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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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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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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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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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MySQL BACKRONYM (CVE-2015-3152) only affects MySQL client?

I read the CVE-2015-3152 (https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3152) named BACKRONYM (http://backronym.fail/), and what I understood (ELI5 style) was the following: Attacker ...
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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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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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What makes an Android application vulnerable to Cross-site scripting (XSS)?

Definition of XSS If you search the web, there are many different ways to define a cross site scripting attack. Simply put, XSS vulnerabilities occur when a malicious attacker is permitted to inject ...
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What makes an Android application vulnerable to SQL Injection?

Definition of SQL Injection SQL injection is a code injection technique, used to attack data-driven applications, in which malicious SQL statements are inserted into an entry field for execution (e.g....
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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 $_POST['...
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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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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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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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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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Exploitation of Reflected XSS on Android App

I am trying to do a security evaluation of an android application. I came across a situation where one of the activities of the app displays certain form fields in a webview. This form is very ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Questions regarding Bad USB exploit

I own a Netbook and my external DVD Drive is possibly infected with Bad USB. If I install Ubuntu using this infected DVD drive, could my system be taken over during installation process or later when ...
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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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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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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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Return-to-libc attack with the argument read from registers (EDI/RDI)

I've read that to make a successful return-to-libc attack, the attacker should store the address of the command (for example /bin/sh) in the stack exactly after the return address of the system ...
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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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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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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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Bash Shellshock

I am trying to find out if my devices are vulnerable to bash shellshock. I have run the commands found on https://shellshocker.net. It seems my devices are both susceptible to only one of the ...
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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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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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Temporary XSS Vulnerability

I found xss on a textarea field. When you enter a character to this field it output the character in real time so when I input the following code: <input onclick=alert(document.cookie)> there ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 devices...,...