Web vulnerability assessment for SMBs

Thursday, 17 June 2004, 12:08 AM EST

One modest-priced and nicely featured solution SMBs must consider is Syhunt's Sandcat Suite. This security software suite includes a security hardening tool, a vulnerability scanner, data mining and log analysis tools, and more. Together, they offer the SMB something affordable and admirably functional.

The security hardening tool offers a proactive way to reduce vulnerabilities associated with web server misconfiguration. This tool may help web administrators avoid security incidents that result from the all too common use of default settings in configuration files. The tool analyzes Apache and PHP configuration files and identifies modules that may leak server information (e.g., mod_info.c); modules that are unnecessary and potentially exploitable (e.g., mod_autoindex.c, which enables directory indexing); and modules like mod_security.c, that could be enabled to help protect web servers against cross site scripting. The HTML report identifies the module in question, and provides a brief recommendation, and in some instances, refers the administrator to a more definitive source for information about the threat or problem.

By David Piscitello at Syhunt.

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