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

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What is the corrupted image vulnerability? How does it work?

What exactly happens when someone injects malicious binary code into an image file (on Windows)? How is that done?
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Metasploit new exploits failed [closed]

Why can't I use new exploits like exploit/multi/browser/adobe_flash_nellymoser_bof ? I tried to access it, but I can't even find it in MSF search Adobe or Flash or anything like this. What should I ...
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Can an attacker “simulate” a private IP address?

I have a SSH server with a rule that does not allow password connections outside the local network. So people already on the local network, either physically or via VPN, are allowed to connect with ...
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Why not fix Android root exploit? [closed]

I see many scripts for hacking Android device and getting root, critical access level. I see millions of people apply this to their devices and do not understand the risks. Why don't Android ...
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is computrace a permanent backdoor?

I was reading about CompuTrace and this thing is pretty much a backdoor and irremovable. It's in the firmware, in the BIOS and survives formatting and even hard drive change and OS reinstalls. Some ...
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Hooking an *unexported* API

I want to know is there any way to hook (inline hook) an unexported API of a PE? I have this binary (PE 32 bit) which does not uses any DLL (A statically linked binary) and I would like to know what ...
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ROP Gadgets from executables?

I noticed that exploits which use Return Oriented Programming always find the gadgets in libraries. I wonder if it is possible to use gadgets from the executable (.exe) itself?
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How to sanitize archive files?

I am looking for a way to make sure that a particular archive file does not contain any sort of malicious code. From time to time new vulnerabilities pop up (e.g. gzip, 7zip) so I though a good idea ...
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How to overwrite ebp on stack alignment?

I want to exploit a simple program #include <stdio.h> #include <string.h> int main(int argc, char** argv) { char buf[128]; strcpy(buf, argv[1]); return 0; } The disassembly ...
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The way vulnerabilities like CVE-2014-4148 are discovered [duplicate]

What is the most probable way the vulnerabilities like CVE-2014-4148 are discovered? How long does it take to find such one? Are there other ways? Which is the most successful one?
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How does Memory Corruption apply to Android?

I have researched several DoS attacks within Android e.g.: CVE-2015-1474 CVE-2013-5933 CVE-2013-4710 CVE-2012-6301 etc. And although I found DoS attacks within Android difficult to understand at ...
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find if 0-day flash bug was exploited (on a particular machine)

There have been several critical 0-day exploits in the past days/weeks in Flash alone. Nobody knows how long the 0-days have been exploited, and it is reasonable to expect that there are 0-days being ...
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Spike in TCP port 5904 activity - what for?

There is an 'Internet Weather Report' on the Threat!Traq video blog by AT&T security researchers. In the March 14th broadcast, at around 31 minutes in, they mention an increase of scanning ...
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Finding environment variables with gdb, to exploit a buffer overflow

I have to exploit a very simple buffer overflow in a vulnerable C++ program for an assignment and I am not being able to find the environment variable SHELL. I have never worked with BoF before, and ...
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EIP getting changed in fgetc() Buffer Overflow Homework

Here is the gist of the code: main(){ char s1[64], s2[64]; int a = 0, b = 0; FILE *fp1, fp2*; char temp; scanf("%s", s1); scanf("%s", s2); ... //some checks happen, fp1 is opened to ...
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Attack vector, attack surface, vulnerability, exploit: Where is the difference?

I have difficulties to pinpoint the difference between attack vector / attack surface / vulnerability and exploit. I think the difference between a vulnerability and an exploit is the following: A ...
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Suspicious web-application requests containing encoded JavaScript function(?)

I've been seeing some odd traffic in the logs for a web-application (Apache) that I'm wondering about, and I'm hoping that someone here has seen this before. The raw requests were variations of: ...
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What is the “Moose” worm and how can I protect myself from it?

I have heard from others that there is a new worm called "moose". This actively targets and exploits home routers. What are the effects of this exploit? How can I protect myself from this? Can I ...
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Found this textarea with PHP in it. Might it be malicious/exploitable?

I came across this textarea on the website of a Medical Center. Clients enter sensitive medical data here. What users see: HTML: <textarea name="message">&lt;?php echo ...
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What factors make Android app code vulnerable to Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks?

According to techtarget.com Cross-Site Request Forgery is: a method of attacking a Web site in which an intruder masquerades as a legitimate and trusted user. An XSRF attack can be used to ...
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How does getting a remote shell via exploiting a vulnerability really work?

I can understand what a buffer overflow is and that it allows you to write in places of the memory that you shouldn't be able to. I can also grasp the concept that there may be other software ...
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What makes an Android application vulnerable to Directory Traversal?

Definition of Directory Traversal Directory traversal is a form of HTTP exploit in which a hacker uses the software on a Web server to access data in a directory other than the server's root ...
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Potential worm damage on a physically isolated Tor system

I'm setting up a physically isolated Tor system (with one computer serving as the workstation and another as a Tor gateway), and I'm concerned about methods a worm could use to infect my OS. In the ...
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Will the following PHP code result in source code info leak/disclosure?

I'm aware of this vulnerability via PHP's filter stream wrapper that is able to disclose PHP source code: file=php://filter/convert.base64-encode/resource=filename.php. So I went ahead to guard ...
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How can the Android GraphicBuffer::unflatten() vulnerability (CVE-2015-1474) be exploited remotely?

I've been reading up-on DoS (denial-of-service) attacks within android and although I understand attacks like the below, which make use of regular programming functions etc. (Android Web Browser) ...
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Aviation security - Lessons to learn from PlaneSploit

A somewhat related question has already been asked (What would one need to do in order to hijack a satellite?), only at a more abstract level. Now we have a presentation by Hugo Teso from n.runs AG ...
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Why Wordpress doesn't filter post_title?

Today, when I did some tests and found out that Wordpress doesn't filter the post_title. Respectively, I make posts with the titles: <?php while ( have_posts() ) : the_post(); echo 'Post Title'; ...
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Is it possible to get malware through an incoming video/audio stream? (e.g. Omegle, Skype etc.)

just a quick question. Is it possible for incoming video/audio streams to contain malware etc. through exploits in the transfer of the video/audio? Thanks in advance.
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SMB/CIFS shares on HP-UX vulnerabilities

So, I've run an unauthenticated Nessus scan against a critical piece of infrastructure as part of a pen-test but I'm getting back some weird stuff and i can't seem to re-create the issue to ...
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Modify C code with buffer overflow vulnerability to skip code

I'm trying to find a way to exploit the buffer overflow vulnerability in the following source code so the line, printf("x is 1") will be skipped: #include <stdio.h> #include <stdlib.h> ...
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Evading IDS in exploit development

In the context of buffer overflow exploit development, I was asked: Discuss how your exploit may be modified to evade an Intrusion Detection System. I'm not asking for my homework to be done, but ...
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Why is Parallels Plesk running on port 8443 > 1023?

Parallels Plesk, a server administration software package, uses HTTP(S) on port 8443 (ref). I know that ports <1024 are only available for root. This means that if the server Plesk is using for ...
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How secure is OpenSSH on FreeBSD?

In a discussion about the recent OpenSSL information disclosure vulnerability, the subject of OpenSSH being vulnerable came up. While OpenSSH is not vulnerable due to the problem lying in the TLS ...
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Are exploits 1:1 with vulnerabilities? [closed]

I know that for the most part, there are some small differences between thoughts on a lot of matters in terms of definitions in security. What I am asking about is whether exploits are considered to ...
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What is asymmetric information in relation to information security? [closed]

I have just finished reading "Why information security is hard - An economic perspective", the term asymmetric information is mentioned. An example in this paper mentions "The technical bias in ...
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Exploiting a desktop application

I'm studying application security and now I have a question which I couldn't find a good answer. Assume I have a vulnerable desktop application in my virus-free windows 7 PC. Let's say when the file ...
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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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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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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 ...