Tripwire Can Trip Up Trouble

 
 
By Andrew Garcia  |  Posted 2001-06-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Security vendor Tripwire (www.tripwire.com) has released Tripwire for Web Pages 1.0, a product designed to protect Web sites from vandalism.

Security vendor Tripwire (www.tripwire.com) has released Tripwire for Web Pages 1.0, a product designed to protect Web sites from vandalism.

As an Apache plug-in, Tripwire for Web Pages creates an MD5 hash of every Web page on your server. Then, when a page is requested, the program verifies the pages hash against the database. If the hashes dont match, Tripwire for Web Pages can take one of several actions: serving an error or backup page, sending an e-mail notification, or executing a script.

At $1,095 per server, its a nifty idea but unwieldy in large environments. Tripwire for Web Pages does not include a central management console, making it time-consuming and tedious to administer on a large number of servers.

I like what Tripwire is trying to do with this product, but its not ready for mass deployment. Once Tripwire releases a centralized management console and adds support for Microsoft IIS or IPlanet Web servers, Tripwire for Web Pages could be a beneficial investment for Web site security.

 
 
 
 
Andrew cut his teeth as a systems administrator at the University of California, learning the ins and outs of server migration, Windows desktop management, Unix and Novell administration. After a tour of duty as a team leader for PC Magazine's Labs, Andrew turned to system integration - providing network, server, and desktop consulting services for small businesses throughout the Bay Area. With eWEEK Labs since 2003, Andrew concentrates on wireless networking technologies while moonlighting with Microsoft Windows, mobile devices and management, and unified communications. He produces product reviews, technology analysis and opinion pieces for eWEEK.com, eWEEK magazine, and the Labs' Release Notes blog. Follow Andrew on Twitter at andrewrgarcia, or reach him by email at agarcia@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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