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Old 06-04-2005, 10:25 PM   #1
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Server precautions

I'm curious to hear how people on this forum who run servers guard against people phyiscally messing with the server. Do you log out and leave the processes running? What security measure would you take to guard against people using a simple live cd to access your files. Any other paraniod speculation is welcome.
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Assuming you just need basic protection, I would say:

Change the boot order to HD>CD>Floppy, and add a BIOS password. This will make live-CDs unusable. This is bypassable if the motherboard battery is removed, so lock the case if possible.

Logoff, but leave processes running. Just make sure you have a good password.

This should be enough protection if the computer is not exposed to much traffic (such as a server room that might see a few employees and maintainance). If you are worried about actual attack, or the computer is exposed to the public at large, I would say to just lock everything up, and go from there.
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Good idea, I forgot about the bios password.
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Re: Server precautions

Originally posted by Synesthesia
Do you log out and leave the processes running?
Always log out of a machine you are not currently working on, not just for your own security but for others as well.

And use a Live CD? I'm curious as to why someone would go thru the trouble to get your user files using a Live CD off a server that is meant to run 24/7. Lock your case and or lock the access to where the server is kept. And a running server that has remote access, who needs a Live CD, beef up the security on the machine itself its on a network.


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