Administrating Web Servers, Security, & Maintenance Interactive Workbook

Prentice Hall
Eric Larson / Brian Stephens  
Prentice Hall
Total pages
December 1999
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Appropriate for introductory Internet/World Wide Web courses.

  • This book is designed to provide individuals with the core skills needed to meet the demands of the Web development and Internet community. This user-friendly interactive text provides competency in three key skill areas:
  • 1. Web Business Management, from financial issues to project management and marketing.
  • 2. Content Management, including user interface, authoring languages, multimedia, and graphics.
  • 3. Technical Management involving administration, protocols, performance, and security.


  • Written in a lively, non-intimidating tone.
  • Encourages students to think like working professionals.
  • Challenges students by offering real-world examples-Similar to those experienced by a working pro.
  • Supporting Web-site, with sample code.
  • HTML versions of the material are available. The WOW-certified Study Guides will be made customizable through Prentice Hall's Custom Publishing Program,
  • Endorsed by the World Organization of Webmasters-A non-profit organization dedicated to the support of individuals and organizations who create, manage, or market Web-sites.

Table of Contents

From the Editor.

Executive Foreword.


About the Authors.


1. What Is a Web Server?

Client/Server Basics. Electronic Publishing. HTTP Overview. Other Web-Related Servers.

2. Planning Your Server.

Hosting Your Site. Hosting Your Own Server. UNIX vs. NT. Sizing Your Server. Domain Names.

3. Users and Documents.

Server Users and Directories. Server Administrators. Document Hierarchy. Directory Indexing. File and Directory Names. Transferring Files.

4. Server Configuration.

Choosing Web Server Software. Customizing Your Web Server. Controlling Access. Secure Sockets Layer Configuration. Virtual Hosts.

5. Server-Side Programming.

Dynamic Documents. CGI and Forms. Server-Side Includes. Active Server Pages. Servlets and Java Server Pages.

6. Log Files.

Log File Formats. Referrers. Being Proactive. Statistics.

7. Search Engines, Robots, and Automation.

Search Engines. Publicizing Your Site. Robots and Spiders. Automation.


8. Introduction to Security.

Why We Need Security. Types of Attacks and Vulnerabilities. Security Resources. Security Basics.

9. Network Security.

Networking Basics. Packet Sniffing. Other Network Vulnerabilities. Firewalls and Proxies.

10. Web Server Security.

Host/OS Hardening. Who to Run a Web Server As. File Permissions and Ownership. Other Configuration Concerns.

11. CGI Security.

Who to Run CGI As. Poor CGI Programming. Tainted CGI Variables. Buffer Overflows. Other CGI Risks.

12. Web Client Security.

Java Applets. ActiveX. JavaScript. Cookies.

13. Secure Online Transactions.

Encryption. Secure Socket Layer. Certificate Authorities. Access Control Lists.

14. Intrusion Detection and Recovery.

Detecting an Attack. Recovering from an Attack.

Appendix A: Answers to Self-Review Questions.
Appendix B: ASCII Values.
Appendix C: Well-Know Port Numbers.
Appendix D: Base Conversion.
Appendix E: Packet Formats.

Back Cover


The Nuts and Bolts of Internet Security.

This interactive workbook will get you started right away with real-world applications for Web server security and maintenance. Demand for these skills is sky-high, as businesses everywhere are moving toward e-commerce and full online presence.

Learn from the experts in easy, step-by-step lessons. Every section includes reviews to help you check your work and assess your progress at every stage, and practical labs to reinforce what you're learning as you go along. Administrating Web Servers, Security, and Maintenance helps you master:

  • Building a new website
  • Networks, Web servers and Web clients
  • Configuration and maintenance of your site
  • CGI security
  • Secure online transactions

Suitable for classroom use or self-paced learning, Administrating Web Servers, Security, and Maintenance is the fast, easy, certified way to master Web server administration and security.

About the Foundations of Web Site Architecture Series.

Endorsed by WOW, the World Organization of Webmasters, these fully interactive workbooks-and their companion websites at -give you the core skills you need to manage content, business, and technology on the World Wide Web. They are building blocks in Prentice Hall's comprehensive curriculum for professional Webmaster certification.

About WOW

The World Organization of Webmasters is a professional organization with thousands of members and affiliates worldwide. Started as a non-profit organization, WOW was created to enhance the role and position of those individual who create, manage, maintain and market Web sites. This support is provided through membership in WOW. For more information on becoming a member, please visit


Eric Larson is Staff Engineer at Sun Microsystems in Burlington, MA, currently performing technical research and software development for Sun's Enterprise Services division. He also teaches several courses in the Webmaster curriculum at Merrimack College.

Brian Stephens works for Sun Microsystems, Inc., as a backline network support engineer. In addition to handling escalated network issues, he also serves as a member of Sun's CCC Security Team, and teaches classes on Web security and internetworking at Merrimack College.