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Old 02-03-2008, 09:53 PM   #1
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Where can I look to find any attacks on my web server?


Recently I connected a web server on the Internet.

I wish to learn on "How to find out if some one has tried to hack
into (or attack) my server?"

I know the httpd/access_log is a place to see who has accessed the wed pages. Are there other places that I can look into it?

Is there software like "Attack reporting" that will alert me?

Thanks for your help.

Old 02-04-2008, 12:33 AM   #2
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A first place to begin is by installing snort and BASE, that is a webfront to snort.

Here's an initial place to look for an install tutorial.

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Here you find some tips for an initial investigation:
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welcome to LQ!

And I'm moving this over to security which is more appropriate
for this type of question.

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Now that your post is in the security forum, take the time to look through the stickies, especially this one. In it, there's a section called "Compromise, breach of security, detection" and a link to the CERT Intruder Detection Checklist which is definitely worth a read.
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Originally Posted by pching View Post

Is there software like "Attack reporting" that will alert me?

Thanks for your help.

Old 02-07-2008, 09:59 PM   #7
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Hi all,

Thank you for your reply to my question.

I'll study snort and start from there.



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