Security Tips

To ensure the security of  Agiloft and the server it runs on, you should take the following steps:

See also Password Management and Security.

Assign Least Privileged Group Permissions

Users should not be assigned privileges they do not need or do not have the skills to use safely. For example, a user with the ability to delete all records in a table in one operation can do considerable unintentional damage if they are not familiar enough with  Agiloft's architecture.  Only trusted and trained users should be placed in the Admin group, as that group can make drastic changes to the structure and data of your system.


Agiloft is available through HTTPS access only. If you install it on your own server, you must make it available over HTTPS, even if it is being used behind the firewall. This protects information transferred over the network from being accessed by a malicious individual. Do not allow any access to  Agiloft through standard HTTP.

Use SSL via HTTPS to secure web browser connections to the  Agiloft server. To connect to your web server using SSL you will need to configure it manually, as it is not configured with SSL by default. You will need to purchase or generate a server certificate that authenticates your server to the clients. This configuration differs depending on the host operating system and the web server software you use. The following resources may help:

Restrict Login Access to the Agiloft Server

A root user on Unix/Linux or a user in the Administrators group in Windows can circumvent  Agiloft internal security by modifying program and data files or directly changing data in the database, including passwords. However, even an unprivileged user can circumvent security by using local web access to exploit some of the special debugging features of  Agiloft such as the JMX console, as shown below, that are not accessible to connections from outside the server.
JMX Agent View Wizard

Restrict Services Accessible on the  Agiloft Server

Treat the  Agiloft server as you would any other sensitive server by only allowing connections essential for  Agiloft operation, such as HTTPS, and administration, such as SSH for Unix/Linux, or Terminal Services for Windows. Additional services or applications which run on the same server machine, including other web applications, may potentially contain security holes which could lead to the compromise of Agiloft data.

The default services installed with most recent Linux distributions are generally minimal. You should use the nmap tool to verify which ports are exposed on your server. For example:

linux# nmap -sS
Starting Nmap 4.00 ( ) at 2006-12-14 18:12 PST
Interesting ports on (
(The 1667 ports scanned but not shown below are in state: filtered)
22/tcp    open   ssh
80/tcp    open   http
113/tcp   closed auth
443/tcp   open   https
8080/tcp  open   http-proxy
MAC Address: 00:E0:81:00:00:12 (Tyan Computer)
Nmap finished: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 64.320 seconds

These are the TCP ports normally used by  Agiloft:

Port numberDescription

The native connection port to the Tomcat server that is part of the Java framework behind  Agiloft.

443The standard HTTPS port for web service over SSL. This is either forwarded to the Tomcat server by the native web server or forwarded directly to port 8443 by Linux kernel using the internal firewall module.
8443The native HTTPS port that Tomcat may be configured to listen to. It is often better to use the SSL engine in Tomcat with requests forwarded from port 443 than to configure the native Web server for SSL and request forwarding.
3306The standard server port for MySQL, the default Linux back-end database, This port is not exposed externally - in other words, it is bound only to localhost.