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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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?