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Are there ransomware infections of Ubuntu Linux in the wild?

Due to the recent media coverage of ransomware attacks several people for whom I've provided personal computer support in the past have expressed concerned. The majority of these people are running ...
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Why does Android use SELinux?

To restrict/sandbox processes Android uses SELinux. Why was that chosen and not the linux capabilities or cgroups+namespaces solution? After all the cgroups+namespaces is kind of home grown for them ...
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What is a Truecrypt alternative with deniable encryption for linux? [closed]

Preferably an alternative that is Free Liberating Open-Source Software/ FLOSS. I would have used Truecrypt, but it has been discontinued.
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How secure is loging into internet banking via an https library?

My bank does not have an API so I want my server to log in and check incoming payments to notify me if a client has paid or not. I would like the server to log in and scrape using Beautifulsoup and ...
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PPP over SSH - is this correct?

I see a lot of talk online about whipping up a VPN connection using PPP over SSH. This term confuses me, as SSH is an app tier protocol and PPP operates on the data-link layer. So, my question is: ...
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Are there technical differences which make Linux less vulnerable to virus than Windows?

What makes Linux so different than Windows in terms of anti-virus needs? My question is not if I should get an anti-virus for my Linux. I perfectly understand why an AV is important. I would like ...
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Unauthorized file writes on Linux

Suppose my web browser or any other web-connected app has a minor security hole that won't allow an attacker to run code but will allow them to write a piece of text into a text file I own. On a ...
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Is XSP suitable for Internet facing, production hosts? (either self hosted, as an Apache plugin, or FastCGI)

XSP is portable version of ASP.NET that allows for operation on OSX, Linux, and Windows. It's an alternative to IIS, and hosts its own web server, or can plug into existing web servers such as ...
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VirtualBox: Ubuntu With or Without Virtual Hard Drive

I've been working on a setup using VirtualBox that uses the Whonix Gateway as a Tor middlebox and I am planning on using Ubuntu for the workstation. I don't plan on storing any information on the ...
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Diffie Hellman parameters still calculating after 24 hours

I have a fresh install of Arch Linux on a RaspberryPi model B. I'm setting up OpenVPN and using easy-rsa with OpenSSL 1.0.2d to generate initial keys and certificates. All went fine until I ran ...
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Do these regex show that I was hacked?

What do these regex commands mean? I found them when I ran the history command: grep --include=\*.php -rnw . -e "update.creditcard" grep --include=\*.php -rnw . -e "e41e" grep --include=\*.php -rnw . ...
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Can high network usage be detected and prevented in Tor? [closed]

I've already asked this question here but as of yet it has no views/answers. I was wondering if there is any way for Tor to detect high network usage in the context of transferring large files using ...
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Is installing Debian package safe?

If I understand correctly, the maintainer scripts in Debian packages are executed with root privileges. I assume that this means that, contrary to my expectation, installing a malicious package can ...
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Decryption using GRUB and TPM

I'm trying to plan security routine for my new Linux install and few questions came up during searching for solution which meet my needs. Is it possible to use private key from TPM in GRUB to ...
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Is it possible to prevent a file type from being determined in a Linux system?

I have several files on my Ubuntu system, which are LUKS encrypted partitions. For my own shame up to this day I thought that simply changing binary file's extension will be enough to hide what a file ...
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Protecting Uploaded Confidential Files [closed]

We have a web application in Linux (App A) using PHP and Zend and another in Windows using Asp.net C# (App B). They both access the same database. App B is for internal use only while App A can be ...
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Securely hide a directory from the OS using java?

I have a project to do for my master's degree and I need to do a Java app which loads a file (read some attributes and copy the file to a working directory), basically any file, and make the working ...
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Detect SSH InBound / Oubound Connections

I'm noodling with the idea of managing SSH connections on Linux server using a program (not sure what it will be written in yet) that monitors inbound and outbound connections. Is there a way to ...
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Is it possible to use obtained wildcard certificate on more than one server?

We are using two Debian servers in our company (with apache 2 as httpd) and our services are split between those two of them. One server has the website, the other has some minor sites under ...
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Kali Linux Veil-Evasion install problem [closed]

I can't install Veil-Evasion. I have this error: Installing (Wine) i386 Binaries Reading package lists... Building dependency tree... Reading state information... Package wine-bin:i386 is ...
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ISO27001 and Linux/Ubuntu

My company has an ISO 27001 certification. They provided me a new laptop with Windows 8 OS in it. I asked if I can have a Linux/Ubuntu OS installed, they said that it is not possible due to the ISO ...
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Why use oddly compiled ELF files for Linux malware?

I ran file on some Linux malware ELF files that I've acquired over the last couple of years. I noticed some oddities: ELF 32-bit LSB executable, Intel 80386, version 1 (SYSV), statically linked, for ...
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Is writing to /dev/null secure?

I am working on a web-service based crypto project in JAVA. The basic idea is for the client to send a SOAP request to a servlet to encrypt data. For data transmission I am using MIME/data-handlers ...
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Anti-live forensic programs

Against dead forensics acquisition we can use disk encryption (we can use TrueCrypt for example). I was wondering do software exists against live forensic ? Can you give me a list for windows and ...
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Volatility Framework 2.4 - No suitable address space mapping found [closed]

I made some dumps with different formats (.DMP and some file made by LiveKD utility) in Windows 8.1 x64 OS. The first one is a explorer.exe dump file which was created by TaskManager->Create Dump File ...
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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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Dump linux password in clear text

Is it possible to dump a Linux password in clear text format? In Windows it is possible to do so using "Windows Credential Editor".
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RDRAND in Intel Celeron CPUs under Linux

Is there any reason to believe that the hardware RNG in an Intel Celeron CPU is more unreliable than in other CPUs? Can someone confirm that what Linus Torvalds says is true, namely that Linux does ...
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How 'private' is my setup?

I'm currently running QubesOS (so essentially a virtualized Fedora operating system), which I use to access an offshore VPS through I2P (using garliccat). I then route all my traffic through the VPS ...
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How to overwrite ebp on stack alignment?

I want to exploit a simple program #include <stdio.h> #include <string.h> int main(int argc, char** argv) { char buf[128]; strcpy(buf, argv[1]); return 0; } The disassembly ...
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At OpenSSH ssh server side key files has 0 data. I would like to know the reason for it

I am using the Monta Vista Linux. In this recently i have observed the ssh keys files has 0 data due to which the keys were not generating and i am not able to login to machine via ssh because of key ...
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Desktop Flickers Past Lock Screen

I'm using Fedora 22 with Gnome 3. I have a password set for my user account, so when my laptop awakens from sleep, I am presented with the lock screen and must enter my password before getting to my ...
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Does the new Fedora package manager allow unauthorized installations?

I just upgraded to Fedora 22. The biggest change from the previous version is that the yum package manager is now replaced with dnf. One change I've noticed is that if you try to execute a command ...
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Are there any dangers in sharing ifconfig information publicly?

If I were to share my ifconfig information from Linux publicly, is there any possible danger associated with this action?
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How to use wordlist [closed]

I have downloaded a wordlist from https://crackstation.net/buy-crackstation-wordlist-password-cracking-dictionary.htm The size of the wordlist is 4.2 GiB (compressed) or 15 GiB (uncompressed) The ...
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How secure is it to keep the salt with the password hash? [duplicate]

In Linux we have the salt just next to the password hash in the /etc/shadows file. I always hear that salt value prevents hashed passwords from being cracked by brute force methods. But if somehow we ...
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Video site requests Adblocker to be shut off, next day I have 3 “weird” bookmarks

I was on a site trying to view a video and the site requested that I turn off my adblocker to view the video. So I did and then the next day I noticed that I had 3 "weird" bookmarks in my bookmark ...
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How to make data in hard disk unrecoverable on linux [duplicate]

I need to wipe completely the data on my hard disk so it's unrecoverable. I'm actually using Linux, i have seen this command on the web, but I don't know if its secure. shred -zvn 35 /dev/sdb
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When can the exploit for CVE: 2006-7098 be used?

I'm studying the vulnerabilities of an old version of Apache, the 1.3.34. And I don't quite understand in what exact situation the CVE 2006-7098 vulnerability can be exploited. The README included in ...
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Can BTRFS provide authentication on an encrypted disk?

One of the problems of disk encryption is providing authentication. An attacker with access to the ciphertext can modify the ciphertext at will without consequence. Given, this isn't a likely attack, ...
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TPM Command Line Tools

I am trying to create a key storage hierarchy on TPM (Trusted Platform Module) on Linux (CentOS 6.4). The most commonly recommended TPM tool suite on Linux is TrouSerS. However, the command line suite ...
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PCI-DSS, what is the best distro? [closed]

What is the best distro of Linux to get PCI-DSS compliant? I am using Debian 8 because I think Debian is one of the most stable versions, but it seems not to be enough, I am struggling with a lot of ...
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Why is plain dm-crypt only recommended for experts?

I am curious about the following claim from the Cryptsetup FAQ: 2.4 What is the difference between "plain" and LUKS format? First, unless you happen to understand the cryptographic background ...
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Can I VPN a phone's connection to my home network, and then apply my home firewall to my phones network connections?

I have a decent firewall/router at home, and I was wondering whether it would be possible to use my home firewall for the connections that my phone makes, even when I'm not at home. It would mean ...
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How to use Aircrack-ng when knowing part of the password?

Let's say I know the password starts with "1234" and after that there is a commonly used password. I would like to use the word list I have for the second part of the password, but to include somehow ...
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Which software RNG for linux?

A headless server can suffer from a lack of entropy, which is a problem given that encryption needs random numbers. In the absence of a hardware random number generator (RNG) the numbers must be ...
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SSH: Security of Pubkey Authentication vs Password

Why is Pubkey Authentication considered more secure than a password, and does this apply to my situation (described in more detail below)? I'm a scientist (no formal IT training), but I built and ...
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Is a newly installed server with no services running (but connected to the web) at risk?

A new server has just been installed but literally has nothing else running on it, no services setup to SSH in or anything yet (it's a Linux server). However, it is hooked up to the web so I can ...
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Server full disk encryption protection from malware

A group of LINUX servers is using dm-crypt to encrypt data. The servers do not store data long-term but are only temporary stopping points for data before it is sent to other systems. The time the ...
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chroot ssh users [closed]

I am using CentOS 7. I need to give shell access to ssh users but restrict them in a jail. I have used jailkit to set up the jail. I have copied all necessary libraries, binaries that are needed for ...