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How to find out that a NIC is in promiscuous mode on a LAN?

How to find out that a NIC is in promiscuous mode on a LAN?
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How to simulate DDoS attacks from the Internet?

The idea behind security tests is easy. You want to know what a hacker can do - you hire a security expert who acts like a hacker to see how far he can get. You want to know what an evil admin can do -...
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Status of Trusted Computing and Remote Attestation deployment

Hardware support for various client-side controls based on Trusted Computing (Wikipedia) has been evolving over the years, e.g. TCPM, TPM, TXT (LaGrande, DRTM). I've heard of one practical ...
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How to check the integrity of my BIOS?

Could it be possible that a virus rewrites my BIOS with some malicious code? If so, how could I protect against it, or at least how can I check that the BIOS hasn't been modified?
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Simple example auditd configuration?

Auditd was recommended in an answer to Linux command logging? The default install on Ubuntu seems to barely log anything. There are several examples that come with it (capp.rules, nispom.rules, stig....
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Automated tools for Cisco IOS config auditing? [closed]

Are there any automated tools for auditing config files exported from Cisco IOS devices? Free/Open Source is always nice, but anything that does the job would be of interest.
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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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Do blackbox penetration tests make sense if a whitebox audit would be possible as well?

Lets assume I am responsible for an application in my company and I decide to hire security experts to perform a security audit. Lets assume further that my company owns the source code of the ...
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NIDS/NIPS vs HIDS/HIPS

Can we interchangeably deploy a HIDS or HIPS instead of a NIDS/NIPS, what would be the risks, for example you have Symanetec EPS modules with HIPS policies enabled how are they different from a ...
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PostgreSQL Security Audit

Could anyone provide a good resource or check-list for a security review of PostgreSQL?
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How to get into RFID auditing?

I would like to get more knowledge around RFID-systems auditing. Does anyone have a basic guide step-by-step which I can use to set up a lab with proper RFID "sniffing" equipment? I would like to ...
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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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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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TrueCrypt vs BitLocker

I would like to ask which one of these TrueCrypt or BitLocker is safer to implement and encrypt the data in a small business environment (Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows Server 2012r) I read about ...
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How to review code for backdoors?

I have a codebase that needs a code review to evaluate it for backdoors. The code is far too big to review it all, how would you recommend approaching the problem. It is a java web application with ...
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What are some metrics to be used to evaluate SaaS security?

Some examples: static code analysis (Fortify) code coverage (bugs being a potential source of vulnerabilities) others? In case it isn't obvious, the code is available to audit and measure.
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Does ISP have control on all routers in their network?

When I was changing my router my ISP technician told me that he has remote access to all routers provided by ISP. Was that true? If that is a fact it scares me...
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What is an appropriate auditing standard for a law firm?

I'm an IT Admin at a law firm. We handle sensitive customer data and some health records. I'd really like to have an outside consultant assess our data security practices, but I'm not sure what to ask ...
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Would generic exception messasges be considered a security risk?

For example, if visiting a webpage you get the response: Error in exception handler. This has a high chance the website is using Laravel. Would this class as information disclosure? I'm guessing ...
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Why do several bug bounties ignore user enumeration?

While viewing bug bounties, I noticed that most of the bug bounties list the user enumeration in the excluding list. For instance brute forcing user accounts, forget password forms would generally ...
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Which Domain Administrator created file X on a Windows 2008 R2-based server?

Someone created a file (web.config) in a location that basically caused IIS to not work. Is there any way I can determine who created this file? The creator/owner says "Domain Administrators". ...
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Windows security policy analysis tool [closed]

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 ...