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Upload a file into directory with public write access

I know it is not right to set a permission for the folder as 777, but if it is done so will it be possible to upload a file into that directory without ftp access ? Here is what I mean Lets say the ...
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Key generation: Differences between GnuPG classic, stable, modern?

I plan to create a 4096 bit RSA&RSA key pair: gpg --gen-key --personal-digest-preferences SHA512 --cert-digest-algo SHA512 Is there any difference in generated key quality between versions 1.4 (...
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Is there any security risk with adding a **root's** public key to the local user's authorized_keys (so root to login as a user non-interactively?)

Background: I want to try unprivileged lxc containers a try on my small web server (hosting 2-4 users). Since the server is shared among friends, we decided to separate our services from the machine ...
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Firewall egress filtering / quick whitelisting

Suppose your Aunt or Uncle is easily fooled by phishing attempts and their computer has multiple root kits and key loggers running. Assume their computing habits will never change. Looking at his ...
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Running tails on a corporate computer

Is it safe to run TAILS on a corporate computer? I mean a corporate computer that has hardware cryptography and probably some backdoors; and, by safe, I mean that nobody will be able to recover what ...
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SELinux ignoring /etc/sysconfig/selinux directive

I'm running SELinux on CentOS 6.5. In /etc/sysconfig/selinux I have set SELINUX=permissive. But everytime the system starts, sudo getenforce shows SELinux as Enforcing. What could be causing it to go ...
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How to securely install software on Ubuntu?

How to install a software like Sublime Text on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and mitigate against a MITM attack? There is a PPA available, but the PPA must be added manually. I don't see any PGP keys or MD5 ...
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List all files with only arbitrary file path read, but no directory listing nor sudo

I have found a path traversal vulnerability that allows me to read any path on the server that does not require sudo. To fully exploit this, I would like to know which files exist in each directory ...
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ARP - forwarding or dropping with IPtables

I've been trying to ARP poison my home computer and router (intended to learn and discover the networks behavior). And with success. The whole time I've been using: with open('/proc/sys/net/ipv4/...
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Secure password transfer from stdout to another window

I am currently trying to build a little, secure password manager. As of now, I've implemented the encryption. Each website has its own file and each file has a number of fields (Most commonly username ...
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LUKS nuke efficiency

I am wondering about LUKS nuke patch efficiency. In fact, I think I don't really understand it. From what I know of LUKS, a passphrase is used to encrypt a random key (the master key), which is used ...
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Tails OS for Android and PC?

Can I use Tails OS on a USB-stick on both an Android tablet and a PC, or do I have to have two different versions? Would I have to go into the BIOS to make this work?
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Copy Metasploit from Linux to Mac OSX? [closed]

I'm just wondering is there anyway to move Metasploit framework from Linux to Mac completely and It will be work ? and if yes , how ?
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Is Linux's 'W' command a security breach?

I was surprised that the out of the box 'W' command on Linux provides so much information without needing any SUDO or admin permissions. In particular, the command shows the command line of each user'...
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Ubuntu/Debian Is it okay to use a sudouser account as my primary on a workstation?

This question comes to you from the the common WindowsNT advice that "I", as the computer administrator, should login with a normal unprivileged user account for day to day use. Does this concept have ...
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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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Can a virtual machine be used instead of the host?

I was thinking of using a Debian guest as my main 'host' instead of my actual host (Ubuntu). Do you think this will have any advantages in terms of making it difficult for digital forensics to ...
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Security measures and anti-virus on server to mitigate acting as a propagation vector

We have a web application for which I've been asked to add the ability to let users upload documents that will then be visible and downloadable by other users. Those documents will typically be images ...
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Linux-based Turla trojan

There are several articles describing the newly discovered Linux-based Turla trojan. But basically, all these articles repeat the same, very limited, information. Can anybody provide more details, ...
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Linux /etc/shadow password change security

I wonder what happens what happens when I am changing my password on a Linux system. Basically all passwords are stored in a file called /etc/shadow or /etc/master.passwd in BSD-like systems as I do ...
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Safe to use setuid with absolutely no input?

I have a shell script which syncs some files from a remote source and I have a pretty typical HTTP server set-up. There is a user who owns the files served by the HTTP server and a user which runs the ...
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Cannot get simple shellcode runner to work [closed]

I'm just trying to execute shellcode directly from the command line. I send a simple 0x90 NOP and get a segmentation fault? root@server:~# gcc shellcode.c -o shellrun -fno-stack-protector -z ...
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Hacked Ubuntu server, probably hacked commands (netstat, ps, …), how to replace them? [duplicate]

An Ubuntu server of my company has been hacked to carry out a DoS attack. I found the shellshock bug had not been fixed by my colleagues, and I think it's the problem. Then, I found an ELF file that ...
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Moving /boot to USB and Preventing booting from other USB devices (Allow boot from only one USB)

I'm going to move my /boot/ folder to a USB to as a security measure to protect against Full Disk Encryption exploits. My question is, is it possible to only allow boot from USB from a single USB ...
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How to add basicConstraints extention to a self signed certificate

Using openssl to create a self signed certificate. The certificate needs to have the Basic Constraints value defined and showing in the cert but I can't seem to be finding the right location to modify ...
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Are paravirtualized drivers a security risk?

Below is a copy of my answer that I gave in some other thread (Would running VMs inside of VMs be a more secure way to study viruses, etc?) about a topic of security of nested virtualization. I would ...
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Exploit failed [unreachable]: Rex::ConnectionTimeout The connection timed out(remote host ip)

I keep getting this when I start to exploit, trying to exploit my xp machine but this keeps happening, I can not find the fix anywhere, I don't believe I am the only one getting this.. I am a ...
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how to gain root access to linux machine? [closed]

I am a security auditor and I have faced the following situation: A development company that has a group of Linux machines gives limited access to their users. They asked me to find out all the ...
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Removing a Redirect Virus from Fedora Linux

Despite several attempts listed below certain websites are getting redirected to a certain ad website automatically, out of the blue on linux. When some website starts redirecting to this ad website ...
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Security implication of non-free drivers

I was wondering what the security implications are of using non-free drivers on a linux laptop. Especially for graphics and wifi.
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Is openVZ patched against all exploits for its current kernel version?

I am looking for a container vitalization software that will allow me to create containers that will house specific software/jobs/tasks which I can start stop at will (and bind to interface aliases). ...
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Is there an AES 256 LUKS encryption option in Fedora? [closed]

I have certain information on my drive that I don't want anyone (not even me ;) ) to gain access to. I read recently that Fedora only offers EAS 256 LUKS encryption. This just isn't secure enough ...
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Are default ACL in Linux a security flaw?

I'm currently learning the Linux system and I have a question about the default Linux ACL. On my virtual machine, all files created are set with the default permissions as follows: -rw- rw- r-- ...
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Notifications (RSS or mailing list) of CVE with high scores for Windows and Red Hat? [closed]

I'm looking for a RSS feed or a mailing list that would allow me to be alerted of new CVEs impacting Windows or Red Hat that have a very high score, such as the recent ones for Shellshock and Winshock ...
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iptables intercept received packet with proxy and then forward to destination

Lets say I receive internet through my eth1 port and share it via hotspot to other devices (wlan0 port) [internet]----(eth1)[my computer](wlan0 hotspot) | ...
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Do you really have to go to the extremes this guide says? [duplicate]

http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-stay-anonymous-with-tor-1498876762 Alright, so here's a lifehacker guide on how to remain anonymous. Do you really have to go to this high level of extreme to remain ...
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Downloading operating systems vulnerable to TCP amplification

I am doing a security research project on TCP amplification, and was looking to download vulnerable OS's for testing. From what I have researched mostly ancient linux kernels (2.0.x and below) and ...
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How does SELinux affect the Linux Kernel networking stack?

I'm interested in how SELinux effects the processing of packets through the networking stack. I've found the following questions and answers: Network policies under AppArmor/SELinux Filtering ...
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What are the risks of making ether-wake available to all users?

The Linux ether-wake utility, which creates a magic packet to wake on lan another machine, requires root access: $ether-wake 12:34:56:78:9A:BC ether-wake: This program must be run as root. To give ...
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Can this be a DoS Attack?

When I'm checking my log, I found like 15k events of " PAM service(sshd) ignoring max retries; 6 > 3 " I know this might be normal, and considered as Brute-Force attack, but can it be classified as ...
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Will setting a password for a linux login increase security?

I created a user that I use to login with using an SSL Key. I have not set a password. To be clear it is not an empty password, but an unset one. The /etc/shawdow has a single exclamation point ...
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Writing errors to Apache's log file from PHP - are there any pitfalls?

I'm updating an application to write slightly more verbose errors to the system log file (in this case, /var/log/apache2/mysite_error_log). I hope that I'm not asking the proverbial stupid question -...
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Domain socket authentication as in MySQL and PostgreSQL secure?

Are authentication mechanisms based on UNIX domain sockets (Linux) secure? And more specifically, are the respective MySQL and PostgreSQL implementations on Linux secure? The background for my ...
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Backdooring vulnerable lighttpd installed on wireless AP [closed]

I have an AP at home and I'm trying to secure it as much as I can. I found an bug by accident. My AP has 3 ports opened: 22/ssh 53/dns 8081/blackice - icecap What I found is that my port 8081 ...
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Specific Dangers in Joining a Linux Botnet?

Between the PHP-as-cgi-bin problem, and shellshock, I've seen 4 or 5 different Perl scripts that, when run, purport to make your machine part of some scary, heinous botnet. What, specifically, would ...
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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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Are these port secured on my AP?

I'm doing a project for my high-school and I'm trying to get the best security for my network. I've made almost everything in my access-point configuration and I have only 3 tcp/ports open on my AP: ...
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Postfix master running as root

Does running /usr/lib/postfix/master as a root could cause a security threat ? A fresh installation, gives this : root 11622 0.0 0.0 4792 1432 ? Ss 19:11 0:00 /usr/lib/postfix/...
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Encrypted container on top of a copy-on-write filesystem

The way I understand it, when you write to a copy-on-write filesystem, data never gets overwritten in place, instead new data is written to a new location, and the old data will only be overwritten ...
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How to capture the traffic of a computer in my LAN?

I have a machine with the Windows 10 preview installed and I want to capture all the traffic it sends for a day and then block all the MS hosts it sent data to without my direct permission. I don't ...