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Can a kernel exploit compromise an OpenVZ host?

as openvz runs a a lot of virtual servers. i wonder how kernel-exploits could affect the whole system. would it be possible to break out of a "virtual machine" with a kernel-exploit on openvz??? ...
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What security standards and regulations are in place for bank ATM?

Are there any international or US mandated standards and regulations that apply to communications between automatic teller machines and bank's central office? Are banks or ATM operators subjected to ...
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Msf and exploitdb on Backtrack 5

Metasploit (msf) doesn't see exploits from exploitdb. I've just updated directory on my Backtrack cd /pentest/exploits/exploitdb svn update How can I load them now into msf? When i use a script ...
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ASLR and how a program can actually call its functions

I'm studying protection techniques and I've got a doubt about how ASLR works for a program in a Windows environment. As far as I know ASLR works by randomizing part of the imagebase address when ...
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What exploit types do I need to protect against in PHP?

I recently learned that apparently, it is common for people to attempt SQL injections using the HTTP referrer in PHP. What other inputs do I need to protect against? I am currently "cleaning up" ...
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Risk Control - Ignored risks and accepted risks

Some say that ignored risks as part of an organization's behavior are much worse than accepted risks. I would like to test that axiom (in the eyes of some). When I am handling a risk and I choose to ...
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Example of malware in the wild?

I'd like to test an application that detects malware on my network. In order to do that, I have a Windows VM set up that I'd like to infect with malware. But for the life of me, I can't seem to find ...
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Hardware enforced DEP on different CPUs

Are there any differences how hardware DEP is implemented on CPUs from different manufacturers (Intel, AMD, nVidia, Texas,...)? Are there any significant differences how hardware DEP works on x86 ...
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How was pentest performed in the era with no frameworks like Metasploit?

I have been interested in security lately, I have been reading mainly cookbooks on Metasploit framework, how social engineering has been employed exhaustively, I have started reading some IA-32 ...
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Manually monitoring your PC for Java (Oracle) exploits?

Sandboxing and AV's aside, if I wanted to manually look at/monitor my system for where they usually enter it, where could I look for possible malicious Java viruses/activity, e.g., would they first ...
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apache mod_isapi public exploits

In public apache mod_isapi exploits, they ask for dlls, and I am unsure what I should put in dll. I am having a hard time understanding exploits.. How does all of dlls connect to manipulating ...
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How did the Tumblr worm spread?

Recently Tumblr was hit by a fast-spreading worm. How did the worm work? What was the vulnerability in Tumblr that it exploired? Did it exploit a XSS vulnerability in Tumblr? A CSRF vulnerability ...
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What to do about companies that refuse to fix their security vulnerabilities

While writing software for an application platform developed by a third party company, I came across a security vulnerability in the framework's code that could allow unprivileged code to perform ...
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Can TLS Compression be enabled on 3rd party CDN sites that have no authentication?

In this answer, @Thomas Pornin talks about remediating the CRIME attack and says: (It is a shame to have to remove SSL compression, because it is very useful to lower bandwidth requirements, ...
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Using format string to control the flow of a process?

I was cleaning up some code today on the advice of someone I know, and was made aware of the potential for a hacker to gain control over the flow of the process using format strings, particularly the ...
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Find the hack in the Apache2 logs?

The hack was a failure, as they were not able to put the created page as the home page. But we found recently a manipulated page on our website (via the rss). So I looked in the Apache2 logs and ...
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What kind of attacks against home router's NAT do exist?

I always thought NAT was some kind of a security feature and I still think it is, because if it didn't existed the internet, respectively the clients behind NATs, would be even more insecure, since ...
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Are there any tools that focus on shellcode analysis?

Shellcode presents certain challenges for disassembly. It often self-modifies, jumps to the stack (where the shellcode will likely be placed), and relies on certain unusual tricks that standard ...
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solaris equivalent of /proc/self/environ LFI

I need to exploit a Solaris vulnerability for class, but we never dealt with Solaris before and I never installed it. Does Solaris have an equivalent to Linux's /proc/self/environ, exposing a ...
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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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Shellcode for higher file privileges

I'm learning exploits from the book Hacking: The Art of Exploitation. The shellcode below was written to enable higher privilege access to files. \x31\xc0\x31\xdb\x31\xc9\x99\xb0\xa4\xcd\x80 ...
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sigsegv in php5.3.10

I found an overflow situation in php5.3.10. Probably it's not 'something new', but if I can understand this, it will help me to find this kind of bug faster in the future. What can I do to check ...
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SafeSEH and x64

I read here that /SAFESEH is only valid when linking for x86 targets. /SAFESEH is not supported for platforms that already have the exception handlers noted. For example, on x64 and Itanium, ...
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How to exploit DRUPAL-SA-CORE-2012-003

I have read the security notices and understand that it "would allow an attacker to reinstall an existing Drupal site with an external database server and then execute custom PHP code". According to ...
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Stack canaries protection and ROP

As far as I know stack canaries are values written on the stack that, if overwritten by a buffer overflow, force the application to close at return. My question is: if I overwrite both EIP and stack ...
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Need help on understanding obfuscated code in CVE-2012-4969 exploit

As you may know this vulnerability was found a while ago in the wild and the exploit is available too, btw I'm having problem on understanding the obfuscated code. Is it necessary to use obfuscation ...
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How to hack linux via Local File Inclusion vulnerability?

During my penetration testing, I found a local file inclusion vulnerability. In fact this vulnerability existed in mailwatch <= 1.0.4, and its exploit existed in Exploit-DB. I tried to exploit the ...
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Do I always have to overwrite EIP to get to write on the stack in a buffer overflow?

Do I always have to overwrite EIP to get to write on the stack in a buffer overflow? How's the memory organized? I can't find a proper graph with google
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How “leaking pointers” to bypass DEP/ASLR works

I was wondering if anyone could give me some clues on how "leaking pointers" to bypass DEP/ASLR work. I read here: The only way to reliably bypass DEP and ASLR is through an pointer leak. This ...
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amd64 safer than 686-pae?

Apart from stronger ALSR entropy... Is a system using amd64 any safer than 686-pae? What are the advantages, if any?
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What are methods for preventing browser hooking / drive-by downloads?

This question may be a bit too broad and open ended, however I'm hoping to get some good advice on this. With the advent of BeEF and more and more of the computers in networks being infected just by ...
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Can malware on my computer infect my phone?

Suppose my computer is compromised or has malware. Can the malware spread to my phone? If so, how? Has any malware been observed in the wild to do this? Relevance: Some banks use two-factor ...
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Taking action for exploit attempts

Just recently I see I have had about 40 hits in one second for the following Snort rule- signature id 1:16008, which corresponds to the CVE-2007-6239: "... allows remote attackers to cause a denial of ...
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DVWA vulnerability list or guide?

Is there a list of vulnerabilities for DVWA, I cannot seem to find a vulnerability list or guide. By guide I mean an exhaustive list of vulnerabilities to work through.
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SSL Breach - Does the latest BEAST vulnerability mean SSL Issuers now have to worry about integrity? [closed]

Although many SSL certificates have been boasting extravagant guarantees -- typically around $10k minimum to $250k per breach -- to ensure their certificates are valid, to this date, I've heard that ...
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Are there known hacks or security problems on broadband USB dongles?

USB broadband dongles seem to be common everywhere now though I'm not sure what the most widely accepted name for them is. In case I'm using poor terminology I'm referring to USB sticks which contain ...
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How a malware executes remote payload

Let's assume a malware was installed (on a UNIX-based platform) with some social engineering tricks. The original installed code itself may be benign, but the only malicious activity is that the ...
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In the light of recent information about RarVM, can we still trust RAR files?

See: http://blog.cmpxchg8b.com/2012/09/fun-with-constrained-programming.html https://github.com/taviso/rarvmtools It would seem according to these two sources that rar files can contain custom ...
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Is it safe to invoke PHP GD functions if you don't know whether file is a valid image?

There is image upload function in web application. After image is uploaded, it's resized using functions from PHP GD like imagecopyresampled and others. Before invocation of PHP GD's functions there ...
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Does anyone know about how LinkedIn was compromised?

I know some super basic stuff about website security (e.g. using HTTPS, escaping user input), but hearing about high profile sites getting compromised makes me wonder in what way they were broken ...
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What's the right way to prevent shell bounce back?

When an exploit was successfully executed, is there a way to block the user from bouncing back a shell? I would like to know about this on both Windows and Linux machines.
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NGINX / HTTP TRACE

I have a http server Nginx with HTTP TRACE Enabled. A single nmap --script=http-methods.nse host.name give this result : Not shown: 988 closed ports PORT STATE SERVICE VERSION [...] ...
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Java class type parameter vulnerability

In a Java programming book there is a section that details the JVM and memory addresses and location as it pertains to parameters of a class type. As you can see from the console output the initial ...
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How to achieve interactive shell attack?

Usually when a person gets a shell by attacking some vulnerabilities, what a person gets is non-interactive shell. So when I call FTP interactive client, shell fails. Is there any way I can do ...
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Exploiting tomcat's vulnerability CVE-2009-2693 Arbitrary file deletion and/or alteration on deploy [closed]

For some tests, I want to exploit tomcat 6 vulnerability CVE-2009-2693. You can see it here http://tomcat.apache.org/security-6.html I am trying this with insecure web application of OWASP. I made ...
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How to use attack trees and attack graphs

I am trying to understand how attack trees\graphs can be used in the security process. I read a lot of papers presenting the topic and how this reppresentation can be useful, but I really don't ...
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Webservices exploitation / axis/services/AdminService?Method=AdminService

I'm writing to get some stuff on hardening some web-services, but I'm looking also for some tool to test web-services. I have a sandbox (can't post live URLs...) I'm trying some stuff to try to ...
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vulnerabilities in a machine that detects vulnerability scanners

I currently have a machine (set by another person) that has (according to nmap) open ports as: FreeBSD ftpd 6.00LS where anonymous login is possible OpenSSH 4.5p1 (FreeBSD 20061110; protocol 2.0) ...
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Apache mod_rewrite vulnerability

The public exploits of apache mod_rewrite asks for the rewrite path in order to work, and I am unsure what the rewrite path is referring to. What should I supply in rewrite path?
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How to exploit a windows server when you have read-only filesystem access [closed]

I found a vulnerability in a site that can allow the download of any file of the server. I tested it by succesfully downloading boot.ini and autoexec.bat. I have no access to source code or file ...