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

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Can hackers detect my operating system?

I've seen people demonstrating the use of backtrack to attack VMs. In one of the components of backtrack, it shows the operating system of the targets. Since support for Windows XP is ending soon, i ...
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List of NSA spyware - remote bios exploits [closed]

Found this rather detailed list of the NSA's latest spyware gadgets, with several different remote bios exploits that once installed are virtually undetectable and can survive reinstall of the OS: ...
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Ways to completely spoof browser user agent and hiding OS to a webserver

This is a follow-up to the following question: Can a website determine what OS or web browser a visitor is using if the useragent is blanked/changed? If I have understood the answers correctly, a ...
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NX bit: does it protect the stack?

I once heard the NX bit was a panacea, then that it was not. One detail I've wondered about though: Does the NX (no execute) bit protect against code inserted into the stack and executed there? It ...
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Where to report malicious URLs, phishing, and malicious web sites?

I recently discovered that my web site was hacked: there was a HTML hidden div selling about shoes... I Googled the text in question and voila: thousands of sites have been hacked. Check this out: ...
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Is this a security issue at the Remote Host or the Local Host?

The problem is as follows: In the local host machine (let's call it 'A'), there is a apache server hosting some web application. A user use the local host machine to access a web application site ...
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Suspicious activity on contact form, what are their intentions?

I've just started receiving several emails per second and I think it's likely someone is trying to exploit my contact form. I've taken steps to protect my site, I'm just curious what it is they're ...
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How to exploit the “PHP_MAGIC_QUOTES ON” vulnerability in order to cause max damage?

I've found a whole lot of SQL injection exploits in some systems I maintain. I know how to prevent the injection, but I would like to demonstrate to my CEO and CTO how dangerous it is if we don't have ...
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What hacking risks a site has if it has no input boxes?

I recently posted a question about recovery of website from XSS attacks, http://stackoverflow.com/questions/20759081/how-to-recover-a-site-after-an-xss-attack... Doing a bit more digging online, i ...
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How to learn programming from a hacker's prospective [closed]

I'm really into hacking and security aspects. But I'm wondering about several things that is stopping me from pursuing this passion for the time being. One of the them is actually Programming ...
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Can a website determine what OS or webbrowser a visitor is using if the useragent is blanked/changed?

Assume that a visitor to a website has changed his useragent to something like the following, but he's using linux: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2; rv:20.0) Gecko/20121202 Firefox/20.0 Assume that the ...
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Storing product keys on same server as shop?

Situation: An e-commerce system (specifically: PrestaShop) which is used to sell virtual products (specifically: product license keys). To accelerate order processing, a cronjob is supposed to be ...
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How does the stack cookie protect return address from being overwrite [duplicate]

/GS compiler option Micorsoft developed added an extra cookie before the return address and before returning the cookie is checked, if it is intact then return address is safe why ever would ...
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What “hacking” competitions/challenges exist? [closed]

I have always enjoyed trying to gain access to things I'm not really supposed to play around with. I found Hack This Site a long time ago and I learned a lot from it. The issue I have with HTS is that ...
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How stack smashing is prevented?

I just read AlephOne's paper on smashing the stack, and implemented it on my machine (Ubuntu 12.04), it was a bit old so had to take a lot of help from the internet but I enjoyed it. Now, I want to ...
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What are the major vulns that affect the Dalvik VM of Android?

I frequently hear about the security risks of using Android. But few people who write articles on this subject ever identify what parts of Android are at fault, nor do they identify design flaws. Can ...
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Can A Powered Down Cell Phone be Turned On Remotely?

I know this is tin-foil hat fodder, but at least one judicial opinion (http://www.politechbot.com/docs/fbi.ardito.roving.bug.opinion.120106.txt) referenced a bug that could track/listen in on the ...
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How much are 0-days worth? [closed]

I got discussing this topic with someone recently and we couldn't reach a consensus so I thought I should ask here. There are commonly thrown around figures regarding the cost of buying a ...
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Could someone explain parts of the FBI's Firefox 0-day?

Here is the full Javascript (and related iframes) that the FBI apparently injected into all "Freedom Hosting" pages in the course of their recent takedown. http://pastebin.mozilla.org/2776374 The ...
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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 do Java applet exploits work? [closed]

Browsers store web pages in a local cache on the client's machine. How does a hostile Java applet exploit this information to gain more privileges than it is entitled to? My understanding is that a ...
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What stops a hacker from installing it's own CA certificate?

Taking a look at this (now rather old) article about the generated rogue DigiNotar certificates, it states the following: ...Such is the case with that small company in the Netherlands, ...
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Is there a way to evade -Wformat-security?

I am trying to learn about format string bugs and I found the gcc option -Wformat-security to raise a warning when a potential format string bug is found. I would like to know if there is a way to ...
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Comprehensive & current book on native application exploit research & development [closed]

Is there a 'must read', comprenhensive book on native application exploit development? Covering the process of finding vulnerabilities (fuzzing, reverse engineering, code analysis, etc...) & ...
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Retrieving OSx Keychain passwords

I have a computer forensics style osx login.keychain file that I am trying to find the passwords from. I have a very weak mac which I used crowbarkc on to try and brute force but the horsepower is ...
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Transmitting malicious code over audio speakers

In a post that reads like science-fiction, a security researcher claims that malicious code was being passed between computers. A few quotes: ... "badBIOS," as Ruiu dubbed the malware, has the ...
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Exploit Compilation Problem [closed]

I am trying to compile the following exploit: http://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/10613/ But get the following error: local.c:12:22: fatal error: asm/page.h: No such file or directory compilation ...
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Smashing the stack if it grows upwards

As we know that on most of the processor architectures, the stack grows downwards. Hence, memory exploits involving smashing of stack and buffer overflow and their explanation make sense. Just ...
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Disabling SMEP on x86_64

I have recently been doing some research into kernel exploitation on X86_64. A problem I have run into is that I have found Intel's SMEP to be killing my contrived example of a kernel NULL pointer ...
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What's malicious about file links?

Why did Chrome and Firefox disallow file:/// links? I can imagine an iframe opening a local resource, but which resource is the scary one? They could have just disabled iframes to file:///? Ajax ...
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Help in understanding an application's crash - exploitable?

Being new to researching vulnerabilities in native applications (as opposed to web apps), I'm having difficulties understanding a crash in Debian's browser, Epiphany (version 2.30.6), and determining ...
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Stack Guard vs Stack Shield

I would like to know why nowadays Stack Guard is used everywhere (example: ProPolice in GCC, /GS in Visual Studio), instead of Stack Shield. Both the approaches (i.e. Stack Guard & Stack Shield) ...
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Preventing exploits like ROP and Return-to-libc in modern Operating systems

As I was reading about the advanced exploits such as Return Oriented Programming (ROP), Retun-to-libc, etc., I came across many defenses to these attacks including techniques like ASLR, kBouncer, ROP ...
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Bridge Exploit of Network Multi-function Print/Fax Devices

I performed a recent security audit and was wondering if anyone has heard or run across any known exploits against any commercial multi-function print/scan device whereby you can bridge the incoming ...
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Can I read/write canary values from %gs register?

I would like to know if it is possible to read (or write) the canary values from %gs register. If "yes", how; and if "no", why? Also, I have been reading somewhere that the canary values are stored ...
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Fuzzer causes crash. Now what?

Can anyone point me in the direction of some good tutorials regarding how to identify the type of vulnerability as reported by !exploitable and where to go from there? Essentially I've got myself a ...
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Exploiting memory corruption issues using a DLL file

I was listening to a talk on Return Oriented Exploitation from the Black Hat 2010 conference. The speaker mentioned something about using the DLLs to exploit some of the memory corruption issues. I ...
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Continuous Integration for Exploit Development

I have been thinking about this subject a lot. Exploit Development is nearly the same as normal development, you need to test quite a lot of platforms (eg. Windows XP, Windows Vista, x64, x86, ...
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Vulnerable OS's?

Which vulnerable OS's like for example DVL would you recommend for someone to use for the purpose of pentest/exploitation learning?
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Android OS Security [closed]

I am somewhat confused in terms of how secure Android OS is and how updates work on Android. Are there security fixes on each release? How can I keep track for Android exploits and what are the most ...
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Insert string to memory with null character

I'm trying to implement return-to-libc, here's the code void func(const char *str) { char buf[4]; strcpy(buf,str); printf("you entered [%s]\n",buf); } int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { ...
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CRIME - How to beat the BEAST successor?

With the advent of CRIME, BEAST's successor, what possible protection is available for an individual and/or system owner in order to protect themselves and their users against this new attack on TLS?
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Create netcat listener and execute reverse shell in the same script

I'm coding an exploit in python that exploits a command injection vulnerability for a CTF and I'm wondering how could I start a netcat listener and then send the payload to the remote host and once ...
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Reverse shell in gzip

I got a box I am trying to pop (boot and root) that has an upload form on its website for logged in users that will take a .gzip file and extract it to the users home directory on the server. I am ...
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Abusing write permission on Apache logs dir to escalete privileges

I have just come across this sentence on apache log files documentation: Anyone who can write to the directory where Apache is writing a log file can almost certainly gain access to the uid that ...
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I've encountered JavaScript attack code - how do I search for information on the exploit's specifics?

So, I clicked on a reasonably-looking LinkedIn invite, not thinking about hovering overing the link first, since usually the e-mail client warns me about such things. Once I realized I landed on an ...
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Exploiting an Open Redirect in POST body?

I have the following example POST request as part of a feedback form for a website that allows for an arbitrary value to be supplied to the "done_url" parameter, allowing for an open redirect after ...
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Encoding an Address that contains a null byte in a payload

I am working on an SEH exploit. the problem I am facing here that all POP/POP/RETN addresses end with null bytes, so everything placed after it gets corrupted. Is it possible to use Metasploit ...
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What vulnerabilities does a malware exploit? [closed]

I have a malware sample. I want to know what vulnerabilities does it exploit (and of which software). I tried analyzing it in IDA Free and it seems that the code was developed in Visual C/C++ runtime. ...
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Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next?

Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next? I am referring to finding vulnerabilities and developing exploits in various applications. I am ...