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

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How does System Memory Dump work?

So there are so many pen-testing tools that perform a memory dump on the system. How exactly do they work - what exactly happens ?
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Question on information retrieved from systems that could potentially lead to exploits

Usually it is advised, when one wants to secure an application, to "provide" as little information, or better yet, no information at all to unauthorized (possibly malicious) users. I'm thinking of ...
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testing for 'Dangling Cursor'

While reading the updated Top 25 exploits in the Common Weakness Enumeration I came across an exploit that I was not familiar with. It is numbered CWE-619: Dangling Database Cursor. I was wondering ...
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Initial steps of network mapping

In light of recent security breaches hitting the news, it's been all hands on deck at my work as far as security. I'm trying to pen test our network. I have a very basic question. My Question You ...
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How to perform penetration testing on a Flex application?

Possible Duplicate: What tools are there to inspect Flash SWF files? I have decompiled it, verified the source. All seems fine. Appscan also is not able to find anything in this case. But I ...
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Cross site scripting verification on a field which does not accept more than 20 characters

While performing penetration testing, I got stuck to a point. There is a text field which does not accept more than 20 characters(server side validation). I inserted following piece of code to check ...
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Are there any tools for automated penetration testing of Silverlight applications? [closed]

I'd like to find a tool to assist with automated penetration testing of Silverlight applications, in a similar vein to AppScan for webapps. Specifically, I'm looking for a tool that can cope with ...
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Problems during Pen-testing of SCADA systems

Is there a way to monitor the way the SCADA systems behave 'during pen-testing or security audit', and find out the implications of just port scans and/or monitor the state of activity while sending a ...
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Are all security requirements expected to be testable?

Many approaches exist to define security requirements. To keep it simple, i would say to define a security requirement, one need to model the threat encountered when building up misuse cases for ...
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Command line Nessus/OpenVAS or NSE to find specific vulns?

Which methods do you use to quickly scan a network for certain vulnerabilities? I read in the O'Reilly book Network Security Tools that Nessus had the ability to test for one vulnerability only, but ...
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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 ...
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What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment?

What is the difference between a penetration test and a vulnerability assessment? Why would you choose one over the other? What deliverables would you expect to receive and how would you rate the ...
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Comparing online security courses: eLearnSecurity vs. Offensive-Security [closed]

I'm a web programmer, using the Linux environment for 2 years.(I have experience with Web app hacks +Web app security techniques) I want to start studying security in-depth, but I have limited time ...
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intel wireless 5100 AGN adapter to support injection

i ran aireplay-ng -9 wlan0 and it seems that my intel PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN adapter does not support injection. i use Ubuntu 10.10 64bit (2.6.35-25-generic kernel). is it possible to make the adapter ...
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Servers for penetration testing

I am learning to use Metasploit as part of one of my college lessons. As you may know there are software builds like NOWASP (Mutillidae) or Damn Vulnerable Linux that allow you to exercise on pentest ...
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Circumventing a “freemail” account form filter

I'll be honest - I want to download a free PDF from a website which requires me to enter my "non freeware" email address. I do have them, but I dont want to use one as I'm afraid of landing up on a ...
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Security review: “HTTP header user-agent has been set to (something)”

We got a security review done of our PHP code and they team advised this in their report (amongst other things): /appdir/ Details The HTTP header user-agent has been set to \" . Request GET ...
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Are there any decent web app security scanners that can integrate with a build server?

I've spent a lot of time in TeamCity recently and the nightly code quality metrics coming from the dupe finder, FxCop and NDepend have been great. What I'd really like to do is find a decent web app ...
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Is it practical and worthwhile to alternate penetration test vendors?

Is it considered a best practice to alternate the vendor used to perform penetration tests? For example if it is your policy to conduct a third-party penetration test semi-annually you would have ...
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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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How much does a security audit cost? [closed]

For a PHP CMS, what should I expect to budget for a security audit, both whitebox and blackbox? The codebase is about 85,000 LOC ("Lines of Code") and I would probably use a North American company for ...
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Best website to learn computer security basics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Resources to learn about security Can someone advice on which are the good sites out there to learn the basics of computer security from?
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Which languages are better for attacks against websites?

Which languages are better for writing tools for attacking websites, through, say, a DDOS? High level, low level, and does it even make a difference?
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What are the most important security checks for new web applications?

I'm wondering what are the top priority security checks you should make befor launching a new webapp? I'm guessing brute force vulnerabilities and cross-site scripting. What are the other things you ...
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How can I test my web application for timing attacks?

race conditions, etc. Are there automatic tools for this? What manual techniques should I use? From the Area51 proposal
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What tools are there to inspect Flash SWF files?

I am performing a penetration test against a website that uses Flash heavily. What tools can I use to examine the SWF file for vulnerabilities? From the Area51 proposal.
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Open-source penetration-test automation

What order do typical open-source penetration tests operate? Which tools are run first, second, third -- and how do you control them? Does one simply use Metasploit RC files? A network vulnerability ...
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How to test against DDoS in a controlled enviroment?

Can you suggest me methods or tools that can help in simulating a DDoS attack in a controlled enviroment (like my private lab)?
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Defending site against being abused by phishing

Say you have a web site and you are using some returnUrl URL parameter to redirect user back to page where he was after login or editing some records in user area. Is there some standard way how to ...
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Automated tools vs. Manual reviews

What are the advantages of using automated tools, as opposed to manual review? What are the disadvantages? This applies both to external blackbox vulnerability scanning, and to static code analysis. ...
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White-box vs. Black-box

What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of each form of testing? I.e. What is the difference between static code analysis and runtime/dynamic penetration testing? What are the pros and cons ...
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Is external vuln scanning sufficient?

Is running an automated application vulnerability scanner sufficient to certify our application is secure? Why isn't it? From the original Area51 proposal.
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Vulnerable OS's?

Which vulnerable OS's like for example DVL would you recommend for someone to use for the purpose of pentest/exploitation learning?
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New XSS cheatsheet? [closed]

There is a great list of XSS vectors avaliable here: http://ha.ckers.org/xss.html, but It hasn't changed much lately (eg. latest FF version mentioned is 2.0). Is there any other list as good as this, ...
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Web Crawler for ASP.NET site

Do you know any crawler/spider software, which is able to go through ASP.NET application, not ASP.NET MVC, but the one full of __doPostBack JavaScript functions on every link/button/change event? If ...
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What are some good website security scanning solutions?

What are some good web-based website security scanning solutions? I'm not too concerned if they are web-based solutions, or software that can be run locally. Generally, I'm looking for something we ...
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How to perform a security audit for a PHP application?

I have a PHP application that I would like to have audited for security. I'm familiar with most of the general security issues, but want to make sure I didn't miss anything. What steps should I take ...