The branch of philosophy which deals with how the professionals should make decisions regarding professional and social conduct

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Secure automatic authentication to samba share

I need to pull some data from network storage to a publicly available laptop that is running Linux. The network storage used to be provided via a server that could be connected to via ssh, but it has ...
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Is it ethical to use ReCAPTCHA to decode house addresses? [closed]

I noticed recently that ReCAPTCHA is using house numbers and street numbers as images for humans to decode. How ethical is it for Google to do this to this? Does it hamper privacy of an ...
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Ethical brute force demo on a web login when knowing the password complexity requirements

We are currently having accounts compromised at a substantially high rate. Some in the organization believe that our password complexity requirements is enough to thwart brute force attacks. I wanted ...
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Ethical question regarding accessible sensitive data at school

Skip to the fifth paragraph for the actual question, before that is some background. I am a highschool student with an interest in computers and penetration testing. Given the restrictions placed on ...
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2000 Sets of Personal Information

So the story goes like this.. I recently rediscovered an old website i used to go on quite often but i couldn't remember my login. The site is poorly made and hasn't been updated in about 5 years, so ...
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Ethicality of websites that test other sites for Heartbleed [closed]

I realize that this may be more of an opinion type question, but I see a lot of questions on ethics in this forum so I hope mine fits in. I was reading a BBC article about Heartbleed, and in the ...
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Fixing security issues without boss/client's authorisation

I have a fair number of security concerns with a client's operation and it made me think about all the security concerns I've observed and noticed throughout the years with different clients/jobs. ...
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Where is the Line? [closed]

A comment posted on one of my questions the other day raised a question in my head. I know that many site admins appreciate users reporting bugs and security holes, and as a user I appreciate people ...
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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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Advice of responsible disclosure

Some time ago, I hacked into my school's internet integrated system, and I had the entire database(users, passwords, photos and whatsoever) and source code of it. At some point, I disclosed the ...
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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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Ethical approach about corporate website and vulnerabilities [closed]

I like web security and i have academic formation about that. Just for fun I found a website (insurance company) with critical vulnerabilities like xss or sql injection. Now, I obviously will alert ...
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How to provide security for passwords stored in Database? [duplicate]

Passwords of end Users are stored in Database which is encrypted (using one way hash like MD5). Apart from me, there are 'other' people belonging to other teams who have access to Database which means ...
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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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Is decompiling software considered unethical or illegal?

Is decompiling a dynamic link library considered unethical/illegal or blackhat? If, for instance, the result of the decompile showed methods and literals that contain passwords that the application ...
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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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Encoding HTML email content

Say I have a form on my website. The input elements of the form are: email address, name and some feedback textarea. The server-side application that this form is submitted to will send an HTML ...
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consequences of grey hat hacking

While I was working on a anomaly detection system (finding cheaters in a quite popular online game service) I accidentally found a way to get a password of a user in a reasonable amount of time. ...
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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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I fortuitously accessed the configuration of unknown router: how come and what now?

I've encountered a strange thing. I connected to an open Wi-Fi, then I was just fooling around. First, I visited 192.168.0.1 and it was a router configuration page but default password didn't work. ...
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Found huge bug, what should I do? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to disclose a security vulnerability in an ethical fashion? Reporting vulnerable sites I've found a huge bug which gives me the possibility to get (through ...
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What are legal/ethical concerns to bear in mind, when hacking websites with open invitations?

I was reading another question which mentions a site that had a page inviting people to try to hack it, and it made me wonder. Lets assume, for the sake of this rather hypothetical question, that a ...
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I think I accidentally DoS'd a website. What should I do?

I was browsing a website, and stumbled across a sample scheme for password-protecting web pages. The owner of the website specifically had a page that invited people to attempt to hack it. I wanted ...
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What is a good method to report security breaches that are being used to actively spam?

I received an email the other day purporting to be from a bank I hadn't even heard of, so I decided to poke around. On some quick investigation, it looks like something has just latched onto some poor ...
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What should I do when my boss asks me to fabricate audit log data?

My boss just asked me to create a fictitious log entry to say that a user's account was updated before it was, to win a dispute. I feel this is not right because I am trying to start a career 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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Penetration testing by ethical Hackers/Crackers should be trusted?

My question today come from my homework question from class ethics in IT. Our question states roughly that I'm IT guy in in big company and I am asked to hire few hackers to to find vulnerabilities ...
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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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What to do in response to a source code and/or database leak by a third party hosting provider?

My PHP sourcecode and database (PHPMyAdmin Dump) has been leaked publicly and I believe that the web host I have used for this service are responsible for the leak. On first appearances, the web host ...
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How do researchers “gain control of an attacking PC” and not themselves be considered attackers / criminals?

In reference to this Network Computing Report article titled "'Operation Shady Rat' Perpetrated Five Years Of Long-Term Attacks On Government, Enterprises" The Cliff's Notes to the article is thus: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it ever appropriate to fight back?

When an website or system is being attacked, is there ever a scenario where it should automatically take action against the attackers rather than just passively handling the attack? If so, what ...
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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.