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XCCDF check with SCE - Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11

I have written some compliance checks for Red Hat based systems with XCCDF. Some of my checks are OVAL definitions others are shell-scripts. It works great. The same checks don't work on an SLES 11 ...
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Should I use a second/dedicated IP address for SSH?

When running a public web server (e.g., with Apache), I've heard it's recommended to bind SSH to a second IP address, different from the one Apache is listening to. But for me it seems like this is ...
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samdump2 Error reading ControlSet: _RegOpenKey

I copied both SAM and SYSTEM files from my Windows7 OS, and then used this command to read the content of the SAM file samdump2 SAM SYSTEM > mdp_chiffres.txt, but i'm getting this error Error ...
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Yersinia raw packet

I'm using Yersinia to pentest my network. There are two options send raw packet and creating DHCP rogue server I don't understand fully. Can someone explain the meaning of these options?
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Linux kernel security bugs and hardening Ubuntu? [closed]

I recently read some article about the linux kernel having vulnerabilities, I can't recall exactly where. Being new to linux, do you guys have some references on how I should prevent remote access to ...
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Security implications of android rooting

I know this question has been asked many times, but I didn't see a clear answer to it from security experts, or it is from several years ago and things might have changed. My question is double: ...
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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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Online vs offline backups [closed]

Up to this point I was using physical hard drives for backups, typically using dm_crypt as mentioned here. If online storage is used instead, and the provider cannot be trusted how much should the ...
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Secure Android app development [closed]

I'm beginning with Android App development and I want to make sure that I'm taking the proper security precautions since most apps will handle sensitive data. What security precautions should be ...
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Is it safe to host passwordless web applications/software with web GUI in Virtual Machines

I have a Linux Mint Virtual Machine which I use quite a lot with my Windows host. I have lots of Software installed there (mostly with web GUI so I can access them from host easily). So I am ...
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Can a brute force attack be certainly prevented on a unix/linux shell?

I've been getting kind of curious about computer security. I know brute force has been discussed a fair bit on Stack, but I want to elaborate a bit by asking, "Is it possible to /certainly/ stop ...
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Protecting account ssh keys from root

How can users ssh private keys be protected from root stealing and attempting to brute force them? I cannot use selinux as the vendor will not support the app when it's in use? Thanks
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Hacked debian server alternative boot

The server of a customer has been hacked last night. It is a standard debian distribution with mysql, apache and ssh for remote access. The way it has been hacked is very peculiar. The standard URL ...
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Should I change the default SSH port on linux servers?

Is there any advantage in changing the SSH port, I've seen people do that, but I can't seem to find the reason why. If you have a strong password and/or a certificate, is it useful for anything? ...
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Using TPM with well-known SRK/owner passwords?

First, I will explain roughly how I plan to use the TPM: I am using something called tpm-luks which stores a key in both TPM NVRAM and adds the key to one of the LUKS keyslots. The initramfs then ...
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How Tor, Privoxy, Vidalia and Polipo are getting together?

I realized that these applications are frequently used together. What is the role of each software in the mission of anonymity and privacy on the web? While I understand Vidalia is a GUI provider, I ...
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How to view all SSH authorized_keys for a unix server

How would I view all the authorised SSH clients from a unix server? I know that cat ~/.ssh/authorized_keys shows authorised keys if logged in from root. Can other users set their own authorised keys ...
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Can I do hacking using Windows OS? [closed]

I have searched the web a numerous times but haven't found an explicit answer to my question. I've studied (at school and on my own) computer networks for 2 years, doing active programming for 4 years ...
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From xss to rce in client side [closed]

I found a desktop application in Linux w/c getsvand that displays items from site xyz. xyz is vulnerable to XSS and code injected there is also executed on client side's desktop app.similar to this ...
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Blocking all incoming traffic, will it still accept a response from a request I initiated?

I am a 'newbie' when it comes to firewalls, but I am trying to launch some machines that will connect to Facebook's Graphs API. I only want these machines to contact Facebook and nothing else. By this ...
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MitM attempt resulting in ICMP redirects

I am trying to 'man in the middle' a device on my wifi network. I have configured it to use my Linux machine (also in the wifi network) as a default gateway. On the Linux (attack) host, I switched on ...
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Home Banking, antivirus safe environments OR Linux on virtual machines?

Which is the safest way to do home banking, given that I do use Windows on a tablet, I do connect to both private and public networks and I cannot use a Linux live distro right now? I've been ...
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Is there any security risk allowing regular Linux users to run arbitrary code?

I'd like to allow untrusted users to run arbitrary Node apps. If I use iptables to block everything except trusted servers, make each user's home folder only visible to them, and use runuser to start ...
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security updates for embedded firmware Tomato (router) [closed]

I installed on my Linksys router Tomato firmware. I saw and now don't understand how security updates work. It can't be that there is no vulnerability since 2010. Tomato Firmware v1.28.1816 ...
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Is BSD more secure than GNU/Linux? [closed]

BSD controls the OS while Linux is just a kernel. BSD is less popular than Linux, but which one is better in terms of security?
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IPSEC End to End Tunnel Throughput

I have established a IPSEC tunnel ( standard configuration , with ESP) , on two Linux machines (centos6 , core i7) communicating over 1 gbps LAN , and i'am checking the communication throughput. It ...
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Securely decommissioning a dedicated server

One of my dedicated hosting CentOS servers hit 12 years. I received an end-of-life notice on it, and I started receiving SMART errors as well. I guess it's time to let it go. But before I do, I'd like ...
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Test the security of my Linux setup [closed]

I have a Ubuntu installation running in VirtualBox. I have made a few modifications to it (some kernel modules and startup scripts) that I hope would make it very secure. Is there anyway I can test ...
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How do shared hosts protect different sites?

I host all my websites from a single VPN, and am about to sell some limited space of my Linode to a friend to host their new blog. It'll simply be another entry in Apache, and then a dedicated folder ...
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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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Protect sensitive information in a password-free, shared database

I'm working on a webserver that stores resources in Redis. To make swarm-deployments as hassle-free as possible, I'm implementing an option where the server doesn't need to access the filesystem to ...
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Mitm attack problem [closed]

I have a problem with implementing this attack. I have a kali linux machine on vmware workstation. My router is - 192.168.1.1 My victim ip is - 192.168.1.254 arpspoof -i eth0 -t 192.168.1.1 ...
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Practicing with return-2-libc exploits

I am trying to reproduce a return-to-libc for a simple vulnerable program. The tutorial is taken from https://sploitfun.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/bypassing-nx-bit-using-chained-return-to-libc/ I made ...
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What is happening now with the Grub backspace key security vulnerability?

I have just read an article about a new Grub vulnerability. The article said that you can bypass the password protection by pressing backspace about twenty eight times. I am a security guy and I am ...
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mprotect at kernel level

What would happen if a kernel-level process sets some of its memory pages as PROT_NONE with mprotect and another kernel-level process tries to read one of these protected pages? What is the ...
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Limit Packets Per Second

Since last week I have been seeing something fishy and it seems to be worsening. I tried many firewalls and they seem to be useless. I blocked all unwanted ports and only few ports are open so I found ...
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Should I get an antivirus for Ubuntu?

Considering the recent thread regarding anti-virus for the Mac I wonder how many of the arguments put forth are relevant today to Linux systems, specifically Ubuntu. There are no known Ubuntu ...
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Can malicious software be installed inside Linux swap partition?

Is it possible for a virus of any kind to be installed inside Linux swap partition? If so, could it be transferred to the system even after formatting the Linux partition only and reinstalling the OS ...
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Laptops SSD: Hardware Encryption plus DM-Crypt/Luks - Security and Performance

I just bought a new Thinkpad t450s, and put a Samsung 850 pro in it. My Cpu supports AES-NI and the SSD supports hard-ware based encryption. My question is, is there any reason to do Both ...
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How to detect malicious code sending information to attacker's server in linux

Suppose you have some malicious code on your linux laptop, for example a rootkit or trojan or something like that. Now restrict your attention to the case that the malicious code does transfer some ...
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What is the most secure mobile os? Ubuntu? [closed]

What's the most secure mobile os for the average day to day user concerned with protecting online banking, personal data, photos etc? And is the new Ubuntu mobile os likely to have the same security ...
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Can you describe a real-life scenario of exploiting sticky bits?

Sticky bit are mentioned in every UNIX security book, but I couldn't find anyone that describes the exploitation of Sticky Bit set on a file. Can you?
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Are there any security benefits in deleting the private key of a https webserver after starting it?

Say you have a web server offering pages via HTTPS. After the process begins running, if you were to delete the private key, would this prevent private key recovery in case of server compromise? ...
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IPtables accepting SMTP without being configured?

While setting up the IPtables rules for a new server, I set up Postfix and send an email to try it out. To my surprise the email arrived without me declaring a rule for the port in IPtables. ...
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Is it possible become root through a broken symlink owned by root and globally writeable?

I'm looking for a vulnerability on a server. I'm looking in the /var directory and I get something like this: drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4.0K Aug 14 21:02 kerberos drwxr-xr-x 12 root root 4.0K Nov 11 ...
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Strange SECCOMP entries for sshd in audit log

I've posted this over at ServerFault but haven't received a response over there. I'm not a security professional, but I'm curious as to what kind of attack this might be and how the attackers might be ...
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How to grant permission to read a text file to a specific application run by a regular user?

A text file is situated in /opt/somefolder. It contains a pair login - password read by an application when authenticating on a server. The application is run by a regular user, so that the file can ...
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How can I use netcat like ping?

How can we use the netcat (nc) to determine whether a particular machine is running web, mail or SSH services?
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Address of environment variable different for each directory

I'm writing a return-to-libc attack for a school project. My script retrieves the system(), exit() and shell addresses as follows (it's a sh script that calls some c programs): Create the environment ...
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Impact of using a NON-SSL/TLS connection for API calls on same server

I have two domains hosted on the same server, Domain A and Domain B, both domains have different IP addresses, assuming IPs 1.1.1.1 for Domain A, and 2.2.2.2 for Domain B. Each domain has a different ...