I've installed a LAMP server locally and I want it to only be accessible from my own computer (not even my local network), only through loopback. Is this possible to do securely? If so, how?

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The Listen directive in your config should be equal to Listen

  • I looked at my /etc/apache2/httpd.conf (assuming this is the config file you mean) and I don't see any previous Listen commands. Am I in the wrong file? Pardon me for the noobness, first server setup.
    – n0pe
    May 22, 2011 at 1:10
  • the apache config can be split into several files, depending on what distribution you are using. go to /etc/apache2 and do a grep Listen * -r. That will list the files with the Listen directive May 22, 2011 at 1:14
  • Conveniently located in Listen.conf! I've changed it and restarted the service. Is there a way to test this from my local machine? Without having to pick up another computer and trying?
    – n0pe
    May 22, 2011 at 1:26
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    you can do a netstat -nat | grep 80 and check whether port 80 is open on or or your ip address:80. For your case, it should be open only on May 22, 2011 at 1:32

Tell the server to only listen on and ::1.

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