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Should reverse connections be used to bypass NATs?

I'm planning on doing a demonstration on how remote administrative tools work for my schools computer security club. I plan on writing a RAT in C++ and demonstrating/explaining how it works. I ran ...
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1answer
37 views

Creating a secure home network - Which firm ware should I use and how should I configure my firewall?

I am starting to take on more and more enterprise clients while working remotely from my home office. I have a pretty secure network at the moment, but I have a lot hardware that I am not using and ...
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1answer
53 views

How do you back up cardholder data remotely without a network connection?

In the PCI DSS version 3 it says: 1.3.3 Do not allow any direct connections inbound or outbound for traffic between the Internet and the cardholder data environment. But in the event of hard ...
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Which encryption technique should be used for cloud computing data transfer?

I want to setup my application for cloud computing for Software as a Service. There is going to be a lot of data transfer between my server and client, to and fro. The technique I have envisaged is: ...
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1answer
61 views

internal proxy server vs DMZ proxy server

What would be reason for placing a proxy server in a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)? I understand that a DMZ is a separate network to your internal network (lies inbetween internal network and firewall). I ...
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1answer
102 views

Is a firewall an access control list?

I want to know if a firewall is considered an access control list (ACL). I know there are other types of ACLs, but am specifically interested in knowing if a firewall is an ACL. Edit: It appears ...
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1answer
112 views

Firewall hole punching [closed]

I'm interested in doing my thesis on Firewall hole punching. Hole Punching: A way to exploit NAT to open a connection TCP or UDP between a Client and a Server. What I'm looking for is a reason this ...
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1answer
268 views

How can the Google web crawler bypass portals?

This is a situation that I have encountered on a number of occasions. I will conduct a web search in Google, a link to a file (.pdf for example) will take you to that file on the server. It opens up ...
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112 views

OpenVPN and firewall configuration in LuCI

I'm trying to find the best (most secure) configuration for the firewall in OpenWRT. I'm using LuCi to configure all the stuff. I have successfully created a VPN (OpenVPN). It is supposed the best ...
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2answers
162 views

What security does an ISP provide for its customers?

I've heard that ISPs provide some kind of protection; using NAT and firewalls, to prevent hackers from using tools such as nmap to attack customers from over the Internet. What other technologies are ...
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2answers
252 views

Could a router protect our network or need we use an hardware firewall?

I am at a small firm (12 PC on the internal network). We use this network architecture now: Internet(Modem) --> Router --> Firewall --> Switch -- > Internal Network (clients PCs) ...
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403 views

Dual Firewall DMZ

We've just learnt about firewalls and DMZ and I'm struggling to understand how are these actually implemented ? The architecture we've learned was something like this: Let's say that we have a ...
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Comprehensive audit of firewall - is Internet truly not accessible?

We have many Linux servers in several co-locations over the world. By design, these machines generally should not be able to access the Internet. Depending on location and role, some sites may have ...
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0answers
205 views

Proxy via pfSense and exclusions for DNS

I have posted this to NetworkEngineering.SE, as that seems the more suitable audience for this question. I will leave this question open here but am happy to see it closed. I just did not want to ...
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1answer
124 views

How can an out-of-the-box (Windows) server not be secure? [closed]

Background: I'm considering switching from shared web hosting to VPS for added security. However - managed VPS's costs much more than unmanaged ones. So, assuming: I secured my website against any ...
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3answers
370 views

Best practice for accessing management port of firewall

I'm in the process of setting up a bunch of servers at the other end of the world (well, 8 hours travel time) in a co-location place. The servers and firewall all have a remote management port (KVM, ...
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3answers
308 views

Suspicious VMWare connections that bypass firewall

I'm running VMWare 5 and I have found that when I start up VMWare I see two connections: TCP 10.100.100.161:55555->as-40816.engx.vmware.com:https (ESTABLISHED) TCP ...
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2answers
381 views

Using only a firewall, how do I protect a database server from be exposed?

If I had two firewalls, I could put a web server within a DMZ and then with the second firewall restrict the access to the DB server. However, If I only have one firewall, how could I accomplish ...
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1answer
109 views

Benefit of having strict ACLs [closed]

My company uses strict ACLs for the connection between two boxes. What are the benefits of these?
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1answer
329 views

Limit BitTorrent Sync connections to a specific network

Is it possible to limit BitTorrent Sync connections to a a specific network using the client software? Right now the closest I can come up with would be IP limitations imposed on each client using a ...
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5answers
2k views

SYN flooding attack causing high CPU on hardware firewall

I have a ZyWall USG 200 firewall. A few days ago there was a SYN flooding attack on it causing 100% CPU load. After investigating it turns out this was attack from a single IP address and while the ...
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4answers
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How to effectivily block torrents on my network?

Hie, As per my network policy, we have to block all torrent traffic from network. To do this, I used to block all ports above 1024 on my firewall/proxy devices. But due to this, many other ...
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5answers
515 views

Can hardware firewalls be infected?

If a computer is directly connected to the internet, it is vulnerable to attacks. So we attach a hardware firewall between the computer and the internet. But doesn't this new setup mean that now our ...
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1answer
971 views

Does a network behind a NAT\modem firewall need a firewall?

Would it be justified for a business that is behind a SOHO router\WIFI to run a firewall such as PFSense, or is the firewalling capabilities in the router "good enough". For the most part the router ...
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3answers
302 views

Are local firewalls necessary

Is having local firewalls enabled on machines actually necessary if you run hardware based firewalls like pfsense or a netgear fvs338 and use that to control in/out bound connections? I personally do ...
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1answer
495 views

Isolate a Virtualbox VM from local network [closed]

I have the need to isolate a virtual machine created with Virtualbox from the local network but I need to provide internet access to that machine. It is the first time that I face this kind of ...
2
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1answer
222 views

How are IaaS Virtual Machines Isolated?

I am currently examining Hypervisor firewalls for my graduate thesis, but I unfortunately don't have a lot of experience with IaaS environments. How are IaaS Virtual Machines network isolated from ...
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1answer
484 views

Securing my firewall (both dedicated and iptables-based) [closed]

I have an ASA-5510, but I also intend to maintain strict IP tables on my server (Ubuntu 12.04.2), so that there are two layers of "protection". My iptables look like this: *filter # Allows all ...
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2answers
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What's the difference between an application-level and circuit-level gateway?

From Wikipedia, I understand that circuit level gateways look at TCP handshakes to filter illegitimate traffic and that application level gateways somehow filter application specific traffic. But I ...
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3answers
4k views

Securing a network attached storage on the internet

I recently purchased a network attached storage for personal file storage and would like my family members to store files on the device from their computers as a remote backup. I'd like to secure ...
6
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3answers
1k views

TCP Sequence Prediction and it's prominence in modern systems/networks

I have a question regarding your experience of TCP Sequence Prediction that I am hoping someone could help with. I am aware of how TCP Sequence Prediction works and how the connection can be hijacked ...
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4answers
11k views

How are spoofed packets detected?

My assumption: When a firewall is configured to drop spoofed packets, it tries to ping (not necessarily ICMP) the source IP and sees if it belongs to a real host or if it's up, and if not, it drops ...
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1answer
212 views

Packet-filtering firewall evasion (Scanning)

Context I'm very familiar with different applications of scanning tools (. . . and you can use -mtu to specify the size of the fragments in nmap . . .) but every piece of information I read about ...
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2answers
2k views

What is more risky? Database Server in DMZ or Trusted Network?

Hoping this is not a dupe of any of the related database / DMZ questions, but I don't think any of them answered my question sufficiently. Assume the following A web server is being used for ...
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1answer
251 views

What are the basic implementations that make a network secure from the inside\outside?

Would you consider the following to be "basic hardening items" for network equipment and servers? VLANs Access Control (such as NTFS permissions) Patch Management System Host Firewall Anti-Virus ...
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Should SSL be terminated at a load balancer?

When hosting a cluster of web application servers it’s common to have a reverse proxy (HAProxy, Nginx, F5, etc.) in between the cluster and the public internet to load balance traffic among app ...
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2answers
173 views

Are temporary blocks sufficient response to network probes?

We have the option of using an automatic blocking feature of our firewall to temporarily block the source IPs of network probes. It is fast and automatic, and it expires after a set amount of time. ...
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3answers
399 views

Some issues with iptables and nmap

When I scan my pc with nmap I see only one open port. I didn't define any rule in iptables so if I'm not mistaken, all connections should be denied by default. However I can use HTTP or SSH, so that ...
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1answer
173 views

Windows Firewall accepts a three-second unicast response from any source

I have read this article but still has some doubts may be after that... The Windows Firewall feature in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP 2) accepts a three-second unicast response from ...
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1answer
197 views

What security risks are involved with sending data over the internal network on Rackspace Cloud servers?

What are the risks involved with sending unencrypted data over the internal network with Rackspace Cloud Servers? Assume the interfaces use iptables to filter IPs and ports so they only accept data ...
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21k views

Why block outgoing network traffic with a firewall?

In terms of a home network, is there any reason to set up a router firewall so that all outgoing ports are blocked, and then open specific ports for things such as HTTP, HTTPS, etc. Given that every ...
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2answers
1k views

How to check if a port can be accessed from the outside

I want to be sure that the firewall protecting the intranet is effectively rejecting/granting access to a port. I have no access to the firewall nor any other external machine. Is that possible at ...
2
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1answer
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How does pfsense block torrent traffic?

I know that pfsense is a very effective tool for restricting bit torrent traffic. I was wondering how it actually manages to do that ? There's not much information available on this. The more ...
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2answers
22k views

Is it a bad idea for a firewall to block ICMP?

This question was inspired by this answer which states in part: The generic firewall manifest file finishes off by dropping everything I didn't otherwise allow (besides ICMP. Don't turn off ICMP). ...
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2answers
333 views

Enterprise IDS - Deployment & Uses

I am investigating deploying the Snort IDS for an enterprise environment. This environment consists of a NOC that manages several servers, mainly internal but some internet facing. There are several ...
3
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8answers
29k views

How to block some websites in a small office?

I had a wireless connection in my office with one laptop. Now I bought two more laptops for my employees, and I give them Internet access. I want to block a few websites. My current connection is ...
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1answer
382 views

SSL VPN placement strategies

I wanted to know the advantages and disadvantages of placing an SSL VPN with respect to CIA in different locations: with firewall within the internal network within the DMZ Any reference also ...
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3answers
4k views

How to protect myself against paid DDoS services?

I am domestic user and I am getting attacked regularly by a guy that hates me. Here is the background story: that guy uses Skype resolvers (tools offered by paid DDoS services) to find out my IP ...
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3answers
1k views

How to block the websites on client machines

In our office we are blocking sites like Facebook, Twitter etc.The problem is that some of the users bypass our proxy and firewalls through external proxy sites like www.youhide.com or ...
2
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2answers
3k views

IPTables DDoS protection working with per client IP address counter AND UDP

I am looking to protect LAMP server with a software, which will detect above average number of requests from single IP numbers (in this case DNS queries), and add these hosts to IPTables deny chain. ...