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Attack vectors for brute-forcing website passwords

When talking about password security, a lot of discussion centers on the risk of a password being guessed in a brute-force attack. For websites where a user has registered an account, what are the ...
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How to respond to attack made from my dedicated server?

There was a sudden unusual peak of outbound traffic from my hosted dedicated server (OS - Windows Server 2008 R2). The hoster threatened to block the server if the problem is not solved. There are an ...
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What should be included in the ground rules for an attack review?

I've drafted some ground rules for a call for adversarial attack-review. I've tried to cover the following topics: Link to the policy that I want to enforce. Link to a minimal testbed and ...
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Could Stock Exchange be shut down by HFT attack vector?

First of all, stock, not stack exchange. I just read this post on Krypt3ia. In short, it says that HFT attack vector in combination with DDoS is possible new nemesis for stock exchange IT systems. ...
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Is this an example of XSS attack?

A scripter sees on certain web pages it's technically possible to include markup like HTML and CSS/JS. It's technically possible to submit a javascript or iframe and have it display to the visitor ...
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What password cracking software is commonly used?

I am curious to know how secure my passwords are. What password cracking software is commonly used? Preferably open source. EDIT: I am actually looking to crack my passwords used on services I ...
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Facebook account keeps getting hacked, can't seem to figure out why or how?

One of my mate, she has a lot of friends on Facebook, uses it for marketing. Her account keeps getting broken into. Her password gets reset and/or gets locked for changing resetting password too many ...
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WebServices Security [closed]

Do we have any good resources on WebServices Security? Any book, pdfs, articles and even the detail answers regarding the securing web services would be appreciated.
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security implications of NULL dereference

Suppose we have code like this: struct somedata { int a; int b; }; struct somedata *data; /* ... */ data = malloc(sizeof(struct somedata)); data->a = something; Now, as you can see, NULL ...
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What are the chances of a database being hacked?

How often do websites (and their databases) get hacked? Hacked as in user accounts stolen, tables flushed, and all in all, damage done to the database. I'm talking about e-commerce websites, and ...
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Comparing penetration testing suites

I've been using Backtrack for a while now. I was wondering if there is anything better, or on par with, that is worth looking into. Thoughts?
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Sun ILOM / Out of band management security concerns

I would like to get some outside opinion on this if possible, although I do not know what to ask. Sun ILOM is an Out-of-band management system. I understand it is a separate OS on the box that is ...
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Resources for data on security incidents

What resources exist to research data on actual security incidents? I would prefer an online resource but offline resources are acceptable. The cost of access should be less than $100 (US) for ...
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I can receive all PADI packets for PPPoE connections of my ISP, is that a problem?

for debugging why my router wasn't connecting to pppoe i've tried to connect via the pc, it worked, then i started wireshark just to see what was going on, and i've seen that i can read all the PADI ...
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Strange STP traffic in my network, possible MitM attack?

I live at a student dorm, where we are connected to a student network. The administrators of this network have forgotten to disable STP broadcast on non-infrastructure ports. Periodically, I lose my ...
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Attack where browser URL appears valid

I remember reading about an attack where the "location bar" in a user's browser displays a valid URL (e.g. https://www.paypal.com/), but the traffic is really being directed to or intercepted by an ...
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Security of passphrase-protected private key

If an attacker obtains a private key that was created with no passphrase, he obviously gains access to everything protected with that key. How secure are private keys set up with a passphrase? If an ...
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How do I protect myself against the attacks in this php script?

Due to a vulnerability in how PHP was installed (Shared VPS with PHP installed as an Apache module instead of CGI) and hence how OSCommerce was configured (with security of 777 on certain ...
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Collision attacks on OCB?

I've been looking into the OCB cipher mode and everything I hear sounds good. I was planning on implementing it. Everything except for this lone voice, that is: Collision attacks on OCB: We ...
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How do DoS/DDoS work?

In the last days one could frequently read about attacks from anonymous and LulzSec against different platforms like Sony or HBGary etc. Yesterday for example they DDoS'ed soca.gov.uk and jhw.gov.cn. ...
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A phone call hack

The other day, I got a call from a relative with an email problem. After a bit more discussion, it turns out that two days previously, a man phoned my relative: stated he was from microsoft; asked ...
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Profiling attackers via adaptive games: “Strange game, the only winning move is not to play”

Use of Game Design to Profile Attackers: Interested in any research that links concepts in game design to security systems in an effort to profile the attacker's identity, motives, skills, etc.; if ...
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Security risk of PING?

I have been told that PING presents a security risk, and it's a good idea to disable/block it on production web servers. Some research tells me that there are indeed security risks. Is it common ...
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Public XSLT & XML playground (with PHP DOMDocument, etc.) Security Risks?

Let's say I want to set up a sandbox or playground in PHP that users can use to create (or paste in) XML and XSLT, then transform the XML via the XSLT (by means of PHP 5's DOMDocument and related ...
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The impact of the Sony attacks on the security industry [closed]

First of all there was the PSN hack, which was compromised due to a vulnerable version of Apache and no Firewall and using a developer console. Then Sony Greece fell due to an SQL Injection attack. ...
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Attacks against HIDS software running on the same machine

I am interested in the attacks that could be used to compromise or disable HIDS software such as Tripwire or Samhain. I understand that ideally checks should be run periodically and the database ...
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SQL Injection in a Non-Web Application

Does someone know of a good example of a SQL Injection vulnerability that isn't in a web application? What is the user input for this attack? I am looking for a real vulnerability, not speculation. ...
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How to best defend against Targeted Attacks?

We have seen this attack method grow as part of Advanced Persistent Threats (operation Aurora against Google or the G20 French Finance ministry attacks come to mind) but I have no doubt that even ...
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Long running SMTP session

I recently noticed an SMTP session on my server which started when a remote host connected but never seemed to result in any emails being delivered. I could see that it was probably a SPAM site and so ...
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SQL injection — why isn't escape quotes safe anymore?

Raw SQL When you're writing SQL -- for anything that takes human input really, a lot of things have been done to avoid the injection. Everyone that's heard of SQL injection knows that (I'm going to ...
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What steps can I take to identify what type of compromise of my computer has occured

I got involved in a strange scenario today :-) . Some 'UDPAgent.exe' file/worm/virus was trying to access my collegue's system and the antivirum program was showing that this particular thing is ...
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CAM table attack in 2011?

Today's switches are vulnerable to CAM Table attack? https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/CAM_Table
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What is an active attack?

Browsing through the site I encountered this Is there a way to negotiate a secret between 2 parties with no prior knowledge? What is an active attack then?
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Facebook spam / phishing attempt?

I got this sent by a friend on facebook and i dont think its a genuine message ___ shared a link on your Wall. This will leave you speechless) ...
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Collision rate for different hash algorithms

Is there any collision rate measure for popular hashing algorithms (md5, crc32, sha-*)? If that depends only from output size, it's quite trivial to measure, but I suppose that depends also of ...
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What should I look at in the event of a major vendor suffering compromise with unspecified impact?

The specific example I have in mind here is the breach of RSA in March 2011 where attackers got away with critical information which could be the seed information which is used to generate the ...
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How to use and create attack graphs

I am trying to learn more about attack graphs and how they can be used. I have read a little bit about them from some simple Google searches and believe that they could be a useful tool for work. I ...
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Web server file sniffing

What is it called when a user tries several attempts to figure out the files and folder structure on a web server? For example, the attacker will run http://example.com/test.jpg to determine if ...
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Real-time Operation systems and attacks

I'm interested on kind of attacks which can be used on 'Industry Control Systems'. I only have found that following malwares: switching-off/disablement the systems stole the information What ...
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How to make a report after a ddos attack? what information do I need to write on the report?

In my company, after a DDOS against a server, my employer asked me to make an analysis of the attack and to write down some stuff. What do you think I need to write down in my report? Is there any ...
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I am still logged in using a browser X, can CSRF attack work when I use another (default) browser Y on the same machine?

I am still logged in using a browser X, can CSRF attack work when I use another (default) browser Y on the same machine? Edit Assume the web server has CSRF vulnerability. No hidden token checking ...
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Demonstrating SQL injection on the following

I've got lines in my php/mysql code which look like this: ... $sqlquery = "SELECT price FROM products WHERE 1=1 AND id=".$_POST['id']; ... ... query is executed ... echo $price; As a ...
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Should I bother teaching buffer overflows any more?

The students are skeptical that turning off non-executable stacks, turning off canaries and turning off ASLR represents a realistic environment. If PaX, DEP, W^X, etc., are effective at stopping ...
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SQL injection for a username/password form?

This is how user validation happens on my site: if(!empty($_POST['username']) && !empty($_POST['password'])) { $query = "SELECT * FROM users WHERE username='".$_POST['username']."' ...
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Bypassing Address Space Layout Randomization

How effective is ASLR in preventing arbitrary code execution in a buffer overflow type exploit? How hard is it for an attacker to bypass this without simply guessing where the addresses are?
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Disabling windows firewall remotely

i use metasploit for pentesting windows 2003 sp2 server but when windows firewall is on i am not able to perform pentest successfully is there any way to disable firewall remotly?
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Security attacks on PHP web applications

I know about following security attacks on php applications (html,php,js). XSS SQL Injection CSFR Session Hijacking /Fixation Code Injection Remote file injection Should i know about any other or ...
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Most informative DEF CON talk?

I didn't make it to DEF CON this last year... I'd like to know what you thought was the most interesting/informative presentation and possibly a link to more information on the topic. [mod - ...
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How to prevent CSRF if you want to include Flash plugins in your form like Uploadify in your form?

What is CSRF? I need a basic definition that is not just lifted from Wikipedia. I understand SQL injection, XSS, cookie poisoning, but I just cannot wrap my mind around this. I am using a ...
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Access to a router's GUI

During a recent visit to a coffee shop, I noticed that they hadn't bothered changing their default user name and password for their router. I realise that someone could log on and be annoying to ...