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A countermeasure is an action, process, device, or system that can prevent, or mitigate the effects of, threats to a computer, server or network.

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Reconnaissance countermeasures

I have a lot of XMAS/NULL/SYN packets (+-1000 packets/day/server) from same IPs (+-120 differents IPs from anywhere) on multiple servers. Logs and firewalls are checked daily and servers are updated. ...
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Scan interpreted code for long lines to detect code injection?

As http://security.stackexchange.com/a/11935/35886 states: the best protection against code injection is to prevent it but often you see posts on SO or here that goes like I found "long line of ...
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Why are countermeasures against control-flow hijacking attacks mostly implemented in software?

I wonder why countermeasures against code-injection and control-flow hijacking attacks (e.g. stack-based buffer overflows and heap-based buffer overflows) are mostly implemented in software. Examples ...
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Precise measurement of password complexity

I am thinking on a system, which measures the complexity of a password not based on its entropy or compressibility, but with a simply sophisticated method. The measurement of the ...
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Neutralizing or Migitating ARP spoofing once detected

I've seen a few methods to detect ARP Spoofing attacks through code(such as this), and ways to defend against these attacks through software and switches (like arp spoofing protection on LAN). How ...
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Best Practices for verifying a users identity for helpdesk

I had a conversation today and someone challenged me as to why you would need to verify the identity of a user calling a service desk with anything other than their company email. Granted I know these ...
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Have the police placed a bug on my line [closed]

As a pretty dedicated anarchist, rule-breaker and malcontent, I often find myself at odds with the British police. I have been the subject of 3 searches (that I know of) over the last 8 months ...
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If an ATM is stolen, how easy can the personal information of the users be recovered?

ATMs get occasionally stolen. How easy would be for the thiefs to retieve the PINs and other information of the users that have previously used the ATM? Is there a periodic wipe of all ...
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YouTube channel gone crazy!

OK, I use youtube just for listening music and watching videos. I don't upload, and I don't comment. Sometimes I do like some videos/comments. But today I accessed my channel and I saw like 20 ...
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How can I tell if I've been hacked? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I know if I my PC is getting infected? I'm a home computer user and a programmer by profession. But my knowledge of security is embarrassingly slight. What ...
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Could mint.com be more secure, and if so, how?

After reading a bit about mint.com on the money stack exchange, I wanted to give it a try. But frankly, it scares me a little bit. The site has a bunch of links explaining how they're so secure. I ...
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Automated browser-level countermeasures to look-alike login pages

For example, say an unsuspecting visitor gets a link security.stackexchange.com/.... Then it re-opens the login page, with or without an explanation as to why they have to log in again. (this is more ...
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What alternatives do email services provide when an account is hacked?

I am concerned about how does email services like Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail etc provide security to their costumers and prevent their account from being compromised. For example, I have seen that if ...
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SQL Injection on URL, not on parameters

Should WAF or any protecting method, block SQLi done on URLs?(eg GET /test/url'or 1=1--)
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Spam fighting idea

I have this crazy idea that spam e-mail would not be worth the time of the senders. This is how it's going to work. Someone sets up a reputation-based site, much like stackexchange sites, where ...
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How should I secure a contact form that appears on every page of a website?

My client has a small "Contact Us" form on every page of their website. They are adamant about not including CAPTCHA verification on these forms, to keep them easy to use, but I feel it is my ...
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Is Content Security Policy an approach that is worth to support?

Mozilla Firefox 4.0 supports something called Content Security Policy that disables the interpretation of embedded Java Script. Only external Java Script files that are referenced using a script tag ...
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AntiXSS for ASP.NET 1.1

Unfortunately, a client of mine still has an application based on ASP.NET 1.1. Yes yes, I know - horribly insecure, support ending, and on and on... I've already been through that with them. ...
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Safely changing text links to HTML anchors

I'm trying to change text links to real anchors. So for example I want to change http://example.com to <a href="http://example.com">http://example.com</a>. Since this is a user given ...
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Should CSRF 'Double Submit Cookie' technique have a different seed value for the cookie versus the HTTP POST?

I'm reading about the OWASP double submit cookies method of protection and there it states that the cookie value between the header and form should match. That seems to be somewhat of a risk, as the ...
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SQL Injection Prevention

SQL Injection is always a hot topic particularly when it comes to web security. In this regard I am interested in what are the steps that should always be taken to prevent SQL Injection within any web ...
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Does an ORM framework such as hibernate completely mitigate SQL injection?

I know that to prevent (prevent all or most?) SQL injection attacks that you should use parametrized queries. I've been using hibernate for a while instead of hand writing my sql statements. Are there ...
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How to protect against brute forcing

How do you properly implement defenses against brute forcing? Is it best to store how many times someone tried to log in and block them after X attempts? And how would "someone" be identified? With ...