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How do you explain to experts that a Database Server should not reside in the DMZ?

Our security experts, DBAs, network team and infrastructure team are all saying it's ok to have the DB server located in the DMZ along with the HTTP server and middle-ware server. Their reason: ...
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Security of mainframes?

I am very intrigued as to how mainframes seem to be much more secure than the servers. Malware targeted are mainframes are very rare. It is due to security through obscurity? Since few people have ...
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post-disk-wipe computer security

I have a standard Dell or Asus-motherboard based computer. it is a hard-disk or RAM. it was hacked remotely. I suspect that they were sophisticated. I am happy to reformat the disk and/or throw it ...
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What kind of attacks can happen on port 80

I am a novice to network security domain. For one of our clients, we are trying propose a network model where an Apache proxy/web-server which will be the only one that is exposed into the ...
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HIPAA compliant blob storage architecture

There is a task to design a system to store sensitive data securely (should be HIPAA compliant in the future). It's just a draft - this will not be used in production in a foreseeable future. I have a ...
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Dual Firewall DMZ

We've just learnt about firewalls and DMZ and I'm struggling to understand how are these actually implemented ? The architecture we've learned was something like this: Let's say that we have a ...
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Is there a book about secure system design? [closed]

I'm interested in learning about secure system design - the whole stack. Currently, I'm an expert .net/C# developer and I know about the differences between different hash functions, public/private ...
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Application security architecture framework

I'm writing a security architecture for the application I'm working with. I'm struggling in finding a framework to follow for this task. I can find a lot of frameworks like TOGAF and SABSA that works ...
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Theory about split data in several isolated (different physical server) DBMS to gain in security?

Suppose the following scenario: 1- A web app (on WEBSERVER1) and its database (on DBMS1) having very sensible information deployed in the same physical server (lets said that for simplification). ...
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How to respond to a request for information on a system's architecture without compromising security?

Let's say that I am a Federal CIO and need to respond to a request for information on the architecture of a financial management system. I want to demonstrate that the system is capable of supporting ...
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WCF - Is this a good security Architecture?

I am building an information recording system (WCF based) for a business that is accessible by staff over the internet. This software will not be distributed and there will only be a handful of users ...
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What is the most “safest” architecture to run in QEMU? [closed]

Currently OpenBSD supports these architectures ( http://www.openbsd.org/plat.html ): alpha Digital Alpha-based systems amd64 AMD64-based systems armish ARM-based appliances (by Thecus, IO-DATA, ...
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Alternatives to the “open PC” security model

Today, PCs (laptops, desktops, etc.) generally work under what I'll call the "open PC" security model. Users have full, system administrator/developer-level access to their own machine. Users can ...
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Web application vs web service security

My question is about the difference between usual security expectations from a web application (intended to browser navigation) vs SOAP web service. For a web application, an acceptable solution for ...
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Designing a secure information system

Could someone please provide me with some guidance for a system I am designing... A general overview of the system is that it is to store information on staff and "customers" - this information ...
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Do the new instruction sets found on Intel's Haswell Architecture make any difference in cryptographic operations?

Intel's Haswell architecture has support for several new Bit Manipulation Instructions. In Intel's own words, Bit manipulation instructions are useful for compressed database, hashing , large ...
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programming language and security threats

I am working mostly on C/C++ based enterprise applications. Now few modules are migrating to Java. Also in parallel, there has been stress on ensuring that the application has highest benchmark with ...
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How does processor architecture affect password hashing speed?

Does hashing speed vary significantly using different architectures (x86 vs ARM)? Scenario I am investigating the possibility of using a cluster of Raspberry Pi for cracking passwords hashed with ...
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Encryption key storage

I recently inherited an in-house built key storage system. The company stores credit card data in two database servers which are AES encrypted. The keys reside in a separate system that is located in ...
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Dirty and clean interface on DMZ gateways

We have a webservice border gateway in DMZ which handles incoming and outgoing webservice requests in terms of authentication and security. We have two network interfaces in place, on is called ...
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Added security risks that come with 3-tier software architecture

Are there any added security risks that come with using a 3-tier architecture such as MVC in a software project? I got asked this today, and my gut reaction was "I don't see why there would be." ...
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AMD64 overflows and null bytes

In the past, I have managed to overflow my own vulnerable programs, and those of others, but only ever in a 32bit environment. Every time I try even a simple stack smash on a 64bit machine, I run into ...