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Securing Apache Web Server from information leakage

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By default, most pre-packaged apache installations come with full information leakage, so if you telnet to port 80 on your webserver you can check, just type in the GET / HTTP/1.1 line, then hit enter twice

Here we see the Apache version, the distro, and the php version. If you had any extra apache modules installed, it would also show them as well as their versions. We can easily fix this by modifying the config file which will be distribution dependent. On Debian/Ubuntu its /etc/apache2/apache2.conf,We will need to modify the ServerSignature and ServerTokens lines, if you don’t have them, add them in. Here’s what they should be set to

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