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Slot machine segfault: what can we determine?

We walked into a casino and saw this near the entrance. I don't have a specific question, but is there anything that would be interesting to share and explain from the image?
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Relative importance of CHROOT for web servers

I have read extremely mixed opinions on the process of chrooting for a web server (non-shared environment). Some people swear by it, yet others say that it isn't as secure as everyone says. Given ...
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Effects of DDoS attacks on memory use under Linux

Can someone whose Linux system is under DDoS attacks give me exact data on the effects of the Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC), the High Orbit Ion Cannon (HOIC), Slowloris, PyLoris, Hping etc. on memory ...
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Help in understanding an application's crash - exploitable?

Being new to researching vulnerabilities in native applications (as opposed to web apps), I'm having difficulties understanding a crash in Debian's browser, Epiphany (version 2.30.6), and determining ...
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How are open-sourced operating systems and software kept secure?

I have been wondering about his for awhile. I have Linux running on a PC at home. I had a jailbroken iPhone. They both have attributes that make them very attractive, and they are also FREE! But I ...
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Securing my web-server / website [closed]

Does anyone know of a comprehensive security guide about important basics / fundamentals which should be done to secure a web-server / website? A web link would do.
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Java SecureRandom doesn't block? How?

I know from experience that reading from /dev/random blocks when the Linux kernel entropy pool runs out of entropy. Also, I've seen many articles and blog entries stating that when running on Linux, ...
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environment variable accessibility in Linux

Perhaps this is a trivial question, but how accessible are environment variables in Linux between different users? e.g. if Alice executes export FAVORITE_FOOD=`cat /home/alice/fav_food.txt` Can ...
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What would happen if one of the popular Linux repositories is hacked?

Even though most people consider downloading your Linux software from you own distribution's repositories as safe, thinking about the scenario where a repository gets hacked sounds thrilling. What ...
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nmap showing unknown IPs on private network

I had a go at scanning my home network with nmap, doing a 192.168.0.0/16 netscan. To my surprise, the results shown multiple live devices not only on 192.168.1.x (where all our known devices are) but ...
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For LUKS: The most preferable and safest cipher?

I'm about to encrypt two of my hard drives using LUKS, since I can't really do it myself I use the guide on the Arch Linux wiki (which can be found here). In an example in the guide the cipher ...
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Which Linux kernel vulnerabilities allow installing a kernel-level rootkit?

My question is related to vulnerabilities that allow installing a Linux kernel-level rootkit (for example, to modify the execution flow inside the kernel; for return-oriented attacks; or to modify ...
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Recommend Keylogger for Ubuntu?

I purchased a new laptop recently, and I'm working on hardening it. Specifically, I'm interested in increasing my chances of recovering the machine in the event that it's ever stolen. The system ...
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What shell binary should I use for the root account on a Linux system?

Is there a security advantage to using a different shell for the root account, either a hardened shell program, or simply a shell binary stored in a non-standard location?
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Apache/Linux server, DoS attack from own IP

I have an unusual problem I've been trying to diagnose for a while: It's about a Debian server running a custom compile of apache 2.2 with PHP, Red5, MySQL 5.5 (standard binary), sendmail (distro ...
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How to manually check for rootkits on a server

Does anyone have a general step by step list on how to try discover rootkits on a Linux or Solaris server? I'm looking for to to manually find the rootkit, not by automated software. For example: ...
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Best practices for physically securing a notebook

If the user knows that other people will repeatedly have physical access to her notebook - running Linux - while she is absent, and that there is no way around this, what are best practices for ...
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Is a rand from glibc's rand secure for a login key?

Same question as Is a rand from /dev/urandom secure for a login key, but with glibc's rand function instead of /dev/urandom. And what would be a sufficiently secure seed generator?
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Is CentOS a good choice from a security perspective?

How secure is the CentOS Linux distribution? I noticed there were times when there were no up-to-date patches for some version of CentOS (e.g., 5.6). I read this on some mailing list that I can't ...
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Does UNIX have a dual approval mechanism?

Sudo and logging is used to keep administrators accountable. But is there a command/configuration that lets you enforce a dual approval type control such as the the "Two Person Concept"? (eg. Two ...
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How to disable Firewire in OpenBSD/Linux to prevent attacks through Firewire?

Since Firewire lacks security, allowing a plugged-in device to access host memory, it's a good thing to fully disable it. If we're not using the BIOS to disable the Firewire port then how could we do ...
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How secure is NOPASSWD in passwordless sudo mode?

On all our boxes we have ssh access via keys. All keys are password protected. At this moment the sudo mode is not passwordless. Because the number of VMs are growing in our setup, we investigate the ...
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TCP Peer unexpectedly shrunk window messages in dmesg log

We get quite few messages like these in our dmesg log on various servers: TCP: Peer 0000:0000:0000:0000:0000:ffff:d431:5861:56369/80 unexpectedly shrunk window 2522304441:2522312601 (repaired) TCP: ...
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Securing restricted shell environments

I've read a few things to indicate that restricted shells can be broken out of if not implemented properly (even wikipedia, for instance). I'm looking for some guidance on what causes security holes ...
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What do I need to configure, to make sure my software uses /dev/urandom?

When setting up a server, what configuration changes do I need to make sure that all of the software uses /dev/urandom instead of /dev/random? Some servers don't have much entropy in the entropy pool ...
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How can I remotely wipe the contents of a Linux Laptop if its been stolen?

I am currently investigating using Linux Laptops for my development team. We currently run Windows. The one advantage that keeps coming up for Windows over Linux from a system administration / ...
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Browsing on a USB OS (Linux) safe from malware?

Let's say I have a computer. It's a personal computer - the one you'd typically find in homes. In this scenario, it's running Windows XP SP3, although it could run 7, Vista, etc. I have a USB drive ...
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Best way for a hacker to hide a file on Linux?

Suppose a hacker obtains a shell on my Linux host and wants to hide a file. What's the best way for him to do this? You may assume unprivileged or root access. My thoughts are Use a .file ...
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How to gain a shell?

I'm doing an exercise (exploit-exercises.com) that requires me to gain access to a shell running as another user. My question is this: I can create application that is guaranteed to be run by the ...
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Has Linux Mint updated the OpenSSL library for LMDE (Heartbleed bug)? [closed]

Background I am using Linux Mint for one of my servers and have been trying to find out if the Linux Mint Debian Edition(LMDE) has updated their repositories with patches for the OpenSSL bug. I ...
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Securing Debian Apache PHP Server

I have Debian Apache PHP server. I want to secure him after the classic installation process. My usual steps are : List item update all packages remove all unnecessary services like named, portmap, ...
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In Linux, when I consider trusting a new software source, what do I need to evaluate?

When I'm using the Linux software PackageKit, I get confused about what specific items of information I will need in order to decide whether to authorize software installation from a new software ...
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What output can a program, when executed from a command line, output to generate behavior that is a vulnerability on the terminal emulator?

Reading this post, titled "Fixing Unix/Linux/POSIX filenames", I came across a VERY interesting phrase by the author, which says: Oh, and don’t display filenames. Filenames could contain control ...
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Physical computer security, how to disable USB ports when the computer is 'locked'?

Lets say my PC & server is in an environment where a theoretical attacker has physical access to the machine while I'm not there. Now the data is encrypted on the hard drive with TrueCrypt. ...
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Good file encryption tools

Could you please help me find a good file encryption tool? The target OS is Linux, but tools for Windows are welcome, too. FOSS tools are preferred. The tool must be reliable both for the recovery of ...
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Would running VMs inside of VMs be a more secure way to study viruses, etc?

I was reading this post on SuperUser, and it made me wonder about security. I've read somewhere else that some viruses/malware/whatever CAN break outside of a VM... and then infect the host OS. BUT, ...
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Security of different OS

At my work we are given a computer to set up at home so if we ever feel like working from home we can do so. The thing is that whenever it comes to developing for java I always prefer using windows or ...
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Using linux to combat windows flash drive malware?

I just put an old flash drive which i used with a windows machine into my linux. I noticed many files, mostly exes which were never visible in windows (my windows does not hide hidden files and ...
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Appropriate defense for 404s in my logs - persistent web scans from one region

This seems to be a fairly easy question to figure out, but I wanted to make sure. I've got about a thousand entries on one of my web servers with phpmyadmin in the connection criterion, but as I ...
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Running proprietary software on Linux safely

As a summer project, I'm looking to prevent any piece of proprietary software like many games I run from have access to my personal files. After looking a lot at sandboxing, I've decided that anything ...
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Is privilege escalation possible when shell is under www user?

So, suppose that someone obtained a shell of a remote machine (of course via Internet). But the (linux) shell is under www user. Would there be any way of trying privilege escalation?
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Is it possible to use the aircrack-ng tool to crack a WPA2 Enterprise network?

is this tool (aircrack-ng) capable of cracking into a WPA/WPA2 Enterprise network? This tool has major success cracking the passwords of WEP/WPA networks. If it can, how, but if not, is there another ...
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Fastest way to “lockdown” CentOS and have network intrusion detection, firewall, etc up and running?

Are there any proven concepts or "installers" to get up and running based on the best practices securing and locking down a CentOS installation? I'm hoping for an automated tool that would scan the ...
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Can i compare linux user permissions without root access?

I've compromised two Linux user accounts on a RHEL machine (neither of which have root permissions) and I want to determine which account is more 'useful' to me in terms of access and privileges. Is ...
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buffer overflow attack scripts

I saw various different scripts for a buffer overflow attack. Many of the scripts include lines that look like this: char code[] = "\xdb\xd7\xd9\x74\x24\xf4\xb8\x79\xc4\x64\xb7\x33\xc9\xb1\x38" ...
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Filling the disk with random data prior to encryption?

Filling the disk with random data prior to encrypting it will supposedly make it harder for the attacker to perform any cryptanalysis. Most sources seem to state this is because it will be harder for ...
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Using TPM with DMcrypt?

Is it possible to use TPM for storage of some private key? It's not a full-disk encryption , I want it to be compatible with existing LUKS, just add another key, and store it in the TPM.
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What features do you look for in an Enterprise Log Management solution?

This question is for IT Pros, and people who manage a company's infrastructure. Developers should see this related answer for tools geared for them. What are your requirements for such a Event Log ...
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loop-aes or dm-crypt for linux hard encryption?

loop-aes and dm-crypt are both used by partman-crypto for linux hard encryption, but dm-crypt needs no patch to kernel and is more supported. dm-crypt keeps it's key on first hard block, is it a ...
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Security of the KWallet password encrypting application?

According to http://gaganpreet.in/blog/2013/07/24/kwallet-security-analysis/ , the KWallet password management system is quite weak, it uses key splitting, Blowfish 56, and no salt. The key ...