Defense is the use of security countermeasures to protect the integrity of the information assets in an IT system and/or infrastructure.

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Do technical advice sites sometimes link to malware, and if so, how should we properly research errors? [on hold]

Suppose you get an error on your PC that shows up randomly, then you do a search on the internet for the error to find out how to fix it. Typically, you will get some sites that offer a solution, but ...
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What is pseudo-encryption key vulnerability?

An organization in a related business was recently hacked. The hackers downloaded several GB worth of files with private information and posted it on the Internet. The news article states: “They ...
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Practical security for an inexperienced database developer? (HIPAA)

Hopefully my question isn't too unique to be asked here, but I didn't find anything similar after some searching. As a relatively inexperienced developer (only one large project excluding this one ...
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A destructive force can always leak information through HTTP packets. Should I bother configuring outbound rules on my firewall?

I know my way around firewalls, but I am in no way a security expert. And recently, I am wondering how to effectively configure the outbound rules of any company's firewall. For the question's sake, ...
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Why is it important to apply security best practices when the risk they protect against is very low?

Sometimes, security best practices protect you against attacks that are very improbable. In these scenarios, how do you defend the implementation of such security measures? For example, ...
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Employee laptops in China

I recently took a business trip to China. Our IT department told me I could not take my normal machine, and instead gave me a loaner. This loaner had MS Outlook and was linked to my normal company ...
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Security of decompression tools

How safe is it to decompress untrusted files with unrar-free? With unzip? I'm using debian jessie. What steps can be taken to minimize the threat while extracting the file's contents?
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Spoofing random browser information to defend against fingerprinting

Tor goes the way of trying to make everyone look the same to defend against browser fingerprinting. Wouldn't a simple addon that changes/adds as much information as possible randomly in short time ...
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Defeating ROP attacks in x86

Most defense techniques against ROP revolves around randomization, such as ASLR. If I mark all regions of memory, other than the code segment, non-executable, will this defeat ROP?
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Violation of security principles?

It's clear that keyless entry fobs, smart entry cards, NFC, etc. are vulnerable to relay attacks. Suppose they were improved by limiting the period of activity, eg let them be active only when they ...
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How secure is 7z encryption?

I have a text file in which I store all my bank details. I compress and encrypt it with 7-Zip using the following parameters: Compression parameters: Archive format: 7z Compression level: ...
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How can I defend against a data theft attack without shutting down my server/services? [closed]

According to information I've gathered on this site, no perfect defense is possible in the area of webserver security. The underlying software and / or maintainers of the system can be exploited to ...
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When do honest people need privacy or anonymity? (e.g. they have nothing to hide) [closed]

I'm having a discussion with someone who thinks they don't need technical measures of privacy or anonymity. Common arguments against needing to care about privacy or anonymity include: Everything ...
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As a user, how can I defend myself from disclosed unpatched zero-day vulnerabilities?

In the wake of the Hacking Team breach on July 6th, 2015 [1] [2] I heard that some previously unknown zero-day exploits might surface (apparently one for Flash already has). Once these exploits ...
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Defense in depth vs single security architecture

Traditionally, we have been that defense in depth is the best practice approach if we want to secure our premises from security breach. However, I recently read about DoD's Joint information ...
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Why AJAX is not used to log in?

I'm wondering why AJAX is not used to log in nor register in most of the pages and it's used PHP reloading the whole page. Is it about security, or it's just that it's not practical at all?
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Is possible to get infected by only staying connected to the Internet (nothing else)?

I have a router and I'm the only user. I have a computer with Linux and a tablet with Windows 8.1. Because of a few problems, I had to reinstall Windows on the tablet. Since I'm a bit paranoid about ...
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Cheap and efficient strategy to protect against professional attack?

With things like NSA or state sponsored attack, it seems that no one is safe from a technical point of view. Is there any efficient method or strategy to protect against them? My guess is that ...
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Should a website limit characters that can be entered in its fields?

I got into a (somewhat heated) discussion with my colleague today about what characters our application should accept. This was prompted by the discovery that you can enter anything in the search box ...
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Need some docs that say we shouldn't upper the string when saving it as a password [closed]

I'm trying to find on the Internet some manual, guide or policy secure about applications should not convert lower string to upper string to store as password I mean, don't make ...
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Should a server be considered compromised simply because a port was open?

Earlier today I received a notification of a security incident at Mandrill. At first I was concerned, but then after I dove into the details I became confused as to why they considered this noteworthy ...
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Why should we focus on protecting root access on a home computer?

I understand why root access should be protected in general, especially in the context of a server environment. An unknown party can essentially control everything you do on a computer remotely ...
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Recent “attack” to my server that might be using shellshock exploit

I just notice this repeated entry in nginx log: 31.184.194.114 - - [04/Mar/2015:10:29:53 +0700] "GET /cgi-bin/up.cgi HTTP/1.1" 301 178 "-" "() { :;};/usr/bin/perl -e 'print \x22Content-Type: ...
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Internal network security policy for development environment

What are the best practices for network security for an internal development environment. Besides adhering to updates, antivirus, and firewall. For instance, is it recommended to use an IDS/IPS like ...
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Known Windows vulnerabilities vs actual exploits on Microsoft's websites?

Although some of Microsoft's servers are running on Linux, at least half is running Windows Server of some kind. I'm trying to understand how with so many unpatched and unresolved vulnerabilities in ...
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How to prevent browser from rendering malacious content if request or response is hacked

We are currently working on OWASP security fixes and we identified one attack scenario for which we are trying to figure out a possible solution: User hits a valid HTTPRequest to our application. ...
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Is there a “security fail forum / website” with lessons learned?

I have done some searching, and cannot seem to find this. Does anyone know of a "security fail forum" that lists embarrassing and / or damaging results from lack of security practices? I would like ...
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Security coding training best approach

To train the development team, there are various options one can take: inhouse presentation with code samples, CBTs so developers do it at their best time, instructor-led courses onsite or inhouse ...
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What are the risks of encrypting a database with a single symmetric key

An application is required to store sensitive data* on each user. Additional columns are added to the database which store cyphertext encrypted on the application server. The algorithm of choice is ...
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Is there a best practice to handle vulnerability scanning attempts?

We've found a number of attempts to access non-existent pages in our IIS logs, specifically a lot of variations on phpMyAdmin URLs. My kneejerk reaction would be to block these IPs, but I have a ...
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Should a 2FA recovery key be stored along with a password?

Many websites give you a recovery key or a list of recovery codes that can be used in place of 2FA tokens if you lose your phone or can't access your token generator. What are the recommended ...
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How effective are password checking websites? [duplicate]

I typed the following password in howsecureismypassword.net: yummy candy yummy It said it would take 100 billion years for a personal computer to crack. Is this accurate? Even though it has English ...
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What role does clock synchronization play in SSL communcation

We've recently implemented WS Trust security over SSL for our client / server communications. Our application is used by thousands of our customers, spread out all over the world. One of the ...
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About Windows Interactive services Security

I know most services run under non interactive windows station or desktop also called session 0 while as some services (interactive) running under local system account create a window on interactive ...
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Measures that must be taken to protect online banking website [closed]

I building an online banking service in ASP.NET and my objective is to implement all possible security measures. Currently at database level I am using RES 2048 bit encryption to encrypt database ...
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Is there any defense against Brute-Force done on a local encrypted file?

Let me start off by saying I don't know very much about encryption, hashing, cracking, etc. I'm just a typical computer enthusiasts, programmer and researcher with many questions. So, I've discovered ...
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Forensic Question Invisible User [closed]

I was able to create an invisible user in windows 7 and 8.1. The user is not visible at the login Screen, I added it to the SYSTEM account group and Remote desktop Users Group, The Administrator can ...
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Advice - When just starting your career, what are the best certifications to eyeball? [closed]

Im just starting out in school to study Network and Info Security. I know this is the field I want to invest my time and study into. Well over 200k security jobs went unfulfilled last year. My ...
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Clarification about the post: Russian hackers use ‘zero-day’ to hack NATO, Ukraine in cyber-spy campaign

I have encountered the following article on Washington post: Russian hackers use ‘zero-day’ to hack NATO, Ukraine in cyber-spy campaign. As always in such kind of articles the publication sounds ...
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future of graphical password authentication [closed]

I'm a student currently pursuing my Engineering in Computers. I'm planning to put all my knowledge in and try to actually implement something related to security. To be more specific I'm more ...
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What is different about being targeted by a professional attacker?

It is often said that security tools such as firewalls, antivirus programs, etc. are only effective against random, untargeted attacks. If you are specifically targeted by an intentional, professional ...
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Using SSH Private keys in Production environment

I have a need to scp a bunch of files from a production box to my development environment. I am a developer and have limited read access to the production machines. Instead of entering password for ...
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What is the difference between XSS and Cross Site Flashing? [duplicate]

I want to know the basic differences between XSS and XSF
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Firewall Security vs Anti-Virus

Overview of my question I want to create a secure Window's system without the use of an Anti-Virus program. Whilst I know there are many on-demand and live-scanning anti-virus programs readily ...
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Keyboard “eavesdropping” just got way easier, thanks to electromagnetic emanations

Just found this article which basically suggests that electromagnetic emanations can be used to eavesdrop on what you're typing. ...
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My IP address (with a NAS) is targeted by a hacker. What to do? Should I be worried?

I've noticed, based on the logging of my NAS, that my IP address is targeted by a hacker. I already took action by automaticly ban the IP address permanently after five unsuccesful login attemps. ...
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Trying to get rid of hackers who have access to all my devices [closed]

What is the best way to go about getting rid of hackers that have gained access to all my personal computers, (both old and recently purchased) phones, and even random computers I use to simply get ...
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How do I check if a script is safe to run?

I've been using NoScript for a couple of years now but I can't seem to figure out which scripts are safe to allow and most of the time I just temporarily allow all the scripts. Is there a way to check ...
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Where can I “hide” easter eggs for students learning about Linux security?

I feel like this isn't the best place to ask this (since there's no single right answer), but I can't think of a better place. If you have a better recommendation, could you please recommend it and I ...
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Time it takes to crack a password on site like yahoo [closed]

I have a question. If you were using a password brute force/dictionary attack utility on a site like yahoo or another site, how long would it take to crack a password like Jah13Wootiang if Wootiang is ...