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

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How does an attacker approach a website?

What is a typical mindset and method of approach? What are they likely to try first? At what point does a novice give up versus an expert? How would an automated attack differ from a manual one?
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Can I block based on Mac Address?

Incase of dynamic IP's the hacker can work around by taking a new IP or use a Proxy, is it possible to make a ban based on Mac Address ? I want to block at the Webserver level so that unwanted users ...
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What is sandboxing?

In security discussions, the topic of sandboxing often comes up. What is application sandboxing? How does it work, and what security vulnerabilities does it prevent?
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How can I detect and block bots?

For example, if I am on stackoverflow and I refresh my page several times in a row, it starts to think I am a bot and blocks me. How can I build something like this into my own site?
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How effective are reverse proxies as a web application security measure?

How effective are reverse proxies as a web application security device? Which types of threats do they mitigate against and which don't they? For example are they more effective in preventing ...
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Should Content in <noscript> Blocks Be Escaped

The title pretty much says it all. It seems counter-intuitive to escape inside a <noscript> block because any js that an attacker is able to inject there shouldn't be executed. But, I'm still ...
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Is it possible to recognise and prevent MitM attacks on devices which use self-signed SSL certs?

I use both Linux and Windows at work on a large enterprise LAN. The majority of the network configuration is out of my reach. Certain SaaS applications that are hosted locally on the enterprise LAN, ...
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Is the system bios and network card protected by the OS firewall?

My question arises from trying to understand new types of spyware that target the system bios and/or network card. Is the system bios and ethernet card both protected by an OS firewall set to deny ...
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Staying safe, but still connected, at security conferences

If one is to spend some time away from home and work in a hotel environment where neighboring users can at least be presumed to be mischievous (if not actually malicious), what are some measures that ...
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Preventing man in the middle attack

I recently did a man in the middle attack on my college LAN (for purely educational purposes:)). I simply wrote a raw socket application that pumped ARP reply packets advertising my MAC address with ...
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How to defend against SSL-Exhaustion attacks?

The problem of SSL-Exhaustion attacks is well known for years, but nobody really cared until THC released their exploit-tool recently. THC talks about counter measurements in their release: No real ...
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MIME sniffing protection

As it is known, older versions of MSIE (before 8) have a nasty habit of treating images as HTML if they "look like" HTML, which can lead to nasty vulnerabilities for sites that allow people to upload ...
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Experience with a recent DDoS attack on Apache

I originally posted a question here since I was not familiar with an actual distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) on my server. I noticed that my server is very slow in responding to HTTP ...
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Gmail account hack prevention and recovery

I am doing a research on how to prevent my gmail account from being hacked and what are the options of claiming it back. The associated phone number and recovery email can be changed, in fact I ...
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What to add to a repeating security checklist?

I work in a smallish company (100-200 computers and a handful of servers) and I am trying to come up with a checklist of things to check at a regular basis, such as weekly, monthly, etc. We use ...
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Security papers or material focusing on the industrial control systems (SCADA)

Anyone know a good site or a list of resource to start to know issue related to the security of SCADA system ?
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Does Gmail 2-factor auth increase security on smartphones?

So I have enabled 2-factor authentication on Gmail, which means that if I log in on a new machine, it sends a token to my phone. Now, if I access Gmail from my phone, it seems like I have only one ...
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How to stop password recovery attempts on accounts?

I am using social networking services such as My Banking GMail PayPal Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn All of these services text messages me a six digit code to login from anywhere, even a ...
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How does ASCII-Armoring help to prevent buffer-overflow attacks?

I was reading about return-to-libc attacks at Wikipedia. According to what I read and understood from the article, ASCII armoring means that binary data is converted into ASCII values by grouping ...
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How to trace a DDOS attack on a dedicated server and block it?

I have a dedicated server and I'm hosting a game, and the web page (using Apache) for account registering. The server is being ddosed since 8 months ago till today. I've tried to talk with the server ...
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Should I prevent sending of GET requests for urls that are normally operated with POST request?

There is an url that is normally operated using POST requests (i.e. POST request is sent when user submits form). But attacker can form GET request with parameters that are sent in POST request. This ...
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Appropriate defense for 404s in my logs - persistent web scans from one region

This seems to be a fairly easy question to figure out, but I wanted to make sure. I've got about a thousand entries on one of my web servers with phpmyadmin in the connection criterion, but as I ...
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Implications of securing data in RAM

Someone told me that his company is storing all application data (at least the sensitive data I guess) in RAM for security. Their application runs for long periods of time, so data stays in memory for ...
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Is this type of ARP poisoning attack possible?

I am wondering if it is possible to paralyze a network by sending out a bunch of fake ARP response packets. Some basis: I recently read a moderately detailed description of how ARP and ARP poisoning ...
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How can Antivirus differentiate between a Trojan and a normal remote desktop application software?

RAT (Remote Access Tool, e.g. Sub7) are considered malicious by Antivirus software. How can it distinguish between such patches and a client application for commercial software like NetSupport ...
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Block all BotNets and TOR addresses from accessing our site

I've heard that many DOS attacks and general "black hat hacking" attempts occur over the TOR network. Is it possible for me to dynamically block source IP's by their presence in a BotNet or similar ...
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How to harden an iPhone/Android app so its tough to reverse-engineer it?

These are the following objectives I have in mind: Make the app hard to crack, as the binary will hold some secret tokens. If it still can be cracked, is there any way the app can tell someone or ...
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Virtualization as a layer of security for desktop computers?

Given the amount of 3rd party plugins required to browse the web, I've been compelled to virtualize my online habits to gain an additional layer of security. There is of course some obvious ...
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Safe YAML parser?

I've recently read that YAML was not "designed to handle malicious user input", because a malicious YAML input "can create instances of all classes defined in the targeted Rails application". ...
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How dangerous is it to use CSS styles from an untrusted source?

I'm a moderator at a forum. We want to have a new style for the forum. We're thinking about announcing a competition to the users to come up with the best CSS design; we would adopt the best ...
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Isn't a HIDS, NIDS and WAF complementary?

Assume this scenario: Someone trying to hack a website. Simply put: www.site.com/example.php?=<script>alert(1)</script> A HIDS would see this attempt in Apache's access log, a NIDS would ...
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Who sells IP reputation data sets?

I know of many companies that will sell ability to lookup IP/URI reputation. Be it DNSBL, json/*, returnpath, threatstop, surbl, ..., will let me perform lookups for a reasonable fee but, in case of ...
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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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What is packet drop, packet loss and how Packet drop attack works?

I confused with the three terms: Packet drop. Packet loss. Packet drop attack.
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Design proposals for enhanced security for parts of Internet, e.g. for banking?

There is some recent discussion of some sort of "multilevel" internet, with e.g. a level defined for banking in which access is only granted after special authentication with "true names", special ...
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Server side SSH keys compromised

I'm interested in knowing what could be the consequence if the server side SSH keys of a host were compromised. The situation would be: An attacker manages to read the SSH private keys of the ...
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Most secure data storage?

What is most secure data storage currently available and suggested by specialists, to store digital data in digital medium (without making hard copy of data onto paper or other type of medium, than ...
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Resolving an IP address of a Remote machine to its MAC address

I wanted to know whether its possible to get the MAC address of remote node (computer/Access Point) if I know its IP address. I have heard that if someone sends you an email (even through gmail), you ...
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How to respond to attack made from my dedicated server?

There was a sudden unusual peak of outbound traffic from my hosted dedicated server (OS - Windows Server 2008 R2). The hoster threatened to block the server if the problem is not solved. There are an ...
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What kind of attacks against home router's NAT do exist?

I always thought NAT was some kind of a security feature and I still think it is, because if it didn't existed the internet, respectively the clients behind NATs, would be even more insecure, since ...
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System time and certificates

Recently I accidentally changed the system time to a different month, and then I surfed to a secure site. I got a warning from Google Chrome that mentioned my system time and said the certificate ...
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Why must all classes' data members be set to private?

In OO programming courses, teachers always tells us to set class members to private unless there is a good reason because it is more "secured". How does setting members to private makes the program ...
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Automating Social Engineering Prevention

Being an advocate for DIO (defensive information operations), I have always been concerned about social engineering and its relation to server security. Giving administrative access to staff members ...
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How can I detect/withstand DNS amplification attack?

I am a developer, and I am trying to get an insight into what could I do to enable my application to withstand a DNS amplification kind of attacks. Would such prevention methods help against DOS type ...
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How do I defend against known php hacks

I have IPs attempting to probe our web server trying to find open URLs. The two known methods are attempting to find specific nodes on our drupal site, or attempting the ../../../../ trick to try and ...
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How eavesdropping will be performed how can I prevent from eavesdropping

I believe that eavesdropping in a man in middle attack and the message is passing from the client to server the man sitting at ISP or network hackers can look at what message I am sending. Heard that ...
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How does OWASP ESAPI protect against direct object reference vulnerabilities?

What other good solutions are there? From the Area51 proposal
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What are the security implications of enabling WINRM on all domain members?

As Powershell becomes more and more popular, it appears that using WINRM may end up being a better option than using PSEXEC from SysInternals for remote management. Given that WINRM is disabled by ...
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How to prevent attacks against client side validations?

I have a login form where am accepting Mobile Number of the User for login. When Mobile Number is submitted, am calling a JavaScript to validate the Mobile Number. My client side validations ...
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How to protect myself against paid DDoS services?

I am domestic user and I am getting attacked regularly by a guy that hates me. Here is the background story: that guy uses Skype resolvers (tools offered by paid DDoS services) to find out my IP ...