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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Need advice on linux server being hacked

I'm currently trying to find out how one of our centos servers was compromised. We were experiencing malware on our sites. After searching I finally found the malware injecting into the sites. As it ...
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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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Is there any way to block LD_PRELOAD and LD_LIBRARY_PATH on Linux?

Preferably with a vanilla Linux kernel i.e. not using SELinux or GrSecurity? Lately there has been a case of in-the-wild UNIX server malware: ...
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Is online banking more secure on iOS than a desktop computer?

Does Apple's iOS provide a more secure environment for online commerce (banking or shopping) than Windows or Mac OS X? Since the only software that can run on iOS must be vetted by Apple, the ...
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Recovering from malware in the registry

I'm a trainee who writes malware samples to later be tested. A basic piece I wrote in C++ kills explorer.exe, taskmgr.exe and repeats this every second. I used a bit of code to add my application ...
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DPAPI and malware

I'm considering using the Windows DPAPI to protect an ECDH key I use to encrypt some data in a local database in a Windows desktop application. I'm new to DPAPI, but its my understanding that DPAPI ...
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What is the state of the Windows Update certificate after Flame?

May 28, The Flame malware is discovered in Iran and by Kaspersky Labs. June 5, Dan Goodin (Ars Technica) points out that Flame had hijacked WindowsUpdate, spreading signed malware through that ...
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How can I recognize and find file(s) dropped by malware?

Suppose I am doing malware analysis. How can I recognize if, during the analysis process, a piece of malware dropped a file in my system, and if so, the path of the file? What are the procedures, ...
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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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How to protect against viruses that takes files as hostages by encrypting them?

Today I was infected by CoinVault, a new malware similar to CryptoLocker I believe. Before today I was unaware of this entire type of malware. Fortunately I was protected by offline backups, but I ...
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German police malware “Staatstrojaner” general question

In the case of the recent find by CCC, how exactly would the malware used by German police for internet wiretapping work? In default mode, it takes screenshots of active windows, it logs data and ...
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Can viewing an email message in Outlook 2013 install malware on my computer?

I routinely get spam messages which state "Your account for [Insert game here] has been flagged. If you don't click this link/send us this info/go to this website in the next 72 hours, your account ...
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Exploited by newbie3viLc063s

My debian server got exploited by some scriptiekiddie who used Newbie3viLc063 http://pastebin.com/jma8JRG1 . Scriptkiddie uploaded logo_php.png to my server (My permissions sucked :s) and he did run ...
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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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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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Windows: unknown program/service etc. sends HTTP request to download a file; how can I find the origin of that request?

The firewall of my company has detected and blocked a repetitive (every 15 min) HTTP request from a PC, which tries to start a download of a file called ..._chrome_installer.exe(or so) from the host: ...
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Why run ondemand scanners in failsafe mode when the virus could have encrypted itself?

The internet is full of guides of how to remove malware on already infected computers. Normally, step 1 is to enter failsafe mode, so that the virus can't interfere with the anti-virus program that ...
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How do I know if a font is malicious?

There are cases of fonts being used for exploiting vulnerabilities {for ex: ThreatPost, SecureList and F-Secure}. My question is if you ever get hands on such a font, how do you know that it is ...
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Securing a Site: Diversity over Simplicity?

This question was derived from my off-topic questioning here: Does Centralisation Decrease the Probability but Increase the Damage of Exploits? Like before, I suspect this may be overly abstract as a ...
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What is disk encryption worth? Threat of proprietary Bios, SMM, optionrom, TPM etc?

Supposing there is private/secret data on a machine (i.e a x86 arch) the most reasonable thing to me would be to encrypt this data, so to protect it. I understand that the purpose of ...
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Security Alert - Office File Validation - how to decide whether to proceed?

Recently, when opening a Microsoft Word document that came from a trusted source, I received the following warning message: The warning message is titled "Security Alert - Office File Validation". ...
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How do cryptographic algorithms help hackers to bypass Antivirus software?

I was wondering how do hackers use cryptography for bypassing antivirus software. I don't have some deep understanding on how antivirus software works, but I know that every antivirus has base of ...
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Where to submit collected malware from my honeypot?

wondering if you could help me. i setup the Dionaea honeypot and have collected 6 or 7 malware files. Unfortunately upon checking the Dionaea logs it keeps giving the error "Couldn't resolve host" for ...
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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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Has anyone else seen commands embedded in an ICMP echo request?

My IPS recently detected a type 8 ICMP packet (echo request) with an unusual payload. The echo request command a fragment of a command that looked like part of a route add. Here's a PCAP of the ICMP ...
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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 does malware hooks ASEPs?

What are the operations made by malware to hook the auto start extensibility points in order to be able to run at the startup of the computer that runs Windows operation system ?
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What security problems does copying .Xauthority to another user present?

If I want to use a GUI application with another user (example: webbrowser), I can copy the .Xauthority file to that given user's home then I can "su - user" and start the GUI app. Question: but what ...
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Is there a way to check for “hollow” processes, or malware hidden within “normal” processes

I recently came across an article on the The Verge, which centers around the concept of commercial malware production and how it's used around the world. The article introduced me to a number of ...
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Would DLL hijacking work with load-time linking?

I was wondering if DLL hijacking would work with all types of linking or just run-time linking. I hear that malware uses it and wanted to know how it works
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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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How dangerous is a virus introduced to a malicious website in chrome?

I am using Google's Chrome browser under Linux (Ubuntu) 64 bit for web browsing. If I a virus uses for example a leak in the flash player, the virus will get the privileges of the user who started ...
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The Economics and White Hat Nature of NSS ExploitHub

This question is about the economic model employed by NSS with their ExpoitHub exploit marketplace (site link) and whether it jives with the white hat claims of the company. The company has made news ...
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Can source javascript files be infected from a developer's machine?

First a little bit of background, About two weeks back one of the developers in my team said they were seeing advertisement popups and links appearing all over the web app we were developing, when ...
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How can NSA implants and backdoors be detected? [closed]

It has been a while now since the Snowden revelations of various NSA malware and backdoors. For instance: March 12, 2014: NSA has developed implants to take over targeted computers’ microphones ...
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does switching to linux remove existing computer virus

if you change from a malware/spyware infected windows setup to a linux setup will infections migrate to linux if they were on the computer? (when you are hacked/infected is it the op system that is ...
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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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Is bit.ly a malware distributor?

I clicked this link http://girlsguidetosurvival.wordpress.com/ Chrome gave me this warning - Attackers currently on bit.ly might attempt to install dangerous programs on your computer that ...
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How is it possible that a virus can infect the system if the browser is started with non-admin rights

If I open my web browser (for example firefox) in Windows 7 with activated UAC as normal user (non admin) a virus - which uses a security leak in my browser - will only gets privileges of the normal ...
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I found a malicious website embedded in Malware spam. What should I do?

An email is using social engineering to get users to click on a malicious URL that downloads javascript and then runs malicious code. Who should I report these malicious URLs to? (Microsoft ...
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Malware infections from visiting or using YouTube

Is it possible to be infected by viruses or other malware while visiting YouTube? What kind of measures do the YouTube staff take to prevent viruses and malware?
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Can the USB standard be altered to prevent the “firmware attack”? [duplicate]

Wired, and others are reporting on a research paper by Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell. The paper apparently shows how any USB device (not just memory sticks) can be infected with malware at the firmware ...
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I accidentally installed an adware filled Firefox [solved]

I installed Firefox using a download site, rather than the correct site. After running and installing Firefox I noticed my Chrome had an addon called swift browser added to it by a third party. After ...
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Does Chrome OS Allow Executable Files?

My company has some real security issues and I am wondering if using Chrome OS can be some solution to my problem. Typical Windows computers seems all to vulnerable to attacks from malicious images ...
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Malware via power outlet

This is perhaps a very dumb question, but as I have no knowledge nor experience of IT security I have no option but to ask here. Is it possible to get malware onto your computer or smartphone by ...
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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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Is this code harmful? Why?

Code: http://pastebin.com/kJ8ZGP82 That code gets retrived from http://ui.sidepage.co for every HTTP page I visit (not HTTPS) and load it into the body tag of the page. Is it harmful in any way? ...
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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 can I find the source of traffic allegedly originating from my IP address?

I have a problem that has been going on for at least 6 weeks. I have Time Warner for my Internet provider and some websites hosted at GoDaddy. From what GoDaddy tells me the reason I can not view ...