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Nagios Core Administration Cookbook - Second Edition

By : Tom Ryder
Book Image

Nagios Core Administration Cookbook - Second Edition

By: Tom Ryder

Overview of this book

Nagios Core is an open source monitoring framework suitable for any network that ensures both internal and customer-facing services are running correctly and manages notification and reporting behavior to diagnose and fix outages promptly. It allows very fine configuration of exactly when, where, what, and how to check network services to meet both the uptime goals of your network and systems team and the needs of your users. This book shows system and network administrators how to use Nagios Core to its fullest as a monitoring framework for checks on any kind of network services, from the smallest home network to much larger production multi-site services. You will discover that Nagios Core is capable of doing much more than pinging a host or to see whether websites respond. The recipes in this book will demonstrate how to leverage Nagios Core's advanced configuration, scripting hooks, reports, data retrieval, and extensibility to integrate it with your existing systems, and to make it the rock-solid center of your network monitoring world.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Nagios Core Administration Cookbook Second Edition
Credits
About the Author
About the Reviewer
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Index

Using authentication for the Nagios Core web interface


In this recipe, we'll explore the use of basic authentication for the Nagios Core web interface, probably the single most important configuration step in preventing abuse of the software by malicious users.

By default, the Nagios Core installation process takes the sensible step of locking down the CGI scripts in its recommended Apache configuration file with standard HTTP authentication for a default user named nagiosadmin, with full privileges.

Unfortunately, some administrators take the step of removing this authentication or never installing it despite the recommendations in the installation guide. It's a good idea to install it and keep it in place even on private networks, especially if the server running Nagios Core is open to the Internet in any way (generally not advised).

Keeping authentication on is useful not just because of the security benefits, but also because it allows you to set up basic access control, allowing certain...