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

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How to use NMap to portscan a SonicWall that is blocking all attemtps?

It seems that SonicWall is blocking attemtps to scan its ports. I know it has some ports open, like 443, because if I access using the browser I get a web site. But when I try to use NMap I can't see ...
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TCP Sequence Prediction and it's prominence in modern systems/networks

I have a question regarding your experience of TCP Sequence Prediction that I am hoping someone could help with. I am aware of how TCP Sequence Prediction works and how the connection can be hijacked ...
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Is it illegal to test a website and report the security bugs to them? [closed]

I am doing testing on some websites and I have found some serious bugs in those sites. I am not sure if this is legal or not. Is it ever legal? How can I find out if it's legal where I live? What ...
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How to prepare for a career in Pen-Testing

I am currently a sophmore in Penn State's SRA:ICS program (Cyber Security) and IST:Dev program. My goal is that when I graduate I can become a Pen-Tester. I'm looking for advice on how to learn how to ...
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Is there a public database of mutex names that are associated with malware?

I remember seeing something like this a while back, and it'd be incredibly useful for a project I'm working on. Essentially there was a list of mutex names, with a list of malware identifiers (e.g. ...
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Relation between boolean blind SQLi and time blind SQLi?

I am part of a team which developing web app penetration testing framework, and I am taking care of SQLi detection. When I tested multiple known vulnerable local sites found Boolean Blind flaw always ...
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Evaluating candidates for Hacker/Pen Test Positions [closed]

If I need to employ Penetration Testers, what are the procedures to follow and how to examine candidates to know their skills and qualifications. Also, I need to know what are the examinations/...
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Choosing the right tools [closed]

I'm totally new in the field of penetration testing, like almost no experience, only read lots of books and papers. I encountered lots of interesting tools during studying, many are famous like ...
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What dangerous characters need to be filtered from user input prior to use in a DB2 SQL query?

I'm looking to fully understand how to properly filter/escape dangerous characters from user input that will be interpolated into a DB2 SQL query. The sanitization routing that I'm analyzing works ...
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How can I monitor a named pipe?

I have installed an application that opens a named pipe that is accessible over the network. I would like to monitor/sniff what is sent to this named pipe, any idea how I can do that? Edit: Even ...
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Fresh Graduate Going into Penetration Testing

As a fresh graduate I'm wondering what my chances are of joining a great pen-testing group. Is there a risk that a career in pen-testing may one day not be needed? If so, how applicable will skills ...
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Penetration testing job entry exam [closed]

What type of hands on tests should I expect in a interview for a entry level penetration tester? And what do examiners expect a candidate to accomplish (i.e. full compromise)? The reason I ask is ...
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How do I find a target on the wired network, from an attack system on Wi-Fi?

I'm trying to practice penetration testing on my home network. The target system is my desktop computer, which is connected to the network via ethernet cable. The attack system is my laptop, which is ...
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How to conduct a disguised LSA attack against OSPF?

I want to do disguised LSA attacks on OSPF network and be able to more analyze, so I do not know how it works in practice. This is a penetration test. The attack is described in the address [+]. I ...
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All I see is RPC, how do I proceed?

I finished a tiered hacking exercise, and after submitting it was told that the last tier (a machine on the network) was not possible to attack in the given exercise. The machine was only running rpc....
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Black box testing javascript MVC web applications

I want to test a web application that has been built using the backbone.js framework. Currently I have used a few tools for crawling and testing without any luck. When crawling the website they can ...
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How do small businesses handle web app security?

Everything on Owasp's top 10 list, how do current small businesses (< 1000 employees) handle web application security, along with mobile security of their applications? Do they care about info/app ...
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How to introduce delay in scanning tools that do not implement delay without touching source code?

Usually scanning tools implement a switch in order to delay requests and not flood the target. Sometimes there tools that do not implement this delay option. Is there a way to delay packets from ...
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How can be detected connection throttling in response to portscan detection?

Imagine that I have to pentest a server that implements portscan detection based on the number of packets received to different ports in a time interval. I don't know that the server is implementing ...
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How do you detect load balancing?

Scenario You need to PenTest XYZ.com. You expect, because it is a high traffic site, that multiple servers are being used with a load balancer. Question Aside from pulling the MACs (which are ...
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My website has been hacked, what do i do next? [closed]

So. I couldn't see any other question like this on Sec.Se so i thought i'd ask. My public website www.foo.com has been hacked. The front page is sending it to be redirected to seoblog.fooblog.com in ...
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How can I execute a XSS with these conditions?

I am trying to learn penetration testing and I have downloaded a vulnerable application called "Bodgeit Store". I have finished almost all the challenges except one which is to execute a Cross-Site ...
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Finding all links under a website

How can i find all directories and links under a website? Note that there is no link from home page to all other pages. For example if i have a domain like this users.company.com and each user will ...
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How to red team against firewalled architecture?

Prior Knowledge I understand the types and differences between firewalls. I have (what I believe to be) a relatively good mental model of a firewall. I understand routing, iptables, signature ...
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How to test my website for the rails YAML vulnerability

I am quite puzzled by how to test my rails app for the YAML vulnerability first, I upgraded to the latest rails 3.2.11, and I tried this It gave me not likely to be vulnerable or URIPATH must be set ...
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Loki How to crack the password hash OSPF?

I have created for myself a lab of routers in GNS3 . Routing protocol between routers is OSPF. Now,by Loki penetration testing, I found that routers are the feature authentication. Using wireshark, I ...
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Is it useful to determine the name of the server software while doing a penetration test?

Getting the name of the server software through netcat or curl or any other method, is really useful? I mean, OS fingerprinting is useful in order to tailor an attack. For example with regard to OS ...
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my site with joomla 1.5.14 got defaced and I'd like to know how he did it and stop it

I am supposed to manage the content of a site and it got defaced. The site is hosted on a Linux server running Apache. Apache version: 2.2.13 Linux version is Debian 4.0(I think I don't really have ...
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How should one prepare himself for a job interview for penetration testing?

So, the title basically says it all. I would really like to hear out some of the more experienced friends here with their answers for this. Should it revolve around the ability to verbally explain ...
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Penetration testing against an ignorant target - Is it legal? [closed]

I know it's a big no-no in terms of etiquette, but is it illegal in Canada to perform penetration testing against a commercial company without authorization? prompted by: http://news.nationalpost.com/...
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Building my own Darkspace

I have searched through the internet about creating a darknet and there is a confusion. There are two definitions, the first one is network used for private p2p (like freenet) and another one that ...
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Physical access: in-scope for penetration testing or not?

When pentesting a network, should a pentester consider physical access to devices (e.g. allow use of a USB stick)? Or is this out of scope?
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Need advice on automated virtual pentesting lab configurations

I request you to read the problem before suggesting any duplicate or down-voting, I am well aware of hundreds of questions about somewhat similar problem but this one is just to attract some good ...
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Tutorials, Exercises and Environemnts for Penetration Testing Mobile Environments

I'm looking for a list of exercises or distributions to practice penetration testing on mobile environments. There are plenty of existing things like the environments found at pentesterlab.com and ...
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Building a Security Training Simulation environment

My university is keen to build a security training simulation environment/platform and it will be a good learning experience for students. I Googled around to find out how it is built, but I only ...
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Any suggestions while testing a sandboxing driver?

I am doing penetration testing of a sandboxing driver and trying to break the sandbox. It is implemented as a kernel mode driver. A sandboxed process will have : A whitelist of disk locations for ...
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Reverse shell attack and proxy interceptions.. . is there anything worng?

First I've got a few questions about Reverse shell. REVERSE SHELL I'm trying to understand the Reverse shell technique. My reasoning is as follows (I'd be glad if you could point out any mistake ...
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OS fingerprinting: can I rely on the results?

Using nmap -O www.example.com I get: Running (JUST GUESSING): Microsoft Windows 7|2008 (90%) So I can say the target site is running Windows. Using xprobe2 -v www.example.com, I'm just astonished ...
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How was pentest performed in the era with no frameworks like Metasploit?

I have been interested in security lately, I have been reading mainly cookbooks on Metasploit framework, how social engineering has been employed exhaustively, I have started reading some IA-32 ...
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How I add cookie to w3af for authenticated attacks?

Can anyone explain this in steps to me? Lets just say I clicked to OWASP Top 10 scan profile and entered url. Next I need to add cookies or authentication values to w3af (form based auth.). How? ...
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Test Android Secure Encrypted Traffic

For testing android traffic encryption I have configured a VPN client in my phone. What simple test I can perform in my home wifi network to verify that the traffic is really encrypted and secure?
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Trying to figure out Gmail login in Wireshark

In my pentesting lab I'm using ettercap for do a mitm to a XP VM. I go to gmail, accepting the false certification, and here I start to sniff with wireshark. I put some false account like pentest/...
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How Chrome avoids sslstrip?

I'm trying out Moxie's sslstrip tool in my pentester lab. It works in all my VM's but no in all browsers. Firefox and IE are vulnerable but Chrome seems to has a protection against. Anyone know how ...
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Why is tunneling so important in pen testing?

I am curious why tunneling is so important in pen testing. If one has control of one machine in a network, then using that machine, one can run nmap and web apps and try to find out vulnerabilities.. ...
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What are the best Nmap Scripting Engine (NSE) service discovery scripts? [closed]

Using nmap -sV can be quite verbose can -sU can take a very long time especially with -p 0-65535. To narrow your results and enumerate interesting services the wealth of NSE scripts can be very ...
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How do I prevent my Rails application from attack? [closed]

My website is being nuked by new signups and new posts some of which don't even have user.id associated with. How do I solve this? What code should I add to the user#new page and/or post#new page. ...
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I need explanation on how serious these vulnerabilities are?

I have found two vulnerabilities on my college site and I want to report them but don't know if these are "really" vulnerabilities : RFI inside SWF file. Example: https://www.site.com/opis.swf?...
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Android Application penetration testing

Have problem intercepting HTTPS requests of android application.certificates in android are kept under /system/etc/security/cacerts/ which is different from its previos version of os in cacerts.bks ...
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can a backdoor executable be used on an occupied port?

Suppose I am doing a penetration test on a network that has a firewall that blocks all ports except 80, 110, and 443. I want to use a metasploit reverse-TCP backdoor executable written in msfpayload ...
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where to get the latest trends about penetration testing systems? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student, who want to do a project in penetration testing automation, and i want a conference or some official source to obtain some latest researches from inorder to see what to ...