Attack vectors are methods and channels used by attackers during a hacking attempt.

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What risks am I taking with a weak password on a laptop?

I'm setting up a Mac laptop for my wife. Mine has a ridiculously strong password, but she finds this annoying. If I give her a (relatively) weak password for convenience, what risks am I taking? A ...
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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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Teamviewer Security Question

Currently we are using Teamviewer 9. We have a couple of desktop machines that are locked down in the following manner: 1). The shell is no longer explorer.exe, it is a custom program we have ...
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What attack vectors are there for a stand-alone saltstack minion?

I'm interested in using SaltStack in stand-alone minion mode as a way of automating the various configs that I want to do for my personal dev environment. But as a good security conscious dev, what ...
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Attacks to jump from SQL server to Web server, without direct network access?

Considering that I have a structure like the following, allowing only the TCP and UDP ports for SQL to be accessed. Specifically no traffic initiated from SQL is allowed to reach SECURE. SECURE-> ...
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Are there any attack vectors for a printer connected through USB in a Windows Environment?

I have the potential for a printer to be connected through USB and through a network cable at the same time. The USB would be connected directly to a computer which is part of a private network. ...
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NTP DDoS Attack on Home Servers

After some half-good script kiddies found out about this exploit or DDoS method, they have been doing it like crazy to websites, game servers, and now my home servers which allows me to work on some ...
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Un-redacting analog redactions on variable width fonts?

The FBI currently prints and redacts documents using analog mechanisms. I'm curious to know if anyone has ever researched the accuracy of inferring the possible words or names. Certainly, given the ...
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hiding javascript in image

I have read a post in thehackernews and searched the net to find how it worked. How can anyone add javascript in an image such that when the image is displayed it can run a script. Can this be done ...
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PHP and max_input_vars configuration

I am looking into php's max_input_vars setting How many input variables may be accepted (limit is applied to $_GET, $_POST and $_COOKIE superglobal separately). Use of this directive mitigates ...
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RAM memory data remanence and double boot, risky?

I wonder if my setup can be risky. To give a good starting point for answers I would briefly sketch the situation setup: double boot system GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows GNU/Linux is on 2 ...
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Is there a way to exploit unused GET POST parameters in web application?

So there is an application that accepts some data from the outside. Assuming that it accept only finite number of different POST/GET parameters and the application is correctly handling all the data ...
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Are Internet speed tests an attack vector?

I've been performing lots of speed tests lately due to, among some other random things, an Internet programming class and getting Google Fiber hooked up. Then I realized that SpeedTest.net uses a ...
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Are there any known attacks for a laptop with the wifi connection turned off?

I recently got a new laptop. As I usually do, I removed the wifi module from it, since I intend to use it in public places such as my college and I don't need any sort of connectivity outside my home. ...
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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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Any risk of email configured for pop/imap access?

If my mobile phone is infected with some malware and the only connection I have to my corporate network is that the email client in the phone is configured for mail (pop/imap), what would be the risk ...
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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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Cross site scripting and the use of http-only cookies?

I have been a developer and now I am trying to look at XSS from the point of view of a developer. I was thinking of a particular case of reflected XSS . Let us say we have a vulnerable website and if ...
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Exploiting HTTP content in HTTPS page [closed]

I recall hearing there is a range of attacks one can mount against a page which mixes HTTP and HTTPS loaded content (say, https://Secure-Site.com loading an image from http://Not-A-Secure-Site.com) ...
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Odd user registered and strange behavior. Is it sinister?

I am running a number of web sites. They are all Drupal based, if that is relevant. Recently I have noticed something odd. All my sites have a user registered with the name "zctonglin". I presume ...
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Why is application crash considered insecure?

If an application crashes, the program stops and there is nothing anyone can do about it, other than starting the program again. Crash is a bad behaviour in general and should be avoided, but why are ...
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ALERT - ASCII-NUL chars not allowed within request variables

In a Drupal site, I get this error in my Debian's syslog: suhosin[9413]: ALERT - ASCII-NUL chars not allowed within request variables - dropped variable 'name' (attacker 'x.x.x.x', file ...
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Automating tests for XSS in bash?

The book:"Web Security Testing Cookbook By Paco Hope, Ben Walther" is the only source I could find which covers the topic. They use cURL. I just want to write some scripts to automate testing for ...
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CSRF Login: can Attacker Login using valid credentials?

Considering this picture: taken from here:page21 Is this possible? If so, How to prevent it?
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Can JavaScript be used to install malware?

Looking at the Pwn2Own contest got me thinking: http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/pwn2own-carnage-continues-as-exploits-take-down-adobe-reader-flash/?comments=1 If you have all plugins turned ...
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Finding all AJAX entrypoints

Is there any tool to (automatically) find all backend JavaScript entrypoints within a site? I have to check a site for vulnerabilities in the backend code that validates AJAX parameters and I would ...
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Why is it necessary to validate data in a servlet obtained by calling HttpSession.getAttribute()?

I am new to WebApp programming and am trying to understand the security implications of not validating data obtained by calling the javax.servlet.http.HttpSession.getAttribute() interface method. I ...
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Attack vectors opened simultaneous wireless and wired networks

I've seen some contention around the issue of whether or not wireless connections should be disabled in an environment where a wired domain and unregulated wireless network are both present. What ...
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Cufon or Prototype as an attack vector for Blackhole exploit kit?

I've been asked to look into the security of a client site that's apparently throwing antiviral messages when visited. Specifics: It's being detected as a Blackhole exploit kit inside of a Cufon ...
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What are the most common infection vectors for personal computers?

We have OWASP to tell us about common security vulnerabilities in webapps and such, but what are the most common infection vectors for personal computers? A few example vectors: Social engineering ...