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For what my limited advice is worth I would start by checking the install. Is 
it partitioned properly IE is /var and / on separate partitions this is a pet 
peeve of mine I like to start with proper partitioning, but that is only my 
opinion. 

Make certain that you have the accessed files properly separated from the 
rest of your system and if you are accepting data from browsers check for 
overflows and such.

Check your system for proper patches and keep it to a minimum. The more 
software you have installed the more can go wrong IE less is better than more 
:-) Other than that keep good logs and check them monitor your traffic and 
use programs like ntop to monitor your network flow and saint to look for 
security holes like unused ports. You may also want to look into a good 
security book. LUGOD has one that I donated a while back and I have "Hack 
Proofing LINUX" by Syngress Press. I was impressed with it personally. Look 
at http://www.nerdbooks.com for other good books Dave has a great book store.

The last item keep backups. Do it offten and keep them for at least a few 
weeks cdr's are dirt cheep so don't shoot yourself in the foot by not backing 
up your system.

Rusty

On Monday 25 March 2002 10:09 am, you wrote:
> Please forgive a network newbie.
>
> I would like to set up one of the computers in my house as a webserver
> on port 8080.  I already know how to configure Apache on the computer,
> and the firewall on our router... But I also know that opening this
> computer to port 8080 will expose it to security risks and that I should
> take precautions on the computer in addition to the router.
>
> So...  What precautions should I take on the computer that will be
> hosting the website?
>
> For what it's worth, the computer in question is running RH7.2, and
> Apache 1.3.22.
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