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

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Is email from my WordPress site a hack or just a normal comment?

I received an email for my WordPress site, where the comment section is disabled. This was the email: "Author: google (IP: 210.56.50.40, 210.56.50.40) Email: guest@gmail.com URL: ...
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Information on the Elderwood Project/Platform [closed]

I've read Symantec's whitepaper on the Elderwood Project and the blog update on the Elderwood Platform. They both make for a very interesting read, especially in the zero-day exploit meta-analysis ...
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Potential attack vectors using Javascript to log in [closed]

I would like to allow users of a website to be able to log in at any page. In order to provide a seamless experience my first thought was to collect user credentials (username and password) in a ...
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What sort of attack can reset MySQL Privileges and unmount remote drives without root or shell?

ATTACK VECTOR Monthly hits via a globally DDoS attack. Resolved with Cloudflare. Attacker can now somehow unmount network drive links and reset MySQL user permissions for applications. Attack is ...
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Google Analytics: Hacked or Ghost Referers?

I posted this question (Hacked or Ghost Referers) on Google groups earlier today, but I also wanted to see if the security experts here have any insight into this behavior. I've got a web application ...
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How to prevent browser from rendering malacious content if request or response is hacked

We are currently working on OWASP security fixes and we identified one attack scenario for which we are trying to figure out a possible solution: User hits a valid HTTPRequest to our application. ...
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How can I find my home network's vulnerabilities when opening it for VPN connections

I want to open my home network so I can connect to it via VPN to do thingsā„¢ while not at home. This concerns me because I am potentially opening doors that I don't know about. What tools can I use ...
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CSRF Implementation

I am working on website,where I want include csrf checks by using referrer checks,will this be sufficient way to protect the form from csrf attack? if not what an attacker can do to bypass it?
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Does a constantly dynamic cluster of short-lived instances reduce attack surface?

The 4am Idea The general idea is that every instance that gets launched on my cluster is preloaded with a 'suicide script' that after a preset Time To Live (say, 27 minutes) launches a replacement ...
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Attack vector: Internet Service Provider [closed]

I'm suspicious. I wanted to forward a port (80) on my router and noticed that port forwarding didn't work properly, it didn't work at all. So I replaced the router and again, port forwarding was not ...
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Remove pdf malware by re-printing to new pdf or text extract?

Consider you have a suspicious pdf file that might contain malware. Would it be sufficient to either: (1) open the pdf file in a virtual environment and let the pdf viewer or pdf-creator program ...
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Are in-store computers a security risk?

In many "big box" stores like Walmart, Home Depot, etc. I see many store computers just sitting empty. A black hat could install a payload on one of these computers, and potentially wreak havoc on the ...
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PHP max_input_vars security expectations

Considering a site that handles large POST data, would it be unreasonable and dangerous to set the php.ini max_input_vars to something like 100000? I know this is a vector for DOS attacks, but don't ...
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Protecting against bad USB in ubuntu

I am referring to this thread: How to prevent BadUSB attacks on linux desktop Since i want to install ubunto onto a possible infected usbDrive using a live DVD and the installation manager i was ...
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How does infection through web surfing work?

Often I read about compromise due to visit a malicious site which download some exploit to your computer. I've never seen a detailed process, all books/tutorials I read just say sentences like "once ...
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What is this attacker trying to accomplish?

My client is who is running a recent version of vBulletin is getting lots strange activity and I'm at a loss to explain what the attacker is trying to accomplish. The attacker registers a fake user ...
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Attack using weird characters followed by some javascript in a URL?

I'm seeing a very weird attack this morning from a pile of VPS instances spread out across the US. The URLs look like this: /js/bundles/,!0):this.element.propAttr( ...
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Can the Windows Schannel vulnerability be exploited by visiting a website?

Microsoft has just patched a vulnerability in Schannel that could allow remote code execution (MS14-066). What I can't find are any reliable details on how this can be exploited. I've seen some people ...
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Use of JavaScript by LastPass to encrypt & decrypt the password database a secure approach?

LastPass is a top-rated password manager that comes as a browser extension and uses a master password to encrypt and decrypt the password database using the JavaScript. Is this a secure way of doing? ...
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Regular Expressions for common exploits

I patched for shellshock and was barraged a few days later. However, I would not have known any attempts were made at all if not for a regular expression I found on the internet. This has inspired me ...
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Malicious *URLs*?

Everyone says not to click on "malicious URLs". Are there any attacks where the URL itself, rather than the resource accessed by the URL, is the attack vector?
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How can non-secure or non-https-only cookie affect security of an HSTS website?

If a website is running on HSTS and it is setting about 20 cookies. Out of those 20 cookies 15 are both secure and https-only and remaining 5 are neither. In this scenario, in what all ways can we ...
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Comprehensive list of shellshock attack vectors [closed]

Currently I know of three serious attack vectors: crafted cgi parameters from a web client dhclient getting crafted hostnames from a DHCP server restricted SSH users getting full shell access I ...
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Does FCGId use environment variables? (Or is it a possible attack vector for CVE-2014-6271/7169?)

According to Red Hat httpd (attack vector): CGI scripts are likely affected by this issue: when a CGI script is run by the web server, it uses environment variables to pass data to the ...
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How are you able to inject bash script through the user agent

I was looking over the new Bash exploit and was looking at this post in particular. Attack scenarios of the new Bash vulnerability What I don't understand is how does including bash in the ...
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Attack scenarios of the new Bash vulnerability [duplicate]

Odds are that you're already aware of the newly discovered Bash bug. It can be tested using env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test". What yet I haven't understand is, what ...
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Worst-case scenario OPEN URL REDIRECTION and why google not covering it in bug bounty

OPEN URL REDIRECTION as per in my opinion can be proved very dangerous by crafting attacks such as phishing. But it seems like google thinks it as a very low level bug and does not provide any ...
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Remote Auditing a Secure WiFi Network-Obtaining enough of the Secured-Network credentials to attack without being in range of WiFi

I was wondering if there are any methods I'm unaware of that will allow an attacker to attempt to obtain WiFi access outside the physical range of the WiFi signal. When using net-stumbler or any ...
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rolling code & keyless entry system [closed]

The security industry typically uses rolling code algorithms to authenticate sender & receivers in keyless entry systems, which is called RKE (ex: KeeLoq). In key-less smart key car system, The ...
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If TLS compression is not supported is a site still vulnerable to attacks such as BREACH?

I have read that BREACH was a side channel compression attack against TLS however focuses on HTTP response compression. If a site has disabled support for TLS compression does that still mean it can ...
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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 [closed]

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 ...