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

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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 tell what running a 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, ...
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Database encryption or filesystem encryption?

Recently I've been working on some data which, although not directly governed by any infosec laws, is sensitive enough to warrant being encrypted. I'm interested in finding out about best practises ...
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How can I identify / discover files hidden with ADS?

ADS, or alternate data streams, were added in to Windows in 1993 (First Windows NT version) as a feature of the new NTFS file system to help support some features of the Mac OS at the time. I like to ...
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Can File Sharing being Controlled by Mac Address? [closed]

I am currently setting up secure environment between 2 pc in isolated network. Just wondering can we do file sharing based on that pc mac address instead of username? The environment is OEM Windows ...
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Safely generate a non-log file within an application server

How does one go about safely write a temporary file to a location within an application server that is publicly accessible?
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What's a good secure file deleter

I've used cipher \w which is built into Windows to overwrite free space but I'm looking for a tool that securely deletes files which have not been deleted yet. It would be a plus (but certainly not ...
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Are file permissions set in Unix/Linux effective in Windows or Any other OS?

Consider some files and folder in Unix/Linux OS which are configured for only read access by root, if the hard drive stolen, and used in Windows Environment, are these permissions are still effective? ...
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is there any program that can tell me which files have been transferred from my computer thru the web

Is there a program that can tell me which files have been transferred from my computer thru the web? So if I have virus on my computer that transfer files I will know about it according to the files ...
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Best way to secure file removals in Windows remotely

I have Windows 2008 R2 box on colocation. I want to remove certain files with a high degree guarantee it cannot be recovered from physical HDD access. Could someone please explain what levels of ...
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Possible implementations of networked+encrypted filesystem

Is it possible to implement scheme where remote server just share its filesystem (or resizable container file in it) and it's locally encrypted and mounted? And what is best practical method? (On ...
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Security purpose of asking admin password to mount partition on Linux

So I divided my 250GB laptop drive into 2 partitions and some swap. On the second partition which is an ext4 60GB partition I installed Fedora 17. On the other bigger NTFS partition I've got Win XP ...
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Is the mount manpage saying nosuid *is* secure, or is *not*?

I'm a bit confused about the description of nosuid in the mount manpage on this RedHat system I'm setting up: nosuid Do not allow set-user-identifier or set-group-identifier bits to take ...
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Could browsers improve security of stored passwords by using setuid?

On Unix-esque systems, Mozilla Firefox stores a users' preferences, web history and stored passwords in a set of files that are readible and writeable by that particular user. This makes sense: when ...
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How to restrict flash drives in Local Area Network

It is prohibited to use USB drives at our office, due to security reasons. But some people still use them to steal information. It is now a great risk factor at our office. Now we need to ensure any ...
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Why should every file have a user and a group?

I've been reading in most hardening guides for linux, that you should check for files and directories without valid user or valid group. What I can't find, is how this could be used for an attack, or ...
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Would this be plausible for a metamorphic virus? Not repeatedly infecting same system

Would this be plausible for a metamorphic virus? When a new generation (for lack of better word) is created it would hard code a random file name, that would be checked to see if the system was ...
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Repairing corrupt TrueCrypt volumes/disks?

(I'm asking this for a friend of mine as I'm trying to help him with this problem over remote desktop, so if any details are needed, just ask and I will get them). Two entire hard disks were encrypted ...
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How do polymorphic/metamorphic/self-encrypting/self-changing file infectors know if they have infected a file or not?

If a virus rewrites itself for each infection how would it know if it has infected a file or not? If it keeps infecting the same file soon the whole file structure will be corrupt. For example how ...
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Raw hard disk data extraction possible?

Suppose that the administrator's account is hacked. Then, can a hacker extract hard disk raw data (by raw data, I mean every raw data, not just files that can be read by a file system.)?
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Writing file shredder

I want to write a simple file shredder in c++, i.e. a program that deletes a file so that it is not recoverable. Would the following be a secure and correct way to do that? (1) Open the file with ...
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Theft of data via live boot disk

I have been working with live boot disks recently and I know that it gives you access to the computer's processing power, internet, and various other tasks without the hassle of a username/password. ...