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From Joshua Slive <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Suggestion (security related)
Date Wed, 22 Jan 2003 15:33:44 GMT

On Wed, 22 Jan 2003, Lars Hecking wrote:
>  The default httpd.conf file that gets installed should set ServerTokens to
>  Prod rather than Full. Especially with 1.3.x, the information about the
>  installed OpenSSL version makes it effortlessly simple to find out whether
>  a web server is vulnerable to one of the published OpenSSL remote root
>  exploits.

This debate comes up every couple months.

Disguising the identity of the server provides almost no security because:

1. A smart hacker can easily figure it out using more subtle tests.

2. A stupid hacker doesn't care, he just tries every possible exploit on
every possible system.

One variant of the OpenSSL worm was a rare exception that actually did
look at the Server header.  In most cases, the worms try every system
regardless.  That is why users of Apache see so many Code Red/etc worms
in their access logs, even though they only exploit IIS.

In certain cases it may be beneficial to hide the Server header.  But not
as a default.  You give up too much information that is useful in problem


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