Need to turn off my server signature

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Rachael
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2013-09-17 5:31 pm EST

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For security reasons, I am trying to find information on how to turn off the server signature so it does not display (currently it does). How do I turn this off for my site? I'm using Open Cart & am on one of your Apache PHP servers.

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Arn
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2013-09-17 6:06 pm EST
Hello Rachael,

Thanks for the question. If you are referring to the Apache server signature, you will not be able to turn that off on a shared server account. You would need to be on a dedicated or VPS server account with root access in order to make changes of that nature. Were you seeing a server signature somewhere public on your OpenCart site? That's generally not something that your visitors will see.

Apologies that we can't help you with that specific issue, but if it's related to something more OpenCart related, then provide more information and we can try to provide an answer.

Regards,
Arnel C.

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Thank you, Arnel. This is not specifically Open Cart related - server signatures are something attackers can use & it's best to have it disabled. If this cannot be done on a shared server, then I just have to deal with it being enabled for now. My site was hacked from the front end a while back so I wanted to have this turned off as an added security measure. Having the server signature "on" also shows up as a vulnerability when I run analysis reports of my site.
Rachael
8 Points
2013-09-17 6:18 pm EST
If you want the server signature Apache option turned off, and are on a VPS or dedicated server, our support team will be happy to assist you. Within a shared hosting account, however, it is not possible as this would effect every customer on that server.

Also, when a site is hacked from the front end of the site, it is almost always due to an insecurity within your code. As open source software such as OpenCart updates frequently to prevent such injection attacks, be sure that your installation is up to date at all times as leaving it out of date for even one day can be a large security risk to your site.
JeffMa
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Staff
2013-09-18 8:34 am EST
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