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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Access to system32 [on hold]

Is there a way anyone can access the system32 folder on Windows without being logged in? If so, how would he do that and how to prevent it.
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How is the current situation of smartphone's factory reset protection?

I came across this news talking about a bypass on the nexus 6P factory reset protection, which made me wonder what is the current security status for the most known phones out there. For example, is ...
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Securing online SQL database and server [closed]

I am trying to build a big project but lack the knowledge of security of servers and SQL. So, please help me by telling what necessary steps should i take. Block all remote access :- I have heard ...
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Can I see the contents of SAM file with a plain text-editor? [migrated]

I have exported the SAM and SYSTEM as Registry Hive Files and I was wondering if it is possible to look inside those files to see what they contain? I opened them with Notepad but I didn't ...
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Do I need to change my host OS to something like Tails if I already have Tails running in a VM if I want to be protected on the interenet?

First let me say sorry if I sound like a script kitty, because I am. Now on to my question. So I want to be protected on the internet when I go on the deep web, do banking etc. I use Tails to protect ...
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How does a firewall software intercept network communication?

I have a basic idea of what a software-based packet filter does, and I'm not sure if it's entirely accurate. Basically, a packet filter is a loadable kernel module that is inserted into the network ...
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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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Wiping a computer of personal information while keeping the operating system intact

I have a unique situation but will try form this as a generally applicable Q&A: I must leave my Operating System intact, but completely wipe my information from the computer. How can I do this? ...
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OSX HomeBrew Security Risks

I've been trying to harden my OSX 10.11 computer and one of the guides suggested installing Homebrew to get updates to things such as OpenSSL. While updates are great, it seems like Apple should be ...
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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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Creating New Acc in Mac Mail 1st Connect to Server not SSL is uname & pw tx secure?

It appears that whenever you set up a new mail account on Mac Mail on OS X (or iPhone, iPad etc), that as soon as you enter the server and the mail account user name and password, Mac Apple-Mail tries ...
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iOS Encryption Details

Following on from this question, what resources are available relating to the technical specifics of how apple implement encryption on their iOS 4.x series devices? The Apple marketing material here, ...
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Operating system encryption of a Virtual Machine

I am a MacBook Pro user but sometimes I need to manage very sensitive data on Windows Seven. I am running Windows Seven on a virtual machine using Parallels Desktop v10.2.1. This software already has ...
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Old OS memory space protection - was it really that bad?

In his book Security Engineering, Anderson really focuses on how in the 90s and early 2000s programs would need to access memory that wasn't their own, and programmers programmed with the assumption ...
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Can someone bruteforce my OSX? (Macbook)

Is it possible for someone to bruteforce or perform a dictionary attack on a Macbook? It's very easy to bypass security of a Windows box (Password Protection) , what is the difficulty level of ...
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When using multiple operating systems, can they affect each other?

Let's say I have two different OS on my PC, Windows 10 and Linux. It is well-known that Windows collects a significant amount of information and sends it to Microsoft's servers, but I wonder if it ...
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Who is the Mandatory Access Control Administrator

Would a mandatory access control implementation administered by a 'normal' user be discretionary since the user could change permissions as he sees fit? And if so, wouldn't root as a MAC admin, being ...
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Virtual Machine Introspection for VirtualBox

Is possible use Virtual Machine Introspection (VMI) for monitoring system calls and internal system operations in Oracle VirtualBox machine (if I use Linux as quest system) in this time? I have read ...
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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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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 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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Does OpenBSD's security protect against identical vulns in other OSs?

I have been reading about OpenBSD and its more secure design. I was wondering therefore about the difference this makes to applications which can run on any number of OS. Lets take the example of a ...
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What is the most “out-of-the-box” secure OS for a home user? [closed]

This question will encompass several topics and may also include user opinion. Here is the question, and how I want you to qualify it: Question: What is the most "out-of-the-box" secure OS for a ...
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Why don't OS's make keystrokes available to only the current app?

Seems like a relatively obvious way to prevent (software) keylogging would be to force only the current (in-focus) app to be able to receive keystrokes. There could be a way to make explicit ...
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Where does the list of trusted content authorities come from when using a web browser?

I was asked "how do browsers know whether or not to trust the certificate from the server it's connecting to" and thought it was a pretty good question. After doing some googling I found two answers: ...
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Security research on Operating system security measures, where to start?

I am researching on operating system security, And I don't know where to look for more information on this. I could find the following sources, but I need more guidance. Sources: Microkernel ...
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What is preventing the widespread common use of MAC-type systems?

Overall question What is preventing the uptake of MAC systems such as SELinux/AppArmor in corporate and desktop computing environments? Why don't you think it isn't already widespread? I do not ...
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userWorkstations attribute in AD preventing users from logging into WebApp

For some of our users in AD, we have set userWorkstations attribute to restrict access to other machines. But this is preventing those users from logging into WebApplications (around 50+) protected ...
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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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Is it fundamentally possible to develop a (provenly) transparent computing system?

I recently asked a question regarding security obstacles of online voting via a web service, and one of the primary obstacles to doing this is the difficulty of proving that the program processing ...
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Can you extract memory contents from a hibernated Windows machine?

In a recent discussion about hardware hacks, attacks surrounding Windows hibernate popped up. I am not entirely convinced that it would be viable to get stuff out of the memory saved to disk. When ...
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Are there any architectures currently out there that use hardware-enforced process isolation? What would it take to add that to x86?

First-time asker/commenter, long-time reader. As someone who's currently doing a lot of thinking & writing about measures that might foundationally improve computer security (ie., involving not ...
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OS login password: How does it work?

I am making an application to create a password for a user. I am a bit baffled over how it all works though. Namely I want to be sure that my application will store the correct hash so the user can ...
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Is Linux spying on its users? [closed]

If you install some kind of Linux distributions on your computer, is their a possibility that their owners may spy on you? For example, can Ubuntu, Kali or Arch linux send data to its owners on what ...
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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 is that those containers can be very complicated and have a large ...
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Is it possible to browse/access the files on a computer's hard drive by booting from an OS installed in a flash drive?

I have installed Tails in an USB flashdrive and then booted my macbook with it. I noticed that Tails was capable of seeing my macbook's hard drive. Out of curiosity I tried to browse it. ...
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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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Are the Microsoft Windows images found on the internet safe?

Microsoft has stopped offering the Windows images for download. It is now only possible to get the image if one has a key of a retail version of the corresponding OS. The question is now, whether the ...
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Is there such thing as an OS “internal firewall”

I was wondering if there is such thing as an OS "internal firewall". If it exists, it must be under a different name. I am looking for a way to control which applications can talk to which other ...
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How can I detect users that have requested AD Administrators to reuse an expired password?

There is a trend among companies I've worked at where administrators (or helpdesk folks) give a user a courtesy extension of the old expired password... rather than forcing the user to change it. ...
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Do randomized PID bring more security?

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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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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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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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 ...