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Firewall egress filtering / quick whitelisting

Suppose your Aunt or Uncle is easily fooled by phishing attempts and their computer has multiple root kits and key loggers running. Assume their computing habits will never change. Looking at his ...
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Are local firewalls necessary

Is having local firewalls enabled on machines actually necessary if you run hardware based firewalls like pfsense or a netgear fvs338 and use that to control in/out bound connections? I personally do ...
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Configure Linux to allow network activity based on binary?

On Windows, rules can be added to the firewall to allow/deny network traffic based on which binary is sending/receiving the data. Can this be done on a Linux box, and if not, why not? Is it a bad ...
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Reviewing IP(s) that has been blocked by firewall / router

Is there a best practice on how to review IP(s) that are blocked on firewall / router and determine if they are safe to be removed from banned list? Occasionally, the firewall guys see a high counts ...
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Disabling windows firewall remotely

i use metasploit for pentesting windows 2003 sp2 server but when windows firewall is on i am not able to perform pentest successfully is there any way to disable firewall remotly?
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Why does a nmap scan give different results depending on whether it's run from inside or outside a LAN

I am testing/setting up a Thompson TG585v7 router/firewall. Results when running nmap from a computer INSIDE the LAN $ sudo nmap -O 210.86.xxx.xxx Starting Nmap 6.40 ( http://nmap.org ) at ...
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Blacklisting during a penetration test?

So i had a debate recently where one of my colleagues believed that by launching a penetration test (one requested by our clients) from our one of our IP's we could potentially get that IP/all IP's in ...
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How secure is opening an incoming port for a java application?

If a java application is listening on UDP port xxxxx and a firewall is allowing connections to that java application through the same UDP port xxxxx, what vulnerabilities will a Windows 7 machine be ...
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I'm using a Cisco ASA as a VPN endpoint. Where do the VPN clients get firewalled?

(Is this too application specific? It seems like a reasonable question that would be useful to other people...) So, I've got this ASA in front of a network that I didn't set up. It's been ...
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If nmap reports a port is open, does that ALSO mean a service is listening on the port?

I have a Thompson TG585v7 router/firewall whose firewall is configured to FORWARD several ports to a computer X54 within the LAN. These ports are in the range 1024 through to 2500 That X54 ...
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Who watches the watchmen? User empowerment over firewall behaviour on a personal computer

I've been exploring the gamut of free Windows firewall applications recently and have encountered the following problem: The better firewalls are excellent at stopping other apps from phoning home ...
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Security issues in a Dotnet Web application

I was required to fix three low risk security issues of a Web Application on a Windows 2003 server, NetFramework 2.0, IIS/6.0. It is tracert-able. That may assist for crackers to know network ...
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Can ipopts be used to circumvent a pf or iptables firewall source IP based blocking?

Can one use ipopts, and in particular IP source routing, to circumvent source-based blocking in pf or iptables? For example, with OpenBSD's pf: block in all # default deny block out all pass in on ...
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Are Keystroke and Click Loggers Legal? [closed]

I worked with the firewall "Nobero" which is paid and bit expensive. It is a complete Network Firewall including groups policy, banning URLs and social sites. But It has a feature of tracking users' ...
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IPsec: Is AH in tunnel mode secure?

I have a site-to-site IPsec VPN which was performing poorly (10 -20% upload/download speeds as a percentage of available WAN circuit bandwidth) when using ESP in tunnel mode with DES encryption and ...
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Tracking down the source of email attacks

For the past week our company's IDS has been blocking 100-200 meeting invite emails per day from a specific client that are loaded with buffer overflows targeted at Exchange 2003. The payloads are ...
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Limit BitTorrent Sync connections to a specific network

Is it possible to limit BitTorrent Sync connections to a a specific network using the client software? Right now the closest I can come up with would be IP limitations imposed on each client using a ...
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How can I find the process that is trying to use smtp to send email?

Previously I asked Who (which process) is calling curl? and I got very good answers (this answer in particular) which basically replace the curl binary with a shell script that logs each call to curl ...
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Is opening both TCP/UDP less secured than just TCP or UDP when needed and why?

If application needs opened port X UDP, or X TCP combination. Is there any potential risk by opening both UDP/TCP as I usually am not sure which one the application uses?
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Is it possible to force client use TCP instead UDP for DNS queries?

Assume I am managing a firewall between DNS server and clients. Is there any way to force clients use TCP rather than UDP, so we can prevent DNS spoof types of DDoS attacks?
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When should I drop a packet with ICMP type 3, code 9 or 10, TCP RST, or TCP ACK?

This answer says there are a few ways of dealing with a blocked packet at a firewall: At each of these levels a 1st IP packet (and any other protocol packet as an ESP or AH packet) might receive ...
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Security of OpenVPN against sophisticated DPI solution

I'm planing to build a device (prototype) that act as a portable security gateway. To make this, I choosed OpenWRT running on Raspberry Pi with OpenVPN for VPN connection. My main purpose of this ...
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Long character sequence in first string of HTTP GET request breaks the web service's HTTP response. Buffer overflow?

During my current security audit test I've stumbled on something I can't possibly comprehend. The behavior exhibits signs of a buffer overflow in the target or in some intermidiate service (HTTP ...
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Windows: Any method to enforce user confirmation before the browser opens a URL requested by an external desktop app?

A robust outgoing firewall will protect against desktop applications directly connecting to the internet without your permission. However, as the browser is a generally authorized application for ...
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Isolate a Virtualbox VM from local network [closed]

I have the need to isolate a virtual machine created with Virtualbox from the local network but I need to provide internet access to that machine. It is the first time that I face this kind of ...
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Enforcing personal firewall for OS X

We're currently doing PCI compliance, and one of the requirements is that mobile devices that have access to systems involved in processing card data have personal firewall software installed which ...
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What's the difference between an application-level and circuit-level gateway?

From Wikipedia, I understand that circuit level gateways look at TCP handshakes to filter illegitimate traffic and that application level gateways somehow filter application specific traffic. But I ...
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SYN scan, determining scan vs large file upload

In a system attempting to detect SYN scans, one technique is to analyze the rate of change of (network packets sent from victim host per second). Processes such as uploading a large file would not be ...
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SSL VPN placement strategies

I wanted to know the advantages and disadvantages of placing an SSL VPN with respect to CIA in different locations: with firewall within the internal network within the DMZ Any reference also ...
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Why strip accept-encoding?

It seems that there are multiple "security" products which strip or mangle 'Accept-encoding' headers, thus forcing non-compressed responses from HTTP servers. I've been trying to imagine if there's ...
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1 PIX firewall, 2 routers, 2 switches. Please answer a couple questions about hack lab

I bought a bunch of cisco equipment for a project and I got 1 PIX firewall 2 switches and 2 routers This is my plan for a topology but I am new at this so I need help. I am basing this off the ...
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IP address filtering vs web application security

We have a web application behind a firewall that requires no user authentication. If we open up access to this application via the firewall to a small list of IP addresses what is the risk of ...
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Is there a trusted independent firewall review company?

I don't know how to write this without it sounding like a plug (lol), but it's not. So please don't close-vote it, even if you really want your editor badge. Here goes: There's this site called ...
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Find out what Linux software is trying to phone home

I have seen some suspicious outbound communications blocked on my VPS, which hosts a small experimental Web site, and want to find out which application is making the attempt. The server is running ...
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Blocking incoming traffic from privileged port (< 1024) to mitigate DNS DDos Amplification attacks

Hope someone can clarify. As I understand, in a DNS DDos Amplification attacks Multiple DNS queries are sent to a vulnerable name server with the source IP spoofed to that of the target server. The ...
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HTTPS form submissions are blocked on corporate networks

We have an HTML form which is submitted via HTTPS. We've noticed that when the form is submitted on a home network, it seems to go through just fine. However, when the form is submitted on certain ...
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w00tw00t.at.ISC.SANS.DFind iptables fix - abusable?

It's only an idea. I've recently logged that my server is scanned by w00tw00t tools. I found many solutions to this, such as use of apache mod-security, fail2ban, etc.. The one I want to speak ...
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Mac sending hundreds of packets to gateway

I've got a user on my work network who brings her personal laptop (macbook) in for work. They've been having some horrendously slow network issues on everything past that hub, so I did some packet ...
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Segregating a Printer in my Enterprise Network

I have a EAP-TLS network at home which I've managed for some time now. I just got a new Brother HL-5470 printer so I can finally print things at home, which is really nice. The only problem is that ...
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How common is port-knocking? [closed]

Today I read about port-knocking for the first time. It has been a pretty known concept for more than ten years, but I don't know anybody who uses it for their servers. How common is the usage of ...
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What is the difference between antivirus and firewalls

I need a brief explanation about the differences between antiviruses and firewalls
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How do I prevent data from leaving my network?

I have a network of about 10 computers and I want to prevent sensitive data and source code leaks. To achieve that, I would like to block all file uploading / attaching. What are the options ...
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What, specifically, does the Windows Firewall do?

My understanding of the situation is that, when the Windows firewall is off, every port on the computer (all 65535 of them) is fully open. This means that any application running on the computer can ...
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How to block the websites on client machines

In our office we are blocking sites like Facebook, Twitter etc.The problem is that some of the users bypass our proxy and firewalls through external proxy sites like www.youhide.com or ...
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Best way to push data to a client without being blocked by firewall

I'm asking this question here since I think people on this forum probably have the best knowledge of firewalls and routers. Say I'm designing a multi-player game and I want to push data to the client ...
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How secure is blocking all incoming connections on my ADSL or cable router?

My router, an up-to-date ADSL Fritz!Box 7340 router with a fixed leased IP address, has been configured to block all incoming traffic. Assuming, for the sake of argument, no extra security is ...
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Identify if files are being transferred from my computer over the internet

This may seem like a silly question to most, but... I recently has some spyware infected on my machine, which I have since gotten rid of. Using a couple of scanners (that come recommended on various ...
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Firewall & TCP Traffic

I have a question regarding network firewalls and TCP traffic. When a firewall rule is set to block either inbound traffic, outbound traffic, or both on a port, does that only apply to initial ...
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Access via http to other protocols and ports!

Our firewall only allows HTTP port 80 but we have detected that a user accesses some other protocols and ports that we deny in our firewall. We know that he has developed an application (Console ...
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Web Application Firewall Rules

For Network Layer Firewalls we have different sort of redundancy and consistency checks like rule shadowing, that can impact the performance of firewall. Do similar kind of checks can be applied on ...