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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Security/Malware implications of storing data in a BLOB as opposed to the file system

From a programming perspective, there has long been a debate over whether to store files in a BLOB or Binary field in a database, or on the file system. The debate always seems to center around ...
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How would I go about rebuilding the IAT of a packed executable?

When executables are packed with a tool such as UPX, the real code and data sections are encrypted or obfuscated, then loaded into memory using an injected decrypter stub. This makes static analysis ...
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attack/abuse notification email template

I'm building a template for use when sending "abuse" notifications to ISPs, hosting providers, etc., for when attacks originate from their netblock. Are there examples of templates used for this ...
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What are the best ways to fake a web server

I was wondering if anyone had some insight into the best way to fake a web service response rather than setting up a web server. For instance, while doing dynamic analysis of malware it's useful to ...
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Spamming exploits without user detection

So I asked this question because I had thought that attackers would have a way to identify client software, because surely if 100 different exploits were spammed against a users machine they would ...
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Does malware persist after wiping hard drive and reinstalling OS from manufacturer disc? [duplicate]

This question is related to a computer where users other than the owner have had access for periods of several hours at a time. The following steps have been taken to clean the computer: Used ...
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How could malware like Stuxnet be detected?

Stuxnet and others in this list of state-of-the-art Internet worms had certain features that they were very stealthy in leaking out the information they harvested. Thus it managed to go under the ...
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Safe to connect to external drive?

A customer provided an external drive (USB 2.0 and Firewire 800 connections), and wants me to copy files onto the drive. The drive is not new. I have no particular reason to suspect the customer ...
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Phishing virus found on server

I recently had a call from BELL concerning a virus on our Linux ( Debian ) Server. Apparently Google emailed our client about an Italian Database found on our server that was doing phishing. They ...
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Risk of spyware on seized devices

This question (Prevention measures against laptop seizure at US borders) addresses a number of techniques for securing data while crossing borders. Perhaps the most useful advice was to simply not ...
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How can one create one's own anti-virus scan server at home? [closed]

I suppose that every one used a service such as virustotal.com, anubis.iseclab.org, or any other service that could provide the same objective to scan same files. So my question is how can I make ...
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Can a malware steal the content of the clipboard? [duplicate]

Is there any malware that can steal the content of the clipboard?. E.g. say you have a text file with say private info or passwords, and you copy this data to paste on say another text file on a ...
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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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Malware nomenclature

If there a generally agreed upon naming convention for types of malware/virus? For example, are there agreed upon terms for virus, trojan, worm and the like? If one exists could someone explain it or ...
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Are Push 2FA methods safe from Android and iOS Malware?

I am doing a survey on various 2FA solutions, and recently I came across “Push” 2FA (e.g Duo Security). In this solution, the site (e.g. a banking site) pushes a notification to the user’s mobile ...
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How do browser injections work?

I've heard many times that malware like Zeus, SpyEye and Citadel are able to do browser injections to steal credit card data. How do they do it? how do browser "injections" work? How are they able to ...
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How does the predator network prevent outside control by an attacker?

I read several articles saying some of the command and control fleet for the US robotic attack planes may have been infected with a virus. Does this command and control system communicate with the ...
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Statistics on purposes of viruses/malware

Are there any resources that analyze the purpose or goal or the major viruses/malware out in the wild today? For example, what percentage are used to construct botnets (for DDoS or something else)? ...
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Possible to detect packed executable?

A packer is a way of obfuscating an executable program, i.e., transforming so the result is still executable and has the same effect when run, but looks different (so it won't be detected by static ...
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When and Why does Chrome display malware detection warning?

Google Chrome contains malware detection feature. When user visits some site, browser may display warning that site contains malware. What does it mean that site contains malware? Does it mean that ...
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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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Javascript Malware: How does it work, and how can it be mitigated?

I am wondering how malware gets served through Javascript. I've noticed a few illegitimate pop-ups while visiting some financial websites. I wonder how malware exploits work against the application ...
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Is tails os susceptible to a cold boot attack?

I've looked at the documentation and it mentions that upon shutdown the data residing in the ram is overwritten, however it doesn't go into any detail on how it does this. Documentation link: https://...
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ISP glitch or a malware? Has this ever happened to you?

Brief background: I consider myself a relatively paranoid power-user, if not an absolute pro. I regularly update my AV and keep up with all the latest updates on my Windows 7 machine. But what ...
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Should veil framework produce packed and obfuscated binaries which bypass virustotal?

I have been working with the veil framework to test an internal IDS system I have in place. I have used a public malware sample which produces an 8/53 hit score on Virustotal and run it through the ...
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Malware: extract private keys from smartcard?

We all appreciate smartcards because they secure private keys so they don't get exposed to the world. But in a production-environment it's often the case that smartcards are staying inserted for a ...
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What happened with badBios [duplicate]

Maybe some of you remember that in November 2013 the respected researcher Dragos Ruiu claimed that he was infected by some super advanced virus that no one ever heard of before. Experts agreed that ...
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How Do I Troubleshoot a Browser Hijack on a Mac?

My Mac is getting weird redirects with Safari and Chrome, however not with Mozilla Firefox. Since I cannot find software to do malware removal on Apple products or any good information, I am at a loss ...
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Methods to Monitor Ads For Malware on Mobile Devices

I've noticed that malware being introduced to a mobile application or web application through advertisements, unknown to the developer of the application, is becoming increasingly popular. I've been ...
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Relationship between http time response and geo-location

I have a lot of pcap files about traffic generated by malware, this include vast kind of packets like TCP UDP and more important HTTP. Whereas is possible I have the geo-locations related to the IP ...
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find if 0-day flash bug was exploited (on a particular machine)

There have been several critical 0-day exploits in the past days/weeks in Flash alone. Nobody knows how long the 0-days have been exploited, and it is reasonable to expect that there are 0-days being ...
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Do viruses infect recovery partitions? [duplicate]

In the "Good ol' Days", Windows came on a CD, and when one got a virus, one had original, write only medium to clean up one's computer completely. Nowadays, most computers have a "recovery partition"...
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Are malware detection rulesets publicly discoverable?

I am uncertain about how public malware detection rulesets are? By a "ruleset" I mean the rules, usually written in Yara, that malware detection engines use to determine whether a file or memory ...
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What does this malicious PHP script do? [closed]

Somebody hacked my site and uploaded this script (template46.php) to my webroot and its content is: <?php $vIIJ30Y = Array('1'=>'F', '0'=>'j', '3'=>'s', '2'=>'l', '5'=>'M', '4'=>'...
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Can i get 100% protection from virus by using Deep Freeze?

I have recently installed an application called 'Deep Freeze' that works by "freezing" the state of an operating system and working off delta disks. Rebooting deletes the deltas and reverts back to ...
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Writing malware in java?

To me, it seemed like malware could never be written in java. Those who taught me java said it was "secure" and did not allow "low-level access" like c,c++. But, I discovered that it can be done - ...
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Can a piece of malware/virus inject itself into an ISO

Let's say that I have an infected PC. I download a copy of the Windows ISO(obviously clean) and burn it to an USB. Is it possible that the malware on my computer can inject itself in this process/ISO ...
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How to protect the company VIPs

Environment: small engineering company (<50 employees) and everyone is local administrator on their computer, including everyone in the management group. Setup: Some standard security features are ...
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Can malware hide their network activity from Resource Monitor (perfmon)?

Is it possible for malware to hide their network activity from tools like the Resource Monitor that ships with windows? How much effort is it for a malware developer to implement such functionality? ...
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Malicious script analysis

Could somebody tell me what can this malicious code do? I see that in the beginning it turns off the error reporting and logging. Then something with get post method and files stuff. But I am not ...
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Besides MBR & BIOS, is it possible for a rootkit to stay persistant after a format of the harddrive?

If a system becomes infected and does not have any other storage units besides the one hard drive. Is it there any other way for a rootkit to stay on the system besides infecting the BIOS OR the MBR ...
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A compromised USB

Assuming that a given USB drive is compromised(infected), what's the best way to deal with it? I mean, obviously, the solution is to nuke(format) the drive. But for that, the device needs to be ...
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Can malware physically damage a hard drive?

I recently responded to an incident of supposed malware infection. The symptoms were simply, "My computer freezes at random times." The response ended with replacement of the physical hard drive and ...
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Downloading suspect files into quarantine?

Are there any tools out there or methods available to download a suspect file for analysis without having to worry about being infected?
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How to protect TimeMachine backups from Ransomware?

According to Heise (German) Time Machine backups can be encrypted by Ransomware. Sorry I didn't find an English source, please use Google translate. KeRanger had an inactive module ...
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Is it possible to infect an e-mail by accident?

Sometimes, my friends send me e-mails. I know that they don't care that much about computer security (while I care). I know that they don't know how to create an infected e-mail (no reason for doing ...
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Questions on reflected file download (RFD) attack

I read this article, and the whitepaper by security researcher Oren Hafif which mentions the following salient points: RFD, like many other Web attacks, begins by sending a malicious link to a ...
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How can I safely test malware in a VM? [duplicate]

This question has probably been asked several times here, but I'll ask it a bit differently. I am trying to learn about malware and how it infects computers and how to disinfect a computer if one ...
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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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How do professional hackers to test their own malwares/viruses without harming their own computer?

Yesterday I started some hacking tutorials on http://xeushack.com/tutorials/ by curiosity. I used the Android app to read the different articles about different ways of "hacking". The author clearly ...