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

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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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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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Testing for HTTP TRACE method

How can I test for HTTP TRACE on my web-server? I need to train a Tester how to verify that the HTTP TRACE method is disabled. Ideally I need a script to paste into Firebug to initiate a https ...
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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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Why don't banks get hacked?

From reading a lot of info on this website I came to the conclusion that if someone with enough skill really badly wants to gain access somewhere, then there is absolutely nothing stopping them from ...
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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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Published data sets for IDS/IPS evaluation

I am looking for data sets published by researchers or freelancers which can be used for the purpose of IDS/IPS testing and evaluations. The data sets may be for portscans, DoS attacks, Remote to ...
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Create a page to experiment with SQL injection [closed]

This semester, I have taken a course on Information Security and my project for this course is to implement an SQL injection to obtain admin privileges. For this I first download Havij software (...
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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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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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How do I continue pentesting with access to local station?

I started learning hobbyist penetration testing a while ago, and as far as penetrating a computer I have physical access to, all is good. Mainly using Hiren bootCD, it is easy to gain access to an ...
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Penetration testing's terms of agreement template [closed]

My company is going to start to provide penetration testing services pretty soon, in fact, we are just missing the legal aspects of it. I'm wondering if is there any template which states the most ...
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SIM card malware advice

My goal is to communicate with a sim card via binary sms and upload new firmware and/or talk to sim card api to retrieve data such as gps coordinates etc... I am not sure how to construct these binary ...
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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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Effectiveness of Interactive Application Security Testing

There are a number of IAST tools available on the market such as Acunetix Web Vulnerability Scanner and HP WebInspect Real-Time. How effective are these at finding vulnerabilities? Is there any ...
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Force a specific SSL cipher

Is there a tool or browser addon that will allow you to connect to a HTTPS website using a specific SSL cipher, and view the output? This would be useful when doing a vulnerability analysis and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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If using htmlentities or htmlspecialchars functions is enough for block XSS attack

I know this question was discussed on net various times. and people give some example how to bypass these functions through passing some code. But here one issue, All example of htmlentities/...
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Proxychains + nmap = segmentation fault

If I try the sV (service detection) flag in nmap run via proxychains (socks5 server) it appears to give me a segmentation fault message:- root@kali:~# proxychains nmap -n -sT -Pn X.X.X.X -p 22,80,222,...
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How can I test that I have correctly disabled unnecessary HTTP methods?

I am making a web-based application and I disabled some of the HTTP methods which are not necessary for the website (specifically, OPTIONS, HEAD and TRACE). I put this in the httpd.conf of my xampp ...
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Automatically enumerate missing patches on penetration test

Nessus, when running a credentialed scan can check patch levels and return vulnerabilities when a package is one that hasn't been updated to the latest, non-vulnerable version. What is a good way of ...
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MongoDB Nosql injection in python code

Here is the code snippet for accessing to MongoDB. client = MongoClient() db = client.test_database collection = db.test # Get data from fields condition = form.getvalue('name') if condition: ...
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Setup of Kali Linux for reverse shell connections over the internet

I am running Kali Linux as a VM on my Windows machine which is NAT'd behind my company network, if I wish to pen test a website for a client and believe that a reverse shell is possible, what is a ...
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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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API Security Testing Methodologies

I have been encountering more and more clients needing their API (usually REST) endpoints tested for vulnerabilities and wanted to reach out to see if anyone has some recommendations beyond what I ...
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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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enumeration and MS DCERPC

Enumeration, enumeration, and even more enumeration is the generic pentesting mantra, but enumeration is worthless if you can't read the results. I came across the Windows RPC service, where ...
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Is server exploitable by Shellshock with cgi-enabled only?

A server with vulnerable bash, but cgi enabled only and there are no cgi scripts in cgi-bin. Is it still exploitable ?? If there are scripts in cgi-bin and only server-admin knows about filenames of ...
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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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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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No handshake recorded from airodump-ng

I've just started to attempt this by following the guide from lewiscomputerhowto. I've seen other people ask similar questions, but they all seem to be older threads. The steps I've taken are shown ...
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Dumping custom query via SQL injection when output is in the die() function?

On my localhost I have a PHP link like this abc.com/index.php?q=XYZ where XYZ is a base64encoded parameter that I have verified is injectable. When I try abc.com/index.php?q=XYZ' it returns You ...
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I need help on how to hack into a scammer computer via IP/DNS [closed]

I really need your help in this one. Today I got scammed by a "trader" for 100$, but I managed to get his IP, reverse DNS and Hostname but I am unskilled in hacking. I need help here, I just want to ...
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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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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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would preparing for CCNA add “significantly” to my knowledge as a penetration tester?

I'm a post graduate student and self taught programmer. I concentrated on Computer Networks & Operating Systems more during my undergraduate studies. I can explain usually used protocols by ...
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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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Would generic exception messasges be considered a security risk?

For example, if visiting a webpage you get the response: Error in exception handler. This has a high chance the website is using Laravel. Would this class as information disclosure? I'm guessing ...
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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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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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Burp Suite is not intercepting JSON responses [closed]

I am trying this video and this video to learn pen-testing using JSON injection. Burp Suite is able to intercept the request from the page, but not getting the JSON response. How to solve that?
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Is scanning a site directory considered illegal penetration testing?

Does anyone know if using Dirbuster [link] to scan for unlisted directories and their contents is (possibly) legal in say the US?
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How can I remotely detect versions? [closed]

I want to know how to remotely detect a software version. Once attacker knows the version installed, he can exploit published vulnerabilities. So it will be useful to know it when doing penetration ...
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Security standard for web-based Tele-Radiology software

I am preparing a test plan for the security penetration testing of a software solution that manages patient information (HIPAA compliance) and allow the user to access to it from the web. Does anyone ...
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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 ...