Author: Dasun Hegoda

Hardening & Securing Apache HTTP Server

How’s it going people? Everyone wants 100% secure applications but the problem is do 100% applications exist in the world? Answer is ‘Nope’. That’s bad but you can secure your application up to a certain extend by applying security. Hope you have read my last two articles on PHP Security. Article 1 & Article 2 where you can apply security at the application level. it’s time for you to read them before proceeding.

Today we are going to look at how to secure your Apache web server by adding security to it. Once you apply these configuration in your Apache web server you will be able to live safely. Let’s make the world a better place.

Note : Once make changes to your Apache configuration file(/etc/apache/apache2.conf) you should restart Apache web server using below command. 

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Remote Login Linux

GUI on Ubuntu Server with X11 Forwarding

So X11 Forwarding!

Hey there! How’s it going? Today we are going to focus on how to run an application that requires a graphic interface on your Ubuntu server where typically Ubuntu server does not come with GUI. Let’s map your Desktop GUI to the remote server by using X forwarding, It is easy to accomplish X forwarding on Ubuntu using X11 & SSH.

Plus I have already written on Remote login with GUI in Linux – VNC. Read it if you haven’t. It’s another way of getting done same task.

Below is an image of SSH concept.

X11 Forwarding Using SSH Tunneling

Image Courtesy : addictivetips.com

So X11 is a

X11 is a network protocol designed for Unix and similar operating systems to enable remote graphical access to applications. The original X windowing system was announced in 1984 and developed at MIT. A machine running an X windowing system can launch a program on a remote computer. All the CPU processing happens on the remote computer but the display of the application appears on the local machine. – toastytech.com

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Apache Load Balacing with HAProxy

As I said earlier loading balancing is a hot topic when it comes to High Availability(HA). So here goes the 2nd post on HAProxy. Let’s distribute the workload among server using our favorite load balancer HAProxy. If you didn’t read the 1st post on MySQL load balancing with HAProxy it’s time now or never. Today we are going to take a look at Apache(Application server) loading balancing with HAProxy.

What’s HAProxy

HAProxy is a free, very fast and reliable solution offering high availability, load balancing, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications. It is particularly suited for very high traffic web sites and
powers quite a number of the world’s most visited ones.

Server Setup

Server 1 – Node 1
Hostname: apache-1
IP: 192.ABC.X.31

Server 2 – Node 2
Hostname: apache-2
IP: 192.ABC.Y.32

Server 3 – Load Balancer
Hostname: haproxy
IP: 192.ABC.Z.30

Apache load balancing with HAProxy

Apache load balancing with HAProxy

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MySQL Load Balancing With HAProxy

Loading balancing is a hot topic when it comes to high availability(HA). You can distribute the workload among server using a load balancer such as HAProxy. Today we are going to take a look at MySQL loading balancing with HAProxy. To load balance at least you should have 2 nodes of MySQL running. If you haven’t got 2 MySQL nodes running refer the previous post on MySQL Master-Master replication.

What’s HAProxy

HAProxy is a free, very fast and reliable solution offering high availability, load balancing, and proxying for TCP and HTTP-based applications. It is particularly suited for very high traffic web sites and
powers quite a number of the world’s most visited ones.

Server Setup

Server 1 – Node 1
Hostname: mysql-1
IP: 192.ABC.X.28

Server 2 – Node 2
Hostname: mysql-2
IP: 192.ABC.Y.29

Server 3 – Load Balancer
Hostname: haproxy
IP: 192.ABC.Z.30

 

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Load balancing MySQL with HAProxy

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MySQL Master-Master Replication

What’s MySQL Replication

Replication enables data from one MySQL database server (the master) to be replicated to one or more MySQL database servers (the slaves).

So MySQL Master-Master Replication

In other words MySQL replication is the process by which data stored in a database, will be copied to a second server’s database. This is called MySQL master-slave replication. Today I’m going to focus on MySQL master-master replication where it allows data to be copied from either server. In other words perform reads or writes from either server.

 MySQL master-master replication, Image Courtesy : alexfilatov.com

Image Courtesy : alexfilatov.com

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