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Is it possible to steal money directly from the systems of a big bank?

Sometimes I imagine: My money in the bank is just a floating point number in a mainframe's memory... So, if I just change 1 bit, I will win a lot of money... The most common way to steal money in ...
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What is a DoS Attack and how does it differ from a DDoS attack?

Can some one explain to me the concept of Dos Attacks for web applications ? Also what is the distinction between Dos and Distributed Dos ( ie DDos) attacks ? Wikipedia says : In computing, a ...
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Is null-byte injection possible in Java filenames?

From the Area51 proposal
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What is the risk of a packet being sniffed when travelling over the internet without SSL/TLS?

We all know to use SSL/TLS to stop people eavesdropping on our connection, but how likely is it that an attacker will actually sniff your unencrypted password or cookie if you don't? If we exclude ...
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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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How can an attacker abuse a distributed system?

How can an attacker take advantage of a world where state is eventually consistent and vector clocks are used to settle disagreements? For example, what are the security concerns of using a database ...
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Security of Log Files - Injecting malicious code in Log files

As part of my course project I'm trying to understand various security frameworks and best practices. One of the very popular approach is to maintain Logs. My question is about the security of the ...
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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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Cheating or service disruption by altering client-side code

A reasonably white-hatted hacker has demonstrated the ability to insert text of his own choosing into the communication between a java applet and a web based server. Not a simple MITM attack, but ...
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If an XML document is not validated as “Well Formed” or checked against a schema, what are the risks?

When processing an XML document in my application, what are the risks? E.g. if it is not "Well Formed" or is not checked against a schema.
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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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In the recent DKIM vulnerability, how did someone determine key length by looking at headers?

Having read this recent article : Wired-DKIM vulnerability, I have a couple of questions. How can one determine the key length that is being used simply by looking at the headers ? And I'm assuming ...
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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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Are there valid reasons for spoofing an address?

This is a corollary to the question Why don't ISPs filter on source address to prevent spoofing?. Are there valid reasons to spoof an address?
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Real life examples of web site attacks

I've been put in charge of educating developers on web application security. One way I will be doing this is through an explanation of various web attacks (e.g., OWASP top ten). In addition to an ...
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What is a “pre-play” attack?

I understand what a replay attack is, but I keep reading about a pre-play attack. What is it? Is it when someone intercepts an unused message and blocks the sender so they can't finish using it, and ...
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Using Google Search results to determine password strength

Google is a repository of Internet data, as it indexes tremendous amount of data. It uses a prediction service to determine the rest of the search query. With such a huge repository in place, can we ...
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Does X-Content-Type-Options really prevent content sniffing attacks?

In Tangled Web Michal Zalewski says: Refrain from using Content-Type: application/octet-stream and use application/binary instead, especially for unknown document types. Refrain from returning ...
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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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Can you extract memory contents from a hibernated Windows machine?

In a recent discussion about hardware hacks, attacks surrounding Windows hibernate popped up. I am not entirely convinced that it would be viable to get stuff out of the memory saved to disk. When ...
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What type of attacks can be used vs MongoDB?

I'm starting to learn MongoDB and was curious if it was susceptible to some type of injection attack similar to SQLi. Due to the nature of the DB, I don't think you can inject into it but... What ...
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Example of a backdoor submitted to an open source project?

To clarify immediately, I'm not interested in writing a backdoor. I have no interest in submitting backdoor changelists to projects myself. I'm researching some source modeling techniques, and we're ...
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What would happen if one of the popular Linux repositories is hacked?

Even though most people consider downloading your Linux software from you own distribution's repositories as safe, thinking about the scenario where a repository gets hacked sounds thrilling. What ...
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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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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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Malware known to use port knocking to evade detection by network scanners?

Are there any known cases of malware in the wild that utilize port knocking on a backdoor to evade detection by network scanners?
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How to make SQL injection in PostgreSQL's tsquery?

I think there is SQL injection vulnerability in an application I'm testing. This is seen when I enter malformed parameters into a search form. All exceptions are shown in format: PHP raised unknown ...
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How to catch a gmail hacker/money-scammer? (in conversation with one right now!)

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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How does an attacker approach a website?

What is a typical mindset and method of approach? What are they likely to try first? At what point does a novice give up versus an expert? How would an automated attack differ from a manual one?
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Can anti-CSRF token prevent bruteforce attack?

I am not much experienced with brute force attacks but I was wondering Suppose, you have a website www.example.com and you want to do brute force attack on that login form but that login form is ...
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What Man-made Physical Threat Could Pose Severe Danger to a Server Farm?

I am writing a novel in which a researcher attempts to work against a study he is a part of by purposely sabotaging operations on the research compound. I am wondering if the following is plausible. ...
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Getting credentials using proxy server

Is it possible to get the username and password we enter into sites like facebook using proxy server? The scenario is like this : 1.My laptop is connected to a network. 2.It is configured to use a ...
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Automated encryption detection

Is there any program that, given a cipher text, it would tell me what the encryption algorithm is? What if I have the plain text? Is there something that can be done in that case?
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How bad is a Self Contained XSS attack?

Some of you might be familiar with this attack called Self Contained XSS. I recently stumbled upon this article about it. So how bad this kind of attack can be, even though this doesn't have access to ...
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iPhone 5S security: Given someone's fingerprint can I use a 3D printer to create a fake finger with a real fingerprint on it?

With such a big deal being made about the iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader (and formerly the Thinkpads' fingerprint readers) I really wonder how secure it is to use fingerprints in lieu of passwords. ...
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Is it possible to recognise and prevent MitM attacks on devices which use self-signed SSL certs?

I use both Linux and Windows at work on a large enterprise LAN. The majority of the network configuration is out of my reach. Certain SaaS applications that are hosted locally on the enterprise LAN, ...
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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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Plain Text Password Reset Vulnerability

If I receive an email with a plain text generated password (in response to a password reset request), is this a vulnerability? The password expires after one use, in other words the user has to change ...
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Advice on what to do after being hacked?

After running a system scan earlier today, I found that my computer had been infected by a trojan horse. My reason for running the scan was because Windows kept shutting down and then recovering. ...
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How do hackers take advantage of open ports as a vector for an attack?

It is widespread knowledge, and therefore a common practice, to close open ports on any machines connected to the internet. If for example, a typical program uses port xyz as it's communication ...
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How should one prepare himself for a job interview for penetration testing?

So, the title basically says it all. I would really like to hear out some of the more experienced friends here with their answers for this. Should it revolve around the ability to verbally explain ...
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Where to find papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems?

I am right now working on a problem and looking for some papers / information about spyware, tracking and cookie problems. I am no expert in that area, so I lack the knowledge where to find material ...
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Slowloris attack?

Could someone analyze this info? We got information that slowloris attack took place. They say (hosting stuff) they have implemented mod_antiloris, is that enough btw? Feel free to share your opinion ...
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Keyboard sniffing through audio recorded typing patterns

I've been thinking about this for a while; I know people are aware of wireless wiretapping of keyboards. However, has there been research on how to wiretap keyboards based on typing patterns? I'm ...
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Zlib DEFLATE decompression bomb

Can you give me an example of a short data string that, when decompressed using Zlib's DEFLATE method, expands to something much much longer? More precisely: what is the nastiest decompression bomb ...
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How to mitigate the risk of a continuous integration service security breach?

We are using a Continuous Integration service to automatically run our product test suite. Every time we push code to our central Git repository production branch, the CI services is notified and ...
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Is it possible to do HTTP header injection if CR/LF are stripped?

In HTTP response there is the following header with attacker controlled content: Content-Disposition:attachment; filename="attacker_controlled.html" The only characters that can't appear in ...
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How to stop password recovery attempts on accounts?

I am using social networking services such as My Banking GMail PayPal Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn All of these services text messages me a six digit code to login from anywhere, even a ...
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How to trace a DDOS attack on a dedicated server and block it?

I have a dedicated server and I'm hosting a game, and the web page (using Apache) for account registering. The server is being ddosed since 8 months ago till today. I've tried to talk with the server ...
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Contract requires me to work with sensitive IP, severe penalties for loss of data to 3rd parties. Some protection pointers please

Background: The company I will be working for as a consultant has developed IP which could potentially be worth billions. The confidentiality clause in the contract has penalties for breaching the ...