An attempt to penetrate a system's security in an effort to evaluate the protections in place.

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Penetration Testing Methodologies

I have some issues regarding the concept of black, grey and white hat and my question is: Were and in what penetration testing methodology I can find the black, grey or white hat concept definition?
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How does DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) work?

How does DNS-based Authentication of Named Entities (DANE) work? If I'm correct it depends on a valid DNSSEC configuration (Domain Name System Security Extensions)? But what does it do and how does it ...
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Should pypi subdirectories be accessible from web browser?

I am a security researcher and when I was fingerprinting one web application I found out that all the subdirectories of domain.com/pypi were accessible from the web browser. The main directory pypi ...
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Can I test my own network?

I'm currently trying to enter the field of information security and I was just wondering if there was anything barring me from testing my own network for security vulnerabilities? I only have a couple ...
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Unable to PSEXEC into machine with admin hash

I'm doing a penetration test at the moment, and I am trying to PSEXEC into a machine for which I have the local administrator hash. I am attempting this with metasploit and metasploits psexec module. ...
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How can I prevent myself from barcode payload attacks?

Recently I came across a tool which can inject payloads into a barcode. How can I prevent myself from this kind of attacks? Attack scenario: The attacker prints vulnerable barcode / sends ...
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MS16-032 Privilege Escalation - how to get system in the same shell? [closed]

When I used MS16-032, it opened a new CMD with admin privilege, but I want to do it remotely without showing a new window to the user. How can I use it remotely and get admin in the same shell not ...
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Is array injection a vulnerability and what is the proper term for it?

When I'm penetration testing I sometimes notice undesirable behaviour of a PHP script when I inject a single or multidimensional array using the HTTP GET parameters. Possible availability risk This ...
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Pentest scenario where ping multiple Hosts is useful?

I would like to know if there's any pentesting scenarios where ping multiple hosts is useful for the pentester. EDIT. Of course any other that know if the host is live...
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Security scan with or without IP whitelisting in the firewall and isn't that introducing a weak point?

In case of an automated security scan is it more desirable to get the scanner IP addresses whitelisted in order to possibly find vulnerabilities behind the firewall, or to scan in front of/against the ...
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Is the undesirable conversion of a scientific number a vulnerability?

I noticed in several penetration tests that PHP is converting values like 1e9 to 1000000000 while the max accepted string length of this number is 3 (in the database storage and as maxlength property ...
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How to categorise web vulnerabilities in a report?

What is a good way to categorise the vulnerabilities in IT security reports. Assuming it's about a web-based environments like: Websites, Web applications, Web shops, Any interface using web-...
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How do you pen test a REST API?

We have a server that is running a REST API on port 443. I'd like to make sure it's secure by doing various pen tests on it. I'm used to doing offensive testing on a webpage where I can see code, and ...
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Does PT (Penetration Test) allow rooting a server?

When doing a PT, are we allowed to root servers to escalate privileges? I am planning for post exploitation and it necessary to root server for that. So it is better to stop there or go further.
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Advice on pentesting web applications? [closed]

A year ago I started to learn some things about hacking websites but in an incorrect/unstructured way. That's why I decided to start over at zero, and that's why I'm here. What's the things that I ...
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Web application penetration testing methodology

I'm following a course where the trainer recommends to identify all the vulnerabilities affecting a web application before trying to exploit them. While I understand the need to identify all the ...
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When testing out security vulnerabilities on sites such as OWASP Projects, should we be in a secured/protected environment?

I was curious if there is any need to secure/protect ourselves when doing projects on sites like OWASP to learn about vulnerabilities or "Wargames/Challenges" such as what's posted in these links How ...
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how to start a reverse meterpreter session with powershell

I'm doing some pentesting training. Since powershell scripts more easily allow to bypass antivirus protection I wanted to start a meterpreter session with a powershell script. Here is how I generated ...
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Microsoft IP Blocked by my fail2ban

Yesterday at 3AM our Fail2ban blocked an IP, not tremendously uncommon, however it appears to relate back to a Microsoft address. This could perhaps be an Azure server being used for the abuse. My ...
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I have the ability to run arbitrary Python code on the 'apache' user. What damage can I do?

So, due to bad programming on the part of one of my former colleagues, one of our internal web apps allows the user to upload and run an arbitrary Python file. This recently came to light via an ...
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Reverse shell hangs web server?

So I am currently playing around with DVWA, and by exploiting the local file inclusion vuln I can manage to upload the nc.exe binary on the target server and execute a reverse shell to my machine. ...
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How to know if it's actually a 404 page? [migrated]

What I learned from Foregenix: The HTTP 404 Not Found Error means that the webpage you were trying to reach could not be found on the server. It is a Client-side Error which means that either the ...
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bind(merge) exe with jpg [closed]

i have an exe file and a jpg file, i want to bind them into one executable(exe) file, in the way that when user double click on that executable: first image will shown to him then the exe file will ...
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OWASP-ZAP and DVWA Login

I need to do a pentest of the DVWA application. To do that, I chose the OWASP-ZAP tool. I followed all the steps of this tutorial. But when I try to run the "spider" the program doesn't find all the ...
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Attaching orphaned/stageless session meterpreter

I have problems with meterpreter reverse_https. In my engagement, I saw this message in console; "Attaching orphaned/stageless session meterpreter" But after I lose connection, and victim connects ...
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“Rollback process” for different penetration testing in case of something goes wrong? [closed]

In some extent, different kind of vulnerability assessment and penetration testing may impact on target system. I am looking for the solution/rollback process if something goes wrong during test. ...
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meterpreter/reverse_tcp handler other then metasploit's handler [duplicate]

Actually i am getting the error on metasploit handler "Connection reset by peer ssl_accept". On investigation, I came to know that I was running my powershell payload using powershell.exe (32 bit ...
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using netcat as a handler for windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp payload

How we can use netcat as a handler for windows/meterpreter/reverse_tcp payload. I am getting the connection but unable to run any command.
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Is it OK to do a security testing in parallel with a QA testing?

This may not be a very technical question per se, so please feel free to move it to the respective forum/stack. However, I would really appreciate anybody experienced or experiencing a similar ...
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Pentesting - best bang for your buck? (credentialed versus non-credentialed)

My day to day activities consist primarily of penetration testing (white/grey/black). Throughout my engagements, I try to educate my clients on the differences of testing types. E.g., credentialed ...
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Deciding on payload

I am new to penetration testing and I am trying to understand how to choose a payload and why. For example I set up 2 virtual machines 1 with Kali Linux and a Windows XP SP2. On a previous experience ...
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Explaining information leak to Lead dev

Our lead dev tells me that this information leak from our website is "no vulnerability. Just an ugly error UI." It looks to me that the leaked information could be used to aid an attack. Does it ...
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What are the most important vulnerabilities must be where professionalism [closed]

As we know that the vulnerabilities are many and varied, but what are the vulnerabilities in most locations and which need to be addressed and the focus on.
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Heartbleed POC: Is this sensitive information?

In order to demonstrate the Heartbleed problem, I executed a publicly available exploit against a vulnerable old NAS web-server that has since been replaced. Below is an excerpt from the subsequent ...
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Dumping Large table using Sqlmap

I am learning/working on sqlmap and I was trying to dump a large table with 11K entries on my localhost. The command I used is: python sqlmap.py -u "http://localhost/searchre.php" --data="search=' ...
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Android client side data encoding/encryption bypass

I am working on Android application security project where Android application sends all data in encryption from client side only. I assume that there must be a file at client side which might be ...
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Use Nessus or focus on manual testing?

Nessus scans for a a lot of vulnerabilities, so should I focus on learning vulnerabilities that are not covered by Nessus, like directory traversal attacks? Should I work on only the vulnerabilities ...
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How can I do a Windows registry check with OpenVAS with out a port scan?

OpenVAS has the function to check Windows registries, but when i try to check a registry it also does a port scan. I used the scan configuration out off the manual. http://docs.greenbone.net/GSM-...
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website - infected by malware and if yes, how can I treat it? [closed]

A friend told me that the website of our association, here , got blocked by the corporate network of the company he is working for, due to malware (see picture below) I've tried a few website like ...
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What is the most valuable file you can get using a directory traversal hole [closed]

I am doing a penetration test and I found a directory traversal hole in the web application which enables me to download any readable file in the server. However, I could only download files that is ...
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Ethical hacking requirements on a banking institution

If I would be required to do an ethic hacking research by a banking institution would I use my own bank account, ask for an account to the bank or open a new account and transfer some money and do ...
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Dumping custom query via SQL injection when output is in the die() function?

On my localhost I have a PHP link like this abc.com/index.php?q=XYZ where XYZ is a base64encoded parameter that I have verified is injectable. When I try abc.com/index.php?q=XYZ' it returns You ...
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OS fingerprinting via TCP

I have searched online about this topic and the only information I got is that TCP SYN/ACK can be used to know the type of the target OS. If that is true, I don't understand how this occurs? Does TCP ...
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Bug Bounty Methodology for a Newbie

Question: Once I join a bug bounty program and start hunting for bugs on a website, how do I efficiently start looking for bugs? I am very familiar with common vulnerabilities (XSS, sql injection, ...
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Tool for HPP testing? [closed]

Is there an automated vulnerability scanner that supports HPP (HTTP Parameter Pollution)? Since all I need is to take a query string and perform basic modifications / add new parameters, I was ...
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how to start penetration testing? [closed]

I am currently working as security analyst on few applications and am willing to jump into penetration testing in future.To start with, what kind of skill set do i need to develop like tools and ...
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How should I tell school that they are vulnerable when I wasn't given permission to check? [duplicate]

I would like to report security weaknesses to my school in UK. I had managed to find security weaknesses without any exploits or other software or hardware. I had look at similar question however ...
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Frameworks for collecting all activities in a pentest?

I work as a penetration tester for a company, and one thing we're regularly asked to do is to provide a forensic log of all of the activities we perform during the course of an assessment. I'm ...
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Alternative of using wifi card for penetration testing [closed]

I want to learn penetration testing on kali linux platform, for that I found that the wifi card is needed. But my question is that, if I install the kali linux as main operating system or make ...
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What could be done using Set-Cookie or Cookie Manupulation

I was testing a web application where I can inject the cookie using CR/LF injection. I'm curious to know, What attacker could done only using cookie injection (Set-Cookie) by CR/LF on website like ...