This comprehensive cPanel server service can be provided for most Linux (not FreeBSD) especially linux Centos platforms running cPanel only. We will perform the installation, configuration and testing of each component of the service. We do not use scripts to perform this work (as some providers do) but perform each task by hand to ensure it is correctly installed and configured to your servers requirements.
The aim of this work is to help:
Secure your server from attack
Perform server tuning to better cope under load
Provide relevant regular information from your server to identify any security breaches or anomalous behaviour
Check for existing exploits installed or running on the server
If you have any questions about the Server Services below or any other services that we can offer, please feel free to contact us
We aim to perform the work within 24 hours of the opening of a ticket on our helpdesk with the answers to our installation questions which we will send to you once your order has been processed. We can also perform the work on any day of you choosing (7 days a week) though the actual time of day may vary.
ConfigServer eXploit Scanner cxs can be installed and configured on demand iptables SPI firewall (csf) ** csf is a full featured SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection) iptables firewall configuration application written by ourselves Login failure detection (lfd) lfd is integrated with csf to block hacking attempts from your internet facing services and detects system intrusions/rootkits Stop unnecessary processes Default OS configurations often run services that are not used by a cPanel web server and can be a security risk if left running Log Scanner Log Scanner is part of lfd and is configured to send you logs file emails once per hour using regular expression matches on the major server log files Logwatch Logwatch is a daily report that summarises the information contains in the major server log files WHM configuration check WHM configuration options are checked for security and performance configuration and changes where deemed appropriate OpenSSH configuration check OpenSSH is checked to ensure only SSHv2 protocol is enabled Switch from proftpd to pure-ftpd Pure-ftpd is considered more secure and lighter on server resources compared to proftpd on cPanel servers Rootkit Hunter Rootkit Hunter is an essential tool in detecting possible root compromise and rootkit installation Chkrootkit Chkrootkit is another essential tool in detecting possible root compromise and rootkit installation, it compliments rkhunter with a different detection approach mod_security **** mod_security apache module is a security layer in apache that helps prevent exploitation of vulnerable web scripts. We will install and configure the optional cPanel mod_security module for Apache v1 and v2
For Apache v2 installations we will install a selection of the Got Root mod_security rules that they offer for free from their site Host spoof protection Helps prevent IP spoofing and DNS cache poisoning Operating System check Check to ensure that the servers OS is updating and, if not, an update is run Name server configuration check If the name server (bind) is running, check that it is functioning correctly and enable local DNS lookups Disk check Ensure disks are correctly mounted and clean up any old files to free space where possible Kernel check Check that the correct kernel is installed and upgrade to the OS vendors latest version if necessary and implement tweaks to help protect against current threats (e.g. disabling core file creation) Apache tune and check *** Check that apache is correctly configured and tuned for your servers requirements and that it is the latest version and upgrade if necessary MySQL tune and check *** Check that mysql is correctly configured and tuned for your servers requirements Enhanced log rotation Not all server logs files are correctly rotated on a default cPanel server, so we add rotation options to logrotate to ensure that they are correctly rotated to help disk performance and application stability Day of the week backup rotations If you have a separate backup disk and sufficient space for additional backup rotations we will add "day of the week" backup rotations that renames the daily/ backup to the day of the week plus the date so that you will always have 7 daily backups. Secure /tmp /var/tmp /dev/shm These are remounted noexec and nosuid to add an additional layer of protection against web script hackers Libsafe for 2.4 kernels Older OS's (e.g. FC1, RH9 and RH7.3) can benefit from libsafe that helps protect against hacker stack smashing techniques that can gain them root access ConfigServer ModSecurity Control (cmc) cmc allows you to control the disabling of mod_security rules by their ID on a global, per user and per domain level ConfigServer Explorer (cse) cse allows you to browse your disk structure and directories and perform shell tasks from within WHM which can be very helpful if SSH fails for any reason ConfigServer Mail Queues (cmq) cmq allows you to check within WHM and clear the servers exim queue(s) and deal with individual emails awaiting delivery ConfigServer Mail Manage (cmm) cmm allows you edit view and manage client email accounts and quotas from within WHM without having to log into their cPanel account Perl installation check Check that perl is correctly configured and that it is the latest version and upgrade if necessary Delete unnecessary OS users On a standard OS installation many user accounts are created that are not necessary and can therefore pose a security risk Disable open DNS recursion Protection against abuse and poisoning of your local DNS cache if DNS server (bind) is running on the server Enhanced path protection Help protect against clients and hackers browsing and accessing files outside of their account directories Remove SUID/GUID from binaries On a standard OS installation many application binaries have SUID and GUID bits set that are not necessary and can therefore pose a security risk PHP hardening Dynamic Library loading is disabled, commonly abused php functions disabled, user defined php.ini files disabled if suPHP is already enabled - to help prevent hackers exploiting vulnerable PHP web scripts Suhosin **** Suhosin is an advanced protection system for PHP installations. It was designed to protect servers and users from known and unknown flaws in PHP applications and the PHP core Exploit check A check of installed web scripts for known hacking scripts which highlight exploited web applications. Also checks in commonly abused disk directories such as /tmp and /dev/shm for any active exploits as well as a scan of all running processes. Also disabling of any known insecure versions of phpBB is performed to prevent possible compromises. If exploits are found on the server, the compromised account will be suspended and we will notify you of the location of the exploits - this does not include restoring any compromised web files Disable BoxTrapper Having boxtrapper enabled can very easily lead to your server being listed in common RBLs and usually has the effect of increasing the overall spam load, not reducing it. Disable vulnerable phpBB installs If vulnerable phpBB installations are found, they will be disabled to prevent exploitation of the server
Initial cPanel configuration If cPanel has just been installed but not configured we can do this for you MailScanner Server service The MailScanner Service can be installed on demand, and configure your server for scanning income/outgoing emails.
One week of informational tickets You can raise technical queries on our helpdesk for one week after the service package is performed. Any work requiring us to login to your server may attract our hourly general server management fee.