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

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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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SSL replay attack when client/server random is missing

Hey studying the SSL protocol, I'm wondering how can someone be able to do a replay attack if the server nonce is missing? All the material I find says that nonces prevent it, but theres no examples ...
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Is it possible to prevent a physical attack on full disk encryption?

I've been researching into some methods to ensure that disk encryption keys can't be stolen, and one that I've come across is called TRESOR. With this kernel patch, you can create a partition that is ...
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Should I prevent user from operating with site during some first seconds?

Imagine the following scenario: User is at attacker.com and plays a game there. Just before he clicks at some point he is rerouted to victim.com using browser's history. User thought that he clicked ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I stop attack on my email id from hackers?

We have an email id, info@<ourdomain>.com This email id is being hacked frequently and mails are sent from this email id, Following is the example of one such email. From: ...
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Does CSRF prevention also prevent reflected XSS attack?

What I understand about reflected XSS is ... When a web application is vulnerable to this type of attack, it will pass unvalidated input sent through requests back to the client... [1] ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can anyone be hacked?

I have often heard that if you are the target of a directed hacking campaign by say, a team of government hackers (whether Chinese, NSA, etc.), there is no way to prevent being hacked if they highly ...
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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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Escaping rich text editor output

When having a rich text editor on a web application, what is the best way to escape HTML entities and prevent XSS attacks but keep the formatting (<b>, <i>, <u>, ...etc.) ?
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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 ...