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Strange STP traffic in my network, possible MitM attack?

I live at a student dorm, where we are connected to a student network. The administrators of this network have forgotten to disable STP broadcast on non-infrastructure ports. Periodically, I lose my ...
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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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Creating a Private Key using Human Intervention

In a hypothetical system, lets say that a design requirement is that people who snoop around the database of a web application (sysadmin gone rogue, or what have you), do not have access to the plain ...
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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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How can an admin choose which Snort rules to enable?

The purpose is to configure Snort as an IDS to monitor network activity, and alert against the standard set of things an IDS should alert against--> buffer overflow attacks, injection attacks, port ...
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How safe is the 256-bit encryption used in bank transactions?

Most of the banks use a 128-bit or 256-bit encryption. What does this mean? Does it mean that the keys used in SSL are 128-bit long or what? If they are the SSL key lengths then 128 bit RSA keys are ...
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What password cracking software is commonly used?

I am curious to know how secure my passwords are. What password cracking software is commonly used? Preferably open source. EDIT: I am actually looking to crack my passwords used on services I ...
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How to respond to attack made from my dedicated server?

There was a sudden unusual peak of outbound traffic from my hosted dedicated server (OS - Windows Server 2008 R2). The hoster threatened to block the server if the problem is not solved. There are an ...
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Can anyone be hacked?

I have often heard that if you are the target of a directed hacking campaign by say, a team of government hackers (whether Chinese, NSA, etc.), there is no way to prevent being hacked if they highly ...
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What kind of attacks result in an attacker only being able to leak a site's database?

Of the public disclosures I've seen from recently compromised sites, it seems common for only the database to be leaked, rather than the application code, or rather than a complete takeover. Is this ...
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Are CSRF Attacks Really Blind

I'm new to CSRF attacks but don't see how they are always blind. Let's say we are dealing with a site where the asset we need to protect is the HTTP response. Something like one's medical history. ...
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TLS Renegotiation Indication Extension vulnerability

I am trying to understand the TLS Renegotiation Indication Extension from the RFC. I can understand that it is related to the fact that the renegotiation is sent under the encrypted stream, but I ...
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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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What is a Shrink Wrap code attack?

On my C|EH course I have heard about term "Shrink Wrap Code Attack", but we've only mentioned it. Now trying to do some research and refresh the topics, I can't seem to find serious description of ...
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Is that possible? A router with arpspoof from factory

Just bought a 3G router from China and then checked the log: [1970-01-01 00:00:00] The system will be restored the factory value. [1970-01-01 00:00:00] The system current version: 1.0.5.1. ...
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How I can prove that SSH attacks are not from my application?

My ruby on rails web application is hosted on Linode. Linode opened a ticket and blamed my Linode server for attacking other servers. The logs revealed that it's a SSH brute force attack which ...
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Web server file sniffing

What is it called when a user tries several attempts to figure out the files and folder structure on a web server? For example, the attacker will run http://example.com/test.jpg to determine if ...
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SSH : Remote Host Identification Changed

As part of my daily routine, I was SSH'ing to one of the corporate servers. However this time I was presented with following message @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@ @ ...
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Is this a symptom of an attack (DoS/DDoS)?

I work for an e-commerce website in my country and this is the second time we suffer an attack. At least, looks like one. We have a search functionality in our website and the supposed attacker is ...
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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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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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How secure is NFC on mobile devices?

Near field communication is becoming more commonly available in modern mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. This functionality can be used to communicate between such devices, or with ...
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How to prevent my website from getting malware injection attacks?

My website was banned as a malware website by Google. When I checked the code, I found out that some code injected many files on my server. I cleaned everything manually, edited all files on my server ...
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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 ...
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Attributing attacks

Neophyte here. I didn't find much googling around, so I was hoping maybe someone here could point me in the right direction towards some literature that discusses this in more depth. It's ...
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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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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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Strange escape codes in a GET request - is this a known attack?

I recently came across some entries in nginx's access logs that resemble the following: ##.##.##.## - - [24/Sep/2014:01:21:51 -0400] "GET /767/browser-wars-side-show-ho ...
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Is this a DNS attack?

The following graph shows the UDP DNS queries/sec (blue) and DNS responses/sec (red) of traffic passing a router over the preiod of 4 days. DNS query is a DNS packet with query/response flag set to 0 ...
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Cufon or Prototype as an attack vector for Blackhole exploit kit?

I've been asked to look into the security of a client site that's apparently throwing antiviral messages when visited. Specifics: It's being detected as a Blackhole exploit kit inside of a Cufon ...
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Trying to prevent Cisco toll fraud

A little back story on the setup first; We have a Cisco VoIP setup at our remote office(where I'm at) and the main CCM/CCX/Unity setup is at the parent company across the US in Connecticut. We have ...
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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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An attack from my Employer

I am working in an ISP company as a junior support specialist. Recently, I have a serious suspicions that one of our "head" stuff member is compromising me by being able to control(see) my traffic.. ...
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Extract AES key by comparing plaintext and encrypted data

Is there a kind of analysis which would enable me to get AES key which was used for encrypting arbitrary data while I have both original and encrypted version of data ? The problem is that the AES ...
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Is Teredo in my router a back door?

I use the school computer, which I bought from school, administered by the IT-department. I opened a port to my computer when I stumbled upon this: It points to my computer IP. (I have a static IP ...
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Received a Kindle from a stranger, what are the risks?

While getting a coffee today, a man walked up to me and offered me a kindle. he said he no longer wanted it and that he was looking to give it away. An avid reader, I accepted. It has no accounts on ...
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How can I find out who owns a block of IPs?

I'm currently going through the logs on my apache install for potential intrustions, and I'm finding a lot of hits for SQL injections and exploit testing, from 173.212.195.* . I'm now trying to find ...
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Is this an attack and how can I fix it?

I don't know where to start in searching the forum for existing threads that might cover my issues. I recently received a spoof email pretending to be from a client for whom I've just started to do ...
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How do I protect myself against the attacks in this php script?

Due to a vulnerability in how PHP was installed (Shared VPS with PHP installed as an Apache module instead of CGI) and hence how OSCommerce was configured (with security of 777 on certain ...
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Are there volatile memory chips which dont retain data after power off?

It was demonstrated that dram modules can retain information up to 10 min after power off in certain conditions. My question - are there memory types which will retain data 10 sec at max even if being ...
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Security risk of adding a HTTP Header with server identifier

We are about to deploy a web application to a web farm of quite a few web servers. During our testing we have found issues happening in one of the servers but not in others. Most of them because of ...
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How does the Yahoo webmail exploit work?

I got an email (referring to me by name) from somebody I knew a while ago and the email itself was just two/three lines containing a bit-ly link. Although it seemed like it actually could be ...
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Can SSL requests be proxied by issuing a second certificate?

Alice wants to login to her account at https://www.bobsbank.com/. However she clicks on a malicious link in an email and instead gets sent to the malicious site https://www.charliesbank.com/. The ...
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Should user input be validated for it's length?

Is it bad not to validate length of user input to text field at server side. May it lead to such vulnerabilities as buffer overflows and other? I think it depends on programming language of ...
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XSS when <, > and " are escaped

I'm pentesting a website that has a reflected XSS, or at least a vector for a reflection, but the issue is the following : It escapes <, >, " to their URL entities (not &, ) or () You are ...
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Attack where browser URL appears valid

I remember reading about an attack where the "location bar" in a user's browser displays a valid URL (e.g. https://www.paypal.com/), but the traffic is really being directed to or intercepted by an ...
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VGA/HDMI Based Attack

Can I attack a PC via the VGA port? Is VGA one way or does it accept data from the other side? How about HDMI or DVI? And if so, are there known malware or PoCs to do that? or is it theoretically ...
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Is this an example of XSS attack?

A scripter sees on certain web pages it's technically possible to include markup like HTML and CSS/JS. It's technically possible to submit a javascript or iframe and have it display to the visitor ...
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Most informative DEF CON talk?

I didn't make it to DEF CON this last year... I'd like to know what you thought was the most interesting/informative presentation and possibly a link to more information on the topic. [mod - ...
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Create a page to experiment with SQL injection [closed]

This semester, I have taken a course on Information Security and my project for this course is to implement an SQL injection to obtain admin privileges. For this I first download Havij software ...