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Dec 10 2008   4:03PM GMT

Security boost for LAMP stack

Colin Smith Colin Smith Profile: Colin Smith

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LAMP, an open-source Web development platform based on Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, is getting some added protection from attacks thanks to Metaforic.

Metaforic, a provider of anti-tamper solutions, announced that upon request it will provide free versions of secured Apache and MySQL to enterprises. Utilizing a lightweight version of MetaFortress, Metaforic will provide anti-tamper protection and continuous integrity checking for critical parts of the LAMP stack to help defend against multi-vector attacks designed to discover and exploit the weakest point of an organization’s server infrastructure.

The move is important because as more enterprises deploy open-source technology, cybercriminals will target the security vulnerabilities within that infrastructure. And those criminals are looking for any weak spot, whether it’s the operating system, Web server, database system, or the application layer.

MetaFortress Open is specifically targeted at network infrastructure applications. Like the flagship MetaFortress, Open is an anti-tamper solution that inserts security and integrity checks into an application’s source code to prevent against hacking and unauthorized usage.

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