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Identifying attacks by network activity

Is it possible (and how) to tell from a network dump if there is a buffer overflow attack, DoS or brute force attack? A DDoS would be more obvious to identify, but those attacks mentioned above I ...
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Installed some software over a public insecure wireless network — should I consider myself compromised?

A couple months earlier, I made the mistake of downloading some software over an insecure wireless network and running it without checking its integrity. I am now considering reinstalling my system, ...
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Snort even though working properly does not report majority of rules

I have installed Snort 2.9.7.0 and it does not detect majority of attacks, such as nmap port scans, downloading exe files, opening documents containing keyword "root". I use Snort together with ...
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Closely spaced failed logins in auth.log

I have a raspberry-pi (running GNU/Linux) and I recently allowed my router to forward port 22 (ssh) to the raspberry-pi so that I could log in while away from home. I then noticed a bunch of ...
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Is it possible to take back the control from an MITM in progress? [closed]

I heard that MITM also involves DNS poisoning, which basically tells the Net to take a different route than it was supposed to go.. (I'm not sure if my interpretation is correct..) Given there is an ...
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tool for passive device forensics [migrated]

Not sure if there is a tool out there but I basically would like to find a piece of software or multiple pieces of software that I could install on all my hosts within a network, for example my office ...
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Why can you bypass restricted WiFis by adding “?.jpg” to the URL?

I recently read an article on Hacking a commercial airport WLAN. It's basically about circumventing paid airport WiFi redirections (they redirect you to a certain URL when you type something in the ...
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DDoS - Impossible to stop?

Is it possible - in theory - to stop1 a DDoS attack of any size? Many people claim it's impossible to stop DDoS attacks and tell me I just shouldn't mess with the wrong people on the internet. But ...
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How can I set up DHCP so that domain devices get a certain block of IP addresses and other non-domain devices get a separate block?

Is there a way for me to set up DHCP so that only domain devices get an IP Address from a certain subnet, say 192.168.12.x, and other non-domain devices would be assigned to a different subnet? Edit: ...
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Using skype for an attack

I am curious about something; let's say someone randomly added me to Skype and tried to initiate a chat with me and I want to know more about them but I am worried if they can do some damage. My ...
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Can workplace wifi track ip address to an employee's computer? [duplicate]

At my work there is secure WiFi for all the employees. If someone has sent harrassment / sexual harrassment emails to me through the company WiFi, is there a way for my company to trace the IP address ...
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Can changing a MAC address give an attacker more leverage in a network?

Security lessons force us to use limited users (Standard User) on Windows networks. I found that an administrator account can change his MAC address from Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network ...
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Kaspersky Antivirus “secure connection scan” as broken as Superfish?

I've read a lot about Superfish (and similar ad-ware) lately and I basically understand the vulnerability to MITM attacks. But I'm actually wondering if the "secure connection scan" by Kaspersky ...
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Has there been any documented cases where hackers have hijacked the phone number to a business?

Has there been any cases where hackers have taken over the phone number to a business, by creating a phone number in the same area code, setting up a virtual PBX / Asterisk system, routing all calls ...
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Router detecting port scan and ack flood attack

Over the past few days, I'm noticing that the log of my wireless router is showing an ACK flood attack from various IP addresses. I use a D-Link DIR-600L. I've searched through the internet, also ...
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Has my network/computer been breached?

I'm not sure if this is the right site to ask, so I apologise if it isn't, but here goes. A while ago I started noticing some odd behaviour. My Gmail account was compromised, it seemed, and I had to ...
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Access router if you don't know password

At home I have a wireless cisco router. Unfortunately I wasn't smart to change its ip or passwords. So anyone who is connected to it can access 192.168.0.1 and log in as admin using password admin and ...
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different IP addresses [closed]

I'm new in the Network world so I'm still trying to figure things out. I have a server with an IP address like 192.168.1 etc. There is other devices that communicate and share information with the ...
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How can I check wifi activity?

I have a LAN network with three computers connecting to the Internet both through wired and encrypted wifi connections. Is there a way I can check who is connecting to the Internet via the wifi ...
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Internal network security policy for development environment

What are the best practices for network security for an internal development environment. Besides adhering to updates, antivirus, and firewall. For instance, is it recommended to use an IDS/IPS like ...
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Expose the source code repository externally or allow VPN access?

To allow third party consultants, offshore developers and contractors working on the code, we can expose our Git repository externally. Or we can grant VPN access to the external parties and limit ...
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If a MITM has your public key and you are SSH-ing through the MITM, what is the maximum attack it can perpetrate?

Firstly, let me start by saying that I am not attempting to hack anyone or anything (not that I would know how or where to begin, if I were). For illustration purposes, let's call the primary key ...
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Checksums do not match when I download file over http

Just for the test I did the following: Downloaded a page from wikipedia via wget on remote server and named the file test.dat. Then I executed md5sum. I download the file via http and check it back ...
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How to fuzz service with sending bad data?

I am reading a post about fuzzer in Python, here is the code: # Import the required modulees the script will leverage # This lets us use the functions in the modules instead of writing the code from ...
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What's the interest for web proxy over transparent proxy

A network I'm working on has only a web proxy (http, https) to communicate outside (mostly used for cache purposes, not whitelist or blacklist support). This requires lot of configuration to all tools ...
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How does the DNS-spoofer know the original destination of the packet?

It's perhaps my lack of deeper knowledge of how the DNS, NAT or TCP works, but I have been thinking about the following scenario and can't figure out the following problem which arises in DNS-spoofing ...
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Is having Steam installed a security risk?

Speaking to one of our security administrators at work, he insists that Steam is a well understood security risk and it shouldn't be installed on work machines. Saying it's not work related I ...
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List of most common network vulnerabilities a la OWASP Top 10 [closed]

I am trying to find the most commonly used attack vectors/techniques on computer networks in the style of the owasp top 10, for my thesis work. The reports shouldn't be older than 2-3 years. Can you ...
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Prevent hacking with known IP address and router information on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS [closed]

I’ve had it! It is the second time that a “hacker” (A hacker or should I say thief) has had access to my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS system. The person that I suspect has had physical access to my pc because he ...
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How do I restrict network access to LAN for visitors

How do I restrict network access to LAN for visitors? In my organization's premises any outside visitor can come and connect to the LAN ports in our meeting rooms. We have seen that they are able to ...
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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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My WIFI (with my own password) is connected to our office network. Is it secure? More details

Is there a possibility that they can see my browsing history, media transfers, Skype sessions and even FaceTime? Please tell me.
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How to retrieve type of device starting from its public ip

Given a public ip, is there a way to retrieve what's lying behind? I mean if I use nmap -PO 159.149.xx.xxx I am able to know if the device is alive (responding to ping) and which ports are open. But ...
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Determine if compressed or encrypted [closed]

I have a bunch of network data and I would like to determine if it is either 1) encrypted or 2) compressed. I doubt it is both, but the potential exists. If I am assuming that the traditional ...
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untangle server at work place privacy

When I am browsing in an environment where Untangle server is installed, can the network admin track everything I do? for example: Skype chat messages Personal emails (Gmail, Yahoo)
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I've shared my WiFi with my neighbour. How can I ensure they're not downloading illegal content?

I want to ensure they're not downloading any illegal content (torrent websites in particular). If they're using a VPN or Tor, then I guess there's not much I can do, but if they're just connecting ...
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How to retrieve the MAC address of a remote IP [closed]

I have an IP address, and I want to find the corresponding MAC address. The IP address is in the same city, so we're connecting to the same network. How do I find the corresponding MAC address?
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How can the sybil attack be used on a P2P system that implements DHT?

I was reading about the sybil attack and am unclear on some details. After becoming part of the peer-to-peer network, the adversary may then overhear communications or act maliciously. By ...
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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 ...
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Are popular porn sites more likely to be infected with malware?

I'm trying to help my friend understand this because he believes that since a site is very popular, that it's less likely to infect its viewers because of its security! Is a popular site less likely ...
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Security risk of PING?

I have been told that PING presents a security risk, and it's a good idea to disable/block it on production web servers. Some research tells me that there are indeed security risks. Is it common ...
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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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How to organize a CTF?

In the context of an IT event, my team would organize a CTF (Capture The Flag). About the challenges (we’re working on them). I want to have some references on the types and levels of difficulty that ...
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What constitutes an exploit? I was able to compromise my common household router

Was setting up Wifi at home today (just using the default router Time Warner Cable provides) and was appalled at the minimal security that the web server provides. Default user name/password is ...
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Decrypting SSL over a Mobile Network

I work for a large company and we are trying to judge the safety of some proprietary information that is being sent and received in a new application we are developing. After our initial testing we ...
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Is WPA practically less secure than WPA2 only if QoS is enabled?

I've been looking into attacks that are effective against WPA-TKIP but not WPA2-AES (both using PSK). I've found Vanhoef & Piessens's paper that builds off an attack by Beck & Tews and can be ...
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What's the diff between blocking a port with a firewall and not starting a service on that port in the first place?

I was considering setting up a software firewall (pf) on my web server and did some research on them. Were I to do it, it'd involve basically blocking connections to all ports except 80, 443, and the ...
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Segregating network systems and functions [closed]

I want to segregate network systems and functions so that if an attacker hacks in one area, he can't necessarily reach others. What should be the recommendation when information from one network is a ...
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Securing my network: unmasking spoofed mac possible?

In Kali you can: airmon-ng start wlan0 ifconfig mon0 down macchanger -r mon0 (-r changes mac id to a random number) ifconfig mon0 up This attack for example: aireplay-ng -0 2 -a [ap mac #] -c ...
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What techniques do advanced firewalls use to protect againt DoS/DDoS?

It is hard to protect a server against Denial of Service attacks, DoS/DDoS. The two simple ways I can think of is to use a server with much resources (e.g. CPU and memory), and to build the server ...