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Command & Control Server List [duplicate]

I recently got an email from my ISP saying that they'd detected traffic to a known Command & Control server from my home. Boo. I'm sure this probably means one of our computers has some awful ...
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Protecting server from bogus HTTP Requests

What would be the recommended approach to block those typical bogus HTTP requests that the server gets bombarded with? Also has this attack/nuisance been named yet or is it generalized as Bot ...
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How can I handle open ports?

After port scanning my company's network, I found a lot of open ports. What are the risks that will result out of these ports, if I left them open? And is there any way to handle them without ...
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Where to check if a specific OS / service is vulnerable despite being patched, because of a vendor's decision?

I need to discuss how to mitigate the risk of services which are vulnerable despite being patched (typically because they are not maintained by the vendor anymore, or because the vendor does not want ...
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Can a Windows 7 PC with folder sharing and remote desktop disabled, still be penetrated by a rogue computer on the same WiFi or LAN?

Assume the network is already penetrated, and the attacker already fully controls another PC. Other than setting up a proxy to intercept traffic from all other systems on the network and use that to ...
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LogJam hardening OpenSSH and testing it [duplicate]

I would like to harden my OpenSSH (clientsite) after the LogJam attack. I read this article https://weakdh.org/sysadmin.html and there is one paragraph, which says how to do that. Is this enough and ...
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Is it there any effective way to prevent shodan to access my webcams [duplicate]

Recently while browsing using shodan, I came across a search string to explore webcams. Some of the searches I carried out were: webcamxp city:city name webcamxp geo: longitude and latitude ...
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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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PowerShell's Module logging, a few questions

I'm looking for some more information concerning the white paper which goes into some detail over PowerShell's Module logging. Specifically, once this is enabled, are the default cmdlets logged? For ...
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Unidentified Filemount in Ubuntu

Not sure if this should go under security or Ubuntu but, I believe that my server got hacked somehow. Its being hosted on Digital Ocean and I mainly use it fiddle around with things. Today, I got a ...
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Should I wipe a brand new Machine and HDD ?

So I am buying a brand new machine and a HDD separate, when I buy this new HDD should I wipe it before I install it ? What necessary steps should I take to make sure it's pretty much clean of any ...
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Is it possible to lock guest VMs (or processes) to sticks of physical RAM to prevent row hammer attacks?

I was wondering if it is possible through some means to isolate processes (or preferably guest VMs) to physical sticks of RAM. This would be to prevent row hammer like attacks from using physical ...
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Limiting a CA to only issue valid certificates to internal web sites and clients

What are the possible defense measures that can be applied to a simple PKI (no intermediate CAs, etc.) used to authenticate clients and servers over TLS on an internal network only? Certificates ...
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SOP for the CERT in case of hack activity [closed]

I work at a University in the Information Systems Department and recently one of the web server was hacked. the hacker deleted certain databases and few websites were down. In lieu to such events ...
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Can a signed downloaded file be securely verified if you only control the private key and the download/verification algorithm?

I'm designing the update procedure for IP Camera's. I'm wondering if my current design is secure enough. I have a binary file that I want to get to a device. I make a hash of this binary file and ...
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Secure the config file of a service

I have a service running on a linux box, started with upstart, that runs as user "the_user", it has to read a config file. Having the file owned by root would make things more secure, but would ...
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What is a key-hardened hash?

I've seen the term 'key hardened hash' used to describe a recommended way to tighten up password hashing. What does this mean? Can it just mean to use a pepper?
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Recent “attack” to my server that might be using shellshock exploit

I just notice this repeated entry in nginx log: 31.184.194.114 - - [04/Mar/2015:10:29:53 +0700] "GET /cgi-bin/up.cgi HTTP/1.1" 301 178 "-" "() { :;};/usr/bin/perl -e 'print \x22Content-Type: ...
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What can manufactures of hardware do to prevent attacks on the firmware?

Given the revelations since The Equation Group was discovered. As well as that it is possible to not guarantee removal of a rootkit even with a nuke from high orbit. What properties of a harddrive ...
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Basic nginx securing / restricted access [closed]

I run a private virtual server on Ubuntu 14.04 and I use Nginx as my http server and/or reverse proxy. I run multiple webapps on this server, most of them are fresh open source projects. UPDATE : ...
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Root server hacked via httpd - consequences and future prevention

Since before mid 2014, my root server was targeted by hackers and recently they gained limited access. I disabled all services once I realized the server has been compromised and started ...
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Hardening SSL/TLS on Azure Cloud Service for A+ on Qualys SSL Labs?

We're using this powershell script as our Azure Cloud Service (PaaS) startup script and we're at an A- on the Qualys SSL Labs test Specifically we're losing points for the following reasons: Forward ...
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Using “Security Compliance Manager” to audit a Windows system

I found a few posts which suggest using Microsoft SCM (Security Compliance Manager) to audit the security of Microsoft software solutions: Windows security policy analysis tool How do I apply a ...
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How to securely encrypt data with a public-private key encryption scheme, but also allow decryption if the private key is lost?

This question is a followup question to Storing plaintext passwords for cameras - Security concerns?. In that question, I posed what I thought was a simple question, which actually turned out to ...
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Storing plaintext passwords for cameras - Security concerns?

This question has a follow-up question here: How to securely encrypt data with a public-private key encryption scheme, but also allow decryption if the private key is lost? TL;DR: Can I use ...
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Python security hardening

I’m working for a large organization which is using some Windows products that require python to work. Python is used to execute built in utility scripts and the user never recognizes that python is ...
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Firewall Benchmark, Checklist, Guideline?

I'm doing some research on checklist, benchmark, hardening guidelines. And I couldn't find specific documents for security checklist for firewall. CIS had this document, but it was only for Cisco ...
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Does malware which infects the BIOS/ Firmware always need 'root' access to do so?

There are very few hardened Operating Systems who restrict or totally disable Terminal 'root' access for the user. Would this feature prevent persistent BIOS rootkits from writing into BIOS or ...
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Read-Only Hard Drives

Has anyone come across a 2.5 SSD or HDD that has a physical read-only switch similar to this? Or an enclosure that can render a hard drive read only?
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Segregating Offline Server and Internet Connection in one pc

What I want to do: Setup a PC with two routers. One router is directly connected to the internet, the other is connected to an offline workspace server. My client will be connected to both via a ...
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Joomla Linux Permissions

I installed Joomla 3 to /var/www/html directory in Cent OS 6 server. Currently /var/www/html is owned by apache:apache. What is the recommended permissions for Joomla installation on Linux in ...
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Question regarding browser windows when integrating with 3rd party payment software

I've been told that when integrating with a 3rd party payment gateway, the other website's window should not be opened in an iFrame or a separate window - that the current application window itself ...
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Is opening a new mysql connection for each query potentially unsafe?

I am doing some unit testing and noticed that if I click (or have multiple people clicking) the same filter very very fast (very precise I know;) eventually I get a "The connection is already open." ...
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Basic Website Protection (XSS,SQL-inject,hashing)

I have a very simple app that does allow unauthenticated users to leave comments (maybe later I will incorporate a capatcha). The app then stores the comments in a mysql db. I do my best to filter out ...
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Testing Malware in one Virtual Machine which is running side by side along with other Virtual Machines

I want to harden the security of my host system and side by side running virtual machines while testing some files for malware in one of the virtual machines. Here comes a list of questions that I ...
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What's there to harden for a home Unix-box behind Comcast cable modem?

I'm learning that much of the security advice I come across under the "hardening" heading simply does not apply to a single-user home desktop box sitting in a private wireless IPv4 LAN behind a ...
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How to harden a “dedicated” Firefox?

I want to set up an instance of Firefox to be used to access a strictly limited "white list" of websites (my bank's, my credit cards', etc.). How can I harden such an instance of Firefox to reduce ...
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How to setup a dedicated home machine (Linux) for secure transactions?

I would like to set up a computer at home (preferably running Debian, or some other flavor of Linux) to be used only for secure financial transactions. The idea is that, by strictly limiting what is ...
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Heap canaries, to protect function pointers in heap objects

I'm wondering if anyone has previously proposed, evaluated, or deployed the following measure to harden systems against heap-based buffer overruns: basically, stack canaries, but applied before ...
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Web-based intrusion detection integrating visibility into web app and database

Consider the problem of hardening an existing, database-backed web application, to detect attacks and stop them where possible. It seems like one plausible approach might be to build an intrusion ...
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What is a good source for hardened base configurations

I attended B-Sides in Orlando FL where one of the speakers had mentioned a site which contains hardened configs for popular services such as apache and postfix. The author of these configs is ...
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libraries alternative to gcc stack-protector / fortity source feature on linux

is there external library/approach/whatever to add canary protection (stack-protector equivalent) extra buffer boundary check (fortity source equivalent) on a C software without using glibc / ...
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How often is ASLR randomness refreshed, in Linux?

Most Linux distributions now use ASLR for many programs, to randomize the layout of memory. How often is the randomness used for this changed? If I re-run the same program multiple times, will it ...
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Defend against Blind ROP

At IEEE Security & Privacy, the blind return-oriented programming attack (blind ROP) was just introduced. In some sense, this is just another variation on ROP attacks -- but the blind ROP attack ...
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Does Linux kernel use DEP for kernel memory?

Does the Linux kernel use DEP internally for its kernel memory? In other words, does the Linux kernel take care to ensure that, when the kernel is executing (in kernel mode), every executable ...
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System Hardening: Outsource to Security Expert or have Sys Admin do it? [closed]

Can any of you security experts help me make a decision on how to deal with staffing for an initial hardening for an Apache server running MySQL and PHP? We are working on a new site have to do ...
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Anonymizing data for applications

I try to design a system which reads events comming from devices, stores them and exposes API to various applications. Originally I wanted to introduce a module Id translator, so I would store only ...
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Mainframe security [closed]

I am new to mainframe security testing practice. So far I have read a few articles on that even security of mainframe can be compromised. I would like to know if there are any such checklists that ...
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Debian missing security features?

Debian (stable) is a well respected server Linux distro. I was surprised to see that in their hardening walkthrough (https://wiki.debian.org/HardeningWalkthrough) they do not support position ...
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Disable HNAP on D-Link router

I'm concerned that Home Network Administration Protocol (HNAP) is a serious vulnerability that exposes consumer network routers to remote management by malicious entities such as government ...