A security mechanism which enforces policy describing which requesters may perform operations on specified objects. There are typically multiple types of operations. Common operations include: read, write, execute, append, create, and delete.

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Cryptographic enforcement schemes using Diffie-Hellman [migrated]

If one wants to set up a decentralized cryptographic enforcement scheme in which the level of 'confidentiality' of information is marked by its position in a poset, why not use Diffie-Hellman to ...
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Server for School Coding Assignments

An introductory C++ course is offered every year in our university. In order for students to code in C++ and submit their assignments, we give them shell access to a Linux server. They use ssh to log ...
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MAC vs DAC vs RBAC

Someone can suggest me a real situation in which is better to use MAC (Mandatory Access Control) instead of DAC (Discretionary Access Control) or RBAC (Role Based Access Control)? And in which DAC is ...
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How to check if computer is controlled remotely

My laptop has windows 7 installed. One Saturday night I couldn't fall asleep and was just lying in bed. Then suddenly at around 2 in the morning I heard the fan of the laptop start up and lights on ...
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How do we verify identity before creating a new admin account?

We are designing the security for a B2B Saas service, the user and admin accounts are based on the customer's email addresses - typically our customers are small organisations without their own in ...
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encryption vs access control comparison

I have a very basic and simple question about two security concepts. Both encryption and access control are used for privacy and to prevent unauthorized users from accessing some object (eg. files, ...
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Security Administrator Windows Roles

I find that security administrators often need to perform vulnerability checks on systems and these tasks need at least domain or local administrative rights. Does the security administrator need full ...
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Are there DRM techniques to effectively prevent pirating?

A question on Skeptics.SE asks whether current DRM techniques effectively prevent pirating: Is DRM effective? The question for IT Security is: Can DRM be made effective, and are there any examples? ...
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Can I use stormpath user management service with a XACML library like BALANA?

I'm trying to implement some security access control in a software I'm building. I came across Stormpath for user management and they have somewhat an approach for RBAC yet what I was considering is ...
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web security testing - vulnerability issue

I'm testing a website to find out vulnerabilities. Website is fully running on HTTPS only. While testing, I came to know that the pdf files can be downloaded by authorized users only. This ...
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Restricted Access through Box and log commands

I want to solve following problem. Please share your ideas or directly product name that capable to solve this. Our system administrators need to connect customer's servers but I don't want to share ...
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Is it possible for a hacker to download a php file without executing it first?

I have a php website where everything is in the public_html\ folder, including an includes folder with config and classes. I told my developer to move it away from public folder but he said there is ...
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Secure database password stored in an env variable

I need to somewhere store my DB password on my production environment to access the DB. At the moment the prod system is deployed in the cloud, so is the DB. The password, the username and some other ...
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Directory Listing on WordPress

If a WorPress application that uses the Akismet wordpress plugin has certain directory listing exposed publicly, like, akismet-en_AU.po and the other .po files, and directories like plugins, themes, ...
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bell lapadula model and composite services

I am studying the security of composite services. The Bell-Lapadula model is useful for access control. Can I use this model for access control in composite services? The security level of each ...
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Will a crossdomain.xml file reduce a potential security risk?

I maintain a website were users are allowed to upload files. I do already some good MIME-checks, consistency checks, virus checks, blacklist checks based on hash lists, some other custom checks and ...
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How to find out if content on my XAMPP server has been altered

During the development of a site, me and the team decided to develop the site with my computer as a server, with me making my localhost available from outside. I have been using several settings to ...
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Teamviewer Security Question [closed]

Currently we are using Teamviewer 9. We have a couple of desktop machines that are locked down in the following manner: 1). The shell is no longer explorer.exe, it is a custom program we have ...
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How to reset a second factor authentication without compromising the authentication process

I am designing a system that uses two-factor authentication. Where the user can only granted access only if the two authentication factors passed the verification. Let us assume that the first ...
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Gaining root access on Ubuntu 14.04 [closed]

I am taking a Computer Security class and I am supposed to harden my system really well but I am supposed to leave one "hard backdoor" for the adversary to gain root access. I have been trying to ...
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Is VPN the best solution against man-in-the-middle attack? [closed]

I'm looking for the best way to protect my enterprise against man in the middle attacks, because a lot of people connect to the same network. So I was thinking of creating a VPN. Is this really the ...
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Is a long, random string in a URL considered adequate protection from unauthorised access? [duplicate]

I have recently had to submit a number of confidential PDF documents to a website. These documents contain more than enough information to use in identity theft, and I can conceive how others using ...
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Alternative to VPN

We have a network that is completely closed to the outside world. It needs to be. Problem is we need to remote into a server on this network once in a blue moon for diagnostics. We've discussed ways ...
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How to appropriately secure a database using different db users

I was thinking recently of the steps to secure a database server. Most of us are aware how to handle the security on the application side, although a malicious user might find his way to bypass the ...
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Open source tools to run generic audit of user entitlements? [closed]

Over the past years, my team has been asked to conduct audits/reviews for other teams. Most of these audits have been compliance-driven and almost all of them have followed the same format: some group ...
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Why can you bypass restricted WiFis by adding “?.jpg” to the URL?

I recently read an article on Hacking a commercial airport WLAN. It's basically about circumventing paid airport WiFi redirections (they redirect you to a certain URL when you type something in the ...
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Are there file-encryption tools that only allow access to whitelisted processes?

I am looking into VeraCrypt, a spiritual successor of TrueCrypt. This made a question pop up: As far as I understand, as long as the encrypted volume is mounted, every process can access the data. ...
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What methods are websites using to prevent direct access to media?

I really hope this question isn't off-topic... Background The question pertains to media security (video, audio, etc.), where the media in question is digitally protected (legally, DMCA-style) or ...
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rate limiting and access filter for web application

I had a requirement of rate limiting and dynamically access controlling access to web application dynamically I want to be able to rate limit access turned on / off dynamically black/white list ...
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Expose the source code repository externally or allow VPN access?

To allow third party consultants, offshore developers and contractors working on the code, we can expose our Git repository externally. Or we can grant VPN access to the external parties and limit ...
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How do I restrict network access to LAN for visitors

How do I restrict network access to LAN for visitors? In my organization's premises any outside visitor can come and connect to the LAN ports in our meeting rooms. We have seen that they are able to ...
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Prevent a server side script from a direct URL access

There is a server side script written in php(say backend_file.php) or coldfusion(say backend_file.cfm). Lets say, i am using Apache and I have a sample web folder (on my Localhost) like: ...
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On Windows, how to restrict access to a folder, sub folder and files to only some applications (not users)

We have an application which is not per user and can be used by multiple users simultaneously. Data is also shared by all users. The path to the data folders we use is ProgramData\OurAppName\Data ...
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How safe are networking ACLs based on IP-address?

As far as I know, a determined attacker would have no major issues in hacking the IP address of the packets contained by his (web) request. Therefore, I cannot see how an Access Control List (such as ...
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How to to make a file private by securing the url that only authenticated users can see

I was wondering if there is a way to secure an image or a file to be hidden when it is not authenticated. Suppose there is an image in my website which can only be seen if that user is authenticated. ...
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Is there a strong protection against CSRF executed from the sames server via stored XSS?

If we have a domain with stored-XSS vulnerability. I know it's already critical!.. But, I'm talking about limiting the damage. The hacker can't get the session cookie of the admin, because it's ...
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Smart cards and firewalls are what type of access control?

Specifically for the CISSP, trying to figure out what type of access control these would be considered.
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Are keys or RFID tags more secure access control solutions?

Just musing to myself, what is the preferable access control mechanism in high security environments? Locks and Keys or RFID tags? Going under the assumption that the locks/keys are not knoow to be ...
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How can security models be relevant to the current environment?

I am trying to understand the Clark-Wilson and Brewer Nash Security Models. After deep research, I couldn't find any solution or idea to find out the relevance of these models in the current ...
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Can I configure a router to control access from my children's telephones as well as other devices?

Our children use both iPhones and Motorola phones. We get worn down by the fights about "confiscating" the phones, and want to be able to block access to the Internet on a device-by-device basis when ...
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Using remote desktop

I was having trouble getting Outlook to work with my schools email account and called the help desk. They gave me a link to install a program called Bomgar. I installed it and clicked "allow viewing ...
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how safe is a home NAS with ssh access?

I'm thinking about acquiring a NAS from Synology (or QNap), these are pretty cool NAS and do much more than just storing files. Some extras include: ssh, ftp, telnet, mail servers photo gallery ...
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Safety in Access Control Matrix and Take-Grant Model

I'm learning about the Take-Grant Model and Access Control Matrix, and I have a couple of questions regarding leaking and the safety question. Definitions These are the definitions I am using (see ...
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What port services can hackers use to break into a server?

I am getting ready to run my first server. I will use ufw to disable every port except port 22 for ssh and port 80 for http. I am curious though. Suppose theoretically I left every port open except ...
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Access token vs. UserID + access token

My goal is to associate (authenticate) hardware devices to users in the database. The access token is generated via webinterface. It is then entered into the hardware device by the user, and the ...
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how to gain root access to linux machine? [closed]

I am a security auditor and I have faced the following situation: A development company that has a group of Linux machines gives limited access to their users. They asked me to find out all the ...
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Access Control that are used on Ubuntu? [closed]

I want to ask about access control that are used on Ubuntu. I already read Ubuntu Access Control List but I'm still confused. Is there someone can explain about access control on Ubuntu? Because ...
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Is there a term for Authorizing before Authenticating? Is it even common?

In most scenarios a person identifies who they are (authentication/AuthN) via something like a username and password. Afterwards a system would likely evaluate what that validated identity can perform ...
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automatic connection from LSASS to different IPs. Is this the usual behavior?

I'm using windows 7. firefox 22. connecting through a regular residential wifi router. In the last month I've noticed that when I connect to the internet and once in a while my firewall indicates me ...
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Windows: Any method to enforce user confirmation before the browser opens a URL requested by an external desktop app?

A robust outgoing firewall will protect against desktop applications directly connecting to the internet without your permission. However, as the browser is a generally authorized application for ...