1. In computers and computer networks, a configuration often refers to the specific hardware and software details in terms of devices attached, capacity or capability, and exactly what the system is made up of. 2. In networks, a configuration often means the network topology. 3. In installing ...

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Variant of OSX.pirrit

Today while working with a customer, Someone came in with a peculiar problem. They could only access websites through https, and nothing through http. I tried the regular gauntlet of fixes for network ...
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ArcSight logging - Windows Workstations

I am reviewing a security configuration for Workstation security log review, we have an environment wherein the logs are captured and sent to ArcSight tool for analysis. However, how do we validate ...
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What is the security impact of changing PowerShell's PSLanguageMode?

A vendor is asking me to change the PSLanguageMode from within IIS on my Exchange server(s). What potential vulnerabilities am I opening myself up to? I'm surprised to see this option present within ...
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Secure Configuration of Ciphers/MACs/Kex available in SSH

Following on the heels of the previously posted question here, Taxonomy of Ciphers/MACs/Kex available in SSH?, I need some help to obtain the following design goals: Disable any 96-bit HMAC ...
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dvwa is prompting me to check config file when trying to create database

I believe I have made the proper changes to the xampp/htdocs/DVWA-1.9/config/config.inc.php file and the xampp/passwords.txt file. The passwords match, security is low, port is changed (not sure if I ...
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What are the security implications of installing an iPhone configuration profile?

What are the security risks of installing a "configuration profile" on iOS from www.vshare.com? I don't know what a configuration profile is or what it does. They are found in Settings > General > ...
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How do I change LUKS backend to OpenSSL?

I know there is a way to do it, but I don't know how to do it: the default backend for LUKS is libgcrypt and I want to test it with the openssl cryptographic library. I was told that there is a ...
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Linux responds to ARP requests for other interfaces - could this be a security vulnerability?

Linux responds to ARP requests on all interfaces by default. To explain, say you have this setup: Client 1 ---> [eth1] server [eth0] <--- Client 2 And the server's eth1 IP is 192.168.1.1 and ...
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What are the main advantages of using LibreSSL in favor of OpenSSL

What are the main advantages of using LibreSSL vs OpenSSL? As I understood LibreSSL is a fork of OpenSSL: LibreSSL is a version of the TLS/crypto stack forked from OpenSSL in 2014, with goals of ...
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Difference between hardening guides (CIS, NSA, DISA)

I'm researching OS hardening and it seems there are a variety of recommended configuration guides. I realize the different configuration providers supply different offerings per Operating System, but ...
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Block web content authoring from internet

In implementations where one uses content management, which is the better method to secure the web content authoring pages from access from internet? Configuring httpd.conf to restrict the content ...
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How safely allow users to run arbitrary JVM code on a server?

I'm planning a service that will require allowing users to run arbitrary JVM code on a server. I'm planning to sandbox the code, but I know that the JVM has traditionally had security holes, which is ...
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What kind of misconfiguration may lead to publicly accessible webserver logs?

While Googling for a few rare user agent strings and URL paths, I stumbled upon a few websites that have their webserver logs publicly accessible. Investigating further, I found that this is not an ...
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JUNIPER Junos Pulse - how to apply policy to device

We'd like to set up and use Juniper Junos Pulse on iphone and ipad for access to Corporate mail. We have juniper SA and have prepared the policy, but how do we apply the policy to the devices?
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Don’t use a web browser on a server?

After pulling up a Windows Server 2012 instance, I learned that google.com is riskier than I thought: It does the same for microsoft.com. There are instructions to disable "Enhanced Security ...
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Should I really treat memory leaks like classical bandwith dos?

I recently found that a big company use an outdated product in their file-storage servers (I got the hidden name and version). The bug is corrected in recent version, but they weren’t any cve or ...
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Is it safe to email the contents of your .htaccess?

If you assume that you're not on HTTPS or that, at least, the security of your connection is compromised, is it safe to email someone the contents of your site's .htaccess file? I'm a novice in this ...
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Security criteria for selecting a network switch?

I am looking to purchase a switch with 24+ ports. The set of security criteria that I should bear in mind when selecting a switch is not clear to me. I have tried to take other networking security ...
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How to remediate TLS POODLE on IIS [duplicate]

I've been struggling to understand how to completely remediate TLS POODLE on IIS 7.5. I've already disabled SSLv3 support for SSL POODLE. But according to the information that I've get from plenty of ...
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Secure way to save password in configuration file

I'm developing a desktop application and it required connecting to a remote MySQL database server, currently I save all information (server IP, TCP port, username, password, database name) needed for ...
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Should I set up a VPN for these services?

I'm developing a personal project with a few people. I need to setup Continuous Integration service, Jenkins, version control service, Perforce, repository manager service, Nexus, and a Web server. ...
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Disable directory browsing using Apache htaccess file

TL;DR What are the risks and downsides associated with allowing Options -Indexes to work in arbitrary .htaccess files on a shared Apache web host? Context Apache web server configuration Linux ...
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Configuration audit for IPS/IDS [closed]

I have been given the task of configuration audit as my first task in my first job. As a challenge I have to find vulnerabilities by reading the logs of the PuTTy session and I do not have access to ...
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Gaming Mods Security Risks

I read the following post, and while the questions was specific to SkyRim, the more general answer was that it depends on the game. I wanted to pose a more generic question here to the security folks. ...
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Store and protect details for software licenses

Assuming that a license can be a key (XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX), a file (license.xml or whatever), or a login for a dashboard on the vendor website, how would be a standard way to store and secure those ...
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Apache Server Hardening

What are some best practices, recommendations, required reading for securing an Apache Server?
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What is the status of forced HTTPS everywhere (Strict transport security) via DNS? I only see the July 2010 draft

I'm trying to find the most recent RFC on HSTS in DNS (or rather said DNSSEC), but can only find this year old one in expired draft status Where can I find the most current guidance on STS in DNS? If ...
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Directory Listing on WordPress

If a WorPress application that uses the Akismet wordpress plugin has certain directory listing exposed publicly, like, akismet-en_AU.po and the other .po files, and directories like plugins, themes, ...
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Hardening Linux Server

We have already had questions on here about Hardening Apache, Hardening PHP and Securing SSH. To continue this trend I am interested in what steps people take to harden Linux servers. As in what ...
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Website security checklist?

I'm building a web service (a control panel for clients) (PHP on linux apache) and trying from the design to make it the most secure as I can, Can anyone provide me with some kind of a check-list of ...
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Guidance for implementors of HTTPS-only sites (Server side)

The recent trend in HTTPS attacks is to attack the HTTP protocol. What should I do to increase my site's security if the only protocol I want is HTTPS? Some easy to implement ideas are Implement ...
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In DNSSec, are Delegation Signer Records always SHA-1?

I'm creating a RSA/SHA-512 Zone Signing Key and Key Signing Key at Dynect Managed DNS (corporate offering) The Delegation Signer Record that was created is SHA1. Should I be concerned about this?
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OSSEC not detecting deleted files?

I have configured 3 VMs: ossec server and two agents in CentOS 6 and Windows 2k8 R2. I have completed the setup and FIM and Log Management works smoothly. It also reports the new files. However, it ...
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OSSEC on an existing running machine

I am setting up a OSSEC on existing running machine. From my research I find that I should be running the following command to check for previous intrusion. zcat /var/log/*.gz | ...
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Is it common for all hard / USB drives to be accessible to everyone on a network?

Every PC can map to any other PC's hard drive(s) / USB drive(s) on the network where I work. When I realized this I thought it was odd. All one needs to do is access the (Start) button then type ...
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What is the security of Powershell “TrustedHosts”? (is it just a name match)?

Powershell has a TrustedHost section that is configured like this: winrm s winrm/config/client '@{TrustedHosts="CorpServer56"}' What security is implied for CorpServer56? Is it just an ASCII name ...
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unix config scanner / compliance checks

I'm looking for a tool, that scans unix operating systems for configuration issues. E.g. a script that finds PermitRootLogin yes in the ssh config file or with other words: a script that automates ...
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How to configure routing infrastructure so that the appropriate network traffic gets passed to the honeypot machine (windows xp)

I would like to configure local honeypot on windows xp which is installed on vmware, to do so I follow instruction on this link, but as I am new I don't know how can I configure routing infrastructure ...
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My site was hacked and the attacker got data from the config file [closed]

A few days ago my website was hacked. I found out that the 'hacker' ran queries directly into the database, so he somehow got access to my database credentials. I'm using laravel 4 and the config ...
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PHP max_input_vars security expectations

Considering a site that handles large POST data, would it be unreasonable and dangerous to set the php.ini max_input_vars to something like 100000? I know this is a vector for DOS attacks, but don't ...
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USGCB on a non-networked computer

We will be getting some data that needs to be kept in accordance with USGCB regulations. Our intent was to keep it secure by storing and using it on a non-networked computer, but the regulations seem ...
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Security of Openflow/SDN network

Openflow/SDN networks give a remote controller the ability to manage the behavior of network devices i.e. configurations. They can forward instruction sets to dynamically change network configuration. ...
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Tools to check the firewall Configurations as per PCI standards [closed]

How do you audit the Firewall rules and configuration policies as per PCI standard. What are the tools used for it.
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Shall I set “RSAAuthentication yes” in sshd_config if I use only ECDSA key?

In a context of proprietary client boxes and servers, I want to limit authentication to ECDSA keys. Historically, "RSAAuthentication yes" was used to enable authentication with RSA and maybe DSA keys. ...
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Does encrypting a setting in web.config actually provide security?

Does encrypting a value in the web.config file actually provide any real protection? It seems to me that any web app can read that setting. Yes that's more work than just reading the web.config file, ...
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Assigning cPanel MySQL Privileges

When I log into cPanel, I go to create a new MySQL Database with the wizard. Usually, it is recommended to assign the database user with all of the permissions from Insert, Update, Alter, Execute, ...
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Disable all SSH security mechanisms for a private subnet

So I'm running a private subnet where there is no internet connectivity, I understand the grave danger of running an ssh server on the internet without security. In short I would like to be able to ...
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What is a good source for hardened base configurations

I attended B-Sides in Orlando FL where one of the speakers had mentioned a site which contains hardened configs for popular services such as apache and postfix. The author of these configs is ...
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Defend against Blind ROP

At IEEE Security & Privacy, the blind return-oriented programming attack (blind ROP) was just introduced. In some sense, this is just another variation on ROP attacks -- but the blind ROP attack ...
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Use SSH config file with Putty [closed]

I'm using SourceTree (a Git GUI) which uses PuTTY as SSH client. I need to push some code into a repository for which I need to tunnel through SSH to do so. The trouble is, the repository and SSH ...