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How to report vulnerabilities without being regarded as a hacker?

I just discovered that my university alumni's login page is just plain HTTP. Wireshark confirmed that the credentials are sent using an HTTP POST message. I did a bit of research and, as I thought, ...
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Tools to make a security researchers life easier - tracking vulnerability research [closed]

I've been a developer for quite some time, and as part of my on-going learning process I've learnt how to spot and remedy broken (and insecure) code written by others. Recently, I've found myself ...
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Physical security - responsible disclosure

I recently discovered a way to bypass a commonly used security seal system, requiring no special equipment and taking only a matter of seconds. I feel obliged to disclose this, so as to avoid the ...
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Challenges of setting up responsible disclosure for my course

Does anyone have experience in setting up a responsible disclosure procedure for a company? I'm interested in taking up a university assignment involving this. I have read up on my governments ...
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What to do if a vendor does not assign a CVE for an acknowledge vulnerability?

We found a security vulnerability in a widespread product of big IT company (the company is listed as a CNA here: http://cve.mitre.org/cve/cna.html#participating_cnas). We notified the company, they ...
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Getting an employer to secure their website immediately

I'm employed as a consultant at a big tech consultancy. I recently noticed a major flaw in their website, they send my login credentials in plain text over HTTP. I verified this by doing a outbound ...
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Is BSI’s process good? (Informing email address owners that their address/password (of unknown/different accounts) was stolen)

The German BSI (Federal Office for Information Security) claims to have got a list of 18 million email addresses and passwords – supposed to be the result of identity theft. They allow to check if ...
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PGP-encrypted Email or SSL/TLS Webform for Responsible Disclosure Communication?

So it's a fairly simple question. When offering an avenue to security researchers for communication with us regarding disclosure of security vulnerabilities, what's the best way to do so? Assume we ...
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Are there any mail services that don't store encryption keys?

According to this article => http://www.howtogeek.com/166507/why-most-web-services-dont-use-end-to-end-encryption/ Gmail doesn't store the encryption key. But Gmail reads whole of users' email for ...
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Best practice for informing a website they've been compromised?

I've received a spam email that claims to be invoicing me for some service in New Jersey, USA with whom I've not had any dealings. The email includes a link to a zip file that is hosted on a greek ...
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How to prevent email discovery in forms?

Being on the company security email list, I get emails with some regularity complaining about email discovery on various forms on my employers website. The reporters are complaining about things like ...
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How should we announce vulnerabilities in our application?

I have asked about security release notes Considerations for security release notes I need additional clarification about security vulnerabilities announcement. We create major release of our product ...
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Considerations for security release notes

I need help with understanding how to manage security release notes for our product. We create major release of our product about each half years and security or maintenance releases each month. What ...
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Advice of responsible disclosure

Some time ago, I hacked into my school's internet integrated system, and I had the entire database(users, passwords, photos and whatsoever) and source code of it. At some point, I disclosed the ...
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Inform someone about a hacked account [closed]

I'm not a hacker but recently I was able to get someone's email password. I want to teach him a lesson to be careful when using internet and to pay attention to his passwords but I have some problems: ...
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Ethics question, post-publication of 'DIY hack' that implies security hack

I've read this post at length, but I believe this question is subtly different. Consider this scenario: a municipal, non-profit organization has a website with authentication (username, password). ...
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How much detail to publicise when a software vendor patches and issues an advisory? [closed]

I am interested to hear what the community's thoughts are on detail provided by a software vendor along with a fix and a security advisory. For example, let's say that some kind of severe ...
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How to encourage responsible disclosure (and react appropriately otherwise)

As a conscientious programmer, I put security as one of the core requirements of every product I develop. To prevent flaws from being introduced, I promote a culture of awareness (e.g. make sure that ...
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Is it legal to find bugs on a website and report them to the website's owner?

I'm from Canada, and I'd like to know one thing. I know a bug on one website. I'm not sure if it's legal here to search for bugs on a website and NOT use them; instead, tell its company about it.
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Responsible Disclosures and Getting Sued

Lots of websites like Google, Facebook etc acknowledge the white hat hackers on their sites for reporting security vulnerability. But for the vulnerability reporter is it safe from legal perspective ? ...
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Where can I find articles about identity disclosure attack?

Where can I find more details about identity disclosure attack and it's prevention? If the adversary tries to steal the identity of an individual like mobile patterns and start appears in various ...
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How to not reveal that you are using PHP?

I'm bulding a website but some webtools and browser plugins allows anyone to get information on which technologies the website has been built. Is there any Alternative to not reveal that we are ...
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How and where can I best announce an XSS vulnerability in a relatively well-known website?

I'd like advice on how and where to announce an XSS vulnerability (persistent XSS to be exact). My greatest fear is the announcement getting snowed under, thus rendering the disclosure ineffective in ...
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PGP on hibernation files?

I was afraid reading this: This $299 tool is reportedly capable of decrypting BitLocker, PGP, and TrueCrypt disks in real-time. It seems to me that PGP and other sensible tools have to lock memory to ...
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Is there a site like plaintextoffenders.com that shames companies that force insecure passwords?

I recently came across http://plaintextoffenders.com/ and I liked the idea. I wondered if there was a similar site that shames websites that force insecure passwords? I personally have a list of a ...
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Disclosure in potential loss-of-life situations, with an uncooperative vendor

I recently discovered a publicly accessible web interface to a highly sensitive bit of lab equipment, the malfunction of which would result in potential loss of life or serious health concerns to a ...
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Should Stack Exchange be more obscure in its systems' structure?

I've noticed that Stack Exchange always reveals the detailed structure of its servers and systems (see these blog posts). And also the exact results of their tests and points of weakness (see the old ...
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attack/abuse notification email template

I'm building a template for use when sending "abuse" notifications to ISPs, hosting providers, etc., for when attacks originate from their netblock. Are there examples of templates used for this ...
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How do I respond to a published security vulnerability in my application?

In my spare time I write some PHP code the purpose of which is to block link spam and other various malicious activity. On May 11 someone who discovered an XSS vulnerability in the WordPress version ...
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How to make an outbound request to users to update their passwords?

Clearly it works best if the request to update a password happens as a response to an inbound request to access a known system, but how do you make an outbound request to users to update their ...
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I found that the company I work for is putting a backdoor into mobile phones

I have found out recently that the remote assistant software that we put in a smartphone we sell can be activated by us without user approval. We are not using this option, and it is probably there ...
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How can I report an ecommerce site in violation of security practices?

I ordered a product from a website and found that their invoice display page is completely un-protected with the order id in the query string and merely incrementing the number exposes every order. ...
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I fortuitously accessed the configuration of unknown router: how come and what now?

I've encountered a strange thing. I connected to an open Wi-Fi, then I was just fooling around. First, I visited 192.168.0.1 and it was a router configuration page but default password didn't work. ...
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Found huge bug, what should I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to disclose a security vulnerability in an ethical fashion? Reporting vulnerable sites I've found a huge bug which gives me the possibility to get (through ...
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References to issues of putting backdors into opensource (like OpenBSD) by FBI or CIA [closed]

There are articles on the Internet (e.g. this) that claim that the FBI/CIA injected security backdoors into OpenBSD. I'd like to know if there are any other references to this issue. This would help ...
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Fostering an environment where honesty and disclosure are valued

UPDATE: The question is seeking real research based on behavior analysis of a significantly large sample people using well defined experiments. Posting answers based on opinions, or ad-hoc ...
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Ethics and economy in security research

How can we design a market for information disclosure where individual security researchers may benefit economically in an ethical way? Assume a market where the participants are governments, ...
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Disclosing security vulnerabilities to paying customers first

Particular case An (unnamed) vendor of an open source product also sells commercial licenses and support. One of the advantages of the commercial deal is that you get notified of security ...
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What are common/official methods of reporting spam/phishing/nasty-grams to organizations?

A user of mine just received a phishing email claiming to be the IRS. What methods of reporting are available, and what should be included?
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What are the chances of a database being hacked?

How often do websites (and their databases) get hacked? Hacked as in user accounts stolen, tables flushed, and all in all, damage done to the database. I'm talking about e-commerce websites, and ...
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Whistleblowing, business ethics and credit card data

I'm writing this post as I'm facing a personal, ethical dillemma and I would like feedback on the best way to approach this situation, particularly from a philosophical point of view. I work for a ...
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How to handle security issues of someone else's website

A few weeks ago I found that someone has posted admin account details for a certain website on a public wiki by mistake. As I found that data to be real (i.e. I could log into their website run by ...
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Open Source vs Closed Source Systems

My understanding is that open source systems are commonly believed to be more secure than closed source systems. Reasons for taking either approach, or combination of them, include: cultural norms, ...
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What might be the legal and policy consequences of traffic sniffing?

I found a security hole in an organisation in the UK with many employees. Login form sends user name and password in clear text to the public facing IP via HTTP. Initially I pointed this to IT but ...
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Progress in market approaches to software vulnerability disclosure?

In A Comparison of Market Approaches to Software Vulnerability Disclosure (2006), Rainer Böhme describes the profound role of economic "market failure" in the industry dynamics that hinder software ...
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Which companies facilitate payment in return for vulnerability disclosure?

If requesting payment from an affected party directly for the disclosure of vulnerabilities is considered extortion, how can independent security researchers earn a living or side income from ...
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Effect of Source Code Leakage of a security suite on security

I am interested to know what threats does it pose, if the source code of a security suite is leaked. It came to my mind after reading the following URLs: ...
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How do you address a social engineering and or software weakness/concern in a company or organisation?

Say that you call your bank and are able to start talking about your personal finances, without having given them any real proof of your identity. Well the first thing I'd think would be to change ...
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Is there a way for a consumer to report PCI non compliance?

Is there a way for a consumer to report PCI non compliance?
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Tools to identify and report hacking attempts originating inside reputable organizations?

Re: Should I report hacking attempts? - Server Fault Lots of people look at their own logs for attacks from the outside. But who regularly reports such attacks back to the source? I'm mainly ...