A file system is a way of organizing information on a storage device like a computer hard drive.

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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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Unauthorized file writes on Linux

Suppose my web browser or any other web-connected app has a minor security hole that won't allow an attacker to run code but will allow them to write a piece of text into a text file I own. On a ...
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Can you access Google Drive documents if you have the absolute path to the file?

I have been digging into Google Drive while I am trying to investigate a proper way to protect files on a site. In my experience if a user has the URL to a file they can access it without any ...
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Secure file deletion vs wiping free space

Say I only wanted to delete specific files and want to feel confident they can't be recovered. Is it better to use a specific program (such as Eraser) for wiping only the files, or is it better to ...
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Difference in size avaialbe in encrypted volume [closed]

I was making a volume with trucrypt and I set the size to be 12MB. I tried copying 10 files totalling 7.13MB (on Disk) but got an error saying I did not have enough space. Why is this? Is it because ...
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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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How do I know how a file got onto my computer?

I would like to know if there is any way to know how a file was written onto my server (Windows server) i.e if a file X got written via http or via ftp or by simple network copy or someone manually ...
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Possible to find out the last person to open a file on Windows without specialist tools?

So I suppose this is specific to the OS you are using or the filetype or software used to open it, but my question stands open for all really but I am particularly interested in more common files such ...
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What are the risks of file server access over wireless? [closed]

In our office, all computers connect to the network over wireless. The wireless is protected by a pass phrase and communication is AES encrypted. On the same network is a file server that is used ...
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exploiting setuid and setgid bit

I was reading material on secure coding and at many places it is mentioned not to use setuid and setgid bits for privilege escalation. These a vulnerable and can lead to security issues. Instead we ...
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Is storing a client's folder structure a security risk?

At work, we generate sensitive report files for our clients. Currently, these files are stored in cloud storage. Some partners want the files on their local machine, instead, so we will need the ...
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Tell if someone accessed my filesystem

In the organization I work for, the computers are connected in a network, and I can access each PC's filesystem via '\' if I state the "Master User" credentials, once the login window pops up. since ...
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Anonymity of sneakernet: identifiable information on removable storage

Alice, an anonymous informant, would like to transmit digital documents to Bob while maintaining her anonymity. For whatever reason, she chooses to copy the documents to some kind of physical ...
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How to secure sensitive information on cloud from administrator (end-to-end encryption)

When I use end-to-end encryption to secure documents and sensitive information on cloud or on computer, there is always a risk of accessing these information by administrator. For example if you use ...
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Possible to detect an/or shut off CryptoLocker by limiting total network bytes transferred?

Since a virus infected PC has to download (encrypt) reupload the entire file (to a file server), and repeat the process for every network drive, is is possible to detect this unusually high bandwidth ...
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On Windows, how to restrict access to a folder, sub folder and files to only some applications (not users)

We have an application which is not per user and can be used by multiple users simultaneously. Data is also shared by all users. The path to the data folders we use is ProgramData\OurAppName\Data ...
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Undelete-secure AES software and software for carrying out “full undeletion” free-partition-space zeroing/reformatting on Windows?

It is fairly well known that on Windows, when you delete a file (or folder which may contain any number of files and subfolders possibly containing other files and subfolders and so on), Windows just ...
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Are there any filesystems that have secure deletion as a feature?

There's many 3rd party tools people have designed to perform secure deletion, but I don't know of any filesystems where secure deletion is built in. In fact, secure deletion has to work around ...
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Zeroing empty sectors on various Linux filesystems

There exist various tools for Windows filesystems (NTFS, FAT) to write zeroes or random numbers to free space on the drive/filesystem. Do there exist tools like this for Linux filesystems like ext4 ...
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Considerations for using in-memory file system in a Java web application?

I was reviewing some code for a Java based web application accessible by authenticated users. It used the file system to work with temporary files, some of which have sensitive data. The input is a ...
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How does one find out the file system / directories structure of a webserver they don't own? [closed]

How does one with simple access rights find out the remote host directory structure? I see that web archives are able to not only backup content on the specified domain, but every folder within it.
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How much access to the file system does the recent Drupal vulnerability give?

A friends drupal site was hacked. What is strange is that the root directory of the installation at the hosting company (let us call it rootdir) was copied (or renamed) rootdir_hacked and the ...
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Where to store uploaded images from perspective of security

It is quite common that uploaded files (images, videos, etc.) are stored on a file server because of performance and database-recovery-time reasons. But is there a benefit of storing such files in ...
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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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Unix execute permission can be easily bypassed. Is it superfluous, or what's the intention behind it?

The unix read permission is actually the same as the execute permission, so if e.g. one process has write access it's also able to execute the same file. This can be done pretty easily:First this ...
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Are there any artifacts for filesystem forensics in memory?

I have a memory dump. I know it is infected by a rootkit which uses its own file system installed at the end of the disk. Can there be any artifacts in dmp file to show this?
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Finding artefacts of software

I was wondering if there is an established way to know what a running particular program on a system might leave behind (in terms of changes to a filesystem, such as in Linux). I am thinking of this ...
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Secure distributed storing and querying of [medical] data?

Comparing ways of distributing and securely storing and querying structured and schemaless data. Currently I am using MongoDB, but am looking into (Postgres|MySQL)&CryptDB, Cassandra and others. ...
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Wipe free space or take image and wipe entire disk?

Read some of the stuff here regarding wiping disks and securely deleting files. From what I've understood, after deleting (not securely) files they become part of the unallocated(free) space of the ...
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Uploading Executable Files

Using proxy software, I was able to bypass a file upload control file-checking for an asp.net system I am pen testing. I noticed they are saving the file into the database as bytes, and it is ...
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Are files created in Chrome OS developer mode tracked by Google?

If I enable developer mode, then open a shell and create /some/directory/temp.txt, it is invisible to me through the Chrome Filesystem API. But does this mean that it's also invisible to Chrome OS ...
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External hard drives: 'date last accessed' file?

I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to figure out when files on my external hard drive were last opened. I'm using a Seagate Backup Plus, and it's both mac and PC compatible. BUT, I've also read ...
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Why can't just any program use his own file-system-access-system?

This may sound stupid for everyone who knows more than me about the UNIX-System and security in software: Imagine you have a program trying to cause harm by deleting files. You just do something like ...
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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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best practice for encrypted filesystem inside a file

This is an extension of my question on UNIX. Let's suppose I create a file, map it to /dev/loop0, and create a LUKS partition inside dd if=/dev/zero of=myfile bs=1M count=1000 losetup /dev/loop0 ...
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How to minimise risk to sensitive data in temp files in shared hosting environment before encryption?

openssl_pkcs7_encrypt() requires the data to be encrypted to be read from a file and so unfortunately it requires sensitive data to be written to temporary file before being encrypted. In a shared ...
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What does Gazzang zNcrypt actually protect against?

In an effort to increase security of our website, I'm reading up on Gazzang zNcrypt, which claims to protect data in databases from breaches. Technically, it seems to do filesystem encryption. As far ...
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How do worms spread over LAN? [duplicate]

I've been researching LAN recently, and I came across a post talking about viruses spreading over LAN, and I was wondering, how is this possible? Would it not be a huge security issue to allow files ...
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Special form of file system to prevent recovering after secure wipe data

I'm looking for file system with reasonably error corrections, but rugged against forensic after wipe. Say, encrypted container via loop mounted like ext4 - journal file system. This is good ...
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Can a computer's contents be downloaded wirelessly?

So my calculus teacher, who also teaches computer science, claims that a computer's entire filesystem can be downloaded wirelessly by anyone on the same network? As a Ruby on Rails professional, ...
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Repair Truecrypt NTFS-partition with undetectable filesystem [closed]

Long story short: Got 1 TB HDD. Created one fullsized (non-system-)partition on that. Encrypt via TC. One time, via boot, Win presumably formats that (and maybe writes some bytes on it). I manage to ...
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Files deleted by some Employee . How to find what time it happened and whether done from another computer on network? [closed]

My Files got deleted by any Employee . How to find what time it happened and whether done from another computer on network ? The files were in shared drive in the computer. I am using windows 8. What ...
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Extract SquashFS filesystem with shsq magic number [closed]

for a few days I was trying to extract the filesystem of a router firmware. Checking the image that the vendor provides I can see a SquashFS flag on it: DECIMAL HEX DESCRIPTION ...
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How can I view the NTFS $MFT using correct field names?

I am trying to view an NTFS master file table. Each tool I have used so far extracts all of the entries, but puts non standard headers such as STANDARD_INFORMATION_ON instead of say ...
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Free space shredding

I'm an avid fan of file system forensics but I'm an amateur so far. I've been reading up on NTFS forensics and I've noticed you sometimes can know if a file was on a certain volume even if it was ...
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Overwriting hard drive to securely delete a file?

I am working on a computer that I am not allowed to install new software on. It does not have secure delete software installed. Suppose I have a file (or files) that are sensitive that I'd like to ...
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Prove that you deleted the file

Is it possible to prove a date that you Deleted a file through the recycle bin? I delete a folder of pictures 2 months ago and somebody is asking to prove that I did it.
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What precaustions should be taken when the file displayed by a webpage is specified by the GET value

My website shows some files based on the get value in the URL. For example http://www.mysit.com/navigate.php?d=firstpage.html The thing is navigate.php knows which folder to look in and it's not in ...
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Recognizing PGP-encrypted disks

I am studying various disk encryption schemes (such as PGP, MS Bit Locker, BestCrypt and TrueCrypt) on my Windows OS. I am interested to know how an encrypted partition/disk/file with a particular ...
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A filesystem with chunks hidden all over the internet?

I am wondering if there are any implementations of a filesystem (as in FUSE) that would allow me to host a file in chunks steganographically distributed all over the internet. The way I imagine it, ...