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Where can I view IO device history in Windows (8/7)? [migrated]

Essentially I need to view the IO devices that have been connected/disconnected in the past, and when they'd been connected. If such logs don't exist, how can I record them? I was able to find ...
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Is there a backdoor in the hardware of our smartphones?

I don't know for you but I always felt like Android especially is not safe. Is somebody - the government or other - able to listen to my microphone, or access my hard drive remotely ? I'm wondering ...
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Topics to start an interest group at our company [on hold]

Good afternoon everyone, I'm looking to start a Communities of Practice at my job. Our company is largely involved in application development for our customers but we also want to get into, what my ...
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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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Can one trace downloads in storage unit? [on hold]

Does My Passport WD keep a history of downloads, transfers etc? In other words can user A detect user B's activity? Or can it just see the content of the storage unit?
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Aviation security - Lessons to learn from PlaneSploit

A somewhat related question has already been asked (What would one need to do in order to hijack a satellite?), only at a more abstract level. Now we have a presentation by Hugo Teso from n.runs AG ...
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How secure is WD MyPassport lock

I have a WD My Passport hard drive. There is an option that allows you to lock your hard drive with a password. How secure is this lock? They don't give details about the encryption algorith or the ...
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HSM maintenance

I have a HSM that is an asset within a information security management system and the help desk team tells me that the device is displaying a critical failure alert. So my questions are: Must I ...
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What comprises the AIS-31 standard for TRNGs?

I'm researching how my smart card's chipset generates random numbers. According to a source in forums the YubiKey NEO is based on the A700x chipset from NXP. The page for the chipset indicates that ...
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Is it possible the person sitting across from me at Starbucks was trying to hack my laptop?

I was using my laptop at a Starbucks on a table, and a person was using a laptop on the same table across from me, a couple seats to my side. He flicked some plastic thing across the table towards my ...
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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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What are the differences between TPM and HSM?

TPM (Trusted Platform Module) and HSM (Hardware Security Module) are considered as cryptoprocessor, but what are the differences exactly? Does one of them have more advantages than another?
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Is there any protection against malicious devices on a CAN bus?

CAN (controller area network) is a bus used in all modern cars. You can read a lot of the cars information over this bus and I think (but I'm not too sure about this) that some critical control ...
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How to make sure that the cryptographic hardware accelerator is being used in am335x?

I want use the AES hardware accelerator in am335x. I was able to generate the cryptodev.ko and cryptosoft.ko. From my application program I am making use of openssl apis in CBC mode. I wanted to ...
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Is it possible to turn a computer into a bomb?

I know this newspaper article sounds absurd. Even if a machine is compromised we (should) have hardware safe guards in all our devices to prevent the software from damaging the hardware. But is it ...
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Recover the prior contents of RAM from a turned-off PC?

I've heard that if your PC is turned off, then an attacker can recover the RAM from the last session. I find this hard to believe. How could it be done?
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how many sha1 hashes per time on current hardware [closed]

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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Anonymity of sneakernet: identifiable information on removable storage

Alice, an anonymous informant, would like to transmit digital documents to Bob while maintaining her anonymity. For whatever reason, she chooses to copy the documents to some kind of physical ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Realistic: Exploiting a computer on BIOS/ hardware level in less than an hour? (Infinite preparation time)

I wonder how hard it it to infect a laptop or netbook in 60 minutes or less in a way the victim cannot easily clean their machine by wiping hard disk drives. Let's assume the following: The ...
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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 reliable is a write protection switch on a USB flash drive?

I'm currently using a USB flash drive with a live distribution. At times I would plug it into terminals I cannot trust. My threat model here is solely the risk of unauthorized modifications to the ...
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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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Tool or Process to check for AES-NI support on processor?

In another question, Thomas' answer mentioned the AES-NI instruction set, which piqued my curiosity. Is there a tool or process available out there to check whether the instruction set is available ...
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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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Sourcing hardware that is least likely to contain backdoors

I understand that CPU silicon (for example) is scrutinized for backdoors but there are other aspects of a computer system that may "leak data" to the outside world unbeknownst to the owner regardless ...
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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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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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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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How to trust ICs?

While it is theoretically possible to thoroughly examine the source code of Open Source Software to check for backdoors (neglecting a Ken Thompson hack), and given sufficiently adequate knowledge in ...
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Free/Libre software to handle TCG OPAL 2.0-compliant Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs)?

I'm in search of a free/libre software that is able to handle OPAL (2.0)-compliant SEDs (i.e. manage the setting of Pre-Boot Authentification (PBA) environment, encryption keys...). It could be a ...
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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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Keyboards using 2.4GHz with AES

I got a Microsoft Sculpt keyboard, as it seems to be a small improvement over the much loved Ergo 4000. (What I'd give to have an Ergo 4000 with CheryMX Blues...) On various sites, they have this one ...
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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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Can a hard drive be destroyed by drowning?

These are some ways of disposing of hard drives: Special firms, degaussing, hammering, pulling apart. Can this be accomplished more quickly by drowning it? Fill a bucket with water, maybe add some ...
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What can be done to bridge the Air Gap, except autorun?

What can be done to bridge the Air Gap, except autorun? Is there any hardware butterflies that can attack physically isolated Unix/Linux machine in common usb drives, like VSC (Vendor Specific ...
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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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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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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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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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Hardware-based full disk encryption without pre-boot authentication [closed]

I am looking for a possibility to sanitize large amounts of data on regular hard-drives and SSDs. Instead of overwriting the data several times (on regular hard-drives, which could take days and ...
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Possible to prevent Juice Jacking by only connecting USB pins 1 & 4?

According to this accepted answer, there is no phone on the market today that is immune from "Juice Jacking"*. I think an easy way to mitigate this threat is to have a filter that blocks USB pins 2 ...