Mask Your Web Server for Enhanced Security
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by Joe Lima
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Crackers Start Here. Shouldn’t You?
Let’s look at it from the attacker's point of view: Security vulnerabilities tend to be dependent on software vendor and version. Blind probing might lead to further requests being denied or a system temporarily taken off line. Knowing Web server details greatly increases the efficiency of any attack. If an attacker can target exploits, the chances of successful cracking prior to detection increase significantly. Script kiddies can leverage canned, newly-discovered exploits to do more damage faster by targeting hosts with recognizable signatures. A self-identifying system invites trouble.

Port80 Software has developed an IIS server module called
ServerMask to combat the majority of issues explored here for the Windows Web Server.

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