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Is a firewall an access control list?

I want to know if a firewall is considered an access control list (ACL). I know there are other types of ACLs, but am specifically interested in knowing if a firewall is an ACL. Edit: It appears ...
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Firewall hole punching [closed]

I'm interested in doing my thesis on Firewall hole punching. Hole Punching: A way to exploit NAT to open a connection TCP or UDP between a Client and a Server. What I'm looking for is a reason this ...
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How to Block a url not a website [closed]

I want to block a single url. I am using OpenDNS now and it is working fine with website blocking on my network but the problem is that i want to block a url like ...
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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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What does this Snort rule do? [closed]

Rule-4: alert udp $EXTERNAL_NET any -> $HOME_NET 3333 (msg:"ET EXPLOIT Wireshark ENTTEC DMX Data Processing Code Execution Attempt 1"; content:"|45 53 44 44|"; depth:4; content:"|04|"; ...
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Hundreds of legitimate IPs are hitting my website like bots [closed]

I'm having a huge problem with my website due to a weird spike on hits. Today, i'm getting several hundred hits. Normally, i get a lot less, and they are from me country. Today's hits are from every ...
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Hack into a computer through MAC and IP address [closed]

Can I hack into someone's computer if I know the MAC address of his modem and his public IP address? Is this possible? What kind of stuff would I be able to access?
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Could a router protect our network or need we use an hardware firewall?

I am at a small firm (12 PC on the internal network). We use this network architecture now: Internet(Modem) --> Router --> Firewall --> Switch -- > Internal Network (clients PCs) ...
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Custom surveillance protection [closed]

I want to make a secure network because of government surveillance. Is there a way I can configure or build some type of custom hardware to be able to detect and to access the network, but only ...
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Network camoflage-techniques of hiding networks [closed]

How are top secret networks hidden? What are the techniques to make a network hidden from the public?
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Why do people tell me not to use VLANs for security?

I have a network, where a have a couple of VLANS. There is a firewall between the 2 VLANs. I am using HP Procurve switches and have made sure that switch-to-switch links accept tagged frames only and ...
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What advantages and disadvantages do Palo Alto firewalls have, compared to others in the market

I am about to start an evaluation process for firewalls. I have experience with Checkpoint and Juniper, but I don't have any information on Palo Alto networks, other than their marketing stuff. So I ...
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How can I get a fiddler-style trace of an iPhone / Android?

I want to audit the HTTP and HTTPS activity of apps downloaded onto my mobile device. What is the best way to do this? I own the device, can add a root certificate, and can connect the running ...
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How can I secure IP Multicast traffic?

I'm interested in securing IP Multicast traffic for content that will be sent globally with several low bandwidth receivers. I understand that simplified Broadcast encryption takes N public keys ...
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Public facing computers in a Media Lab

I've just taken over administering a lab of Apple computers on a university campus. We have about 15 computers and I've discovered that they all have public IPs and domain names. Even our printer is ...
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how can I stop someone from watching my internet history? [duplicate]

I use someone's wifi network. Is there anyway to stop him by getting my browsing information or can I somehow hide my browsing history from him?
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How secure is split tunneling on a VPN?

What protocols get encrypted and go through the VPN? Is it just port 80 and DNS traffic that does not go through the VPN? Does this impose any security risks by running a split tunnel? Making the ...
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what can hackers do with a hacked router?

In Malaysia, our service providers are giving us a router with remote-admin available. It has come to my attention that with a simple line I'm able to find out the routers username and password. I'm ...
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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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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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When downloading from an https web page - will the download also use ssl?

If I click on a download link on a page that uses ssl, will the download also use ssl? If the answer is not (or: sometimes yes, sometimes not) - is there any way I can force it to be protected? I'm ...
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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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Choosing the Path in IT Security [closed]

I graduated last year from an Informatics and Security degree program. This program was taken in a Canadian college. It equipped me with the basic security knowledge in all fields; networks, systems ...
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Recommended Cipher Suites for TLS 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2

There are a lot of cipher suites defined in the in the specifications itself of TLS 1.0, 1.1 and 1.2. And furthermore, there exist RFCs which add even more cipher suites to a specific version (e.g. ...
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How do exploits and payloads work together?

I knew about the metasploit framework since a few good years ago, but I never really got into it. I have some knowledge when it comes to networks, but I am not a PRO. I've tested some things with ...
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Security risk of connecting one mobile device to another mobile device's hotspot

Is there any risk when connecting an Android Phone to a [Verizon] iPhone's Hotspot? If there are I'd like to know about solutions. The Android Phone will basically be tapping the data plan of the ...
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How can I protect my internet-connected devices from discovery by Shodan?

There's been a lot of buzz around this recent CNN article about Shodan, a search engine that can find and allow access to unsecured internet-connected devices. Shodan runs 24/7 and collects ...
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What features boost security for a home edge router?

I want to hide my home network behind a router and not worry about firewalls on internet-facing devices. Furthermore, one PC is going to be hosting some services, so I guess I need port forwarding as ...
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How can I get a list of unsigned plugins in openvas?

How can I get a list of unsigned plugins in openvas? Are those plugins safe for use? When I run the scan on a test machine with nasl_no_signature_check = no, I don't get any results(not even any ...
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Suggestions for secure fax SaaS

Does anyone have experience with any fax cloud services, which they can recommend from a security standpoint?
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Secure way of opening web page from iOS without need of logging in

I am developing an iOS application and web page, both use same Parse backend. Web page contains some functionality that is not available in the iOS application. Therefore I would like to present the ...
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What exactly does one get from a Nmap Scan?

I know nmap is a port scanner and its output shows all the open ports, the services running on those ports, the underlying OS and technology, etc. What should one take from this result in easiest ...
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Can teleworking let my boss to sniff my network traffic? What else could he do?

My boss proposed me to code from home on the their machines via internet, in two possible ways: I would connect to their computer and work on their machine, as if I was in front of the computer(from ...
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How common and how easy is sniffing plaintext communication?

So the first reason we give to encrypt content is to prevent against a man in the middle sniffing all data. That is the reason ssh is used and not telnet for example. But in today's networks where ...
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How do you stop a hacker when their IP address is 0.0.0.0?

Wordfence reports the following visitor: An unknown location at IP 0.0.0.0 visited 4 hours 45 mins ago IP: 0.0.0.0 Browser: Baiduspider version 2.0 Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Baiduspider/2.0; ...
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Way to make “DNS unblockers” safe?

Many people who live outside the US use "DNS unblockers" such as Unblock-Us to access region restricted services such as Netflix and Hulu. My understanding of these services is that for DNS requests ...
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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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Secure chat — is CTCP a good option?

Not sure if this is the proper forum for my question, but I've recently read over at Encrypt Everything that CTCP is a poor choice if you want to keep your chats secure. I'm beginning at security, so ...
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Does WPA2 Enterprise also authenticate clients to the 802.1X protected switch port?

In an 802.1X protected LAN, the switch port is usually set to "Multiple Hosts" mode and the access point is configured as an 802.1X supplicant which authenticates to the switch and "opens" the port. ...
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Secure end-to-end when part of conversation must be over HTTP

We have a situation where a user's identity can be verified as follows: the network provider knows the identity of the user and injects secure headers into the HTTP request, which our servers can use ...
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Using HTTPS, can the target domain be seen?

If I go to https://google.com/q=test_query with from my browser, what traffic can be seen on the router? Can the domain name (google.com) be seen? If so, can I block all of the traffic to a web page ...
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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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How can the Google web crawler bypass portals?

This is a situation that I have encountered on a number of occasions. I will conduct a web search in Google, a link to a file (.pdf for example) will take you to that file on the server. It opens up ...
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Can viruses transfer from phone to computer over the network?

I don't know if this is the right place to ask but I heard that adult websites (porn) had viruses. I used to look up porn on my iPhone (I won't anymore) and I understand that there aren't viruses for ...
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How to set iptables to drop packets that I'm not listening on?

I've got a Kali Linux box I use for pen testing. I would like to configure my machine to DROP incoming packets, but only when I'm not listening on them. e.g. if I run a netcat listener on port 80, I ...
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DNS settings compromised from WAN on Edimax ADSL router

My home network Edimax AR-7084gB ADSL modem/router with firmware verison 2.9.5.0(RUE0.C2A)3.5.18.0 was exploited from WAN few days ago. The attacker changed DNS server settings - primary server to ...
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Why are Windows computers open to network file access by default?

I'm on a work network, and I had some files I wanted to give to a colleague. I set up a shared folder and directed him to my computer name to open the shared folder. Then I remembered from a long time ...
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Is a separate server needed for remotely accesing accounting software?

Wishing you all a great 2014. I hope this is the right section. Basically we have a Dell Poweredge R520 server in our office, and we now want to install some accounting software that can be accessed ...
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Can MiTM and similar attacks be performed on separate networks

Okay, suppose that I have 2 computers: Computer A and Computer B, connected with this setup: A->switch->router->internet / B->router/ and the closest router to computer B is ...
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Best practice for accessing management port of firewall

I'm in the process of setting up a bunch of servers at the other end of the world (well, 8 hours travel time) in a co-location place. The servers and firewall all have a remote management port (KVM, ...