An attempt to exploit a weakness in a system, either for nefarious or research reasons. Questions with this tag should be about designing, carrying out, or defending against the attack itself, rather than about the underlying weakness.

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Can a TCP connection be terminated by an attacker if SSL/TLS has been used to protect data in the TCP segment?

I understand that SSL/TLS is built on top of TCP. That is after a TCP connection is established, an SSL handshake can be started. When it is completed, all communication will be encrypted and ...
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Does using a live CD make you more vulnerable to remote attacks?

Some people recommend the use of a Linux live CD for online banking, but doesn't that make you more vulnerable to network attacks since it's not updated? I tried installing updates and it required me ...
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How can releasing the text of an SQL query compromise security?

I have asked a government agency, under Freedom of Information legislation, to release two SQL queries they ran to produce a table which they published in a report. That is, the agency published ...
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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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Working around SYN flood attack [on hold]

I got the question: if my server is under a SYN flood attack, and no operating system level tuning will prevent it, such as Increasing Backlog, and I have 10 minutes before my server will stop ...
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How to automate sending messages about abused internet hosts

I have just looked into the error logs of our web server and I have observed a great increase of SQL injection attacks this year. Those attacks, more than 3000 in 2016, usually look like this: ...
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HTTPS web service switched to HTTP. What can go wrong?

I recently visited a website which used to have an HTTPS connection. Now it has just a plain HTTP connection, and the authentication method has changed from user+password to "authenticate with Google ...
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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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Facebook iOS SDK Authentication

The Facebook iOS SDK only needs your bundle & app IDs of your iOS app to match those of your Facebook app. If I find out an app's app ID, can't I just create another iOS app with that app's ...
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Facebook account keeps getting hacked, can't seem to figure out why or how?

One of my friends, she has a lot of friends on Facebook, and uses it for marketing. Her account keeps getting broken into. Her password gets reset and/or gets locked for changing resetting password ...
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What can a user do in order to protect against CSRF attacks?

If I'm browsing while I'm logged in into my hosting panel or router or any other application, there is a chance of being hacked by a CSRF exploit. So, the question here is about user or client-side ...
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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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JS snippets on my live project do not appear in my code residing on my production server

I have a Django website project that is live (let's call it example.com). It's a forum where users can submit comments and reply to them. It has a Postgresql database, and gunicorn + nginx reverse ...
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Difference between masquerading and replay attacks?

I know that masquerading is to impersonate a false identity and replaying is the same wherein unauthorized person uses the credentials of the authorized one to have the privileges.Then what is the ...
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Is SFTP vulnerable to brute force, bounce, spoof, sniffing and port stealing?

I have been researching FTP and noted that using FTP means you are vulnerable to these types of attacks. I have been looking for an safer alternative and came across SFTP. Is SFTP still vulnerable to ...
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Clicking a lot of website links in Google Maps, then sent through multiple URL redirects, and lastly to a page that made my laptop start beeping?

I was in Google maps clicking on all the website links listed in the side panel, looking at every website really fast. Note, they were all tattoo parlors. One of the links I clicked bounced me through ...
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Random autofill [closed]

I was trying to pay for something just now, and when I put my name in the chrome autofill came up and I clicked it. The address that showed up was wrong though but corresponded to the postcode of one ...
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How can you spoof a TCP connection to a device that uses the same initial sequence number for each run of a TCP handshake?

So supposing the TCP implementation on a device always uses the same initial sequence number how could you as an off path attacker exploit this to spoof a connection to this device? So in order to do ...
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How to do DNS query spoofing?

I was reading out OpenDNS amplification DDoS attack and it says attacker use DNS query spoofing redirected to Victim server. How do i do query spoofing, I wanted to test that in my LAB. is there any ...
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man in the middle attack over internet

I've performed some man in the middle attacks (arp poisoning) using ettercap, stuffs on kali linux and i know how exactly it is working. but i was wondering if this attack could be even performed ...
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Response on targeted attacks against an individual

I'm now an aim for a targeted attack. Someone tries to gather information about me and tries to get access to my accounts. Some time before he/they've managed to succeed (got all the info from my ...
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What is an Origin Error Attack?

Similar to my previous question here, however I thought it was best to ask two separate questions rather than combining them into one. From The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Services Providers, Q3 2015 ...
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Facebook spam / phishing attempt?

I got this sent by a friend on Facebook and I don't think its a genuine message: ___ shared a link on your Wall. This will leave you speechless) ...
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I need help figuring out the meaning of a potential hijacking script

I am using Ubuntu 13.04. Something really strange happened. I was writing my homework for a Ruby course. I had Sublime Text 2 (a text editor like Notepad, Notepad++, Textmate etc.) opened and was ...
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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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Rainbow tables as a way to crack passwords [duplicate]

Discuss what rainbow tables are and how can they be used in password cracking.
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Dynamic, Randomized Protocols to Deter Attackers

Imagine a protocol that changed periodically. What if the order of these fields were changed a lot? One point in time the protocol might be { Payload, Checksum, Length, Flags, ID } The next point ...
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“Hacking” account when someone uses your email?

I have, on multiple occasions, received this email from Twitter: Since I have received it multiple times either this person clearly thinks the email is theirs or it's spelled similarly, something to ...
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Can webcams be turned on without the indicator light?

I've made a series of penetration tests in my network and one of the things I've tried was to record webcam and microphone. Recording an end-user's microphone seems to be a stealth thing, but what ...
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a sent message for an unknown number without me sending it

there is a message sent from my iPhone to an international number. but i didn't send it and it doesn't appear in my message history. is this possible? how can it happen?
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How is it possible to receive port scans with destination IP 0.0.0.0?

In my Amazon EC2 I installed a snort to prevent the attacks. I observed some logs TCP Port Scan Source IP is ISP and destination IP is 0.0.0.0. I think 0.0.0.0 is used for in a local network (routing, ...
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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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Can an attack that does not change the server state be considered a CSRF attack?

From Wikipedia: A real CSRF vulnerability in uTorrent (CVE-2008-6586) exploited the fact that its web console accessible at localhost:8080 allowed mission-critical actions to be executed as a ...
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Attacking a server on port 80 while only port 22 is open on the firewall

There is a question bugging me a after reading on network security. Theoretical situation: there is a packet-filtering firewall, which only accepts tcp/ip communication with destination port 22 on a ...
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How are GPUs used in brute force attacks?

I have read that GPUs can be used in brute force attacks? But how can this be done and is there a need for any other hardware devices (hard disks for instance)? Note: I'm more interested in web ...
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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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How to avoid abuse of web-server endpoint from a rogue client?

I realized that once a user logs into the application and receives an Auth token there is the potential that they could use that token along with a rogue client to exploit an endpoint that they now ...
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Suspicious .js attachment [closed]

I received an email today with the following attachment, and I was hoping to see if anyone could help me understand what it was: //} Expose support vars for convenience support = Sizzle.support = {}; ...
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Is it possible to perform a MITM attack with a smartphone?

Will be possible to perform a MITM attack using a smartphone? If yes, that is very dangerous. Is it really a danger attack? Shorted : Is possible to perform a useful MITM attack to a victim using a ...
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What type of attack can bring a website down by serving a redirect loop?

My website has been up for a year and all of a sudden is down with a too many redirect message. www.jdmxchange.com (classifieds for modified cars/parts) I tried to use fiddler to see if it was ...
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Encrypted Malicious Traffic Database

I was working on a little research project to correctly identify the encrypted traffic pattern generated by various tools/applications for example metasploit (or increase the success rate). I have ...
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What does it actually mean when someone says their website is hacked?

I have seen many people say that their website has been hacked using some vulnerability. I never fully understood what this means. To me the only way to get control of website is get the FTP ...
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SSH and Port Forwarding - what are the possible attacks and how to avoid them? [closed]

What are possible attacks when using SSH and Local or Remote Port Forwarding? What are the threats? I understand that there are many, but what are they? And also, how could they be avoided?
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TSource Engine Query DDoS attack

My gaming machine is under DDoS attack and when I used Wireshark I found the following string "TSource Engine Query" in all UDP packets coming from random IP's. I found using Google that some gaming ...
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it is possible to make some wifi router out of service without have the connection password?

Lets say i want to make some WiFi router out of service. I can connect to the router and close the WiFi connection or change the password. But in this case i need to have full access to the router. ...
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How risky is to to use external DNS servers? [closed]

My infrastructure doesn't have an internal DNS server, so I just forward any DNS request to external DNS servers by iptables rules. I wonder how risk that can be, and how easy is it to spoof DNS or ...
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Attackers on sc.imp.live.com [closed]

"Deceptive site ahead Attackers on sc.imp.live.com may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone ...
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Unknown process on my ubuntu machine communicating over multiple ports with UDP proto

I have a Django web application where the web app and the postgresql database are hosted on two separate Ubuntu-based machines. On my Database machine (and not my web application), if I run sudo ...
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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 ...