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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How is it possible that a text message can reboot an Apple device?

I was reading through my infosec newsfeed and found this article: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/may/27/iphone-crash-bug-text-imessage-ios It basically talks about a bug iOS has while ...
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Security model for datacenters

I have several datacentres and now I want to plan security for it, so it's resilient to external attacks. I need to make a security model which will cover my web servers, auth servers, log servers, ...
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What do 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 are being run there. I have found out (among other things) ...
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PID randomization benefits

What is the concrete advantage of using random PIDs instead of traditional sequential ones? Some times ago, I've read an article in the french magazine MISC (no. 74 - July/August, 2014) publishing a ...
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Does it matter which platform a file is scanned on for malware?

Different operating systems use different file types and file systems. Does it make a difference to a virus scan which system it is being run on and what type of malware it's looking for? I ask ...
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Why doesn't the OS authenticate itself to me?

Sometimes it occurs to me, when doing something like a brew install, or really anything on a CLI (though I suppose this is also true of GUIs to a marginally lesser extent) that prompts me for a ...
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What is susceptible to Kon Boot hack tool?

I just learned about Kon Boot (from this YouTube video) and am wondering, how is such a hack tool guarded against? In the video the presenter claimed he had full disk encryption but was still able to ...
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Why does the government/military not use special operating systems?

Why does military and government not use special operating systems? I mean, if they do not use generic operating system based on Windows, Linux and Mac and create their own operating system, they will ...
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Is it safe to trust a Docker container?

When it comes to Docker, it is very convenient to use a third party container that already exist to do what we want. The problem that is those containers can be very complicated and have a large ...
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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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What's the difference between Systems security and Information Security? [closed]

I'm trying to differentiate between the the three. What is Systems Security? What is Information Security? What's the difference between Systems Security and Information Security? I'm trying to ...
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If someone steals my laptop while I'm logged in, how can I protect my browser?

My question has its roots in an xkcd from this week: http://xkcd.com/1200/ Isn't this true and ironic? We place so much emphasis on browser security and OS security -- and rightly so -- yet if I ...
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ARM TrustZone with Normal and Secure World

I am new to Security testing and I am working on a 64-bit ARM server. We are using ARM TrustZone technology. Is it possible for me to check if I am in the Secure world or the Normal world? How do I ...
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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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Hardening Linux Server

We have already had questions on here about Hardening Apache, Hardening PHP and Securing SSH. To continue this trend I am interested in what steps people take to harden Linux servers. As in what ...
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Minimize risk with Windows 2003 end of life

The company I’m at currently has over 500 Windows 2003 servers remaining globally in production and even though they have a refresh plan they are working through, they are not going to be done anytime ...
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The Perfect Mousetrap - Can a sandbox system be designed such that it's identical to an actual computer? [duplicate]

In testing suspicious files for malware, the typical method is to search for known malicious code. This is why zero-day malware attacks can be so dangerous — their malicious code is previously unknown ...
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What protections are put in place to prevent rootkits from getting ring 0 access?

I've been learning about What is a rootkit? As well as rootkit building and general system architecture. I have read that there are "User mode" rootkits that run in ring 3. But these aren't the ...
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exploiting setuid and setgid bit

I was reading material on secure coding and at many places it is mentioned not to use setuid and setgid bits for privilege escalation. These a vulnerable and can lead to security issues. Instead we ...
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At what criteria should an unpatched machine be considered hacked? [closed]

Since every machine connected to the Internet requires security patches, there is a window of time in which those updates have been released and those machines haven't yet been patched. It is ...
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What negotiates SSL ciphers? [duplicate]

In light of the recent FREAK vulnerability I am trying to get a hold on what ciphers are being used by inbound connections. I have FTP tracing on which is giving me which ciphers are being negotiated ...
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NMAP Scan Returns Odd OS Detection [closed]

I am new to NMAP but I was using it to troubleshoot some issues I have been having. I ran a scan on a device and I know the device runs some sort of Linux or Ubuntu OS and I was attempting to figure ...
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Resources to learn about Windows systems exploitation [closed]

I'm a beginner in penetration testing, and I'm struggling with finding decent material to learn. I used book about nmap, Metasploit, exploit writing etc..., but they contained too much information ...
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Does Linux and Mac OSX have built-in Credential/Password Managers with API access? [closed]

Does Linux and Mac OSX have built-in Credential/Password Managers with API access like Windows has with its CredMan (CredWrite, etc). It would be preferrable if they could be used without the need to ...
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How do I know my tools aren't compromised? [closed]

After reading different articles, most notably/concerningly: If the NSA has been hacking everything, how has nobody seen them coming? Ken Thompson's Hack (more the concept than specifics) I am ...
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High Level NSA Target, Help/Feasibility [closed]

I would like to know the feasibility of certain kinds of attacks. To be clear, assume the target is a high-level priority of the NSA. Is an OS such as tails useless against root-kits/keyloggers, ...
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Operating system scanner

I am confused about Operating Systems scanner vs Network Scanner. Usually a network scanner such as Nessus can already check for operating systems vulnerability. So what does an operating system ...
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Effects Of Encryption On Computer Systems

I am currently writing an essay and one part is a discussion about the effects of encryption on an Operating System/Computer/Infrastructure in general. However, I am struggling to see how a computer ...
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Trust a possibly compromised system for iso downloads

My only operational computer has shown some wierd signs like disapearing logs, rotated logs gone random files getting updated and so on. Tho this is my only operational computer and I have decided to ...
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What registry windows keys malwares 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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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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Is there a GNU/Linux or BSD distribution dedicated to air-gapped computer?

I am currently in the process of setting up an air-gapped computer which will be dedicated to managing cryptographic key (including: generation of GPG key/subkey, management of a small CA, generation ...
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Verify Mac firmware is not hacked…how to do?

I have a late model Mac computer. I allowed someone to plug in a USB drive, and my network activity changed afterwards. Normally, Little Snitch will report every app that uses the internet. Every ...
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How is Thread local storage used by malware/Virus?

I have been told that code in TLS is run before the entry point of an exe is reached ,so if one puts a breakpoint on this TLS address he/she could debug the behavior of the virus.Can Fiber local ...
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Security in Windows 7 vs Ubuntu

I have two semi-related questions about the security-related reasons I hear for switching to Ubuntu over Windows 7 (or from other Windows OSs to other Linux distributions). Someone people say that ...
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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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Is there a solution for runing processes in encrypted mode on runtime?

Is there any solution for securely running encrypted processes on an untrusted machine over the WAN? In public clouding, you can split your processes and send process request over the WAN, but you ...
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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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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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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 ...