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

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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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OSCP certification for junior pen tester position any good?

Currently finishing my degree in computer security and have a few years experience in IT support and want to get into a junior pen testing job or similar. Would the OSCP certification do me any ...
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is it possible to test out remote host by using nmap?

I was trying to test out my friend's computer (with agreement) by using nmap remotely. But the result I got seems kinda awkward to me. It only showed 1900 as tcpwrapper and all other ports were no ...
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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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Is cracking really important systems possible?

We always hear about "hacking" (or cracking) banks, websites or the like. Nothing really "important" like centrals, or even satellites (like TV channels). Those we only see in movies - but are they ...
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Certified Ethical Hacking courses [closed]

I want to take a CEH exam, I'd like to know what tutorials and books are recomended for this kind of study. I also would like to know if there are certifications that are better-recognized, so that I ...
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Could Nmap scan switches/routers

Nmap can scan and sometimes successfully detect the running OS in the remote host. However, can nmap scan routers and switches? Most of them use an embedded system.
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Metasploit Closing Connections?

Whenever I attempt to use an exploit (that I know will work) from Metasploit in Windows on a machine on my LAN, I always get the error Exploit exception: An established connection was aborted by ...
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In Metasploit, how to use a custom exe as payload?

Question was once on a mailing list but wasn't answered. I want to use a custom exe as a payload in metasploit. For example when I use exploit/multi/browser/java_atomicreferencearray and want to ...
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1 PIX firewall, 2 routers, 2 switches. Please answer a couple questions about hack lab

I bought a bunch of cisco equipment for a project and I got 1 PIX firewall 2 switches and 2 routers This is my plan for a topology but I am new at this so I need help. I am basing this off the ...
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Notifying Website w/Security Hole

As a hobby, I find security holes ranging from XSS to SQLi to LFI etc in random websites I find. (I don't exploit them). I've decided to to do a little more; I want to create a volunteer group ...
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Which CTF Penetration Test? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What “hacking” competitions/challenges exist? I want to test my penetration test skills.And i solved a few CTF.But it is not enough.I want to solve more ctf ...
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Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next?

Security Researchers: How do you choose what services or software you are going to audit next? I am referring to finding vulnerabilities and developing exploits in various applications. I am ...
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Laws on Programming Security Tools

I am currently working on some POST GATHER modules for the Metasploit Framework the idea is that after a shell is spawned on the target, it will gather certain files from the target such as chat logs. ...
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Legitimately using tools like Havij

I'm a developer, not a security guru. My primary focus is ensuring that I'm not introducing security holes through bad programming. I understand how to code to protect against the OWASP Top 10, as ...
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What security measures to have before openly allowing security researchers to hack your site

As some kind of a follow-up from my previous question - which was asked from the security researcher/penetration tester point of view: (Thanks to Rory McCune for pointing this out) There seem to be a ...
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What security concerns should one bear in mind when hacking open-invitation websites?

There's a couple other questions already addressing legalities, ethics, and liabilities of hacking websites with open invitations. What are legal/ethical concerns to bear in mind, when hacking ...
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PING BLOCKING: How to do? How to break?

I can access each page of a site through the browser (firefox). I can also see the ip and port address in firebug, but when I open cmd->ping site ->it says "request timeout". I also tried traceroute. ...
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What are legal/ethical concerns to bear in mind, when hacking websites with open invitations?

I was reading another question which mentions a site that had a page inviting people to try to hack it, and it made me wonder. Lets assume, for the sake of this rather hypothetical question, that a ...
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I think I accidentally DoS'd a website. What should I do?

I was browsing a website, and stumbled across a sample scheme for password-protecting web pages. The owner of the website specifically had a page that invited people to attempt to hack it. I wanted ...
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Mac OS X from an IT Security Practitioners' Perspective? [closed]

What does the Mac OS X offer that it has been recently attracting users with IT security focus? There are sites that specifically focus on "hacking" with OSX, such as machacking.net. Defcon has an ...
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VirtualBox Pen Test Lab Setup

So i'm trying to set up a pen test lab in virtual box on my windows 7 host. I have 3 guest OS's installed: 1.) BackTrack5 2.) Centos 5 Server/Snort (My Snortbox) 3.) Win XP (Unpatched) I have 3 ...
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What is the best tool to anonymize your scans (network/ports)? [closed]

What are the best tools to anonymize my port scanners and vulnerability assessment tools (like nmap , metasploit ) ...? I have been using Backtrack and tor network with proxychains to do this, but ...
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What fraction of vulnerabilities does black-box pentesting find?

Black-box penetration testing is one to check a web application for vulnerabilities. It can find some vulnerabilities, but not all. What fraction of vulnerabilities does black-box pentesting find, ...
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How to perform security exploits/penetration on devices like iPhone's, PSP's, and Android to run your owncode?

I was really interested in getting into performing exploits to install my own code on devices, instead of waiting for others. I figure its a great way for me to learn about security on devices like ...
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pros and cons of a bootable BackTrack instance vs installed

I've been wanting to mess around some with BackTrack to get a better understanding of some of the tools out there for penetration testing. I have a Linux box that isn't doing much right now that I was ...
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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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Backtrack Footprints

I have been hired to to penetration assessment (scanning,testing and so on) ( I am new to the industry and learned through Offsec pentration training.) While training, I have been doing most of my ...
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How and where to begin on the Return of Web Application Security Investment?

While there is a vast trove of vulnerabilties, threats and their corresponding countermeasures, the amount of information on Infosec Economics (Specifically for web applications) seems scarce. What ...
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How do attackers gather remote feedback for identifying and exploiting buffer overflows?

Local buffer overflows are relatively easy to understand: throw some input at an interface and see if the process fails with a core dump or similar. However, in my mind, this kind of exploit works ...
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Expected cost and time frame for black box pen testing?

I work for a major publicly traded company and we need some external black box pen testing done on a Win32 executable. This exe is used in a large client server infrastructure and is a central piece ...
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Can fuzzing be considered a software testing technique for any vulnerability type

I'm doing a research on fuzzing and I would like to know the answer to the question in the title. The cvedetails uses the following categories for vulnerabilities: Bypass a restriction or similar ...
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Tiger team versus red team?

What's the difference between a tiger team and a red team? Are there any other "color" teams out there (relevant to IT security)?
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question for pentesters: PHP proc_open() in safe_mode

Can anybody explain to me how proc_open() is affected when PHP is running in safe_mode? As far as i have noticed, the command to execute is appended to a '/' - is there anything else and is it ...
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What is a simplest “Crash an application” demonstration to get access to a system?

For a presentation (10-15 mins) purpose what is the simplest demonstration of "crashing an application" on a machine can be done.
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Benefits to Arch Linux over Kali Linux

What are the relative benefits of BlackArch or other Arch-based distro over Kali? Are the tools broadly the same, or does one have better functionality in a particular area? Are there any other pen-...
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Should a pentest report include the tester's opinion?

In this particular case, the webserver turned out to be a shared 3rd party system and was not tested. Examples: We do express grave concern at the overall security posture of that webserver and ...
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How does hacking work?

I am specifically talking about web servers, running Unix. I have always been curious of how hackers get the entry point. I mean I don't see how a hacker can hack into the webpage when the only entry ...
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Intercept Connections Instead of Forwarding (using arpspoof)

I am doing ARP Spoof experimentation with arpspoof and have successfully set up a man in the middle between two machines. We set up IP Forwarding using: echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward ...
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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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Token Based Authentication & Pass-the-hash Attacks

Do token-based authentication solutions (such as RSA SecurID) mitigate tools like incognito and/or pass-the-hash tools?
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What is the most appropriate way to notify/request permission from an ISP related to white-hat security testing?

In some of the posts I've read on this site such as Is hacking legal when a friend allows you to attempt to hack their system?, and Best way to test my home network from the outside, users who ...
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Best way to test my home network from the outside

I want to check that my router is working like it should. For example that certain ports which should be open on the LAN side and closed on the WAN side really work that way. So I would like to run a ...
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Is there a way to use multiple firewalls / antivirus for penetration testing?

I don't really know how to do either, but I was wondering if it was possible to have multiple firewalls / virus scanners installed at once, and use a 3rd party program to specify which one is running ...
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Scanning my network with NMAP

Each computer is assigned one ip address on my network, and my ISP supplies one IP for my network. If I try to scan the ip supplied by my ISP what I got is the OS running on the router, running on the ...
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Wireless Adapters for Testing with BackTrack

I would like to begin testing and working with BackTrack. I have heard that the Alfa AWUS036H wireless adapter works well with BackTrack and allows for packet injection. This adapter, however, is ...
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Business systems development (.NET, Java) vs IT Security Field, salary/future perspective

What are the career prospects for young professionals, when comparing IT Security field (penetration testing, vulnerability research) to business development on .NET and Java? Which path should one ...
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Where can I download vulnerable Windows OS images to practice penetration testing?

My objective is to learn and practice all the vulnerabilities and their exploitation on vulnerable OS.
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How secure is the apt-get install command against man in the middle attacks

I think the title says everything, how secure is it to use apt-get in a network with an attacker who injects his own packets and blocks the original packets (man in the middle).
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Non English password dictionaries [closed]

What is a good resource for wordlists used in auditing passwords in non english languages. I have extensive wordlists in English ranging to several GB's, but can't find similar resources for other ...