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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Strange 'agetty' process running on my VPS.

Recently, I had to reinstall one of my VPS servers (again), due to malware. I took what I considered to be pretty good security precautions. I also locked the root account and am using sudo as well. ...
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What this type of attack called? (gaining peripheral information)

When the intruder looks at the transmitted data and finds information about the sender and the receiver of the data or other peripheral information that won't help him hack the system but know more ...
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How effective is antivirus software? [duplicate]

On one hand, most antivirus websites claim their products are highly effective, and I've seen antivirus "test" videos claiming 95%+ detection rates for new malware (as in less than a day old, not old ...
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How can hackers access WordPress usernames? [duplicate]

Recently I've had brute force attack attempts on some of my WordPress sites and the attackers are using actual usernames other than the default admin (which was removed). How is it possible for them ...
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Is CVE-2013-2566 a practical attack against RC4 or still conceptual?

Is CVE-2013-2566 a practical attack against RC4 or still conceptual and does it only apply to WPA/TKIP?
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Who first introduced the notion of attack graphs?

I've been searching the literature and haven't been able to pin it down. The concept probably existed long before the name was coined, but who is the invention/introduction of attack graphs attributed ...
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Video site requests Adblocker to be shut off, next day I have 3 “weird” bookmarks

I was on a site trying to view a video and the site requested that I turn off my adblocker to view the video. So I did and then the next day I noticed that I had 3 "weird" bookmarks in my bookmark ...
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nmap detects opened port but can't connect with telnet

I've made an scan to one single IP with nmap and it reports that the port 65301 is opened, and even it detects that it's maybe the service pcanywhere. sudo nmap -p 65000-65535 -sV x.x.x.x Starting ...
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Login from a desktop application to a web application

I have a desktop application and a web application. The user is loged in on the desktop application. With a click on a button or something the browser should open and the user should be logged in. ...
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When can the exploit for CVE: 2006-7098 be used?

I'm studying the vulnerabilities of an old version of Apache, the 1.3.34. And I don't quite understand in what exact situation the CVE 2006-7098 vulnerability can be exploited. The README included in ...
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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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My domain has got hacked/defaced by a group of hackers. What should I do next? [closed]

I don't know if this is the right forum to ask this but I have a domain hosted (shared hosting) on godaddy.com and it has been hacked/defaced by a group of Bangladeshi hackers. Note that it is just a ...
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What is an n-day security attack?

There are several attacks types in computer security. For instance, zero-day attacks consist of attacks that use undisclosed exploits. In contrast, what is an n-day attack? Is it a security concern?
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Break in attempts from secureserver.net

Over the last few weeks I have seen dozens if not hundreds of break-in attempts from ip addresses which map back to secureserver.net. I know these are GoDaddy machines from the who is look up. ...
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Potential worm damage on a physically isolated Tor system

I'm setting up a physically isolated Tor system (with one computer serving as the workstation and another as a Tor gateway), and I'm concerned about methods a worm could use to infect my OS. In the ...
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Buffer overflow and register contents?

I am doing an exam practice question, suppose I have a function like; void func(char* arg) { char buf[32]; strcpy(buf, arg); } command break func: -buf begins at 0xbffebfb0 -(gdb) x/2wx $...
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Which systems in a network are able to spoof a TCP handshake?

I am reviewing for my final exam tomorrow, I came across a past exam question. An attacker wants to initiate a TCP handshake with a target to make him think E initiated it, attacker knows IP ...
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Would my protocol be safe?

Suppose I have a protocol like the one below between users A and B; -A sends random nonce G1 to B -B sends back hash_k(G1) and random none G2 -A verifies hash_k(G1), then sends back hash_k(G1 | ...
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Is there any possibility that a trusted CA can perform a man in middle attack? [duplicate]

Is there any possibility that a trusted CA can perform a man in middle attack? Since the CA certificate is installed and trusted by the browser it will never raise a warning message. Hope my doubt ...
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Are exploits 1:1 with vulnerabilities? [closed]

I know that for the most part, there are some small differences between thoughts on a lot of matters in terms of definitions in security. What I am asking about is whether exploits are considered to ...
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How to attack on a web page to gain username and password? [closed]

In a situation where a web page is not using SSL and someone wants to attack to gain the username and password. How it can be done? Given the situations: Passwords are not stored in plain text. ...
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My wifi has been hacked [closed]

The hacker has complete control of my computer; opening and shutting programs at will. Deleting files that display the remote user ip address. We have changed the password several times; but no luck....
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The Perfect Mousetrap - Can a sandbox system be designed such that it's identical to an actual computer? [duplicate]

In testing suspicious files for malware, the typical method is to search for known malicious code. This is why zero-day malware attacks can be so dangerous — their malicious code is previously unknown ...
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What are the main differences between a Metasploit vulnerability/exploit attack and a “R.A.T.” attack?

I explain myself: To attack with a vulnerability & exploit it with Metasploit, you have first to find a vulnerability listed. Then once you have it, you set up the whole thing and end up with a ...
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What type of attack is this?

Attacker purchasing something from e-store when attempting to tamper with requests and change the transaction amount value. What type of attack is this? How to prevent this kind of attack as the bank ...
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Are cars with keyless proximity-based entry protected against range extenders?

Some cars unlock whenever the key fob is within a certain distance. Do such systems generally guarantee the maximum distance in a secure fashion (namely, by requiring the fob to respond within a ...
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Deobfuscated Malicious PHP Code Comprehensively [closed]

I found 3 php files in a htaccess-password-protected upload folder on my server: 1. default_folders.php 2. factory.php 3. HMAC.php Each of them contains a variable string, eg: $Ssy='XEYP'|~...
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Slow internet, IP Flood? [duplicate]

Lately, I've been getting slow internet. I checked wireshark and noticed I keep receiving in matter of seconds thousands of UDP packets that my computer does not respond to, and here's the twist: ...
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Information on the Elderwood Project/Platform [closed]

I've read Symantec's whitepaper on the Elderwood Project and the blog update on the Elderwood Platform. They both make for a very interesting read, especially in the zero-day exploit meta-analysis ...
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(httpd log files) What kind of attack is? How can I prevent it? [duplicate]

In my log files I see hundreds of these registers. I have to say that the client ip changes sometimes. So there are 3 or 4 ips sending this requests... The othersite.something (that I ommited) is ...
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Is Great Cannon essentially a JavaScript injection attack?

I was reading an article on Great Cannon at Ars Technica (http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/04/meet-great-cannon-the-man-in-the-middle-weapon-china-used-on-github/) and it seems to me that this is ...
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DNS resolution attacks by flooding spoofed replies

Each DNS request has an ID of 16bits. In the event that an adversary is unable to sniff the query, a way to spoof the DNS reply is to flood the resolver with many replies. Request from victim Query ...
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Does NDP (Neighbor Discovery Protocol) reduce ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) attacks?

I read the comparison of NDP with ARP but am uncertain if NDP does reduce any amounts of ARP attacks, given that with NDP, ARP is not used for address resolution. For the discussion to be specific, ...
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Enterprise Security : Where to Start? [closed]

I am trying to start self studying of Enterprise Security Context, but always feeling kind of lost among all the specs and standards etc. Unlike software development, this really is a challenge as far ...
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What's a term to describe multiple shoulder surfing attacks to uncover different parts of the password?

Is there an existing term that describes shoulder surfing attacks where the adversary observes a different part of the password each time, to eventually construct the whole password? An example ...
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Is my server being used as a proxy or being attacked?

I have an Ubuntu, Apache, Passenger, and Rails 4 project on AWS EC2. I am unfamiliar with the security and server side of my project. Recently, my site was down because of "too many users" so when I ...
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Classifying Reflected and DOM-based XSS

Having referenced Difference between DOM & Reflected XSS , I observed that certain attacks could be both DOM-based and Reflected XSS. I wish to find out if my understand is accurate, or they ...
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How to exploit Open Redirect Vulnerability?

Redirect/Forward attack code: <?php $redirectUrl = $_GET['url']; header("Location: $redirectUrl"); ?> exploit (Sends user from your page to evil page) : example.com/?url=example.com/faq.php ...
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Is my ISP hacking me? [closed]

Today I was trying to enter my routers admin page. I put the default IP address starting with 192.168. I couldn't login so ran ipconfig, and I discovered that I was assigned a Class A address. I was ...
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Security risk: Digitally sign communications for SMB

I have a computer (Windows) on a network where an industrial process is controlled. There is an option in Local Security Policy >> Local Policies >> Security Options >> "Microsoft network client: ...
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Could an attacker prevent IIS from logging requests

I've had an attacker try to gain access to one of my websites through a form using what looks like a blind SQL inject. It is a huge form, and every possible permutation of values has been tried - in ...
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Trouble understand login vulnerabilities

I'm testing my own web page with the following vulnerabilities. #1: Form escapes ' to \' So if a user tries to enter the following information: username: 'or'1=1 password: m username will ...
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DNS Rebinding attack - does this attack require victim to use an attacker's DNS server for resolution? How will that happen?

Usually a preferred DNS server will be set in router's configuration and it will be either the organization's server or some trusted public server. So how would attacker get the victim to use his DNS ...
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Is it possible to perform a MITM attack with a smartphone?

Will be possible to perform a MITM attack using a smartphone? If yes, that is very dangerous. Is it really a danger attack? Shorted : Is possible to perform a useful MITM attack to a victim using a ...
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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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How can I launch DHCP starvation attack in WLAN?

In WLAN, due to MAC association on Access Point (AP), I can't send the DHCPDISCOVER messages using random MAC addresses. But if I keep my original MAC address as the source ethernet MAC a and random ...
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Detecting web app attacks by parsing log files [duplicate]

Following up on this question as the answers are now 5 years old: Can I detect web app attacks by viewing my Apache log file? My boss has tasked me with analyzing our access.log and error.log files ...
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What would you call an attack where authenticated user modifies other users information on web app?

Authenticated user on web app, using other people's id to update or change their information. So basically the web app is not checking for person who is logged in against the person who he/she is ...
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How it is dangerous that the ntp service listen to all IPs on Linux?

When I run the following command I get that the following output: netstat -atpun | grep ntp udp 0 0 172.16.0.1:123 0.0.0.0:* 7734/ntpd udp ...
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POODLE and TLS…not SSL

In December there was a new attack surface of POODLE against TLS 1.0 (think this also covers 1.1 and 1.2?). Anyway, as a system administrator for Windows Server 2008/2012 what can we do do prevent ...