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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Random URL string: What kind of attack is this, and what can be done to stop it?

EDIT: It's been a little while since this was posted, but I'm here to report that this does NOT appear to have been some sort of attack after all. Rather, this particular URL string indicates a ...
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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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Attack using weird characters followed by some javascript in a URL?

I'm seeing a very weird attack this morning from a pile of VPS instances spread out across the US. The URLs look like this: /js/bundles/,!0):this.element.propAttr( /js/bundles/&this.buttons....
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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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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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Passwords propagation, Password Trend and Word Generator in Human Mind

Some passwords like "123456", "admin" are outrageously popular, so are the leet transformations and concatenation of digits. The users seem to pick up the password suggestions or just copy the ...
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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 security risks does IP spoofing bring?

By manipulating the TCP packet and changing the source address one is able to spoof the IP. As I understand it, you will not be able to set up a full handshake by doing this, as you will never receive ...
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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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Ideas on how I can fragment captured network traffic?

I am trying to create a lab environment where I can analyze common IDS solutions (starting with Snort specifically) and their ability to reassemble fragmented IP trains. I have a collection of ...
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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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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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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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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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SSD Self Encrypting Drives - Setup / warm boot bypass

I've seen folks deploying the SED on laptops recently. I've discovered that there is a setting in which you can do a warm boot and NOT require the bootup password to be put in again. Which makes ...
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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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Rootkits, Bootkits detection and protection and Firmware alteration

I was hacked in an extremely intrusive manner in late 2013. Ever since then, not a day has passed where I don't think about this. A lot. My question has to do with the likelihood of the attackers ...
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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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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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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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Attackers of Google DNS hijacking

As we know Google DNS server (8.8.8.8) in 14th and 15th March was hijacked in Sao Paulo. And subsequent to this event, BGPmon.org announced an alert. Now, In a course assignment, we are asked to ...
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Router detecting constant ack flood attacks and port scans

I first noticed this yesterday in my logs - while I was configuring the router settings, so I don't know how long it's been going on. What should I do? I reconfigured my router with more secure ...
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If someone downloaded 600GB , can that be ddos attack [duplicate]

Last night some one exploit some vulnerability in my site and then upload php script in my images folder. I have the Amazon EC2 server with centos. Now the Hacker downloaded 600GB and increased my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Online Shop got hacked, fixed but is still under attack - what to do?

an xt-commerce-based online shop from a friend of mine got hacked recently. The attacker mailed that the shop is vulnerable, he showed the extracted data (basically he dumped the databases and cracked ...
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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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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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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 ...
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String Comparison Timing Attack in Plain English

Could someone please tell me what a string comparison timing attack is in simple terms? I have Googled this, but all the explanations are very technical. Also, is this attack an better than a brute ...
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Are the Microsoft Windows images found on the internet safe?

Microsoft has stopped offering the Windows images for download. It is now only possible to get the image if one has a key of a retail version of the corresponding OS. The question is now, whether the ...
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Does services provided by different companies for DDoS protection work well?

Is it necessary to use any DDoS service provided by different web hosting provider and other people? We know, they are running their business to provide security to thousands of web property. They are ...
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How accurate the recent activities location provided by Microsoft emails

One of my emails is on hotmail.com provided by Microsoft. Recently, after few suspicious incidents where my computer was hacked and many other accounts, I changed all my passwords including this email....
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Are documented networks easier to attack? Are undocumented networks easier to protect?

I am learning about network documentation for the first time and have come across the following statement: Undocumented networks might not be protected and can be used to support insider attacks. ...
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My Ipv6 is under attack by the smurf6?

When I go to whatsmyip.org under my host name I get "Your.Ipv6.Is.Under.Attack.By.The.Smurf6.Info". What does this mean? I'm using private internet access as my VPN so I'm guessing PIA is under some ...
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Where can I find good dictionaries for dictionary attacks?

I’m wondering where I can find good collections of dictionaries which can be used for dictionary attacks? I've found some through Google, but I’m interested in hearing about where you get your ...