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What are rainbow tables and how are they used?

Where can I find one? Is there a pot of gold at the end? How do I protect against them? From the Area51 proposal This question was IT Security Question of the Week. Read the Sep 09, 2011 blog ...
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How Modification attacks works?

Theoretically... In Active attacks we have "modification attack"...ie "In a message modification attack, an intruder alters packet header addresses to direct a message to a different destination or ...
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Can the packets of a wireless network be sniffed by a user who is not present in that network?

1.If an user knows the frequency used by a wireless network, is he able to collect the packets from that network? Those packets may be encrypted, but can he collect those packets? 2.If the user has ...
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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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Can a malicious Tor exit node perform a HTTPS man-in-the-middle attack to see/modify your HTTPS traffic?

Let's say I am browsing the Internet using Tor - visiting https://example.com/login.php - and the NSA is operating the Tor exit node which I am currently routed to use. Can that NSA exit relay swap ...
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Kaminsky Bug DNS Cache Poisoning

I'm trying to use Kaminsky DNS cache poisoning method. I'm using bind9 server on ubuntu and static port. So far I achieved to insert a line into DNS cache which is ;additional www.blalba.com 80000 ...
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Slow HTTP DoS Mechanics

Our firewall detected and blocked a Slow HTTP DoS the other day. There were only a few attempts in the log. It wasn't a full on attack (there would be more traffic). My question is...if I'm an ...
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Is there anything I can do about IDN homograph attacks?

I have been reading about IDN homograph attacks, and I cannot think of any better way than Tell my users not to trust emails asking for passwords, etc Buy all domains similar to mine (expensive and ...
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Security coding training best approach

To train the development team, there are various options one can take: inhouse presentation with code samples, CBTs so developers do it at their best time, instructor-led courses onsite or inhouse ...
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many csh http shellshock attacks

I administrate a public server that receives about a 100 csh HTTP shell shock per day from different sources. It is an HTTP GET Method that that requests the /cgi-bin/authLogin.cgi URI. Knowing that ...
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Tor versus direct monitoring

I know if I use Tor and maybe made a tweet, it gives the government a really tough time tracing the originator. But what if like a police car was directly outside my home for instance. Is it still ...
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Is it possible to communicate securely entirely over the internet given a global, resourceful man in the middle?

Assuming a global, resourceful man in the middle, is it possible to Securely communicate (I don't mean storing encrypted data off site) completely establishing and sending messages over the internet ...
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How to securely install software on Ubuntu?

How to install a software like Sublime Text on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and mitigate against a MITM attack? There is a PPA available, but the PPA must be added manually. I don't see any PGP keys or MD5 ...
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Perform THC-Hydra Dictionary attack on Microsoft forefront TMG login

I work as an IT consultant in a High School. Recently, a student was able to gain access to a teacher's account on the school intranet. When questioned, he simply stated that he "hacked" the system ...
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THC-Hydra dictionary attack on JSP login form

I am trying to use Hydra to attack a JSP form but I have some confusion. Normally we use command something like this hydra -L list_user -P list_password HOST-ADDRESS http-post-form ...
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Concrete figures on password cracking in the wild

While password guessing is a science, not every attacker out there is up-to-date with the latest advances or cares to invest in GPUs or FPGAs. It's easy enough to test online password guessing ...
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Why do heap overflows/int overflows/stack overflows/buffer overflows only happen in higher addresses?

I read somewhere that these type of attacks are susceptible to addresses that are higher and not lower in the stack/heap/buffer. Why is this?
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John the Ripper not identifying a password contained in the username?

I have uploaded a screenshot of what exactly is going on, here: http://i.imgur.com/bJSv7C8.png I can see that single-crack mode includes a rule that looks at the username, and "slices" it to identify ...
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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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Example of a hacking attempt that failed because of a bug?

We hear all the time in popular press (and increasingly, in government publications + scholarly articles) about how "cyberattacks" make us insecure, because we have so many vulnerabilities (mostly ...
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How to prevent outgoing UDP attacks?

My server has been the target from hackers 3 times in the last month, and the attack seem to follow the same pattern. The attack another site from my server using UDP connection. The report from my ...
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Are Facebook, Yahoo, Google, etc. hackable?

What I would consider to be hacking one of these services is something along the lines of cracking databases (or I think what would be databases). In reality, I have no idea how sites like these store ...
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How would an attacker know the Gateway IP's of 2 VPN endpoints?

My office has two Sonicwall Routers each at a different physical location and with two different ISPs. There is an SSL-VPN tunnel between the two. Today I noticed that the same Chinese IP address ...
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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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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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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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Are there theoretical attacks against ECC Digital Signatures?

I was asked to do a research about attacks on various digital signature schemes. There is one thing that bothers me for which I could not find a direct answer. For digital signatures that are based ...
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Linux Hydra issue - random correct password success

I have an issue with Hydra when I use it. I have tried the same command lines given in guides directly supported by the Damn Vulnerable Web Application (DVWA) v1.8. Ok so.. here is my attempt ...
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Distance between two passwords

It is known that people reuse their passwords across different sites. The reuse can be done in two ways: using exactly same password for two different sites, slight modifying the password of one ...
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How stack smashing is prevented?

I just read AlephOne's paper on smashing the stack, and implemented it on my machine (Ubuntu 12.04), it was a bit old so had to take a lot of help from the internet but I enjoyed it. Now, I want to ...
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Is the process Wslxrqjet.exe, tagged 'Google Chrome', malicious?

Multiple instances (between 3 and 15) of this of this process Wslxrqjet.exe are running on my Windows 8 system at all times. Windows Task Manager 'Description' field for all instances is "Google ...
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Possible to run snort without modifiers?

Is there anyway (e.g some command line argument) with which we can tell snort to run and perform detection but without caring for the rule modifiers if there are any ? e.g alert tcp any any -> ...
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Prevent a file from being encrypted

Is it possible to prevent a file from being encrypted, or at least being easily decrypted in case of encryption? For instance; with the Crypto Locker malware attacking users, could you set up a ...
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How does the Fake Authentication Attack from aircrack-ng work?

I'm making a school project about the AP attacks and I'd like to know how does the Fake Authentication Attack from aircrack-ng actually work and how to prevent it? I read a lot of articles but ...
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Whole system ACK flood attack making internet slow

Over the past few days, I'm noticing that the log of my wireless router is showing an ACK flood attack from various IP addresses. I use a D-Link DIR-600L. I've searched through the internet, also ...
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How do I stop attack on my email id from hackers?

We have an email id, info@<ourdomain>.com This email id is being hacked frequently and mails are sent from this email id, Following is the example of one such email. From: ...
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Older Cell / Smart phones were susceptible to bluesnarfing / bluetooth attacks, Why specifically are smartphones secure from this attack now?

Older cell / smart phones were susceptible to bluesnarfing / Bluetooth attacks, Nokia phones in particular. But now in days, modern smart phone and cell phones that use Bluetooth technology for ...
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Can TLS fallback work with server side support only?

I have patched my server with OpenSSL 1.0.1j for the Poodle vulnerability. Been reading the spec on TLS_FALLBACK_SCSV. From what I can tell in order for TLS fallback prevention to work properly it ...
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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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Open source alternatives to tamper data

I'm developing a browser(firefox) plug-in which essentially checks for malicious input. My current approach is to store all input fields sent in GET/POST requests, try to heuristically determine ...
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I was hacked, but I don't know why [closed]

Tonight I found by accident that someone had injected a bunch of crap links into the bottom of my personal site's index.html page. I thought it was a script at first, but after going into my FTP ...
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Is a server absolutely safe if the attacker don't know unknown bug?

If a server installed all patches for known bugs and the attacker can't do a 0-day attack, then is the server absolutely safe?
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Victim loses Internet connection during MITM attack

I tried to do MITM attack on my network. I enabled ettercap, marked my router as TARGET1 and my second computer as TARGET2. Then I enabled 'ARP Spoofing'. I do not know why - but after this operation ...
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How is Cross Site Flashing performed?

I read about cross site flashing in the OWASP testing guide. I know the difference between XSS and XSF. But what I am looking for is how attackers perform a XSF attack. How is it possible since there ...
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bscrypt,scrypt v/s iterative SHA-x [duplicate]

Both bcrypt and scrypt hashing algorithms are designed to increase the resources required during the computation. Hashing passwords with these algorithms can be beneficial as it makes the task of an ...
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Is return oriented programming applicable to pure Java code?

I'm interested in ROP in the context of Java. For now, I don't consider the native code of the Java virtual machine. Is return oriented programming applicable to pure Java code?
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Are passwords stored in the cookie? encrypted?

Whenever I connect to security.stack.exchange, I am automatically logged in. I haven't allowed the browser to store my password. When I delete all cookies stored by the security.stack.exchange, I have ...
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Use of JavaScript by LastPass to encrypt & decrypt the password database a secure approach?

LastPass is a top-rated password manager that comes as a browser extension and uses a master password to encrypt and decrypt the password database using the JavaScript. Is this a secure way of doing? ...
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While logged in to Google etc., can a malicious site discover my ID?

If I visited a malicious site while being logged in to Google, Hotmail, Facebook, or Twitter in the same browser window, how hard is it for the site to discover my account IDs without my explicit ...
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Can I perform WEP cracking from several laptops against 1 AP

I have successfully being able to perform WEP key cracking attack using aircrack tool. I want to allow my students to test this in a lab environment. They will be working fro their own laptops against ...