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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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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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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Facebook spam / phishing attempt?

I got this sent by a friend on Facebook and I don't think its a genuine message: ___ shared a link on your Wall. This will leave you speechless) http://www.facebook.com/pages/Osama-Bin-Laden-Killed-...
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How to prevent CSRF if you want to include Flash plugins in your form like Uploadify in your form?

What is CSRF? I need a basic definition that is not just lifted from Wikipedia. I understand SQL injection, XSS, cookie poisoning, but I just cannot wrap my mind around this. I am using a ...
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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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How to check if my usb drives are vulnerable by BAD USB

Mark pointed out that only one chip type is vulnerable to BAD USB, id like to check if mine are, am using only Kingston flash drives here so can you tell me if they are, or if there exists a list ...
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Norse: Cyber Attack Map

This application analyzes web traffic and then beautifully displays attacks on a global map. How does it intercept web traffic so it can analyze it? Isn't web traffic private to everyone except to ...
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Help investigating potential website attack (URL rewriting and ROT-13 obfuscation) [closed]

We're looking for help/advice from website security experts. Our company develops web-based process management software and hosts it for our customers. The software sends emails to users when they ...
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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 that'...
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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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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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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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Is rowhammer comparable to faults caused by radiation?

As far as I know, both rowhammer and radiation based fault injection, can cause arbitrary bit flips in the memory. Are there any differences in matters of possible outcomes of both "attacks" on ...
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Dragnet TEMPEST Surveillance?

Just something I considered recently -- TEMPEST attacks are pretty well known; basically you intercept EM leaks from a computer to discover compromising information (i.e. encryption keys, what's being ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Sniffing, Snooping, Spoofing

Could somebody please explain me the differences between the following attacks? sniffing snooping spoofing My professors used them all in his documents, but I'm not sure, if those are 3 ...
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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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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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What are attackers trying to achieve when doing attacks on local programs such as buffer overflows?

In attacks on programs, such as stack buffer overflows, what is the objective of the attacker? I’m having trouble learning the technical details of the attack (such as overwriting the function’s ...
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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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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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If I send 4mbps of data to a friend with 4mbps connection, will I DoS him?

Suppose my friend has a connection of 4mbps. If I just send him 4mpbs of random data with my server, wouldn't it block his connection? Even if the router has firewalls and closed ports, isn't enough ...
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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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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 (...
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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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it is possible to make some wifi router out of service without have the connection password?

Lets say i want to make some WiFi router out of service. I can connect to the router and close the WiFi connection or change the password. But in this case i need to have full access to the router. ...
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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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Can an attack that does not change the server state be considered a CSRF attack?

From Wikipedia: A real CSRF vulnerability in uTorrent (CVE-2008-6586) exploited the fact that its web console accessible at localhost:8080 allowed mission-critical actions to be executed as a ...
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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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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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PHP IP check as security?

Would just like some input on a PHP script I'm writing. It's just a simple script that only myself should be able to access. I don't have a dynamic IP address, so this isn't an issue for me, but I'm ...
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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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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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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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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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Security consequence of Javascript hole in an online chat?

For an online chat that allows basic HTML, what happens if they leave an open way for a potential hacker to execute javascript on everyone who is in the chat? What is the worst thing they could do?
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Does allowing everyone know when a server process was started pose a security risk?

I recently found that in Microsoft .NET framework an impersonated thread is not allowed to request "time at which the current process was started". This could be done intentionally or this could be ...
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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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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 ...