prevention of an attack vector (e.g. XSS, HPP, CSRF)

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Why do sites implement locking after three failed password attempts?

I know the reasoning behind not letting infinite password attempts - brute force attempts is not a meatspace weakness, but a problem with computer security - but where did they get the number three ...
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User input data, is filtering enough or should it be parsed?

In a web application there could be two approaches to mitigate XSS attacks: all the input data could be filtered (removing all 'bad' data), or the input could be parsed, tokenized and output with ...
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Rails - protection against code injection and XSS

I've started using Ruby on Rails, and I was wondering if there were any security gotchas to watch out for with Rails, particularly regarding code injection and XSS? I know Rails tries to prevent ...
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Does Microsoft EMET protect against latest Hacking Team Adobe Flash 0-day exploit?

If I were to not update Adobe Flash and instead used the old version (from before the Hacking Team 0-day exploit was published in the internet), in that case, would Microsoft EMET protect me from the ...
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Opened Ports on a Router attack vectors

I have read somewhere that it could be dangerous to use unknown networks because the router owner could open ports and attack programs that would run on the victim's system on precisely those ports. ...
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Boot Attacks possible on encryption keys used in virtual machines

Is it possible for an attacker to restore passwords or encryption keys that one has used in a virtual machine the same way like restoring keys that have been used in a standard system applying a boot ...
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Possible way to extract sudo password from running system via the clipboard

I use to copy and paste my sudo password from a KeePass file so I guess the plain text user password will be saved in RAM at some point when I use it, for example, to accept an update. Is that right? ...
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What are the security issues with “eval()” in JavaScript?

Every time that someone mentions eval(), everyone says that there are "security issues" with it, but nobody ever goes into detail about what they are. Most modern browsers seem to be able to debug ...
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A question regarding DNS attacks

When would a DNS attack actually happen? Is it already possible when i connect my pc to the router which is connected to my isp's modem and has received their DNS servers, or later when i am trying ...
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Is it possible to take over the victim's system only by DNS attacks?

I found this article and it describes some DNS attacks. Those are mainly targeting login credentials, banking information, and so forth. By redirecting the victim to a malicious site it could be also ...
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Can a Windows 7 PC with folder sharing and remote desktop disabled, still be penetrated by a rogue computer on the same WiFi or LAN?

Assume the network is already penetrated, and the attacker already fully controls another PC. Other than setting up a proxy to intercept traffic from all other systems on the network and use that to ...
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MPR I suppose somehow I found a way to make a super hacker angry with me [closed]

I suppose somehow I found a way to make a super hacker angry with me. I've lost three cellphones. It might have all started with the iPhone 4 getting locked then both androids to simlock. And I'm at ...
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Unknown hijacker/popups on the browser

I was cleaning my father’s laptop which was recently infected by a fairly tenacious piece of malware. It hasn't given any great clues as to what it is named or anything of that sort and thus far ...
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How to sanitize archive files?

I am looking for a way to make sure that a particular archive file does not contain any sort of malicious code. From time to time new vulnerabilities pop up (e.g. gzip, 7zip) so I though a good idea ...
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Preventing phishing of few critical websites

Suppose $S$ is a set of known websites which are very important. Assume there is an anti-phishing tool company $A$ which is aware of such websites. Can the company A reliably develop an anti-phishing ...
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Precauations for web application security audit

We have planned to give our web application to a third party vendor,what were the precautionary measures which we need to take care before giving our application to third party vendor? As the vendor ...
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explanation of an nmap behaviour

I'm testing some vulnerabilities on a machine which has the port 22333 opened (it's used as the ssh port, and I can connect to it without any problem and the telned command get connected): $ telnet ...
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Attack Vectors an ISP could use

Id like to protect myself as good as possible from my ISP. I am aware of the fact that they could forward my requests to possible fake Websites containing malicious scripts or plug-in content. ...
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Attack where browser URL appears valid

I remember reading about an attack where the "location bar" in a user's browser displays a valid URL (e.g. https://www.paypal.com/), but the traffic is really being directed to or intercepted by an ...
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GnuTLS ServerHello exploit (CVE-2014-3466) - how to verify?

So pretty much all of the GNUTLS world is worrying about CVE-2014-3466. I checked my Kali and it responds with this - # apt-cache rdepends libgnutls26 | grep -v lib Reverse Depends: ...
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What is safebrowsing.google.com ?Does it impact the security testing?

I recently security tested my web application using Firefox browser and while pentesting my webapplication i noticed safebrowsing.google.com,while i diged more about it ,i could able to retreive only ...
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Mentioned On A Blog By A “Hacker” - Should I Care?

Some (insert noun here) who seems to be a black hat hacker thinks that I am his #1 enemy and has posted some of my information on his blog. He is mad because I am advertising for others. The ...
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how IKE (Internet Key Exchange) protocol reacts to the replay attack?

I mean how IKE in any mode (quick,aggressive, main) responds to an attacker that tries to replay one or more messages?
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Are short usernames a security concern?

I was somewhat suprised that the sysadmin approved a one-letter username like "m" and my username is also short ("nik"). I think that if usernames are brute force attacked then the username should ...
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The Perfect Mousetrap - Can a sandbox system be designed such that it's identical to an actual computer? [duplicate]

In testing suspicious files for malware, the typical method is to search for known malicious code. This is why zero-day malware attacks can be so dangerous — their malicious code is previously unknown ...
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What type of attack is this?

Attacker purchasing something from e-store when attempting to tamper with requests and change the transaction amount value. What type of attack is this? How to prevent this kind of attack as the bank ...
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(httpd log files) What kind of attack is? How can I prevent it? [duplicate]

In my log files I see hundreds of these registers. I have to say that the client ip changes sometimes. So there are 3 or 4 ips sending this requests... The othersite.something (that I ommited) is ...
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Enterprise Security : Where to Start? [closed]

I am trying to start self studying of Enterprise Security Context, but always feeling kind of lost among all the specs and standards etc. Unlike software development, this really is a challenge as far ...
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Use cases for IPC security windows communication

There are two processes on windows machine. One is in user space and second is a service. User space process sends data to service. Because iam starting to think about securing somehow communication ...
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What useful security reports can be extracted from a Windows-based machine and its' related logs?

What logs and event IDs should I be paying attention to when looking at a Windows-based machine (workstation, server, Domain Controller)? Assuming I can aggregate them into a report what ...
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Attack coming from multiple IPs

I have an attack coming to a specific path repeatedly - every 10 minutes or so, the same exact address gets pinged. I know this because I keep getting an error message in my Drupal logs about an ...
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Possible exploit while MPLS parsing with Bottom of Stack bit

My current task to parse MPLS label in a packet and store them in to a list. When I check packets with MPLS: One can understand it is the last MPLS header by checking Bottom of Stack bit. If ...
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How to prevent yourself from exploitable browser?

If we suppose that an attacker has a zero-day vulnerability for a major browser, and can exploit this vulnerability. How can a Linux/Ubuntu user secure themselves from downloading malware (like ...
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Recent “attack” to my server that might be using shellshock exploit

I just notice this repeated entry in nginx log: 31.184.194.114 - - [04/Mar/2015:10:29:53 +0700] "GET /cgi-bin/up.cgi HTTP/1.1" 301 178 "-" "() { :;};/usr/bin/perl -e 'print \x22Content-Type: ...
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Configure Firefox against malicious 302 redirect from a embedded image resource?

Today my friend demonstrated such a attack. I am using RenRen, a social networking website in a way very like Facebook in China. And I saw an article he wrote. Actually there is only an "image" ...
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DDoS Detection devices available in the market? [closed]

Wanted to know what DDoS detection devices are currently available in the market.My organisation has its dedicated firewalls and routers.But we wanted to know if there are any devices in the market ...
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Can a Radius server mitigate an ARP spoofing attack?

I'm helping my school network administrator to try to find a way to mitigate a current ARP spoofing attack on our wifi network. We detected an unknown host (MAC address seem to change, he is probably ...
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Retrieve anonymous credentials

Background A registration process to acquire an anonymous, verified account goes like this: Registrant provides proof of individuality to a Registrar. Registrar verifies proof, ensures no prior ...
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Using skype for an attack

I am curious about something; let's say someone randomly added me to Skype and tried to initiate a chat with me and I want to know more about them but I am worried if they can do some damage. My ...
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If I send 4mbps of data to a friend with 4mbps connection, will I DDoS him?

Suppose my friend has a connection of 4mbps. If I just send him 4mpbs of random data with my server, wouldn't it block his connection? Even if the router has firewalls and closed ports, isn't enough ...
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Setting up own enterprise SOC

the other day I was talking with a service provider (MSSP) who have experience with operating SOC (security operations centre) 24x7. Their price was rather steep (in the millions range). I don't ...
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Why use one URL for all “pages” on my site?

I have heard that I should (A) use one URL for all "pages" on my site, such that what page is shown is determined by the session state, and (B) don't use an extension like .php. One curious fellow ...
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network IDS capabilities for attack detection [closed]

Is a Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) (pattern matching, protocol analysis or behavior analysis) able to detect buffer overflow in the network traffic?
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Hack to change the webpage of a website? [closed]

Recently, there is a website by Malaysia Airline got hacked and their main page has been defaced, below is a link to that article ...
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Is there any method to prevent/trace ddos attack?

I have a debian linux server which run a few online game services. I have some competitors in this area and i think one of them is behind the ddos attacks. I have full access to the router, so I set ...
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What techniques do advanced firewalls use to protect againt DoS/DDoS?

It is hard to protect a server against Denial of Service attacks, DoS/DDoS. The two simple ways I can think of is to use a server with much resources (e.g. CPU and memory), and to build the server ...
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MITRE's UEFI 'Extreme Privilege Escalation' and HP's SureStart [closed]

This is MITRE's powerpoint presentation version of their report: http://www.mitre.org/sites/default/files/publications/14-2221-extreme-escalation-presentation.pdf Page 54 is a straight pull from HP ...
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Mitigate DDos on Windows box

I would love to know, If you know some way to mitigate DDos/Dos attacks on Windows. In Linux we can Mitigate using the IPTables Almighty, but I wonder If there is something like that in Windows. ...
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How is this MITM attack being performed and what steps can I take against it?

Today, when I tried to access the internet (google on HTTPS), my browser (Google Chrome) gave me the following error: I am on my own home Wi-Fi, which has WEP. When I tried to reload google on ...
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Can the packets of a wireless network be sniffed by a user who is not present in that network?

1.If an user knows the frequency used by a wireless network, is he able to collect the packets from that network? Those packets may be encrypted, but can he collect those packets? 2.If the user has ...