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Different Security Issues Depending on OS? [closed]

I'm interested in learning more about OS specific security issues if there are any. I'm very new to this topic but I want to learn more about if there are specific security vulnerabilities associated ...
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Example of a backdoor submitted to an open source project?

To clarify immediately, I'm not interested in writing a backdoor. I have no interest in submitting backdoor changelists to projects myself. I'm researching some source modeling techniques, and we're ...
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Keyboard sniffing through audio recorded typing patterns

I've been thinking about this for a while; I know people are aware of wireless wiretapping of keyboards. However, has there been research on how to wiretap keyboards based on typing patterns? I'm ...
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In the recent DKIM vulnerability, how did someone determine key length by looking at headers?

Having read this recent article : Wired-DKIM vulnerability, I have a couple of questions. How can one determine the key length that is being used simply by looking at the headers ? And I'm assuming ...
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amd64 safer than 686-pae?

Apart from stronger ALSR entropy... Is a system using amd64 any safer than 686-pae? What are the advantages, if any?
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What is a DoS Attack and how does it differ from a DDoS attack?

Can some one explain to me the concept of Dos Attacks for web applications ? Also what is the distinction between Dos and Distributed Dos ( ie DDos) attacks ? Wikipedia says : In computing, a ...
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Is there a method to detect an active man-in-the-middle?

Suposing an attacker that has gained access to the router. Is there a way, for the victim, to notice that is being attacked? I think one of my friends is a victim of this kind of attack. How can I be ...
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Security risks of scanning an unknown QR code

What are the security risks of scanning a QR code from an untrusted source? If the QR code was constructed by an attacker, what can the attacker do to me? Do widely used QR scanners have any known ...
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How to exploit HTTP Methods

Many security scanners like nikto, nessus, nmap, and w3af sometimes show that certain HTTP Methods like HEAD, GET, POST, PUT, DELETE, TRACE, OPTIONS, CONNECT, etc are vulnerable to attack. What do ...
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Can an attacker slow down my server without compromising it?

We have a Linux server with WHM/cPanel which has been running without problems for almost 3 years now. Yesterday, the server became unresponsive (it was definitely there though) for around an hour. ...
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Wireless security attack techniques

Before I ask for some advice, please don't assume I'm a script kiddie or such. This is for one of my wireless security class (CSS 1015). It's a Saturday class and only 6 students are in the class ...
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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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Are there Bluetooth attacks on Smartphones that will not notify the user of the attack?

Are there Bluetooth attacks on Smartphones that will not notify the user of the attack? Specifically forcing a reset or opening an application.
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Can JavaScript defeat source port randomization?

Can malicious JavaScript defeat source-port randomization in browsers? I am reading a research paper which seems to claim that the answer is yes: many browsers seem to always assign a random ...
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Vulnerabilities of having one path of app accessible only via HTTPS but others via HTTP?

Imagine example.com that is accessible via HTTP and HTTPS. Most of content at site isn't secure and it won't be bad if it will be read by attacker. One of paths - example.com/secure_zone is accessible ...
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Is it safe to invoke PHP GD functions if you don't know whether file is a valid image?

There is image upload function in web application. After image is uploaded, it's resized using functions from PHP GD like imagecopyresampled and others. Before invocation of PHP GD's functions there ...
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Computational Feasibility of finding 'Good Links' of the following format

I recently stumbled upon this and am checking here to see if what I am proposing is indeed feasible and can be considered a breach of privacy. For obvious reasons I am not revealing the website ...
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Memory Dumping - Cause for concern in Virtualization?

Recently, I started exploring threats to Virtual machines in general. The first question that popped into my head was whether a host machine can dump its entire memory onto a file, and inspect the ...
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How to mitigate the risk of a continuous integration service security breach?

We are using a Continuous Integration service to automatically run our product test suite. Every time we push code to our central Git repository production branch, the CI services is notified and ...
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Should companies use Crowd Source Audit Platform for Manual Penetration Test?

As a CIO, CISO, CTO or Sys Admin, would you use a crowd sourced platform for penetration tests in order to improve your security issues? LE: So most of you guys downgrade, and said it's wrong to have ...
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How to use attack trees and attack graphs

I am trying to understand how attack trees\graphs can be used in the security process. I read a lot of papers presenting the topic and how this reppresentation can be useful, but I really don't ...
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Access to a router's GUI

During a recent visit to a coffee shop, I noticed that they hadn't bothered changing their default user name and password for their router. I realise that someone could log on and be annoying to ...
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Automated encryption detection

Is there any program that, given a cipher text, it would tell me what the encryption algorithm is? What if I have the plain text? Is there something that can be done in that case?
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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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Is it a weakness to be able to see server side scripting?

Are languages such as Cold Fusion and PHP less secure because they are embedded in HTML which is sent to a client? Someone told me they are less secure because they lack abstraction. CLARIFICATION: ...
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Most secure response for a server to return to a user scanning for exploits

I have ASP.NET servers hosted in IIS, regularly i see bots attempting to scan my server searching for outdated versions of phpMyAdmin, mysql etc. Currently these requests all return 404 because ...
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I'm currently receiving a targeted attack

Since yesterday, I receive forged mails which are targeted at me. They use personal information, seem to come from one of my friends and only contain links to these web sites: http ...
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Are common passwords at particular risk?

The question Should we disallow common passwords like “password” and “12345”? on User Experience immediately made me think that these common passwords were extremely dangerous not because they are ...
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What are the supported versions of RHEL 5 by the NSA?

I have read through the document found at, NSA RHEL5 Security Requirements In reading through the document, it seems that you can use any version of RHEL 5 as long as it supports the requirements in ...
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SUN Remote Procedure Call Port 111 [closed]

I have found on my machine port 111 is open. This is listed as RPC. I understand there are possible attacks on this port. How can my machine be attacked if port 111 is open? How can I secure this ...
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How can I prevent my kids from bypassing my computer restrictions?

My son has a downloaded copy of Ubuntu that he uses to "break" into my computer, bypassing Vista. I have two questions: Can this damage my computer or corrupt my files? (I have lots of pictures) Is ...
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Limiting database security

A number of texts signify that the most important aspects offered by a DBMS are availability, integrity, and secrecy. As part of a homework assignment I have been tasked with mentioning attacks which ...
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How to make SQL injection in PostgreSQL's tsquery?

I think there is SQL injection vulnerability in an application I'm testing. This is seen when I enter malformed parameters into a search form. All exceptions are shown in format: PHP raised unknown ...
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Security of Log Files - Injecting malicious code in Log files

As part of my course project I'm trying to understand various security frameworks and best practices. One of the very popular approach is to maintain Logs. My question is about the security of the ...
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SQL injection for a username/password form?

This is how user validation happens on my site: if(!empty($_POST['username']) && !empty($_POST['password'])) { $query = "SELECT * FROM users WHERE username='".$_POST['username']."' ...
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Can public keys be a security risk when performing password-less SSH logins?

Some companies use monitoring software such as nagios or icinga. In order to perform checks on the servers, they often need password-less SSH logins. The servers being checked put the public key of ...
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Ftp constantly asked for a .exe file, what can i do?

I rent a web server ("service") at a web hosting site which recently i assume got hacked but i am unsure how... I know it got hacked because recently out of the blue certain files and folder appeared ...
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Why is using salt more secure?

Storing the hash of users' passwords, e.g. in a database, is insecure since human passwords are vulnerable to dictionary attacks. Everyone suggests that this is mitigated via the use of salts, but the ...
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HTTPS and cache injection

I understand the downside of this attack and what wrong can be done. But I dont understand how is it done ? Well, I need to educate myself, any pointers would be useful.
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How to Prevent This `Intrusion.Win.MSSQL.worm.Helkern`?

Sometimes my kaspersky Internet Security blocks this attack. What is this and how can I prevent/solve it for ever?
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What are security risks of serving user uploaded files without Content-Disposition?

Imagine a server that serves untrusted user-provided files and allows other users to download them. Under some circumstances server can be tricked to return responses to download file requests without ...
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Need help identifying the OSX process that's generating strange network traffic

Since the past few days, I noticed that my router was a bit slow, and was restarting by itself at times. When looked at it's logs, they had entries like: Friday Jul 13 13:09:02 2012 1 Blocked by DoS ...
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How to encode letters in multipart/form-data to include CR/LF characters?

Part of HTTP request that should be sent to server with Content-Type: multipart/form-data; looks like: ------WebKitFormBoundaryQ7KGYev31biaJTW8 Content-Disposition: form-data; name="subject" ...
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How to fix the audit failure in our web server

We noticed that we are getting the following audit failure logs in our web server. The workstation is not in our network. Can anybody help me how to isolate and prevent this from happening? An ...
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Is this Ubuntu server configuration secure?

I'm new to Linux and security matters. I have a vps with Ubuntu 12.04 server and I wonder how secure this server is. I set up ssh passwordless login and disabled ssh login for root. I update security ...
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Should I bother teaching buffer overflows any more?

The students are skeptical that turning off non-executable stacks, turning off canaries and turning off ASLR represents a realistic environment. If PaX, DEP, W^X, etc., are effective at stopping ...
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MITM: tools for intercepting and modifying traffic?

I want to carry out a MITM attack to modify traffic, so I can strip out/modify things in the request. For example: When I receive a request on port 25, I want to be able to intercept all the ...
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SMS / voice call interception with a fake base station

This answer to a similar topic describes in a detailed way how vulnerable SMS and voice calls are in terms of decryption. In order to do so, an attacker needs to set up a fake base station located ...
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How to use http-get-form in THC-Hydra?

I've been messing with Hydra (Brute Force) to solve the "Damn Vulnerable Web App" brute force section but the problem is when I use http-get-form it said: Warning: child 1 seems to have died, ...
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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 ...