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PHP files browsable: is this a vulnerability?

I have a friend who has a website developed in PHP on which we can browse all his files one after one (of course, we can not read the content of the PHP files). Do you think this is a security hole ? ...
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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, ...
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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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What should I do when classified information stayed on a unauthorized laptop?

Has anyone ever had to deal with an unauthorized laptop accidentally getting Top Secret level data on it? How did you quarantine the system. Were you required to turn in the entire laptop or were you ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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Carrying out a professional IT audit procedure

I'm a new masters graduate and I need to find out how to carry out an IT audit professionally. What software tools are required and what are the specific topics I need to cover? Please point me in the ...
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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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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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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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Automated tools for Cisco IOS config auditing?

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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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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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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What does a common workstation setup look like for pentesting and vulnerability research?

I'm a security enthusiast, and am in need of some guidance to get me into the branch. I've always been held back by lack of methodology in my research, and it tends to break down my motivation towards ...
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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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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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What should be included in the ground rules for an attack review?

I've drafted some ground rules for a call for adversarial attack-review. I've tried to cover the following topics: Link to the policy that I want to enforce. Link to a minimal testbed and ...
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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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When you make a revision of rules on a firewall, how do you add credibility/customer satisfaction to your final consideration?

When, for a vulnerability assessment, you need to report the security consideration about a firewall's configuration rule-set, after the audit on the rule-set you make a report about security concerns ...
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What a programmer should know before their web service's client audit

Situation: I have created a WS client (.net wcf) for the customer that access a third party web service (Websphere). This WS uses HTTPS and I get a certificate from WS vendor. All works fine, I have ...
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Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next?

Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next? I am referring to finding vulnerabilities and developing exploits in various applications. I am ...
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How do I secure my advertisement space against ad overlay browser attachments?

I don't really have an issue with advertisements simply being blocked by individual users who are visiting a customers site or my own site. As an individual you have the freedom to choose not to look ...
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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 Windows security updates audited?

An IT guy said that in his company, the Windows updates (small security updates that are downloaded automatically by the Windows autoupdate) are checked by the auditor. ie: the auditor checks if every ...
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Firewall Configuration Audits

I'm looking to perform policy audits against firewall configurations and/or rulesets. This should be performed independently of any configuration management systems, ideally by operating off the ...
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Established Security Design Patterns?

In software engineering, a design pattern is a general reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem within a given context in software design. Wikipedia lists many different design patterns for ...
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Advice for writing my first application security review

I wish to write a security review for a specific windows server/client application that runs on a closed LAN or WAN (between 1 and 200+ users across multiple sites); it's not a web-application. The ...
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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 are the resources that an auditor would need to access in read mode?

Here a more concrete question: I am interested in documentation for an External Security Audit for ERP applications. What are the types of External Security Audit for ERP applications? What types ...
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Are NTFS Alternate File Streams considered a security risk in your organisation; how is it mitigated?

Alternate File Streams allows a user to embed hidden content within any NTFS file. That file can be a TXT file, or MOV for example. Some may consider this a form of steganography, and therefore the ...
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Is it correct to consider audits as exclusively “detective” in nature?

I'm studying for the CISSP exam and one of the video lecture points didn't quite make sense to me. The instructor was discussing access control administration areas and began categorizing certain ...
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How can IT audit for installation of IIS Express?

IIS Express is a developer tool for Windows XP and higher which provides the full feature set of IIS, but without needing administrator rights. I've seen discussion by some developers who are ...
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How do I configure nmap to verify my firewall is performing stateful packet inspection?

As part of a compliance audit, I need to run a routine scan that verifies that our firewalls are performing stateful packet inspection on incoming packets. I have a dedicated server outside our ...
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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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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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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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Keystrokes to text converter method? (from an audio file, from previously recorded sounds of keystrokes)

I have an e.g.: WAV file that contains the sounds of a man typing on his keyboard (English or any language) How can I convert this WAV file to a TXT file? I mean are there any scripts/programs that ...
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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 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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Is it a security risk for users not to logout of a website?

Is it a security risk to myself that I am not logging out of Twitter, Facebook, StackExchange, and a majority of the sites which I am using? Is there a chance for someone to hijack my session or cause ...
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Installing profile on “Good” Mail application give someone admin permission on my iPhone

My new enterprise use the app "GOOD" for the emails. But to use it, I have to install a GOOD profile with description : "Install this profile to enroll to encrypted profile service". If I choose ...
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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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Bittorrent Sync encryption

Sync, a new product from BitTorrent, Inc., has been cited as a viable alternative to other cloud-storage platforms. The Sync FAQ indicates that an encryption scheme is being used, but does not comment ...
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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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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 ...