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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 preg_replace("\xf4\x30\41\x1f\x16\351\x42\x45"^"\xd7\30\xf\64\77\312\53\40","\373\x49\145\xa9\372\xc0\x72\...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. It'...
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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 /js/query-...
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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 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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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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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 '.json'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 victim's. The DNS responds to this IP address with a ...
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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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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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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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How much of a Django application could be reverse-engineered if the owner forgot to turn debug mode off?

I've been writing a Django app and almost published it with debug mode on. Django's documentation indicates Never deploy a site into production with DEBUG turned on. Did you catch that? ...
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Is this code vulnerable to DOM based attacks?

We are developing code for a Banking web application. We want to make sure that the code is secure and since we are using a lot of javascript code, we are kind of worried if any chance of a web based ...
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How was (is?) the ping of death attack possible with IPv4?

While reading about Internet Protocol, I found myself reading about ping of death attacks: the thing that attracted my curiosity was the fact that these attacks could ever work! I mean, why wasn't ...
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Windows 7 Exploits

I just found my old, Windows 7 Ultimate installer DVD, so I thought I would set it up in a pentest-lab type environment, see what's possible and have some fun with it. So are there any publicly ...
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LFI attacks auth.log , environ , passwd [closed]

paths like /proc/self/environ , /etc/passwd and /var/log/auth.log are targeted by the attackers. how can I hide those files ( passwd ) ( environ ) ( auth.log ) to be not include in LFI attack
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Can man-in-the-middle attacks affect anyone not connected to the attackers network?

I'm trying to understand what these attacks are restricted to. I'm aware that man-in-the-middle attacks can be done if the attacker is on the same network (using something like Wire Shark), but is it ...
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Access LAN services through malicious web page

Suppose that a user on a corporate network has access to a private FTP server, or intranet site, that's only available on the Local Area Network, available at http://internal.example.com. If an ...
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Can I modify a ciphertext created in AES with OFB mode?

Suppose a service uses AES to encrypt Cookies, of the form user=username+padding,tmstmp=timestamp where tmstmp is the expiration time and +padding is a series of zeroes to make the total length be ...
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What is a sequential injection attack?

From the Financial Times 26th October 2015 "TalkTalk faces mounting calls for compensation" Then, the hackers downloaded customer data using a “sequential injection”. Cyber security experts say ...