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

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DNS Redelegation - Security Risk?

I am a web developer and I use Adobe Business Catalyst. To use some of their services it is recommended you redelegate the domain. In other words change the nameservers to Business Catalyst. I have ...
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Assuming no MITM, is Gmail communication 100% secure and private?

I sometimes have to use my personal Gmail account from my company workstation, where I know for fact they are using content-aware firewall(s) like Palo Alto, and potentially other nasty things like ...
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How does http://un****-us.com/ work?

There is this site un**-us.com which supposedly allows you to bypass ISP rules such as content restriction on a particular area. Now , it is well known that routing your traffic through a web proxy ...
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Can ISPs log IP connections?

I know most, if not all, ISPs log the IPs you had tied to your network, but do ISPs keep logs of the IPs you have tried to connect to? For example, let's say I went to google.com, would the ISP be ...
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Network enumeration protection [closed]

I was reading about DNS security, and readed about Zone Transfer and how can be used to retrieve host information of a network, so not allowing Zone Tranfer from external sources will be the solution ...
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Anyone out there using Umbrella from OpenDNS? What exactly is it?

I'm still looking for a centrally-managed AV/malware management system and I've been testing out both Panda and Webroot (due to their 'cloud-based' structure that doesn't require a server for me to ...
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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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How could you find wildcard subdomains on websites?

Other than testing different URLs separately, is there anyway to find out if a website has a wildcard sub domain?
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Root/Naked domain and DDOS

Some services like Github has DDOS mitigation measures for their root/naked domain, but not other subdomain(s). What so special about the root domain concerning the DDOS attacks? [1] ...
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How do big companies ensure that other people don't register a new top level domain with their name?

For example today there are ".codes", ".farm" and ".vaijes" newly available. How do big companies like google, facebook, twitter, .. keep sure that they are the first who register their name on the ...
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DNS zone size overload?

Is it possible to DOS DNS by creating custom dns zones with lots of text records in them so that the size of the DNS zone is in the order for example 100 Gigabyes, and then query all the dns records ...
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Following redirects from HTTPS to HTTP - Secure?

So I have an HTTP client which supports HTTPS. However, it doesn't follow the HTTP spec recommendation for redirects on POST(which is to ask the user before redirecting) This means, in theory, if you ...
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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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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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DNS settings compromised from WAN on Edimax ADSL router

My home network Edimax AR-7084gB ADSL modem/router with firmware verison 2.9.5.0(RUE0.C2A)3.5.18.0 was exploited from WAN few days ago. The attacker changed DNS server settings - primary server to ...
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DNS causing SSL errors

On my old ISP's DNS servers, sometimes https://www.facebook.com would return a cert for Akamai instead of Facebook. What I don't understand is that changing my DNS server to Googles (8.8.8.8) fixes ...
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DNS queries to compromise DNS cache

The transaction ID for DNS queries can take values from 1 to 65,536 and my computer pseudorandomly chooses one for each DNS request. If I sents 1,024 false replies per request, how many requests ...
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Clear the DNS server's cache?

Is there anyway for the attacker to clear the cache of a DNS server in order to poison it? For example, if someone attacked my DNS server in an attempt to spoof Google.com, they will receive the ...
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Manual DNS change

If I manually change my DNS setting in the router or in Windows settings from the provider's one to, say, 8.8.4.4 by Google - will it mean that my ISP has no idea which sites I am going to? Maybe it ...
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Is it safe to use namebench?

As the title states is Google's namebench utility safe to run on my Mac and let it use Safari's web history?
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DNS query through squid? [closed]

My IDS picked up our squid proxy server doing a dynamic DNS request. I wasn't aware squid passed DNS requests from the client to the internal DNS server. Is this possible? Snort Alert: ET POLICY ...
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Reliability of DNSBLs for Stopping Forum Spam

I know that certain DNS blacklists are considered more reliable than others, in that they don't have as many false positives. I run a forum that is known to be spammed, and I've installed a mod to ...
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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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Does DNSSEC provide signed statements that a certain domain does NOT yet support DNSSEC? If not, why not?

In my security class with David Wagner, we talked about some of the reasons why DNSSEC is not widely adopted right now. One of the reasons was that for backward compatibility reasons, clients need to ...
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RHS Blocklist, Other blocklists and impacts of RHS blocking on similar domains

I am not very familiar with Blocklists so had a few queries around it. I have a sub-domain example.com which is used to send mass marketing emails i.e. emails are sent from no-reply@example.com. A ...
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Is my ISP BGP/DNS hijacking?

I've noticed some very suspicious activity from my ISP. Sometimes I would notice that when I ping google.com it would resolve to an IP which is owned by my ISP. I currently don't have an example ...
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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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Broadband security question

I have a fixed line broadband connection at home. This morning when I tried accessing Google or Facebook through my browser (Google Chrome) I got a webpage asking me to update my flash player. I found ...
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Is my service provider hacked and what can I do to protect myself?

I found myself looking at a stock and forex search page when I try to access Chinese Stackexchange using my FireFox browser today. This is what the page looks like: And this is the HTML of the ...
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tor and widecap dns leak

I am using a program that I coded in C#. All it does is use HttpWebRequest to request some pages and read info from them. I tried running it through Tor. I installed the Vidalia Bundle and Widecap. My ...
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DNS Cache Poisoning as a Foil to SSL

I recently learned a bit more about DNS cache poisoning, and my understanding of the basic way it works is by editing the DNS cache so that when the victim types in, say, www.google.com they get the ...
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Can Tor browser bundle be attacked like this?

When using the Tor browser bundle, you load the check.torproject.org on start. It tells you when there is a security update to downloads, and let's you click a link to get it. The way for users to ...
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Way to make “DNS unblockers” safe?

Many people who live outside the US use "DNS unblockers" such as Unblock-Us to access region restricted services such as Netflix and Hulu. My understanding of these services is that for DNS requests ...
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Is OpenDNS safe to use?

Anyone know anything about OpenDNS? Is it safe to use, or should it be avoided? If it should be avoided, what are the alternatives? I am basically looking for a way to block certain sites from my ...
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How CDN operator will decide content fo me if i am using google public DNS [closed]

As i saw most of the internet is being load balanced even at DNS . And DNS load balancers takes decision on behalf of client's DNS . So I Am just curious to know if i will use 8.8.8.8 as nameserver in ...
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Save to setup localhost.example.com to test wildcard SSL?

I have a domain with a wildcard SSL certificate (i.e. "*.example.com"). I also develop using WAMP setups, which I would like to be able to test HTTPS on. There are several tutorials on how to setup a ...
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Enabling port forwarding on port 53 on a DNS server, why is it a risk?

Well, actually I know that the risk is that somebody from an external network could access IPs and hostnames of the machines on a local network, but I am struggling to understand if this is it or if ...
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Alternative to ICANN? [closed]

What are major DNS services offered that aren't state-controlled. Better yet, why can't we take Bitcoin's model and create a truly decentralized system with P2P DNS? I see potential reasons behind ...
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How to investigate this anomaly?

According to the IT managers, this problem is neither at the server nor at the client but is suspected to be somewhere inbetween e.g. some DNS server that has been infected. Do you recognize this ...
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DNS Cache Poisoning and Snooping

I'm trying to do two things here. The first is poison the cache of a target DNS server. A scan has suggested the network I'm attacking is vulnerable to CVE-1999-0024. My understanding of this ...
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How have DNS recursion attacks happened?

There are a few resources describing how to carry out DNS recursion attacks. Is there any good explanation to help me understand how these attacks work and if systems on my network are still ...
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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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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 virus on the host affect the VM guest [duplicate]

let me explain my problem. The wifi on my macbook suddenly stopped working so tried to use my usb wifi adapter on a linux VM. But the funny thing is that nothing works on the guest vm either... Well ...
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What is the technical rationale behind intermediary email servers?

EFF's Survelliance Self-Defense (SSD) project has an illustration of how email over SMTP goes through intermediate mail exchange servers: AFAIK each intermediate servers is expected to add its own ...
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Is there a secure DNS provider? [closed]

Is there a secure DNS provider? Kind of alternative to DNSCrypt.
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Netgear WNDR4000 open port 53

Why is port 53 open on the WAN side of the router? And more importantly how do I close it? Port 53 is not one of my forwarded ports. Discovered by doing nmap -pT:1-64 <my-external-IP> -Pn ...
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Proxy aware or DNS capable meterpreter?

I'm having issues traversing a proxy protected network and was wondering if there are meterpreter implementations which allow proxy awareness (automatically using windows AD credentials) or which can ...
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The importance of changing DNS when Using Antifiltering software

Is it safe that sometimes my Anti-filtering program does not change the DNS address?
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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 ...