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

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How to pentest Flash file on webapp with alowscriptaccess=samedomain?

In the course of a pentest I found a Flash movie file (swf) that loads another Flash movie through loadMovie. The HTML is this: <embed width="388" height="350" ...
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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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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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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What is a good browser for web application pen testing? [closed]

I am getting started in testing web applications, and I am having trouble verifying vulnerabilities. It seems all modern browsers have protections against things like XSS. When something like Burp ...
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Using Python for security [closed]

I love using Python for the scripts I need and for work. But I really want to learn Python for network security since I will start a NS course next year. My question would be how would it be the best ...
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Regarding cross site scripting?

My application has a user management module which uses fields like username, first name, email-id, password,.. . I tried scanning these fields and filling in malicious JavaScript to test for cross ...
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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 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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Penetration testing reported ZERO vulnerabilities. Does this mean my web app is secure?

I've spent many hours on whitebox testing to make sure my code was safe. From a theoretical standpoint, the code SHOULD be safe. I then used several widely known testing tools (including one that ...
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What is a pen tester?

I asked two pen testers what exactly it is that they do. One of them has told me that all he ever does is try to find exploits in the software in order to gain access to internal servers and nothing ...
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Affordable web application attack tools

I've been using Burp Intruder (part of Burp suite), but in the free edition of Burp Suite the Intruder functionality is Time-throttled. As a student pen tester however, I can't justify the cost of ...
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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 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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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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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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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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The effect of hidden or spoofed service banners on vulnerability scanners

The linked question relates to error pages, although the same information is often available in HTTP headers, if I follow best practise of hiding service banners: Is displaying what server I am ...
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How can XML Injection be exploited , need example?

So I found this explanation for a vulnerability on some cms : The XML parser at /WorkArea/Blogs/xmlrpc.aspx is vulnerable to XML external entity attacks which can be used to Scan behind ...
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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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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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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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How to manage pen testing byproducts?

Often when doing a pen test you need to hammer certain parts of the site that might be visible to other users. If, for example, you suspect that a comment section is vulnerable to XSS, you might ...
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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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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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MDK3 warns about WPA2 downgrade - how do I find the key in Wireshark?

While stress testing my router using MDK3, I got the message "REALLY BIG WARNING!!! Seems like a client connected to your target AP leaks PLAINTEXT data while authenticating!!" I viewed the tool ...
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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 does WEP access point show during aircrack-ng attack?

I bought an old, used WRT-54G () which strangely enough, was running DD-WRT v24-sp2. Weird what turns up at yard sales. I want to try the "aircrack-ng" WEP cracking procedure on it. The criteria ...
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Securely Store Credentials for Web Application Services in Apache

We are running a web application in python using wsgi with apache2, and must submit to a penetration test. The testers will be exploring the potential for damage if the attackers gain shell access as ...
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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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Feedback for Study Plan (Kali Linux & Penetration Testing) [closed]

I started to study pentesting for two months with the book named Penetration Testing - A Hands on Introduction to Hacking by Georgia Weidmann, and now I am really hungry to learn more :) . I think I ...
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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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Nmap reporting almost every port as open

I have noticed during some assesments when doing a TCP port scan, Nmap will report almost every port as open for a machine. Using for example nmap -sS -PN -T4 target -p0-65535, over 20,000 ports will ...
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Self-teach pentesting/CEH skills ethically

I am a Software Engineer currently and have done quite a bit of systems work as well. I love the idea of Penetration Testing and would love to work towards becoming a pentester/Certified Ethical ...
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Definitive certification list [closed]

What are a list of useful certificates for someone who wants to work on the information security field? I have heard of CISSP but from what I have understood it is way too advanced for someone new to ...
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Nexus 7 (Or any other good android tablets) For pen testing

I'm considering investing in an android tablet for pen testing. Does anyone know how capable they are with pen testing? Can they compile code or forward packets? Are any applications that work on ...
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External Penetration test by third party

I am planning to engage a vendor to do pen test on my external systems. I know that pen test has a set of systematic steps .. just would like to gather some industry experience. Normally, at which ...
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Builder vs. Breaker - Do developers make good pen testers & vice versa

Do developers necessarily make good penetration testers & vice versa? The reason I ask is that I find I have much more of a knack for figuring out how an existing piece of software works and can ...
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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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Why does Directory traversal attack %C0%AF work?

Introduction: I am trying to learn the basics of Directory Traversal. Question: While trying to understand the 2-Byte Unicode conversion of characters, I came across this_SANS ARTICLE that explains ...
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Is it necessary to test all input parameters of a web application when testing its security?

We know that testing input parameters for lack of validation is one part of a black box web vulnerability assessment but, is it necessary to test ALL input parameters (parameters, cookies, HTTP ...
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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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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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Is it reasonable to do a pentest (or other non-theoric security audit) over a critical infrastructure?

Almost all agree that during a pentest it is impossible to guarantee the integrity of the target (Is it acceptable that a skilled professional pentester deletes or modifies sensitive data in ...
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Wifi penetration testing: Why aireplay-ng de-authentication does not work?

I am trying to pentest the security of the password of my wireless network. It is a WPA2 with pre-shared-keys. My current computer is connected to the wifi router and I try to de-auth my own machine. ...