Solved (W3SVC) is set to automatic

August 28, 2012 at 12:45:32
Specs: Windows 2003
I have 2 web servers running Windows 2003. I am currently using IIS to serve up web pages which utilizes World Wide Web Publishing Services (W3SVC). W3SVC service is currently set to "automatic." As you know, this service is one of the most-attacked Windows based service today. However, I cannot disable it in fear that I will break IIS and the web server.

Is there anyway to secure this without majorly altering the functionality of the web servers themselves.

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August 29, 2012 at 17:05:16

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August 31, 2012 at 10:57:09
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Keep Windows up to date and seriously scrutinize the code you are running on the web server. Stopping the World Wide Web Publishing Service will stop your web site from running. It is one of the core services of IIS. You should also start planning for a migration to a newer server OS. Windows 2003 will eventually be phased out and they will stop making security updates for it. You don't have to do it now, or any time soon for that matter, but it should be in your plan to do it sometime.

Andrew Leonard
BL Technical Services
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