The physical components of an IT system.

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OPAL Hardware Encryption [closed]

I recently bought a laptop which has OPAL compliant Self encrypting hard drive. I wanted to know how I could use/check the status of the Hardware Encryption features of an OPAL drive (windows, linux ...
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Is it ok to cut some digits from the front-face of a credit/debit card?

I'm a European expat living in Asia. I usually hide my credit card at my apartment. However, I'm a bit scared about losing it when I carry it (wallet robbed or lost). That's why I already scrubbed ...
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Malware via power outlet

This is perhaps a very dumb question, but as I have no knowledge nor experience of IT security I have no option but to ask here. Is it possible to get malware onto your computer or smartphone by ...
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Could “system volume information” and $RmMetadata pose information leakage on a nuked HDD?

I recently nuked my HDD(s) via a Windows program (Disk Wipe to be precise: http://www.diskwipe.org/), now everything is fine when I try to retrieve the information on that disk by any program I can ...
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Can malware physically damage a hard drive?

I recently responded to an incident of supposed malware infection. The symptoms were simply, "My computer freezes at random times." The response ended with replacement of the physical hard drive and ...
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How do hard-wired backdoors work?

How can a vulnerability be hardwired? Just read this article, which got me thinking. Is there simply vulnerable software running on a piece of hardware that is read/write only or..?
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Hardware token to authenticate web application

My company is developing a web application, and I was asked to research how to do hardware-based token authentication to login into our web application. Let me repeat: basically there will be a web ...
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Is this a security risk for us to lost TPM or others to access to reset BIOS ?

In the previous post Physically secure the system case it is recommended to physically protect the system. But in case stolen laptops where intruder have physical access to TPMs. What are the security ...
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EMV Security? How is it possible that it's secure?

I recently read some articles on EMV and the various ways in which it has been improved over the years. I then read this which shows that it has been possible for some time to exploit EMV via a man ...
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Is hardware based disk encryption more secure that software based?

As a spin-off of my question on "Advice on buying an encrypted disk" -- and in an effort to address the question "how is hardware based disk encryption better?" -- I've started a new question. My ...
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Does a flatbed scanner remember any of its previous scans?

I'm about to get rid of an older scanner and I want to make sure that no one is able to acquire any sensitive information that was scanned previously with the machine. I assume it does have some kind ...
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Possible to use a YubiKey in HSM mode to secure a Windows CA infrastructure?

I'm looking for a low-cost Hardware Security module, and discovered that YubiKey has a HSM mode. I'm not entirely clear if this HSM mode is what I'm thinking, but I'd like to use it as the offline ...
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Equipment required for sniffing data / address buses via EM emission

What kind of equipment would be required to sniff data from the electromagnetic emissions of data / address buses on an average motherboard? I'd imagine a sensitive hall probe, a faraday cage and ...
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Are there implementations of password hashing algorithms for major frameworks that utilizes specialized hardware like GPUs/FPGAs?

It is common knowledge that password cracking attempts can greatly benefit from specialized hardware such as large clusters of GPUs or FPGAs. Are there any implementations of the commonly recommended ...
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Electromagnetic induction attacks - reverse TEMPEST?

I know that electromagnetic emissions from a device can be used to extract information from a system, e.g. TEMPEST or Van Eck phreaking. I also know it's possible to induce a signal into a ...
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What are the pros and cons of using yubikey with ssd hardware encryption?

I'm considering trying out yubikey and I've recently discovered that the (crucial m500) SSD I recently bought supports hardware encryption. I think it should be possible to use a yubikey to provide ...
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Trial version security

I am developing stand-alone software in BDS 2006. I want to provide a trial version for 6 months -- the user can use it for just 6 months, but no more on a particular system. I have handled most ...
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good product to physical lock down a mac mini server?

Since the recent theft of a mac mini and macbook pro Im looking into products to lock down the mac mini server 2011 model. There are many cable solutions out there like kensington but the mac mini has ...
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PGP key on smart card: why do I need a “secret key” on disk?

I have a YubiKey NEO on which I have the OpenPGP applet and I have a PGP key installed. I work on 3 different computers and I initialized the card on computer bob. I'm now at computer rob. Someone ...
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Disable USB keyboard pluggability on MacBook

I'm concerned about USB devices being physically attached to my MacBook laptop when I am about to unlock my computer or while my computer is unlocked. My threat model involves an attacker who is ...
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software can be audited, is there an equivalent for hardware?

In software, code auditing can be used as a means to gain trust into a software. Of course closed, proprietary software would complicate this, and require to do reverse engineering. Anyway there seems ...
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Literature about IT security from a hardware standpoint

Can you point me to any book, blog, paper, anything about IT security on the lowest possible level (hardware)? I'm primary interested in the motherboard, CPU & GPU, however, if you know any good ...
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Are scanners secure?

I have a dead tree document. In order to reduce the risk of being compromised, I would like to digitize and encrypt the document, and then destroy the physical copy. Let's assume my computer itself ...
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Are auto-mounting hard drives a security issue?

Why are hard drives mounted by default in Windows OS, while they aren't in Linux OS? Is that a security issue? If your computer was hacked, can unmounted drives be considered clean?
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Long term HDD storage solution

I have some HDDs which are encrypted to what I think is a decent standard. I want to lock these away in a remote storage facility, but am a little worried about EMP/Magnetic stuff from wiping the ...
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Is any company or group working on secure hardware architectures? [closed]

My impression is that mature Unix-like operating systems are less vulnerable to trojans that might be present, mainly because of well-debugged kernel code, including correct use of hardware memory ...
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Does microwaving a hard drive erase it?

Kind of a silly question, but I'm genuinely curious: (in part because I recently saw several questions that refer to "nuking" a hard drive...) what would a microwave DO to an HDD? Would it erase data ...
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How is it on some removable media, when enabling/disabling password protection the changes happen immediately?

For example I have a WD Passport external hard drive. After installing WD security I can enable and disable password protection, however the settings basically get applied instantaneously. Does this ...
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Is bugged CPU mean “gameover” for whole Computer? [closed]

I'm looking for answer on such question. Imagine that CPU bugged on the factory simply like Blue Pill, but for the network's interconnections. How exactly firewall of OS could protect station ...
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What kind of hashing is generally used in log-in modules?

Do operating systems hash the log-in password? What hash function is used in Windows XP, 7, 8,Linux Ubuntu, Debian, MAC Lion OS X ,...? Where should I look to know these security considerations of an ...
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Hardware trojan besides network card?

We all can read news about "Hardware trojans" (it has grown in the recent few years..). But my question is: Besides the network card, could there be any HW trojan that can cause any real damage? ...
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Secure one way radio communication

I was thinking about the feasibility of one way remote control using radio signals. The sending hardware would be bound to a computer and therefore have enough computing power, while the reciever ...
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Are Yubi Keys secure “out of the box” when purchased for use with Yubi Cloud?

The YubiKey personalization tool allows someone to configure a YubiKey for HOTP, challenge response, and a variety of other authentication formats. YubiKey offers a number of personalization tools ...
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Checklist for securing MacOSX

Is there a checklist for securing MacOSX machines?
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Tamper proof hardware - not resistant

Can you make a TPM (or any piece of hardware) Completely tamper-proof? The “regular” tamper resistant hardware has various physical attacks http://www.milinda-perera.com/pdf/EKKLP12a.pdf I have been ...
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Are there GPS tracker for laptops?

Are there location tracker hardware (GPS receiver) which can be fitted inside of a laptop and it sends live location data to a remote location ? If yes, how to detect such trackers ?
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What devices/types of devices typically have unique associated ID numbers?

Background (not necessary to read; just what makes me ask): Say someone's computer has either been hacked, or is running software run by $LARGE_EVIL_CORPORATION, and the hacker/$L wants to collect as ...
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What use does a BIOS/EFI password have?

I have become quite a password-obsessed individual. I password-protect my HDDs, my files, and now even the BIOS/EFI on the various systems I own. But I have discovered that if you forget your BIOS ...
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Intel SGX and MSRs - what do developers need to know?

Intel SGX is an intriguing new technology that will ship as part of upcoming Intel processors. It is designed to enable running software in a secure enclave. Code running in the enclave will be ...
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Old hardware for encryption and backdoor free

I've read and seen articles on backdoors in the processors or at least the idea of that would render software based encryption worthless. I do know that routers and lots of the newer devices all have ...
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How does YubiKey protects it's secret key?

From what I understand, a YubiKey stores a secret key which can be used to generate passwords to enter a server. How does a YubiKey protect it's secret key? If it is plugged into an infected ...
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TrueCrypt External Multimedia Hard Drive

I have an external multimedia hard drive (1.36TB). I made 4 partitions of 350GB each. Then I shredded the free disc space of all the partitions. Now I want to put Truecrypt on the disk. I can't ...
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Is malware or screen capture possible with iMac as external display?

If using a foreign iMac as an external display (through the Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt, or Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable, and Command+F2 on the iMac, as per iMac Target Display Mode FAQ), ...
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How are Intel/Amd Microcode Issues Delivered? Is it possible to block them?

After reading this article, I am really curious as to how, exactly processor microcode updates from Intel or AMD are issued. In what way is the data transmitted? Is it possibly to 'firewall' these ...
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Performing an airport scan on my Mac for available WiFi networks pulls up multiple SSID with different mac address. What's going on?

I performed the following command to search for available WiFi networks in my apartment complex: /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Apple80211.framework/Versions/A/Resources/airport scan | grep OBC I ...
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Are there commercially available hardware encryption devices over USB? [closed]

I'm designing a system where some combination of hardware and software (lets call it an appliance...) sends asynchronous secure archival to the cloud. By secure, I mean, AES-256 encrypted, with AES ...
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Can linux (be made to) detect foreign connections to the ram bus?

I've been made aware on many answers and some comments that an attacker can read memory while a system is still running by attaching some sort of connection directly to the ram bus. Can linux ...
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How can this web page access the USB? [closed]

A friend bought a "smart" headset (working with voice commands). I had to install a software on Windows to be able to configure this headset. After downloading the software from the page, this page ...
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Are there sensors/devices to be used for reading magnetic bits of hard disk

I would like to ask about the availability of any sensor or device that can be used to read magnetic bits inside hard disks? I tried to google that but I did not see any useful thing till now. I think ...
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How do I properly bury a hard disk drive to keep it healthy?

As a way of backing up big amounts of data (about 1-2 TB) I thought it's good idea to bury a hard disk drive (in a damage-preventing shell) to be able to dig it later and read all the data from it if ...