ATutor is an open source web based learning management systems (LMS). It's used in various context, including online course management continuing professional development for teachers, career development and academic research.
ATutor is the first LMS to comply completely with the accessibility specifications of W3C WCAG 1.0 at the AA+ level.
First released in late 2002, ATutor came in response to two studies conducted by the developer in the years prior that looked at the accessibility of online learning systems to people with disabilities.
We will secure the MySQL installation by running mysql_secure_installation.
Enter the root password that we set on installation:
NOTE: RUNNING ALL PARTS OF THIS SCRIPT IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL MySQL
SERVERS IN PRODUCTION USE! PLEASE READ EACH STEP CAREFULLY!
In order to log into MySQL to secure it, we'll need the current
password for the root user. If you've just installed MySQL, and
you haven't set the root password yet, the password will be blank,
so you should just press enter here.
Enter current password for root (enter for none):
OK, successfully used password, moving on...
Since we already have the root password set, answer this part with n
Setting the root password ensures that nobody can log into the MySQL
root user without the proper authorisation.
You already have a root password set, so you can safely answer 'n'.
Change the root password? [Y/n] n
Remove the anonymous user to improve security. This will make sure people or the application have the correct username and password to login to MySQL. Answer with Y.
By default, a MySQL installation has an anonymous user, allowing anyone
to log into MySQL without having to have a user account created for
them. This is intended only for testing, and to make the installation
go a bit smoother. You should remove them before moving into a
Remove anonymous users? [Y/n] Y
We also want remove root login from remote machine. Answer with Y
Normally, root should only be allowed to connect from 'localhost'. This
ensures that someone cannot guess at the root password from the network.
Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n] Y
Previously the test database created automatically by MySQL installation, but MySQL 5.6 does not create test database. We can still choose Y, it will throw error but that's fine.
By default, MySQL comes with a database named 'test' that anyone can
access. This is also intended only for testing, and should be removed
before moving into a production environment.
Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n] Y
- Dropping test database...
ERROR 1008 (HY000) at line 1: Can't drop database 'test'; database doesn't exist
... Failed! Not critical, keep moving...
- Removing privileges on test database...
The last step is to reload the MySQL privilege table.
Reloading the privilege tables will ensure that all changes made so far
will take effect immediately.
Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n] Y
All done! If you've completed all of the above steps, your MySQL
installation should now be secure.
Thanks for using MySQL!
Create a Database for Atutor
Now we have a secure MySQL installation, it's time to create a database and user for Atutor itself.
Login to MySQL using the root credential.
$ mysql -u root -p
Welcome to the MySQL monitor. Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 58
Server version: 5.6.30-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 (Ubuntu)
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Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.
Create a new database named atutor using command below:
To increase security of our ATutor installation we need to remove the install directory.
$ sudo rm -rf /var/www/atutor/install
Configure https Only Site for ATutor
A secure connection is now a requirement for web applications. The last step that we will do in this tutorial is changing the connection to only use https. We assume that you already have SSL certificate and private key.
Let's create new apache virtual host configuration on /etc/apache2/sites-available/atutor-ssl.conf with contents below. Don't forget to change:
# Uncomment the following directive when using client certificate authentication
# HSTS (mod_headers is required) (15768000 seconds = 6 months)
Header always set Strict-Transport-Security "max-age=15768000"
# intermediate configuration, tweak to your needs
SSLProtocol all -SSLv2 -SSLv3
We will also disable atutor http only virtual host and enable the new virtual host config.
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