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

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Lightweight Live Pen-test OS [closed]

Does anyone know of any lightweight OSs that are great for Pen-testing? I would love to have a very lightweight live OS that I can boot off a USB and try some pen-testing against some of my Windows/...
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Sqlmap fails at enabling xp_cmdshell procedure

I have been browsing the web looking for some help regarding the following issue. I am currently performing an web application penetration test, and I had come accross a beautiful blind SQL Injection. ...
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SQL Injection How to inject Clean/Rest URLS

I have a question I'm hoping you could help me with? Unclean url's: http://example.com/index.php?page=foo http://example.com/products?category=2&pid=25 http://example.com/index.php?mod=profiles&...
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Protect an application that uses internet from packet sniffing

I developed a stand alone application such a way that, application use a remote service (using SOAP/REST) which available WWW. I am using HTTPS though out the application calls. It was perfectly ...
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How to MiTM insert an iframe using burp or another tool?

So, I am trying to obtain a cookie without the secure flag enabled over HTTPS. After reading about it, I came across an answer: You visit https://secure.example.com/ which drops a cookie on your ...
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Client-side attacks with custom malware in penetration tests

I regularly perform pen-tests against web applications, operating systems, etc. Occasionally, I'm luck enough to do a 'red-teaming' exercise and get to attack at all conceivable points of a network (...
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How do I verify versions of Adobe?

I ran a vulnerability scan against a server and it is pulling back a lot of Adobe vulnerabilities. I ran a Wireshark capture on the scan but I can't seem to write up a Wireshark filter on the packets. ...
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How do I obtain user info from SET?

I am trying to create a phishing email for a project I am on. In the email I want to link to a site that will collect IP, browser, date/time of when visited. nothing malicious but to just prove that ...
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Pen Testing ASP.NET application with Backtrack

We have developed an ASP.NET Based Enterprise Application which is is soon to be released. Now, we are concerned about the security aspects of the application. I've been looking into Backtrack 5 and ...
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Executing arbitrary commands through iptables-restore input

During a pentest I found a way to add arbitrary iptables firewall rules to a server. These rules get applied by way of the iptables-restore command, and I've been wondering whether there is any way to ...
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Vulnerability testing without the use of exploits?

I was doing some testing on a server to see if it was vulnerable to a 0-day local exploit (the exploit was for gaining root privileges using a bug in the Linux kernel). There was no real information ...
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Where can I find a vulnerable operating system to practice pentests on? [duplicate]

I am looking for vulnerable operating systems that are used for practicing pentests. Damn Vulnerable Linux (DVL) is not maintained anymore. Are there any other simillar OS´s to download somewhere that ...
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Security test lab setup [closed]

I want to setup a testing lab in my basement for penetration/vulnerability testing & offensive/defensive security skills. I believe I have all the equipment that I need, and if I'll need something ...
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How do WPA/WPA2 cracking programs know when the PMK/PTK is correct?

I'm doing some pen-testing on my home wlan with aircrack-ng and it got me wondering how programs like these(eg. aircrack-ng, cowPatty, pyrit etc) really work. Specially, when performing a dictionary-...
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Penetration testing Windows Phone 8 apps w/o source

I am interested in performing a penetration test of a Windows Phone 8 application for which I do not have the source code. While I can easily validate network communication security, it is more ...
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Relationship between penetration testing and false positive results

I had read through several research papers that discussed the trend of existing automation scanners to produce false positive results. I also read through some articles that showing the manual ...
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Web application security standards/certificates

I'm currently working on Web application/service that (hopefully) will be used in a wide variety of ways. Of course I'm looking to attracting some commercial users as well, and as we all know, they ...
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Can Penetration Testing be considered as a part of a Vulnerability Management Program?

Can Penetration Testing be considered as a part of an exhaustive Vulnerability Management program? P.S: I realise the difference between penetration testing and vulnerability assessment. But I want to ...
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SQL Injection - Extracting database data from the page content

I have a question I am hoping someone could help with.. I am in the process of writing an SQL Injection tool from scratch (I am aware there are already excellent tools out there such as SQL Map, but ...
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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 ...