The operating system is the software component that provides abstraction of physical hardware, and provides a generalized model for application software to execute without the need for specific hardware knowledge. Questions on the topic of operating system security should use this tag; you may also ...

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Vulnerable OS's?

Which vulnerable OS's like for example DVL would you recommend for someone to use for the purpose of pentest/exploitation learning?
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How nmap guesses the operating system?

nmap has the capability to guess the operating system with the option -O. I was highly surprised that it can find the correct kernel or service pack. * How nmap guesses the operating system? * What ...
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Hardware encrypted external HDDs

I'm planning to buy an external HDD with hardware encryption, namingly the WD My Passport Ultra 2TB. On the WD website the information about the encryption is sadly scarce so I'm asking here. How ...
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Where to download OpenBSD release ISO's over HTTPS?

OpenBSD claims to be highly secure. So why doesn't it allow downloading the release iso's over HTTPS? Or I'm missing something? Can someone please explain this to me?
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How can I protect my computer from my potentially malicious colleagues?

So, I work in this small company (10 people) where we do stuff in programming, for various platforms. I started recently working there (2 months) right after I graduated. My work is not exactly ...
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Can a detached hard disk reveal the system information of machine from which the hard disk is detached?

Can an internal hard disk (on which Ubuntu or any other OS is installed) that I detached from the PC or laptop (Keeping the OS as it is) and connected to some other PC or machine reveal the info of ...
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What does Msgsrvr and Scientia-ssdb do?

I'm having a task in a computer security class in school where I'm supposed to scan a host for open ports in order to find out what services is being run there. I have found out (among other things) ...
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Is a monolithic kernel more secure than a microkernel for a small OS?

Upon building a kernel for a small CLI system what option is the best one? I don't know much about what microkernels can do so bear with me if I'm being ignorant: In one instance, there are ...
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Pentesting an ATM OS upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7

How to approach penetration testing of a ATM OS that was upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7? From what I gather, the testing flow should be as follows: Architectural Review Pentesting OS and ...
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Could see image of previous session after restarting and switching OS

(I have GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows installed.) I played a game on Microsoft Windows, quit the game, restarted the PC, and selected GNU/Linux. On the login screen, the background image was ...
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Bitlocker with bootloader on a seperate drive

I believe the answer to this may simply be it's not possible but all the same: Is it possible to have an OS partition protected by bitlocker loaded from a seperate drive with another bootloader ...
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Can hackers detect my operating system?

I've seen people demonstrating the use of backtrack to attack VMs. In one of the components of backtrack, it shows the operating system of the targets. Since support for Windows XP is ending soon, i ...
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Why doesn't the OS give every application a secret password?

As far as I understand if Dropbox wants to automatically run in the background without asking the user for a password it has to store the password somewhere on the harddrive and has currently no way ...
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What does “sandboxing” mean for Chrome OS? [duplicate]

I read about Chrome OS in the security section, and I was wondering what the meaning of "sandboxing" that they keep mentioning is. Is this sandboxing like Selinux or Apparmor ?
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Is it safe to create live usb on an infected system?

I am using Ubuntu 13.10. If my laptop is infected with malware, can I get rid of it by creating a live usb on it and using that live usb format and re-install the ubuntu ? I mean is it possible that ...
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Major differences between Kali and SecurityOnion

Curious about the major differences between Kali Linux and SecurityOnion. Do you think it would be easy or useful to replicate what has been done with SecurityOnion on Kali? Why is there such a ...
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How to hack a Win95 machine?

While playing with old operating systems, I came across that there are no remote code execution exploits available for Win95 machines, running just file share (no IIS or anything else). Win95 neither ...
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Recommened books for learning operation system [closed]

I see other similar question here. I want to become Malware analyst. I have learn to program in Python and C++(not on expert level but fairly good). Before I continue with Assembly language I want to ...
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How does the Windows “Secure Desktop” mode work?

Can anyone explain (or provide a link to a simple explanation) of what the Windows "Secure Desktop" mode is and how it works? I just heard about it in the KeePass documentation (KeePass - Enter ...
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Can Windows malware harm a Linux computer when it's executed with Wine?

I am an (Ubuntu) Linux user. Sometimes, I have to use Wine for running Windows executables. I would like to know if Windows malware (virus, trojan, worm,...), i.e. malware that was not intended to ...
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Intrusion Detected - OS Attack

I have recently gotten a prompt from my anti virus stating that there was an intrusion with an OS attack as describe in the link below: ...
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the dangers of internet forums - what is FUD, what is not

I just visited a forum and a member knew what OS I was running without me saying anything (a not TOO common distro of linux). Now I'm not sure how he exactly he might have done it, or what information ...
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How to hide or obfuscate the type of OS?

I get the OS type of a remote host by: connecting to an open port (telnet <host> 22); using Nmap (nmap -A <host>). What are techniques and how to hide or change the information about ...
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What parameters to check to say that a computer running Windows is slow in responding because of infection?

When interaction between the user and the operating system is too slow (Windows become slow in responding to different user's request): what parameters could we check (and that we could use within a ...
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Can benign software modify Widnows DLL files?

On Windows (XP, 7, 8, NT ...): can .dll files be modified (in any manner) by benign programs/software already installed/running on the computer ?
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What registry windows keys malware target often?

I wonder what are the main registry windows keys malware target often ? I would love to code a program that will check the state of those windows registry keys for eventual modifications by malware.
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Where can I download vulnerable Windows OS images to practice penetration testing?

My objective is to learn and practice all the vulnerabilities and their exploitation on vulnerable OS.
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Forensic research: What OS to use [closed]

I have been given an assignment from my school, in wich I have been given a Virtual image of a compromised system. The first thing I need to do is setup a environment to wich we can mount the image. I ...
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Is it possible to defeat the OS detection capabilities of network scanning tools?

Network scanning tools such as nmap have the capability to infer operating system version based upon lower-level system details. EG: TCP/IP stack behavior, etc. Are there any known methods to trick ...
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Proccess to exploit an OS vulnerability [closed]

What are the steps to use an exploit on an OS vulnerability? I tried the popular ms08-067 on an XP machine, following a guide found on the internet, discovering Metasploit etc., but I can't figure ...
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Can viruses actually inject their code in other processes?

Can a virus really inject its own code into a process so it stays on your computer permantly? The only way to actually remove it is to reinstall your OS. My question is how can it do that without ...
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Is online banking more secure on iOS than a desktop computer?

Does Apple's iOS provide a more secure environment for online commerce (banking or shopping) than Windows or Mac OS X? Since the only software that can run on iOS must be vetted by Apple, the ...
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Is my computer at risk of being hacked when using public Wi-Fi?

I'm sitting at a cafe, using their public Wi-Fi. I don't go on sensitive sites; I basically go to a music site and listen to a live stream, for which there's no login. I don't check my email or visit ...
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Can a drive-by download attack crash the OS?

Are there cases where a serious drive-by download attack could crash the operating system or the browser ?
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Where is the scope of ISO7816 standard family in smartcard operating systems interoperability?

ISO/ICE 7816 defines a series of standards for using in smart cards. For example, part 4 of these series named "Organization, security and commands for interchange" (which it's last edition has ...
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Is Chrome in Metro Mode more secure than Chrome in Desktop Mode?

With Windows 8, Microsoft introduces the Metro Apps which run in a sandbox environment, and therefore should be more secure. I would be interested to know if this higher security that the metro apps ...
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Are files created in Chrome OS developer mode tracked by Google?

If I enable developer mode, then open a shell and create /some/directory/temp.txt, it is invisible to me through the Chrome Filesystem API. But does this mean that it's also invisible to Chrome OS ...
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How does binary code execution vulnerability work on a modern OS?

In a modern OS I think that: the .text section where binary assembled CPU instructions are stored cannot be modified the .data/.bss section is marked as no-execute so that the information there will ...
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Automatic vs Manual

When it comes to technologies that directly affect information security, how do you determine when it is better to use an automatic option instead of a manual option, and vice versa? I already feel ...
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How can I recover encrypted files after system reinstallation

I had a file which contains images and videos, I was using the windows 7 ultimate and I had encrypted the file. Now I have copied that file to my hard disk and format that operating system and again. ...
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OBSD X11 as non-root?

If running X11 as root is not a very good idea, then can anyone mention a method/solution, how to still use a GUI, and not having X11 as root?
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Are exploits platform dependent?

Looking over an overview of the newest published IE exploit, I noticed what I think is assembly. I don't know anything about exploit development, but I know a little about assembly. Seeing that ...
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What makes iOS more secure than other phone OS [closed]

Let's start off with an example. Here in Canada, credit card companies cannot upgrade you credit card limit. You need to make a request, that will then get analyzed and then, depending on your status ...
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Running proprietary software on Linux safely

As a summer project, I'm looking to prevent any piece of proprietary software like many games I run from have access to my personal files. After looking a lot at sandboxing, I've decided that anything ...
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One computer with multiple OSs in different drives

I use my personal computer for both programming work and gaming at my free time(and sometimes penetration testing) all these in different operating systems each. The problem is that I dont really ...
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After restoring from a (valid) full disk backup can malware still persit?

In the comments to this question it is mentioned that even after a backup recovery malware still can persist. Do I understand that correctly? How is this possible? If Acronis True Image is used to ...
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Is there a way to prevent software from accessing hardware IDs?

I think this is related to this question, but I would like to know if there's also a way to prevent "third party" applications from seeing hardware IDs (motherboard, hard disks, and others), or giving ...
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Secure Linux Desktop

I'm looking for hints about secure linux desktops. Securing servers is no problem. Most recent Software Updates, run only the services required etc. But what about desktops? I'm thinking about details ...
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Is dual-booting an OS more or less secure than running a virtual machine?

I run two operating systems on two separate disk partitions on the same physical machine (a modern MacBook Pro). In order to isolate them from each other, I've taken the following steps: Configured ...
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access control-intersection of subjects’ permissions

In the book named "operating system security", I read this paragraph: "Protection domains can also be constructed from an intersection of the associated subjects (e.g., Windows 2000 Restricted ...