Katie Burton

In a virtualized environment, configurations and connections can change on a dime. Leverage these 7 best practices from the Indeni Community to ensure the services that rely on your network and sending and receiving packets at full speed.

1.Virtual server using a TCP profile with a high idle time

Having very long TCP idle timeouts for virtual servers could make the load balancer keep too many connections open, which in turn could potentially cause memory exhaustion. Indeni will alert when the idle timeout appears too high.
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2.Pre-compressed content in HTTP compression profile

Using the F5 device to compress content is a way of accelerating application content delivery. However, compressing content that is already pre-compressed results in longer response times and is using up system resources in vain. Indeni will alert when already-compressed content types are set for compression.
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3.High compression level

Setting a higher compression level makes compressed content smaller, but the cost of higher CPU usage and longer time to compress the content. The difference in terms of percentage gets lower the higher the level and setting this too high is not recommended. Indeni will alert if the gzip compression level is too high.
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4. HTTP profile has a fallback host

A fallback host redirect a user to a different page/URI. It is in most cases better to use an iRule to rewrite the request. Indeni will alert if fallback is used instead of an iRule.
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5. Weak cipher used with SSL profiles

Weak ciphers could allow for man in the middle attacks. Administrators would ideally want to keep track of their cipher string configurations in order to protect their clients against known attack vectors. This alert verifies that the management interface does not use any weak ciphers.
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6. Weak Security Protocols used

Certain security protocols are now considered weak. Indeni will alert if any SSL profiles are set to use them. Weak protocols could also enable for man in the middle attacks. This alert verifies that the management interface does not use any weak protocols.
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7. Un-encrypted cookie persistence profiles found

According to best practices, cookies should be encrypted when persisting to client browser to avoid security issues. Not encrypting persistence cookies discloses internal information such as internal IP, port and pool name. This information could be used by an attacker to gather information about your environment. Indeni will alert when this is not the case.
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