Detection is the act of discovering and/or determining the existence, presence, or fact of something.

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How do you know your server has been compromised?

I recently helped a client who had their server hacked. The hackers added some PHP code into the header of the homepage redirecting the user to a porn website — but only if they came from Google. This ...
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Is there a way to detect web server in case it's not present in HEADER?

I'm trying to detect what web server a particular website uses. For instance whether it's nginX, Apache, Tomcat and so on. I usually use Live HTTP Headers Firefox add-on. The problem is that sites ...
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How does a crypter for bypassing antivirus detection work?

I am talking about crypters used to encrypt files like viruses and keyloggers for the sole purpose of bypassing antivirus detection. How do they work?
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Are there Linux rootkits circulating that directly modify the kernel (without modules)?

It has been said, over and over, that disabling dynamic kernel module loading on Linux increases security. I understand why people give this advice, but I've always assumed that a bad guy could ...
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Detection and analysis of unknown malware

Suppose I have a binary which is suspicious. How can I determine whether it is malicious, and if it is, reverse-engineer how it works and what it does? For example, maybe using static analysis? Are ...
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Profiling hackers with keystroke dynamics

I am writing a research paper on tracking hackers and how to include keystroke timings to create a profile of hackers. I want to combine the keystroke timings that I capture in ttylog with other data ...
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Is there a public database of mutex names that are associated with malware?

I remember seeing something like this a while back, and it'd be incredibly useful for a project I'm working on. Essentially there was a list of mutex names, with a list of malware identifiers (e.g. ...
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Spamming exploits without user detection

So I asked this question because I had thought that attackers would have a way to identify client software, because surely if 100 different exploits were spammed against a users machine they would ...
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How could malware like Stuxnet be detected?

Stuxnet and others in this list of state-of-the-art Internet worms had certain features that they were very stealthy in leaking out the information they harvested. Thus it managed to go under the ...
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Possible to detect packed executable?

A packer is a way of obfuscating an executable program, i.e., transforming so the result is still executable and has the same effect when run, but looks different (so it won't be detected by static ...
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What is it called when you give hackers a way in?

Is there a name for a system that is designed to be hacked into? (Alternatively, there may be a different name for a system that is designed to look like it is hacked in to, but is actually just ...
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Why is it so hard to trace origins of DDOS attacks?

According to the July 2009 cyber attacks Wikipedia article, US & South Korean governments suffered a DDOS attack on their websites. However, up till now they have not been able to find any ...
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How effective is an IDS at catching targeted attacks

I have recently become very familiar with IBM Site Protector. As I understand things, Site Protector is in the top tier of IPS/IDS systems, used by some of the largest Fortune 500 companies. I was ...
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mysql security logging

Is there any logging available that logs mysql connection attempts to the port, login attempts, and times succeeded with username, IP address and date time? Im trying to detect brute force attempts. ...
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What techniques do web services use to identify password theft?

I've noticed that some web services use a security scheme in which log-in attempts that have some unusual characteristics trigger extra authentication steps. For example when I try to login to my ...
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SSL VPN Detection and possible to block

Is it possible to determine the difference between a VPN on port 443 compared to standard SSL traffic? In order to access SSL websites you need port 443 open but if you setup a VPN Service on port ...
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How to detect infected machines on my wifi?

I currently live in a building with around 40-50 other tenants (mostly students) and we all share one connection to the Internet using one of 3 wifi routers that are spread throughout the building. ...
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If you want to implement a XSS scanner, is it absolutely necessary to use a JS interpreter? Why?

In a recent discussion about a security vulnerability scanner that returns false positives for XSS detection, I noticed that the scanner just inject a string like "this_is_my_string_" (without the ...
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Is it possible to detect host-machine of my virtual-machines?

So basically I need to know is there any way to find a connection (or relation) between packets sent by my VMs and my host machine. In my lab I have lots of workstations, each running a VirtualBox ...
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How to detect cookie stuffing attacks?

So the question is how to detect cookie stuffing attacks and how to protect against them? In case of image-based cookie stuffing I can detect that related resources are not loaded and therefore ...
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What kinds of attacks would be missed if we don't look at both host and network activity

Suppose I have both network based IDS and host based IDS installed in my environment, will I miss any security attacks if I don't correlate the information from these sources? If so, what are they? It ...
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Are there DNS analysis tools that could detect bad DNS results?

Are there any tools (or at least methods that would work, if no free tools currently exist) which one could use to detect false DNS results? It would be very simply to detect an attack along the ...
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Can a SIM card be tracked without cell phone and battery?

I have a SIM card alone without cell phone and battery. Can it be be tracked?
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Is there a security device to register unauthorised physical access?

I understand that it is not possible to secure your software if a third party has physical access to the box (eg colo). So may be I can install some sort of hardware (like a seal) which only need to ...
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Is this enough for an NIDS

I am doing my senior project on network intrusion detection system (ethernet networks) and I am having a bit of trouble deciding if I have added enough features. Currently the system detects the ...
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To disconnect or not disconnect an intruder?

Most of the time, when an intruder is detected, we would disconnect it at once. However there are certain cases where the intruder is not disconnected. What are the benefits of not disconnecting the ...
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Why some antiviruses detect viruses and some not?

I am curious why some anti-viruses detect viruses and some do not. From what I found online, antiviruses parse the binary files and check the sequence of code which is malicious(exists in virus ...
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How effective is Windows Task Manager at identifying keyloggers?

I just hit upon an idea I have used in the past to distinguish between two instances of the same program, one of which was hung. While Task Manager is open and visible and sorted by CPU usage, I pick ...
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How does OS detection work in practice?

I was wondering how OS detection really works on Nmap. I know it is about to send different tcp probes to see how the target machine responds to them. But what kind of probes would distinguish a ...
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How can I detect which background application is using the camera, microphone or GPRS?

I want to learn how to write and Android application that can detect a run time spy application. In this instance, a "spy application" is a background application that uses the camera, microphone and ...
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How can I detect a VPN connection (even just in some cases) to get the real location of the user

I'm creating a web site, I would like to allow people to sign-up only from their "real" physical location (not using a VPN). I was thinking maybe comparing local and server time... what else...? I ...
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How can I detect if someone is using an ssh tunnel as a proxy to connect to a VPN?

I've got an SSH server setup in a remote location, which I use to tunnel traffic from an android tablet. On the tablet, I have the Cisco AnyConnect app to connect to my company's VPN. We want to be ...
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IP reputation services – valuable tool for detecting compromises?

anyone have anecdotes on how subscribing to an IP reputation service led them to discover internal compromises? services like: https://www.iptrust.com/ http://ipremoval.sms.symantec.com/lookup/
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Obfuscate IDS rules

Are there known techniques to obfuscate IDS rules, so they can't be easily used by attackers to reverse-engineer the vulnerability that they detect? Let me provide some context. Sometimes IDS ...
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How to detect/list rogue computers connected to a WIFI network without access to the Wifi Router interface?

This is what I believe to be an interesting challenge :) A relative (that lives a bit too far to go there in person) is complaining that their WIFI/Internet network performance has gone down ...
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How to check if a website is sending out a virus?

I'm a webmaster at a company without much knowledge of IT Security. We are running 6 computers connected to a central server that also hosts our website. 3 out of 6 people in the office have gotten ...
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Are malicious scripts in batch files detected by antiviruses?

we have many scripts in shared folders in our IT Department. Are malicious scripts in batch files detected by antiviruses?
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Detecting malware hidden in P2P traffic

Consider a network situation involving (only) Peer to Peer traffic in medium sized network. For the sake of convenience, a simple P2P application like DC++ may be assumed, although I am aiming at a ...
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Is interpreted malware easier to detect than compiled malware?

Is compiled code more of a security risk than interpreted code? I'm under the impression that it is due to the fact that compiled code can hide malicious code from malware scans.
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Server Detection Vectors

I have a web server, and I would like to anonymise it as much as possible, to prevent unreported exploits directed at my web server (original cracks). My ideas: change server header customize 404 ...
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Bot detection ideas [php]

I am looking for bot detection ideas. I don't mind bots crawling my site, that's cool, the problem is when they start posting stuff. I recently had to erase 400 accounts because of a bad boy like ...
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Analyzing Network Anomalies for Malicious events

For a network security project we are listing to our network traffic of about 50-60 hosts. We aim at identifying malicious event within our network traffic by identifying network anomalies. Our main ...
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Find changes and modifications made to system by application or virus,

I would like to use either Hyper-V or Vmware to take a Clean Base snapshot and a snapshot after an application or virus has made changes so I can then see what was changed between the two images. ...
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Repudiation in Copyright Infringement (BitTorrent)

Seeing this question : How can alleged illegal downloading be detected? sparked a question I have had for a long time. How does repudiation/non-repudiation work in such cases ? Argument: It is known ...
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Similar products to MS EMET [closed]

Following the weekend announcement from Microsoft regarding the vulnerability in IE I have been looking at additional security defences for our endpoints. I've read some technical documentation and ...
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Can linux (be made to) detect foreign connections to the ram bus?

I've been made aware on many answers and some comments that an attacker can read memory while a system is still running by attaching some sort of connection directly to the ram bus. Can linux ...
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Snort Parallelization Techniques and its effect on DDOS detection capability

I want to ask a query about snort parallelization. 1) Can snort detection rate remains same for all attacks after parallelisation? 2) As the parallelisation of netowrk traffic in each core is based ...
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How to find the OS of the target machine

I am new to this field. Currently I am using Linux OS and my question is how can I find the OS of another machine to which I do not have a direct access. I am interested in any possibilities which ...
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How to detect changes to client

I am developing a Java game and money is involved. As such, I want to prevent people from modifying the client if at all possible (I'm a game designer, not a security expert). I know that it is ...
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How to detect anomalous activity in web server traffic?

I'm wondering how to successfully detect malicious activity in my web server traffic? Could you point me out some popular solutions which can help me to detect attacks on my web application? I ...