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Web Security: A Step by Step Reference Guide (from the Author of World Wide Web Security FAQ)

by: Lincoln D. Stein

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Publisher: ,DEC-97

Category: COMPUTER SECURITY Level: B/I/

ISBN: 0201634899
ISBN13: 9780201634891

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Web Security eschews lengthy discussions of security theory in favor of a practical step-by-step approach. Each section is built around a 'checklist' of items that readers can use to evaluate the security of their existing Web site and take action to improve it. In addition to protecting against intruders, readers will learn how to protect a Web site from other hostile Web sites. Readers will learn which resources require protection, and how they may currently be at risk. Stein explains basic strategies for protecting an existing Web site with as little cost and disruption as possible. Also covered are the risks and security solutions associated with implementing Internet services on a Web site - including http, conferencing, email, ftp, and news gateways.


                  

Table of Contents

Preface.

1. What Is Web Security?


  The Three Parts of Web Security.

Risks.

The Layout of This Book.


  I. DOCUMENT CONFIDENTIALITY.


          2. Basic Cryptography.


  How Cryptography Works.

Symmetric Cryptography.

Public Key Cryptography.

Online Resources.

Printed Resources.


      3. SSL, SET, and Digital Payment Systems.


  Secure Sockets Layer.

SET and Other Digital Payment Systems.

Checklist.

Online Resources.

SET and Other Digital Money Systems.


  II. CLIENT-SIDE SECURITY.


          4. Using SSL.


  SSL at Work.

Personal Certificates.

Checklist.

Online Resources.

Printed Resources.


      5. Active Content .


  Bad by Design or Bad by Accident? .

Traditional Threats .

Helper Applications and Plug-Ins .

Java .

ActiveX.

JavaScript and VBScript.

The Browser as a Security Hole.

Exotic Technologies.

What Can You Do?

Changing Active Content Settings.

Checklist.

Resources.


      6. Web Privacy.


  What Web Surfing Reveals.

Server Logs.

Cookies.

PICS.

Advice for Users.

Advice for Webmasters.

Policy Initiatives.

Checklist.

Resources.


  III. SERVER-SIDE SECURITY.


          7. Server Security.


  Why Are Websites Vulnerable?

Frequently Asked Questions about Web Server Security.

Overview: Steps to Securing a Website.

Online Resources.


      8. UNIX Web Servers.


  Hardening a UNIX Web Server.

Configuring the Web Server.

Monitoring Logs.

Monitor the Integrity of System Files and Binaries.

Back Up Your System.

Checklist.

Online Resources.

Printed Resources.


      9. Windows NT Web Servers.


  NT Security Concepts.

Windows NT Security Risks.

Securing a Windows NT Web Server.

Configuring the Web Server.

Checklist.

Online Resources.

Printed Resources.


      10. Access Control.


  Types of Access Control.

Access Control Based on IP Address or Host Name.

Access Control Based on User Name and Password.

Other Types of Access Control.

Access Control and CGI Scripts.

Checklist.

Online Resources.


      11. Encryption and Certificate-Based Access Control.


  SSL-Enabled Web Servers.

Using Client Certificates for Access Control.

Using Client Certificates for Web Server Access Control.

Becoming Your Own Certifying Authority.

Final Words.

Checklist.

Online Resources.

Printed Resources.


      12. Safe CGI Scripting.


  Introduction to CGI Scripts and Server Modules.

Common Failure Modes.

Other Advice.

Safe Scripting in Perl.

CGI Wrappers.

Checklist.

Online Resources.

Printed Resources.


      13. Remote Authoring and Administration.


  Degrees of Trust.

Controlling Access to the Web Server Host.

Remote Authoring Via FTP.

Microsoft FrontPage.

The HTTP PUT Protocol.

An Upload Staging Area.

Administering the Web Server Remotely.

Access to the Server for Web Developers.

Checklist.

Online Resources.

Printed Resources.


      14. Web Servers and Firewalls.


  What Is a Firewall?

Selecting a Firewall System.

Configuring a Firewall.

Automatic Proxy Configuration for Browsers.

Examining Firewall Logs for Signs of Server Compromise.

Checklist.

Online Resources.

Printed Resources.


      Bibliography.

Index.