Security related aspects of databases and database access.

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What things should a penetration tester know about databases?

I want to start learning about databases from a penetration tester's perspective and I would like to know what things will be useful on the long run. Also do you know any good books to kickstart my ...
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SQL Server of my hosting provider allows me to see all databases. How secure is my mine?

My hosting provider allows access to its SQL Server. When I connected to it by SQL Management Studio, all hosted databases were visible. I can't get the details on these databases, I get this ...
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How secure is MongoDB wire protocol?

I'm building a JavaFX 2.0 standalone application (it'll be distributed as an .exe) and it opens a connection to a MongoDB instance. The connection is just a standard Mongo connection using the Mongo ...
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How to restrict access to a resource based on frequency of access?

I want to restrict access to a particular resource based on time (configurable). So suppose user A has time t configured from him. He can access the resource only once every t time units. The values ...
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Oracle database privileges [closed]

I have a 10.2.0.5.0 Oracle Database and a list of users who i need to grant some privileges to (Mainly to generate reports and so on). I used impersonation, which means i created one Oracle user so ...
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Main requirements to secure my Application in any database related features

I have an application which is hosted on a windows server on which an SQL DB exists. This server communicates with the clients and agents installed on host PCs through TCP/IP and SSL connections. I'm ...
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What's ownership concept for?

I fail to grasp the necessity of using concept of owner (ownership) and find clear explanation of its necessity. What cannot be done without concept of owner(ownership) in filesystem/database object ...
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How do poor-quality initialization vectors affect the security of CBC mode?

(If the consensus is that this question belongs on crypto, rather than here, please feel free to [tell me to] migrate it.) From what I have read (looking specifically at AES in Cipher Block Chaining ...
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HIPAA: How am I required to secure PHI database access creds on my web server?

Assuming I have a database of PHI that my web application needs to access, how am I required to secure the credentials on the webserver that the web application uses to access this database? Is ...
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Hybrid Encryption System - Is this unnecessary in this case? [closed]

I have a column in my database that I need to encrypt. The column can contain any arbitrary data. What I am thinking is to generate a public and private key pair first. Store the public key in a ...
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What are the risk associated with granting full permission (Any) to DB Admin users to the Database?

Usually in a well controlled environment, Database Admins are granted specific rights like Read, Modify...etc. No one has the right (ANY) to perform on any Database. Certain requirements dictate to ...
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LDAP vs MySQL for Usernames and Passwords

I understand the LDAP databases are more secure, but is it always necessary to use LDAP instead of MySQL for usernames and passwords?
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Ban or delete abusive users [closed]

I'd like to hear recommendations on a best practice for handling abusive users (for whatever reason) on an authenticated Website. Is there any point in keeping the user in the database with a ...
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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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Worthwhile from security standpoint to limit database server user for ASP.NET website to only EXECUTE on stored procedures?

I know that obviously we must avoid sql injection attacks through user input validation and parametrized queries. There's already a firewall in place on the database server to limit remote ...
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IS TDE PCI-Compliant?

According to PCI PAN can be stored in the database as long as strong cryptography is used. I couldn't find which cryptography is considered strong according to PCI. Here's the issue: I have PAN ...
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How to design SIEM RFP, keeping in view large database requirements?

I need some help regarding the design of SIEM requirments. In regard to large databases, what general requirements do I need to provide in order to provide coverage related to DB security? Some of ...
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If encrypted data in a database are accessed by application, does that mean that the application has the decryption key?

I'm using an application linked to a database which holds confidential data (numbers). According to the developer, this data is encrypted. However, i can easily generate a report that will show the ...
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Can a web application administrator access the database of that application?

We have a web application linked to a database. The database is secured but contains unmasked confidential numbers. Can a normal administrator who can access the application, access those numbers in ...
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Is there a list of default, standard or third-party “users” for Oracle?

When installed, and depending on which options it is installed with, there are a bunch of standard users pre-created in Oracle. Additionally, third-party software often has its own set of ...
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Least insecure way to encrypt a field in the database so that it can still be included in queries

I have a table where all columns need to be encrypted (aside from the PK). This will be achieved using AES at the application level. However there is one particular field that needs to remain ...
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How to secure database table of users for an application?

I am working on a Windows application that utilizes a MySQL database for its user authentication and data storage. Within the application, the highest level of user (Administrator) can create and ...
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Best security practices for software development and release?

I am trying to figure out a way to limit access and also to establish processes to avoid any and all of my team members to compromise our entire production system. We have a team of 10 developers, 1 ...
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Where to store sensitive client details (MYSQL DB credentials) [duplicate]

I have a security related question about storing some client information - specifically their database login credentials. My app works based on the client and so the database details need to be set ...
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Is it okay to reveal database's table names?

I'm developing web application that uses database. I have to do some operations which needs database table names and db table schema. Will it be secure if I send this kind of information to client ...
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Password and username used to connect to database in source code [duplicate]

In PHP scripts that communicate with the database I have the username and password to the database in plain text i.e. mysqli_connect('localhost:3306', 'root', 'PASSWORD!'). From OWASP Do not ...
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Database encryption or filesystem encryption?

Recently I've been working on some data which, although not directly governed by any infosec laws, is sensitive enough to warrant being encrypted. I'm interested in finding out about best practises ...
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How are large tech sites such as LivingSocial, Zappos, LinkedIn and Evernote hacked?

How are large tech sites such as LivingSocial, Zappos, LinkedIn and Evernote hacked? (i.e. how is their entire dataset of users obtained?) LivingSocial - 50 Million Users Exposed Zappos - 24 Million ...
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Database hardening techniques

So as I understand it database hardening is a process in which you remove the vulnerabilities that result from lax con-figuration options. This can sometimes compensate for exploitable vendor bugs. ...
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Secure yet reversible encryption for local data store

I'm working on a piece of software to store and manage records for a youth group. They've found that a lot of the time they spend on record-keeping and admin is taken up by scanning through looking ...
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Isolating database? Is it possible?

I have been assigned CTF project for IT Security for my final year project in school. We are planning to have a flag that are base on SQL injection but for the user to overcome the challenge, they ...
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Privacy violation even when queries with too few results are rejected

I was reading a Computing security book1 and saw a question regarding database security and privacy. I can't quite figure out the answer, so I thought I will ask here. One approach to ensure ...
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How dangerous are direct references to database keys?

An OWASP note suggests that direct object references are considered insecure in some contexts. They defined "direct object reference" as follows: “A direct object reference occurs when a developer ...
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Does Web Apps and Databases running on AWS EC2 need a IDS/IPS?

I have googled around for information about Web Apps or Databases running on AWS EC2 needing a IDS/IPS or not. I will present my findings so far here, but it will be good if you guys can confirm ...
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xp_cmdshell: should it ever be used?

Can 'xp_cmdshell' ever be used safely within a stored proc and are there any situations for which there really is no other option? In other words, should it's useage within a stored proc always be ...
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Database security: Remove superuser role

I've recently heard on some IT-SEC conference, that good idea to secure database (probably against privilege-escalation attack) is to remove superuser role, and leave only user roles. I imagine that ...
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What kind of attacks result in an attacker only being able to leak a site's database?

Of the public disclosures I've seen from recently compromised sites, it seems common for only the database to be leaked, rather than the application code, or rather than a complete takeover. Is this ...
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MySQL Access Control?

I have read somewhere that it is better to have two different MySQL logins in order to prevent hacking. What I mean is having one MySQL login for read access (SELECT permission) and another login for ...
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How did Evernote detect the security breach?

http://blog.evernote.com/blog/2013/03/02/security-notice-service-wide-password-reset/ Evernote's official message says little about technical details of the attack and how it was detected. ...
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Can we reverse engineer binlog with row format to make MySQL AES_ENCRYPT visible?

Suppose if I am using the mysql database based encryption using AES_ENCRYPT function & insert records, is it possible to decode the row formatted binlogs generated by MySQL to obtain the actual ...
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Encrypting Fields in Database

I'm working on an ASP.NET web application that will have to store sensitive information. I would like to encrypt the sensitive fields to protect against any possible SQL injection vulnerabilities. ...
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How to provide security for passwords stored in Database? [duplicate]

Passwords of end Users are stored in Database which is encrypted (using one way hash like MD5). Apart from me, there are 'other' people belonging to other teams who have access to Database which means ...
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How to upgrade the hashing method of a live database without compromising security?

I'm working on an Intranet project that is accessible from the outside. The password are stored in a Sql Server database in the normal Hash and salt method. The problem lies in the hashing algorithm. ...
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Generate DB Password from license key - a good idea?

There's this web app which has a SQLServer database, and the connection string it uses to access the database is not stored in any configuration file. Rather, the designers decided it would be a good ...
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Keeping user data private in a cloud environment like Google App Engine

I am writing an open-source Java application for Google App Engine (GAE). The application will let users create content that is intended to be private. I want to provide reasonable assurances that ...
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Is it preferable to perform encryption using database functions or code?

Several databases I am familiar with provide functions or modules for encryption. Examples include dbms_crypto for oracle databases and built-in functions for MySQL. Most of the commonly used ...
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What should be Database encryption strategy ?

In MS SQL Server 2005/2008 standard encryption all data in the database is encrypted using the SMK/DMK scheme. In this scheme a key is issued for each client connecting to the database. What would a ...
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For what do I hash user passwords with PDKDF2 when the user data is stored in the same database?

I'm hashing the passwors of my users with PDKDF2 right now. A user can gain access to his account with his password. When the user is logged in he can edit his personal information and do other stuff ...
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Security/Malware implications of storing data in a BLOB as opposed to the file system

From a programming perspective, there has long been a debate over whether to store files in a BLOB or Binary field in a database, or on the file system. The debate always seems to center around ...
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Security of NoSQL databases

Hopefully this isn't too broad. I've got little experience with NoSQL databases, but I know that they are rising in popularity. As a developer that is extremely concerned with security, I'm ...