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Would it be plausible to write your own anti-crypto-ransomware tool? [closed]

Question After reading about how basic ransomware targets and encrypts your files. I was wondering if it would be plausible to write your own script to try and detect such activities? Initial ...
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How to detect if files were saved or copied from an external hard drive/USB?

Is it possible? If so, how? This is needed to alert on the copying of "important" files. An example of what I need: There is a document on an external hard drive/USB. You're just allowed ...
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Protect Public Directories Linux

Just for a brief overview. I have a system that can generate invoices and has a login system for a user to generate his/her invoices. Lets say the platform resides at /platform and the invoices in ...
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How to spare file server data from being held hostage by client ransomware?

Suppose in a network there is a file server which's storage is shared between all workstations and all users require full read/write access to this storage for their cooperation workflow. (Over samba, ...
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Is denying write access an effective way to stop ransomware?

I'm looking for ways to defend against ransomware. As part of this strategy I've come up with the idea to block myself from writing to as many locations (and files) as possible. It may be assumed ...
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Why doesn't homebrew fix file access problems by itself?

Before I took ownership of /usr/local, "brew link" caused a "/usr/local/..." not writeable. Is there any particular security reason why the program didn't say something like "The operating system ...
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The history of thumbnails (or just a previous thumbnail) is embedded in an image file?

I was surprised when I cropped an image on Windows Phone, saved it, sent it via e-mail to a PC, and then downloaded it - and the thumbnail in the download folder was the one of original, not cropped ...
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Is random URL token secure enough for file attachments and other user content? [duplicate]

Lets say we have a hypothetical system where there are various files are added by users and are sensitive, e.g. lets say an attachment to a private message. It's not that easy to verify access rights ...
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Security implications of the contents of /proc/self/environ in LFI attacks

During penetration testing on a website, the tests have found a local file inclusion vulnerability in an old wordpress plugin that was installed. An attacker can exploit the LFI vulnerability to ...
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Something is changing my hosts file without asking

First: I can't find any information on this phenomenon, not anywhere on the net. I don't know which application does it, but something in my Windows 7 Home Premium system (fully updated & legal) ...
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How to grant permission to read a text file to a specific application run by a regular user?

A text file is situated in /opt/somefolder. It contains a pair login - password read by an application when authenticating on a server. The application is run by a regular user, so that the file can ...
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How can I prevent someone from carrying out a file from a machine

Assume the following scenario: You have to set up a machine in a way that a user is unable to bring out a certain set of files (or a single file only) from that machine while he has to be able to ...
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How to make sure nobody has read this!

Is there any computer/server which would allow me to get "guaranteed read access history" for files? For example, suppose I made a file with my plaintext passwords and simply wanted to make sure that ...
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How original PDF books get out of the publisher's reach and appear online for pirate downloads? [closed]

If a scanned book appears online for pirate download, it's no wonder: someone who had a hard copy just scanned every page. But there are a lot of PDFs out there that look like official publisher's ...
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Is it possible to log all file reads performed by an application in Windows 7?

I have a piece of software I'm supposed to be running on my computer. The only thing I'm slightly worried about is the files it reads, as it's closed-source and slightly fishy. I know it's not ...
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How to restrict skype file transfer outside of LAN

We are a mobile application development company. Due to the security of Source Code and other files, we need to restrict Skype file transfer outside of LAN. How to restrict Skype file transfer ...
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Local Network Data Sync and Access Log

We have some confidential data for our research. Currently, we use an encrypted hard drive for storing the data and any researcher using the data takes it off the drive. However, we do not have any ...
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Is it possible to browse/access the files on a computer's hard drive by booting from an OS installed in a flash drive?

I have installed Tails in an USB flashdrive and then booted my macbook with it. I noticed that Tails was capable of seeing my macbook's hard drive. Out of curiosity I tried to browse it. ...
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I need to transfer user's private key (RSA) to my App. Is file sharing a good solution?

I've asked a similar question here earlier iOS: Is it ok to store a RSA private key (use to decrypt text) in your application document directory? However, the person recommend me to use keychain ...
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Do file hosting services check user data manually by human? [closed]

I wonder if file hosting services like Dropbox, MediaFire, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc. manually check user data for piracy or copyright infringement. Although their terms of service always say that ...
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Potential security issues in a two-part upload process

I use a pre-signed URL approach for uploading files to a private S3 bucket. A CloudFront distribution is configured to use this bucket as the source. The upload process is only available to ...
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What are hardened ACLs for the Windows %systemroot% folder?

What are the recommended file permissions for %systemroot% in Windows 8.1? I couldn't find hardened file system permissions to apply to better secure a Windows installation.
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Solutions to decrypt data on access

I want to store sensitive data on on my (public) linux server. Also, I want to be able to access the data from different locations and different OS without much hassle. I thought about using a ...
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Windows / Sensitive Data / Prevent access by various process

It's my understanding if you're logged into your Windows PC as DOMAIN\DUDE.NAME and you have access to \DOMAINFILES\SECRET STUFF\SUPER SECRETS.xlsx any process you run can also access that file - ...
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Can I use 777 file permissions inside server virtualisation (that only I have access to) without worry?

For this question, please assume I have followed every possible security measure to secure my Linux server. Only I have access to the web server via one open SSH port. If there are security issues ...
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Protecting the root ca bundle

Applications (e.g. Firefox) often include a root ca bundle file containing trusted certificates. How can I protect those files from malicious agents trying to modify them? I think signing is not an ...
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How to to make a file private by securing the url that only authenticated users can see

I was wondering if there is a way to secure an image or a file to be hidden when it is not authenticated. Suppose there is an image in my website which can only be seen if that user is authenticated. ...
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Can an attacker spoof an IP address to access my .htaccess protected file?

Let's say I lock down my site through .htaccess and say DENY FROM ALL ALLOW FROM myip how involved is it for a hacker to to simply spoof their IP address to match whatever mine is and gain access? ...
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How do I prevent copying of my PDF files?

One time while I was printing my documents at a copy center, I saw they dragged-and-dropped my PDFs from my flash drive to their desktop. How do I protect my files without using password? Is there a ...
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My MP3 file is blocked, but still playable?

My computer is telling me that my MP3 file is blocked: I have no problems playing the song, so I was wondering what exactly does it mean for my MP3 file to be blocked?
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Security tradeoffs of pathname-based MAC (e.g., TOMOYO, grsecurity, AppArmor, …)

I have been learning about MAC (Mandatory Access Control) systems in Linux. Often, but not always, these are tied to Linux Security Modules. Some systems I've looked at: SELinux, Tomoyo, AppArmor, ...
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How to protect from copying files?

Is possible to protect files from being copied if you are the administrator of a machine? I heard that this behaviour is possible: one software developer sells his software in such a way. He installs ...
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reading/downloading big files in metasploit module [closed]

I am writing a post exploitation module that supports meterpreter sessions. For my module to work, I need to read/download some files from the victim machine that may be small or bigger. I am having ...
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How risky is having sensitive files on webroot?

I understand that having anything sensitive under webroot is not smart; someone may be able to access it via url. However, I do not have a choice with my web host (iPage) as they limit my server space ...
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How to transfer securely a file between servers?

Let's say I have two Linux servers. One containing a desktop app database (running on a local network) and a webserver. I want to automatically transfer each hour a database file (with a size of a ...
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Possible arbitrary file download vulnerability

I am auditing a possible vulnerable piece of ASP code on a Windows environment. The code is as follows: If InStr(strPath, "\Only\Download\From\Here\", CompareMethod.Text) = 0 Then Basicly it is ...
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Installing Joomla with nobody:nobody user/group (CentOS/cPanel)

If you are installing Joomla via cPanel's File Manager to your mywebsite.com (user mywebsite) account, you will upload the package to your server and extract the archive. All files will have the user ...
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Monitoring file access on Windows

I need a way to monitor user file access on windows. What I need is: monitoring of user opening, modifying (don't need to know what the changes were, just that a file was modified), copying, pasting ...
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Can benign software modify Widnows DLL files?

On Windows (XP, 7, 8, NT ...): can .dll files be modified (in any manner) by benign programs/software already installed/running on the computer ?
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Why do file storage sites have a long unique id for their download links?

I'm creating a file storage site and what I would do is just have the download links format as: https://www.domain.com/[id]/[file name] //id would just be 1, 2, 3 etc. Dropbox and many others have ...
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Force download files protected with auth headers

By several REST clients the credentials are sent with every request through custom HTTP authorization headers to the REST service. Is there a way to force file download in the browser when accessing ...
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One-Way Data Transfer Cable

Is there a cable that physically only supports data flow in one direction (out)? The idea here is to put this on a system that can only export data so that there is very minimal risk of the ...
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Is a properly configured server secure against unauthorized data access?

Take for example a game. Typically, when you buy or download a game that can be played offline, all of the data required to run the game is shipped with the executable. In order to protect these ...
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Need to prove someone sent an email, not me [closed]

Received: by 10.182.241.38 with HTTP; Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:09:36 -0700 (PDT) In-Reply-To: <294B46790F860A4B9790B42606DFA3E4E4E5AE@MAHEXMB02.thrivehosted.local> References: ...
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Access control of Linux and Bell LaPadula Model

I know that access control is a very important think when we want to protect our files and in security in general. Does anyone know what access control system is used by linux? In addition I just ...
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Are there a standard method(s) for me to give someone else read-only access to my data?

Are there a standard method(s) for me to give someone else read-only access to my data? There are several situations where I may want to give a few people read-only access to some data, but I would ...
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Is my invitation based file access authorization scheme worthwhile?

I need to allow users to upload files with sensitive data to a server, then invite other authenticated users to access specific files. This is my proposed solution: Each user will have his own ...
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How can I ensure that Dropbox is using only its folder?

I'm using several cloude storage services, like Dropbox. Each have windows app for its synchronization, and this app actually can read anything from my disc, not just files from its 'synchronized' ...
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Header opening a PDF file, can someone hack a website from there?

Can someone hack a website that uses this kind of header to open a pdf? <?php header("Content-type:application/pdf"); // It will be called downloaded.pdf ...
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Restricting locations for unzipping a zip file

I hope that I have found the correct place to ask my question regarding unzipping files. I would like to see if there is a way to restrict the locations available to the user to unzip a password ...