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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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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Found suspicious, obfuscated PHP file. Is this a hack attempt on my website? [duplicate]

I just noticed that the top line of my index.php file got changed to what's below. <?php ...
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Security implications of rooting Android

My Android smart phone has fancy features that I can get only if I root it, e.g., free-wifi tethering or Cisco VPN (with group name/password). However, the procedure to root my phone makes me ...
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Avast performing an attack?

I have a Toshiba notebook, which came with Norton Internet Security. In addition, I have installed Avast. I received a warning from Norton about a OS Attack: GNU Bash CVE-2014-6271 intrusion attempt. ...
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POODLE vulnerability solution : Effect on customer or client side

I am using windows server 2008 R2 and I have lot of customers who use windows XP,7 and 8 with some of them still using IE6. So now I want to disable SSL3 and enable TLS 1.1 as a security measure for ...
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Responding to a coordinated attack against financial transaction systems [closed]

Imagine a coordinated attack by a large and motivated hacking group, that results in a nation-level compromise of the financial systems we take for granted: credit card payments, accounts at the top ...
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How do you deal with massive port scans?

This morning I was looking through firewall logs and saw there were about 500 packets marked as port scan. The scanning range was from 1000-1200 5000-5200. The IP address is 85.25.217.47 which seems ...
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Script Kiddies - how do they find my server IP?

I've set up a site on Digital Ocean without a domain yet, so there is only the IP. Despite telling no-one of its existence or advertising it, I get hundreds of notices from fail2ban that various IP's ...
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Chosen-ciphertext attack — basic question

Disclaimer: I'm a beginner with security. Problem: I am reading Applied Cryptography by Schneier. He writes: Question: How can "automatic decryption" work without the deduced key? Does the ...
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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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Are link-flooding attacks a real threat or only an academic scenario?

I read some papers about link-flooding attacks (i.e. flooding network links) and I wonder if these attacks are really of relevance in the real-world and what makes them so dangerous compared to ...
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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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Is my server being used as a proxy or being attacked?

I have an Ubuntu, Apache, Passenger, and Rails 4 project on AWS EC2. I am unfamiliar with the security and server side of my project. Recently, my site was down because of "too many users" so when I ...
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FIN Attack- What is this type of attack really?

I just wanted to know what exactly is the FIN attack. I know about the FIN flag that is used to indicated the closing of a connection via TCP. But what exactly is FIN attack?
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MDK3 deauthentication attack problem: Every station gets disconnected

Having echo >'ed the BSSID of the AP into a file called blacklist, I run the following command to start a deauthentication attack: mdk3 wlan0mon d -w blacklist -c 11 The problem is however, ...
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chrome red lock icon this page includes other resources which are not secure these resources can be viewd by others while in transit [duplicate]

In the accounts section showing my credit card details in chrome I click on the shield and click load unsafe scripts. The https is then crossed out in red. When i click on that I get this message. ...
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is the evil twin attack considered sniffing?

Is the evil twin attack included in the sniffing category ? I am really confused and i can't tell if it is.
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Reason behind HeapSpray format

I am curious as to why heap spraying consists of allocating repeated chunks of NOP + Shellcode? Why is the format not repeating NOP and then just Shellcode at the end; when the stack pivot occurs ...
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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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Is there a way for someone to block an email from reaching its recipient?

I don't know if this can be done with people who can email spoof your contacts but I've been noticing that my emails just aren't getting to where it needs to go. In the same vein, I also don't get ...
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How can I mitigate against chosen plaintext attacks for AES ECB?

I am developing on a platform where my only encryption option uses AES ECB. The encryption is used to protect parameters that the user can set, and so it susceptible to a chosen plaintext attack. ...
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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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Unusual potential vulnerability scan results in Apache logs

Recently I've been seeing entries similar to the following in my Apache access logs. I've replaced the IP address and time with Xs: access_log:xx.xx.xx.xx - - [xx/xx/xx:xx:xx:xx -0100] "GET ...
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How to exploit HTTP Methods

Many security scanners like nikto, nessus, nmap, and w3af sometimes show that certain HTTP Methods like HEAD, GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, TRACE, OPTIONS, CONNECT, etc are vulnerable to attack. What do ...
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Break in attempts from secureserver.net

Over the last few weeks I have seen dozens if not hundreds of break-in attempts from ip addresses which map back to secureserver.net. I know these are GoDaddy machines from the who is look up. ...
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How to find which domain in my VPS triggered a DDoS attack with WP xmlrpc

Today, my data center suspended my VPS for DDoS attack reasons. They say one of my clients, that has WordPress website, started a DDOS attack to another websites using xmlrpc. But I don't know which ...
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What is a Poison Dart attack?

From The Forrester Wave™: DDoS Services Providers, Q3 2015 report, (emphasis mine): Attack types defended CGI request, denial of capability, diluted low rate degrading, direct, DNS ...
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Security implications of the contents of /proc/self/environ in LFI attacks

During penetration testing on a website, the tests have found a local file inclusion vulnerability in an old wordpress plugin that was installed. An attacker can exploit the LFI vulnerability to ...
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Antivirus constantly detecting tmp files as threats

Recently my antivirus has been constantly detecting threats and it's always tmp files. I delete maybe 50 of these files each day. A few days ago it detected a trojan. Last week it detected many ...
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How to find public IP, if it replaced by NAT IP?

I designed a network architecture in cloud. I placed first IPS and then firewall (with Nat). I want to know if some attacks gone to internal networks which are not blocked by IPS. But I think these ...
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I've been hacked what do I do? [closed]

I believe I may have been hacked, However I am not certain of this. I fear they are able to access my computer remotely. I have done several checks with advice from people online and it to some extent ...
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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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Got a spam mail with an htm attachment, is the script harmful?

Today I got an email with an htm attachment, the mth contains the below code: <html> <head> <script> var url = "" window.location.href= url; ...
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What was the purpose of this attack if one took place?

Background Windows 7 Home Edition HP desktop (no av/no firewall/ remote assistance enabled) two external drives attached/no documents on internal drive connected to fios wifi (wep ...
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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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Is a 'remote' cookie replay attack possible?

Once a cookie is stolen from the session of a legitimate user, can I perform a 'remote' cookie replay attack on that user? I am successfully able to perform a cookie replay attack on the same system, ...
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What are attackers trying to achieve when doing attacks on local programs such as buffer overflows?

In attacks on programs, such as stack buffer overflows, what is the objective of the attacker? I’m having trouble learning the technical details of the attack (such as overwriting the function’s ...
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Mobile phone tracking, identification of the attacker [closed]

Once I was told that you can identify if your mobile phone is being tracked by someone (e.g. police), by calling placing a specific prefix to the number. This prefix in my country is normally reserved ...
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LogJam hardening OpenSSH and testing it [duplicate]

I would like to harden my OpenSSH (clientsite) after the LogJam attack. I read this article https://weakdh.org/sysadmin.html and there is one paragraph, which says how to do that. Is this enough and ...
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Must an attacker using a Smurf attack be on the same network as the victim?

I'm learning about Smurf Attacks. Since they need to use a broadcast address, doesn't that mean they can't work over the internet? For example if an attacker sends a router the packet with the ...
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List of web session attacks and counter measures

I'm writing a new website in PHP and I will be using cookies to track user session data. Before I finalize the design, I want to make sure that the site is not vulnerable to attacks. I have written a ...
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Why is a DNS Amplification attack considered a DDoS attack?

My understanding is that a DNS Amplification attack involves sending a DNS resolver a bunch of requests with a spoofed sender address, which is the victims. The DNS responds to this IP address with a ...
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DNSspoof not working

My aim is to DNSspoof. My network is using a wireless router with the address 192.168.1.1 and primary DNS is the same as the router address. I have enabled Kernel IP forward in Linux. DNS host file ...
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How safe is the 256-bit encryption used in bank transactions?

Most of the banks use a 128-bit or 256-bit encryption. What does this mean? Does it mean that the keys used in SSL are 128-bit long or what? If they are the SSL key lengths then 128 bit RSA keys are ...
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How can I help catch an email scammer who is contacting me?

My friend's GMail account was recently hacked and the perpetrator sent out one of those classic "help I was mugged, I need money" style e-mails. (Edit: I know it's legit; my friend called me to tell ...
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Is there a formal common Internet threat model?

I'm looking for a common Internet threat model that describes active attacks formally. By active attacks I mean attacks of an attacker with literally unlimited resources and full control over the ...
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Man in the middle attack on loopback

We made a client/server program that runs at localhost. Is it possible to execute a man in the middle attack on the loopback between the client and server?
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ISP has informed us that our server is launching brute force attacks on WordPress sites, how do we end this? [duplicate]

Misc Situation: -Server login is obtained by hacker, hacker places malicious brute force file in /hacked/bruteforce/ -Server password is then changed, hacker can still run script by navigating to ...
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Dragnet TEMPEST Surveillance?

Just something I considered recently -- TEMPEST attacks are pretty well known; basically you intercept EM leaks from a computer to discover compromising information (i.e. encryption keys, what's being ...
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Does NDP (Neighbor Discovery Protocol) reduce ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) attacks?

I read the comparison of NDP with ARP but am uncertain if NDP does reduce any amounts of ARP attacks, given that with NDP, ARP is not used for address resolution. For the discussion to be specific, ...