a server, it's about securing the data to and from it. this is wholly complementary to iptables, as they do totally separate things with just about zero functional overlap.
 
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thanks for clarifying

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ssl isn't about securing a server, it's about securing the data to and from it. this is wholly complementary to iptables, as they do totally separate things with just about zero functional overlap.

but the server can be compromised if that data is hijacked when one doesn't use ssl?
 
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Only if the server is very poorly built and maintained. SSL isn't a mechanism to secure a server, it's to secure the personal data passing through it. Obviously if you are hard coding direct SQL statements into the HTTP traffic then sure it'll reduce the chances of those exploits being known, but that's not the point of it.
 
Old 05-14-2008, 03:21 AM   #5
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Smile using apache and mysql, remote access

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Only if the server is very poorly built and maintained. SSL isn't a mechanism to secure a server, it's to secure the personal data passing through it. Obviously if you are hard coding direct SQL statements into the HTTP traffic then sure it'll reduce the chances of those exploits being known, but that's not the point of it.
so whats the best way to securely remote access a mysql database/on apache server?


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well apache to mysql is not user to apache, so the logic of what I've been saying doesn't apply. Obviously you should locate the db and the web server very close to each other within a trusted environment, but you can use ssl between those to secure the data whilst in transit:
http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/...nnections.html
 
  


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