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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Is filtering flash based on the mimetype enough to keep it out?

As flash is a real security mess I started blacklisting flash at our proxy by blocking any content with the mime type application/x-shockwave-flash which works pretty well as far as I can tell. The ...
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Medical Device - FDA compliance [closed]

what are industry best practices to secure servers and IT infrastructure within a medical device industry ? Looking to compare what we have to the industry standard or compliance body.
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What security policies and practices could one practice to safegaurd against being inebriated?

My passwords for the most part as well as access procedures I could do while inebriated/intoxicated. Be it a simple login/password login to email or VPN and accessing a database. This might sound ...
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Would removing spaces in a string protect against SQL injection?

I was curious if it's possible to protect against an SQL injection attack by removing all spaces from an String input? I have been reading up on SQL Injection at OWASP, but they don't mention ...
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Do any Exchange hardening guidelines recommend disabling OWA Webready? Should they?

For the fourth time in over a year, Exchange OWA has put our internal network at risk due to a remote code execution flaw that exists on the server runtime. This risk is compounded by the fact ...
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Is it acceptable for customer service to ask for my PIN?

I tried to initiate an online chat with customer service of a company I am trying to do business with this weekend, but before they would answer any of my questions they requested that I give them the ...
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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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What are the negative aspects of creating fake security footprints?

My take on reducing the risk of being hacked on products and installation have often been to create false footprints. From my own experience, the servers I've spent most time (and hate) on hacking ...
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What is the current best practice to secure an executive's laptop?

What is the current best practice to secure an executive's laptop? The exec will be processing highly sensitive documents (high-value bids, merger & acquisition info, technical specs). As such ...
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How does reuse attack protection (RAP) work?

The grsecurity folks just released a test patch for the 4.5 Linux kernel which includes Return Address Reuse Attack Protection or RAP, a protection technique against return-oriented programming (ROP). ...
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Looking for Defensive security training or content [closed]

We all know there is a lot of "offensive security" classes and content but what about "Defensive Security" how to look for bugs and leaks in your perimeter.
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NoScript: How to determine which sites/scripts to whitelist?

NoScript is a great plug-in, both for security and for ad blocking. However, I've found it's not always easy to figure out what scripts need to be permitted on certain pages, to be able to use the ...
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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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Dynamic, Randomized Protocols to Deter Attackers

Imagine a protocol that changed periodically. What if the order of these fields were changed a lot? One point in time the protocol might be { Payload, Checksum, Length, Flags, ID } The next point ...
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CSRF Prvention Token Mechanism: Back button Navigation

I have a legacy web application and need to prevent it from CSRF. I tried to resolve the issue without compromising application functionality and got issues related to navigation. The main concern ...
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Anti-DoS WebSockets Best Practices

What are the best practices for thwarting DoS attacks for a WebSocket server? Is there a comprehensive site or document that can be referenced?
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In house mitigation for a volumetric DDoS attack

Can a volumetric DDoS attack be mitigated by some in house defense or does the defense always need to be on the cloud? If yes, then why?
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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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How safe are employee laptops in China against International corporate espionage?

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 e-...
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Do technical advice sites sometimes link to malware, and if so, how should we properly research errors? [closed]

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 to do when asked for a weak password

The guys who made the security for my country's state bank are completely nuts in all senses. Their internet banking password must be between 8 and 10 characters, and contain only letters and digits. ...
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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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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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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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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, password-...
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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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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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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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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 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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How to post comments on websites without being traced back

Just trying to get some general sense about the security on internet now-a-days. There are so many websites I go and comment on different things. If some comments are political and they don't like, I ...
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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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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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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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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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Nowadays, what is the difference between Cyber Security and IT Security? [closed]

Lately (and not so lately), you can hear a lot about cyber security. It is really hard to find an official description about this matter so, let's take the ISO 27032 description: "Cybersecurity” ...
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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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Transaction without 3DS in some online websites is Fraud prone? [duplicate]

I use my MasterCard credit card for online transactions which uses SecureCode for preventing online frauds even though hackers knows our credit card details. I have come across many sites which is ...
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Letting users pick up where they left off…without logging in (is this bad form?)

I have a Grails app I'm working on that allows users to fill out a fairly lengthy application form. One of the requirements I've been given is to NOT require users to log in or create any sort of ...
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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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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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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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Which hard disk encryptions schemes are tied to the original hardware?

When using a laptop, an encrypted HD/SSD can be an important security measure. However, laptops are prone to accidents (fluid spills, dropping on the floor, etc) that may mandate some or all of the ...
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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 ...