Security through obscurity means relying on the secrecy of the design of a system to keep it secure. Kerchkoff's principle states that the security of a system should not rely only on obscurity.

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What unique device fingerprinting information can an iOS8 app collect?

As a follow-on to this question: What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect? What remaining device fingerprinting privacy / security vulnerabilities still exist as of iOS 8? Can ...
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Why is security through obscurity not a good option for encryption? [duplicate]

I feel like there must be a simple explanation, but I've been looking around haven't found any wholesome answers. Take for example my name is Alice and my best friend Bob and we want to communicate ...
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Teamviewer Security Question

Currently we are using Teamviewer 9. We have a couple of desktop machines that are locked down in the following manner: 1). The shell is no longer explorer.exe, it is a custom program we have ...
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Detect referer check on redirect

I have a section of my web site that I only want reachable from another portion of my web site. I know that referer spoofing is trivially easy. But, if all requests from an incorrect referrer are met ...
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What unique fingerprinting information can an iOS7 app collect?

I'm interested in unique information that is beyond typical user knowledge or control. As of iOS 7, users can easily protect local physical tracking by controlling radios (cell, WiFi, Bluetooth) in ...
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Purpose of using base64 encoded urls

I have come across a website, freshbooks.com, which uses base64 encoded urls for all purposes, ranging from POSTing sensitive data to a URI or just viewing some resource. For instance, a url to view ...
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What is the best practice to save encryption and decryption method in an application?

Almost all the application regardless of their nature and purpose are using encryption to secure sensitive data to be saved to database, if the user using a method to encrypt a file (for instance an ...
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Isn't all security “through obscurity”?

I know that one shouldn't rely on "obscurity" for their security. For example, choosing a non-standard port is not really security, but it also doesn't usually hurt to do so (and may help mitigate ...
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Is changing default admin URLs an effective security measure?

Consider WordPress, which houses all of its admin functions in the /wp-admin/ directory. Accordingly, its admin URLs all begin with /wp-admin/. I'm wondering if it would be significantly more secure ...
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Extended Basic Authentication

I would like to implement a REST API with Basic Authentication which relies on username and password. Because REST is stateless the user would have to reenter username and password for every request ...
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How risky is connecting to a hidden wireless network?

According to something I spotted something in a set of directions for connecting to a hidden wireless network from windows 8 found here (located under Step 1 > "Troubleshoot connection problems" > ...
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Is it okay to reveal database's table names?

I'm developing web application that uses database. I have to do some operations which needs database table names and db table schema. Will it be secure if I send this kind of information to client ...
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Is publishing your public IP address a security threat?

I work for a large-ish company (thousands of employees across multiple locations). I recently needed to know what the possible public IP addresses are, so that a vendor could identify us (presumably ...
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Use additional “password” in Referer to hide private site?

I have a private (= I'm the only user) site at example.com/private/. Nothing else is published at this host (it's my domain). I don't want anyone to know that there is anything at example.com, ...
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How would one crack a weak but unknown encryption protocol?

I was reading this interesting question: Is my developer's home-brew password security right or wrong, and why? It shows a weak home-brew algorithm developed by "Dave", and the answers discuss ...
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At what point does something count as 'security through obscurity'?

So, I keep finding the conventional wisdom that 'security through obscurity is no security at all', but I'm having the (perhaps stupid) problem of being unable to tell exactly when something is 'good ...
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Processor microcode manipulation to change opcodes?

I had recently thought of an extreme way of implementing security by obscurity and wanted to ask you guys if it's possible. Would a person with no access to special processor documentation be able ...
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Detecting and filtering data over AC power lines?

Given that it's possible for the average consumer to send covert signals over normal AC lines how can an IT department identify and filter out this communication? I'm not sure how difficult this is ...
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How valuable is secrecy of an algorithm?

On the surface, the inadvisability of security through obscurity is directly at odds with the concept of shared secrets (i.e. "passwords"). Which is to say: if secrecy around passwords is valuable, ...
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What sort of security method is this called (if it has a name)?

I have thought of a way of securing access to an application interacting with another application. Using this method Application 1 - "What is the sum of 1+1?" Application 2 - "3" Application 1 - ...
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Should Stack Exchange be more obscure in its systems' structure?

I've noticed that Stack Exchange always reveals the detailed structure of its servers and systems (see these blog posts). And also the exact results of their tests and points of weakness (see the old ...
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Is there any security value of creatively naming folders containing sensitive files?

A friend of mine asked me if he could sign his tax returns without printing them out. While helping him, he insisted on naming the folder containing images of his signature and initials a completely ...
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NSA Suite A Cryptography: Security through obscurity?

What is the opinion of scholars, cryptographers on NSA Suite A? Containing unpublished algorithms. Could it really be that much better than the published algorithms besides being obscure and not ...
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How do I remove or anonymize file names and path that are stored in compiled .NET exe output?

When an exception occurs in a .NET application, the exception output also includes the path and file name of the code file that resided on the developer's machine. This shares some information that ...
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Hiding version - valuable or just security by obscurity?

Many automatic security scanners have built in rules that alert on the presence of software version, and in many security lists version exposure to arbitrary person accessing the system is mentioned ...
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Will passphrases always be secure?

In a world where most people used passphrases instead of passwords, wouldn't an attack that generates a random string of words (alternating between word delimiters) be similarly effective to a brute ...
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Demonstration of how security through obscurity fails to work

I need to demonstrate that security through obscurity fails twice in the following scenario. I've a secret KEY. User A gets MessageX = SecretTransformation(KEY, SecretValue1); User B gets MessageY ...
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Is it alright to tell everyone your encryption information?

I have an account in an online banking system and they have the FAQ with something like this: How secure is the <Online Banking System Name>? Each page you view and any information ...
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blocking direct access to files via url input while still allowing a script on server to access files

I am trying to accomplish the following and have been unsuccessful. I would appreciate any insight. Scenario: http://www.mydomain.com/filename.html is a webpage. On this webpage I am running a ...
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Which graphic image formats contain revision history? Does the image editing software being used matter?

It's common knowledge among graphic designers that they can rename a PDF file and import it into Illustrator and access the "layers" within the document, revealing hidden information. I don't know ...
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Can wildcard certificates hide/obscure the hostname in a TLS connection?

I'm trying to increase security for my cloud-based / multi-tenant environment. I'm considering having clients access an obscure URL such as GUID.myCloud.com. I will then respond to that guid-based ...
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Is Skype secure enough to transmit passwords?

Is it considered "secure" to send a password in a skype message and delete the message after the recipient remembered the password?
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Anybody have additional information on the EMC RSA SecurID compromise?

The Security Advisory Press Release here doesn't have much information, the email that alerted me to this didn't help much more, and unfortunately I heard about the two Thursday evening conference ...
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The valid role of obscurity

That security through obscurity is A Bad Thing is received wisdom and dogma in information security. Telling people why something is to be avoided can be considerably more difficult when there is no ...
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How to define security requirements to ensure that developers… do not provide security by obscurity?

I tried to explain that security by obscurity should not be used but let's say I was challenged! I received the answer to list the known security by obscurity that I know, as a kind of bad practice ...