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OWASP Secure Configuration Guide

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The OWASP Secure Configuration Guide

There are small unclassified parts of info of configuration issues on OWASP currently; this project is to create unified document of issues and solutions to avoid common misconfigurations in popular frameworks, web servers, network devices and more.

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All of us know such situations when robust and secure solution makes your defense even weaker if misconfigured. Nearly in every penetration testing report exists a chapter "Server/Framework/Service misconfiguration". Whereas using standard up-to-date impenetrable(*) software is certainly a good thing, one should consider proper configuration in order to verify its soundness.

This project is useful for both defenders, who can learn the proper way of configuring rapidly growing number of different popular software, and attackers, as a good complement to Testing Guide.

(*) Saying "impenetrable" we mean all public vulnerabilities are patched in the most recent version. 0-days are still a threat but it's a different talk.


The OWASP Secure Configuration Guide is free to use. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license, so you can copy, distribute and transmit the work, and you can adapt it, and use it commercially, but all provided that you attribute the work and if you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

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Introduction to OWASP Secure Configuration Project.pptx

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News and Events

  • [21 April 2016] NginX Secure Configuration updated
  • [20 Dec 2014] Mailing list created
  • [19 Dec 2014] First article released
  • [25 Nov 2014] Project initiated

In Print

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How can I participate in your project?

All you have to do is make the Project Leader's aware of your available time to contribute to the project. It is also important to let the Leader's know how you would like to contribute and pitch in to help the project meet it's goals and milestones. There are many different ways you can contribute to an OWASP Project, but communication with the leads is key.

If I am not a programmer can I participate in your project?

Yes, you can certainly participate in the project if you are not a programmer or technical. The project needs different skills and expertise and different times during its development. Currently, we are looking for researchers, writers, reviewers, translators, and a project administrator.


We hope you find the information in the OWASP Secure Configuration Guide useful. Please contribute back to the project by sending your comments, questions, and suggestions to the OWASP SCG mailing list. Thanks!

Project will help those looking for configuration issues when facing a new web application / framework, and at the same time let developers have all information of correct configuration settings (which are not always perfect by default) for common systems. Cases may vary from how to configure Drupal in order not to let unauthorized attacker to enumerate current users to how to protect your config files from being downloaded to how to forbid unauthorized firmware upload for your device.

The idea is to create the unified source of knowledge (like Testing Guide), where all information will be accessible in one place. As new systems appear and new features are being added, the project will be continuously developed. Any penetration tester/administrator/security consultant can contribute when meeting new (yet undocumented) system.

Initially planned chapters: - Web servers - Frameworks - Network devices / web panels - ... more to come

What does this OWASP project offer you?
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what is this project?
Name: OWASP Secure Configuration Guide (home page)
Purpose: There are small unclassified parts of info of configuration issues on OWASP currently; this project is to create unified document of issues and solutions to avoid common misconfigurations in popular frameworks, web servers, network devices and more.
License: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0
who is working on this project?
Project Leader(s):
  • Alexander Antukh @
how can you learn more?
Project Pamphlet: Not Yet Created
Project Presentation:
Mailing list: Mailing List Archives
Project Roadmap: View
Key Contacts
  • Contact Alexander Antukh @ to contribute to this project
  • Contact Alexander Antukh @ to review or sponsor this project
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