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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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 ...
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What is a transient attack?

I just faced a problem of an IP is taking forever to respond, i had been told it might be a transient attack.... I tried googling it, but cant really find more info. Can anyone kindly explain to me ...
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Is it possible for a vulnerability in one application to be exploited to attack another application on the same server?

If for example I have Magento-eCommerce and WordPress installed on the same server. Both have a database each with a different database username/password and both have different login details to the ...
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SSH attempt blocked now ECDSA keys changed

Last night I had an external IP tried to access my server over SSH. The attempt was blocked as it failed to authorise in the number of times and time limit that I'd specified. Doing a whois on the ip ...
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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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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 protection/...
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Revoking AIK Key

How can I prevent attacks via compromised Attestation Identity Key (AIK) keys, such as having an attacker forging the cryptographic signature of an AIK key on TPM?
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CPU instruction encoding on x86 that is free from ROP attacks

x86 has a dense instruction encoding, and thus enables ROP attacks. Are there any CPU instruction encoding schemes that are free from these attacks?
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Defeating code injection attacks in x86

In x86 systems, there are three requirements for a code injection attack to work: write attack payload to memory attack payload to be executable divert control-flow to payload How can we prevent 2)...
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AES-ECB chosen plaintext attack with long secret

I'm having some trouble understanding the methodology for a crypto exercise I'm doing. The goal of the exercise is to recover an encrypted secret string through a chosen key attack on AES in ECB mode. ...
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preventing reflection attack

I was reading the solution to the reflection attack and have some confusion as to how Alice would know Bob is a liar and isn't really Bob. 1. Alice initiates a connection to Bob 2. Bob challenges ...
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Does adblockers(ublock) protect you from Malvertisement?

With malvertisement on the rise, I was wondering if it's as easy to protect yourself from it by just using an adblocker like ublock origin?
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Was I hacked remotely, how could I find out? Windows 7

I was cleaning out my old windows 7 HP desktop computer approximately 5 months ago. There was only the expired Norton 360 as far as antivirus and no firewall. Up until this point I disabled the wifi ...
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What threats involve in cache miss

What are the possible consequences of a cache miss? In other word, is it possible that a cache miss could cause a security threat? Thank you.
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Possible threats on the memory buffer

If an adversary could identify a buffer's capacity, what would be the possible consequences?
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Violation of security principles?

It's clear that keyless entry fobs, smart entry cards, NFC, etc. are vulnerable to relay attacks. Suppose they were improved by limiting the period of activity, eg let them be active only when they ...
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What prevents a coder from brute forcing a wifi?

I know that a coder is able to connect to a wifi through code so my question is: Is there anything that will make it difficult to brute force a wifi password?
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Challenge: How to find the secret key in homebrew MAC/keyed hash: sha1(key + cookie)?

I am trying to solve a security challenge on a website. Basically, the website computes sha1(key + cookie) to sign a cookie so that the user can't change it himself, and to accomplish the goal you ...
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How can an attacker redirect victims through proxy

Let's say that an attacker is behind a proxy that's using NAT or PAT. Is it possible for him to redirect victims to his machine to achieve some attacks like web phishing or opening reverse TCP ...
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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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TSource Engine Query DDoS attack

My gaming machine is under DDoS attack and when I used Wireshark I found the following string "TSource Engine Query" in all UDP packets coming from random IP's. I found using Google that some gaming ...
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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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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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CRIME attack - If Javascript can be injected on the attacked machine, why not directly sending the cookie to a remove server?

I read about the CRIME - How to beat the BEAST successor? question and answer, but I don't understand that: If Javascript can be injected and run on the attacked machine, why not directly sending the ...
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how can an attacker access a system through a compromised router?

Let's say an attacker gained access to the admin panel of a home router with port 21, 23 and 80 open. I mean the attacker has full control over the router, thus being able to port forward, etc... ...
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Host based code injection defense vs anti virus?

Recently I came across a paper titled Host-based code injection attacks: A popular technique used by malware. Another paper titled "Bee Master: Detecting Host-Based Code Injection Attacks", suggests ...
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Can simply decompressing a JPEG image trigger an exploit?

The novel Daemon is frequently praised for being realistic in its portrayal rather than just mashing buzzwords. However, this struck me as unrealistic: Gragg's e-mail contained a poisoned JPEG of ...
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TCP- or UDP-based Port Scans, IP Fragmented Packet

Is this normal or is someone trying to hack/attack me? How can I stop this? My router is a Cg3000v2 netgear provided to me by Optus. [TCP- or UDP-based Port Scan]411 Wed Aug 26 00:28:08 2015 27.253....
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Feasibility of time-based database brute-force attacks on websites

I recently learned that there is an attack that utilizes the fact that when brute-forcing a compared string (e.g. hash from a password or token) in a database the query fails a few nanoseconds earlier ...
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Thousands of 404s from various search engines

Since early April of 2015, my web site has been getting thousands of requests from many search engines for URLs that don't exist and never have existed. I found a similar, but less detailed, ...
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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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UDP flood from my machine, or false positive?

The company that hosts my dedicated server has alerted me to what they think is malicious traffic coming from my machine. They supplied me with graphs showing a large amount of UDP traffic coming from ...
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Have computer criminals been known to exploit easily-edited websites like Wikipedia to embed malicious scripts?

When I was reading a page on Wikipedia several months ago (December 2014) I saw what looked like a pop-up window from BT, but I soon realized that when I closed the page the pop-up disappeared. I then ...
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Are there cases where malicious scripts on websites breached the sandbox of a browser so that files on the user's computer could be accessed?

Whenever a hosted script on a website tries to access a file on a user's computer the sandbox prevents it, but has there been any documented case where this sandbox obstacle was somehow overcome by ...
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Is this an attempted cross-site attack?

I have found various 404 errors in my web server log that look like this: http://mywebsite.com/go.php?http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=ffdkafkjasd http://mywebsite.com/go?http://pastebin.com/raw.php?i=...
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Canvas fingerprinting identifies the OS?

I recently read this article, about how a journalist was hacked. She describes how they used a 'fingerprinting' technique to identify her OS. The way they use a one pixel image, it sounds like the ...
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If there is a malicious attack on one partition, is the other one safe?

I recently have used Bootcamp to set up a new partition and run Windows 7. About half of my HDD is designated to my OS X partition and the other half is allocated to the new Windows 7 partition. If ...
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Hacked bluetooth speaker

I recently purchased a new OontZ Angle Plus bluetooth speaker and I believe that it has been hacked. I can't connect any of my devices to it, the bluetooth light indicates that it has been paired ...
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Is this an attempted SQL injection?

Looking through error logs I found lots of requests to a web-app where the URL contains: /if(now()=sysdate(),sleep(10),0)/*'XOR(if(now()=sysdate(),sleep(10),0))OR'"XOR(if(now()=sysdate(),sleep(10),0))...
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What kind of attacks can target static resources?

Static resources and their caching interests me from the security perspective. Let's say we have an .jpg file requisted from the origin -> going through a reverse proxy with caching -> reaching the ...
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Yahoo mail hacked - how to recover, how did it happen and how to prevent?

I was yesterday informed by some friends that they received spam mails with my name as sender. The sender addresses look like firstnamelastname@spacepc.pt and firstnamelastname@revistaplot.com with ...
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Behaviour of DNS query packet

When the configured name server resolver is not reachable, the query packet will retransmitted after certain t times (in windows, every 1 seconds until 8 seconds,max). The behaviour of the legitimate ...
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Persistent XSS in Blogger domain

I have discovered persistent XSS in blogger domain. I have reported vulnerability to Google Security Team and I received this is the response: Users are permitted to place arbitrary JavaScript, ...
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Famous XSS attacks over JavaScript [closed]

I'm about to graduate in "Computer Science", and I'm writing thesis about the Javascript vulnerabilities. In particular, I'm analyzing the JS vulnerabilities that allow XSS attacks. I would like to ...
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Connected cars: Skills needed for a security specialist [closed]

Connected cars are being mass produced by many car manufactures such as Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai (Founding members of the Open Automotive Alliance). Recently I have read a scaring article about ...
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Do these regex show that I was hacked?

What do these regex commands mean? I found them when I ran the history command: grep --include=\*.php -rnw . -e "update.creditcard" grep --include=\*.php -rnw . -e "e41e" grep --include=\*.php -rnw . ...
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Attack on Androids Encryption called FROST

http://www.extremetech.com/computing/150536-how-to-bypass-an-android-smartphones-encryption-and-security-put-it-in-the-freezer I read this article about FROST and in the comments someone was stating ...
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Is it effective to check how many times the same password was entered in fear of a string comparison timing attack?

How many times would an attacker have to enter the same password when doing a string comparison timing attack? I assume it would have to be at least a few dozen times to average out network lag, for ...