releasing information about security issues to the general public or a selected group.

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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 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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How to disclose a security vulnerability in an ethical fashion?

How to disclose a security vulnerability in an ethical way? I've heard there are various schools of thought on this topic. I'd like to know the pros/cons of each.
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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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Is it legal to find bugs on a website and report them to the website's owner? [closed]

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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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 is an n-day security attack?

There are several attacks types in computer security. For instance, zero-day attacks consist of attacks that use undisclosed exploits. In contrast, what is an n-day attack? Is it a security concern?
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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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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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Where to report malicious URLs, phishing, and malicious web sites?

I recently discovered that my web site was hacked: there was a HTML hidden div selling about shoes... I Googled the text in question and voila: thousands of sites have been hacked. Check this out: ...
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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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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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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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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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Reporting vulnerable sites

Take this scenario: You browse the web and find a website that is vulnerable to SQL Injection. Being a good guy/gal you report the vulnerability to the site owner (if you are able to find contact ...
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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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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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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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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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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 should I escalate a vulnerability that is dismissed by the vendor?

I've come across a vulnerability that secure@microsoft does not think is worth pursuing. I would estimate that there are many, many customers affected by this issue. I do not want to start a ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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My college hosts a critically vulnerable service. I warned them 4 years ago. What should I do? [duplicate]

Four years ago, I discovered that an applet on my college's website sends SQL queries directly to a server application. The databases contain nominal and personal information about students and ...
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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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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 you notify software vendors that their software has been cracked?

Apologies if this is not the right place to ask this question, I will happily move it to another Stack Exchange site if need be. Before I explain the rationale behind the question, let me clear up a ...
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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 ...
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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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What particular concerns should one bear in mind when wardriving?

I'm considering starting a neighborhood-wide wardrive, with the objective of raising awareness to the risks of running unsecured wireless networks. Right now, I'm still in the planning stages of this ...
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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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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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Where should a Vulnerability Disclosure Policy be published?

In 2014, the New Zealand Internet Task Force released a set of guidelines for Vulnerability Disclosure: http://www.nzitf.org.nz/pdf/NZITF_Disclosure_Guidelines_2014.pdf Part of the recommendations ...
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What to do if I accidentally DoS a site? [closed]

A few weeks ago I was non-maliciously using a website with server-side calculations when curiosity got the better of me and I decided to mess with some GET request values. I expected the site to give ...
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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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Was the ASP.NET Padding Oracle exploit exposed in an ethical manner? What could have been done differently?

This is a multi-part question.... In regards to the ASP.NET Padding Oracle, (demo link)was that security exploit dealt with in an ethical manner? What could have been done differently or better? ...
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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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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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Found a security vulnerability on gov related site

So I'm unsure how to go about dealing with what I found. It's a really simple security hole, but opens lots of personal data if exploited. I was on a government utility (being vague intentionally) ...
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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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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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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 ...