Pre-attack is a phase where an attacker attempts to discover information about their target. This can involve network reconnaissance, operational intelligence, historical information, etc.

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Enumerating WHOIS maintainer objects

I've been reading a chapter of the Network Security Assessment book. The author shows how you can enumerate WHOIS maintainer objects ie: whois cs-security-mnt The section in question is here on ...
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API Method Parameter Enumeration via Web Browser

I am obligated by contract to prevent enumeration of an API method's parameters but cannot achieve it. When I send a blank request to the API server in a web browser, the server responds with the ...
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Subdomain Bruteforcing when every request gets resolved?

Is it possible for an attacker to get a list of the subdomains configured for my server, if every subdomain request gets resolved? In the case of a subdomain that doesn't exist, the server simply ...
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NMAP's explicitely closed ports

I'm working on a challenge and I notice this odd output for a full port scan? abc@desktop:~$ nmap -T5 -p- -sV x.x.x.x -PN Interesting ports on x.x.x.x: Not shown: 65533 filtered ports PORT ...
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Some questions about port-scans

I have two questions and it seems like this website is the perfect place to ask them. I read a post earlier concerning port scans and one of the answers stated something along the lines of: "There ...
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enumeration and MS DCERPC

Enumeration, enumeration, and even more enumeration is the generic pentesting mantra, but enumeration is worthless if you can't read the results. I came across the Windows RPC service, where ...
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How can a remote attacker find a user UID via Samba?

Is there a way to remotely retrieve the UID of a user via a Samba share? I can get the user list with: rpcclient -W 'WORKGROUP' -c querydispinfo -U''%'' '192.168.21.129' 2>&1 index: 0xa RID: ...
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Avoid brute-force enumeration of customers in a SaaS application

I'm involved in the development of a SaaS application. We host the application for different customers. A customer is a company. Each customer gets access to their hosted instance of the application ...
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Scan all possible files on server (Brute force Filenames)

I'm not sure if I'm right here, but I just wanted to know if there is a tool that scans all possible filename combinations on a server and tells you what filenames the server responded to. So it would ...
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User Enumeration Vulnerability while creating Google account

When we create a Google account, Google tells us whether an account with specified username exists or not. Doesn't that lead to user enumeration? Why not let users fill other information first, ...
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Discovering a vulnerable service on a machine

I am trying to get access to one of the machines in my lab. it has 2 tcp ports that I am highly suspecting which are: port 25 tcp port 111 tcp For port 25, it is supposed to be running SMTP, ...
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User name enumeration?

From what I understand it is bad security practice to display informative failed login messages like: The email you entered does not exist Instead of Incorrect email/password combination ...
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How important is CAPTCHA on registration pages?

I am working on a site and I would like to add CAPTCHA to the user registration page to prevent user name enumeration. I am working with a front end developer who feels pretty strongly that we should ...
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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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How can I misuse the information of DCE service enumeration?

Nessus reports almost on any Windows machine "DCE service enumaration". With the metasploit module tcp_dcerpc_auditor I get the following information: 192.168.1.23 - UUID ...
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Techniques for fingerprinting a web based content management system (CMS)

Let's say we have a random basic blog or informational website: just some pages with information, a sidebar with an overview of the archives, the normal stuff. We know of this website that it's built ...