An Architecture for Misconfiguration Patching of Web Services: A Case Study of Apache Server

  • Franklin Tchakounté Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon
  • Jean Marie Kuate Fotso Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Science, University of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon
  • Vivient Corneille Kamla Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, National School of Agro-Industrial Sciences, University of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon
Keywords: CVSS, misconfiguration, patching, risk, vulnerabilities, Web


Services are usually left configured by default and therefore subjects to vulnerabilities because they are not security enforced. Web services are so popular that they are targets of attacks to intrusions related to vulnerabilities discovered by attackers. This work proposes an architecture for patching Web service misconfigurations related to existing vulnerabilities. The approach underlying this architecture first retrieves and structures anti-vulnerability measures published by the official service manufacturers. Second, it evaluates the risk level using Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) on the current state of configurations. The proposed approach has been applied on Apache server on four vulnerabilities: version discovery, XSS, SQL injection and deny of service. Experimental results on a vulnerable environment demonstrate that the proposed approach considerably reduces vulnerabilities compared to similar solutions.


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How to Cite
Tchakounté, F., Kuate Fotso, J. M., & Corneille Kamla, V. (2019). An Architecture for Misconfiguration Patching of Web Services: A Case Study of Apache Server. International Journal of Computer (IJC), 35(1), 37-56. Retrieved from