A vulnerability which is known to the designers, implementers, or operators of the system, but has not been corrected.

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Stack Overflows - Defeating Canaries, ASLR, DEP, NX

To prevent buffer overflows, there are several protections available such as using Canary values, ASLR, DEP, NX. But, where there is a will, there is a way. I am researching on the various methods an ...
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Vulnerable OS's?

Which vulnerable OS's like for example DVL would you recommend for someone to use for the purpose of pentest/exploitation learning?
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How secure are my passwords in the hands of Firefox using a Master Password?

I'm relying on Firefox to remember my passwords, using a Master Password of more than 25 characters. How secure is this set-up?
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HeartBleed - How to detect compromised websites

Is there a way to determine as an end-user which HTTPS sites use OpenSSL? Due to heartbleed it is recommended that clients change their passwords that were sent over TLS recently as private keys may ...
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Should I be disabling Java?

First it was Apple, now it's the US government... U.S. urges users to disable Java; Apple disables some remotely New malware exploiting Java 7 in Windows and Unix systems How serious is this ...
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How to keep an eye on upgrades, patches and security issues for used open-source libraries?

For a project with many open-source libraries as a part of it, I began to search for information source concerning all upgrades and security issues. The kind of sources I gathered are either ...
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Is Google Chrome a better secured browser?

I was amazed that IE 8, Safari, Firefox were hacked so fast. Is it really Chrome so good or it was not tested? Has anyone other results of independent investigations about security of web browsers? ...
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Where can I find a list of un-patched CVEs for a specific piece of software?

Is there a database of vulnerabilities somewhere, that can be queried in such a way as to return results for all non-patched vulnerabilities for a specific piece of software? For example, I would ...
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Where can I find a vulnerable operating system to practice pentests on? [duplicate]

I am looking for vulnerable operating systems that are used for practicing pentests. Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is not maintained anymore. Are there any other simillar OS´s to download somewhere that ...
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How are CVE identifiers assigned and managed?

CVE Identifiers (a.k.a. CVE IDs) are used to uniquely identifier a particular vulnerability. We've all seen them on various bulletins, and they're useful when researching an issue. But how are they ...
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Is there a guide of general/common IT vulnerabilities?

I'm looking for an updated and comprehensive guide of general/common IT vulnerabilities (general information). I do not want you to do the job for me, I just want to point me in the right direction: ...
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From a technical standpoint, how does the zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability discovered in September 2012 work?

I'm looking for an answer that explains the issue from the prespective of a developer/engineer. What is exactly being exploited and why does it work? Please note that I am not looking for ...
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Exploit-db like websites, where people can search for security bugs

If someone has to decide between 2 very similar server programs, or operating systems, then it searches on sites like: http://www.exploit-db.com/search/ so that there he could get enough ...
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which site do you use to view details of vulnerabilities?

Which site/sites do you guys use to view details of security vulnerabilities?
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What risks are inherent with connecting to an untrusted public key server?

Thomas Pornin brought up a good point about PGP key servers in an answer to a recent question, here: Shouldn't GPG key fetching use a secure connection? ...you should not trust the key ...
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Why does printf() vulnerability require 4-bytes of junk data? - “Hacking: The Art of Exploitation”

I've been reading "Hacking: The Art of Exploitation 2nd Ed." and I hit a part that's not explained clearly enough for me. In the section "Writing to an Arbitrary Address" Jon Erickson creates a ...
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Are there any known Heartbleed attacks?

Are there any known instances of malicious security breeches exploiting the Heartbleed vulnerability? Or is there at present only a known vulnerability, albeit a very serious one?
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VGA/HDMI Based Attack

Can I attack a PC via the VGA port? Is VGA one way or does it accept data from the other side? How about HDMI or DVI? And if so, are there known malware or PoCs to do that? or is it theoretically ...
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why CVSS give a score of 0.66 for a full impact on CIA?

By visiting: http://nvd.nist.gov/cvsseq2.htm I noticed that the CVSS attributes the following impact values ​​for confidentiality, integrity and availability: none : 0.0 partial impact : ...
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Why is application crash considered insecure?

If an application crashes, the program stops and there is nothing anyone can do about it, other than starting the program again. Crash is a bad behaviour in general and should be avoided, but why are ...
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IMG tag vulnerability

Is it safe to display images from arbitrary domains? I.e. let's say I have an image on my page: <img src="http://badguy.com/image.gif" /> What if image.gif will return some js attack vector, ...
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Why are vulnerabilities and lack of security possible in computers?

I have heard about computer vulnerabilities, virus, malware, etc. Why are these threats possible? Why doesn't the computer just do the things it is supposed to? Why do some people write malware, ...
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How can I mitigate the threat that DPAPick poses to my DPAPI protected data?

The Windows Data Protection API (DPAPI) is the suggested method for storing secrets on Windows systems (such as database passwords required by ASP.Net applications). DPAPick was presented at BlackHat ...
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How should one prepare himself for a job interview for penetration testing?

So, the title basically says it all. I would really like to hear out some of the more experienced friends here with their answers for this. Should it revolve around the ability to verbally explain ...
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Flaw in encryption through pseudorandom number stream (from gpg documentation)

I was reading PGP docs and came upon a part written by Phil Zimmermann (PGP's creator) that piqued my curiosity: When I was in college in the early 70s, I devised what I believed was a brilliant ...
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Recent Facebook XSS exploit details

There was a recent XSS exploit on Facebook that posted a vulgar message and got users to click on a link to spread the payload. What vulnerability was exploited, and what can other sites do to avoid a ...
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Does xkcd.com/1353 overstate heartbleed's capability?

Today's xkcd has characters discussing heartbleed: Megan: I mean, this bug isn't just broken encryption. Megan: It lets website visitors make a server dispense random memory contents. Megan: It's ...
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I work on an open source project. Is there a “standard” to reporting security vulnerabilities that we can use?

I work on an (intentionally undisclosed) open source project. To the best of my knowledge, we do not have a discoverable policy on reporting security vulnerabilities. Rails has their own policy ...
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Why does printf() vulnerability require 4-bytes of junk data? - “Hacking: The Art of Exploitation” [duplicate]

I've been reading "Hacking: The Art of Exploitation 2nd Ed." and I hit a part that's not explained clearly enough for me. In the section "Writing to an Arbitrary Address" Jon Erickson creates a ...
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Does every security patch get back ported to every .NET framework? Are there exceptions to the rule?

I can imagine a scenario where Microsoft will create a security patch for some versions of .NET and not others. This might occur in occasions it's too expensive to regression test and back port all ...
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Determining vulnerable software on client machines

I am interested in how attackers manage to identify vulnerable versions of software on client machines, behind a large network or stand alone at home. I am not interested in portscanning at all, as ...
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Vulnerable java applications

I am looking for some open source/free vulnerable JAVA based applications. It can be web application, desktop application or any other. I need them to do some experiments in my research work. They ...
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What servers or clients are immune to related-domain cookie attacks? (*.example.com)

In this question, I want to identify browsers, servers, or implementations that are immune from related domain cookie attacks (e.g. a.example.com vs b.example.com). Lacking any tangible solution, ...
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Security behind the windows 8 eye

I use the Windows 8 operating system. Whenever I navigate to the login page of Internet Explorer 10, or even the login screen of the operating system, I see an eye symbol at the end of the password ...
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How can I tell if a DNSSec zone is protected using NSEC3 (versus NSEC)

This answer describes how DNSSec might permit "Zone walking"... where a bad guy can extract all the DNS records from a DNSSec enabled zone. NSEC3 is an update that prevents this. (See bottom of this ...
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Are all URL shorteners unsecure/vulnerable?

The OWASP state that open redirect is a vulnerability: An open redirect is an application that takes a parameter and redirects a user to the parameter value without any validation. This ...
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Are there limits (or, what are the limits) to our understanding of AES's resistance to known plaintext attacks?

Let's assume the same message is encrypted many times, each time with a different IV but the same key. Do we reach a point where just knowing what that message is gives us a plausible attack by which ...