Admin Tools User's Guide

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

AkeebaBackup.com

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the appendix entitled "The GNU Free Documentation License".

April 2017

Abstract

This book covers the use of the Admin Tools site security component, module and plugin bundle for Joomla!™ -powered web sites. Both the free Admin Tools Core and the subscription-based Admin Tools Professional editions are completely covered.


Table of Contents

1. Getting Started
What is Admin Tools?
Disclaimer
The philosophy
Server environment requirements
Installing Admin Tools
Installing or manually updating the extension
Install from URL
Upload and install.
Manual installation
The installation / update broke my site!
Upgrading from Core to Professional
Automatic updates
Requesting support and reporting bugs
Quick Setup
2. Using Admin Tools
The Control Panel
The component Options
Fixing the permissions of files and directories
Configuring the permissions of files and directories
Emergency Off-Line Mode
Protect your administrator back-end with a password
The .htaccess maker
Basic Security
Server protection
How to determine which exceptions are required
Custom .htaccess rules
Optimisation and utility
System configuration
The NginX configuration maker
Basic Security
Server protection
How to determine which exceptions are required
The Kitchen Sink (Expert Settings)
Optimisation and utility
System configuration
The web.config maker
Basic Security
Server protection
How to determine which exceptions are required
Optimisation and utility
System configuration
Web Application Firewall
Configure
Basic Features
Request Filtering
Hardening Options
Cloaking
Project Honeypot
Exceptions
Auto-ban
Logging & reporting
Customisation
Troubleshooting (I got locked out of my site)
WAF Exceptions
WAF Blacklist
Administrator IP Whitelist
Site IP Blacklist
Anti-spam Bad Words
Geographic blocking
Security Exceptions Log
List of blocking reasons
Auto IP Blocking Administration
Auto IP Blocking History
Email templates
Database tools
The PHP File Scanner
How does it work and what should I know?
Configuration
Scanning and administering scans
Reading the reports
Automating the scans (CRON jobs)
Automating the scans (front-end scheduling URL)
SEO and Link Tools
URL Redirection
Cleaning your temporary files directory
Protecting Admin Tools with a password
Import and Exporting Settings
Access Control
The "System - Admin Tools" plugin
Rescue Mode
Other plugins
The plugins powering the One Click Update feature
The CLI update notification and automatic update script
A. GNU General Public License version 3
B. GNU Free Documentation License

 #31579: Block a domain request

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Latest post by iorbita on Tuesday, 27 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 25 July 2019 09:07 CDT by iorbita

 #31662: Is Admintool blocking specific HTML element like iframe?

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Latest post by lacwebadmin on Monday, 26 August 2019 14:00 CDT Created on Saturday, 24 August 2019 14:07 CDT by lacwebadmin

 #31564: Trailing slash with https

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Latest post by Molotov on Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 22 July 2019 11:51 CDT by Molotov

 #31645: Security Exceptions Log - Killed by "All"

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Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 20 August 2019 02:04 CDT Created on Monday, 19 August 2019 08:01 CDT by lausianne

 #31543: Admin Tools not playing nice with Amazon RDS (Aurora MySQL)

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Latest post by bjmorgan on Monday, 19 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 July 2019 12:14 CDT by bjmorgan

 #31527: Administrator secret URL parameter

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Latest post by giora on Sunday, 11 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:27 CDT by giora

 #31220: HTTP ERROR 500 when trying to access admin tools from back end

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Latest post by Wilowski on Sunday, 11 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 09 April 2019 09:49 CDT by Wilowski

 #31209: Unblock my Ip in backend but I don't seem blocked

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Latest post by PeterAnthony on Saturday, 10 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Saturday, 06 April 2019 11:00 CDT by PeterAnthony

 #31525: I have configured AdminTools but I still see the QuickSetup Wizard icon. How come?

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Latest post by artax on Friday, 09 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 13:16 CDT by artax

 #31261: Regularly log-out when admin tools secret URL parameter active

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Latest post by jbswinkels on Thursday, 08 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 19 April 2019 02:18 CDT by jbswinkels

 #31515: UserID and password of failed logins not shown in emmail

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Latest post by sj@rapid.demon.co.uk on Wednesday, 07 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 08 July 2019 12:12 CDT by sj@rapid.demon.co.uk

 #31533: AdminTools is blocking HikaShop Checkout only on Mobile/Smartphone

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Latest post by deeno on Wednesday, 07 August 2019 08:53 CDT Created on Saturday, 13 July 2019 11:31 CDT by deeno

 #31503: Unblocking blocked users not working

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Latest post by Tschibo on Sunday, 04 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 04 July 2019 09:56 CDT by Tschibo

 #31497: Unhandled exceptions

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Latest post by kinisis on Saturday, 03 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2019 04:51 CDT by kinisis

 #31256: Gateway timeout when accessing admintools

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Latest post by dwreski on Saturday, 03 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 20:20 CDT by dwreski

 #31490: GeoIP databases are not updated

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Latest post by Sherapet on Friday, 02 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 01 July 2019 07:54 CDT by Sherapet

 #31495: Additional user

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Latest post by ralfroppelt on Thursday, 01 August 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2019 09:56 CDT by ralfroppelt

 #31248: Drag and drop images

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Latest post by 48media on Wednesday, 31 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 06:10 CDT by 48media

 #31476: Change htaccess for Varnish cache (Too many redirects)

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Latest post by WoodyF4u on Friday, 26 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 12:17 CDT by WoodyF4u

 #31477: WAF configuration update

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Latest post by OD on Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 13:15 CDT by OD

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