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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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Use of JavaScript by LastPass to encrypt & decrypt the password database a secure approach?

LastPass is a top-rated password manager that comes as a browser extension and uses a master password to encrypt and decrypt the password database using the JavaScript. Is this a secure way of doing? ...
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Attacks against HIDS software running on the same machine

I am interested in the attacks that could be used to compromise or disable HIDS software such as Tripwire or Samhain. I understand that ideally checks should be run periodically and the database ...
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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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Is there an attack that can modify ciphertext while still allowing it to be decrypted?

Is there any way an encrypted file using AES-256 could be modified without alerting the file owner, ie., so it can still be decrypted with the same key? I know that without an initialization vector ...
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does switching to linux remove existing computer virus

if you change from a malware/spyware infected windows setup to a linux setup will infections migrate to linux if they were on the computer? (when you are hacked/infected is it the op system that is ...
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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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secure website against the ping of death attacks

Any programmer is interested in securing his website. So I found this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB4eMFrQYiY&feature=youtube_gdata_player which talks about crashing a website using cmd only. ...
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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 passwords stored in the cookie? encrypted?

Whenever I connect to security.stack.exchange, I am automatically logged in. I haven't allowed the browser to store my password. When I delete all cookies stored by the security.stack.exchange, I have ...
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Efficient way for finding XSS vulnerabilities?

Manual (reliable) way: Put string containing characters that have special meaning in HTML into some parameter of HTTP request, look for this string in HTTP response (and possibly) in other places ...
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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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What are the chances of a database being hacked?

How often do websites (and their databases) get hacked? Hacked as in user accounts stolen, tables flushed, and all in all, damage done to the database. I'm talking about e-commerce websites, and ...
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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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Is this a web attack I should be concerned about - trying to enter code for form vars

I have a created a simple CGI script running on a web server where a user can login using a username and password. The username and password are entered via a html form and the form POST's the data ...
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Reverse shell connections

Why are reverse shell connections so popular in the event of a successful intrusion? Many "hacking" videos show this and it is often seen in practice. Would not most servers restrict outgoing ...
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Comparing penetration testing suites

I've been using Backtrack for a while now. I was wondering if there is anything better, or on par with, that is worth looking into. Thoughts?
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Bypass va_randomize_space and stack-protector

Is a program compiled with the GCC -fstack-protector option and running in a Linux environment with the va_randomize_space kernel variable set to 1, totally protected against buffer overflow attacks? ...
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Difference between masquerading and replay attacks?

I know that masquerading is to impersonate a false identity and replaying is the same wherein unauthorized person uses the credentials of the authorized one to have the privileges.Then what is the ...
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challenge-responce and man-in-the-middle

Is man in the middle attack possible in a typical challenge-response based authentication? For a typical reference one can go through this paper. My question is that is it possible for an intruder to ...
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Could Stock Exchange be shut down by HFT attack vector?

First of all, stock, not stack exchange. I just read this post on Krypt3ia. In short, it says that HFT attack vector in combination with DDoS is possible new nemesis for stock exchange IT systems. ...
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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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Facebook spam / phishing attempt?

I got this sent by a friend on facebook and i dont think its a genuine message ___ shared a link on your Wall. This will leave you speechless) ...
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Disabling windows firewall remotely

i use metasploit for pentesting windows 2003 sp2 server but when windows firewall is on i am not able to perform pentest successfully is there any way to disable firewall remotly?
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Does TLS fallback only keep from downgrades to SSLv3?

I have read the RFC on this and can't seem to find what I am wanting to know. When implemented, if a client and a server support TLS fallback protection, does it only keep them from downgrading to ...
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WHOIS Contact Details Abused

The system for the internet and the way people can abuse it is getting worse and worse. I am having several issues with people abusing the information within my WHOIS, which if I remember is protected ...
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Force user to download a file to their hard drive via hyperlink?

I want to design a scenario in which I have a web site which contains a link. If the user clicks on this link, it will save a file in a specific pat in his hard disk without his consent. Is this ...
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What steps need to do to identify security hole

I use VPS hosting. Installed CentOS 6 and ZPanel according to this tutorial http://www.zvps.co.uk/zpanelcp/centos-6 Received warning from hosting provider: This URL has been identified as a phishing ...
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If a login/session cookie is stolen,does changing the password void it?

Considering the scenario where a Gmail session/login cookie is hijacked or stolen and it is discovered my means of Gmail last account activity,will changing my password immediately void the cookie or ...
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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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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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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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many csh http shellshock attacks

I administrate a public server that receives about a 100 csh HTTP shell shock per day from different sources. It is an HTTP GET Method that that requests the /cgi-bin/authLogin.cgi URI. Knowing that ...
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How to securely install software on Ubuntu?

How to install a software like Sublime Text on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and mitigate against a MITM attack? There is a PPA available, but the PPA must be added manually. I don't see any PGP keys or MD5 ...
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Is return oriented programming applicable to pure Java code?

I'm interested in ROP in the context of Java. For now, I don't consider the native code of the Java virtual machine. Is return oriented programming applicable to pure Java code?
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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 get informed in metasploit when a user does a reverse shell to my computer

I sometimes do reverse shells on metasploit but I'm not sure when my target will actually execute the payload. I would like an alarm of some sort to tell me when he does. this can easily be done in a ...
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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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How does the Fake Authentication Attack from aircrack-ng work?

I'm making a school project about the AP attacks and I'd like to know how does the Fake Authentication Attack from aircrack-ng actually work and how to prevent it? I read a lot of articles but ...
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How to detect if a user is logged in to a specific website?

I just learn about tabnabbing. Tabnabbing is a computer exploit and phishing attack, which persuades users to submit their login details and passwords to popular websites by impersonating ...
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SSH MITM attack underway

UPDATE: The source of this problem has thankfully turned out to be a buggy mobile SSH client used on 2 different devices not a MITM attack. However, I'd still appreciate a full answer to the original ...
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DOS safe alternative to delay response to an attacker with sleep()?

tl;dr sleep() costs my servers resources. Using it to delay response to the attacker might cost him/her time, but allows for DOS. Is it possible to keep him/her waiting without costs of mine? Long ...
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Why would an attacker try to guess random email usernames on a small domain?

My mail server has recently come under a very bizarre attack. Every five to ten minutes, a new IP connects to SMTP, attempts to try weird usernames (like pil, bennett, netscape, msfuser, desktop, ...
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Odd user registered and strange behavior. Is it sinister?

I am running a number of web sites. They are all Drupal based, if that is relevant. Recently I have noticed something odd. All my sites have a user registered with the name "zctonglin". I presume ...
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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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What does the Local exactly mean in CVSS?

CVSS (http://www.first.org/cvss/) provides the keyword local in the base vector. The definition given by FIRST is somehow not so clear for me: Local: Exploiting the vulnerability requires either ...
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John the Ripper not identifying a password contained in the username?

I have uploaded a screenshot of what exactly is going on, here: http://i.imgur.com/bJSv7C8.png I can see that single-crack mode includes a rule that looks at the username, and "slices" it to identify ...
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POODLE vulnerability in Safari

I have been trying to mitigate POODLE on client side in my organization. I disabled SSL3 in most browsers but couldn't disable it in Safari. Apple released a Security Update 2014-005, which, ...
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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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What is DDOS TCP KILL?

I've recently been introduced to Kali Linux's webkiller tool, located in the websploit category. It works on the concept of Tcpkill. I don't understand how the DoS attack with Tcpkill works. Can ...