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Network Forensics - what is in your toolbox

In similar vein to this question on computer forensics, what tools would you have in your toolbox for infrastructure and network forensics. Typical example cases would be if you were called in either ...
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What is the best practice for placing database servers in secure network topologies

I have a classic DMZ architecture: My webserver is placed in the DMZ. The webserver needs to communicate with a database server. This database server is the most critical component of my network ...
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What security mechanisms are used in BGP and why do they fail?

I just read about Indosat trying to take over the Internet by mistake. I read on a Polish infosec-related website that most of their announced routes failed to propagate, but some of them reached the ...
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Public DMZ network architecture

Years ago, when I was a student, a network security professor taught me in a class what a DMZ is. The architecture he used in his slides was similar to this one: Now that I got employed, my boss, a ...
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Are powerline ethernet adapters inherently secure?

I have 2 Zyxel PLA407 powerline adapters. Router is downstairs connected to one adapter, other adapter is upstairs about 30 feet away connected to a desktop. I have a house, not an apartment or ...
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To firewall or not to firewall?

There's recently been some discussion (to be generous) about the pros and cons of having a firewall deployed in front of servers. The con mainly being that it's a point of failure in case of a DDoS. ...
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Is it possible to use the aircrack-ng tool to crack a WPA2 Enterprise network?

is this tool (aircrack-ng) capable of cracking into a WPA/WPA2 Enterprise network? This tool has major success cracking the passwords of WEP/WPA networks. If it can, how, but if not, is there another ...
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What's the risk if I accidently type my password into a username field (Windows logon)?

I'm used to logging into my personal Mac which is a password-only field (like waking from sleep mode). Sometimes I have to use a Windows network on which I have an account, but of course I have to ...
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Can IP address be a component of 2-factor authentication?

I have a bunch of Linux machines that I wish to administer over the Internet. I currently use SSH keys, but have been advised to use 2-factor authentication. SSH Keys are something you know. Is an IP ...
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How can I detect if someone is sniffing network packets on the LAN?

I would like to know if there is a product or software that can detect if there is a sniffer currently on the network? In other words is it possible at all to detect if there is a network card on ...
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Can voice chat be spied?

I wonder if voice chat (via public services like yahoo, google talk, skype, etc) is practically secure? Is it possible for the ISP or any middle point? I do not consider hacking the computers, but ...
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What features do you look for in an Enterprise Log Management solution?

This question is for IT Pros, and people who manage a company's infrastructure. Developers should see this related answer for tools geared for them. What are your requirements for such a Event Log ...
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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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Can Skype chat be protected from snooping? Are there safe alternatives?

I use Skype a lot. With all of my clients, staff, contractors and friends, however, the acquisition by Microsoft worries me, as two of my clients are direct MS competitors, and I often work on long ...
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sniffing/recording GSM 3G signals

Is it possible to sniff or record and process GSM 3G signals (from some reciever) given that there is no other signals interrupting etc (the most comfortable conditions) Update (with some supporting ...
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How do you detect load balancing?

Scenario You need to PenTest XYZ.com. You expect, because it is a high traffic site, that multiple servers are being used with a load balancer. Question Aside from pulling the MACs (which are ...
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Automated tools for Cisco IOS config auditing? [closed]

Are there any automated tools for auditing config files exported from Cisco IOS devices? Free/Open Source is always nice, but anything that does the job would be of interest.
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Malware known to use port knocking to evade detection by network scanners?

Are there any known cases of malware in the wild that utilize port knocking on a backdoor to evade detection by network scanners?
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How to tell if you're being ARP poisoned?

I am having some issues at work and there is a new network admin in place. I think I am being monitored so decided to run ArpSpy X in two scenarios: Over WiFi bridge pluged into cisco router to took ...
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Need help identifying the OSX process that's generating strange network traffic

Since the past few days, I noticed that my router was a bit slow, and was restarting by itself at times. When looked at it's logs, they had entries like: Friday Jul 13 13:09:02 2012 1 Blocked by DoS ...
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Is it possible to speed up WPA/WPA2-PSK cracking using a rogue AP?

We know that WPA/WPA2-PSK uses a PTK (Pairwise Transient Key) for each client to encrypt the communication. This PTK is generated through the process known as 4-way handshake. As told in the related ...
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Is WPA2 WiFi protected against ARP poisoning and sniffing?

Is WPA2 WiFi protected against ARP poisoning? If not, can the ARP poisoner decrypt the packets?
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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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Snort Sensor Placement

I have a snort sensor monitoring some of my network being fed from a mirrored port. This mirrored session only monitors traffic between the firewall and peering switch. Since this just sees traffic ...
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Is there any solution for block the HTTPS traffic using URL filtering?

The URL filtering can block the HTTP traffic but not the HTTPS traffic in Internet Explorer. For example, the website http://www.facebook.com is blocked by the URL filtering while the https://www....
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Is IP spoofing relevant to TCP? Is it relevant for TLS or SSH?

I have read the TCP Connection Establishment on Wikipedia In brief the packets to start are SYN, with a (hopefully) random sequence number A from the client. SYN-ACK, responding, with A+1 and (...
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Why don't ISPs filter on source address to prevent spoofing?

I'm under the impression that if all the ISPs were required to filter on the source IP address of all outbound packets, that spoofing would be reduced considerably. Are any ISPs implementing this ...
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Bypassing hidden SSID and MAC filtering “protection”

I was browsing over this question and had some follow up questions from a practical perspective. What tools will show the SSID of an AP with the SSID set to hidden or broadcasting disabled? I have ...
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Advantages of separating Web server from Database

What are the security advantages of installing the database of a web application on a server other than the one containing the web server?
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Is IPv6 with NAT less secure than IPv4?

This is a follow up to a snippet from another answer. There, user Ninefingers writes: (...) only allow outbound connections, ever. Do this in spite of NAT as IPv6 will make those NAT defences ...
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How to get hold of and use WPA session keys?

I'm testing sniffing and decrypting my WPA2 wifi network traffic. But when using airdecap to decrypt the capture file (created by airodump) using my WPA passphrase I only get broadcast traffic. If I ...
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Is it possible to catch a virus on my LAN without clicking on anything?

My unpatched PC running Windows is connected to a network which contains other "infected" computers, can I get infected by viruses without any interaction on my part?
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What is more secure: ISDN, Cable Modem, DSL, T1, etc…?

This discussion came after showing a friend this Security.SE post regarding DNS attacks, and after reading about a Cable Modem MITM attack. Given the current options available to consumers, what ...
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Does having a VPN service mean accessing my email etc. over public free open WiFi mean I have security/privacy? [duplicate]

Is my information secure over public WiFi if I use a VPN service? i.e. protection of emails and login details.
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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 ...
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Monitor websites being visited on network

I need to monitor the websites being visited on my wifi network by the different IPs connected to the network. What is the best way to do this? I spent some time with Wireshark but I feel it is a bit ...
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How to find out if somebody is spying on my private browsing data in the same WiFi network? [closed]

I live in a hostel and eight people including me, are using the same WiFi network. One of my friends is a "computer wizard". I would like to know if he is secretly checking my browsing history and ...
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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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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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Securely sending packets without them being spoofed

I'm working on a simple multiplayer game to break the ice with network programming. I have a system where if the player moves, the server receives a move packet that contains some stuff like the ...
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What are darknets, and how can they be used to provide security and anonymity in network communication?

One of the major problems with the internet is that it's difficult to stay anonymous while retaining the ability to communicate with a large number of people. While encryption can be done effectively ...
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Is there a legitimate reason I should be required to use my company's computer? (BYOD prohibited)

I just got a new job at a medium-sized (~100 employees) company and one of the first things I was told is that I cannot use my own computer, because I need to be able to connect to their network, ...
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How secure is TeamViewer for simple remote support?

I'm deploying a web-based ERP system for a customer, such that both the server and the client machines will be inside the customer's intranet. I was advised in another question not to use TeamViewer ...
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How do you deal with massive port scans?

This morning I was looking through firewall logs and saw there were about 500 packets marked as port scan. The scanning range was from 1000-1200 5000-5200. The IP address is 85.25.217.47 which seems ...
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VPS security best practice

I've just signed up for a linux VPS to host a website I've been creating and I need some advice on the best approach to secure it. I've previously been hosting it off a VM in the house, but I want to ...
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monitoring outgoing network traffic [closed]

The graphs for one server that I am using are showing consistent 7.5 kb/s outgoing network traffic that started a few days ago. How can I monitor/log/capture/analize this traffic to see what is it, ...
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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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Powerful security tools to use in penetration testing

I want to ask you about some good security tools you've used or heard about, please let us know the ability in every tool and the difficulty to use it and which is the best situation to use this tool ....
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What free tools or techniques exist to discover anomalies in network flows?

I have been using FlowMatrix. What do others do on the cheap?
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How to prevent network administrators from accessing USB drive

How can I prevent network administrators from accessing, mapping to etc. a USB drive that's in a PC on their network? I'm mainly concerned about files being edited or deleted.