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

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Protect WordPress from brute force attacks?

One of my WordPress sites is being constantly attacked with brute force. I have the WordFence and Clef plugins installed. The number of login attempts is limited to just one. The password is very ...
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How does reuse attack protection (RAP) work?

The grsecurity folks just released a test patch for the 4.5 Linux kernel which includes Return Address Reuse Attack Protection or RAP, a protection technique against return-oriented programming (ROP). ...
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How does ransomware get on people's computers?

I've noticed increased frequency of ransomware questions around Stack Exchange. Some of the people I remotely know had their devices recently infected as well. I'm starting to be concerned. When ...
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What can I do about being heavily port scanned?

I have two devices connected wirelessly to my Linksys router while running Symantec Endpoint Protection on my computer. A few days ago I started using the internet by connecting the cable directly to ...
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Does posting my computer name publicly make my system vulnerable?

I am wondering if it is paranoia and/or privacy overkill to block out one's computer name when posting terminal output in public forums? I don't know enough about networking to know if it's possible ...
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Attack Challenge/Response Authentication by requesting challenges

If a client/server application uses a challenge/response pattern for authentication, e.g. SCRAM or alike, it often involves the usage of nonces (client nonce and server nonce) for preventing replay ...
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Why is ARP poisoning killing all network activity?

Using ettercap and ARP poisoning, I was able to eavesdrop on other connections, but suddenly I was unable to make any connection to the Internet. To restore Internet connectivity, I had to restart my ...
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Review of a protocol

I am wondering if anyone could give a second opinion whether the following is secure or not. I have a system which consist of a mobile device, FTP server and a PC. The mobile device is to upload ...
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CORS & CSRF Prevention for an REST based API

I'm currently trying to wrap my head around how to prevent CSRF. My first solution was to use a token which is suggested everywhere. That would of course fix this problem: <img ...
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Why do hackers scan for open ports?

So, whenever you hear of the mean little hackers who hack websites you hear of "port scanning". I understand what it is (looking for all open ports / services on a remote machine), however that begs ...
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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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How can I protect my home/office computer against row hammer?

Row hammer seems to affect ECC memory less, but ECC is still not immune. I have heard of software mitigations like ANVIL, but that doesn't seem to be 100% row-hammer-proof either. What software or ...
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Timestamp vs Replay attack

1) A → B : username, timestamp, h(password) 2) A → B : username, h(password), h(timestamp) Can above two formula prevent from suffering replay attack? I think 1 is immune from replay attack but i ...
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Two factor brute force protection

If I implement two factor authentication using TOTP, I (obviously) have to protect against simple brute force attacks of the TOTP value. If I ask for the TOTP value after successful password login, ...
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SHA 1 no impact to root certificate

I ran a scan on a server and the results of the authentication for digital certificate was as follows : Certificate 1 (root) signature algorithm: Sha256withRSA Certificate 2 (chain of trust) ...
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IP Restricted OTP like Web Admin Authentication Safe or Not

I created a web admin panel with the following security implementation. It is located on a sub directory of the web, which will trigger a 404 Error when tried to access (just like the link is ...
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Is this an attack and how can I fix it?

I don't know where to start in searching the forum for existing threads that might cover my issues. I recently received a spoof email pretending to be from a client for whom I've just started to do ...
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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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OpenID Connect in browser audience verification

With OpenID Connect it's required to validate the ID Token audience claim to make sure the access token was issued for this specific client in order to prevent the Confused Deputy Problem. Now, in a ...
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Should it considered a risk if an organization's server OS and version information is leaked? [duplicate]

I am assuming that it should be considered a risk because there may be several security issues of various OSes known to hackers. If a hacker gets access into the victim's network, the extra knowledge ...
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Does using Tails make one a target? Is it possible to identify users of security-focused operating systems like Tails?

I'm wondering if Tails takes countermeasures to prevent the techniques that http://panopticlick.eff.org/ uses from identifying Tails users as such. (Presumably adversaries could identify users that ...
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Prevention of sinkhole attacks

I have read about many approaches to launch and detect sinkhole attacks in wireless (sensor) networks. Yet I couldn't find any (good) articles to read about the prevention/avoidance of sinkhole ...
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Where can I get a list of “bad” IP addresses that are likely to be used by attackers or spammers? [closed]

Is there an open source project or a list of "bad" IP addresses or ranges that are likely to be used by attackers or spammers? UPDATE: ideally I want it to be a service call so I can call it using ...
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Collect infected email attachments

I am having catch-all mailboxes for a lot of domains. The mails I receive for them are either spam or have viruses or trojans attached. So far I am just throwing them away, but I wondered if it ...
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Can my car be hacked? [closed]

I was reading this article about car hacking and the fact that there are a half million vulnerable cars scared the living daylights out of me! I did some research and many sources claim that car ...
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Can an ip be forced to connect? If so, how is it done, and how can I prevent it? [closed]

Can an IP be forced to receive data from another IP (specifically IPv6 for both)? If so how does this work, and how can I prevent this from happening to me? Does that have any way to be broken? If so ...
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How to protect my email and social media accounts?

Someone been hacking my account. It seems the person is expert hacker. I have had changed my password multiple times. They seems to know personal details of my life and things on my gmail and facebook ...
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What is DROWN and how does it work?

There is a new recent attack "on TLS" named "DROWN". I understand that it appears to use bad SSLv2 requests to recover static (certificate) keys. My question is: How? How can you recover static ...
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Prevent Session Hijacking, where an attacker steals Session ID(cookie) from the browser physically

Consider a case, where an attacker has physical access of user's machine for 20-30 seconds. The attacker can use this time to steal user's cookie (say using EditThisCookie plugin) and send the cookies ...
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If I send 4mbps of data to a friend with 4mbps connection, will I DoS 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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Event: ET SCAN Nmap NSE Heartbleed Request

Last night I got this incident on my siem tool: Event: ET SCAN Nmap NSE Heartbleed Request. Incident triggered from blacklisted IP to our open VPN server. Clicking on the signature content it ...
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Is there a reason to create a database user without schema privileges?

One of the common things seen people setup is database users (for use by an actual application) that only have SELECT/UPDATE/INSERT/DELETE permissions. A separate user (that additionally has ...
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Can a curl request to an arbitrary url made sufficiently safe?

This is a follow up of another topic (Is allowing unfiltered curl request from a website a vulnerability?) on which I am doing some private research. Given: A publicly reachable webservice that ...
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What prevents people getting charged over NFC in crowded places?

I don't have an NFC-enabled device and I couldn't find any information about this in Google. What is it that protects me against an attacker with a portable NFC terminal charging payments by just ...
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Oversized XML attack in axis 1.4

How can we prevent oversized XML attack in webservice implemented with Apache Axis 1.4?
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QR codes that can't be copied - possible?

I assume this is impossible, but I need to find a barcode (that can contain a url, i.e., a QR style one). It has to be photographed by our smartphone app, but the image will not be changed over a ...
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What is a salami attack?

Can someone give a clear definition of a Salami Attack? In the book Security in Computing (4th Edition) by Charles P. Pfleeger. It is stated as a attack to data integrity and I quote the passage: ...
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How dangerous is game guard?

Game guard is an anti-cheating application used with MMORPGs . I have read that such applications acts as rootkit over the pc. How dangerous it is to play MMORPGs that uses this application? How ...
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Should I change the default SSH port on linux servers?

Is there any advantage in changing the SSH port, I've seen people do that, but I can't seem to find the reason why. If you have a strong password and/or a certificate, is it useful for anything? ...
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Securely verifying a user based on bio metrics [duplicate]

So we all have cameras on our phone, and we all have faces on our bodies(hopefully). We all also have a want to keep our data safe and secure. To that end many companies have tried to make secure ...
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How necessary is CAPTCHA (or similar) in REST APIs?

I'm currently implementing a REST API designed to be consumed by multiple platforms (iOS, Android, HTML5/Javascript), and I'm trying to protect my service and reduce (AWS) costs by preventing bots ...
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Can malware be attached to an image?

I have a small number of employees who use a company computer but these people aren't very tech savvy. They use an email client and a messaging client. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't click on .exe or ...
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Preventing man in middle attack (LAN)

I am working on a local area chat application which would simply establish connection between two sockets on the LAN and proceed with communication. Now focusing on security, my main concern is to ...
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ASCII Armoring in a little endian system

With regard to the question: How does ASCII-Armoring help to prevent buffer-overflow attacks?: How the armored region prevents the attack? If the most significant byte of the return address is 0x00 ...
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How to secure the cloud hosted web server safe from attack ? [duplicate]

We have got a web server (Apache) hosted externally. It has got multiple times attacks from the hackers (The Index file getting changed) even after getting moved from another location also. Kindly ...
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How to prevent my website from getting malware injection attacks?

My website was banned as a malware website by Google. When I checked the code, I found out that some code injected many files on my server. I cleaned everything manually, edited all files on my server ...
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Is it good practice to ban an IP address if too many login attempts are made from it?

Since an IP address does not necessarily represent a specific device, but probably a whole network/company/etc. does it at all make sense to block an IP address if there is a significant amount of ...
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Router or Switch can defend against ARP spoofing attack?

I'm learning about ARP spoofing attacks. Can a router or switch defend against ARP attacks?
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Using AES with same salt / IV - required for pattern matching algorithm

I need to securely encrypt data we are storing, but for each client I need the same plaintext to encrypt into the same cypher text. The reason for this is the data is still required for a pattern ...
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How do these techniques work for protecting against SYN flood?

I'm reading about how SYN flood can be prevented. Wikipedia has Filtering Increasing Backlog Reducing SYN-RECEIVED Timer Recycling the Oldest Half-Open TCP SYN Cache SYN cookies Hybrid Approaches ...