How to configure JIRA server applications for Security Best Practices

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Purpose

This how to guide instructs how to setup JIRA server applications for security best practices.

Solution

  1. Configure JIRA behind a reverse-proxy using SSL as per either of the following:
    1. Integrating JIRA with Nginx
    2. Integrating JIRA with Apache using SSL
  2. Ensure the additional config is setup as detailed in https://mozilla.github.io/server-side-tls/ssl-config-generator/.
  3. Optional - may be required by security policy to prevent 'Clickjacking'. Add the X-Frame-Options header as per JRA-25143 - Getting issue details... STATUS - this may, however, break things.
  4. Test the SSL with a SSL test suite, such as the one from Qualys SSL Labs and correct any problems.
  5. Setup a firewall.
  6. Configure automatic security updates.
  7. Subscribe to the security system mailing list of your operating system for security alerts.
  8. If using Linux, configure SSH to use public key authentication only and enable Fail2Ban.
  9. Update JIRA and the operating system regularly.
  10. Ensure JIRA is run as a user that is not root.

Additionally, if using AppArmor there are some available, unsupported, profiles that can be installed as per https://bitbucket.org/asecurityteam/atlassian-apparmor-profiles.

Last modified on May 26, 2016

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