Malware is any software application which subverts the will of the legitimate owner of a computer, by means of force or subterfuge, with or without personal or monetary gain on the part of the creator.

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Can a malware jump from a virtual to the physical machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How secure are virtual machines really? False sense of security? I found out that malware authors check if the hard drive volume name, or network card MAC matches ...
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How does duqu delete itself?

I'm curious to know how Duqu deletes itself. From technical point of view and generally, how can an executable delete itself while is running? Does Duqu use a specific procedure to do this?
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Is a VPN the only way to protect against rogue Wifi access points MITM attacks?

Given that it's very easy set up a rogue access point and MITM that connection, is a VPN to a trusted host the only real way to secure my browsing and other TCP/UDP actions? This question relates to ...
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How a malware executes remote payload

Let's assume a malware was installed (on a UNIX-based platform) with some social engineering tricks. The original installed code itself may be benign, but the only malicious activity is that the ...
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In the light of recent information about RarVM, can we still trust RAR files?

See: http://blog.cmpxchg8b.com/2012/09/fun-with-constrained-programming.html https://github.com/taviso/rarvmtools It would seem according to these two sources that rar files can contain custom ...
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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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How do AV vendors choose malware names?

If you take a look at McAfee's recent malware page, you'll see that the names in the "Malware name" column aren't very human-readable: Downloader.a!cnz, W32/Autorun.worm.bgh, ...
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What authentication threat data exists?

I recently read an article that said there was not much data on which authentication threat vectors were actually being exploited in the real world. Eg what percent of password theft was by ...
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Malware or buggy software gives Low Disk Space warning

Since a few days, I am getting an alert that in my c drive disk space is low. When I verified, free space in my c drive was decreasing hour by hour and there was a stage when it simply said that 0 mb ...
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How did DNSChanger rogue name servers work?

I know DNS changer, changes DNS server with its own Evil DNS server on an infected computer, then the DNS servers point to their own rogue nameservers and the nameservers change the ads on websites ...
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Is Window's system restoration useful for getting rid of malware?

If your computer has been infected with some kind of malware, could a restoration of the system, using the tool provided by windows, help you getting rid of that malware? We should suppose that it ...
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Cohen's problem

Fred Cohen determined theoritically that viral detetction is an undecidable problem. Can anyone provide an intuitive reasoning for that? Background Fred Cohen experimented with computer viruses ...
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What methodologies are useful when reverse-engineering malware / shellcode?

Whilst I'm familiar with reverse engineering techniques from a technical standpoint, I've never found a good methodology for approaching and dissecting malware / shellcode. I've found hundreds of ...
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What can I do to make sure my computer isn't infected with FinSpy?

What steps have been taken by common free software OS distributions to protect against it? What can Windows users do? What ways are there to rid a system of it?
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DNS query through squid? [closed]

My IDS picked up our squid proxy server doing a dynamic DNS request. I wasn't aware squid passed DNS requests from the client to the internal DNS server. Is this possible? Snort Alert: ET POLICY ...
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Mars Curiosity Rover Security

Does the software in the Mars Curiosity Rover have any security features built-in? I can't imagine how someone would hack into it, but if the rover does indeed have some protection against malicious ...
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Why do I get AV alerts when browsing a web page?

I'm using the latest version of Firefox and Windows is up to date. When I was browsing a webpage and clicked a link the browser displayed "connection has been reset" and AVAST poped-up saying "Alert!" ...
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Appilicability of Theoritical Computer Science/Formal methods in Malware research

I would like to know the importance of Theoritical CS/Formal methods in Malware research. Due to the large volume of new malware variants received per day (~50,000 samples/day according to McAfee), ...
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What are the security implications of people downloading addons, wrongly thinking that they are safe?

I recently learned about a plugin for Firefox called Fire Sheep, which was featured on the Security Now podcast. I downloaded F.S. and began examining it. To my surprise it includes C++ code that must ...
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Preventing Client PC's from accessing C&C machines

At my office I find us constantly fighting with malware. All users run under the "user" level, we have McAfee and have recently reviewed the Best Practices guide to ensure we adhere to it, all of my ...
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on stack execution on windows 7 :: metasploit :: meterpreter :: executable crypter

I posted this on stackoverflow, was advised to move it to security section. I was writing an executable crypter as an exercise with goal of Antivirus evasion, now the problem is the final executable ...
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Intepreting PE (Portable Executable) headers of suspicious malware files

I am starting up on malware analysis, and I am analyzing a file to see if it is packed or obfuscated. Using PEview I am examining the .text, .rdata and .data headers. I know that if there is a big ...
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Is there a real possibility of getting malware by “drive-by”?

I know malware can be gotten by downloading and running stuff, but is there a real possibility of just viewing a webpage or clicking a link and getting one? Assuming using only Firefox / Chrome and ...
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Can web application do anything to prevent risk from client-side malware?

Client side malware (keyloggers, screenscrapers etc.) is a great risk. It can't be effectively stopped from side of ordinary application. Only users themselves can do some measures to prevent risk ...
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Find changes and modifications made to system by application or virus,

I would like to use either Hyper-V or Vmware to take a Clean Base snapshot and a snapshot after an application or virus has made changes so I can then see what was changed between the two images. ...
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How to find & remove twitter spambot?

Sometimes i can see that i've "retweeted" some tweets , that i actually didn't. And all of them spam to some gaming & pharma websites. I've got windows 7 64bit, norton internet security , using ...
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Nmap indicates that “telepathstart” and “telepathattack” are listening on ports 5010 and 5011 of my Linux box. What are these?

I have a linux box on my network which, according to Nmap, contains two services called telepathstart and telepathattack listening on ports 5010 and 5011. From the same box, I am receiving inbound ...
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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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Can the FiddlerCore library be used for Malware (e.g. MitM attacks)?

I've used the excellent Fiddler web debugging software before and have recently come across the Fiddler Core headless .NET library which gives you all the abilities of Fiddler in library form. It's ...
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Malicious Script [closed]

Any idea what this does? === ...
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Malware that uses http as a covert channel

I'm working on a http traffic analyzer and I need a collection of malware, which uses http as a way to get commands and respond, to analyze their network behaviour. Is there any database of malware, ...
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Recommendations for honeypot software

A couple of us wanted to setup a honeypot/honeynet with the goal of learning; not planned to be in a production environment. What's a good recommendation for a high interaction or low interaction ...
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Why wasn't the flame malware flagged by firewalls?

Why didn't any firewalls catch the flame malware siphoning out all of that data? I thought there was firewall software that looks for "suspicious" activity?
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How does DNS Changer malware detection work?

This malware directs your computer to use DNS servers under control of the badguys. These DNS servers were taken over by the FBI. They were replaced with clean ones, to prevent service disruption, but ...
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Where a sysadmin deletes a company's data, why can't they just restore from backups

As an example, in the UBS Duronio case, Mr. Duronio executed code that deleted everything in its path, but isn't there a backup server? Why was UBS hit by the loss of data? If the backup is available, ...
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Should a host based firewall have an API accessible to other applications?

Some people are hesitant to use Windows Firewall because it allows software to alter its state via an API. The benefit of this is that the Firewall configuration can be centrally manged in GPO. On ...
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Can malware read keychain entries on iOS devices?

Keychain entries of a 3rd party app are protected according their 'protection class'. For example, assigning the class 'kSecAttrAccessibleWhenUnlocked' to a keychain entry means that the entry is only ...
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SNMP trap by legitimate program?

Is there any way to tell if this SNMP trap is something created by a legitimate program? Update: Hex Dump 0000000: 30 82 00 ec 02 01 00 04 06 70 75 62 6c 69 63 a4 82 00 dd 06 82 00 09 2b 06 ...
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Why do rootkits hide in drivers?

A lot of rootkits for Windows (maybe even Linux?) do hide in drivers. Why is that? One reason I can think of is that using a driver they run in kernel mode and have full system access, but aren't ...
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What cryptographic flaw was exploited by Flame, to get its code signed by Microsoft?

Today, Microsoft released a security advisory warning that the "Flame" malware exploited a weakness in a cryptographic algorithm used by Microsoft Terminal Server Licensing Service, and was thereby ...
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How to test for presense of antivirus?

I want to test that when user uploads file, then it goes through up-to-date and properly configured antivirus. I think that to test for it I need some malware that is likely to be detected (it doesn't ...
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Why would malware try to remove other malware?

Recently my php-based website got infected with malware (probably by a stolen ftp password). Basically, every 30 minutes a file frame_cleaner_php.php was uploaded, a HTTP-GET was done on it to execute ...
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Changing malware trends in VM

I recently came (Dunno, since when it was happening) to know that malwares can detect if they are running inside a VM like Vmware, and thus can change their behaviour. So my question is how the ...
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What information is sought by malware researchers and those reverse engineering malware?

I have seen many write-ups on "malware research", what information are they trying to gather? Is it the origins of the malware? Or its behavior patterns? Or something else?
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Why did I get unresponsive script when I start my system and open web browser? [closed]

The script on opening web broswersays Warning: Unresponsive Script A script on this page may be busy,or it may have stopped responding.You can stop the script now,or you can continue to see if the ...
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Hidden Registry Strings - possible rootkit? [closed]

Win server 2003 R2 SP2 - no noticeable issues on the machine. When I create new strings in regedit, I hit refresh and they are gone! I try to re-add and it complains the string already exists. I am ...
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File directory deletion [closed]

So I heard this guy talkin about how one time he deleted someone's windows directory remotely. He claimed to have gotten into the system and deleted it such that the files are all still there, but the ...
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Any additional security with large blacklisting hosts file?

I run Windows with a pretty hefty c:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts file obtained from http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm. I update this file as regularly as I remember and layer it with ...
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What is multi-path malware?

I would like to know, in malware analysis, what is meant by "multi-path execution". I read this when I encounter the words in malware detection literature related to Control Flow Graph (CFG).
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What programming language is Stuxnet written in?

I was listening to a story about Stuxnet and was curious if anyone knew what language it was written in? Is the source code for Stuxnet available anywhere?