[CentOS] Securing http authentication from brute force attacks

Jim Perrin jperrin at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 16:13:30 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 10:59 AM, James B. Byrne <byrnejb at harte-lyne.ca> wrote:
> We have several web applications deployed under Apache that require
> a user id / password authentication.  Some of these use htdigest and
> others use the application itself.
> Recently we have experienced several brute force attacks against
> some of these services which have been dealt with for the nonce by
> changes to iptables.  However, I am not convinced that these changes
> are the answer.
> Therefore I have been looking at http protection and have run across
> a few independently provided modules for Apache http security,
> mod_security being one of them.
> I would like the opinion of other CentOS sysadmins who already have
> faced this same problem, with respect to the solutions available and
> those that they choose for themselves.

You can configure fail2ban to help deal with this, along with ssh
protection. I'm also heavily in favor of mod_security when it comes to
apache protection.

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