XAMPP and security

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XAMPP and security

Postby onglai » 12. August 2010 15:49

Hi,

I want to installed XAMPP (Basis Package) version 1.7.3 on Windows XP.

I am new to this and wonder about security. :oops:

Can someone hack into my computer if I run XAMPP. If yes, Is there ways I can do to avoid this.

Thank you very much.

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Re: XAMPP and security

Postby JonB » 12. August 2010 16:02

At the most basic level, if the machine XAMMP will be installed on is behind a router/firewall -- and -- that router does not have port 80 forwarded; no one will be able to come knocking at your door from the Internet. That's one of the functions of a router. You would have to configure the router to allow access. :)

Beyond that, its all speculation and learning. Nothing bad (other than mistakes) can happen until you turn on port forwarding. At that point, Apache and XAMMP both have 'designed-in' security features, that you will need to learn about -- BUT -- untill you have it installed those points are moot.

Good luck and have fun.
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Re: XAMPP and security

Postby onglai » 13. August 2010 09:47

Hi JonB,

Thank you for answer.

I am running XAMPP on Windows XP SP2

You mentioned about port 80, I found this service (http://canyouseeme.org/) to check whether port 80 is open or forwarding

If I START Apache, it show port 80 is open & my ISP not blocking it.

If I STOP Apache, than it say can not see port 80.

Is this a security problem?

I use internet at home, and work on web design on XAMPP, and at the same time connected to internet to find information. I do sometime experience very slow browsing while working. Internet sites that open fast few minutes ago suddenly load very slow. I have to disconnect and reconnect internet to get back normal browsing speed.

Now I wonder could this be related to XAMPP opening port 80 or something accessing my pc that cause slowdown? or am I just being over concern? :oops:

Thank you very much

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Re: XAMPP and security

Postby onglai » 15. August 2010 03:17

Hi JonB and Wole,

Thank you very much for your time, tips, suggestion and help.

Sending you goods blessing. :D

Cheers

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Re: XAMPP and security

Postby samcrime786 » 29. September 2010 07:52

hi,
I use internet at home, and work on web design on XAMPP, and at the same time connected to internet to find information. I do sometime experience very slow browsing while working. Internet sites that open fast few minutes ago suddenly load very slow. I have to disconnect and reconnect internet to get back normal browsing speed.




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Re: XAMPP and security

Postby yuriart10 » 07. October 2010 10:46

wole wrote:
onglai wrote:
onglai wrote:I found this service (http://canyouseeme.org/) to check whether port 80 is open or forwarding

I think you dont have a firewall.

Go into the listing apache/config/and open the file httpd.conf. Search this place:
Code: Select all
# Change this to Listen on specific IP addresses as shown below to
# prevent Apache from glomming onto all bound IP addresses (0.0.0.0)
#
Listen 80

Replace Listen 80 by
Code: Select all
Listen 127.0.0.1:80

With this attitude nobody can access from the outside on the Apache



I also think so.
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