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

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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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Why would home routers accept incoming DNS traffic?

I stumbled upon an interesting paper (PDF Link) where researchers found out that more than 58% of the DNS open resolvers that are blamed in DDoS attacks are in fact home routers distributed by ISPs to ...
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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 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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Google DNS in Firewall logs

I was viewing my firewall logs and come across the IP 8.8.8.8. Further check reveals it most likely belong to Google DNS. And such traffic has been going out from some of our LAN segment PCs. From ...
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Unpublished server

Is it possible to setup my web server such that only certain sources can access and the public from internet has no access? i am thinking that we could just not publish our web server URL/IP to our ...
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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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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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Masking IP address and port number for Web application [closed]

I have a Web application running on port 89 ( non-standard port) of a Windows 2012 R2 machine. The login page for this application needs to be accessible through a link on my website - let's call it ...
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How would I secure my hosts file?

I know the hosts file is often deemed obsolete by an actual DNS, but what is/are the best way(s) to secure a hosts file (Current Best Practice)? Example: Would I delete the hosts file, input known ...
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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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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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Browser page “Not resolved” page hijacked by yandex [closed]

Any domain that cannot be resolved defaults to yandex right now, on any browser on my system. Helper objects or extensions are not installed. It turns out that the ISP (Turk Telekom) is employing ...
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How to test for zone transfer? [duplicate]

I heard that it is possible to test for zone transfer attacks on a web application using host and dig commands in Linux. How it is done?
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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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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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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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How does the DNS-spoofer know the original destination of the packet?

It's perhaps my lack of deeper knowledge of how the DNS, NAT or TCP works, but I have been thinking about the following scenario and can't figure out the following problem which arises in DNS-spoofing ...
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Security risks of allowing customer to use his own domain for a hosted SaaS application

As a SaaS hosting, we are considering allowing customer to use an alternative domain to access his SaaS environment. Default domain owned and hosted by us: customersubdomain.ourdomain.com ...
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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 ...
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What jurisdiction do DNS root servers and corresponding TLDs have?

We are setting up DNSSec and want to document risks that relate to the core root servers, their binding keys, and the next level DNS TLD. Since there is history saying that the US Government owns ...
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Is it possible to redirect someone to a fake site without changing the hosts file?

Is it possible to redirect someone to a fake site without changing the hosts file? When I access a bank site, I receive a fake page. But my hosts file does not have any changes to do this. Is it ...
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issues with dnssec master/slave configuration on freebsd [migrated]

I am trying to configure DNSSEC as a master/slave. Following signing the zone and uploading the DS record to my provider, I am able to see what appears to be the proper output from dnssec-verify ...
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Strange block page on OpenDNS?

This morning I went to the internet and accidentally clicked on a blocked website (OpenDNS blocked it). Though there was something strange on the place of the icon there was a little router icon and ...
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Silent security on android

I saw a DEFCON talk about owning back a stolen PC/Mac, with a SSHd daemon and a dynamic-ip service installed,running in background. I was wondering if is it possible to achieve tha same results on an ...
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DoS attack against a domain registrar and DNS provider

our smalltime registrar comes under DoS often who is also our DNS provider. If we switch our DNS provider, will it let us keep our domain afloat during an attack against the registrar, or do we have ...
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Root Zone Trust Anchor Publication?

I'm reading through DNSSEC Trust Anchor Publication for the Root Zone. Section 4 lists two methods to distribute the root keys: HTTP and HTTPS. Fetching over HTTP is not secure, and fetching over ...
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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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ISP can detect DNS requests for a website. Can it do the same for websites embedded inside other websites ? [duplicate]

ISP can detect DNS requests for a web site, ie www.google.com . If I have a website ie www.mysite.com, and a webpage ie www.mysite.com/mypage.html and inside www.mysite.com/mypage.html , the web site ...
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How secure are the new TLDs ( .us, .io, …) and do they compare to .com? [closed]

The introduction of the new top level domains (TLDs) such as .music, .books, etc. will increase the number of people and organisations adding and removing entries into the root DNS servers (.) for ...