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What criteria should be used for manually reviewing / prioritizing failed logins?

I have a web application that is exposed to the Internet, and am interested in creating alerts, or prioritizing the manual review of failed logins to the web application. What thresholds, or ...
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Is there any useful Android app for security assessments? [closed]

I've been thinking for a while about whether or not ask this, as it may be a opinion-based question, but as I have seen a couple of non-closed questions about recommended books, so I think this is the ...
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How can I be sure my former employer no longer has access to my computer? [closed]

How can I be sure now that I no longer work for a certain company that they are not accessing my computer from their side. Strange things happen ( someone remove a certain set of my friends on ...
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How secure are the new TLDs ( .us, .io, …) and do they compare to .com? [closed]

The introduction of the new top level domains (TLDs) such as .music, .books, etc. will increase the number of people and organisations adding and removing entries into the root DNS servers (.) for ...
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How do I montior exactly what a program does? [closed]

I would like to run some program, preferably in a sandbox, and see exactly what it does/did. I'm currently puzzled by disk access and network, since there's so much other stuff happening there at the ...
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Why is my Mac trying to connect to an http://akamai.com server

I am running a properly configured pf_config ( at least, sort of properly configured ) and have wiped my hard drive clean 3 times with a fresh install of OSX Maverick. I find it odd that my laptop ...
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How to detect NAT - network address translation?

How to detect if NAT is used in network or not ? I know if you have private address and you are able to connect public network or internet then there must be NAT. But How can I detect that NAT is ...
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Vulnerability Scanner vs Security Audit

I have a web app, and customers who are concerned about the security of the app. I want to be able to give my potential customers (manufacturing companies with 2k-10k employees) confidence that our ...
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Could server honesty be audited by remote peers without said peers having sole (or any) control of the server?

Suppose for some reason, you and your peers absolutely positively have know that a server is acting honestly. Could the server behaviour be audited remotely through some mechanism of randomly ...
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What is the job of an IT auditor?

I am going through training in information security, as a part of the course they included compliance standards like: PCI DSS ISO 27001-2005 Cobit framework So after searching over Google, I came ...
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Which are open problems on policy-based access control system?

I'm working on access control system and on analysis tools for reasoning on it. In A.C. system based on policy, think about XACML specifications, the overall behaviour of the system cannot be clearly ...
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Any comments or advice on OWASP-2013 top 10 number A9

In this iteration of the OWASP top 10 application security vulnerabilities list (https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Top_Ten_Project), a new category 'A9 Using Components with Known ...
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Finding out whether a website uses unsalted MD5 for password hashing

I'm working on a project where websites are analyzed and rated according to password security (factors like min/max password length, alphabet size and more are then calculated into a score). A great ...
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secure authentication between subdomains hosted seperately

The web tools we are developing for a client require seamless interoperability with an existing user management sytem and commerce tools (the "mainsite"). The mainsite is built and maintained by a ...
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Is it reasonable to do a pentest (or other non-theoric security audit) over a critical infrastructure?

Almost all agree that during a pentest it is impossible to guarantee the integrity of the target (Is it acceptable that a skilled professional pentester deletes or modifies sensitive data in ...
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ISMS for SMB (Small And Medium Enterprise)? [closed]

Is there an Information Security Management System (ISMS) existing for SME/ SMB, if not why ? The so called GRC suites are mainly targeted towards Fortune 100 (may be up to fortune 1000) companies , ...
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auditing open source compiler binaries for trojans

It is a well known vulnerability that a properly altered compiler binary can transfer itself to new binaries of the compiler, and still be entirely absent from the source code. But how real is this ...
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MS-SQL Monitoring/Auditing of PHI for HIPAA

We're currently looking for a solution (hardware or software-based) that can monitor and audit all PHI viewing activity per new HIPAA rules. We use MS-SQL for our production database. We have the ...
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Is it necessary to test all input parameters of a web application when testing its security?

We know that testing input parameters for lack of validation is one part of a black box web vulnerability assessment but, is it necessary to test ALL input parameters (parameters, cookies, HTTP ...
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How can I audit which type of Block Mode encryption is being used when no source code is available?

Given that there are clear advantages to using some block modes of encryption over another, and I would like to ensure that all software used in the enterprise uses a certain "level" of security I'd ...
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How can I misuse the information of DCE service enumeration?

Nessus reports almost on any Windows machine "DCE service enumaration". With the metasploit module tcp_dcerpc_auditor I get the following information: 192.168.1.23 - UUID ...
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Control over IT security

In pharmacy the safety of drugs is under fairly tight control by national authorities, e.g. FDA in US. The risks of patients taking drugs are thus very effectively minimized, though understandably ...
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Auditing, accounting, logging, and accountability… What's the difference?

Let's first look at the book Microsoft Windows Security Essentials: ... the three As (AAA) of security: authentication, authorization, and accounting ... they combine to contribute to reliable ...
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How do you evaluate and audit Central Authentication Service (CAS)?

This is in reference to Jasig's CAS software and I'm looking for a checklist to audit the state of security of a CAS implementation. While the Jasig site has a lot of documentation and their mailing ...
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Security Scanning for Desktop Applications

Our company develops Windows desktop applications. We offer off the shelf solutions - not custom development. A potential new customer wants to add a section to our standard contract that requires ...
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Is there any public information on audited Java open source projects?

I'm sure that there must have been any number of audits on common Java open source projects, many of them for governments or publicly-funded bodies. Have any of the results been made public, so that ...
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Integrity check against package repository?

I have a Debian installed. When there are security updates, I review and install them as soon as possible and think about using automatic updates. From time to time I want to boot from a clean boot ...
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What bad coding practices makes a browser extension vulnerable?

I'm trying to scan JavaScript files for vulnerabilities using JSHint. Specifically, I'm scanning the JavaScript files of browser extensions. To look for possible vulnerabilities I'm looking for bad ...
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rancid like tool for config files

I need to be able to watch directories on our servers, and track changes to files as part of our audit compliance. I have adjusted auditd to watch the directories, and send all writes and attribute ...
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How much are security tools audited?

Just an open question to the security community at large because... well... the phpMyAdmin thing has made me more paranoid than usual... Specifically, I'm thinking about Kali Linux (ex-BackTrack). ...
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What audit procedures are applied to ENotaries and to the software they use?

From a theoretical standpoint, the very notion of an electronic notary - ENotary implies a host of problems related to biometrics, signature revocation, timestamping, keeping a reliable electronic ...
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What should I look for when auditing a Firefox extension / plugin?

I've been asked to do a security audit on a Firefox add-on developed by a third party. I am a web developer with a reasonable grasp of JavaScript but am not a browser security expert. What kinds of ...
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Which are appropiate tests to perform during an internal/LAN security audit? [closed]

In the internal network we know that controls are less strict than externally but in the other hand we know that lots of attacks come from the internal segment (unhappy workers, etc.) Which are ...
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Source code auditing and fake builds

I am wondering about source code auditing and how hard it would be to fake a build to be audited? Let me explain. Say I would be a dishonest programmer that would wish to put in some backdoor into ...
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Are we obliged to provide a complete log should auditors ask for it?

We have a system that outputs and rotate logs on a daily basis. If an auditor requests us to provide logs of a particular date for a particular task, are we obliged to provide a complete full day ...
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Suspect Exchange Server appears to be hacked. How to determine if it was a false positive?

Our security vendor detected that our client's CAS server was doing a nessus scan in the internal network. It's not uncommon for this vendor to issue a false positive, but I'm looking for general ...
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How does a PCI QSA audit a company?

Corporate setups are often complex with data centers in multiple locations, complex ACL's and networks setup between them. How does a PCI auditor actually audit the systems ? How does he get to know ...
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What should a security audit report include?

Background I'm in charge of auditing a medium-scale web application. I have audited web applications several times before, but I've always wrote a short PDF quickly explaining what I encountered and ...
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How to define audit controls responsibility? @ SIEM

I'm assigned to write procedural documentation for the SIEM use cases for the IT asset owners. For example, the procedures for selecting events indicating unauthorized access to user-mail box. I have ...
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What tools can be use for Security Auditing for Redhat

Are there any good tools that can be used for Security auditing of Redhat Linux. That can audit all the critical areas of System and provide the detailed output of all the audited sections.
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How dangerous is it to use third-party security audit tools?

This question is inspired by two related questions (How safe is backtrack to use, and How to Install, Configure and Use LSAT on Unix SE). Besides a dated (and patched) vulnerability in LSAT ...
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Who should I use for auditing/cerifying server software or specific deployment

Background: our company provides an online service. The service is provided both to general public, and to enterprise customers. Enterprise customers are signed on as part of sales efforts. We have ...
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Managing a large amount of MBSA Results?

I am responsible for scanning and fixing issues on ~50 servers with Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) version 2.2. Unfortunately, there is no out of the box way to manage multiple MBSA ...
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Auditing EXEs to ensure buffer overflow protections are in place? (such as SEHOP, ASLR, and DEP)

According to this answer, it's possible to compile a GCC-based application without certain buffer overflow techniques. Perhaps this is even possible with Visual Studio. How can I audit a given EXE ...
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Dealing with untrusted administrators in a Windows domain

I'm providing consultation to a company, where they have domain-joined Windows workstations. One basic requirement is that they don't want anyone (including the an administrator) to be able to login ...
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using network switches to prevent malicious promiscuous mode usage

I was reading the wiki about promiscuous mode when I came across a piece of information here that suggests that one could use network switches to prevent malicious use of promiscuous mode. In the ...
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Why is penetration testing important

In improving the security of an organization, it seems as though an audit of existing code, procedures, policies, infrastructure, etc. would be absolutely sufficient to reveal any security or policy ...
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Printer Job Auditing

Is there a way to audit the actual contents of print jobs sent to a Windows 2008 / Windows 2012 print server? I'm not interested in the metadata (pages, username, datatime etc), but the job itself ...
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Windows security policy analysis tool

I have several security policy files (INF exported from different Windows machines) which I need to audit. Is there any automatic tool you know of, that can analyse those files according to best ...
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I want to have the security of my crypto code checked, how should I go about doing so?

Specifically part of my system stores encrypted information in a database. I wrote the code that actually does the encrypting/decrypting using an existing cipher. How should I go about making sure ...