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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Persistent Connection Attempts By Akamai Technologies

I have seen this question asked in different places, but have never seen a satisfactory answer: On different computer builds, ASUS/GIGABYTE/MSI, I constantly have outgoing connections to ...
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How safe are networking ACLs based on IP-address?

As far as I know, a determined attacker would have no major issues in hacking the IP address of the packets contained by his (web) request. Therefore, I cannot see how an Access Control List (such as ...
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In detail, how does SSL offloading/acceleration/termination work?

What is the in-depth working mechanism of SSL offloading/termination? I could not find literature that would dive deep enough into the subject. Assume the following example, where a intends to ...
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Why do private networks use both X.509 and User/Password authentication

For example, the school network I am on requires both a name & password to log in along with having its X.509 certificate installed in my browser. Why does it need both? Shouldn't name and ...
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Two similar computeres on same network, different traceroutes (one slow - one fast) [closed]

My SO's computer has a very slow internet connection. So I compared her traceroute to xkcd.com with mine. We are on the same network, on both on os-x. It's a simple 4g home router. tracerouter ...
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Can the packets of a wireless network be sniffed by a user who is not present in that network?

1.If an user knows the frequency used by a wireless network, is he able to collect the packets from that network? Those packets may be encrypted, but can he collect those packets? 2.If the user has ...
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Security criteria for selecting a network switch?

I am looking to purchase a switch with 24+ ports. The set of security criteria that I should bear in mind when selecting a switch is not clear to me. I have tried to take other networking security ...
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Compromised submarine cables and the consequences to internet?

I recently read an article that Google wants to build a submarine cable connecting to my country supposedly to increase overall speed and while I hope my government will never allow this kind of thing ...
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What is the best home wireless network encryption algorithm to use?

What is the best home wireless network encryption algorithm to use? I realize the best answer will probably change over time, and hopefully people can provide updated answers as new standards come ...
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Am I exposing my application to IP address forgery / ip spoofing?

Here is my setup: I will create two REST services that are run on Server B and should only be called from Server A. Both servers are on the same network and I am not able to configure a firewall to ...
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How do you practically manage your never-use-personal-accounts-on-a-work-machine-ever double life, when your personal machine is a limited iOS device? [closed]

This is follow-up to Starting a new job after working at home for years. How to best protect data, secrets, and privacy in the workplace? The answer to that question is Follow company security ...
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Starting a new job after working at home for years. How to best protect data, secrets, and privacy in the workplace?

I have just started interviewing for new computer job after years of working from home. At home I feel very secure with how I protect myself from data loss and keeping my secrets secure. I backup ...
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Parallel systems, in case any of two has known exploits

As software becomes more and more complex it's harder and harder to keep it secure down the entire line. Discussing this problem with a friend we were opting some pretty extreme solutions and wondered ...
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Is a sensitive NAS behind a router safe?

I have four pcs connected to a switch connected to a router that gets connected directly to the internet. How safe is a NAS attached to the same router along with the switch plug? I'd like to have ...
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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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How to secure Epson Beamer?

I work in a school and we have several Epson Beamers but some of our students have download an application for their mobile (with infra-red and WiFi connection) and they now have remote control and ...
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Puzzle: network intrusion or OpenDNS/Disconnect.me collision?

My home / home-office network uses OpenDNS as a content filter. As the OpenDNS admin, I received a "User wants access to..." email indicating that someone tried to access a blocked site and requested ...
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How to make Reaver crack WPS faster [closed]

I have Reaver 1.4 on Ubuntu 14.10 with a Realtek RTL8187SE B/G adapter and it takes almost 5-10 minutes to get from 0.01% to 0.02%. I always have my TX-Power at 30 when I use Reaver, the network is ...
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How can I convert a Windows certificate into a PEM format, that includes the chain + root?

I need to import a certificate into a Cisco Ironport for Web SSL inspection. The only input format supported is PEM. Based on my research the PEM format does support all certificates in the chain, ...
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Can a Windows or Linux password be brute-forced on a public network?

I am at a hotel that has a public network. I have a Windows machine with a wired connection to it. "Network and Sharing" has network discovery on. No folders are shared except "Users", which is shared ...
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Spoofing of Server Sent Events

In the spec for Server Sent Events, it says Authors should check the origin attribute to ensure that messages are only accepted from domains that they expect to receive messages from. Otherwise, ...
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Is there any meaning in only allowing port 80 and 443 today?

It's become standard fare for security minded organisations to block everything other than 80 and 443. As a result, more and more applications (other than web browsers) are learning to use these ports ...
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secure use of psexec?

As of March 7, 2014 PsExec now "encrypts all communication between local and remote systems, including the transmission of command information such as the user name and password under which the remote ...
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How The Sony Hack Was Traced, and So Quickly? [closed]

What are the steps that are required to locate a source that have routed their traffic through multiple zombie hosts, spanning multiple networks/carrier/nations?
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Only HTTP(S) port is open. Why do I need to worry about unpatched software?

Unpatched software poses no risk by themselves. They're only problematic when someone exploits it. How could malware get into my system if I do have unpatched software in general and I'm connected to ...
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Why is browsing while logged onto a VPN from public wifi more secure than not?

I've been trying to wrap my brain around VPNs for a while now, but can't find a good source that answers the questions I have. In particular, I can't understand why browsing from a public access ...
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How are computers identified across networks?

IP addresses are assigned to computers when they connect to the internet and change depending on your location. However, I read that your computer also has an address that doesn't change. So, when ...
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Connecting trusted and untrusted networks

We have two domains that are isolated. First domain is the Corp LAN, the second is an hostile untrusted network with untrusted clients that could contain malware. Clients on the untrusted network ...
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When do I use IPsec tunnel mode or transport mode?

I basically understand how tunnel mode and transport mode works, but I don't know when I should use one instead of another. Among the two parties who want to communicate, if one computer B doesn't ...
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Is HTTPS redirecting to HTTP a vulnerability?

Let's say a user is authenticated, and the entire account authentication process happened under secure HTTPS. Upon successful login, the user is redirected back to the homepage. However, the homepage ...
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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 hide my ip and browsing history from others on my network?

I need to hide my activity and IP address from those I share this network with. I'm unsure if a VPN will serve my needs, because I'm not concerned about the sites I access tracking me. I'm concerned ...
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What Man-made Physical Threat Could Pose Severe Danger to a Server Farm?

I am writing a novel in which a researcher attempts to work against a study he is a part of by purposely sabotaging operations on the research compound. I am wondering if the following is plausible. ...
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Strange device in routers client list

Due to a high number of clients connected to one of my routers I recently changed it's password and reboot it. I also disabled WPS. The router is a ZyXEL Prestige 660. After the reboot the client ...
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What are the risks to a network if a single computer is compromised?

If I open up a dedicated server on my home network to accept incoming connections (HTTP, SSH, etc) and that machine is compromised by an outside attacker, what are the risks to other devices on the ...
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Can a neighbour who installed my router access it?

I have a bit of a security concern. I'm concerned that my neighbor sees everything on my computer, web sites I have visited, my passwords, etc. Background: He installed a Linksys router in my house ...
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What are the advantages to using a VPN over secured/trusted wifi

It's often recommended that you should use a VPN when using unsecured or untrusted networks, such as open public wifi or secured wifi that you don't control. What are the advantages to using a VPN on ...
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Redeploying multiple Secure sites on a single server

This may not be a great site for this question. I basically have approximately 10 VPS instances running a secured website each, each with their own SSH connection to a hosted Database. What I'm ...
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How to know what others browse through the network?

My friend connected to WIFI and after 5 minutes he told me which sites I had actually been browsing, and who I chat with. My question is: how do I defend myself against this, and also how did he do ...
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WLCTL protocol detected by sniffer in an Android tablet

I detected that my rooted Android tablet had a slow connection. Trying to find what is taking the bandwith, I installed a firewall (DroidWall) and I blocked all the applications thinking that one of ...
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Is there a way to block all TOR traffic incident on my public servers?

I don't want any connections coming from a tor network to be accepted by my servers.