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

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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: ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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Need help with searching a file in mutillidae webserver

My school has setup a webserver with mutillidae installed for us to train our hacking skills. Our goal is to find a text file. After some hacking done, I'm currently able to use remote desktop ...
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Cloud application Vulnerability assessment

Do you think server side assessment of application is important when application is hosted on a cloud like Amazon? Assessment on software used to host the application not the actual application, e.g. ...
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Disadvantages of metasploit Framework for windows

Are there any explicit disadvantages in comparison to running it on a UNIX machine these days?
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Web app penetration testing

I have a static website which needs to be pentested. It has only got one form which updates some data on the server and i have pentested it with some blind PHP and SQL injection. The site is hosted on ...
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Security analysis tools for iOS 6 [closed]

Searched over web, however could not find much info on security analysis tools for iOS6. Can somebody point me to the security analysis (Static Code Analysis & Pen Testing) tools for iOS6?
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Pentesting file Upload feature

The file(resume) upload feature is accepting any sort of files. I have uploaded the PHP shell into it. How do I again access to that uploaded file? I'm bruteforcing the web directory to check for ...
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How to pentest Flash file on webapp with alowscriptaccess=samedomain?

In the course of a pentest I found a Flash movie file (swf) that loads another Flash movie through loadMovie. The HTML is this: <embed width="388" height="350" ...
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Definitive certification list [closed]

What are a list of useful certificates for someone who wants to work on the information security field? I have heard of CISSP but from what I have understood it is way too advanced for someone new to ...
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What type of attacks can be carried on for an web application [closed]

My company has designed an web application and its going to be hosted soon, I would like to know what type of attacks can be carried on the web application to test the security of my web application ...
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Why is penetration testing important

In improving the security of an organization, it seems as though an audit of existing code, procedures, policies, infrastructure, etc. would be absolutely sufficient to reveal any security or policy ...
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Telnet local privilege escalation exploits possible even when telnet is running under a normal user account?

http://www.exploit-db.com/exploits/8055/ says: The telnet protocol allows to pass environment variables inside the telnet traffic and assign them to the other side of the tcp connection. The ...
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MDK3 warns about WPA2 downgrade - how do I find the key in Wireshark?

While stress testing my router using MDK3, I got the message "REALLY BIG WARNING!!! Seems like a client connected to your target AP leaks PLAINTEXT data while authenticating!!" I viewed the tool ...
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Hack scenario when a person has a non-superuser shell [closed]

Suppose that there are following three machines in the network: Machine A: Microsoft Server 2003 Service Pack 2 FileZilla 0.9.29 beta ftp server (TCP 21) Mcafee ePolicy server (81), remote desktop ...
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Using mysql root account to execute root commands

Suppose that I have full root access to mysql databases, but not root user shell (linux). How can I use the full root access to mysql databases to execute root commands?
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Android Pen Testing

I have been pen testing a random android app that uses POST method to send data to a remote server using HTTPS. I have set up a proxy and am able to intercept the traffic, however the POST method ...
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Is OSX or Mac hardware used in the InfoSec world? What resources are available? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mac OS X from an IT Security Practitioners' Perspective? I'm new to the OSX world (formerly Windows background) and am interested in understanding what is or isn't ...
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How have DNS recursion attacks happened?

There are a few resources describing how to carry out DNS recursion attacks. Is there any good explanation to help me understand how these attacks work and if systems on my network are still ...
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can an attacker find WPA2 passphrase given WPA key data and WPA MIC

Can some one with these two pieces of information get a hold of the psk key, or its a blind attack that can be done using dictionaries or/and word-lists ? If so please add some resource like a link ...
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Is there any recommended Java library for penetration testing?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good Java library which can be used for penetration testing? I once read about a library which I think was called 'Attack lib' but I can't find it anymore. ...
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Should companies use Crowd Source Audit Platform for Manual Penetration Test?

As a CIO, CISO, CTO or Sys Admin, would you use a crowd sourced platform for penetration tests in order to improve your security issues? LE: So most of you guys downgrade, and said it's wrong to have ...
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Is Request.getHeader(“host”) vulnerable?

If the following is the code snippet, what would be your suggestions? <script type="text/javascript" src="<%=request.getHeader("Host")%>/XXX/xxx.js"></script> Is this a clear ...
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Building list of vulnerabilities that should be verified during pentest

I am currently studying how to do server pentesting and need some advice/protip related to methology/best practices. People often mention that it is a good idea to gather intelligence and enumerate ...
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Ethical Hacking - Penetration Testing Book(s) [closed]

I am an IT student who wishes to seek a career in the field of Ethical Hacking, more specific in Penetration Testing. Due to the nature of my course, none of my classes go deep enough into this ...
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What does WEP access point show during aircrack-ng attack?

I bought an old, used WRT-54G () which strangely enough, was running DD-WRT v24-sp2. Weird what turns up at yard sales. I want to try the "aircrack-ng" WEP cracking procedure on it. The criteria ...
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Tools/methods helping to determine application/protocol serving specific port

I do blackbox testing of the server and figured out that there is a bunch of listening ports. I need to determine what services/protocols those ports are used for. What I've tried so far is to use ...
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BlackBerry handheld penetration testing

Are there any relevant resources, tools or documents about penetration testing of BlackBerry handhelds?
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How useful or beneficial is participating in CTF contests for my security career?

Yes, there are already some great questions and answers about CTF contests on StackExhange Security. But before I go down the rabbit hole of comparing all the CTFs out there, trying to find a team to ...