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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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Repudiation in Copyright Infringement (BitTorrent)

Seeing this question : How can alleged illegal downloading be detected? sparked a question I have had for a long time. How does repudiation/non-repudiation work in such cases ? Argument: It is known ...
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How can alleged illegal downloading be detected?

Joel Tenenbaum was accused of illegally downloading 30 songs. How might his action have been detected? Can anyone show a concrete method? Update Using a honey pot or monitoring the peers list makes ...
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Is a predictable MAC address a risk?

If you knew from the public internet that a certain IP address belonged to a machine with a certain MAC address, can you see any security exposure associated with that? I know that some software will ...
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Parabolic Denial Of Service — Would it work?

Would this DoS attack be effective: Attacker determines target (10.0.0.1) Attacker sends ack packets to a buch of web servers with a src addr of 10.0.0.1 Servers reply to 10.0.0.1 with syn packets ...
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using network switches to prevent malicious promiscuous mode usage

I was reading the wiki about promiscuous mode when I came across a piece of information here that suggests that one could use network switches to prevent malicious use of promiscuous mode. In the ...
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How does the Copyright Alert System work? Who has implemented it?

Some ISPs are participating in a Copyright Alert System that notifies content authors of violations of their copyright. I'm concerned how this oversight relates to my private traffic, and what laws ...
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What risks does WPA carry?

A family member of mine would like to be able to play old PSP games online. Unfortunately the device does not support WPA2, and my network is strictly WPA2 AES secured. What are the risks involved in ...
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Password authentication using DynamoDB

I'm working on a Mac app. I have users stored using DynamoDB. Authentication is needed to enforce access control on system-internal operations, such as uploading files to Amazon S3. Of course, I ...
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How can I use nmap to distinguish between a normal linux machine and an android device?

According to this link: here, nmap 5.2 onwards is now supposed to detect android smartphones. I am using nmap 6.01 but it only identifies android devices as running a linux kernel.
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Privacy issues in Peer to Peer networks

In any typical P2P file sharing app, say DC++, the typical operations are search content, push content and pull content. A peer node broadcasts/multicasts its query to fellow peers and receives ...
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By default, does a linksys router log connections?

Routers have many settings that allow it to be safe and secure for the users that are connected to that network. A lot of these settings have to be manually configured though, which includes ...
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Dirty and clean interface on DMZ gateways

We have a webservice border gateway in DMZ which handles incoming and outgoing webservice requests in terms of authentication and security. We have two network interfaces in place, on is called ...
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Does NAT break source port randomization?

The standard defense against the Kaminsky attack is to use source port randomization for all DNS requests. Does NAT break the security benefits of source port randomization? In more detail, consider ...
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Precautions to be made while using Internet chat to prevent being hacked? [closed]

I have read many websites which state that, "We can hack into computers while chatting on the internet." What are the best precautions to be taken while chatting to prevent unauthorized access? I ...
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Best way to validate /etc/hosts from third party providers to avoid ads?

A lot of people use a huge /etc/hosts file to simply redirect ads and scam sites to 127.0.0.1. The interesting part about this approach is that you can have the same hosts on your tablet, your android ...
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DMZ and LAN data exchange - what direction should connections be made?

When configuring services in the DMZ to exchange data with the internal LAN which scenario would be more secure: DMZ service pushes data to LAN service or LAN service pulls data from DMZ ...
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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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adsl modem with the most security features [closed]

I am looking for the adsl modem with the most security features available. A 'least likely to be compromised', can be configured to be hack proof adsl modem with an internal firewall and other ...
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IP attack by reading/writing data?

If I remember correctly there is an ICMP attack whereby you can embed malicious code and it gets read/executed, causing the problem (similar to SQL injection). Are there any further/more dangerous ...
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How can cellular phones be eavesdropped on? [closed]

I know its really stupid question but one of my friend told me that he can listen to the guy who calling on his mobile phone without his phone being the one the call is controlled by. What ways could ...
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Ways to monitor someone's internet traffic

If some authority for whatever reason decides they want to monitor your traffic on a wired DSL connection, how would they do it besides exploiting your OS? What are the other ways assuming the OS is ...
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XKCD #936: under what assumptions is 1000 guesses/second over a network plausible?

In XKCD #936, a rate of 1000 password guesses/second is proposed as a "plausible attack on a weak remote web service". Under what assumptions is this rate plausible? It seems much too high to me. I ...
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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 ...
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AES CBC over TCP - when is new IV needed

I am working on a project where two devices will be communicating with AES with CBC over TCP. We already have a secure mechanism for sharing the encryption/decryption key. I am not sure if we need to ...
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What is the effect if a Cisco router is transmitting PDUs to an ISP?

I was recently tipped off by our ISP that our router is transmitting PDUs to their switch, and told that if we don't turn it off they might be able to penetrate our LAN. What do they mean that we are ...
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For SSL certs, is some sort of connection to the issuing CA (or other network resource) required for the SSL connection to be established?

I was reading an article on creating a certificate authority, and came up with this question when I came to the section entitled "Distribute your certificates and CRL". Background: I am deploying ...
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Easy way to analyse my netstats for intrusions?

I want to analyse my network traffic against intrusions or hackers. I looked at Snort but it seems difficult to install on Windows and overly complex anyway. When I issue a netstat -a, I see various ...
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Suspicious 'upstream' traffic

We are seeing unusual amounts of traffic heading upstream on our WAN connection, during the day our system can exceed (or attempt to exceed) the 1Mbps limit imposed on the connection. I have PRTG ...
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Without SSL, what vantage point does one need to MITM non-SSL'd HTTP?

OK, so there are two things here: being able to read the content of the requests and responses, and then being able to modify them. The former may depend on the latter, I'm not sure. But basically, ...
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Examples for (Web-)Security-Architectures

I just started to work on my thesis to finish my studies. However the field in which I write my thesis is pretty much new to me. I have the task to build a "Remote-Access Strategy/Architecture" to ...
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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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How to view which mac addresses are connected to some AP?

I set up an open AP. I know I can view mac addresses of connected users via AP's console (local console). this is not what I need. I use tool like Netstumbler or inSSIDer on my Win 7 machine to see ...
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How can you (anybody) find out the IP address of a single computer inside college

How can you find out the IP address of a single computer inside a college network. Every computer has the same public IP address on the network. How is it possible, after discovering that the IP is ...
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How to set up a user-friendly NAS encryption?

We recently installed one NAS drive (Buffalo LinkStation Pro Duo, LS-WVL, running the most recent Firmware version 1.6 to be precise) in our (small) company network. Currently, there is no encryption ...
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Best way to report a foreigner attacker's ip to authorities?

I have been under attack last week and I was able to trace down the attacker and get his IP address. The attacker was located in Germany but I live out of Europe? From your experience what is the ...
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Can you port-scan a LAN, from outside the LAN? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Scanning A Subnet Externaly Is it possible to scan ports on machines in a LAN, from outside that LAN? For example, I've got machines in my LAN network and want to check ...
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Why is ARP poisoning killing all network activity?

Using ettercap and ARP poisoning, I was able to eavesdrop on other connections, but suddenly I was unable to make any connection to the Internet. To restore Internet connectivity, I had to restart my ...
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Documentation Platforms for Information Security Team

I am looking for ideas on documentation platforms focused specifically for information security and response teams. Is there anything that has worked well? What are some of the unique advantages of ...
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What level of anonymity do VPNs provide?

When I use VPN is entire Internet usage protected or only some subset of traffic? For example, Is my IMAP email provider only going to see VPN's IP address? Is my DNS provider only going to see ...
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Tools/methods helping to determine application/protocol serving specific port

I do blackbox testing of the server and figured out that there is a bunch of listening ports. I need to determine what services/protocols those ports are used for. What I've tried so far is to use ...
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Doesn't an IP conflict occur when ARP spoofing?

I am playing around with Ettercap and ARP spoofing attacks. I have noticed that the computers that are involved in my attack not are displaying any messages telling that an IP conflict has occured. ...
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Can an insecure wifi connection block users who download a lot, from say: torrents or usenet? [closed]

Can an 'insecure community network' have automated features to block internet or slow speeds on computers which download a lot, from say: torrents or usenet? I have two computers and one has ...
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Insecure community network connection problems [closed]

I live at an apartment complex which provided free wifi. My problem is I cannot get a good signal in my bedroom. In the living room my desktop (with a wifi Rosewill PCI-e adapter) gets an excellent ...
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Does TCP/IP expose critical infrastructure to added risk?

Background: I just attended a talk on the security of critical infrastructure. The speaker spoke a bit on how adding the TCP/IP protocol to functions usually taken care of by dedicated protocols open ...
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Worst case scenario of having the ability to remotely write files to disk as admin

I'm working on creating a program ("My Program") that will communicate with another program ("Their Program") via XML commands over a raw TCP/IP connection. Their program allows files to be written to ...