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Can you tell if an attack is successful by looking at IPS logs?

In my organization, we have an IPS behind a firewall. Each time a security event is triggered, I am left to wonder if the attack is really successful. For events that are set to drop in inline, we can ...
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“There's a firewall on the router into the building so you can turn the one on your computer off”

I know some people that, in regards to network security, argue that because the firewall on the router into the building is on, that makes the network secure and therefore, the firewall on Windows ...
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Security provided through MAC filtering: Wired vs. Wireless Networks

My question refers to the following article on Wikipedia: MAC Filtering. The article states: MAC filtering is not effective control in wireless network as attackers can eavesdrop on wireless ...
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Could my computer be infiltrated if someone knows my external IP? [closed]

Could my computer be compromised if someone knew my external IP? I know that when you type that in it just goes into the router page, but my computer is connected to said router. If so, what is the ...
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Security implications for two applications communicating with TCP/IP on localhost

Considering this for the local loopback connection: - It is implemented entirely within the operating system's networking software and passes no packets to any network interface controller. If ...
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Cable modem/router hidden internal ISP network?

I was querying my router(Thomson TCW750-4) over the SNMP and stumbled upon some interesting information. I see that the router actually has five separate network configurations operational: ...
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Do we need to use separate IP ?

I want to open and forward SSH port to one of our internal computers. Problem is - it will use the same IP address as PCI-DSS environment (where the HTTPS payment gatway is running) Basically ...
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Is it possible to assign MAC-address-specific passphrases for a WiFi network?

Private network access security can be defined by a unique WPA2 passphrase to grant access to devices and MAC address filtering to control authorized devices. Nowadays mobile devices are legion, so if ...
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Is suspicious network activity likely to be caused by a rootkit?

Netstat has been one of my favorite tools to check out possible malicious connections, but then I heard about the dangers of rootkits and their high complexity, allowing them to be able to bypass ...
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Security measures against packet sniffing

I work in a environment where packet sniffing can be easily done . I was worried about my confidential data . Please suggest how is it done and precaution which i can take at client level.
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What can't a packet sniffer troubleshoot [closed]

This might seem like a really vague question however I am studying a networking course. One of the many aspects requires the use of a packet sniffer software - in this case I chose Wireshark, which I ...
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If someone hacks my wi-fi connnection, what can they see and how?

I have two questions on wifi security: If someone knows my wifi password (be it WEP or WPA) what can they see on my screen? Do they just see URLs I visit, or can they see everything in my ...
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How is a Tor hidden service immune to exit node attacks?

Let me explain with a nifty diagram: IP/RP <-> bunch of Tor clients/node (Tor circuit) <-> Tor hidden service Wouldn't the last Tor client in the circuit knows that the message is for the Tor ...
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with IPv6 do we need to use NAT any more ?

I'm wondering how to use NAT with IPv6 ...seems that you don't even need it any more. So what exactly is the concept behind firewall configurations in IPv6 environments?
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Bridge Exploit of Network Multi-function Print/Fax Devices

I performed a recent security audit and was wondering if anyone has heard or run across any known exploits against any commercial multi-function print/scan device whereby you can bridge the incoming ...
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SIEM v/s Network Forensic

when SIEM is already implemented in a enterprise network; does it not do all tasks and report like network forensic investigation? Or can we do away with SIEM and have only Network Forensic tools ...
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Disabling Ping/ICMP Requests [duplicate]

Are there any benefits from disabling Ping/ICMP requests on servers? I've read where people say to do it but I can't seem to find any real benefits with it. Only more likely to cause more problems. ...
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Remote IP scan detected

I would appreciate if you take some time to go over issue I am facing. On my laptop I have windows 7 installed, I am using ESET Smart Security 5.2.9.1. As I work 9 hours day online I am seeing a ...
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Does this show the need for a two-factor authentication?

I need some help for my understanding while reading through this authentication scheme in WEP. In a WEP authentication scheme, the station first sends a request for authentication. However, this ...
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How to secure my network, laptop, ipad and email accounts which are possibly hacked?

Background Last month I noticed lots of failed emails in my inbox and after few minutes I lost my access to my Yahoo Mail. My friends informed me that they have received spam emails from me. So I ...
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Eavesdropping a communication between a local application and the network

After some digging on the Internet, I've been unable to find a satisfying solution for my curiosity... Here's the thing : using a shell script, I've been able to obtain a list of IP addresses ...
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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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Set Gateway for our LAN

I am new to Networking. In our organization we try to setup gateway for security purpose so that we can block certain harmful websites. All I know is gateway is a device. What we have is the LAN ...
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Open source video conferencing software with encryption [closed]

A couple of friends and I are looking for an open source video conferencing software. We'd like to run the server on a Debian box, but the clients are Windows machines. Most importantly, it should ...
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TCP IN connection from another user in my home network. Is it safe?

I'm using Comodo Firewall and I noticed that sometimes I'm getting TCP IN connection from another IP address in my home network (only one router and few wireless users): TCP IN | 192.168.1.50 | ...
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Router Ports open

What ports on my home router should be open, say if I'm only using it for browsing the internet. Right now these four are open, 23/tcp open telnet 53/tcp open domain 80/tcp open http ...
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Is the system bios and network card protected by the OS firewall?

My question arises from trying to understand new types of spyware that target the system bios and/or network card. Is the system bios and ethernet card both protected by an OS firewall set to deny ...
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What are the security concerns when connecting to a WiFi network? [duplicate]

I connected my phone to a protected Wifi network that is not my own. Can anyone accessing the same network be considered a threat on my mobile device? Is it easier for hackers connected to the same ...
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Should a hostname ever be considered a secret?

I've been told in the past that you should never give out the host names of computers on your network. I can't think of any reason why this would be the case. Could someone tell me if they should be ...
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Why on earth would anyone use the 'top secret' option of IPv4?

So, I was reading RFC 791, and got to the bit about options (here). Everything seemed to be decent and sensible, until I got to the 'levels of security' part. Now, I can understand how, internally, ...
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SSL on domain will affect un-secured sub-domain

I have a plan to buy a SSL certificate for my domain. I don't have much budget so I decided to buy standard SSL with no support for sub-domains. I have a WCF web-service that works on sub-domain. This ...
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Danger of peer to peer software [closed]

I wanted to ask what are the risks of using P2P software. I found a lot of information on-line regarding the danger of file sharing but not about the software by itself. I am writing a mobile ...
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Sending a skype message by ip or mac addresses [closed]

If I know someone's ip, mac addresses and a computer name in a local wifi network, and also that there is skype running on their computer (and port), can send them a message through skype? Can I find ...
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Trace wireless connections in airplane mode

I was wondering if turning on Airplane Mode really disables all wireless connections. If so, anything you do on the phone locally can not be traced, seen, or viewed, hacked, etc. by anyone over a ...
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Pros/cons of using a private DNS vs. a public DNS

I was wondering why a company should use a private DNS. In comparison with a public DNS, which advantages does a private one have, and which issues can a public DNS create for a company? I'm new at ...
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Using a virtual machine as a buffer between USB media and OS

I was directed here from the Unix & Linux site. I've gone through some of the related questions, but they seem to be more concerned about whether a guest OS can access the host OS in someway. ...
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How to modify data sending by application to the server?

Let's suppose that I have a simple application which is sending data to the server (placed not in my network), for example 0 1 2 3 4 5 (explicit data) in one second delay between each other. Is it ...
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How could an iPhone be transmitting abnormal loads of data without apparently running anything?

My iPhone has sent/received 900MB in 15 days from "com.busuu.japanese.a" I got this information from Onavo, which 'compresses' my data. I have never heard of Busuu until today. It is a language ...
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Alternative to AirPcap for Linux?

I need to sniff WiFi packets, but according to AirPcap FAQ page, it just supports Microsoft Windows, not other platforms. Does any alternative of this product work in Linux? Please don't offer Alfa ...
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Is it possible to detect host-machine of my virtual-machines?

So basically I need to know is there any way to find a connection (or relation) between packets sent by my VMs and my host machine. In my lab I have lots of workstations, each running a VirtualBox ...
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Evaluating hosting providers for CC development environment

An organization that develops software that may be subject to security evaluations such as Common Criteria is looking to externalize part of its IT infrastructure, including critical components such ...
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Hide a machine on LAN [closed]

Is there any way to hide a computer on LAN? For example maybe with a firewall, when someone is going to ping a machine, it won't answer. In other words the machine must answer to router only. I am ...
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Using Cain and Abel to capture traffic of machine in the same network

I have installed Cain and Able in machine A, which is connected to another machine B via a LAN. Now I want to analyze all the traffic of machine B. Is this possible by installing Cain and Abel on ...
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Security w/ Router Behind a Router?

I have a SMB (small-to-medium-business) router (router x) that my workstations run off of in my small business. I wanted to offer my customers wireless internet while they wait for service so I ...
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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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Can you have 2 promiscuous (sniffing) ports on a single machine?

I'm wondering if you can actually have 2 (or more) promiscuous (sniffing) ports on a single machine, to monitor multiple network segments? And can you monitor them all with snort?
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Can you sniff broadband connections? And how you secure that?

I know that you can sniff data which is transferred over wifi. Can you do that with broadband (wired)? And how can you secure the network, so nobody could sniff data both over wifi, and broadband?
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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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Backtrack 5 in a VM - Why bridged networking over NAT?

When running Backtrack 5 from a VM, it is recommended to use the bridged networking option instead of the NAT networking option? How does it affect the usage of Backtrack - port scanning, ...
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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). ...