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Raspberry Pi IDS/FireWall - Should I? [on hold]

I was excited to setup an IDS/FireWall with my new Raspberry Pi on a standard home network. Reading threats to SSH and Linux, now I am not so sure. Setup by an experienced amateur I'm now concerned ...
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Would a DMZ be safe to use with a software firewall for home networking?

If I set up a Windows 10 PC with a software firewall (TinyWall, which is a front end for Windows Firewall) and blocked all traffic except for a few applications and ports I would be using (Minecraft ...
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How can the nmap tool be used to evade a firewall/IDS?

Some techniques are used to secure the operating system against network attacks e.g.: firewalls, antivirus software, an IDS like SNORT, etc. To take advantage of the nmap tool, is it possible to ...
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Can firewalls decrypt SSL packets?

I was wondering if the firewall has the ability to decrypt the SSL traffic. If so, the network admin is able to read the data in clear text at transit.
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Multiple instances of programs allowed in Windows Firewall

I am new to Windows Firewall. While allowing a program through Windows Firewall, I found multiple entries present for Firefox and Java. Why is that?
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100% load for Sophos UTM 9 [closed]

We are using Sophos UTM 9.401-11. We are having about 10 - 15 spikes each day, each spike taking between 5 and 20 minutes. During the spikes, there is 100 % CPU high load on Sophos and Internet is not ...
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DDoS Solution for request floods [duplicate]

What are the mitigations to protect from ddos? Is using firewall like cloudflare would help or not? My use case is just want to make sure that no one is sending flood of requests i.e. thousands per ...
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Modifying shell code to bypass Windows Firewall

As part of my OSCP's training, I'm supposed to get a shell on a Win7 machine using browser's exploit (MS12-037) with Windows firewall on. I have an idea but I'm having hard time applying it. What ...
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Allowing a program through a Windows Firewall [migrated]

I am new to Windows Firewall. I have seen this dialog and unable to understand its meaning. The above dialog says that "Allow python to communicate on these networks:". It then gives two ...
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Is there a difference in security between an IP address white list and a domain white list with TLS?

It seems to me that an IP address white list relies on easily spoofed information, while a domain white list, if it forces TLS, at least, relies on the validity of the certificate systems. I may be ...
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How does a malicious user connect to a private network?

I have followed these instructions for setting up a couple of servers to have private networking. It ends by saying "It is important to secure your private networking interface the same way you would ...
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Question about IPv6, NAT, firewall, port forwarding, upnp and security

In the next months/years my ISP might give me IPv6 for my home connection. But what are the security implications? Will local network servers/embedded devices be accessible from the whole internet? ...
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Firewalled bots in UDP p2p botnets?

One thing that I don't understand about peer to peer botnets, is how a bot stays connected to the network considering the protocol used is UDP. Since the UDP is connectionless, and the bot is behind ...
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Counting on firewalls only : sound security strategy to prevent intrusion?

I had this discussion with a friend of mine who is a windows sysadmin. He said to me that for his company's IT security, he is doing only updates on the windows server. But except these system ...
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What are the security implications of autorun and external drives?

I have some questions about the security implications of accessing internal and external storage since I cant find any more information on it from what I've read. I have read about a variety of ...
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How to block I2P and Freenet to my network?

I am trying to find a way to block I2P and Freenet darknets in a corporate network. Does anyone know a way to block them (on firewall)? Do I need to close particular ports or block entry nodes (like ...
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Why do ALGs restrict traffic on a given TCP port based on the protocol?

My understanding is that application level gateways restrict the traffic they proxy based on port and protocol - say HTTP over port 80 or MQTT over port 1883. Both types of traffic are using TCP as ...
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Zero-day malware protection [closed]

What is the best approach in defending your company against zero-day malware? Is there a firewall/system to do that? Is it good to run every file in a sandbox and to track activity of the sandbox?
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Protection against file distributed malware

Let's say I have one server called A which host an upload website which is connected at the network connection B. Let's say one of my clients uploads multiple .rar files of 1 MB (that contains malware ...
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Better alternative to WAF path whitelisting?

We are managing a WAF which is being used by some applications. Recently I tried to use a Valid URL module to white list all the APIs and static resources of an application. Although from the security ...
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Best appraoch to test inhouse firewall effectiveness

We have Fortigate 100D that has antivirus profiles enabled like SMPT, POP3 and IMAP. How one could make sure that the antivirus is working as expected ? For instance it seems that Fortigate has ...
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Why can't nmap identify the danted(socks5) service on non-standard port?

I'm testing nmap's abilities, I started a socks5 proxy server with danted, and started it on port 10090 I tried the following command, and expect it to tell me port 10090 runs a socks server, nmap ...
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Using nmap to bypass a firewall and perform OS fingerprinting

How can I use nmap to perform operating system detection on a system which has all of its ports filtered by a firewall? Is there a way to bypass it? I have tried: syn scan, xmas scan, fragment ...
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Setup a private VPN for family in China?

I have family in China. During the past weeks their internet connection was severely limited. VPNs such as Astrill and similar weren't working anymore. Is it possible to setup my own VPN (or ...
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If a firewall deletes DOS packets before they reach the designated application. Is it then possible to break trough the firewall with a DDOS attack?

My Question is that if a Firewall blocks for example a DOS attack of UDP packets. Is it then possible to "break" or take up the capacity of a server by sending enough packets trough a DDOS attack? or ...
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What is the difference between single hardware firewall and router?

With some googling, I learnt that routers contain hardware firewall. But I saw in many pictures that firewall and router devices are apart as follows: I know that there are a lot of firewall ...
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NetScaler config rule sample for cross site scripting attacks

I am trying to create rules to block requests to pages where XSS vulnerabilities have been detected. Lets say the /contact_us page is vulnerable to XSS, how can I block traffic trying to reach that ...
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Shared Office Network Security - VPNs, Firewalls, and systems

First, let me premise this post with the fact that I am completely new to network security. I have done a fair bit of reading up, but I am certainly by no means a professional. If anything I say here ...
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Deep Packet Inspection: Any real world examples of threat mitigation via DPI? [closed]

So I understand conceptually how DPI works, but I'm a little skeptical regarding the actual benefits of this technology. Considering the possible risks associated with deploying DPI, i.e., decrypting ...
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VPN and traffic filtering

VPN server assigns to the client public ip address and doesn't offer NAT function. In this case, can firewall on the client side to filter (inspect) VPN traffic (L2TP/IPSec, IKEv2, SSTP, OpenVPN)? I ...
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Running windows in virtual machine, should I bother with security?

I'm running Windows in a virtual machine on my mac (via Parallels). Should I bother installing antivirus, firewall and using other conventional wisdom practices (like don't open unknown .exe etc)? I ...
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Using Two Different Brands of Security Tools To Block Backdoors

There's this idea of using 2 brands of firewalls both inline that is usually brought up: {Internet}<-->FW(A)<-->FW(B)<-->{Internal Network} Or using 2 algorithms: {Plain ...
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UDP DNS & Firewall

This question might be simple but please understand my lack of knowledge. I am seeing a lot of DNS packets dropped by our firewall (sophos SG125) by default rule 60001. There are three Domain ...
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Gargoyle (OpenWRT) firewall routing for VPN

At present I have Gargoyle setup on my WNDR3700 to connection to a VPN provider in order to provide a little privacy. However this prevents me from connecting remotely to my home network. Previously I ...
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Detect non HTTP packets using port 80

We are currently doing port whitelisting on our firewalls which is working well but this of course does not prevent the implementation of side channels or the misuse of these ports for other purposes. ...
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Determining Firewall settings (Ports, etc) for specific applications

How can we identify the network or network firewall requirements for a Desktop or Web application. Meaning what ports are required by the applications. How the Cloud and non Cloud networks communicate ...
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Linux (!) Network Architecture for CTF-scenario [closed]

My boss recently enrolled me in an InfoSec training. I am part of the network team, but have limited experience in InfoSec. My first assignment is to draw a layout of a network that will be used ...
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Isolating Computer on Home Network Using Multiple Routers

My goal is to isolate a computer on my home network. This computer (a rapsberry pi) should be considered untrusted and is accessible from the internet (port 22). I need a solution that will prevent ...
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How does a firewall protect against denial of service attack? [duplicate]

I do not know much about firewalls etc, but I am curious as to how a firewall protects against Denial of service attacks. My understanding is that, sending a lot of requests(more than the server ...
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If all ports are closed, do I need firewall?

I often read an article which enables a firewall to secure public Wi-fi. But I think a firewall may not be needed when (like nmap said) all ports are closed. If all ports are closed, all packets ...
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IPtables Linux Firewall and IPsec traffic

Can iptables filter out incoming datagrams that are IPSec-tunneled packets going to port 25?
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Using unusual port numbers [duplicate]

Are there any security benefits to setting up the ports on your firewall to non-standard numbers? For example, using port 15 for the SQL service.
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Database Protection : External & Internal

My company is using a weird database setup and I can't really figure what it is adding in term of security. Our Setup Outside World [Firewall] DMZ – Web Server [Firewall] External Database ...
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Is it safe to host passwordless web applications/software with web GUI in Virtual Machines

I have a Linux Mint Virtual Machine which I use quite a lot with my Windows host. I have lots of Software installed there (mostly with web GUI so I can access them from host easily). So I am ...
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Windows Firewall Log question

I have a question about log entries within my Windows Firewall log. I see these kind every now and then: #Fields: date time action protocol src-ip dst-ip src-port dst-port size tcpflags tcpsyn tcpack ...
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A seemingly innocent program is attempting to connect online. Should I be worried?

OS: Windows 10 64-bit updated, usually used for development and Steam-CSGO. Straight to the point: Solitaire just tried to connect to the internet. Details: After tightening my firewall rules after ...
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Blocking all incoming traffic, will it still accept a response from a request I initiated?

I am a 'newbie' when it comes to firewalls, but I am trying to launch some machines that will connect to Facebook's Graphs API. I only want these machines to contact Facebook and nothing else. By this ...
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CPU load of iptables to deny IPs during DDoS event [closed]

If a server has an external IP address protected with an iptables whitelist rule to reject all by default except from 3 ip addresses ip1, ip2 and ip3. If someone identifies this external IP address, ...
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Firewall UDP Packet Source Port 53 Ruleset Bypass

I have a question regarding recent PCI DSS scan performed on our network. On some of the Windows 2008 servers (physical and VM), there is a risk found "Firewall UDP Packet Source Port 53 Ruleset ...
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Is rooting an Android phone to install an anti-virus firewall worth it?

Some Android anti-virus offer a firewall like Avast or Comodo anti-virus but you need to have a root access to use them. However rooting an Adroid phone is often presented as a security risk. So: ...