Opening port 80 in firewall - possible consequences of this?

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by jbionic, Dec 25, 2010.

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  1. jbionic

    jbionic Registered Member

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    Apache server requires port 80 to be opened in firewall in order for other users be able to access web-pages hosted on my home server. I wonder what other negative consequences this may have for overall computer security, and how I can mitigate the risk of privacy intrusion (I consider any recommendations, including changing the firewall. I currently run Windows firewall in Windows 7 (64bit) environment)?
     
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    @jbionic

    Why are you doing this, if I may ask? Is there another way to achieve your goal?

    If your users are on other local machines, and you trust them, and if your LAN is behind a NAT router or firewall with no open ports, you'll probably be fine. If, OTOH, you'll be serving a website to the open internet, you'd better know what you're doing, or you'll probably end up pwned by some script kiddie.
     
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    I know how to open a port in Windows 7, and my station is not behind a router. Should I allow the 80 port to be opened for httpd.exe (Apache exec) only, or for any inbound connections in firewall? Does anybody run Apache server and know what to do?
     
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    IMHO, just get a low-cost hosting account somewhere. If you're determined to experiment, use an old machine with nothing important on it, and put everything else behind a NAT router/firewall. And BTW, you'll need a fixed IP address.
     
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    This was what I did when I set up a site. You can get shared hosting for less than $6 a month.
     
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