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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process/program execution anomalies

How could I know if a given program is malicious by checking its CPU occupation, RAM consumption, network connexions, registry entries ... etc ? Maybe an other way to ask this question is: when could ...
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Do drive by download attacks include malicious file downloading?

I read every where that drive by download attack consists in downloading malware to the victim's PC and execute it without the victim's permission. My question: does this "download" term include ...
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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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How to combat and prevent a lpcloudsvr302 and bk-coretag.js Virus?

I recently came across a computer that was infected with a lpcloudsvr302 and a bk-coretag.js Virus. I did some research about the two Viruses and realized that their is no reliable source that helps ...
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Ways to inject malicious DLLs to exe file and run it

I'm trying to find all vulnerabilities in my given system. Assume a malicious user has the executable (.exe file) of my .NET application (C#), and a malicious DLL he or she created. Can the DLL be ...
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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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Analyzing a suspicious email

Today I received a very suspicious email on my gmail account. When I analyzed the content of the message, this is what essentially made up the message. <center> <a alt="" ...
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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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How does a root kit work inside a virtual machine?

In my class, we are discussing virtual machine based root kits. I've research root kits, but could not find any information specifically talking about how root kits work inside of virtual machines ...
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How to deobfuscate this PHP malware?

Two days ago a file called "images.php" appeared on a friend's server, which he noticed because it caused errors. The file contained the following. This code is of unknown origin and presumed to be ...
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Computer worms, propagation and exploiting vulnerabilities

I have been referred here to ask this question, so I am doing a research on computer worms, I have been through several sites and a few caught my attention, I have learnt that worms propagate through ...
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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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Does Skype compromise my system (beyond the scope of calls/chats)?

First of all, please don't shout at me for wanting to use Skype. I know that it's evil and I fully expect all the calls and text chats going through it to be stored permanently in govt data centers, ...
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Shared hosting hacked. Should I report this to someone?

A malware file appeared on a friend's server as described in this question. It's a file called "images.php" that is designed to look like nothing important, whose sole function is to wait for an ...
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Where do suspect requests from logged-in users to my website come from?

I have an ASP.Net MVC 4 web application that is hosted on a Windows 2008 server. The application is secured by a custom ASP.Net membership provider. Only users who are granted permission by the admin ...
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Can I isolate a specific computer on my network?

My brother gets malware infections practically every week. Apparently he had a infection over the past 24 hours, I only noticed it because I checked the router logs and saw a massive amount of network ...
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How malware spreads nowadays [closed]

How malware nowadays spreads? For example, I have a Windows computer infected with some kind of malware (someone ran malicious executable on the computer when nobody was looking at it) and it can ...
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Are there vulnerabilities in display connections? [duplicate]

I have been in the market for a DisplayPort KVM. Most of these products come from small companies I have never heard of and possibly do not trust. I understand the risk of plugging in USB to any ...
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JS malware detection

Is there a way to detect a malicious JavaScript code within a webpage before the script runs on my computer ? I want to develop a Python script that prevents from 8 JS malwares that I can embed on my ...
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Can home routers get infected?

I am behind a router(linksys that runs dd wrt on it) and I was infected with sality. I'm curious, can my router get infected too? If yes, how can I remove the infection? I used the search bar but ...
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What makes iOS more secure than other phone OS [closed]

Let's start off with an example. Here in Canada, credit card companies cannot upgrade you credit card limit. You need to make a request, that will then get analyzed and then, depending on your status ...
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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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Why an attacker would use a trojan over a spyware?

I'm trying to figure out some possible attack scenarios for a project I'm conducting. I've read plenty of material about malware and, in particular, spyware and trojans. While it's hard to find unique ...
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Can malware cause firefox to send GET requests?

Is it possible for a site to host malware such that if a certain page is accessed, Firefox is made to send additional GET requests? I'm seeing traffic for attacks coming from me that I haven't done. ...
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I have discovered a botnet during testing [closed]

Whilst testing a server I discovered a botnet. I have the executable downloaded to the server and decompiled the file to get the strings from it. My question is what would the next logical step be ...
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Is a C plugin safe if I read it through an echoing parser before?

I wanted to use sharable plugins for an application. However, the plugins were extremely time critical, so I wanted to distribute them as C libraries. Now, these are not guaranteed to be safe (the ...
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After restoring from a (valid) full disk backup can malware still persit?

In the comments to this question it is mentioned that even after a backup recovery malware still can persist. Do I understand that correctly? How is this possible? If Acronis True Image is used to ...
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What are the most common infection vectors for personal computers?

We have OWASP to tell us about common security vulnerabilities in webapps and such, but what are the most common infection vectors for personal computers? A few example vectors: Social engineering ...
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Simple methods of preventing infection from external drives

What are some simple methods of preventing my computer from being infected by USB drives and other storage devices? I'm not asking for any bullet-proof methods, just something that can prevent ...
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How does CryptoDefense ransomware encrypt large data with a (relatively) small RSA key?

I recently encountered some news about the recently new Ransomware called CryptoDefense: it uses RSA 2048 to encrypt your valuables and offers the private key for a price. (It's already been solved ...
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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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What does a Remote Desktop Connection risk for both computers?

I recently had a malware issue called "mysearchdial" that installed itself into my home computer's browser because someone didn't pay attention to what they were installing. I RDP'd into my work ...
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Verifying integrity of text files

While I was away from my home I needed to do some work on a java program so I booted a friends netbook(windows 8) I had with me and finished most of the works I needed to do there. Tho when I returned ...
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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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Drive-by downloads

I am aware of the problem of drive-by downloads, which happens when one visits a malicious site and a malware is downloaded to the PC. I want to ask that when such a program is downloaded, how does it ...
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Are official browser add-ons really safe?

Almost any browser addon/extension that I install on my Chrome or Firefox (be it Firebug, RESTClient, ...) warns me, saying: It [the add-on] can: Access your data on all website Access ...
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Unusual image may contain hidden data

I have received an image from a friend. This is the image. is there any way to detect any anomalies in this image. Thanks
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Getting detailed information about an infected website

I have a set of bad URL's. I want to know the nature of infections affecting these URL's . Running an online scanner such as VirusTotal gives me some basic information from various engines about the ...
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How can this be possible? (malware autoinstall on chrome)

I have a website, using an ads service (qadabra). Yesterday some users reported me that the ads service sometimes redirects to a site containing malware. the url is this: PLEASE DON'T OPEN IT, IT ...
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Are virtual keyboards themselves secure? [closed]

It is advised to use on-screen keyboards on, for example, banking operations (especially if the site doesn't have a virtual keyboard) to beat keyloggers (at least minimize the risk). There is some ...
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Potential problem in public Maven repository

Problem This morning I found that, what I thought was one of our proprietary artifacts, had been published to a public repository: http://repo.grails.org/grails/simple/codehaus-cache/com/ If you ...
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Why does host's antivirus detect guest's malware?

I'm analyzing some malicious files on a VM and I'm noticing that every time I open a file, the host's antivirus detects it. Why does this happen? Is the malicious content escaping to the host?
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How big is the threat of Desktop Linux malware? [closed]

Most malware one hears about on the news seems to fit into one of two categories: Windows viruses, trojans, rootkits etc. Linux server "worms", backdoors and similar How big is the threat of ...
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Why would a virus writer bother to check to see if a machine is infected before infecting it?

I was looking at the tripartite structure of a virus, and it seems to check to see if a computer is infected before infecting it with the virus. Would this be an attempt to use files that are already ...
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How serious is InstallIQ?

Background: Recently I've seen hits for InstallIQ a "potentially unwanted application" from ESET. From what I can find it seems like this is an installer wrapper that asks people to install other ...
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How to check if URL/ IP belongs to a zeus bot

I have a set of URL's which might be Zeus hosts / C&C servers since my security appliance says so. Is there a way to check if these really belong to Zeus?
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Malwares source repositories. Where?

As the best way to learn is to read the code, do you know where I can find malware/virus/whatever source code to read?
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What are the pros and cons of using live CDs vs VMs for malware analysis?

I'm planning on doing some malware research for a research project, and I was wondering what would be a better option for keeping my system safe from viruses accidentally infecting it. I'm only ...
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ensuring that compiled (and signed) packages don't contain malicious code

I would like to understand how the packaged Linux distributions (i.e. Debian) ensure that their packages don't contain any malicious code. I know that packages are signed, and that I can download the ...
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Malware threats from other mounted hard drives

I am going to install Linux on an external hard drive and my internal hard drive is currently running Windows. When I boot to my Linux and I still have my windows hard drive mounted is it possible for ...