The Domain Name System (DNS) translates Internet domain and host names to IP addresses.

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What are the risks of removing ISATAP from the default global block list?

The process of installing Microsofts pseudo VPN called Direct Access requires me to remove the ISATAP name from the default global block list by running this command: dnscmd /config ...
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Kaminsky Bug Exploitation

I am trying to exploit the Kaminsky bug for a school assignment. The specific version of the bug that I want to exploit is sending a forged packet with false information about www.domain.com so that ...
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How does bidirectional authentication using SSL work?

Let's say Alice wants to use a webservice on Bob. Bob is on bob.in.wonderland.com Alice opens a connections to bob.in.wonderland.com:443. Taken by DNS magic rabbit, Alice arrives on port 443 at ...
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DNSSec (comcast) vs DNSCurve (OpenDNS)

I was previously using OpenDNS on my internal network. I found out today that comcast has switched over to DNSSec:Comcast DNSSec. I've did a little research on DNSSec and its benefits. I ...
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How can I detect/withstand DNS amplification attack?

I am a developer, and I am trying to get an insight into what could I do to enable my application to withstand a DNS amplification kind of attacks. Would such prevention methods help against DOS type ...
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Is it less secure to use OpenDNS for banking accounts, SSH, Adsense account?

I have one WiFi connection in my house which I use for my iPad, phone and computers. I want to block adult sites, time consuming sites for every device that use the WiFi connection. So I came across ...
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DNS queries with hex string that is a SHA1 of a domain name! Is it a malware?

My computer does a lot of queries to strange domains such as: 56cea5c2b408989ab067adcb787d0f99209bbe07.mydomain.com The strange thing is that 56cea5c2b408989ab067adcb787d0f99209bbe07 is the SHA1 of ...
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Does Tor Hidden Service Protocol provide more threat protection than a standard HTTPS session?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine that has a Tor Exit Enclave and hidden service. This site is focused on the safe, secure searching of its users. Since DNS is not used in Tor, it appears that HTTPS is ...
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Is it harmful to redirect web bugs to localhost on hosts file?

I was checking the article hosts file on Wikipedia, and I found this: Blocking access to servers of unwanted content by redirecting them to the local host (127.0.0.1) may have security ...
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How can I tell if a DNSSec zone is protected using NSEC3 (versus NSEC)

This answer describes how DNSSec might permit "Zone walking"... where a bad guy can extract all the DNS records from a DNSSec enabled zone. NSEC3 is an update that prevents this. (See bottom of this ...
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DNS Cache poisioning examples, or other criteria when a client ignores a response

Is there a concise set of rules that describe what 99% percent of DNS responders accept? Conversely, are there are set of rules that define when DNS queries are invalid? Example answer I would ...
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Available alternative DNS protocol not another dark-net [closed]

Hi does any one knows any DNS alternative Protocols ? If so what is the most used ? Is easy to setup ? Is easy to have two DNS protocols one where you connect to the Common Internet and the other ...
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How does DNSSec work? Are there known limitations or issues?

Based on information from this site, DNSSec is needed to protect us from a number of DNS and SSL / TLS hacks, including: DNS spoofing, especially on wifi or shared medium Registrars that abuse their ...
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DNS zone transfer attack

Hello Guys! Can anyone explain what is DNS zone transfer or give any link, paper? I have already googled, but could not find anything meaningful?
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captive portal wikipedia article

Something on the wikipedia page regarding captive portals have confused me: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captive_portal When a client requests a website, DNS is queried by the browser. The ...
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Protecting yourself against DNS spoofing?

Are there any things which the user can do, on their own machine, to protect against DNS spoofing? I was just thinking when I was at the airport last and I wanted to check my email I used a hotspot ...
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DNS Spoofing vs ARP spoofing, the relationship?

As I understand, ARP spoofing can only be done on the LAN-side of the router? DNS spoofing, can that be done either side of the router? In order to do DNS spoofing, do you need to perform ARP ...
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How exactly would SOPA-style DNS blocking threaten the security of the Internet?

A point that keeps getting mentioned in the SOPA debate is that the DNS blocking it prescribes will cause security problems. Can somebody explain in simple terms just exactly how SOPA threatens ...
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what is the Akamai Name Server i see at some big companies

I have played with DNS a lot lately, and i have found that some big companies's web sites uses the Akamai NS as the Name Server for thier WWW servers, for example: $>nslookup > www.redhat.com ...
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How dangerous is it that there are DNS entries for our domain that we did not register?

I was performing an DNS brute-force on our company's domain and found entries like "html" "ww" and "wwww" resolving to IPs outside of our registered block. This sparked a debate about just how ...
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Listing of DNS vulnerabilities

I am currently studying how to setup DNS servers and all aspects of the DNS system. I would also like to study the security aspect. I want to use current DNS server attack on my test servers. Is there ...
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Is the Kaminsky bug still a problem for sites without DNSSEC?

I have read about the Kaminsky bug, but I don't fully understand how easy it is to use this vulnerability for an attacker. Are DNS-software updated now so it's not that easy to use this vulnerability ...
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How does DNS work?

I'm learning pentesting from books. So far I thought I know about DNS but now I'm completely lost and confused. well, I know what happens when you enter domain name in your browser: Say, I've ...
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Preventing 3rd party DNS Servers from being used

While using a wireless network recently that implemented a captive gateway, I noticed that any third party DNS servers manually set would not allow the network to connect properly. This would seem ...
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Implications of using DNS Forwarders instead of Root Hints

When redesigning an organizations DNS infrastructure, the question of using Forwarders instead of Root Hints comes up. What kinds of issues should I be aware of when the admins and designers start ...
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What is the status of forced HTTPS everywhere (Strict transport security) via DNS? I only see last years draft

I'm trying to find the most recent RFC on HSTS in DNS (or rather said DNSSEC), but can only find this year old one in expired draft status Where can I find the most current guidance on STS in DNS? If ...
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Alternatives for DNS resolution

I was told it's a good idea not to use your ISP to resolve DNS, both for privacy issues and because it can be slow. So I wanted to change, but I've read criticism on using OpenDNS (who makes money on ...
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Should Windows 2008 R2 be used as an externally facing DNS name server?

When compared to more traditional DNS name servers, what are the benefits / drawbacks of using a Windows 2008 R2 as a public ns record for a company. What limitations, or security issues would I ...
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My DNS Name Server does not support DNSSec client queries, what alternatives do I have?

I am using a web browser to access DNSSec enabled sites. My current name server doesn't (won't) support DNSSec for at least a year. What are my alternatives? Do any ISPs currently offer DNSSec? ...
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How will users know if their session is DNSSec protected or not?

There is definite security value in having DNSSec-verified connections, however I have yet to see software indicate if the connection is secure. Ultimately I would like my users to recognize that ...
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Is OpenVPN secure in this way?

I'm familiar with OpenVPN because my home router has a builtin OpenVPN server. I would like to use OpenVPN all the time, but how do I deal with situations where I don't own the routers? ex.: in a ...
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Is NTP vulnerable to DNS poisoning or spoofing attacks?

Scenario: Attacker somehow compromises the DNS lookup for the NTP server used by the victim (a web application) Victim sends DNS request for e.g. ntp.pool.org, which is responded to by attacker to ...
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Initial steps of network mapping

In light of recent security breaches hitting the news, it's been all hands on deck at my work as far as security. I'm trying to pen test our network. I have a very basic question. My Question You ...
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How bad is the leaking of Internal IP addresses through external DNS

If an external DNS server is leaking internal IP addresses are there any significant security threats associated with this information leakage? Apart from most the obvious - gaining an understanding ...
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Is using a local DNS cache server more secure than using a DNS server from a router?

Is using a local DNS cache server imore secure than using a DNS server from a router?
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Can a HTTPS connection be compromised because of a rogue DNS server

If I'm visiting (just a desktop pc, client side) a site that has a valid HTTPS cert/connection, that can it be compromised if I'm using [not with free will, so e.g.: I'm "attacked"] a rouge DNS ...
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Do you detect/react to DNS tunnelling?

I've just seen a talk about tunnelling TCP/IP over DNS requests, because port 53 UDP is usually open and unfiltered. What techniques exist to detect and block such tunnels, and have you ever seen that ...
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DNS access limitations

Im working on a script that's going to talk to a DNS on a LAN that have information about local domains. And I believe its blocking my requests. So my question is: How can you limit a DNS server to ...
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How to create your own RBL DNS Blacklist to prevent spam

I am getting sick of reporting the same old chinese emails to Spamcop now and would like to make my own small RBL list that I can easily add blocks of IP's to. I have a spare PC and static IP address ...
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Anyone use the International Domain Name (IDN) security mitigation API's? Is there a wrapper for .NET?

The International Domain Name mitigation API's are available here for download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=ad6158d7-ddba-416a-9109-07607425a815&displaylang=en ...
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How do the root servers get updated with my name server? Is WhoIS information always in sync with the root?

I've never understood what happens behind the scenes when I go to my registrar and enter in my name server's information. Can someone elaborate on what happens when an update is made, and how it is ...
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When should a DNS entry be cached? What conditions should not be? How do I determine the TTL?

I'm writing a DNS resolver and am building a spreadsheet of when a DNS record should be cached, and not be cached... but it's harder than it first looks (to me at least). Is there consolidated test ...
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What risk do International Domain Names (IDN) pose?

I understand that IDN's are basically a GUI display change for domains that have a prefix of "xn--". What should I advise companies do in regards to these domains? For example, should companies ...
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What's involved in taking over someone else's domain name?

I'm asking this for purely academic reasons. I know that there are domain record lists and whatnot, but I'm trying to understand the exact structure of how DNS works and where someone can potentially ...