The data, tools, and procedures which, when applied to a specific vulnerability, predictably violate the security design of a system.

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Custom socket server on the internet running as root

We are writing a custom socket server which runs on a high port. Until recently, it has been running behind a corporate firewall. Now, it has been decided that the server should be taken outside the ...
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CTF competitions/challenges that are Windows based?

I've been messing about in CTF's for a while and I also do pen-testing professionally, what i've noticed is a distinct lack of CTF competitions using windows environments. This is in stark contrast ...
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Legality of writing exploits for educational purposes (USA, Canada) [closed]

Is it legal for me to write a small exploit (possibly to a closed issue) and put it up on the internet for everyone to see (as a tutorial)? I have been researching the legality of exploiting ...
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Buffer Overflow EDI but not EIP

Is possible to exploit a program if you can only overwrite ESI or EDI register without EIP? Program in question does seg fault and overwrite EDI, ESI and ECX but can't get it to overflow EIP. Anyone ...
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Does http.sys vulnerability affect Windows not running any webservers?

Windows kernel level HTTP driver http.sys is affected by remote code execution vulnerability (MS15-034). This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability ...
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How to disable Symbolic link creation option to users in cPanel server? [closed]

In shared hosting server, one user is trying to upload 100s of symbolic link files and trying to access files out side. Mostly it is for malicious purpose. In this image, you can see 100s of symlink ...
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Linux-based Turla trojan

There are several articles describing the newly discovered Linux-based Turla trojan. But basically, all these articles repeat the same, very limited, information. Can anybody provide more details, ...
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How to analyze spam email URLs to detect exploits?

I'm receiving spam emails that, looking at the email headers, appear to be coming from a variety of computers around the planet. They're always the same type of email that contains invalid URLs inside ...
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How to exploit Open Redirect Vulnerability?

Redirect/Forward attack code: <?php $redirectUrl = $_GET['url']; header("Location: $redirectUrl"); ?> exploit (Sends user from your page to evil page) : example.com/?url=example.com/faq.php ...
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Is it possible to exploit a file upload with whitelist and filename hashing?

I have a small web application. Because it is necessary to upload some files I check the file extensions with a whitelist (tgz, jpg, png, pdf, zip, rar, txt, gif, py, c, rb). In addition to that, I ...
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Java desktop app vs web service [closed]

I currently have a desktop app written in Java (Swing) which talks to a C-based backend over SSL. I am trying to understand the pros/con from a security perspective to move to a web service model. ...
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Meterpreter and staged payloads

So starting with the absolute basics - an exploit is the means used to gain access to a vulnerable system and a payload is the actual program/shellcode used to fulfill attacker's intentions A staged ...
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Return oriented programming without int 0x80

I have a program with a stack based buffer overflow. It is running PIE with ASLR and DEP, however there is a section of executable code that is at a fixed location. However, this region does not ...
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exploiting Heap Overflow in gdb segfaults

I have been trying to exploit the heap overflow vulnerability for the program below, I am running Linux 14.04. #include <stdio.h> #include <string.h> #include <stdlib.h> int n = 5; ...
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Are there methods for determining the exploitability of bugs, after a crash is found in fuzzing?

I have found this, https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc163311.aspx It says that only "a full root-cause analysis can ensure that you have correctly diagnosed whether a given crash is ...
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Can an old operating system webserver be made secure?

I have an old laptop with far too little RAM to run Linux (including specialty distributions). It can however run Windows 98 just fine, and I'm looking into turning it into a tiny retro webserver. Is ...
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ROP attack on x64, zero bytes trouble

I have found ROP tutorial on x86. Now i try to exploit simple buffer overflow case on x64: int main(int argc, char **argv) { char buf[10]; strcpy(buf, argv[1]); ... } I figured out, ...
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Possible exploit while MPLS parsing with Bottom of Stack bit

My current task to parse MPLS label in a packet and store them in to a list. When I check packets with MPLS: One can understand it is the last MPLS header by checking Bottom of Stack bit. If ...
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Setting up a security CTF server

I'm looking for resources and information from people who have experience running hacking capture-the-flag challenges. To sum it all up in a simple one-sentence question: How do you set up a server ...
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How to find stack pointer for overflow bug?

I've read that stack usually starts in same address so the attacker may guess the starting point of the buffer to overflow. This is necessary to know this address to make the malicious code run. I ...
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Why should we focus on protecting root access on a home computer?

I understand why root access should be protected in general, especially in the context of a server environment. An unknown party can essentially control everything you do on a computer remotely ...
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How do I prevent tampering with form submission data, and changing the details for any account?

Although this is something that only employees can use, I'd like to prevent the tampering anyway. I don't like insecure code, and this is hideously insecure. Here's an example link: <a href="#' + ...
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Resources to learn about Windows systems exploitation [closed]

I'm a beginner in penetration testing, and I'm struggling with finding decent material to learn. I used book about nmap, Metasploit, exploit writing etc..., but they contained too much information ...
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Possible Injection to PHP PDO

Expert says that PDO is one of secure scripting from mysql injection. I have read the manual about it and do some little research. And here, I'm trying to get ID value from URL paramater, as in: ...
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Realistic: Exploiting a computer on BIOS/ hardware level in less than an hour? (Infinite preparation time)

I wonder how hard it it to infect a laptop or netbook in 60 minutes or less in a way the victim cannot easily clean their machine by wiping hard disk drives. Let's assume the following: The ...
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Is there any danger in allowing users to host PDF/RTF/DOC files on my web server?

If I were to allow users to host arbitrary PDF/RTF/DOC files on my server all under the same name, but with different query strings would there be anything to worry about? I've heard of PDF/RTF ...
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remote desktop connection to a potentially compromised machine

I am using rdesktop client on Linux to connect to windows machines. If some of these machines were compromised by some evil malware/virus/worm/trojan, is there any way for the malware to "jump" to my ...
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Closely spaced failed logins in auth.log

I have a raspberry-pi (running GNU/Linux) and I recently allowed my router to forward port 22 (ssh) to the raspberry-pi so that I could log in while away from home. I then noticed a bunch of ...
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How is it possible to embed executable code in an image

I was reading up on FireEye and came across this NYTimes article detailing a Skype chat where an image was sent that was laden with malware: Quote: To gain access to information on the ...
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Collecting Information from CVE and MSB to write proof-of-concept

I am currently interested in knowing how to write some proof-of-concept code for recent vulnerabilities that are released every month by the CVE and Microsoft Security Bulletin. These websites list ...
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Are Sun/Oracle's SPARC processors invulnerable to buffer overrun exploits?

We all use Intel architectures these days, in small part because Oracle has totally dropped the ball regarding SPARC CPU development. But with so many now saying that protection against viruses is ...
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Exploiting buffer overflow

When I download a copy of a vulnerable program and try to exploit it by buffer overflow (any internal function calling as a payload), it works. However, when I made a same type of vulnerable program ...
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Examples for practicing reverse engineering/disassembly of win32 .executables

I remember back in the day, there used to be a website where users would post hackits in the form of win32 exes for users to crack. Usually the goal was to defeat some sort of DRM, such as a nag ...
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How did GamerFood hack the Starcraft IEM Taipei Tournament? [closed]

During the recently completed professional Starcraft tournament, Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Taipei 2015, the notorious cheat software company Team Gamer Food hacked the cast somehow. How did they do ...
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msfvenom -b flag not working?

When using msfvenom, I am under the assumption that the following syntax should give me shellcode without \x00 \x0a \x0d or \x40, because of the -b option msfvenom -p windows/shell/bind_tcp -b ...
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Hack to change the webpage of a website? [closed]

Recently, there is a website by Malaysia Airline got hacked and their main page has been defaced, below is a link to that article ...
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concrete real-life examples where grsecurity prevented an exploit

From theoretical point of view, grsecurity kernel patch looks like a great hardening tool. Most importantly, PaX seems like a good idea. Do these theoretical advantages have indeed practical effect ...
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What could be the possible exploit for android adware vulnerability?

I have read about the adware vulnerability here. An adware is a software that automatically displays or downloads advertising material like banners or pop-ups when a user is online. I have seen many ...
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On Hawkes' technique to bypass canaries

I found this reference to bypass canaries: http://sota.gen.nz/hawkes_openbsd.pdf It recommends to brute force the canary byte-for-byte. I don't understand how this works: "Technique is to brute force ...
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How to organize a CTF?

In the context of an IT event, my team would organize a CTF (Capture The Flag). About the challenges (we’re working on them). I want to have some references on the types and levels of difficulty that ...
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Are firefox bugs cross platform? [duplicate]

I use Ubuntu and last firefox version. I opened an image with firefox, and a crash occurred. Let's assume it's a crafted jpg to run an exploit, and execute arbitrary code. To sum up: (1) Firefox ...
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How do ASLR and DEP work?

How do Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP) work, in terms of preventing vulnerabilities from being exploited? Can they be bypassed?
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Is it dangerous to append search query to the base URL?

I'm testing drupal website and I've noticed that search query gets appended to the base URL in the response, like so: query: "hey ho: there" http://www.baseurl.com/search/node/hey ho%3A there query: ...
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Bad USB and other Exploits of USB Devices

Can every USB device and most of the chips in other hardware be reprogrammed like it works with the Bad USB hack to inject malware into the operating system? For example i got a DVD burner that i ...
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Reasonable source of old proof-of-concept attacks

I am relatively new to the area of cyber security but have a reasonable knowledge of several programming languages, assembly (x86 in particular) and scripting. In light of the recent Shellshock and ...
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Getting a DEP exception when trying to call SetProcessDEPException(false)

I'm demonstrating an exploit for an old app. On Windows XP SP3 32bit (EN), the address of SetProcessDEPPolicy() is usually 0x7C8622A4. I have that version of Windows (in English as well) and I've ...
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Case Studies of high profile hacks [closed]

Every hack happens because of a form of security vulnerability or another, and I feel that the best way to avoid/fix these vulnerabilities is to learn about them. Is there anywhere on the internet ...
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Printf inject 0x00

When performing a format string exploit, how do you inject an address that contains 0x00? #include<stdio.h> int main(int argc,char *argv[]) { char buf[80]; snprintf(buf, 79, argv[1]); ...
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Security of root terminal (su -) when logged into X

I often log into X as normal user (of course), open terminal and switch to root: su - I have then a terminal owned by user but effectively with root privileges. Are there any security issues in ...
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Web/App vulnerability responsibility [closed]

While auditing a few web apps and websites I uncovered a few serious vulnerabilities which I've since flagged (responsibly, of course). One of the things I noticed was that several development ...