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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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How do chips with write only functionality that store keys work?

I know there are HSMs that let you enter keys but you cannot read them out. Also the secure element in Android lets you do that too. You can enter keys in them and you can perform operations using ...
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Hardware Implementation of Encryption Algorithm

In the abstract of the AES-GCM RFC, the following passage is prominently included: [AES-GCM] can be efficiently implemented in hardware for speeds of 10 gigabits per second and above... Is the ...
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Best practices for firewall hardware

I'm planning to implement a linux based firewall/router with at least 6 x 1Gb NIC's (network with ~300 computers/server with >=8 VLANs) Can anybody recommend hardware best practices (reference to ...
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Spying on insulated cables (electromagnetic/induction field)

I hope this is the right forum to ask this question. If not, please tell me where to go. From my understanding most cables have an electromagnetic field around them when data passes through them and ...
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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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Wireless Security Pen testing Setup

I had a Asus N82J laptop with a dual boot setup. I boot into Kali and Windows 7. Long story short because of my dual boot with Grub I corrupted my HDD the operating system kept moving blocks of ...
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Keyboards with built in SmartCard reader. PIN/Password to unlock not via Computer

I am looking for keyboards with a built in SmartCard reader, where the Smartcard can be unlocked directly without going via the computer. The keyboards I found so far connect the SmartCard reader via ...
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File system history on USB drives

I want to find out who deleted a specific file from a USB disk. The disk is formatted as NTFS. The file was deleted while the disk was plugged into a Windows 7 system. However, while I do have ...
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How to prepare a used computer to handle sensitive information

After buying a used computer from a stranger, what steps should be taken to ensure it is safe to use for connecting to a network that handles sensitive information? (I am defining "sensitive" broadly: ...
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Importance of password strength with secure element?

Greetings SE security community. Background: I have a number of items like certificates, databases, and encrypted file systems that require private keys. In order to avoid having duplicates of these ...
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What method of secure erase is sufficient for MacBook Pro SSD Drives? [duplicate]

I would like to securely erase the hard drive of a SSD in a MacBook Pro. The Disk Utility does not give me the option to wipe this drive even when I boot into the System Partition. (it is greyed ...
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Is Intel AESNI supported by Xen in VPS/Cloud hosting environments? [closed]

I'm having trouble determining whether when using a hosting company that uses Xen virtualization and Intel processors with AESNI embedded encryption, I would have access to AESNI (i.e., is it an ...
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Sun ILOM / Out of band management security concerns

I would like to get some outside opinion on this if possible, although I do not know what to ask. Sun ILOM is an Out-of-band management system. I understand it is a separate OS on the box that is ...
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How to minimize the risk posed by Intel AMT/ME's “ring -3 exploits”?

This question is about how to minimize the risk posed by Intel AMT/ME's ring -3 exploits? I'm looking for advice on common strategies and practices. Here is my current situation. I am parking my ...
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Are servers that do not implement time services vulnerable to clock skew attacks?

An article describes clock skew attack possibilities §§: These can be attacked by repeatedly connecting to the hidden service, causing its CPU load, hence temperature, to increase and so ...
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What does hardware full disk encryption imply?

I read the wikipedia article and few others, however I still don't have some things clear. The main question would be what does hardware full disk encryption imply for the user, however I have more ...
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PCI approved device, does it matter if my POS is PCI compliant if it just passes info to the gateway and does not store the encrypted card data?

If my Hardware device is on the PCI list from here https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/approved_companies_providers/approved_pin_transaction_security.php Does my POS need to be PCI compliant since ...
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Renting a remote server with IPMI: is one vulnerable?

It has been reported in the media and some security conscious mailing lists that some IPMI-enabled servers, implementations and brands suffer serious security issues. When you go to a dedicated ...
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Disabling built-in Wi-Fi adapter and protecting Wi-Fi's MAC address on a laptop

I have an XP laptop with Wi-Fi issues - it connects / disconnects intermittently. Anyway, I bought a USB Wi-Fi that works well. My security question are: Is there a way to completely disable the ...
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how many sha1 hashes per time on current hardware [on hold]

How many sha1 hashes per second can current hardware (say a 500$ gpu) compute, when the input is 256 byte long? (or any other length). The question behind is how long (or how costly) is it to mount a ...
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Ring Oscillator: TRNG vs PUF

Ring oscillators can be used in hardware true random number generators (TRNG), and also in physically unclonable functions (PUFs). The designs seem fairly similar: TRNG based on ring oscillators: ...
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Are there vulnerabilities in display connections? [duplicate]

I have been in the market for a DisplayPort KVM. Most of these products come from small companies I have never heard of and possibly do not trust. I understand the risk of plugging in USB to any ...
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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 ...
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Transmitting malicious code over audio speakers

In a post that reads like science-fiction, a security researcher claims that malicious code was being passed between computers. A few quotes: ... "badBIOS," as Ruiu dubbed the malware, has the ...
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Buffer Overflow on Raspberry PI

Is the ARM processor used on the Raspberry Pi vulnerable to standard buffer overflows? That is, if a program that has a BO vulnerability is run on a Pi, will it be vulnerable to exploit? How does ...
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Bypassing Trusted Computing

I have not been able to find any information about trusted computing on the Internet. I am reasonably sure that its software manifestation can be bypassed by a Linux live disk, but what about hardware ...
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What's the best, most unique (and uneditable) hardware id or key for each computer? [closed]

I'm a C# programmer and I'm looking for the best way to "know" what hardware is running my software. What is the best uneditable and unique "hardware id" in each computer?
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How to ensure a second hand computer is safe to use [duplicate]

I'm planning to buy a second hand computer (2012 Mac mini, which is no longer available in stores). Because I'm not sure if there is any malware in the computer so I will perform hard format several ...
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Is there a way to prevent software from accessing hardware IDs?

I think this is related to this question, but I would like to know if there's also a way to prevent "third party" applications from seeing hardware IDs (motherboard, hard disks, and others), or giving ...
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Disk Wiping - How can I be sure [duplicate]

I am selling some hard drives but my question is. How can I be sure that the information is gone? Is there a good way to wipe the drives? What are ways I use to attempt to recover the data to ensure ...
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Are there any Layer 2 Wifi RFC proposals that isolate each connection from each other? (like a switch)

It's my understanding that everyone on the same Wifi protocol has full access to each other host that it is connected to. Is there any Wifi technology that allows for partitioning and isolation of ...
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Encrypted flash drives

I have searched the web for information on secure encrypted USB flash drives. I have found that the most secure encryption is hardware-based like Kingstom DT4000 for example. Why is a simple USB ...
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Hardware encryption for Flash Drives

Could someone tell me the difference between Hardware encryption and Software encryption? (With regards to flash drives, if it makes any difference). From what I understand, software encryption is ...
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Xbox and Playstation copyright protection vs PC

AFAIK, both Xbox one and PS4 use x86 IC very similar to PC. The questions are: 1/ How can they keep those console systems protected from cracker and software privacy? What is the main method to ...
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Are there approaches/mechanism to detect hardware backdoors?

Background: A nice Chinese based manufacturer (AllWinner Technology Co.Ltd) produces very useful SoC used boards that often claim to be open source hardware. Question: If need be is there by way of ...
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What are the strengths and weaknesses of using a single 'burner' computer vs. many public access computers over a sustained period? [closed]

Assuming that the user is accessing/publishing related sensitive information over this period, and also assuming that they would take additional precautions in both scenarios, such as a Tails live ...
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How many kbdclasses are normal?

I use a laptop and never had used any external keyboards. Is there a keylogger hiding? What to do?
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Secure delete with urandom? [duplicate]

What recovery techniques (if any) exist that can recover data from a mechanical HDD if the user has filled the disk with a single run of dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/[disk]? Or in other words: is this ...
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How far beyond using Shred should I go when deleting files? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I reliably erase all information on a hard drive? I'm looking to securely erase my files. Is shred the best option besides ditching the hardware? To what lengths ...
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Recommendations for installing OSSIM

I'm an apprentice in web security and I was assigned with the task of researching about OSSIM. Bear with my infinite ignorance as I take my questions to the stack exchange gurus. What I know so far: ...
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Completely disabling microphone [duplicate]

Maybe not 100% on topic for this site but it seemed like a good place to ask. All laptops are now sold with webcams and microphones and I have use for neither. Taking care of the webcam is easy; ...
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TPMs available on mobile with application access [closed]

I am looking for a mobile device, preferably a smartphone or a tablet, that contains a TPM (v1.2 or 2.0) and provides application access to it through an API. Does anyone know if any such devices ...