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

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Designing a Capture The Flag target and game management system

I've attended several CTF contests and I'd like to implement a CTF system for my students. I asked Google about designing such system but it's fruitless. Any ideas?
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How to improve as a security expert

I'm a professional software developer with a high interest in web application security. I'd say that I probably have a better understanding of the security of web applications than the average ...
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What are some good resources for learning how to hack my website? [closed]

Note: This is for my personal use. I'm not going to hack someone else's website. I have several websites, and I'd like to learn how to hack them so that I can secure them. Where can I find some good ...
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Penetration testing by ethical Hackers/Crackers should be trusted?

My question today come from my homework question from class ethics in IT. Our question states roughly that I'm IT guy in in big company and I am asked to hire few hackers to to find vulnerabilities ...
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Literature about IT security from a hardware standpoint

Can you point me to any book, blog, paper, anything about IT security on the lowest possible level (hardware)? I'm primary interested in the motherboard, CPU & GPU, however, if you know any good ...
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WPA vulnerabilities for pentest

As I am a network&IT enthusiast, I was asked by a friend to pentest his WPA network. I'm wondering if there is anything else I can do beside a bruteforce attack, trying the KARMA attack on ...
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Can webcams be turned on without the indicator light?

I've made a series of penetration tests in my network and one of the things I've tried was to record webcam and microphone. Recording an end-user's microphone seems to be a stealth thing, but what ...
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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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Does setting a WiFi AP to channel 14 avoid the most common detection methods used in Europe or the Americas?

The legally allowable band for WiFI in the US covers channels 1-11. Europe goes to 13, Japan to 14. I suspect that most tools use the WiFi driver of the machine and only scan for the channels it is ...
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What should be included in the ground rules for an attack review?

I've drafted some ground rules for a call for adversarial attack-review. I've tried to cover the following topics: Link to the policy that I want to enforce. Link to a minimal testbed and ...
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Google hacking - why “numrange” is so dangerous?

I'm reading Google Hacking for Penetration Testers and in book it's said several times operator "numrange" is especially powerful and dangerous. However, they don't give example of using this operator....
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Open source web application penetration testing community

I do web development for a living but my real passion is security. I have worked with countless open source web application/framework and I have found vulnerabilities in most of them. The main cause ...
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At what point does “hacking” become illegal? (US)

Hypothetical situation: before I hire a web development company I want to test their ability to design secure web apps by viewing their previous client's websites. Issue: this situation raises a big ...
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Which resources can help me learn how to use metasploit?

I tried google search but I can't find good resources to learn how to use the metasploit framework. Where would you suggest a beginner go to learn about using metasploit?
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Learning the role of intruder legally [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can you become a competent web application security expert without breaking the law? I was reading this article earlier U.S. government hankers for hackers , and ...
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WebServices Security [closed]

Do we have any good resources on WebServices Security? Any book, pdfs, articles and even the detail answers regarding the securing web services would be appreciated.
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Are some uncommon TCP ports scanned less than others?

Ignoring the top 5-10% of port numbers for common services that are the commonly targeted by port scanners (i.e. ports 22-ssh, 23-telnet, 80-http, 139-smb/cifs, 443-https, 3389-rdp, etc.), are the ...
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Comparing penetration testing suites

I've been using Backtrack for a while now. I was wondering if there is anything better, or on par with, that is worth looking into. Thoughts?
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Penetration Testing Jobs without Experience [closed]

There seems to be a late trend where firms are beginning to hire fresh graduates for security related jobs. This is counter to what I've heard from experienced security professionals (as well as the ...
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What are the security considerations for setting up a basic security testing environment?

I only have 2 spare machines and both are very old, but I really want to set up an environment so that I can start practicing security. One of these machines has a Pentium 4 processor and 512 MB RAM; ...
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Is there a typical step-by-step A-Z process for testing a Web site for possible exploits?

I'm interested less in the tools of the trade (there are many questions here already about that), and I am interested more in the process by which you would go about using those tools. So for instance,...
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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 Windows/...
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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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Books about Penetration Testing

What are the books you advise describing methods or steps required to make a successful penetration test? I have a base knowledge of common security checks, but it would be great if someone more ...
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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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Powerful security tools to use in penetration testing

I want to ask you about some good security tools you've used or heard about, please let us know the ability in every tool and the difficulty to use it and which is the best situation to use this tool ....
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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 ...