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    New to dedicated servers

    Hello!

    I'm new dedicated server user. I have dedicated server with Gentoo Release 2 (installed Apache 2, mail, admin, PHP 5, MySQL 5). What I need to do next? How to more secure that server?

    Thanks for guide.

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    Does your provider have you behind a firewall??? Probably next steps are port configuration and then firewall configuration.

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    I think - yes. Can u write more about port and firewall configuration? Are there any important extensions to install?

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    whatever applications you use that require specific ports to be opened so clients can access from the internet such MySQl.

    You want to keep all ports closed except for those such as http, smtp, pop3, imap4, mysql, applications using uncommon ports, https.

    Talk with your provider and ensure they are able to assist. You could also probably take advantage of firewall/security settings built into os like rhes4,5 centos5 and so on.

    Good Luck

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    You want to keep all ports closed except for those such as http, smtp, pop3, imap4, mysql, applications using uncommon ports, https.
    You usually will want MySQL closed to external IPs... Also, you should look into IPtables syntax and create yourself a ruleset fit for your needs. That is going to be the same firewall that is included with RHEL or CentOS, and should be built into your build. I wouldn't recommend running Gentoo if you are unfamiliar with a Linux, and especially in a server environment. A critical exploit (such as libc) can lead to two or three days of recompiling to patch, and the administration of such an OS is a bit more complicated than a binary distribution such as CentOS.
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    Hermetek is absolutley right, mySQL should always be closed and used as internal usage for your site.

    It was a typo on my part. sorry for that. Thanks hermetek for the correction.

    outside access causes major issues with security concerns.


    talk with your provider

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    I would suggest using a third party server admin company such as Platinum Server Management or TouchSupport. It will help you rest easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by webdev862 View Post
    I would suggest using a third party server admin company such as Platinum Server Management or TouchSupport. It will help you rest easier
    I completely agree to this. It will definately make your life easier. And you will be sure that your server is secured.

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