An acronym for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS). A set of rules and policies for protecting information related to card based financial instruments.

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Shared Database and PCI Compliance

Say we have a cloud based web application which is SaaS. This application is to be made PCI compliant as a service provider, as client card data passes through the application. This application uses a ...
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PCI Compliance for attachment in email

I am wondering if they are any PCI compliance issues around users of a service sending email with attachments that may or may not contain sensitive information through said service? As an example, if ...
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My app is asking for card details, but does not stores them. Do I need PCI compliance?

I plan to build an Android/iPhone app. The app will contain a few forms and status screens. One of the screens will ask the user for their card details. Once they'll click submit they'll be sent over ...
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pci compliance and temporary files

Does storing temporarily a non-encrypted file containing some PANs violate pci requirements? (for example because it is being processed by an application, or to open it on a file editor)
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Using Free AV to meet PCI Requirement 5

I am looking for some opinions on using free AV for meet PCI requirement 5. The way I read this for version 2.0 is that it's entirely possible for a client to meet their AV needs with the modern free ...
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is it illegal to share customer credit card data

I have an app where users can enter credit card data and it is stored using a 3rd party toservice like BluePay or Authorize.net, I do not and will not save it in my system. Trying to get this point ...
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Does PCI DSS 1.4 include tablets and smartphones?

1.4 install personal firewall software on any mobile and/or employee-owned computers with direct connectivity to the Internet (for example, laptops used by employees), which are used to access the ...
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PCI compliance over two domains

We have an eCommerce website hosted on a dedicated server. We get our PCI compliance report from Qualays and there is no problem with that. However, now we want to test something new on Amazon's AWS ...
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PCI Compliance Distibution

I run a small e-commerce website hosted on a dedicated server with Debian 6 Squeeze. I need to become PCI compliant (the card industry standard for security). Therefore I have registered with ...
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Antivirus / Wireless PCI v2 Controls Scope

Do the Antivirus / Wireless controls within PCI v2 apply for the entire organisation, or just for the PCI scope?
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Requirement 12.1.2 of PCI DSS: Is it enough to point to a standard process?

Item 12.1.2 of PCI DSS requires that the company's security policy: 12.1.2 Includes an annual process that identifies threats, and vulnerabilities, and results in a formal risk assessment. NIST ...
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Storing only BIN part of PAN, does this qualify as a full PAN?

We are looking at becoming PCI-DSS complaint. We wish to minimize the impact it will have on us and our business. As this can be a very expensive exercise. As I understand it if you do not store ...
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Help with scope clarification of PCI requirement 8.5.15

Section 8.5.15 reads: If a session has been idle for more than 15 minutes, require the user to re-enter the password to re-activate the terminal. Section 8 Accompanying note reads: These ...
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PCI DSS and ssh keys for root

Referring to this PCI DSS 2.0 and ssh keys I want to ask Is this PCI section 8.2 only for individual users or also valid if a user connects via ssh to a root account? I prefer to ssh root@localhost ...
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PCI DSS 3.0 - Is restricting SSH and/or RDP outbound required?

This question comes up a lot as I do evaluations for different customers. I currently recommend the following: All outbound SSH & RDP blocked by default from user network (non-CDE) All outbound ...
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Code deployment in PCI CDE

The PCI DSS v3 standard states the following: Network Segmentation To be considered out of scope for PCI DSS, a system component must be properly isolated (segmented) from the CDE, such that ...
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Internal / external Penetration testing a webserver - PCI

the PCI DSS document states: 11.3.2 Perform internal penetration testing at least annually and after any significant infrastructure or application upgrade or modification (such as an operating ...
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How to Encrypt Credit Card number for storing it in sql server database according to PCI DSS Requirement?

According to PCI-DSS 3.4 Requirement: Render PAN unreadable anywhere it is stored by using the below methods: One-way hash Truncation Index tokens and pads Strong cryptography with associated ...
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Which is best DPAPI or HSM?

Can you please explain what's is the main difference between for this both DPAPI and HSM? As far as I understand both protecting the data, the way of protection is difference HSM is physical device ...
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Does a PCI DSS category 2x device require the same physical security as a 1a/b?

I am trying to further understand the scope of my environment. I have a group of category 2x devices that are used to manage a category 1b device through a category 2a device. I understand my group ...
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PCI-DSS - key-based shell access to internal servers?

In the following PCI 2.0 requirement, I am not sure how to interpret computer access to internal machines (not remotely accessible): Requirement 8: Assign a unique ID to each person with computer ...
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ReverseProxy and PCI Compliance

My company has a PCI compliant billing gateway and they expose a service for submitting credit card payment details. I am writing a (Single Page Application/end-to-end javascript) website for them ...
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Which PCI DSS SAQ applies when you don't store store but transmit CHD?

We have a merchant website that uses Authorize.net's AIM. Cardholder data (credit card number, expiration date, etc.) is entered at our website. Then it's transmitted to payment gateway and isn't ...
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Non-trad bus model: I pay suppliers directly with client CC info. Need to be able to securely collect and read info [closed]

I'm a home-based travel agent. It is against my contract with my host agency (and I think the law actually) to directly accept payment from clients. Instead, we use customer CC information to pay ...
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Internal Vulnerability scans - defining the applicability

If a service provider has a network with thin clients, and they use a citrix portal to access a PCI complaint service provider's cardholder data environment. If the environment is very similar to tho ...
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PCI DSS - Network Design - users connect to internet via proxy;Should we place it at the last hop or before FW?

We need to be PCI compliant. PCI user VLAN is connecting to Internet via proxy but i need confirmation about the location of the proxy. PCI user traffic flow PC ==> ASA FW ==> IPS(integrated with ...
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Does PCI compliance requires DRP even if we dont store Card data

Our company is does not store any credit card details. We are storing it in a cloud platform which is already PCI compliant. We just require to access the Cloud portal from our company. I understand ...
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OSSEC not detecting deleted files?

I have configured 3 VMs: ossec server and two agents in CentOS 6 and Windows 2k8 R2. I have completed the setup and FIM and Log Management works smoothly. It also reports the new files. However, it ...
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Test S/KEY support for PCI compliance - CVE-2007-2243

In order for our business to be PCI compliant, we need to prove that we are not vulnerable to CVE-2007-2243. This states that: OpenSSH 4.6 and earlier, when ChallengeResponseAuthentication is ...
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How to store Initialization Vector securely for AES Encryption? [duplicate]

I'm using AES Encryption for encrypting credit card details and so I will store my DEK in Ecnrypted form and do we need to encrypt the Initialization vector for storage?
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PCI Compliance customer data being made available to another system?

Not completely au fait with PCI compliance, however we have our server checked each month by our host to check it is PCI compliant, because we have to keep it PCI Compliant for a specific ...
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Oracle Transparent Data Encryption [closed]

Currently we are using Vormetric for Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) in the Oracle Standard product to satisfy PCI-DSS 2.0 requirements. Does anyone have experience with other third party solutions ...
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How can American Express Serve login be PCI-DSS compliant?

Today I went to log into my American Express Serve account at https://secure.serve.com/ and accidentally discovered what appears to be a huge hole in their login process. Here are the steps involved: ...
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How does SAQ A-EP apply in the situation where no I frames are used

I'm really disappointed in SAQ A-EP. I feel that as a web developer, there are just way too many questions that go over my head and I couldn't possibly know. I use primarily Stripe and Braintree in ...
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Is this way of using Authorize.net's CIM PCI compliant?

We have a webapp where Authorize.NET's CIM and AIM are used for payment operations. When user buys something at first time he enters his CC number and other billing information at our site. This ...
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Using a Public-Key-Encryption browser side to avoid PCI compliance

We're developing a web application in which certain not logged users (clients) need to send their credit card details to other users (merchants) - which, we'll assume, are PCI compliant. We are ...
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DSA Generates different signatures with the same data [closed]

I'm using the example given in msdn article about the DSACryptoServiceProvider Class. The problem is that I get a different signature each time I run the code. I tried OpenSSL and didn't get this ...
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What is the most cost effective way to comply with PCI requirement 6.5, developer training?

We are a small company that is coming increasingly under pressure to be PCI complaint. Our main product is an API that move cardholder data between a customer and a supplier. I am in the process of ...
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How to safely collect bank account from website?

I want to collect bank account information from my customers on my website. I'd like to do that through a form, then I will download it to a PC, print it, and then delete it from the website. Or ...
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PCI Compliance Check-list

I'm currently attempting to wrap my head around PCI compliance - and what I need to do for my business to be compliant. I would like some confirmation on what I've found so far. I accept payments in ...
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PCI DSS Compliance for a Level 4 organization

We are a small company and process less than 500 Credit Card transactions each year so we fall under Level 4 category merchants. The company heads wants to make sure that we are PCI compliant at all ...
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Is it PCI compliant to send credit card details to the server without saving them there?

Considering I use SSL the whole process. I have an IOS client that I want to use to enter the user's credit card details. I want to do the whole charging and processing on the server side, so I send ...
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LDAP and anonymous bind for PCI compliance

We have to setup a central auth for PCI compliance and I'm wondering if it's ok to allow anonymous bind or should I create a user to do the bind for the services needing ldap?
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Does using Bcrypt to encrypt credit card numbers satisfy PCI compliance?

I understand that using MD5 is not safe and is not PCI compliant. Does using BCrypt satisfy PCI compliance
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Do we require to eliminate share drive access to PCI users?

Do we really require to eliminate the share drive access to the PCI users. We have a file server outside PCI VLAN. But PCI users have access to it. We dont have any DLP solutions. Does the PCI ...
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PCI Compliance - Encrypted Mobile Apps

My company (health care) went through a PCI audit and needs to solve some major issues. Our branches collect CHD on paper and saves them to a network drive as a pdf that our corp office accesses to ...
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How to implement PCI DSS requirement 3.5.2?

According to PCI-DSS requirement 3.5.2: Secret and private keys used to encrypt /decrypt cardholder data should be stored in one of the following forms at all times: Encrypted with a key-encrypting ...
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What is an offsite facility as per PCI DSS requirement 9.5.1?

PCI DSS Version 3.0, Requirement 9.5.1 says that we have to store media backups in a secure location, preferably an off-site facility such as an alternative or backup site or a commercial storage ...
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PCI prohibit direct outbound connections on EC2

I am using EC2 instances to power our web service that needs to be PCI SAQ-C compliant. I am trying to figure out what point 1.3 of the self assessment really means: 1.3 Does the firewall ...
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Is PCI SAQ A or A-EP applicable for my use case?

I read the FAQ over here andI feel that we do not need to be PCI Compliance but I have read many other posts, articles etc which seem to contradict my assumption. So I was wondering if any of you guys ...